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12th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid) Tournament

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[games]
Alexey Shirov9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Marcin Tazbir9.5/12(+9 -2 =1)[games]
Aleksey Dreev9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Bartosz Socko9/11(+9 -2 =0)[games]
Markus Ragger9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Richard Rapport9/11(+9 -2 =0)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Alexander Motylev9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Vladislav Tkachiev9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Wojciech Moranda8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Jacek Tomczak8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Grzegorz Gajewski8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Andrey Zhigalko8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Dariusz Swiercz8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Vasily Papin8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Arturs Neiksans8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Valerij Popov8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Robert Kempinski8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Romain Edouard8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Jean-Pierre Le Roux8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Marcin Dziuba8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Mateusz Bartel8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Tigran L Petrosian7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Artur Yusupov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Andrei Istratescu7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Orest Gritsak7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Evgeny Romanov7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Viktor Erdos7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky7.5/9(+7 -1 =1)[games]
(285 players total; 253 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 21 of 21; games 501-524 of 524  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
501. J Stocek vs A Pavlidis  1-026201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
502. K G Shirazi vs V Papin  0-124201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A07 King's Indian Attack
503. Yakovich vs D Mikrut  1-022201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E73 King's Indian
504. M Kosiorek vs K Stupak  1-018201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
505. M Jurcik vs O Wieczorek  ½-½23201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
506. O Brendel vs A Demuth  0-162201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B89 Sicilian
507. A Gorovets vs T Vedrickas  1-032201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E73 King's Indian
508. K Dragun vs M Bartel  1-035201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A20 English
509. L Rogule vs S Djuric  1-045201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A36 English
510. R Akesson vs Kamil Plichta  1-044201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
511. M Castiglione vs A Volodin  0-138201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A12 English with b3
512. F Fargere vs K Rjabzev  1-051201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
513. M Sieciechowicz vs P Piesik  1-056201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A44 Old Benoni Defense
514. S Zawadzki vs M Adamowicz  1-029201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B06 Robatsch
515. M Tomczak vs T Laurusas  0-136201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B42 Sicilian, Kan
516. V Erdos vs I Berzina  1-030201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
517. Z Andriasian vs J Musialkiewicz  1-032201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B25 Sicilian, Closed
518. A Skawinski vs D Kovalev  ½-½51201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
519. Fridman vs Shirov  0-149201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A25 English
520. I Bukavshin vs Rapport 0-115201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B56 Sicilian
521. R Kempinski vs M Olszewski  0-113201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
522. A Neiksans vs V Kovalev 0-114201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C78 Ruy Lopez
523. A Riazantsev vs Maiorov  ½-½12201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E12 Queen's Indian
524. M Tazbir vs A Istratescu 1-019201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C18 French, Winawer
 page 21 of 21; games 501-524 of 524  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-15-12  Kikoman: First!
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  whiteshark: Tournament page:

Life coverage:

Dec-15-12  notyetagm: Wow, MVL won the blitz tournament with a huge score and now he stats <7/7> in the rapid.


Dec-16-12  Maatalkko: MVL is one of the quickest thinkers in the world. I have not seen anyone spot tactics as frequently in 1 minute games, even Nakamura. Nak will outplay people bit by bit, whereas MVL will have an equal position but then boom boom boom and it's over.
Dec-16-12  notyetagm: <Maatalkko: MVL is one of the quickest thinkers in the world. I have not seen anyone spot tactics as frequently in 1 minute games, even Nakamura. Nak will outplay people bit by bit, whereas MVL will have an equal position but then <<<boom boom boom>>> and it's over.>

Yep, <BOOM!> is a good way to describe an MVL 1-minute game.

Dec-16-12  Ezzy: Alexey Dreev, joint first on points in the European Rapids, AND chosen for game of the day.

Dreev getting his well deserved 15 minutes of fame.

Dec-17-12  notyetagm: Tremendous success for <MVL> this weekend: he won outright 1st in the blitz and finished =1st in the rapid.

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  HeMateMe: are these five minute games? What are the controls?
Dec-17-12  magnifico: <Tremendous success for <MVL> this weekend: he won outright 1st in the blitz and finished =1st in the rapid.>

Congrats to La Grave.

He got to draw with Transwarp engine in the ICC once- quite an achievement.

TransWarp (Computer)

But the dude got trounced by Wesley in the ICC blitz way back in 2009 when Wesley was only 16, hence one of his two handles was Wesley 16. Mateus was Lagrave's handle.

The score was 10 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws in Wes' favor. Wes used the foster handle during their duel.

You can refer to the games here:

Dec-17-12  Tomlinsky: Game in 15 + 10 seconds per move, I believe.
Dec-17-12  Maatalkko: And this is what happened when they played real chess: W So vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2012
Dec-17-12  parisattack: Sicilian Kan did very well and some interesting Dutch defenses.
Dec-17-12  magnifico: < And this is what happened when they played real chess: W So vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2012>

This one one was a fluke. I mean 1:0

The ICC match was total domination in display. I mean 10:0.

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  perfidious: <magnifico>, aka <tolenboy>, aka who knows how many other handles, simply cannot accept reality: his horse actually lost a game of chess.

When young Wesley ascends to the elite, further doses of reality await. Even the greatest players have tough sledding in that august company.

Dec-18-12  magnifico: <august company.> It's December guys. Advance Happy Holidays...I wish you all- A Perfect Christmas:
Dec-18-12  Maatalkko: <magnifico> Merry Christmas!
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  HeMateMe: Are there tournaments where one minute chess is the time control? Bullett chess, right? Just wondering, for those above who opine on MaxL being dominant in 1-minute chess, are you referring to things you found on youtube, or games you saw in person? I'm just curious about where to see one minute chess played, among world class players.

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