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    2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

    July 7, 2019

    2019 Paris GCT Rapid & Blitz

    The 2019 Paris GCT Rapid & Blitz tournament is again facilitated by generous contributions from Vivendi, Canal+ and Colliers International. This year, the tournament is the third stop on the 2019 Grand Chess Tour and will see the participants competing over 9 rounds of rapid chess and 18 rounds of blitz chess for a total prize fund of $150,000.

    July 27 – August 1, 2019

    Vivendi SA Head Office, 42 avenue de Friedland, 75380, Paris, France

    10 Player Round Robin



    Hikaru Nakamura
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    Fabiano Caruana
    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
    Ian Nepomniachtchi
    Anish Giri
    Vishy Anand
    Alexander Grischuk
    Jan-Krzysztof Duda
    Daniil Dubov

    The last three are wild cards



    July 27 Rapids Rounds 1-3
    July 28 Rapids Rounds 4-6
    July 29 Rapids Rounds 7-9

    July 30 Corporate Day

    July 31 Blitz Rounds 1-9
    August 1 Blitz Rounds 10-18

  • #2
    2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

    July 17, 2019

    Grand Chess Tour - We are happy to announce the commentary team for Paris #GrandChessTour! One and only Peter Svidler will be joining the English language commentary alongside Jennifer Shahade and Alejandro Ramirez, with Maurice Ashley reporting from the site. Action starts on July 27!


    I guess that Yasser is cutting back on his duties.


    • #3
      2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

      July 25, 2019

      The tournament live at:


      The other commentators:

      French: Laurent Fressinet and Romain Eduourd

      German: Jan Gustafsson and Steve Berger

      Spanish: David Martinez aka the Divis

      There is an interesting interview with David Martinez:


      Two excerpts:

      QUESTION: You have been playing chess for any years but was there a moment when you decided to become professional and also to devote yourself to training? When did you realise that this was the path that you want to continue on? What happened in your head then?

      I never wanted to devote myself to chess professionally even though I loved it! It was only after hating what I was studying at University (law and business) that I decided to give classes and found that I enjoyed it very much and I was wrong about being a professional! At that time, about 2005-2006, I began to analyze compulsively with analysis modules, nights after night, researching, looking for interesting middle game and end positions, reading virtually everything that was published, and looking at it with the magnifying glass of the computers. I discovered that I loved to prepare material, examine it in depth and then explain it. I also had the immense good fortune to find my first student in a tournament that I decided to play in just a day earlier and that this was a sponge and everything else I was analyzing and preparing. Ten years later I am still training David Anton and enjoy it as much as the first day!

      QUESTION: Tell us what are your two favorite books of chess?

      More than books, I would point out two authors. Dvoretsky as the forerunner in the style that I consider appropriate to improve in chess, with the enormous merit of having been written in a time before computers, and Aagaard for his two series of books Excelling at Chess and, above all, GrandMaster Preparation.


      • #4
        2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

        July 26, 2019

        Pairings for the Rapids

        July 27

        Round 1


        Round 2


        Round 3


        July 28

        Round 4


        Round 5


        Round 6


        July 29

        Round 7


        Round 8


        Round 9


        Peter Svidler is in St. Louis to cover the tournament with Jennifer Shahade and Alejandro Ramirez.

        First game at 9:00 AM tomorrow Toronto/Montreal


        • #5
          2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

          July 27, 2019

          Rapids Rounds One to Three

          July 27

          Peter Svidler handled himself well. Still, it was unusual to see him sitting at the desk in St. Louis.

