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GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz Tournament

Sergey Karjakin15.5/27(+8 -4 =15)[games]
Le Quang Liem15/27(+9 -6 =12)[games]
Viswanathan Anand15/27(+9 -6 =12)[games]
Levon Aronian15/27(+7 -4 =16)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev14/27(+7 -6 =14)[games]
Wesley So13.5/27(+7 -7 =13)[games]
Anish Giri13/27(+4 -5 =18)[games]
Anton Korobov12.5/27(+6 -8 =13)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov11.5/27(+4 -8 =15)[games]
Fabiano Caruana10/27(+6 -13 =8)[games] Chess Event Description
GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz (2019)

The Superbet Rapid & Blitz took place in the Stejarii Country Club in Bucharest, Romania from 6-10 November. It was the 6th stage of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, a series of eight events in which the world's best players competed for a total prize fund of $1.75 million. Seven of the 12 tour regulars, Caruana, Giri, Mamedyarov, Anand, Aronian, Karjakin and So, were joined by event wild cards Artemiev, Le Quang Liem and Korobov. The Rapid section was a 10-player single round-robin, and featured three rounds each day on the first three days, with a time control of 25 minutes for all moves and a 10-second delay from move 1. The final two days were a Blitz double round-robin, with 18 rounds of 5 minutes + 3-second delay. Rapid games counted double, with 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw. A two-player tie for first place would be resolved by a 2-game rapid mini-match (10 + 5) and if necessary an Armageddon game (5 vs 4). Tournament director: Graham Jurgensen. Chief arbiter: Dinu-Ioan Nicula.

Aronian and Karjakin ended on 20/36 and earned 11 Grand Chess Tour points (GP):

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts GP 1 Aronian *** 1½0 0½½ 1½1 1½1 110 1½½ 210 1½1 2½½ 20 11 2 Karjakin 1½1 *** 21½ 1½1 1½½ 2½½ 01½ 10½ 11½ 001 20 11 3 Anand 2½½ 00½ *** 00½ 011 21½ 1½½ 1½½ 111 201 19½ 8 4 Le Quang Liem 1½0 1½0 21½ *** 111 11½ 010 110 1½1 0½1 19 7 5 Korobov 1½0 1½½ 200 100 *** 2½0 1½½ 2½0 111 110 18½ 6 =6 Artemiev 101 0½½ 00½ 10½ 0½1 *** 2½1 1½1 1½½ 2½1 18 4½ =6 Giri 1½½ 20½ 1½½ 201 1½½ 0½0 *** 2½½ 0½½ 1½½ 18 4½ =8 So 001 11½ 1½½ 101 0½1 1½0 0½½ *** 2½½ 011 16½ 2½ =8 Mamedyarov 1½0 10½ 100 1½0 100 1½½ 2½½ 0½½ *** 211 16½ 2½ 10 Caruana 0½½ 210 010 2½0 101 0½0 1½½ 200 000 *** 14 1

Aronian won the playoff for 1st place by 1½ to ½: GCT Bucharest Rapid & Blitz (Tiebreaks) (2019)

