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🏆 FIDE Online Nations Cup (2020)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Ding Liren, Hikaru Nakamura, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Hao Wang, Yangyi Yu, Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladislav Artemiev, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Bassem Amin, Baskaran Adhiban, Yifan Hou, Jorge Cori, Humpy Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Ju Wenjun, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Nana Dzagnidze, Mariya Muzychuk, Dronavalli Harika, Anna Zatonskih, Dinara Saduakassova, Olga Girya, Irina Krush Chess Event Description
FIDE Online Nations Cup (2020)

The FIDE Online Nations Cup was a team competition held from May 5-10, 2020, featuring Russia, USA, Europe, China, India, and a team representing the "Rest of the World". The games were played on the live server. The first stage consisted of a double round-robin, with each team playing each other team twice. The top two teams after 10 rounds qualified for a "Superfinal" match - the winner of this match to be declared the winner of the FIDE Online Nations Cup. If the Superfinal ended in a tie, the team that finished first in the group stage would be declared the winner. All matches were played on four boards: three with male players and one with female players. The time control for all games was 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move one. The games started 15:00 CEST / 9 a.m. Eastern / 6 a.m. Pacific. The prize fund was $180,000, sponsored by Each participating team received US $24,000. The winner of the tournament received an extra $24,000, and the runner-up received an extra $12,000. Each player received the prize money as follows: his or her team's total prize divided by the number of games played by the player's team multiplied by the number of games played by the player. The players were observed via a video conference call by FIDE-affiliated international arbiters. Chief arbiter: Sabrina de San Vicente.

The group stage (May 5-9) was won by China with 17 match points (MP). USA was 2nd on tiebreak (board points (BP)):

01 02 03 04 05 06 MP BP 1 China ** 20 22 12 22 22 17 25½ 2 USA 02 ** 00 22 12 22 13 22 3 Europe 00 22 ** 12 21 21 13 21½ 4 Russia 10 00 10 ** 12 21 8 19 5 India 00 10 01 10 ** 02 5 17½ 6 World 00 00 01 01 20 ** 4 14½

The Superfinal (May 10) saw China and USA tie 2-2, with the title going to China (Ding Liren, Wei Yi, Yu Yangyi, Yifan Hou) because they had won the group stage.

Official site:

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½492020FIDE Online Nations CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. V Artemiev vs Aronian 1-0482020FIDE Online Nations CupE20 Nimzo-Indian
3. Duda vs D Andreikin  1-0392020FIDE Online Nations CupB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. Goryachkina vs A Muzychuk  ½-½362020FIDE Online Nations CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. H Wang vs Radjabov  ½-½372020FIDE Online Nations CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Firouzja vs Wei Yi ½-½392020FIDE Online Nations CupD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Y Yu vs B Amin  1-0402020FIDE Online Nations CupE92 King's Indian
8. M Muzychuk vs Y Hou 0-1642020FIDE Online Nations CupB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Anand vs Nakamura ½-½412020FIDE Online Nations CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Caruana vs V S Gujrathi 1-01192020FIDE Online Nations CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. Harikrishna vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½322020FIDE Online Nations CupC67 Ruy Lopez
12. A Zatonskih vs Koneru  0-1422020FIDE Online Nations CupC47 Four Knights
13. Nepomniachtchi vs Nakamura 0-11382020FIDE Online Nations CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Caruana vs V Artemiev 1-0562020FIDE Online Nations CupA25 English
15. D Andreikin vs So  ½-½342020FIDE Online Nations CupD85 Grunfeld
16. I Krush vs Goryachkina  ½-½442020FIDE Online Nations CupD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Radjabov vs Anand ½-½272020FIDE Online Nations CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Harikrishna vs Firouzja ½-½672020FIDE Online Nations CupB10 Caro-Kann
19. J Cori vs B Adhiban 1-0552020FIDE Online Nations CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Koneru vs M Muzychuk  ½-½272020FIDE Online Nations CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren  ½-½402020FIDE Online Nations CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. Wei Yi vs Aronian  ½-½312020FIDE Online Nations CupC42 Petrov Defense
23. Giri vs Y Yu 0-1432020FIDE Online Nations CupC42 Petrov Defense
24. Ju Wenjun vs N Dzagnidze 1-0392020FIDE Online Nations CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Ding Liren vs Nepomniachtchi  1-0452020FIDE Online Nations CupD85 Grunfeld
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May-09-20  rogge:
May-09-20  Pedro Fernandez: <rogge!> Where do were you? I never knew about you more! BTW, <Sharky> has not trying to concert a video-call with you, in order to propose you an arragement about your emblem? For example, I'm really interested for <Sneaky's> avatar, which is (IMO), the best one in CG, but it is not interesed. Nice to see you again!
May-09-20  Pedro Fernandez: Why GM Rapport didn't play?