          Round 1

          Round 1, July 27
          Nakamura, Hikaru – Caruana, Fabiano
          E47 Nimzo-Indian

          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 c5 6.Ne2 d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.O-O c4 9.Bc2 Nc6 10.a3 Ba5 11.f3 Re8 12.b3 cxb3 13.Bxb3 Bf5 14.g4 Bg6 15.Bd2 Rc8 16.Rc1 Bc7 17.g5 Nh5 18.f4 Ne7 19.Ba4 Rf8 20.Ng3 Nxg3 21.hxg3 Ba5 22.g4 Bd3 23.Rf2 Qd6 24.Be1 Qa6 25.Bb3 Bxc3 26.Bxc3 Be4 27.Bb4 Rxc1 28.Qxc1 Rc8 29.Qf1 Qb6 30.Qd1 Qc7 31.Rf1 a5 32.Bd2 Qd6 33.a4 h6 34.g6 Nxg6 35.Bxa5 Qa3 36.Bd2 Nh4 37.g5 Nf3+ 0-1

          Round 1, July 27
          Dubov, Daniil – MVL
          A33 English, symmetrical, Geller variation

          1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Ndb5 Ne5 8.Bg2 a6 9.Na4 Qd8 10.Nd6+ Bxd6 11.Qxd6 Nxc4 12.Qc5 d5 13.b3 Bd7 14.bxc4 Bxa4 15.Qa3 Qd7 16.Bb2 b5 17.cxd5 exd5 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.O-O Qe7 20.Qf3 O-O 21.Qg4+ Kh8 22.Bxd5 Rad8 23.e4 b4 24.Rac1 Bd7 25.Qf4 Bb5 26.Rc7 Qd6 27.Qxd6 Rxd6 28.Rb1 a5 29.a3 f5 30.f3 fxe4 31.fxe4 f5 32.axb4 Bd3 33.Re1 axb4 34.Rb7 Re8 35.Bf7 Rxe4 36.Rc1 Rd8 37.Rd1 f4 38.Bb3 Red4 39.Rf7 fxg3 40.hxg3 Bg6 41.Rf8+ Rxf8 42.Rxd4 Rb8 43.Kf2 Kg7 44.Ke3 Rb6 45.g4 Kf6 46.Kf4 Bf7 47.g5+ Ke7 48.Bc2 Bg8 49.Re4+ Kf8 50.Bb1 b3 51.Ra4 Rb7 52.Ke3 Kg7 53.Kd2 Bf7 54.Rh4 Bg6 55.Rh1 b2 56.Kc3 Bxb1 57.Rxb1 Kg6 58.Kc2 Rb8 59.Kc3 Kxg5 60.Kc2 h5 61.Rg1+ Kh6 62.Kb1 h4 0-1

          Round 1, July 27
          Anand, Vishy – Nepo, Ian
          B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb variation

          1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg2 O-O 9.O-O Nc6 10.h3 h6 11.Be3 Na5 12.Nxa5 Qxa5 13.Qd2 Qc7 14.a4 Be6 15.a5 Rac8 16.Rfc1 Rfe8 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 Nh7 19.h4 f5 20.c4 f4 21.gxf4 Bxh4 22.c5 Rcd8 23.c6 Qf7 24.Ra4 exf4 25.Rxf4 Bf6 26.Rb4 Re7 27.Qc2 Bg5 28.Bxg5 Nxg5 29.f4 Nh7 30.Qb3 Nf8 31.Rxb7 Rxb7 32.Qxb7 Qxf4 33.Rf1 Qe3+ 34.Kh1 Re8 35.Qf7+ Kh7 36.Qf5+ Ng6 37.c7 Qc5 38.Be4 Rxe4 39.Qxe4 Qxc7 1-0

          Round 1, July 27
          Grischuk, Alexander – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
          A04 Reti, Lisitsin Gambit deferred

          1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 Nf6 3.e4 d6 4.exf5 Bxf5 5.d4 Qd7 6.a3 e5 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Qe6 11.Qe2 dxe5 12.O-O-O O-O 13.Qc4 c6 14.f3 b5 15.Qxe6+ Bxe6 16.Bd3 b4 17.axb4 Bxb4 18.Ne4 a5 19.Bd2 Nd5 20.Rhe1 h6 21.Nf2 Bd6 22.Ne4 Be7 23.Nc3 a4 24.Nxd5 cxd5 25.Bc3 1/2-1/2

          Round 1, July 27
          Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Giri, Anish
          C50 Giuoco Piano

