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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
World Championship Candidates 2020/21 Tournament

Ian Nepomniachtchi8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8/14(+4 -2 =8)[games]
Anish Giri7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Fabiano Caruana7.5/14(+3 -2 =9)[games]
Ding Liren7/14(+4 -4 =6)[games]
Alexander Grischuk7/14(+2 -2 =10)[games]
Kirill Alekseenko5.5/14(+2 -5 =7)[games]
Wang Hao5/14(+1 -5 =8)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
World Championship Candidates 2020/21

The 2020/2021 Candidates Tournament was an 8-player double round-robin that decided Magnus Carlsen's challenger for the World Championship match that is set to take place in Dubai in November 2021. The 14-round event was played in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Yekaterinburg, Russia from 17 March to 3 April 2020 (rounds 1-7) and, after a long Covid-19 break, from 19 to 27 April 2021 (rounds 8-14). The prize fund was €500,000. The players had 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. No draw offers were allowed until after move 40. Head-to-head, no. of wins and Sonneborn-Berger would be used to break an eventual tie for 1st place. Chief arbiter: Nebojsa Baralic.

Ian Nepomniachtchi won with a round to spare, and qualified for the Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021).

Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 1 Nepomniachtchi 2789 ** 0½ 1½ ½½ 10 ½½ ½1 11 8½ 2 Vachier-Lagrave 2758 1½ ** ½½ ½0 1½ ½0 ½1 ½1 8 =3 Giri 2776 ½0 ½½ ** ½1 ½1 ½0 10 ½1 7½ =3 Caruana 2820 ½½ ½1 ½0 ** 0½ ½½ 1½ ½1 7½ =5 Ding Liren 2791 01 0½ ½0 1½ ** ½1 ½1 0½ 7 =5 Grischuk 2777 ½½ ½1 ½1 ½½ ½0 ** ½0 ½½ 7 7 Alekseenko 2696 ½0 ½0 01 0½ ½0 ½1 ** ½½ 5½ 8 Wang Hao 2763 00 ½0 ½0 ½0 1½ ½½ ½½ ** 5

Official site: https://web.archive.org/web/2021042...
Regulations: https://web.archive.org/web/2021042...
Chess-Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr557637....
Chess.com 1: https://www.chess.com/news/view/nep...
Chess.com 2: https://www.chess.com/article/view/...
ChessBase 1: https://en.chessbase.com/post/candi...
ChessBase 2: https://en.chessbase.com/post/candi...
chess24: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
TWIC: https://theweekinchess.com/chessnew...
FIDE: https://ratings.fide.com/tournament...
Wikipedia article: Candidates Tournament 2020%E2%80%9321
Press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyw...
Closing ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPE...

Previous: World Championship Candidates (2018)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana ½-½442020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C78 Ruy Lopez
2. Ding Liren vs Wang Hao 0-1452020World Championship Candidates 2020/21A20 English
3. Giri vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1732020World Championship Candidates 2020/21A33 English, Symmetrical
4. Grischuk vs K Alekseenko ½-½412020World Championship Candidates 2020/21A20 English
5. Nepomniachtchi vs Grischuk ½-½402020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C67 Ruy Lopez
6. Caruana vs K Alekseenko 1-0342020World Championship Candidates 2020/21E20 Nimzo-Indian
7. Wang Hao vs Giri ½-½612020World Championship Candidates 2020/21A37 English, Symmetrical
8. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren 1-0372020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Giri vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½302020World Championship Candidates 2020/21D85 Grunfeld
10. Ding Liren vs Caruana 1-0592020World Championship Candidates 2020/21D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Grischuk vs Wang Hao ½-½492020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C01 French, Exchange
12. K Alekseenko vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½402020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C18 French, Winawer
13. Caruana vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½552020World Championship Candidates 2020/21D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
14. Ding Liren vs Giri ½-½422020World Championship Candidates 2020/21E00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk ½-½532020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C67 Ruy Lopez
16. Wang Hao vs K Alekseenko ½-½412020World Championship Candidates 2020/21D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
17. Nepomniachtchi vs Wang Hao 1-0432020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C42 Petrov Defense
18. Giri vs Caruana ½-½422020World Championship Candidates 2020/21D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Grischuk vs Ding Liren ½-½542020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. K Alekseenko vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½332020World Championship Candidates 2020/21B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren 1-0402020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C78 Ruy Lopez
22. Grischuk vs Caruana ½-½542020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C78 Ruy Lopez
23. K Alekseenko vs Giri 0-1982020World Championship Candidates 2020/21C50 Giuoco Piano
24. Wang Hao vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½832020World Championship Candidates 2020/21D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
25. Giri vs Grischuk ½-½402020World Championship Candidates 2020/21A20 English
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-27-21  Whitehat1963: An excellent tournament. A lot of decisive games. No one ended up with a +0-0=14 score. That alone is a big positive in my opinion!
Apr-27-21  parmetd: After all that complaining about Alekseenko, he didn't finish last. Kinda hard not to feel bad for the Chinese, especially Wang Hao who started tied to first and finished dead last by castling long. The last round is always tough to play when there is nothing left to play for so Nepo and Giri collapsing is not surprising. Big congrats to Nepo the deserved winner. Thankfully MVL did not win or the disaster of asterisks in this event would just compound. Though I have to kinda agree with <nok> that I am not sure Nepo would have won if this had been a gruelling 14 round event instead of two 7 round events. He was tired, just lost a game and getting sick... but as Magnus says, "Nepo's problem is consistency, he gets too tired in the second half." And here this was the perfect event for him, two short burst 7 rounders. Still interesting chess and the FIDE will make Radjabov whole with the next candidate events so not much for the spectators to complain about! Dubai later this year folks for Magnus to obliterate Nepo!
Apr-27-21
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  saffuna: Some players did get bad breaks in this tournament, especially the Chinese players. But sometimes that's unavoidable.
Apr-27-21  Diana Fernanda: white hat1963, the significant thing was that nobody finished +0-14 = 0. It was an entertaining tournament that made me forget that there is still a pandemic
Apr-27-21  tuttifrutty: Congratulations to Nepo.

