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🏆 Grand Prix Hamburg (2019)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Wei Yi, David Navara, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Daniil Dubov Chess Event Description
Grand Prix Hamburg (2019)

The FIDE Hamburg Grand Prix took place in the Kehrwieder Theater in Hamburg, Germany from November 5-17 2019. The 16-player knockout was the 3rd of four legs of the 22-player Grand Prix series that will determine two places in the World Championship Candidates (2020) tournament. Players compete in 3 of the 4 tournaments, which each have a 130,000 euro prize fund, with 24,000 for 1st place. There are also from 1 (quarterfinal loser) to 8 (winner) Grand Prix points available, plus an additional point for each match win without tiebreaks. The overall series prize fund is 280,000, with 50,000 for 1st place.

Each round consists of two games of classical chess, with a time control of 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 min to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If the match is tied two 25+10 rapid games are played. If still tied, there are two 10+10 games, then two 5+3. Finally a single Armageddon game is played, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4 (with a 2-second increment from move 61) but Black wins the match with a draw.

Alexander Grischuk beat Duda in the final and collected 10 Grand Prix points.

Round 1 November 5-7 Quarterfinals November 8-10 Semifinals November 11-13 Final November 15-17

Vachier-Lagrave 1˝ -- -- -- - 1˝ Wei Yi 0˝ -- -- -- - ˝ Vachier-Lagrave 1˝ -- -- -- - 1˝ Topalov 0˝ -- -- -- - ˝ Nakamura 0˝ -- -- -- - ˝ Topalov 1˝ -- -- -- - 1˝ Vachier-Lagrave ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Grischuk ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Navara ˝˝ 11 -- -- - 3 Vitiugov ˝˝ 00 -- -- - 1 Navara ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Grischuk ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Wojtaszek ˝˝ ˝0 -- -- - 1˝ Grischuk ˝˝ ˝1 -- -- - 2˝ Grischuk ˝˝ 01 1˝ -- - 3˝ Duda ˝˝ 10 0˝ -- - 2˝ Radjabov ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 0˝ - 3˝ Dubov ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ - 4˝ Dubov ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ -- - 3˝ Svidler ˝˝ ˝˝ 0˝ -- - 2˝ Svidler 1˝ -- -- -- - 1˝ Harikrishna 0˝ -- -- -- - ˝ Dubov ˝˝ 10 ˝0 -- - 2˝ Duda ˝˝ 01 ˝1 -- - 3˝ Jakovenko ˝˝ 0˝ -- -- - 1˝ Yu Yangyi ˝˝ 1˝ -- -- - 2˝ Yu Yangyi ˝0 -- -- -- - ˝ Duda ˝1 -- -- -- - 1˝ Duda 1˝ -- -- -- - 1˝ Nepomniachtchi 0˝ -- -- -- - ˝

Grand Prix points:

Pts Bonus Tot Grischuk 8 2 10 Duda 5 2 7 Vachier-Lagrave 3 2 5 Dubov 3 0 3 Svidler 1 1 2 Topalov 1 1 2 Yu Yangyi 1 0 1 Navara 1 0 1

Official site:

Previous GP event: Grand Prix Riga (2019). Next: Grand Prix Jerusalem (2019)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Svidler vs Harikrishna 1-0472019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Wei Yi 1-0472019Grand Prix HamburgB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
3. Nakamura vs Topalov 0-1662019Grand Prix HamburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Navara vs Vitiugov  ½-½252019Grand Prix HamburgC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
5. R Wojtaszek vs Grischuk  ½-½462019Grand Prix HamburgE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
6. Radjabov vs D Dubov  ½-½122019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
7. Jakovenko vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½172019Grand Prix HamburgC42 Petrov Defense
8. J K Duda vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0442019Grand Prix HamburgA22 English
9. Harikrishna vs Svidler ½-½332019Grand Prix HamburgC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Yu Yangyi vs Jakovenko  ½-½732019Grand Prix HamburgA30 English, Symmetrical
11. I Nepomniachtchi vs J K Duda  ½-½1322019Grand Prix HamburgB27 Sicilian
12. D Dubov vs Radjabov  ½-½182019Grand Prix HamburgC55 Two Knights Defense
13. Vitiugov vs Navara  ½-½592019Grand Prix HamburgE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. Topalov vs Nakamura  ½-½252019Grand Prix HamburgD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½272019Grand Prix HamburgB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Grischuk vs R Wojtaszek ½-½152019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
17. D Dubov vs Radjabov ½-½582019Grand Prix HamburgE17 Queen's Indian
18. Jakovenko vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½652019Grand Prix HamburgA10 English
19. Radjabov vs D Dubov  ½-½622019Grand Prix HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
20. D Dubov vs Radjabov  ½-½242019Grand Prix HamburgE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. Radjabov vs D Dubov 0-1372019Grand Prix HamburgB06 Robatsch
22. Radjabov vs D Dubov  ½-½742019Grand Prix HamburgB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. Grischuk vs R Wojtaszek 1-0512019Grand Prix HamburgA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Navara vs Vitiugov 1-0312019Grand Prix HamburgA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
25. Yu Yangyi vs Jakovenko 1-0512019Grand Prix HamburgA30 English, Symmetrical
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  perfidious: <....With typically vague FIDE regulations....>

There is nothing at all ambiguous in their fee scheduling when one wishes to switch federations--even a weak player like myself would have to pony up a few quid. (laughs)

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  beatgiant: <parmetd>
Actually I just realized that Vitiugov has already played his three Grand Prix events and won't be in the Jerusalem leg, so he is ruled out.

A Russian player who does have a theoretical "snowball's chance in heck" for a wildcard based on the Grand Prix is Jakovenko.