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 Ba7 8.Re1 O-O 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Nh7 12.Nbd2 Qf6 13.d4 h5 14.h3 h4 15.Bh2 g4 16.hxg4 Bxg4 17.Be2 Rfe8 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.b4 Rad8 20.b5 Bxf3 21.Bxf3 Ne7 22.Qe2 Ng5 23.Ra2 Ng6 24.bxa6 Qxa6 25.Qxa6 bxa6 26.Be2 Rd6 27.Nc4 Rf6 28.Bg4 h3 29.Bg3 Rc6 30.Bd7 Rxc4 31.Bxe8 Nxe4 32.Kh1 Nf6 33.Rd2 hxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Nxe8 35.Rd8 Rxa4 36.Rxe8+ Kg7 37.Bxe5+ Nxe5 38.R8xe5 Rc4 39.Rg5+ Kf6 40.Rg3 Bb6 41.Rf3+ Kg6 42.Kh3 f5 43.Re5 Rc5 44.Rfxf5 Rxe5 45.Rxe5 Bxf2 46.Kg4 Bb6 47.Re6+ Kf7 48.Kf5 a5 49.Ke5 Bc5 50.Ra6 Bb6 51.Kd5 Ke7 52.Kc6 Ke6 53.c4 Be3 54.Kxc7+ 1-0

          Round 2

          Round 2, July 27
          Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – MVL
          E60 King’s Indian

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 Ba7 8.Re1 O-O 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Nh7 12.Nbd2 Qf6 13.d4 h5 14.h3 h4 15.Bh2 g4 16.hxg4 Bxg4 17.Be2 Rfe8 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.b4 Rad8 20.b5 Bxf3 21.Bxf3 Ne7 22.Qe2 Ng5 23.Ra2 Ng6 24.bxa6 Qxa6 25.Qxa6 bxa6 26.Be2 Rd6 27.Nc4 Rf6 28.Bg4 h3 29.Bg3 Rc6 30.Bd7 Rxc4 31.Bxe8 Nxe4 32.Kh1 Nf6 33.Rd2 hxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Nxe8 35.Rd8 Rxa4 36.Rxe8+ Kg7 37.Bxe5+ Nxe5 38.R8xe5 Rc4 39.Rg5+ Kf6 40.Rg3 Bb6 41.Rf3+ Kg6 42.Kh3 f5 43.Re5 Rc5 44.Rfxf5 Rxe5 45.Rxe5 Bxf2 46.Kg4 Bb6 47.Re6+ Kf7 48.Kf5 a5 49.Ke5 Bc5 50.Ra6 Bb6 51.Kd5 Ke7 52.Kc6 Ke6 53.c4 Be3 54.Kxc7+ 1-0

          Round 2, July 27
          Nepo, Ian – Dubov, Daniil
          A33 English, symmetrical variation

          1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.a3 d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bg5 Bc5 9.e3 Bxd4 10.exd4 O-O 11.Be2 h6 12.Bh4 g5 13.Bg3 Ne4 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.d5 Ne7 16.Bc4 Nf5 17.Be5 Re8 18.Bc3 Bd7 19.O-O Rc8 20.Be2 Qb6 21.Bg4 Rcd8 22.Bxf5 Bxf5 23.Qd2 Rd7 24.h3 Be6 25.Rad1 Rxd5 26.Qe2 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Rd8 28.Rxd8+ Qxd8 29.Qxe4 Qd1+ 30.Kh2 Qd6+ 31.Be5 Qd5 32.Qe3 Kh7 33.f4 Kg6 34.Qxa7 f6 35.Bc3 Qe4 36.fxg5 Qf4+ 37.Kg1 Qc1+ 38.Kh2 Qf4+ 39.Kg1 Qc1+ 1/2-1/2

          Round 2, July 27
          Grischuk, Alexander – Nakamura, Hikaru
          E05 Catalan, open, Classical line

