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🏆 Chessable Masters (2020)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Vladislav Artemiev, Daniil Dubov Chess Event Description
Chessable Masters (2020)

The Chessable Masters was a 12-player online super-tournament taking place on chess24 from 20 June to 4 July 2020, with a rest day on 24 June. The 3rd event in the $1 million Magnus Carlsen Tour, it had a $150,000 prize fund with $45,000 for 1st place. The winner would qualify for the $300,000 Grand Final in August. The event featured the world’s top six players, eight of the top 10 players, six of the World Championship candidates (plus Radjabov), Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge (2020) finalists Dubov and Nakamura, and Tour debutants Harikrishna and Artemiev. In the preliminary round robin stage (20-23 June) the Group A and Group B players played each other twice in Rapid chess, with the Top 4 in each group going forward to the knockout stage. Tie break: 1) direct encounter, 2) number of wins, 3) Sonneborn-Berger score, 4) Koya coefficient. Time control: 15 minutes for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move 1. No draw offers allowed before move 40. The tournament was sponsored by Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.

After four days, Dubov, Harikrishna, Radjabov and Vachier-Lagrave were eliminated from the competition:

Group A (20 & 22 June) Group B (21 & 23 June) 01 02 03 04 05 06 Pts 01 02 03 04 05 06 Pts 1 Carlsen ** ½½ ½1 ½½ 01 1½ 6 Giri ** ½1 ½½ 1½ ½½ ½½ 6 2 Artemiev ½½ ** ½½ ½½ 10 11 6 Ding Liren ½0 ** ½1 ½½ ½½ ½1 5½ 3 Nakamura ½0 ½½ ** ½½ ½1 ½½ 5 Nepomniachtchi ½½ ½0 ** 01 1½ ½1 5½ 4 Grischuk ½½ ½½ ½½ ** ½½ 01 5 Caruana 0½ ½½ 10 ** 1½ 01 5 5 Dubov 10 01 ½0 ½½ ** 1½ 5 Radjabov ½½ ½½ 0½ 0½ ** ½1 4½ 6 Harikrishna 0½ 00 ½½ 10 0½ ** 3 Vachier-Lagrave ½½ ½0 ½0 10 ½0 ** 3½

In the knockout stage each match consisted of up to three mini-matches, and the winner of two such would advance. The mini-matches consisted of four 15 + 10 Rapid games, and if necessary two 5 + 3 Blitz tiebreak games, and if still necessary an Armageddon game where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw counted as a win for Black. Magnus Carlsen won the event by beating Giri in the two first mini-matches of the final:

Quarterfinals 25-29 June Semifinals 30 June - 2 July Final 3-4 July

Carlsen 11½- -- - / ½11- -- - / ---- -- - 2 Caruana 00½- -- - / ½00- -- - / ---- -- - 0 Carlsen 10½½ ½1 - / 1½1- -- - / ---- -- - 2 Ding Liren 01½½ ½0 - / 0½0- -- - / ---- -- - 0 Ding Liren ½1½½ -- - / ½0½1 10 0 / ½11- -- - 2 Nakamura ½0½½ -- - / ½1½0 01 1 / ½00- -- - 1 Carlsen ½1½0 ½1 - / 1½½½ -- - 2 Giri ½0½1 ½0 - / 0½½½ -- - 0 Giri ½½½½ ½½ 1 / ½1½1 -- - / ---- -- - 2 Grischuk ½½½½ ½½ 0 / ½0½0 -- - / ---- -- - 0 Giri ½1½1 -- - / ½0½½ -- - / 01½½ ½1 - 2 Nepomniachtchi ½0½0 -- - / ½1½½ -- - / 10½½ ½0 - 1 Nepomniachtchi 1½1- -- - / ½11- -- - / ---- -- - 2 Artemiev 0½0- -- - / ½00- -- - / ---- -- - 0

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Chessable Masters

Previous Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour event: Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge (2020). Next: Legends of Chess (2020)

