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GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz Tournament

Magnus Carlsen19.5/27(+14 -2 =11)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura17.5/27(+9 -1 =17)[games]
Ding Liren14/27(+6 -5 =16)[games]
Anish Giri14/27(+5 -4 =18)[games]
Wesley So14/27(+5 -4 =18)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi13.5/27(+8 -8 =11)[games]
Viswanathan Anand12/27(+6 -9 =12)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi11.5/27(+3 -7 =17)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna10.5/27(+4 -10 =13)[games]
Levon Aronian8.5/27(+3 -13 =11)[games] Chess Event Description
GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz (2019)

The Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz took place at the National Library of India in Kolkata, India, 22-26 November. It was the 7th 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. Eight of the 12 tour regulars, Carlsen, Giri, Nakamura, Anand, Aronian, Ding Liren, Nepomniachtchi and So, were joined by event wild cards Vidit and Harikrishna. The Rapid section was a 10-player single round-robin and featured three rounds each day on the first three days, with the 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 two points for a win and one for a draw. Tournament director: Jeroen van den Berg. Chief arbiter: Rathinam Anantharam.

Magnus Carlsen ended on 27/36 and collected 13 Grand Chess Tour points (GP):

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts GP 1 Carlsen *** 2½½ 1½½ 2½½ 200 21½ 211 111 11½ 211 27 13 2 Nakamura 0½½ *** 2½½ 2½½ 1½½ 1½1 1½½ 211 1½1 111 23 10 =3 So 1½½ 0½½ *** 11½ 2½½ 1½½ 000 1½1 2½½ 1½1 18½ 7½ =3 Giri 0½½ 0½½ 10½ *** 1½½ 20½ 2½1 1½½ 1½1 11½ 18½ 7½ 5 Ding Liren 011 1½½ 0½½ 1½½ *** 2½1 1½½ 110 10½ 101 18 6 6 Nepomniachtchi 00½ 1½0 1½½ 01½ 0½0 *** 211 001 21½ 11½ 17 5 7 Anand 000 1½½ 211 0½0 1½½ 000 *** 1½1 1½0 21½ 16 4 =8 Harikrishna 100 000 1½0 1½½ 101 210 1½0 *** 1½½ 01½ 14½ 2½ =8 Vidit 10½ 1½0 0½½ 1½0 11½ 00½ 1½1 1½½ *** 0½1 14½ 2½ 10 Aronian 000 100 1½0 10½ 110 10½ 00½ 20½ 2½0 *** 13 1

Overall GCT standings (each played in five of seven events):

Cote d'Ivoire Croatia Paris St. Louis Sinquefield Bucharest Kolkata GP 1 Carlsen 13 20 - 5 16.5 - 13 67.5 2 Ding Liren 6 7 - 8.3 16.5 - 6 43.8 3 Aronian - 11 - 13 1.5 11 1 37.5 4 Vachier-Lagrave 9 3 13 8.3 3.5 - - 36.8 5 Karjakin 3.5 5 - 6 11 11 - 36.5 6 Anand - 3 10 - 11 8 4 36 7 So 7 15 - - 1.5 2.5 7.5 33.5 8 Nepomniachtchi 3.5 7 7.5 - 6.5 - 5 29.5 9 Nakamura 9 1 4 - 3.5 - 10 27.5 =10 Caruana - 11 5 3 6.5 1 - 26.5 =10 Giri - 7 1 - 6.5 4.5 7.5 26.5 12 Mamedyarov - 3 3 1 6.5 2.5 - 16

The top four players Carlsen, Ding Liren, Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the London Chess Classic GCT Finals (2019).

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Next: Tata Steel India (Rapid) (2021). Previous GCT event: GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz (2019). Next (and last): London Chess Classic GCT Finals (2019)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nepomniachtchi vs Giri 0-1522019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. Harikrishna vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½482019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Ding Liren vs Anand ½-½252019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. So vs Carlsen  ½-½572019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Aronian vs Nakamura  ½-½322019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC53 Giuoco Piano
6. Giri vs Aronian  ½-½262019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC67 Ruy Lopez
7. V S Gujrathi vs Nakamura  ½-½412019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0442019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Anand vs So 1-0722019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Harikrishna vs Ding Liren  ½-½412019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
11. Ding Liren vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½822019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzA36 English
12. Nepomniachtchi vs Anand 1-0222019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzA20 English
13. Aronian vs Carlsen 0-1682019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. So vs Harikrishna  ½-½442019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzA14 English
15. Nakamura vs Giri 1-0422019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. V S Gujrathi vs Giri  ½-½302019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzE61 King's Indian
17. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-0512019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzA28 English
18. Anand vs Aronian 1-0502019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
19. Harikrishna vs Nepomniachtchi  1-0322019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. Ding Liren vs So 0-1412019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. So vs V S Gujrathi  1-0562019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren 0-1472019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Aronian vs Harikrishna 1-0742019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
24. Nakamura vs Anand  ½-½442019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. Giri vs Carlsen 0-1552019GCT Kolkata Rapid & BlitzB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
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Nov-26-19  soldal:

Both of Carlsen's losses came against Ding in blitz.

