Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:21 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:48 pm
I think Carlsen will as likely as not beat So tonight, and I also reckon both Ding and Nepo will be thinking in terms of drawing their way to plus two.
Nepo seemed to be aiming for more but after his 21st move would definitely be happy to save a draw.

Ding has drawn as have Nakamura-Giri.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:04 pm

Nepo, however, has not.
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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:12 pm

Magnus finally manages a win to join the chasing pack (Anand, Karjakin & Nepo) on +1.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:16 pm

Blimey, that's an abrupt finish.
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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:36 pm

Final round pairings:

Ding Liren (6) Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (5)
Caruana Fabiano (5) Karjakin Sergey (5.5)
Anand Viswanathan (5.5) Nakamura Hikaru (4.5)
Giri Anish (4.5) Nepomniachtchi Ian (5.5)
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (5) Carlsen Magnus (5.5)
So Wesley (4) Aronian Levon (4)

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:37 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:12 pm
Magnus finally manages a win
Boo, spoilsport.
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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:02 pm

LawrenceCooper wrote:
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Magnus finally manages a win to join the chasing pack (Anand, Karjakin & Nepo) on +1.
A last round win for Magnus against MVL leaves him 1st= on +2 with Ding (who drew with Mamedyarov). Karjakin could also catch them. Anand-Nakamura and So-Aronian were uneventful draws. Nepo appears to be in danger of losing to Giri but certainly won't get the win needed for +2.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:06 am

Tie between Carlsen and Ding - and So and Aronian drew to share the wooden spoon.

(in the end it was not the WC, but Shak, who actually did a Giri)
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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Paul Cooksey » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:15 am

The Carlsen-Ding playoffs 16.00 our time. A pair of rapid followed by up to 3 pairs of blitz if needed. GCT does have a final Armageddon tiebreaker in the rapid/ blitz rules but surprisingly the regulations for classical say:
If a tie remains after four Round Robins have been held (one Rapid and three Blitz), the Grand Chess Tour Chief Arbiter or his appointed deputy shall be empowered, after consulting with the players, to direct that the tie be resolved by other means.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Paul Cooksey » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:13 am

Afterthought; maybe we can enhance Alex's thinking on chess as a spectator sport by having a game of table tennis as the final tiebreaker?

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:35 am

Am impressed that Carlsen won his last two games to tie for first. He looked out of it after nine straight draws. So is Carlsen's run of winning classical tournaments still ongoing, and where is Carlsen now in terms of his unbeaten run in classical games?

EDIT: From here, Leonard Barden reported the unbeaten run had reached 84 games after round 5 (of 11), so I presume the unbeaten run is now at 90 games? Reports were saying that Carlsen had won 8 consecutive tournament victories before he lost the blitz and rapidplay event before the Sinquefield Cup, so which of those 8 were classical tournaments?

He came second in Biel last year (where Mamedyarov beat Carlsen in round 9 on 31st July 2018, the most recent loss for Carlsen in classical chess), he tied for first in the 6th Sinquefield Cup (last year), you then discount the team event (34th European Chess Club Cup) and the rapid and blitz World Championships, as well as the classical World Championship (as these are not tournaments), he then in 2019 has won Tata Steel, Shamkir Chess (the Gashimov Memorial), the Grenke Chess Classic, you discount the GCT Côte d'Ivoire Rapid & Blitz and discount the Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament (which was at a rapid time limit), but you include Norway Chess and the Zagreb 2019 Grand Chess Tour (GCT) event (which was at a classical time limit), you discount the GCT St Louis Rapid & Blitz (which he failed to win), and you include this year's Sinquefield Cup (if he wins the tie-break - it has been pointed out he is 10-0 in tie-breaks going back to 2007 (but will his poor rapid form before the Sinquefield Cup still be present?).

I make that six classical tournaments he has won or tied for first in, with this year's Sinquefield Cup potentially a seventh in a row.

Where is he scheduled to play next at a classical time limit?

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by Paul Cooksey » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:10 am

I think Magnus has confirmed his participation the IOM Grand Swiss from 9th Oct, so probably not playing in the European Club cup.

Looking at the list on 2700chess.com a lot of top players in the Khanty World Cup in September, but I think Magnus has the month off.

I should ask Peter Heine if Magnus is interested in playing for Maidenhead in our pre-season with Bourne End before Roger does...

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:03 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:13 am
Afterthought; maybe we can enhance Alex's thinking on chess as a spectator sport by having a game of table tennis as the final tiebreaker?
That is not an option which I am considering.

If the situation were to arise, I am required to consult the players before deciding how to proceed, as you stated in your earlier post.

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:50 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:13 am
Afterthought; maybe we can enhance Alex's thinking on chess as a spectator sport by having a game of table tennis as the final tiebreaker?
That idea was trialled in my birthday blitz this year with Ameet Ghasi winning both his semi-final and final in that way :D

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Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:22 pm

I recommend this, though starting with a smaller number of quarters
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