Nov-19-19  botvinnik64: Today is Capablanca’s birthday - he should get the Wild Card slot.
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  beatgiant: <botvinnik64>
<Today is Capablanca’s birthday - he should get the Wild Card slot.>

The FIDE regulations actually don't specify that the player must be alive. Now some kibitzer will have to post a long zombie thread about this loophole.

Nov-19-19  parmetd: Oh my.
Nov-19-19  nok: Kortchnoi can communicate with Capa. We just need someone to get in touch with Kortchnoi.
Nov-20-19  Pedro Fernandez: Hi <AylerKupp>, I still don't understand why Giri is already classified by rating, sorry. Currently Giri is 2776 while MVL is 2777, and yet has to take the rating into account until January. Which is the reason? Thanks and regards
Nov-20-19  WorstPlayerEver: Giri is simply cheating like Topalov.
Simply, because this 'system' approves to cheaters.
Nov-20-19  WorstPlayerEver: PS let's say a football team decided not to play because of their good ranking position.


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  beatgiant: <Pedro Fernandez> The rating criterion is based on the average rating over 12 months, not the current rating. (Now cue another endless discussion on the appropriateness of this criterion.)
Nov-20-19  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

A criterion would mean there are standards. If that standard simply suggests: "Play whenever you like to play," then such a criterion cannot be applied in the sense of a fair, SERIOUS, competition.

Because 'competition' simply means: same conditions for each player. These conditions determine the standard.

So there is no standard=no criterion.

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  beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> There are minimum participation requirements for the average rating criterion. Yes, it can be validly argued that those are not enough.
Nov-20-19  WorstPlayerEver: <beatgigant>

It's all a question of money and organization. The FIDE is no organization, it's highly infiltrated in the political realm. Gens Putin sumus.

I am not even complaining, but I am sure most chess players are. Then again.. how many of them can make a living out of chess anno 2019? It is what it is.

The status of WC has become a pita, because they can, are allowed, to fool around all over the place as long as it teases their ego to their likes. A financial disaster since last decades.

Fischer and Kasparov have created that criterion. Magnus does not even bother; he's a king amongst peasants. As silly as it has become.

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  beatgiant: <Pedro Fernandez> To answer your question more directly, here's a chart showing the rating progress of the top contenders.

Nov-20-19  Absentee: <WorstPlayerEver: PS let's say a football team decided not to play because of their good ranking position.


Football follows a strict schedule, chess doesn't (and can't). There are many high level events in the course of the year. How many should a player be required to participate in? All of them?

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  beatgiant: Here comes the <endless discussion on the appropriateness of this criterion>.
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  alexmagnus: <PS let's say a football team decided not to play because of their good ranking position.>

You mean European football aka soccer, right?

Well, this is precisely what happens in some continental qualifiers: higher rated teams start later in the qualification. And football rating system is much worse than Elo (they changed it to Elo this year but instead of calculating the Elo ratings from scratch the initial rating was just the old ranking with each rank separated by 4 points. It will take years till the teams get their actual Elo ratings. And for weaker European teams probably decades).

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  AylerKupp: <Pedro Fernandez> <beatgiant> answered your question and the link he provided explains why. I maintain an identical spreadsheet which I update monthly when the FIDE rating list comes out. It's interesting to plot the top players average rating over time, usually the trend is downwards and this year is no exception. Except for Nepomniachtchi, whose average rating through Nov-2019 is slightly higher in Nov-2019 than it was in Feb-2019, the average rating of the other 4 players in the last 10 months is lower, sometimes much lower, than it was in Feb-2019.
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  AylerKupp: <<beatgiant> Here comes the <endless discussion on the appropriateness of this criterion>>

I hope not. The discussion to date, although maybe not endless, has said pretty much everything that needs to be said, not that this makes much of a difference. At least I think/hope so. Besides, with the addition of the Grand Swiss to the WCC cycle, I think that in the next cycle the qualification by rating will be eliminated and replaced by having the top 2 finishers in the Grand Swiss qualify for the Candidates Tournament instead of just one.

Nov-20-19  WorstPlayerEver: <alexmagnus>

Yes, but they don't care; football aka whatever is big business.

Therefore the future of chess is only promising regarded to online activities.

Cheating obviously is the main problem.

Nov-20-19  not not: polish football team did not play any friendlies for almost two years in a run up to World Cup in 2018.

we boost our rating by playing only qualifiers which was legit exploit. we ended up seeded in first pot when draw was made for group stage

Spain and England went into second pot (they play friendlies when string of players are selected and results are random)

after world cup was over both countries put their weight which is financial muscle and connections to stop Poland boosting rating ever again: now friendlies are compulsory

so exploit of not playing to boost rating in not legit anymore in football, alas

Nov-20-19  not not: chess authorities, like football authorities, will gobble any amount of cash on offer. whos got few millions spare to change rules and stop Giri from qualifying??
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  Sally Simpson: ***

The rules were open to everyone, any player could have done a Giri. We have to accept he will be there.

Hopefully they will scrap this candidate spot based on rating in the future.

Poland: ' friendliess are compulsory.,

Poland should arrange friendlies v San Merino, Gibraltar, The Cayman Islands...


Nov-20-19  not not: Poland would happily play San Marino once a month for next two years!

Unfortunately, opponents are also compulsory (and chosen by football gov body).

Giri can feed of small fish to get into Candidates. What then? He might become a small fish himself.

Nov-21-19  not not: That's exactly what happened to Poland at 2016 WC. We tricked our way to 1st pot, but then lost to Senegal and Columbia and tournament was over.

That might be Giri fate too.

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