          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 7.Qc2 b6 8.Bg5 Nd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nbd2 b5 11.b3 cxb3 12.Nxb3 a5 13.Ne5 a4 14.Nc5 c6 15.a3 Ra7 16.Rac1 Rc7 17.Qb2 Nb6 18.Qc3 f6 19.Qa5 Nd5 20.Ned3 Ra7 21.Qd2 Nd7 22.Qa2 Nxc5 23.Rxc5 Bd7 24.Rfc1 Kh8 25.h4 Qf7 26.e3 Rd8 27.Qb2 Be8 28.Nb4 Nxb4 29.Qxb4 Qe7 30.Qb2 Ra6 31.Bxc6 Bxc6 32.Rxc6 Rxc6 33.Rxc6 e5 34.dxe5 Qxe5 35.Qxe5 fxe5 36.Rb6 Kg8 37.Rxb5 Rd3 38.Rxe5 Rxa3 39.Re7 Ra1+ 40.Kg2 a3 41.h5 Rb1 42.Ra7 Rb3 43.g4 h6 44.Kf3 Kf8 45.Kf4 Rb2 46.f3 a2 47.e4 Rf2 48.e5 Ke8 49.Ke3 Rg2 50.Ke4 Rf2 51.Kf5 Kf8 52.Ke6 Kg8 53.Ke7 Rxf3 54.Rxa2 Rf4 55.e6 g6 56.Kd6 1-0

          Round 2, July 27
          Caruana, Fabiano – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
          C42 Petrov, Nimzowitsch Attack

          1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.O-O-O Nf6 10.Bd3 c5 11.Rhe1 Be6 12.Kb1 Qa5 13.a3 c4 14.Be2 Ne4 15.Qc1 d5 16.Bd4 Rac8 17.Ne5 Nd6 18.Bg4 Rfe8 19.Qf4 Bf8 20.Re3 Qc7 21.Rde1 Ne4 22.Bxe6 Rxe6 23.f3 Nd6 24.Ng4 h5 25.Rxe6 fxe6 26.Nh6+ gxh6 27.Rxe6 Ne8 28.Rg6+ Bg7 29.Qxh6 Rd8 30.Qxh5 Qe7 31.f4 Rd6 32.Rxd6 Nxd6 33.Qxd5+ Kh7 34.Qh5+ Kg8 35.Qg6 Ne8 36.Bxa7 Nf6 37.Bd4 Qe1+ 38.Ka2 Qe4 39.Qxe4 Nxe4 40.Bxg7 Kxg7 41.a4 Nf2 42.Ka3 Nd1 43.a5 Kf6 44.g4 Ke6 45.h4 1-0

          Round 2, July 27
          Giri, Anish – Anand, Vishy
          E11 Bogo-Indian Defence, Nimzowitsch variation

          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ne4 8.Rc1 d6 9.Bg2 O-O 10.d5 Nd8 11.dxe6 Nxe6 12.O-O Nxc3 13.Rxc3 Bd7 14.Re1 Bc6 15.e4 a5 16.b3 Rfe8 17.Rce3 Qf6 18.e5 dxe5 19.Nxe5 Bxg2 20.Kxg2 Rad8 21.Qg4 Re7 22.h4 Nf8 23.h5 h6 24.Qe4 Qb6 25.Qf3 Nh7 26.Kg1 Nf6 27.R3e2 Qa6 28.Nd3 Rxe2 29.Rxe2 Qd6 30.Re3 c6 31.Qf5 Qa3 32.Re2 a4 33.Nc5 axb3 34.axb3 b6 35.Ne4 Nxe4 36.Rxe4 Qxb3 37.Kg2 Qb4 38.Qe5 Rc8 39.Rg4 Qf8 40.Kg1 Kh8 41.Kg2 f6 42.Qe6 Qe8 43.Qf5 Rd8 44.Re4 Qf7 45.Re6 b5 46.cxb5 cxb5 47.Rb6 Qd5+ 48.Qxd5 Rxd5 49.g4 f5 50.f3 fxg4 51.fxg4 Kg8 52.Rb7 Rg5 53.Kf3 Kf8 54.Kf4 Ke8 55.Ke3 Kd8 56.Kf4 Kc8 57.Ra7 b4 58.Ra2 b3 59.Rb2 Rb5 60.Ke4 Kd7 61.Kd3 Ke6 62.Kc3 Kf6 63.Rf2+ Kg5 0-1

          (to be continued)


          • #6
            2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

            July 27, 2019

            Rapids Rounds One to Three (continued)

