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🏆 Speed Chess (2020) Chess Event Description
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). Pri ... [more]

Player: Alireza Firouzja

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessA00 Uncommon Opening
2. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev  ½-½ Speed ChessC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessE12 Queen's Indian
5. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev  ½-½ Speed ChessD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
6. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja  ½-½ Speed ChessE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
8. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja  ½-½ Speed ChessE73 King's Indian
9. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev  ½-½ Speed ChessA07 King's Indian Attack
10. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja  ½-½ Speed ChessE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
12. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
14. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessA06 Reti Opening
16. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessA06 Reti Opening
18. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessC01 French, Exchange
19. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
20. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
21. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
22. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev  ½-½ Speed ChessD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
24. V Fedoseev vs Firouzja Speed ChessB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. Firouzja vs V Fedoseev Speed ChessB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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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.
Nov-24-20  Sokrates: <morfishine> - thanks, I have responded there.
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  Check It Out: The Queen's Gambit becomes the most viewed scripted limited series in Netflix history. A neat quote by the creator:

<"I am both delighted and dazed by the response. It’s just all way beyond what any of us could have imagined,” co-creator, showrunner and director Scott Frank told The Hollywood Reporter. “But speaking for my fellow producers and the entire cast and crew of the show, every one of whom made me look better than I actually am, we are most grateful that so many took the time to watch our show. And we all look forward to bringing you our Yahtzee limited series next.”>

That's a funny quip!

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  Check It Out: I saw that Carlsen beat Artemiev on today. Was that part of this competition?
Dec-04-20  Boomie: The remaining schedule:


December 11, 2020: Semifinal 1
December 12, 2020: Semifinal 2

December 13, 2020: Final

Dec-04-20  Boomie: <Check It Out: I saw that Carlsen beat Artemiev on today. Was that part of this competition?>

Yes. Here is the bracket:

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  Check It Out: Thanks, <Boomie>. Nakamura crushed Fedoseev, 21.5 - 5.5! Whereas Carlsen merely dominated Artemiev, 13.5 - 9.5.
Dec-06-20  MordimerChess: I covered a couple of games with commentary.

There is a really awesome game of Naka vs Fedoseev on the list. Danny Rensch and Robert Hess called it the best move EVER played in Chess Speed Championship tournaments.


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  MissScarlett: The semi-final between Wesley and Naka has been brought forward:

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  Messiah: Go Maxime! Tu es le meilleur! FINISH HIM!
Dec-11-20  Boomie: The match so far:

MVL 4.5 - The Champ 3.5

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  Messiah: <Boomie: The match so far:

MVL 4.5 - The Champ 3.5>

Justin will get SLAPPED.

Dec-11-20  Boomie: After the 3 minute set:

MVL 9 - The Champ 7

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  Messiah: he



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  Messiah: Justin is TOAST
Dec-11-20  Boomie: Final score:

MVL 13 - The Champ 11

How about them apples?

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  Messiah: Hooray!
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  Check It Out: Magnus was consistently down on time during the match with MVL. He also didn't capitalize on several opportunities. At one point he just blundered away his queen. Not at his best.

Looking forward to the Naka-MVL final!

Dec-12-20  Wanda Nida: @boomie: what's batgirl's email?
Dec-12-20  metatron2: Congrats to Naka for winning speed chess ..

With the bullet section added, there was no real competition there. Naka is rated around 3500(!) in bullet. That's an unthinkable rating. No one else even comes close to that. Kind of reminds engines rating (but of course in bullet, the real gap between engines and humans is huge, since the engine can scan millions of moves per second..)

So all Naka had to do against tough opponents like W. So and MVL, is to keep the score balanced in the blitz sections, and win the bullet section.

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  Check It Out: Maxime V-L was leading for a good portion of the final, and even in the bullet section he started with two straight wins. But, as one might expect from Nakamura, he rattled off 7 wins out of 8 games to win the entire thing.

Congrats, Hikaru!

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  Messiah: Hikaru had some impressive display, very well done.
Dec-12-20  Boomie: <Wanda Nida: @boomie: what's batgirl's email?>

I don't know. Try this:

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  MissScarlett: Nepo, Fedoseev and Artemiev took part despite the current Russian Super-Finals clashing with the closing stages of this event, an eventuality that must have been obvious for some time. Officially, I'm sure it will be argued that a suitable accommodation could have been made if the situation arose, but I'm sure the Russians were just happy to take the money and run.
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