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Artemiev vs Harikrishna 1-0402020Chessable MastersA33 English, Symmetrical
2. Dubov vs Grischuk  ½-½422020Chessable MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Nakamura vs Carlsen  ½-½732020Chessable MastersB30 Sicilian
4. Harikrishna vs Carlsen 0-1852020Chessable MastersB33 Sicilian
5. Grischuk vs Nakamura  ½-½362020Chessable MastersC67 Ruy Lopez
6. V Artemiev vs Dubov 1-0302020Chessable MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Dubov vs Harikrishna  1-0602020Chessable MastersE15 Queen's Indian
8. Nakamura vs V Artemiev  ½-½152020Chessable MastersD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Carlsen vs Grischuk  ½-½542020Chessable MastersE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
10. Nakamura vs Harikrishna  ½-½602020Chessable MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Carlsen vs Dubov 0-1462020Chessable MastersA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Grischuk vs V Artemiev  ½-½462020Chessable MastersD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Harikrishna vs Grischuk 1-0282020Chessable MastersC53 Giuoco Piano
14. V Artemiev vs Carlsen  ½-½782020Chessable MastersA06 Reti Opening
15. Dubov vs Nakamura  ½-½442020Chessable MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. Caruana vs Ding Liren ½-½442020Chessable MastersE46 Nimzo-Indian
17. Nepomniachtchi vs Radjabov 1-0572020Chessable MastersE17 Queen's Indian
18. Vachier-Lagrave vs Giri  ½-½322020Chessable MastersA02 Bird's Opening
19. Ding Liren vs Giri  ½-½372020Chessable MastersA20 English
20. Radjabov vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½602020Chessable MastersD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Caruana vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0642020Chessable MastersA22 English
22. Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren  ½-½472020Chessable MastersD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
23. Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana 1-0502020Chessable MastersD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Giri vs Radjabov  ½-½452020Chessable MastersA90 Dutch
25. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren  ½-½542020Chessable MastersA20 English
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  OhioChessFan: That legend is usually attributed to Victor Hugo, regarding Les Miserables.
Jul-12-20  Sokrates: <OhioChessFan: That legend is usually attributed to Victor Hugo, regarding Les Miserables.>

I stand corrected. You are absolutely right. Erosion in my old memory hard disc :-) Thanks, <OCF>!!

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  OhioChessFan: No worries. I read one version attributed to Dumas/The Count of Monte Cristo, and Oscar Wilde is also often cited. I'd guess it's apocryphal.
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  alexmagnus: <Also the frequency of the Candidates.>

As I said, Candidates 2020 alone has more payers from the 12 years. So, we don't even need to compare more than one tournament.

As for different qualification path. It is different, but the result is the same - 8 players.

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  beatgiant: <alexmagnus>
But we do not know who those 8 players would have been in, say, the 1970s if we had the current conditions in place then. Another example of different conditions today is the relatively higher importance of speed chess, which I think favors younger players.

That is why I stand by my original point. It's a lot more convincing to compare nearby historical periods with each other, than those that are separated by a big gap.

Jul-12-20  Clemens Scheitz: Hej Sven,
I'm doing fine in general, but since you asked I should tell you that my main problem is with women - in particular my wife and her two beautiful sisters. There are some feminine characteristics of them that I love (much more than I should) and at the same time there are aspects of their way of thinking and their view of reality that I profoundly dislike, so there is this awful tension and unrest in my heart... I flirt, compliment and flatter them when I text them, but on the other hand I avoid at all cost any family parties in order not to see them...silly and immature I know, but a problem for me nonetheless. Any advice ? I've heard that the best counselors in the world come from Copenhagen...Now you are probably sorry you asked...Now, to keep this related to our beloved game I would add that they do not play chess. Thanks, and I hope you are doing okay as well.
Jul-12-20  Sokrates: Dear Clemens,

Please allow me to transfer this to my personal forum. I think that would be the proper platform for your situation. So, please click on my name and head there ... :-)

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  AylerKupp: <<Sokrates> <AylerKupp>. That may be your post of the year! Be proud! :-)>

I would like to be optimistic; after all, the year is barely half-over. There's always room for improvement.

For example, I could follow you, <Clemens Scheitz>'s, and Emile Zola/Victor Hugo/others' example and respond to posts with a "!", "?", "$", or a suitable variety of single-characters. But, like the proverbial scorpion crossing the river on the back of a frog, that would be against my nature. Besides, I would likely fail to enlighten <Clemens Scheitz>, and I would hate to do that.

Jul-12-20  nok: <my main problem is with women - in particular my wife and her two beautiful sisters. There are some feminine characteristics of them that I love (much more than I should)>

I must inform you this can quickly get out of hand.