            July 27

            Round 3

            MVL goes down

            Round 3, July 27
            MVL – Nepo, Ian
            B12 Caro-Kann Defence

            1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qf4 e6 7.Bd3 Nb4 8.Nc3 Bd7 9.h4 h5 10.Qg3 Ne7 11.Nd4 Qb6 12.a3 Nxd3+ 13.Qxd3 Ng6 14.f4 Rc8 15.Nce2 Bc5 16.b3 Qa6 17.Qxa6 bxa6 18.Bd2 Bb5 19.Nxb5 axb5 20.b4 Bb6 21.a4 bxa4 22.Kd1 Rc4 23.Rxa4 O-O 24.Ra2 Rfc8 25.g3 Ne7 26.Rf1 Kh7 27.Rf3 Kg6 28.f5+ Nxf5 29.Nf4+ Kh7 30.Nxh5 Rg4 31.Raa3 Rcc4 32.Nf4 Nd4 33.Rf1 Nxc2 34.Rd3 Nxb4 35.Rdf3 Nc6 0-1

            Round 3, July 27
            Anand, Vishy – Caruana, Fabiano
            B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky Attack

            1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.O-O Nf6 6.e5 dxe5 7.Nxe5 Qc8 8.Qf3 e6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.d3 O-O 11.Bf4 Nfd7 12.Nc4 Nc6 13.a4 Nd4 14.Qd1 Qc6 15.Na5 Qc8 16.Nc4 b6 17.Ne4 Nf6 18.Bg5 Nd5 19.Bxe7 Nxe7 20.c3 Ndc6 21.a5 Qc7 22.Qa4 Rab8 23.axb6 axb6 24.Qc2 Rfd8 25.Rfd1 h6 26.Qe2 Ng6 27.g3 Rd5 28.Ned2 Rbd8 29.Nf3 Nge7 30.Ra6 b5 31.Ne3 R5d6 32.Raa1 Qb7 33.Ne1 Ng6 34.f4 e5 35.f5 Nge7 36.Qf3 Nd5 37.Nxd5 Rxd5 38.Ng2 Qb6 39.Kh1 c4 40.dxc4 e4 41.Qe2 Rxd1+ 42.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 43.Qxd1 Ne5 44.Qg1 Qc6 45.c5 Nf3 46.Qe3 Qd5 47.Nf4 Qxf5 48.Kg2 g5 49.Ne2 Ne1+ 50.Kg1 Nf3+ 51.Kg2 Ne1+ 52.Kg1 1/2-1/2

            Round 3 , July 27
            Nakamura, Hikaru – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
            A05 Reti Opening

            1.Nf3 Nf6 2.e3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 O-O 5.d4 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 c5 8.dxc5 bxc5 9.O-O Qc7 10.Re1 Nc6 11.e4 e5 12.Nf1 d6 13.Ne3 Nb4 14.Nd2 a5 15.a3 Nxd3 16.cxd3 a4 17.b4 cxb4 18.axb4 d5 19.Rxa4 dxe4 20.Ndc4 exd3 21.Bxe5 Qd8 22.Rxa8 Bxa8 23.Bd6 Re8 24.Qxd3 Ne4 25.Rd1 h5 26.f3 Nc3 27.Rd2 Qg5 28.f4 Qh4 29.g3 Qf6 30.Be5 Qc6 31.Qxc3 Qh1+ 32.Kf2 Qxh2+ 33.Ke1 Qxg3+ 34.Kd1 Be4 35.Kc1 Bxe5 36.fxe5 Qe1+ 37.Kb2 Kh7 38.Rd7 Qf2+ 39.Qd2 Qxd2+ 40.Rxd2 g5 41.b5 g4 42.b6 g3 43.Kc3 Ba8 44.Ng2 Re7 45.Nh4 Re8 46.Ng2 Re7 47.Kd4 Kh6 48.Nd6 Kg5 49.Ne4+ Kg4 50.Ne3+ Kf4 51.Nf6 Kf3 52.Nf5 g2 53.Rxg2 Kxg2 54.Nxe7 h4 55.Ned5 Kf3 56.Ne4 h3 57.Ng5+ Kg4 58.Nxh3 Kxh3 59.Nf6 Kg3 60.Ne8 1-0

