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🏆 Speed Chess (2020)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Alireza Firouzja, Parham Maghsoodloo, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Sarin Nihal, Haik M Martirosyan Chess Event Description Speed Chess (2020)

The Speed Chess Championship 2020 was a 16-player Blitz knockout played online on the server from 1 November - 12 December 2020. Each match had three different time controls: 90 minutes of 5+1 games, 60 minutes of 3+1 games, and 30 minutes of 1+1 games. If the match was tied after the last 1+1 game a tiebreak of four additional 1+1 games would be played (this happened once), and if still equal an Armageddon game (5 vs 3) (this did not happen). All games were scored normally (1 ½ 0). Prize fund: $100,000, with $10,000 to the winner. Chief organizer: Daniel Rensch. N games played: 402.

The winner Hikaru Nakamura beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by 18½ to 12½ in the final:

Eighthfinals 1-16 November Quarterfinals 19 Nov & 2-3 Dec Semifinals 9 & 11 December Final 12 December

Nakamura 7½ 5½ 8 -- 21 Martirosyan ½ 2½ 2 -- 5 Nakamura 8 6 7½ -- 21½ Fedoseev 0 3 2½ -- 5½ Fedoseev 5½ 3½ 3½ 2½ 15 Firouzja 3½ 4½ 4½ 1½ 14 Nakamura 5 3½ 5 -- 13½ So 4 4½ 4 -- 12½ So 5½ 7 5½ -- 18 Abdusattorov 4½ 2 3½ -- 10 So 4 8 4 -- 16 Duda 4 1 5 -- 10 Duda 5 4 8 -- 17 Caruana 4 4 1 -- 9 Nakamura 5½ 5 8 -- 18½ Vachier-Lagrave 4½ 5 3 -- 12½ Vachier-Lagrave 6 5 5½ -- 16½ Sarin 3 4 4½ -- 11½ Vachier-Lagrave 4½ 4½ 5½ -- 14½ Aronian 3½ 5½ 3½ -- 12½ Aronian 4½ 4½ 5 -- 14 Nepomniachtchi 3½ 4½ 3 -- 11 Vachier-Lagrave 4½ 4½ 4 -- 13 Carlsen 3½ 3½ 4 -- 11 Carlsen 6½ 7½ 10 -- 24 Maghsoodloo 2½ ½ 2 -- 5 Carlsen 5 5 3½ -- 13½ Artemiev 3 2 4½ -- 9½ Artemiev 5½ 3½ 6½ -- 15½ Giri 3½ 4½ 3½ -- 11½

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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 165  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave Speed ChessD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
4. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave Speed ChessD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessA13 English
6. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½ Speed ChessD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal  ½-½ Speed ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave Speed ChessD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessB10 Caro-Kann
10. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½ Speed ChessD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½ Speed ChessD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessB10 Caro-Kann
14. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave Speed ChessD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½ Speed ChessE15 Queen's Indian
17. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessB10 Caro-Kann
18. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½ Speed ChessD00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal  ½-½ Speed ChessC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½ Speed ChessA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
21. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessB10 Caro-Kann
22. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave Speed ChessA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
23. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessB10 Caro-Kann
24. Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave Speed ChessA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nihal Speed ChessA00 Uncommon Opening
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Nov-14-20  Clemens Scheitz: Finally, that took a while, but we appreciate it nonetheless.

Big margins in the victories of Naka against Martirosyan 21-5, and Carlsen against Maghsoodloo 24-5, also a very happy Aronian after his somewhat surprising victory over speed chess monster Nepo. Tomorrow is Caruana vs. Duda

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  Peligroso Patzer: When does the second round start?

I could not find a second-round schedule here:, where it might have been expected. (Second-round pairings can be seen in the bracket, but not the schedule.)

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  moronovich: <Peligroso Patzer>

You can use the bookmakers schedule here.
Otherwise I dont now ):

Nov-16-20  MordimerChess: If you enjoy the video analyses, I've covered some of the most interesting games of this tournament:


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  HeMateMe: I wish they played 5/2. With a two second increment there is time to win a won position, even if you are behind in time. At 5/2 people at this talent level can't be beaten on time in thematic positions, you can always play fast enough to stay alive.

Not so at 5/1. One second just isn't enough time to both move and hit the clock.

Nov-20-20  Keyser Soze: <Not so at 5/1. One second just isn't enough time to both move and hit the clock>

They play online right? Or face to face?