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Previous GCT event: Sinquefield Cup (2019). Next: GCT Kolkata Rapid & Blitz (2019)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs A Korobov  ½-½412019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Giri vs So 1-0392019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Caruana vs Aronian 0-1492019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
4. V Artemiev vs Anand 0-1372019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA08 King's Indian Attack
5. Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov  ½-½552019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Mamedyarov vs V Artemiev  ½-½462019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE60 King's Indian Defense
7. Aronian vs Karjakin  ½-½542019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. So vs Anand  ½-½482019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA09 Reti Opening
9. Giri vs Caruana  ½-½682019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Korobov vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½412019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Karjakin vs Giri  0-1382019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. V Artemiev vs A Korobov  0-1632019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Caruana vs So 1-0362019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC53 Giuoco Piano
14. Le Quang Liem vs Aronian  ½-½552019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Anand vs Mamedyarov  ½-½502019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC50 Giuoco Piano
16. So vs Mamedyarov 1-0732019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA22 English
17. Aronian vs V Artemiev  ½-½382019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Giri vs Le Quang Liem 1-0402019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. A Korobov vs Anand 1-0272019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Caruana vs Karjakin 1-0992019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzA28 English
21. Mamedyarov vs A Korobov  ½-½492019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Le Quang Liem vs Caruana 0-1342019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
23. Anand vs Aronian 1-0792019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC53 Giuoco Piano
24. V Artemiev vs Giri 1-0302019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. Karjakin vs So  ½-½252019GCT Bucharest Rapid & BlitzC47 Four Knights
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  HeMateMe: ever play 'Shot a Minute' with beer? you pour beer into shot glasses and have to knock over a shot every minute. Harder than you might think.
Nov-09-19  boz: Mamedysrov-Korobov
I can't believe Korobov got away with that.
Nov-10-19  mike1: well.... two " wild cards" are leading this event. No matter what happens in the last rounds, well picked!
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  MissScarlett: Artemiev went on a roll downhill yesterday (=6 -3) in the blitz.
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  halito27: Woo hoo! Le Quang Liem! I live in Vietnam and he's a national hero here; everyone knows him. So good for chess!
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  MissScarlett: Artemiev rebounded today (+5 =4).
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  chancho: Artemiev is not ready for prime time, yet.

But Le Quang Liem looks to be ready to play amongst the elite.

No doubt about it.

Seeing him competing with the likes of So, Ding, and Yangi seems most apropos to me.

Nov-10-19  jerry crus: <Tsamba's luster is that of a fool's gold.

Only bopols think it can last a long time> Hey Filipino Crab, he almost got the blitz section today if not for last game lost. He beat caruana twice in blitz.

Nov-10-19  torrefan: Carlsen is the highest rated in almost all categories and places high (if not winning them) in all tournaments he plays in. And he is world champion. That's talent.

Wesley So is not the highest rated in any category, he is not even in the top ten of standard chess. In many tournaments he even lands in the bottom. And he is "world champion". That's tsamba.

Nov-10-19  Carrots and Pizza: Caruana and So got spanked in this tournament. Must be very humbling for these elite players. So has really fallen in the last year or thereabouts. He was #2 in the world on the live rating list a few years ago, if I'm not mistaken and looked quite promising. Some were wondering if he would be a WCC challenger.

He's still young, so there is still time, but, I doubt he's ever going to the top now.

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  HeMateMe: can chessplayers drink? I would guess most are lightweights.

However, Mikhail Tal would be the exception!

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  perfidious: <HMM>, I can vouch for that.
Nov-10-19  parmetd: I don't think So has ever been #2 has he?
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  perfidious: <parmetd>, believe he got to live number two very briefly, but that spot has been something of a revolving door for any and all putative challengers these last few years.
Nov-10-19  torrefan: Carlsen is the god of chess. So those who reach no.2 can boast of being the world chess champ of humans
Nov-11-19  torrefan: 4th place again...
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  perfidious: Yeah, just ask the math, don't you know.
Nov-11-19  dwavechess: 6 Players didn´t reach Number 1 because of Carlsen:Caruana, Aronian, Vachier Lagrave, Nakamura, So and Mamedyarov and In My Count I add Karjakin(only#4) but reach WCC final
Nov-11-19  DirkMcCallahan: The homepage says that "finishing in the top 2 overall...will secure a berth in the 2020 Candidates Tournament." Surely that's wrong?!
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  Tabanus: Yes, that's wrong.
Nov-12-19  virginmind: The official site says: „the players fight for one of the four key qualifying spots to the GCT Finals in London.”
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  FSR: parmetd: in mid-2017 So was No. 2 in the world.
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  wordfunph: just another tsamba
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  FSR: <parmetd>

<Wesley Barbasa So (born October 9, 1993) is a Filipino-American chess grandmaster and current World Fischer Random Chess Champion. He is a three-time Filipino Chess Champion and was U.S. Chess Champion in 2017. On the March 2017 FIDE rating list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2822, making him the fifth-highest rated player in history.>

Nov-20-19  Pedro Fernandez: Hi <AylerKupp>, I still don't understand why Giri is already classified by rating, sorry. Currently Giri is 2776 while MVL is 2777, and yet has to take the rating into account until January. Which is the reason? Thanks and regards
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