            Round 3, July 27
            Dubov, Daniil – Giri, Anish
            E10 Queen’s Pawn game

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Bg2 dxc4 7.O-O Nc6 8.Qa4 Nd5 9.Qc2 Be7 10.Rd1 Ncb4 11.Qd2 Bd7 12.Ne5 b5 13.a4 a6 14.axb5 Bxb5 15.e4 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Nd3 17.Nxd3 cxd3 18.Qa2 c5 19.c4 Bd7 20.Rxd3 cxd4 21.e5 Ra7 22.Bb2 Bc5 23.Bxd4 Qc7 24.Qa5 Rc8 25.Qd2 Bxd4 26.Rxd4 Qxe5 27.Rd1 Be8 28.Rd8 Qc7 29.Qd4 Rxd8 30.Qxd8 Kf8 31.Qd3 Kg8 32.Qd8 Kf8 33.Qd3 f5 34.Qe3 Qe7 35.c5 Rc7 36.Rd6 Bb5 37.h4 h6 38.Qd4 Rd7 39.g4 fxg4 40.Rxd7 Qxd7 41.Qxg4 Qd2 42.Qf3+ Ke7 43.Qb7+ Kf6 44.Qf3+ Ke7 45.Qb7+ Kf6 46.Qf3+ Ke7 1/2-1/2

            Duda beats Grischuk in "by far the craziest game of the tournament so far" (Svidler)!

            Round 3, July 27
            Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Grischuk, Alexander
            A09 Reti, Advance variation

            1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.b4 f6 4.e3 e5 5.c5 a5 6.Qa4+ Qd7 7.Bb5 c6 8.Bc4 Na6 9.exd4 e4 10.b5 Nb4 11.a3 exf3 12.axb4 Qxd4 13.d3 Qe5+ 14.Be3 fxg2 15.Rg1 Ne7 16.Nd2 Bd7 17.bxa5 Nd5 18.d4 Qxh2 19.Nf3 Qh5 20.a6 Be7 21.axb7 Rxa4 22.Rxa4 O-O 23.Ra8 Re8 24.Kd2 Kf8 25.Rxe8+ Qxe8 26.Bxd5 Bd8 27.Bf4 Ba5+ 28.Kd1 1-0

            (Chess24) - Duda plays the beautiful 21.axb7! to get to what Svidler calls "an absolutely crazy position"!

            Position after 21.axb7


            Standings after Rapids Round Three

            1-2 Caruana, Anand 5
            3-4 MVL, Duda 4
            5-6 Nepo, Grischuk 3
            7-8 Nakamura, Dubov 2
            9-10 Giri, Mamedyarov 1


            • #7
              I like that game. Almost no retreats. And the point after 21.axb7 Rxa4 is that White can simply play 22.Rxa4 and its headsmacking time for Black.


              • #8
                2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

                July 27, 2019

                Rapids Rounds Four to Six

                July 28

                There are photos by Lennart Ootes at


                which show the players with the Arch of Triumph in the background

                The games are being played at Vivendi headquarters, 42 avenue de Friedland, which is just a stone’s throw from the Arc. It will be here, later this afternoon, that the Tour de France will terminate

                Round 4

                Round 4, July 28
                Grischuk, Alexander – Anand, Vishy
                E00 Catalan Opening

                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Qc2 c6 9.Bf4 b6 10.Rd1 Bb7 11.Ne5 Nh5 12.Bc1 Nhf6 13.Nc3 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Ng4 15.Bf4 g5 16.Bc1 Nxe5 17.b3 Ng6 18.Bb2 Bf6 19.b4 Rc8 20.Ne4 Bxb2 21.Qxb2 f5 22.Nd2 Qe7 23.Rac1 e5 24.Qb3 e4 25.b5 cxb5 26.cxd5 Rxc1 27.d6+ Qf7 28.Rxc1 Qxb3 29.Nxb3 Rd8 30.Rc7 Bd5 31.Nd4 Rxd6 32.Nxf5 Rc6 33.Rxc6 Bxc6 34.Nd6 b4 35.Bxe4 Bxe4 36.Nxe4 Ne7 37.Kf1 Nd5 38.Ke1 Nc3 39.Nxc3 bxc3 40.f4 gxf4 41.gxf4 b5 42.Kd1 b4 43.Kc2 Kf7 44.e4 Ke6 45.Kb3 a5 46.h4 h5 47.a3 Kd6 48.axb4 axb4 49.Kc2 1/2-1/2