Nov-26-19  Atking: Well Carslen can lost 2 games when others lost much more. I read in live that Carlsen was sick the second day. Is that confirmed? Anyway he dominated all format. Leading with 4 points the second Nakamura, and more than 8 points the pack is an incredible performance!
Nov-26-19  WorstPlayerEver: Looking at the crosstables, they are harder to solve than a Tuesday puzzle.
Nov-26-19  fabelhaft:
Nov-26-19  WorstPlayerEver:

Carlsen barefoot here. I'm not going to speculate about the consequences, but I know a rather nasty one.

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  PawnSac: I do believe this is the worst result I've seen from Aronian in a very long time. He went from first place in one event to last in the other.
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  PawnSac: < soldal:
Both of Carlsen's losses came against Ding in blitz. >

yes i was just about to make the same comment, then saw yours. Ding is world #3 in classical, but outranks Fab in rapid and blitz. A very promising WCC competitor.

Nov-27-19  karban: Aronian was always erratic, in last five years even more so. Nothing surprising to me. I guess that playing Final in London is the last thing MVL would like to do. He should focus on Grand Prix in Jerusalem and getting to that damned Candidates.
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  HeMateMe: Neither Max nor Anand are going to win a Candidates tournament, so it's a tempest in a teapot.

More great chess from Carlsen, the greatest champion since young Kasparov.

Nov-29-19  Pedro Fernandez: My dear <WorstPlayerEver>, typically Amoebiasis is a disease due an inappropriate washing of vegetables.
Nov-30-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I just realized that White had a net negative record in this tournament -- 31 wins for White, 32 for Black.
Nov-30-19  Absentee: <Pedro Fernandez: My dear <WorstPlayerEver>, typically Amoebiasis is a disease due an inappropriate washing of vegetables.>

I believe he was referring to the celebrated traditional Kolkatan turnip carpets.

Nov-30-19  WorstPlayerEver: <Pedro Fernandez>

Thank you for the info. However, I am quite sure that this disease is spread at places were one does their need also.

Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: Yes my great <WPE>, because of after all you are right! Not using shoes bring a series of serious diseases, specially in farms and animal production places. But also in cities, even in our home!
Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: Yeah my great <Absentee>, now I also think so. When do I will manage a correct English <Absentee>? Maybe is too late for me with my 39 yo. It is very sad for me as I love so much the English language. Greetings.
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  Check It Out: <Pedro> your English is good enough to understand, so I don't know what you are talking about :)
Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: My ``always glad'' great friend <HMM>! What's up! Why no-Max? That would be a catastrophe IMO, since he is for sure more qualified than others already within Candidates. Are you sure that no-Max? An special warm greeting for you.
Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: <Carlsen: FOLLOWING the STEPS of IMMORTALS> Since about one year after 2013 I have written a few times, in CG, that Magnus gonna be WC for at least 10 years (2023). But Carlsen is showing how strong is his cognitive condition before the other very strong players. I'm convinced that some people totally disagree with me as they think Carlsen is already the best one of history. But I refute that claiming that the geniality is intrinsic to the superior minds, and just the difference is the epoch by obvious reasons. I don't see Judge using a bat 46 as Ruth did, just for put an instance. Carlsen, 8th game, NY, was defeated for GM Karjakin, but one thing that distingues him from his challengers is his strong brain stamina, never perish! Also in 2018 vs a formidable player as it is Caruana in classic games, but Carlsen could survive to the "temporal".

So you guy/girl don't hesitate if you are thinking Carlsen will be yet WC on 2026, say.

Carlsen, at this moment, is single, why not concert a date with Adelén (23)? She is beautiful and also from Tønsberg, Norge. A lot of money to come, for both!

Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: Thanks my great <CheckItOut>. Yes, I know what you want to tell me, but as Spanish is an extraordinarily fusional language, English is an extraordinarily contextual one. So, on the context is where I lose sometimes. No big deal okay, and I can live with that, but I want to speak correct English. Warm greetings my friend!
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  HeMateMe: < Check It Out:>

what's the best metal band concert you've ever been to? Who's the best live band you've ever seen?

Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: Hey <HMM>, may I include Queen at Wembley?

PS. Not ``acid rock'' by Queen, no way!

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  HeMateMe: I never got to see them, much to my dismay.
Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: Neither I my dear <HeMateMe>, but I was in London with my parents who went to Wembley. I was just five years old! but I stayed in the hotel with a child caregiver. I'll never forget that!
Nov-30-19  Pedro Fernandez: Carlsen is just 5'7" height! Well, Altuve is 5'6" and he is a MLB champion bat and MVP! I'm 5'9" just the average height of an American guy.
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  Check It Out: <HMM> I've been to a lot of metal concerts, including Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Queensryche, Ozzy, The Ocean, At The Gates, Converge, on and on..

But one of the best I've been to was by post-metal band Quicksand. So amazing.

I've seen Helmet many times and they always rule as well.

Congrats to Magnus!

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