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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby Mick Norris » Fri May 19, 2017 8:44 am

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on the rest day Nakamura made an appearance at the Central Chess Club on Gogolevsky Boulevard, where he was given a very nice watch by Natalia Shevando, the wife of Oleg Skortsov. For winning the Zurich Chess Challenge (sponsored by Skvortsov) three times in a row, the American player received a Rolex Sea-Dweller.
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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby Chris Rice » Fri May 19, 2017 9:12 am

ChessBase report on Round 6 the highlight being Yermolinsky's annotation of the complicated Ding-MVL game.

Round 6 photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby Mick Norris » Fri May 19, 2017 1:02 pm

Shak - Grischuk drawn in 14 moves

MVL - Radjabov drawn in 19 moves

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby LawrenceCooper » Fri May 19, 2017 3:06 pm

Svidler-Gelfand & Inarkiev-Nepo were also drawn.

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby Mick Norris » Fri May 19, 2017 3:51 pm

J'adoubeamura - Ding drew too, so very tight at the top still

Mickey drew with Vallejo, as dod Harikrishna & Tomashevsky

I assume Giri will win
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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby LawrenceCooper » Fri May 19, 2017 6:06 pm

Mick Norris wrote:J'adoubeamura - Ding drew too, so very tight at the top still

Mickey drew with Vallejo, as dod Harikrishna & Tomashevsky

I assume Giri will win


Yes, you can rely on Giri to ensure the round isn't all draws :) Hou Yifan-Hammer still going but the white advatnage disappeared some time ago.

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby Mick Norris » Fri May 19, 2017 6:33 pm

Ding & Shak on 4.5

4 - Giri, MVL, Gelfand, Svidler, Radjabov, J'adoubeamura, Grischuk
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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby LawrenceCooper » Fri May 19, 2017 6:34 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Mick Norris wrote:J'adoubeamura - Ding drew too, so very tight at the top still

Mickey drew with Vallejo, as dod Harikrishna & Tomashevsky

I assume Giri will win


Yes, you can rely on Giri to ensure the round isn't all draws :) Hou Yifan-Hammer still going but the white advatnage disappeared some time ago.


But has now reappeared decisively.

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby JustinHorton » Fri May 19, 2017 6:36 pm

Yes, what an odd game. I'd given up on that one and then suddenly I looked up and it was about plus fifty.
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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby NickFaulks » Fri May 19, 2017 6:42 pm

JustinHorton wrote:Yes, what an odd game. I'd given up on that one and then suddenly I looked up and it was about plus fifty.

It looks as though there was no reason for Black to break open the position with 65...f4.

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby Mick Norris » Fri May 19, 2017 6:44 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Mick Norris wrote:J'adoubeamura - Ding drew too, so very tight at the top still

Mickey drew with Vallejo, as dod Harikrishna & Tomashevsky

I assume Giri will win


Yes, you can rely on Giri to ensure the round isn't all draws :) Hou Yifan-Hammer still going but the white advatnage disappeared some time ago.


Hammer has lost; he might be blaming you :lol:
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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby LawrenceCooper » Fri May 19, 2017 6:45 pm

Pairings/Results
Round 7 on 2017/05/19 at 14.00
Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
1 2 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2786 3½ ½ - ½ 4 GM Ding Liren CHN 2773 4
2 5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2772 4 ½ - ½ 3½ GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2750 8
3 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2795 3½ ½ - ½ 3½ GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2710 13
4 6 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2755 3½ ½ - ½ 3½ GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2724 12
5 3 GM Giri Anish NED 2785 3 1 - 0 2½ GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2633 17
6 9 GM Harikrishna P. IND 2750 2½ ½ - ½ 3 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2696 15
7 16 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2652 2½ 1 - 0 3 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2621 18
8 14 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2710 2½ ½ - ½ 2 GM Adams Michael ENG 2747 10
9 11 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2727 1½ ½ - ½ 2½ GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2751 7

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby LawrenceCooper » Fri May 19, 2017 6:45 pm

Pairings/Results
Round 8 on 2017/05/20 at 14.00
Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.
1 4 GM Ding Liren CHN 2773 4½ 4 GM Giri Anish NED 2785 3
2 6 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2755 4 4½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2772 5
3 8 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2750 4 4 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2786 2
4 13 GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2710 4 4 GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2724 12
5 15 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2696 3½ 4 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2795 1
6 16 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2652 3½ 3 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2710 14
7 7 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2751 3 3 GM Harikrishna P. IND 2750 9
8 18 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2621 3 2½ GM Adams Michael ENG 2747 10
9 17 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2633 2½ 2 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2727 11

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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby John McKenna » Fri May 19, 2017 9:49 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
JustinHorton wrote:Yes, what an odd game. I'd given up on that one and then suddenly I looked up and it was about plus fifty.

It looks as though there was no reason for Black to break open the position with 65...f4.


Yes, that was a Hammer horror...

Off the top of my head, I think I saw that 65... e5+ would have been the way for Hammer to avoid becoming the anvil!?
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Re: Grand-Prix 2017 Events Venues and Dates confirmed

Postby Chris Rice » Sat May 20, 2017 8:49 am

ChessBase report from Max Avdeev on Round 7. Clearly he blames the system for the amount of draws

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed with the cautious way the leaders approached today's games. Vachier Lagrave-Radjabov and Mamedyarov-Grischuk were not the kind of games we wanted to see. One can blame the system that puts players on the brink of elimination from by a single loss. Isn't it remarkable that the top 10 players in this list haven't lost a single game in seven rounds of play? Apparently, being cautious pays off. As for risk-takers, ask Nepo how it's working out for him in Moscow."

Adveev then promises some hope for Round 8 "Another intriguing match-up tomorrow is Grischuk-Nakamura. It is not only making their own way forward, it's also sinking of the opposition is what at stake. There's a great history of uncompromising battles between the two, so they'd better not disappoint!"

There are three games annotated by Yermolinksy so as usual well worth a visit.

Peter Doggers report explains that "Board two was a quick draw; the second in a row for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. He had his usual non-game with Teimour Radjabov yesterday (it's a "public secret" that these two friends always draw quickly with each other), and today he only played 14 moves to draw with Alexander Grischuk. "

The report also agree with Nick's assessment above that it was 65...f4 that was to blame in the Hou-Hammer game when Mr Hammer got a rush of blood and started playing for a win.

Finally, there is news of a simul by Kirsan! Well sort of, he played the first 40 minutes and then Motylev took over. It was a simul organized by the FIDE Commission Chess for the Disabled so kudos to FIDE for doing that.


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