Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:21 pm

Blitz Rd 1 results:

1 GM Dominguez Pe. (9) 2739 1 - 0 GM Navara, David (7) 2737
2 GM Le, Quang L. (8) 2726 1 - 0 GM Caruana, F. (11) 2807
3 GM Nakamura, H. (11) 2792 ½ - ½ GM Aronian, L. (12) 2809
4 GM Anand, V. (7) 2783 ½ - ½ GM Nepomniachtc. (10) 2742
5 GM Kasparov, G. (7) 2812 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, S. (8) 2773

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:52 pm

Blitz Rd 2 results:

1 GM Caruana, F. (11) 2807 ½ - ½ GM Anand, V. (7½) 2783
2 GM Nepomniachtc. (10½) 2742 ½ - ½ GM Kasparov, G. (7½) 2812
3 GM Karjakin, S. (8½) 2773 1 - 0 GM Dominguez Pe. (10) 2739
4 GM Nakamura, H. (11½) 2792 ½ - ½ GM Le, Quang L. (9) 2726
5 GM Aronian, L. (12½) 2809 ½ - ½ GM Navara, David (7) 2737

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Steven DuCharme » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:55 pm

Aronian and Navara were making 10 moves/sec
I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight :mrgreen:

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:21 pm

Blitz Rd 3 results. Kasparov loses his temper, seems to be something involving Naka but not sure:

1 GM Le, Quang L. (9½) 2726 0 - 1 GM Aronian, L. (13) 2809
2 GM Anand, V. (8) 2783 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, H. (12) 2792
3 GM Kasparov, G. (8) 2812 0 - 1 GM Caruana, F. (11½) 2807
4 GM Navara, David (7½) 2737 0 - 1 GM Karjakin, S. (9½) 2773
5 GM Dominguez Pe. (10) 2739 0 - 1 GM Nepomniachtc. (11) 2742

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:49 pm

Blitz Rd 4 results:

1 GM Nepomniachtc. (12) 2742 1 - 0 GM Navara, David (7½) 2737
2 GM Caruana, F. (12½) 2807 0 - 1 GM Dominguez Pe. (10) 2739
3 GM Aronian, L. (14) 2809 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, S. (10½) 2773
4 GM Nakamura, H. (12½) 2792 ½ - ½ GM Kasparov, G. (8) 2812
5 GM Le, Quang L. (9½) 2726 ½ - ½ GM Anand, V. (8½) 2783

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:19 pm

Day 4 leaderboard. Karjakin, the World Blitz champion, gets right back in it with 8/9:

1 Aronian, Levon 18½/27
2 Nakamura, Hikaru 16½/27
3 Karjakin, Sergey 16/27
4 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 15/27
5 Caruana, Fabiano 14½/27
6= Le, Quang Liem, Dominguez Perez, Leinier 12/27
8= Kasparov, Garry, Anand, Viswanathan 10½/27
10 Navara, David 9½/27

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:42 am

Steven DuCharme wrote:Aronian and Navara were making 10 moves/sec
This was truly something to behold and is featured in the Day 4 Chess.com report. I saw the arbiter eventually stepping in to put an end to the game and assumed it must have been because 50 moves had been made without a pawn or piece being taken. I was wrong about that as explained in the report:

"Round 11, featured a blitz game that lasted around 20 minutes. The 147-move marathon that was Aronian-GM David Navara saw the final 100+ moves played nearly exclusively on delay. Both players drained their clocks to the minimum possible, four seconds, for the technical endgame.

Aronian kept trying to drive Black's king far enough away to sacrifice for the bishop and pawn, but he couldn't quite seal off the monarch. Round and round they went, with the Czech player's king oscillating within an imaginary line that he tried not to cross.

Aronian never got the distance he needed, or at least he didn't realize it when he did, but since there was no notation of course; he just kept trying. The online audience knew that the pair had easily crossed into the 50-move rule (and possibly even a stray repetition too at some point), but Navara just kept defending.

That's when IA Chris Bird, who is afforded the ability to track moves via computer, sprang up from his chair. He had calculated when the two would reach 75 moves and that threshold gives the arbiter the ability to intervene even without a claim. Bird told Chess.com this is from a rule change in 2014 (as Peter Doggers expertly explained/predicted back then). It's the first time Bird has employed it. He also cheekily said that they may have made more than 75 moves, since it takes him a few seconds to get from his computer to the board itself and to do the math!

Trusting the relay, it appears the last capture was on move 64, and thus Navara's well-earned draw required 83 moves, none of which could last longer than a few seconds.

While it may appear that Navara was either ignorant of the possibility of 50 moves or just a bad estimator, nothing could be less true. He told Chess.com afterward that he was going to just keep playing moves until a piece was about to be captured. For example, if he allowed a fork of his king and bishop, he'd stop the clock at that very moment, and try his hand then with the claim.

As it turned out, Bird cashed in this insurance policy for him."

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:07 am

Chris Rice wrote:and try his hand then with the claim.
What happens if he makes a claim before 50 moves have elapsed? Would the opponent have been awarded more time?

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:11 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Chris Rice wrote:and try his hand then with the claim.
What happens if he makes a claim before 50 moves have elapsed? Would the opponent have been awarded more time?
Yes. Incorrect draw claims attract time penalties. (Interestingly, claims made incorrectly do not.)

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by David Sedgwick » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:52 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:Interestingly, claims made incorrectly do not [attract time penalties].
There was one of those at St Louis yesterday as well. It's covered towards the end of the Chess.com report linked above.

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:15 pm

1 GM Navara, David (9½) 2737 0 - 1 GM Dominguez Pe. (12) 2739
2 GM Caruana, F. (14½) 2807 0 - 1 GM Le, Quang L. (12) 2726
3 GM Aronian, L. (18½) 2809 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, H. (16½) 2792
4 GM Nepomniachtc. (15) 2742 0 - 1 GM Anand, V. (10½) 2783
5 GM Karjakin, S. (16) 2773 1 - 0 GM Kasparov, G. (10½) 2812

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:23 pm

Kasparov dismantled by Karjakin, partially making up for yesterday's let-off. Meanwhile, a pathetic draw in Aronian - Nakamura. Serve them right if Karjakin passes them both.

edit : Maybe that's a bit unfair to Naka. Not to Aronian.
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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:45 pm

1 GM Anand, V. (11½) 2783 0 - 1 GM Caruana, F. (14½) 2807
2 GM Kasparov, G. (10½) 2812 ½ - ½ GM Nepomniachtc. (15) 2742
3 GM Dominguez Pe. (13) 2739 0 - 1 GM Karjakin, S. (17) 2773
4 GM Le, Quang L. (13) 2726 1 - 0 GM Nakamura, H. (17) 2792
5 GM Navara, David (9½) 2737 1 - 0 GM Aronian, L. (19) 2809

Karjakin is closing in fast with 10/11 from the blitz so far.

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:46 pm

NickFaulks wrote:Kasparov dismantled by Karjakin, partially making up for yesterday's let-off. Meanwhile, a pathetic draw in Aronian - Nakamura. Serve them right if Karjakin passes them both.

edit : Maybe that's a bit unfair to Naka. Not to Aronian.
Two points clear of the player some saw as his main threat made perfect sense? You got your wish though as both lost the following round.

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Re: Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2017

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:54 pm

Karjakin's blitz rating has shot up 85.6 points and he is now world number 2 with a 2892.6 rating. Incredible as that is he still lags way behind Carlsen on 2948. Mind you, there's still 7 rounds left....

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