Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:06 pm

Ah, might not have picked that one as Gazza's first loss. Nepo must be a happy man!
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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:07 pm

1 GM Anand, V. (4) 2783 ½ - ½ GM Kasparov, G. (4) 2812
2 GM Aronian, L. (5) 2809 1 - 0 GM Caruana, F. (7) 2807
3 GM Nepomniachtc. (7) 2742 ½ - ½ GM Le, Quang L. (6) 2726
4 GM Navara, David (3) 2737 0 - 1 GM Nakamura, H. (5) 2792
5 GM Dominguez Pe. (5) 2739 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, S. (4) 2773

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:12 pm

Day 2 after 6 rounds:

1 Nepomniachtchi, Ian (2742) 8/12
2= Le, Quang Liem (2726), Aronian, Levon (2809), Caruana, Fabiano (2807), Nakamura, Hikaru (2792) 7/12
6 Dominguez Perez, Leinier (2739) 6/12
7 = Anand, Viswanathan (2783), Karjakin, Sergey (2773), Kasparov, Garry (2812) 5/12
10 Navara, David (2737) 3/12

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:23 am

Peter Doggers report on Day 2 which unsurprisingly concentrates on Kasparov. It seems clear from watching the live games that he's really getting back into it again. He hasn't been in any trouble out of the openings and it will be a shame if he goes straight back into retirement.

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Brian Towers » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:39 pm

Chris Rice wrote:Peter Doggers report on Day 2 which unsurprisingly concentrates on Kasparov. It seems clear from watching the live games that he's really getting back into it again. He hasn't been in any trouble out of the openings and it will be a shame if he goes straight back into retirement.
I think when you combine "Kasparov" and "He hasn't been in any trouble out of the opening" you know you are not talking anymore about a chess legend. Of course full marks to the man for coming close to competing on almost level terms with some of the world's best but it is not the same crushing player of 20 years ago. Will he go straight back into retirement? The question probably revolves around "Does he need the money?" and "Will he be content being world number 10 or thereabouts?".
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:02 pm

Almost Kasparov's first win but after a rollercoaster game Navara found the last trick to win.

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:04 pm

The sort of game that makes the loser want to give up chess (or at least go back into retirement!). :shock:

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Steven DuCharme » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:27 pm

Victory for Garry!
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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:46 pm

Round 7:

1 GM Kasparov, G. (5) 2812 0 - 1 GM Navara, David (3) 2737
2 GM Caruana, F. (7) 2807 ½ - ½ GM Nepomniachtc. (8) 2742
3 GM Nakamura, H. (7) 2792 ½ - ½ GM Dominguez Pe. (6) 2739
4 GM Le, Quang L. (7) 2726 ½ - ½ GM Anand, V. (5) 2783
5 GM Karjakin, S. (5) 2773 0 - 1 GM Aronian, L. (7) 2809

Round 8:

1 GM Kasparov, G. (5) 2812 1 - 0 GM Le, Quang L. (8) 2726
2GM Aronian, L. (9) 2809 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, H. (8) 2792
3 GM Nepomniachtc. (9) 2742 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, S. (5) 2773
4 GM Anand, V. (6) 2783 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, F. (8) 2807
5 GM Navara, David (5) 2737 0 - 1 GM Dominguez Pe. (7) 2739

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:08 pm

Round 9 results:

1 GM Caruana, F. (9) 2807 1 - 0 GM Kasparov, G. (7) 2812
2 GM Nakamura, H. (9) 2792 1 - 0 GM Nepomniachtc. (10) 2742
3 GM Dominguez Pe. (9) 2739 0 - 1 GM Aronian, L. (10) 2809
4 GM Karjakin, S. (6) 2773 1 - 0 GM Anand, V. (7) 2783
5 GM Le, Quang L. (8) 2726 0 - 1 GM Navara, David (5) 2737

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:35 am

Day 3 leaderboard after 9 rounds of rapid. 18 rounds of blitz next:

1 Aronian, Levon (2809) 12/18
2= Caruana, Fabiano (2807), Nakamura, Hikaru (2792) 11/18
4 Nepomniachtchi, Ian (2742) 10/18
5 Dominguez Perez, Leinier (2739) 9/18
6= Le, Quang Liem (2726), Karjakin, Sergey (2773) 8/18
8= Navara, David (2737), Kasparov, Garry (2812), Anand, Viswanathan (2783) 7/18


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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:10 pm

Ouch! Agony for Kasparov which won't be helped by the Chess24 article on Day 3 which contains a video clip of Navara's devilish trick so you can relive Kasparov's nightmare all over again.

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Goddard » Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:58 pm

I've been watching the live stream and Kasparov has shown a lot of rustiness in his clock handling. He has allowed himself to drift into time pressure in most games. His only win so far was due to an astonishing blunder from Quang Liem Lee to in Rapid Round 8 (very surprising when you consider he still had 6 minutes on his clock and Kasparov was down to seconds).

It will be interesting to see how he does in the Blitz games.

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