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🏆 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge (2020)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja, Daniil Dubov

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Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge (2020)

The Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge is a 12-player online super-tournament taking place on chess24 from May 19 to June 3 2020. The 2nd event of the Magnus Carlsen Tour, it has a $150,000 prize fund with $45,000 for 1st place. The winner qualifies for the $300,000 Grand Final in August.

In the preliminary stage the players play each other once in rapid chess, with the Top 8 going forward to the knockout stage. The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment after each move. No draw offers are allowed before move 40. (1)

In the knockout stage, each clash is decided by a series of 3 mini-matches. Each mini-match consists of 4 rapid games where the time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment after each move. If the score is 2:2 an Armageddon game is played, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw counts as a win for Black. (2)

Official site: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/th...

(1) https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
(2) https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-0462020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Nakamura vs A Firouzja 1-0212020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Yu Yangyi vs D Dubov 1-0512020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Wei Yi vs Karjakin 0-1412020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC67 Ruy Lopez
5. J K Duda vs W So  ½-½612020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Grischuk vs W So  ½-½352020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Karjakin vs J K Duda 1-0552020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. D Dubov vs Wei Yi  ½-½342020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. A Firouzja vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½442020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC42 Petrov Defense
10. Carlsen vs Nakamura ½-½512020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Aronian vs Ding Liren  ½-½242020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeB50 Sicilian
12. Ding Liren vs Carlsen  ½-½482020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeE01 Catalan, Closed
13. Aronian vs Grischuk  ½-½522020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD04 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Carlsen vs Aronian 1-0222020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC42 Petrov Defense
15. Aronian vs A Firouzja 1-0512020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Ding Liren vs D Dubov  1-0602020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. Nakamura vs Karjakin 1-0342020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeA28 English
18. Yu Yangyi vs W So 0-1632020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Wei Yi vs J K Duda  ½-½442020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
20. Grischuk vs J K Duda  1-0512020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. W So vs Wei Yi 1-0392020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Karjakin vs Yu Yangyi  1-0422020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. D Dubov vs Nakamura  ½-½382020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. A Firouzja vs Ding Liren  ½-½662020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. W So vs A Firouzja  ½-½372020Lindores Abbey Rapid ChallengeD85 Grunfeld
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May-23-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  soldal:

<Surprisingly to many, Yu managed to eliminate Ding>

No one is eliminated:

<In the knockout stage, each clash is decided by a series of 3 mini-matches. Each mini-match consists of 4 rapid games where the time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment after each move. If the score is 2:2 an Armageddon game is played>

Both of today's mini-matches went to armageddon.

May-23-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pedro Fernandez: Dear <Sokrates>, IMO <chrisowen> is the strongest player we have here in CG, now dedicated just to solve CG problems. I know him since a lot of years ago and, apparently, <WinKing> knows, more or less, to decode his cryptic language which lacks of a fixed metric. <Chris> is a great friend of mine and very few times he replies me in English.
May-23-20  Clemens Scheitz: Happy birthday to the exceptional Anatoly Karpov ( 69 today) one of the towering figures of world chess, and one of my very favorites for his unsurpassed understanding of chess positions.
May-23-20
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  Sokrates: <soldal> - I meant in the first mini-match in question.

<Clemens Scheitz> It's an honour to disagree with you :-), but perhaps we are not that far from each other. I am not in favour of mannered speech in general, but <posoo> occasionally makes me laugh. My tacky side, perhaps? :-) (And thanks for your kind words!)

Hi <Pedro>, I am glad that <chrisowen> is your great friend. Admittedly, my assessment on his posts is only based on the dozen of posts with harangues of meaningless words that I have seen. You seem to know much more about him than that and I take your word for it.

May-23-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: <Clemens Scheitz: Happy birthday to the exceptional Anatoly Karpov ( 69 today) one of the towering figures of world chess, and one of my very favorites for his unsurpassed understanding of chess positions.>

... and so we are already in agreement again :-) I fully concur with your praise of Karpov. In his heydays he was second to no world champion before or after. Perhaps only the Cuban had the same talent and intuition. His "My Best Games" has a prominent place in my book shelf.

May-24-20  SirChrislov: for 20 years Karpov and Kasparov towered above their rivals. and one distinction that sets Karpov apart, perhaps never again to occur is that he gained the world championship by default in 1972, then lost it and regained it again by default in 1992.

his game Gelfand vs Karpov, 1994 inspired me to venture Caro-kann waters some years ago and it was a pleasure to attend his simul in Mexico City some 11yrs ago although I didn't get to play but obtained a signed board.

So happy birthday Mr. Karpov, Anatoly Yevgenyevich!!

May-24-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <and regained it again by default in 1992.>

Not quite by default. He didn't defeat the sitting champion, sure. But unlike in 1972, there <was> a world championship match (Karpov-Timman).

For some reason that match is forgotten.

There is an even bigger misconception regarding Karpov's FIDE title during the split. Namely: for some bizarre reason, many people "remember" that the Karpov-Anand match in 1998 was a pure rapid chess match, while in reality it was a classical match (albeit a very short one, six games) followed by a rapid tiebreaker.

May-24-20
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  Sokrates: First, thanks to <alexmagnus> for setting some things straight.

I think the years need a bit clarification, though.

1972 was the year of the match between Spassky and Fischer.

1975 was the year Karpov became world champion because Fischer refused to play by the given conditions.

Between 1972 and 75 Karpov qualified to challenge Fischer (by beating Korchnoi in the Candidates final).

1993 was the year Karpov played the FIDE match against Timman. As the CG text says, <FIDE continued their world championship cycle as if the depature of Garry Kasparov had never happened. >

Please explain, <SirChrislov> what you mean by <he [Karpov] gained the world championship by default in 1972, then lost it and regained it again by default in 1992.> I may not fully grasp what "by default" means in this context. Thanks in advance.