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  HeMateMe: I'm pretty sure it's online chess. 5/1 is ok when you are clicking a mouse, impractical for the human arm to be moving that fast. but, playing with a mouse at 5/2 allows a player to make an unlimited number of moves. If you are fast, you can't lose on time.
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  piltdown man: <If you are fast, you can't lose on time.> But if you are slow, you can. Thanks for stating the bleeding obvious.
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  perfidious: <piltdown man: <If you are fast, you can't lose on time.> But if you are slow, you can....>

Might as well throw in another tautology for amusement value: you <can> lose on time--except when you don't.

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  moronovich: If you dont lose on time you may win the game.
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  perfidious: <moronovich>, as the late Joaquin Andujar drolly noted:

<one word says it all: you never know>

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  moronovich: <one word says it all: you never know>

Yes,I know ;)

Nov-22-20  Sokrates: <This music won't do. There's not enough sarcasm in it.>

Samuel Goldwyn.

Nov-22-20  Pedro Fernandez: <<moronovich:> Yes, I know.> +1.
Nov-22-20  Pedro Fernandez: <<Sokrates>: Samuel Goldwyn.> Did you see thai, my great bro <AylerKupp>? That is the kind of philosophy you're researching, I.e. the powerful Sophi-One.
Nov-22-20  Clemens Scheitz: Where have you been Sven ? Are you actually following this championship ?

When Samuel Goldwyn was told that "The well of loneliness " couldn't be filmed because it was about lesbians he replied " That's alright. We will make them Hungarians". The same story was told about the rights to " The children's hours" with the response " That's okay, we will turn them into Armenians". The things that you find in Wikipedia...

Nov-22-20  Sokrates: Hi Clemens,

Thanks for asking. I got a bit frustrated following this event. I am not subscribing to and the official page is not exuding clarity and easy navigation. I highly prefer Chess24 and the way they do it. This CG page is, of course hopeless if you want to see the tournament stand and schedules.

How are you, my friend? Staying clear of the sneaky virus, I hope. Here, there is no progress, the daily count is still high, albeit no where near the disasterous numbers they have in Sweden. I hesitate to say it, but they now suffer the consequences of their arrogancy towards the disease. Our population is 5.8 mill., theirs is 10 mill. Yet they have almost 7 times the infected and 5 times as many dead. But the Swedes still think they did it better than us.

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  AylerKupp: <Sokrates> Yes, arrogance in the face of a pandemic never ends well, and here in the US we are very familiar with the consequences of that. At any rate, details on the situation are clearly off-topic for this page so you can find a summary for our countries plus Sweden in AylerKupp chessforum (kibitz #1683).

BTW, I share your opinion of this event and the various sites that report it.

Nov-22-20  Sokrates: Hi, <AK>,

Off-topic most certainly, but it's not that we disrupt long discussions about the games in this tournaments. Actually, nothing happens here at all, so I see no harm in being a bit off-topic. In case the community begins to discuss the event in any way, I gladly restrict myself to other off-topic suited forums.

Half off, half on topic is my question: Who of you, gentlemen, have seen the Netflix series Queen's Gambit, and what do you think of it?

I confess that I am very impressed by the depth and artistic skill shown in this series. A great epic drama with many subtleties and a profound humour. Anya Taylor-Joy is brilliant in the main role, but all actors do very well. Love the way it deals with cemented prejudices and biases, particularly in the last episode, when the love for chess in Russia contrasts the cold-war conceptions in the U.S.

Also nice to see the superb child actor, Thomas Sangster in the mentor and friend role. And the touching hommage to the janitor, who evoked her talent. The ending scene in the park with the old men is unforgettable.

Yes, they played too quickly in the games - likely caused by the wish to create some action - but otherwise this was the most true-to-life depiction of chess, I have ever experienced in fiction, be it film or literature. My highest recommendation.

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  Check It Out: <Sokrates> couldn't agree more about the Queens Gambit. The producers obviously wanted to avoid the typical movie approach to chess with all the errors. Hiring Kasparov and Pandolfini ensured accurate positions, and historic games and players. When Capablanca's best games book was name checked I was sold.
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  Check It Out: BTW, what is going on with this tournament? I went to but couldn't find a concrete schedule there. I went to and it only has one round of 8, So-Duda, from days ago.
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  MissScarlett: The schedule is fluid, having to fit itself around the Skilling event. The other QFs will be played in early December.
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  moronovich: <Check It Out>

Chessbomb should be working now.

Nov-23-20  morfishine: <Sokrates> Thank you very much for that recommendation on 'Queen's Gambit'! I dropped you a short note in your forum
Nov-24-20  Sokrates: <Check It Out> I'm glad you also liked the series. Yes, there are some nice references to real life chess mentioned en passant in the episodes. I'm sure you noticed the scene where Harmon's style is analyzed to be in Capa's intuitive direction.
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