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🏆 12th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid) (2012)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Richard Rapport, Alexey Shirov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Arkadij Naiditsch, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexander Riazantsev, Aleksey Dreev, Alexander Motylev, Sergei Rublevsky, Romain Edouard, Gabriel Sargissian, Markus Ragger, Artur Yusupov, Andrei Istratescu, Mateusz Bartel, Michal Krasenkow, Vladislav Kovalev, Vladislav Tkachiev, Tigran L Petrosian, Daniel Fridman, Vasily Papin, Illya Nyzhnyk, Dariusz Swiercz, Kacper Piorun, Bartosz Socko, Evgeny Romanov, Grzegorz Gajewski, Viktor Erdos, Ivan Bukavshin, Kamil Miton, Eduardas Rozentalis, Robert Kempinski, Zaven Andriasian, Tamas Banusz, Tomasz Markowski, Andrey Zhigalko, Arturs Neiksans, Jacek Tomczak, Kamil Dragun, Aleksander Mista, Marcin Dziuba, Kaido Kulaots, Jiri Stocek, Wojciech Moranda, Yuri Yakovich, Jean-Pierre Le Roux, Valerij Popov, Daniel Sadzikowski, Kirill Stupak, Nikita Maiorov, Nikita Meshkovs, Pawel Jaracz, Michal Olszewski, Adrien Demuth, Marcin Tazbir, Grzegorz Nasuta, Krzysztof Bulski, Orest Gritsak, Ottomar Ladva, Andrey Gorovets, Volodymyr Vetoshko, Toms Kantans, Kirill Bryzgalin, Tomasz Warakomski, Marcel Kanarek, Stefan Djuric, Titas Stremavicius, Marian Jurcik, Aleksandr Volodin, Sergey Klimov, Hrair Simonian, Zbigniew Pakleza, Francois Fargere, Szymon Gumularz, Denis Kovalev, Kacper Drozdowski, Maciej Klekowski, Tomas Laurusas, Olga Girya, Viktor Matviishen, Arkadiusz Leniart, Vahe Baghdasaryan, Oskar Wieczorek, Wlodzimierz Schmidt, Igor Blechzin, Ralf Akesson, Guntars Antoms, Krystian Kuzmicz, Roland Berzinsh, Jan Adamski, Marcin Sieciechowicz, Kamran G Shirazi, Radoslaw Barski, Viachaslau Zarubitski, Stanislaw Zawadzki, Mikolaj Tomczak, Pal Kiss, Filip Cukrowski plus 185 more players.

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 524  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Kowalski vs Dreev  0-147201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
2. Shirov vs W Kaska  1-034201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. E Imanovs vs V Malakhov  0-146201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Rublevsky vs A Paulauskas  1-032201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C05 French, Tarrasch
5. M Lepeskaite vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-131201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D80 Grunfeld
6. Naiditsch vs T Makowski 1-021201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
7. G Barsciauskas vs A Riazantsev  0-119201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B01 Scandinavian
8. R Edouard vs D Lewtak  1-059201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
9. J Gladysz vs Fridman  0-155201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Motylev vs D Markauss  1-030201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. P Pothieux vs G Sargissian  0-158201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E20 Nimzo-Indian
12. M Ragger vs D Ferraris  1-030201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
13. Marija Golubeva vs A Istratescu  0-125201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C02 French, Advance
14. T L Petrosian vs G Gaizauskaite 1-036201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B23 Sicilian, Closed
15. J Ogonowski vs G Gajewski  0-134201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. V Erdos vs J Motovilnik  1-017201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
17. J Pham vs Krasenkow  0-134201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B06 Robatsch
18. Nyzhnyk vs J Chmielewska  1-022201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. M Wysocki vs Tkachiev  0-139201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B06 Robatsch
20. V Fedoseev vs D Palka  1-022201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
21. J Szostko vs B Socko  0-128201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A13 English
22. K Miton vs Patryk Paczka  1-034201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
23. A Sliwicka vs Rapport 0-128201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A00 Uncommon Opening
24. M Bartel vs R Psyk  1-030201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. A Semonaviciute vs Z Andriasian  0-133201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B23 Sicilian, Closed
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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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