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12th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid) Tournament

Marcin Tazbir9.5/12(+9 -2 =1)[games]
Alexey Shirov9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Aleksey Dreev9.5/11(+8 -0 =3)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[games]
Vladislav Tkachiev9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Alexander Motylev9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Markus Ragger9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Richard Rapport9/11(+9 -2 =0)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Bartosz Socko9/11(+9 -2 =0)[games]
Jacek Tomczak8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Wojciech Moranda8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Grzegorz Gajewski8.5/11(+8 -2 =1)[games]
Andrey Zhigalko8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Valerij Popov8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Arturs Neiksans8/11(+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]
Dariusz Swiercz8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Vasily Papin8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Robert Kempinski8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Mateusz Bartel8/11(+7 -2 =2)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Michal Krasenkow7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Viktor Erdos7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Evgeny Romanov7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Artur Yusupov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Andrei Istratescu7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Eduardas Rozentalis7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Orest Gritsak7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
(285 players total; 253 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 206  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Kowalski vs Dreev  0-147201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
2. E Imanovs vs V Malakhov  0-146201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. M Lepeskaite vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-131201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D80 Grunfeld
4. G Barsciauskas vs A Riazantsev  0-119201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B01 Scandinavian
5. J Gladysz vs Fridman  0-155201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. P Pothieux vs G Sargissian  0-158201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E20 Nimzo-Indian
7. Marija Golubeva vs A Istratescu  0-125201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C02 French, Advance
8. J Ogonowski vs G Gajewski  0-134201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. J Pham vs Krasenkow  0-134201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B06 Robatsch
10. M Wysocki vs Tkachiev  0-139201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B06 Robatsch
11. J Szostko vs B Socko  0-128201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A13 English
12. A Sliwicka vs Rapport 0-128201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A00 Uncommon Opening
13. A Semonaviciute vs Z Andriasian  0-133201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B23 Sicilian, Closed
14. W Januszkiewicz vs Rozentalis  0-135201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C10 French
15. A Dadello vs R Kempinski  0-134201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A10 English
16. M Narva vs E Romanov 0-119201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
17. M Cerniauskas vs A Neiksans  0-131201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A80 Dutch
18. L Bucinskas vs J P Le Roux  0-124201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D85 Grunfeld
19. A Anikieiev vs W Moranda  0-138201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B25 Sicilian, Closed
20. R Buraczewski vs T Markowski  0-127201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)A04 Reti Opening
21. S Poswiatowski vs V Papin  0-135201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)E12 Queen's Indian
22. J Djogteva vs M Tazbir  0-130201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B23 Sicilian, Closed
23. J Sidabras vs V Popov  0-158201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. J Kosakowski vs K Bulski  0-124201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. J Antolak vs Maiorov 0-143201212th MetLife Amplico European (Rapid)C48 Four Knights
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 206  PGN Download
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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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