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GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz Tournament

Sergey Karjakin15.5/27(+8 -4 =15)[games]
Viswanathan Anand15/27(+9 -6 =12)[games]
Le Quang Liem15/27(+9 -6 =12)[games]
Levon Aronian15/27(+7 -4 =16)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev14/27(+7 -6 =14)[games]
Wesley So13.5/27(+7 -7 =13)[games]
Anish Giri13/27(+4 -5 =18)[games]
Anton Korobov12.5/27(+6 -8 =13)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov11.5/27(+4 -8 =15)[games]
Fabiano Caruana10/27(+6 -13 =8)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz (2019)

The Superbet Rapid & Blitz took place in the Stejarii Country Club in Bucharest, Romania from 6-10 November. It was the 6th stage of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, a series of eight events in which the world's best players competed for a total prize fund of $1.75 million. Seven of the 12 tour regulars, Caruana, Giri, Mamedyarov, Anand, Aronian, Karjakin and So, were joined by event wild cards Artemiev, Le Quang Liem and Korobov. The Rapid section was a 10-player single round-robin, and featured three rounds each day on the first three days, with a time control of 25 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay from move 1. The final two days were a Blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5 minutes + 3-second delay. Rapid games counted double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. A two-player tie for first place would be resolved by a 2-game rapid mini-match (10 + 5) and if necessary an Armageddon game (5 vs 4). Tournament director: Graham Jurgensen. Chief arbiter: Dinu-Ioan Nicula.

Aronian and Karjakin ended on 20/36 and collected 11 Grand Chess Tour points (GP):

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts GP 1 Aronian *** 1˝0 0˝˝ 1˝1 1˝1 110 1˝˝ 210 1˝1 2˝˝ 20 11 2 Karjakin 1˝1 *** 21˝ 1˝1 1˝˝ 2˝˝ 01˝ 10˝ 11˝ 001 20 11 3 Anand 2˝˝ 00˝ *** 00˝ 011 21˝ 1˝˝ 1˝˝ 111 201 19˝ 8 4 Le Quang Liem 1˝0 1˝0 21˝ *** 111 11˝ 010 110 1˝1 0˝1 19 7 5 Korobov 1˝0 1˝˝ 200 100 *** 2˝0 1˝˝ 2˝0 111 110 18˝ 6 =6 Artemiev 101 0˝˝ 00˝ 10˝ 0˝1 *** 2˝1 1˝1 1˝˝ 2˝1 18 4˝ =6 Giri 1˝˝ 20˝ 1˝˝ 201 1˝˝ 0˝0 *** 2˝˝ 0˝˝ 1˝˝ 18 4˝ =8 So 001 11˝ 1˝˝ 101 0˝1 1˝0 0˝˝ *** 2˝˝ 011 16˝ 2˝ =8 Mamedyarov 1˝0 10˝ 100 1˝0 100 1˝˝ 2˝˝ 0˝˝ *** 211 16˝ 2˝ 10 Caruana 0˝˝ 210 010 2˝0 101 0˝0 1˝˝ 200 000 *** 14 1

Aronian won the playoff for 1st place by 1˝ to ˝: GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz (Tiebreaks) (2019)