I can't wait a triangular, at double four rounds between Duda, Firousja and Rapport. Sometimes our dreams become true.

May-09-20  Pedro Fernandez: Finally we realize that the Caruana performance has not been enough. However our Team USA has fighting hard. Well, China, with those GM's Corps Ladies have been unbeatable. Congratulations!
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  moronovich: it is not over <Pedro>

Final on Sunday,between China and USA !

May-09-20  Pedro Fernandez: My great <Monorovich>. Some people think that I'm writing badly the Username of our fiend <Monorovich>, but it turns out I signed with him, a vitalice and exclusive contract with his great alteranative <Username>, which you only may use with the absolute writing permission of <Monoped, Inc. and Associates>.

Copyright 2020.

May-09-20  Atking: Thanks for the information <rogge>.
May-10-20  rogge: <Atking: Thanks for the information <rogge>>

You're welcome :) Carlsen apparently would've preferred representing the national team, which is too weak to be invited, of course. He'll play next weekend though,

May-10-20  rogge: <Pedro>! You really are one of the nicest guys around! All is well, not much chess going on these days, that's all :)
May-10-20  Kaspablanca: What country won this tournament?
May-10-20  goodevans: With the Superfinal tied +1-1=2, China wins over USA by virtue of superior record in the round robin.

I'm not sure if there's an MVP award but with +6-1=3 it would have to be Yu Yangyi.

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  MissScarlett: Fabulous Fabiano might have something to say about that.
May-10-20  Pedro Fernandez: Thanks for replyed me, my dear <rooge>. Hope see you more often.
May-10-20  goodevans: Wow. An even better record. I was so amazed at how many wins Yu Yangyi was amassing that Fab's many victories slipped under the radar. Maybe I'm just too accustomed to seeing him win and it seems he was even more key to his team's success than YY was to his.
May-10-20  pdvossen: I thought in her last two matches Irina Krush held herself well. Giving the USA at least a chance in the finals.
May-10-20  Everett: < ay-08-20 SirChrislov: @ 29:43 WOW>

Wow what? That the speakers say that Carlsen said 3...h5 is playable in the Rossolimo?

Reminds me of the Icelandic Defence Carlsen played against Adams years ago, yet Adams gained absolutely no advantage out of the opening. Didn’t stop people from claiming disrespect or arrogance or anything negative that comes to mind....

Carlsen is super-competitive, super-good, super-dedicated. If you’re of a similar mindset, you’d understand exactly where Carlsen is coming from (hint: striving for excellence). For those who haven’t really competed and cared a lot about the results, they won’t understand characters like Carlsen.

May-10-20  SChesshevsky: <SirChrislov...@ 29:43 WOW>

I think just about all the commentary Carlsen has put out online including his really amazing banter blitz has only demonstrated that he might be the most balanced and humorous world champion. Certainly the most chess-open.

An example was his comment on his game with Naka where Naka went with a Carlsen favorite london system and Carlsen answered with the questionable declined line that Naka had been playing through the tournament. Carlsen himself mentioned the intentional humor in his choice but also noted "The joke was on me the way the game turned out."'

Given Carlsen's humor is mostly irony and delivered deadpan, and given that I haven't really noticed any real arrogance or malice, that part of Carlsen's personality could be what Shankland is referring to.

May-10-20  morfishine: Good to see Caruana net some scalps
May-11-20  SirChrislov: <Everett>

What Icelandic defense? I don't see it in the DB. You mean Icelandic Gambit? (e4 d5 2.ex Nf6 3.c4 e6) I don't see it either. not against Adams.

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  MissScarlett: He's referring to Adams vs Carlsen, 2010

All these Nordics look the same.

May-12-20  Everett: <missScarlett> thank you for that! Yes, the “North Sea Variation”
May-13-20  SirChrislov: I see now. thank you for clearing that.
May-13-20  SirChrislov: that game was reviewed by kingscrusher, I recall now. I didn't know it was called the "north sea" variation.

I'm having an interesting look into it (without engine, it's down at the moment), I don't know if it has potential but as a surprise weapon I'd say definitely. I like the variation that Adams played and I like most of the lines that he plays. I have a book signed by him. I played him in a simul in California.

May-13-20  SChesshevsky: <...Adams vs Carlsen 2010...>

Think the opening's called the Norwegian Rat. At least now days. Maybe because Carlsen invented it or because he's the only guy willing to play it seriously.

An offbeat, maybe dubious, version of the rat or modern or robatsch or whatever you want to call that twist to the pirc.

May-13-20  Everett: Seirawan called his g6/d6 version of the Modern the “Rat” too
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