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🏆 Chessbrah May Invitational (2020)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alireza Firouzja

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Chessbrah May Invitational (2020)

The Chessbrah Invitational was another blitz tournament with top grandmasters, with a preliminary phase played on May 15, and a knockout phase played on May 16.

The participants were GMs Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, and Alireza Firouzja. The total prize fund was €5,500 euros with €1750 going to the winner.

May 15 (Friday) started with the first round, which was a best-of-four with games played at three minutes and a two-second increment. After that, a loser's bracket was played where the increment was dropped, so 3+0 games only, with the winner going to the semifinals after all.

May 16 (Saturday) featured the semifinals, once again best of four matches with 3+2 games, and then a final, which was a best of 10, also with 3+2 games. (1)

Grischuk participated in this event and the FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (2020) in parallel.

Alireza Firouzja won the 6 player Double Elimination Format blitz event, beating Vachier-Lagrave in the first round, Alexander Grischuk in the second round and Anish Giri in the final.

Giri and Firouzja had qualified directly to the finals together with Nepomniachtchi, while Grischuk then joined as the winner of the losers' bracket, where he scored 3/4, while Vachier-Lagrave with 2/4, and Caruana with 1/4, were eliminated on the first day. (2), (3)

Crosstable:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EYK2G9R...

Sources:

(1) https://www.chess.com/news/view/gri...

(2) https://www.chess.com/news/view/fir...

(3) https://theweekinchess.com/chessnew...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Firouzja vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0442020Chessbrah May InvitationalE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
2. Grischuk vs Caruana  1-0382020Chessbrah May InvitationalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Caruana vs Grischuk  0-1502020Chessbrah May InvitationalC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Grischuk vs M Vachier-Lagrave 0-1762020Chessbrah May InvitationalB27 Sicilian
5. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Grischuk 0-1412020Chessbrah May InvitationalA06 Reti Opening
6. Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1492020Chessbrah May InvitationalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana  0-1192020Chessbrah May InvitationalA28 English
8. Grischuk vs A Giri  0-1452020Chessbrah May InvitationalD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. A Giri vs Grischuk  ½-½562020Chessbrah May InvitationalE97 King's Indian
10. Grischuk vs A Giri  ½-½382020Chessbrah May InvitationalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. A Giri vs Grischuk  ½-½442020Chessbrah May InvitationalB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
12. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Firouzja 0-1422020Chessbrah May InvitationalA14 English
13. A Firouzja vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1492020Chessbrah May InvitationalE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
14. M Vachier-Lagrave vs A Firouzja  ½-½752020Chessbrah May InvitationalA06 Reti Opening
15. Caruana vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1592020Chessbrah May InvitationalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
16. I Nepomniachtchi vs Caruana  1-0612020Chessbrah May InvitationalC45 Scotch Game
17. Caruana vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½762020Chessbrah May InvitationalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. I Nepomniachtchi vs Caruana  0-1532020Chessbrah May InvitationalC44 King's Pawn Game
19. A Giri vs A Firouzja  1-0862020Chessbrah May InvitationalE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. A Firouzja vs A Giri 1-0292020Chessbrah May InvitationalB50 Sicilian
21. A Giri vs A Firouzja  ½-½372020Chessbrah May InvitationalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. A Firouzja vs A Giri  1-0302020Chessbrah May InvitationalC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. A Giri vs A Firouzja  0-1342020Chessbrah May InvitationalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. A Firouzja vs A Giri  1-0412020Chessbrah May InvitationalB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Grischuk vs A Firouzja  0-1382020Chessbrah May InvitationalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-19-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <The total prize fund was $5,500 euros with $1750 going to the winner.>

I know there's such a thing as eurodollars but not here.

May-19-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Annie K.: Ok fix€d... :)
May-20-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Including rapid/exhibition games: Alireza Firouzja beat Anish Giri 9 to 2, with 3 draws.>

Giri's year is going from bad to worse. Not long ago he was a fixture on the <GCT> and looking forward to the Candidates.

May-23-20  dehanne: <chessbrah>

What?

May-23-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: <dehanne: <chessbrah> What?>

It's chess, bruh....

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