Official site: https://grandchesstour.org/2019-gra...
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Previous GCT event: Sinquefield Cup (2019). Next: GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz (2019)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs A Korobov  ½-½412019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Anand vs Mamedyarov  ½-½502019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Le Quang Liem vs Aronian  ½-½552019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Caruana vs W So 1-0362019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC53 Giuoco Piano
5. V Artemiev vs A Korobov  0-1632019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Karjakin vs A Giri  0-1382019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. A Korobov vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½412019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzD00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Giri vs Caruana  ½-½682019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. W So vs Anand  ½-½482019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA09 Reti Opening
10. A Giri vs W So 1-0392019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Caruana vs Aronian 0-1492019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. V Artemiev vs Anand 0-1372019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA08 King's Indian Attack
13. Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov  ½-½552019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
14. Mamedyarov vs V Artemiev  ½-½462019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE60 King's Indian Defense
15. Aronian vs Karjakin  ½-½542019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Karjakin vs W So  ½-½252019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC47 Four Knights
17. W So vs A Korobov 0-1352019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
18. Aronian vs Mamedyarov  ½-½322019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC53 Giuoco Piano
19. A Giri vs Anand  ½-½392019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Caruana vs V Artemiev 0-1302019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA21 English
21. Karjakin vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½252019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzD05 Queen's Pawn Game
22. V Artemiev vs A Giri 1-0302019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. Anand vs Aronian 1-0792019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC53 Giuoco Piano
24. Le Quang Liem vs Caruana 0-1342019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
25. W So vs Mamedyarov 1-0732019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA22 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: ever play 'Shot a Minute' with beer? you pour beer into shot glasses and have to knock over a shot every minute. Harder than you might think.
Nov-09-19  boz: Mamedysrov-Korobov
I can't believe Korobov got away with that.
Nov-10-19  mike1: well.... two " wild cards" are leading this event. No matter what happens in the last rounds, well picked!
Nov-10-19
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  MissScarlett: Artemiev went on a roll downhill yesterday (=6 -3) in the blitz.
Nov-10-19
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  halito27: Woo hoo! Le Quang Liem! I live in Vietnam and he's a national hero here; everyone knows him. So good for chess!
Nov-10-19
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  MissScarlett: Artemiev rebounded today (+5 =4).
Nov-10-19
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  chancho: Artemiev is not ready for prime time, yet.

But Le Quang Liem looks to be ready to play amongst the elite.

No doubt about it.

Seeing him competing with the likes of So, Ding, and Yangi seems most apropos to me.

Nov-10-19  jerry crus: <Tsamba's luster is that of a fool's gold.

Only bopols think it can last a long time> Hey Filipino Crab, he almost got the blitz section today if not for last game lost. He beat caruana twice in blitz.

Nov-10-19  torrefan: Carlsen is the highest rated in almost all categories and places high (if not winning them) in all tournaments he plays in. And he is world champion. That's talent.

Wesley So is not the highest rated in any category, he is not even in the top ten of standard chess. In many tournaments he even lands in the bottom. And he is "world champion". That's tsamba.

Nov-10-19  Carrots and Pizza: Caruana and So got spanked in this tournament. Must be very humbling for these elite players. So has really fallen in the last year or thereabouts. He was #2 in the world on the live rating list a few years ago, if I'm not mistaken and looked quite promising. Some were wondering if he would be a WCC challenger.

He's still young, so there is still time, but, I doubt he's ever going to the top now.

Nov-10-19
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  HeMateMe: can chessplayers drink? I would guess most are lightweights.

However, Mikhail Tal would be the exception!

Nov-10-19
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  perfidious: <HMM>, I can vouch for that.
Nov-10-19  parmetd: I don't think So has ever been #2 has he?
Nov-10-19
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  perfidious: <parmetd>, believe he got to live number two very briefly, but that spot has been something of a revolving door for any and all putative challengers these last few years.
Nov-10-19  torrefan: Carlsen is the god of chess. So those who reach no.2 can boast of being the world chess champ of humans
Nov-11-19  torrefan: 4th place again...
Nov-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Yeah, just ask the biographer...new math, don't you know.
Nov-11-19  dwavechess: 6 Players didn´t reach Number 1 because of Carlsen:Caruana, Aronian, Vachier Lagrave, Nakamura, So and Mamedyarov and In My Count I add Karjakin(only#4) but reach WCC final
Nov-11-19  DirkMcCallahan: The homepage says that "finishing in the top 2 overall...will secure a berth in the 2020 Candidates Tournament." Surely that's wrong?!
Nov-12-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Yes, that's wrong.
Nov-12-19  virginmind: The official site says: „the players fight for one of the four key qualifying spots to the GCT Finals in London.” https://grandchesstour.org/2019-gra...
Nov-15-19
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  FSR: parmetd: in mid-2017 So was No. 2 in the world.
Nov-16-19
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  wordfunph: just another tsamba
Nov-16-19
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  FSR: <parmetd> https://www.washingtonpost.com/spor...

<Wesley Barbasa So (born October 9, 1993) is a Filipino-American chess grandmaster and current World Fischer Random Chess Champion. He is a three-time Filipino Chess Champion and was U.S. Chess Champion in 2017. On the March 2017 FIDE rating list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2822, making him the fifth-highest rated player in history.> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesle...

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
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