But enjoy it while it last because Wesley is the only one who can beat Magnus. You all know that this is true but you all are in denial. Fear overrides talent and Wesley has a heart of stone.

Apr-27-21  siamesedream: In an interview after the last round Wang Hao announced his retirement from professional competitive.
Apr-27-21
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  carpovius: Taking into account all ucking pros and contras the tiebreaker must be remove from the WC.
Apr-27-21
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  carpovius: During almost a decade we have a WCC who can't beat his opponents in the royal game.
Apr-27-21
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  fabelhaft: <During almost a decade we have a WCC who can't beat his opponents>

It’s strange how the times of Anand and Kramnik flew by, followed by a World Champion that can’t beat his opponents, unlike them.

Apr-27-21  749770: <siamesedream> He has long said that he is interested in changing professions. There is no doubt that he is a gentleman. Respects his opponents, appears for analysis of the game even if he lost. Too bad he's leaving, I'd be happy to see players like him at the top.
Apr-27-21
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  MissScarlett: Nepo's got a full six months to get in perfect physical shape for the big match:

http://www.top5must.com/wp-content/...

Apr-27-21
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  fabelhaft: None of the players in the top four had a plus score against the other top four finishers taken together, while Grischuk scored +2 against the top four.
Apr-27-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  fabelhaft: No one in the top four even had a plus against the top six! They got plus scores thanks to Alekseenko and Wang Hao.
Apr-27-21  not not: comrade Grischuk job was to beat MVL and Giri which he did

comrade Alekseenko job was to lose to comrade Nepo; which he did

comrades Grischuk, Alekseenko, Nepo, congratulations on qualifying to WCC match

Apr-27-21
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  WorstPlayerEver: Seems that Giri only used half of his usual drawing power during this tournament XD
Apr-27-21
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  HeMateMe: Anand just barely beat Gelfand. He was always first among equals. Not so with carlsen He is every bit as dominant as karpov and kasparov were.
Apr-27-21
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  LRLeighton: To Gypsy and Stonehenge: Just a historical point -- the Botvinnik-Levenfish Match was not deliberately played to a preset uneven number of games. The rules were first to win six games, but a drawn match if both players won five. It just happened to end on an odd number when Levenfish won the last game and tied the match. But I concur that tie-breaks in a WCC match are ridiculous. The problem is that FIDE cannot get it together to get a sponsor that would pay for a "real" 20- or 24-game match.
Apr-27-21
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  HeMateMe: <I am not at all ready for a champion who wears a "man bun".>

What he SAID!

<https://www.bing.com/images/search?...>

Apr-28-21
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  alexmagnus: The draw rate in this tournament was 55% (31 games of 56).

So much for "at this level, a draw rate of 70-80% is normal". Apparently, if the first place is all that matters, they can play fighting chess.

Draw rates in the Candidates since the introduction of the current format:

2013 55%
2014 61%
2016 71%
2018 64%
2020-21 55%

Apr-28-21
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  alexmagnus: As for the "draw rates for the champion, challenger gets an extra white" format: it's still too much of an advantage for the champion.

To equalize the draw odds - that is, make the expected score for the "one extra white game" player half a point higher than in an even match - the first-move advantage would have to be 100:0!

Apr-28-21
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  alexmagnus: Only at <ten> extra whites does the assumed first move advantage equalize the draw odds (to be more precise, giving one player ten extra whites for draw odds assumes a first-move advantage of 55:45).
Apr-28-21
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  Messiah: <siamesedream: In an interview after the last round Wang Hao announced his retirement from professional competitive.>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY4...

I am very deeply saddened by this. I applaud GM Wang Hao for being part of my life by being constantly in the top 100, and I am certain that as a trainer he will do an excellent job.

Thank you for everything, Grandmaster!

Apr-28-21  Sokrates: I am also very sorry for the departure of Mr Wang Hao. He leaves the legacy of a gentleman and an innovative, ingenious player, who set his mark on modern chess. I wish him good luck with his endeavours.
Apr-28-21  Petrosianic: <An excellent tournament. A lot of decisive games. No one ended up with a +0-0=14 score. That alone is a big positive in my opinion!>

It must be rough not knowing whether you're enjoying a game until after it's over and you can see whether or not it's drawn. In baseball and football, people usually know whether a game is good or not while they're watching it.

It's even worse on Chess24. The patzers there can sit enthralled for hours, watching that little eval needle go up and down, without ever paying the slightest notice to the position.

Apr-28-21
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  Messiah: <Petrosianic: <An excellent tournament. A lot of decisive games. No one ended up with a +0-0=14 score. That alone is a big positive in my opinion!>

It must be rough not knowing whether you're enjoying a game until after it's over and you can see whether or not it's drawn. In baseball and football, people usually know whether a game is good or not while they're watching it.

It's even worse on Chess24. The patzers there can sit enthralled for hours, watching that little eval needle go up and down, without ever paying the slightest notice to the position.>

I completely abandoned checking any chess chat during live broadcasts. By the way, it is really annoying that there is no public move feed where you get just and only the moves as they would appear in a PGN, without any commentary, variations, or computer assistance. Probably I should re-check the lichess API, if it is usable this way.

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