May-24-20  SirChrislov: Wait, I thought FIDE made Karpov champion when Kasparov dropped out ,so Karpov-Timman '93 wasn't played as timman challenging the champion, but challenger vs challenger to determine a champion?

but of course all that was cotton candy compared to the legit gangsta match K-Short '93.

1975, not 1972. Man, my memory is deteriorating. And I grew up hearing my family say "por defául" (by default) but perhaps by forfeiture is more proper Sokrates, sorry man, not as edumacated as you.

May-24-20
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  Sokrates: <SirChrislov> No worries, my friend, I am also occasionally suffering from a slip of the mind. I guess I recall it better, since I was very much alive when all this happened, and followed in closely.

In those days news came through ordinary newspapers, but more comprehensively through chess magazines. I subscribed to "Skakbladet" (by the Danish Chess Union) and "Deutsche Schachzeitung", a highly esteemed German magazine, which could boast with articles by Paul Keres himself and other great players.

Sadly, I just read this about the fate of the magazine in Wikipedia:

"When it ceased publication in December 1988 it was the oldest existing magazine in the world, having been published regularly since its founding in 1846 except for a five-year break (1945–1949) following World War II".

Almost since its beginning I have subscribed to New in Chess, and I regard it as the best chess magazine ever made.

Sorry for the digression! :-)

May-24-20
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  Sokrates: Dubov has just won his mini-match vs. Karjakin with staggering 3-0.

Carlsen leads by 2.5-0.5 vs. So.

Chess lives!

May-24-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: So didn't put up much of a fight vs. Carlsen.

Lost the first game in 30 moves. Had a momentary winning advantage in game two, gave it up, then gave up the draw. Drew in 18 moves in game three.

May-24-20  posoo: CLOMENS SHOOTZ, i am sorrey to hear dat u think i lack "worthiness" AND "talent". PLEASE understand dat i am not trying to be INTERESTING, my onley aim is to bring VEXATION to da nibble nobbers, which u now reveal urself to be. Over many years of sufering i have developed da ability to have a 49 PERCENT CHANCE of winning ALL CONTESTS, which has insolated me from attaks from people who consider themselves BETER than me in all fields.

Also u misspell my name which dos NOT inspire confadence in ur literaries. very big asesment to make without da proper CONTEXT. i, like all, am WRETCHED flesh and my sad life will end in LONELY WALING, but LACKING WORTHINESS, i.e. "da quality of being good enough" (WOBSTER)? Good enough for WAT?

u may be disapointed to learn dat da old posoo was nomanated for a COISSOR award on dis very site, for :WORLDS FUNNIEST HUMAN: some many years ago. I even got da votes! Not winning was a great tragedy of my living (since da trubbles). I carry this cross of failure today, but dis is da last time i will ever defend myself.

de GUSTOBUS non est dispuTONDUM

May-24-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: 'Nibble nobbers'.

Vastly amusing, but their primary home is elsewhere, along with the knob jockeys, and none are among the posters here.

May-24-20  Clemens Scheitz: it wos not mi intenchon to jurt your filins old posso, u are orait ( jus don counte on mi mony for ur tripp to da france).

Da goosetibus non desputondum est

May-25-20  SirChrislov: < <i, like all, am WRETCHED flesh and my sad life will end in LONELY WALING> Sir, this caught my eye. you sound like a sad poet. but I hope you're not sad in real life.

All devil as I am-a damned wretch,
A hardened, stubborn, unrepenting villain,
Still my heart melts at human wretchedness;
And with sincere but unavailing sighs
I view the helpless children of distress:
With tears indignant I behold the oppressor
Rejoicing in the honest man's destruction,
Whose unsubmitting heart was all his crime.

~~ Robert Burns (Scotland, ca. 1771-1779)

May-25-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Wonderful poem, <SirChrislov>, a great find for this "situation" - thanks!
May-25-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: I agree with <Sokrates> on da old <posoo>.

<ChrisOwen> might be brilliant, and his comments when decrypted might reveal the DNA of the cure for Corona Virus, but I don't expect the world to wait for that to happen.

May-25-20  749770: So now Dubov Nakamura Carlsen and Yangyi remained?
May-25-20  749770: What are the couplings in the
next step?
May-25-20  SirChrislov: Any Blue Öyster Cult fans?

https://youtu.be/jyLMgIR69G4

song's not about fallen military personnel who served our nation but still, have a safe Memorial Day.

(fun fact:

7 billion hot dogs

Americans will eat on average 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That's <818 hot dogs> consumed every second during that period.)

May-25-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Easy, old <posoo>. <Clemens> is one of the great men on this forum. You should know that your scriblings aren't to anyone's taste. I am sure mine aren't! Stay safe!
May-25-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Willem Wallekers: <749770:>
As I understand it the scoring system looks like tennis. Best of three with games, sets and match. What you see today are second sets.
May-25-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Nakamura beat Aronian 3-1 in their second mini-match. This is definitely not Aronian's "thing". Nakamura, OTOH, has become wings to fly.

Ding revenged his defeat in the first match vs. Yu and won 2½-1½ after giving a perpetual in the 4th game, a game which he easily could have won.

May-25-20  posoo: Artemis in the garden, wengie, wengie, but e4 brings redoubtable snuff, bluff, meet me at nf6 for cuppas under cupolas, renegade rikki tiki tavi releases fluffmuff on morning

Cryptograph belchers under austere view, h5?! Undertaken by brassy bronzer, which pelt is pelted by the peripheral Ponce de Leon. Renegade renegade squab findeth bxb4, underwhelms and overpromises, return to Gloucester lest Leicester fans let the hens henceforth have hog’s sway!

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