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  perfidious: <nok>, that little dalliance became mighty expensive indeed.
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  alexmagnus: <Another example of different conditions today is the relatively higher importance of speed chess> It's overestimated. Let's look at the current Candidates' line up.

The Candidates from rating, Grand Prix and Grand Swiss needed to play no speed chess at all by the very nature of their qualifying spot. The loser of the previous WC match, Caruana, qualified to the Candidates for that WC match by rating.

Remains only Ding Liren. Now, being World number 3, I'm sure he would have qualified in <any> format. But even if discounting this fact... He didn't play a single blitz game on the way to the final - in fact, not even a single "quick rapid" (10+10) game. Four of the six matches were decided on rapids though - but in three of those four matches he was the older player.

His opponent in the final, the withdrawn Radjabov, won four of the six matches on the way to the final in classical. One match was decided in rapids (against the younger Sjugirov), one in quick rapids (against the slightly older Mamedyarov).

Btw what's still holding - nobody has yet become world champion if he played even one rapid game on his qualification path or in the WC match.

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  beatgiant: <alexmagnus>
Maybe the increased use of faster time controls is overestimated, although more broadly I think physical training is a bigger part of preparation today.

But on the major point, although I do agree with you that there was a "lost generation" between 1938 and 1950, I also think there were some players in that generation who were strong enough to be in the Candidates but didn't have as many opportunities as they probably would today, for example Gulko.

Anyway, I feel I'm getting off topic, so if you really want my detailed opinion of what might happen in an alternate universe where the 1970's was like the 2010's, could we take it to one of our forums?

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  Diademas: <beatgiant: <alexmagnus [...] But on the major point, although I do agree with you that there was a "lost generation" between 1938 and 1950>>

I would extend that period for another 12 years. Just as Fischer had been a single sparrow in the first period, Karpov was equally unik in the second.
The generation born before 1938 dominated all newcomers with the two exceptions. In the 1981 cyclus 6 out of 8 candidates were born prior to 1938. As late as in 1984, Kasparov's two last hurdles before facing Karpov was Korchnoi (born 1931) and Smyslov (born 1921).

Not until the late 80s, early 90s there was a small window for the 1938-62 generation to make any impact on the candidates before they were wiped away by people being born in the late 60s and early 70s.

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  beatgiant: <Diademas>
Interesting, <alexmagnus> and I have been discussing lost generations in his forum. I'll add this hypothesis to the list and analyze it sometime in the future when time permits.
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  Everett: Mamedyarov was a Candidate more recently than 2011, and Andreikin was not a Candidate in 2020
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  alexmagnus: <Everett> Thanks for the corrections. Did it more or less from my head, so may have made one or another mistake (though I don't know how I blundered myself in declaring Andreikin a 2020 Candidate).
Jul-21-20  Sokrates: "En attendant Godot"

No elite tournament in sight. Vacation? Weariness? Depression?


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  Diademas: Au contraire <Sokrates>.
The "Legends of Chess" tournament starring Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik , Boris Gelfand, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Peter Leko and Peter Svidler starts today. Nepo, Ding and Giri makes up the rest of the field.
I'll ask <Annie> to put up a page.

Jul-21-20  Sokrates: Great news, dear <Diademas>, thanks. Interesting line-up of players. Since CG has missed it, I shall make use of my c24 account. The Beckett depression is over! :-)
Jul-21-20  savage sanctuary: No 'Legends' event page yet?? :(

Gelfand stampeded Liren and MC massacred Drawnish Giri

Jul-21-20  savage sanctuary: Vlady and Vishy lost their matches.

I don't remember Chuky being so lowly rated. Did he go through a bad period?

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  Diademas: Ivanchuk's rating has always been erratic, although he has been on a slump lately. He had a rating of 2751 as late as February 2017. He has after all turned 51 and has been in the top tier of this game for over 30 of them. Coincidentally he has only lost 2 rating points since the July 1990 rating list.

I don't think he is very used to playing online either.

Jul-21-20  savage sanctuary: Wow Carlsen - Giri Missed mate in 4, 1st round 'Legends'

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Wht to play (Magnus played 24.Qe5?! Boat turbulence?)

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  MissScarlett: I think Carlsen said he's back home by Thursday, so there's only tomorrow for Anand to <Sink the Titanic>.
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  Diademas: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find.
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