                Round 4, July 28
                Caruana, Fabiano – Dubov, Daniil
                B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Uogele variation

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 Re8 9.f3 d5 10.exd5 Nb4 11.Nde2 e6 12.d6 Nbd5 13.Bd4 Qxd6 14.Bxd5 exd5 15.Qd2 b5 16.Nxb5 Qe7 17.Nc3 Rb8 18.O-O-O Bf5 19.g4 Qb4 20.b3 Nxg4 21.fxg4 Rxe2 22.Nxe2 Qa3+ 23.Kb1 Rxb3+ 24.axb3 Qxb3+ 25.Ka1 Qa3+ 26.Kb1 1/2-1/2

                Grand Chess Tour – Our commentator on the scene in Paris, Maurice Ashley, was quite confused by b5. Peter says that Daniil is quite willing to give away material for initiative but will he get enough?

                Round 4 July 28
                Giri, Anish – MVL
                B97 Sicilian, Najdorf, Poisoned Pawn variation

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 h6 11.Bh4 dxe5 12.fxe5 Nfd7 13.Ne4 Qxa2 14.Rd1 Qd5 15.Qe3 Qxe5 16.Be2 Bc5 17.Bg3 Qd5 18.c4 Bxd4 19.Rxd4 Qa5+ 20.Rd2 O-O 21.Bd6 f5 22.Bxf8 Nxf8 23.Nd6 Nbd7 24.O-O Qc5 25.Qd4 a5 26.g4 f4 27.Rxf4 a4 28.Rf1 Qxd4+ 29.Rxd4 Nc5 30.Bf3 a3 31.Rd2 Nfd7 32.Nxc8 Rxc8 33.Bxb7 Rb8 34.Bc6 Ne5 35.Bb5 Nxg4 36.Ra2 Rd8 37.Rxa3 Rd2 38.h3 Nf6 39.Re3 Kf7 40.Rf2 Rd1+ 41.Kh2 Ke7 42.Ra3 Nfe4 43.Ra7+ Kd6 44.Re2 Ng5 45.Rxg7 Nf3+ 46.Kg3 Nd4 47.Kf2 Nd3+ 0-1

                Round 4, July 28
                Nakamura, Hikaru – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
                B29 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rubinstein variation

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 e6 7.h4 h6 8.g3 b6 9.Bg2 Bb7 10.Qd3 Qc7 11.O-O-O Ne7 12.h5 c4 13.Qe2 b5 14.Rh4 Rb8 15.Bd2 Qa5 16.Kb1 Bd5 17.Ne1 Rb6 18.Bc1 Ra6 19.a3 Bc6 20.Rhd4 Nd5 21.Bxd5 Bxd5 22.Rxd5 exd5 23.Rxd5 Qb6 24.Nf3 Qb7 25.Qe4 Rc6 26.Be3 a5 27.Rd6 b4 28.cxb4 axb4 29.axb4 Bxd6 30.exd6+ Kd8 31.Ne5 Kc8 32.Nxc6 Qxc6 33.Qd4 Re8 34.Qxg7 Qh1+ 35.Bc1 Qxh5 36.Qc3 Qd5 37.b3 h5 38.Kb2 Re4 39.Be3 Kb7 40.Kb1 f5 41.Kc1 Qxd6 42.bxc4 Qc6 43.Bd4 f4 44.Qd3 Re1+ 45.Kd2 Qh1 46.Qf5 Qe4 47.Qxd7+ Kb8 48.Qd8+ Kb7 49.Qd7+ Kb8 50.Kc3 Rc1 51.Qb5+ Kc8 52.Qc5+ Kd7 53.Qb5+ Kc8 54.Qa6+ Kd8 55.Qf6+ Kc8 56.Qf8+ Kd7 57.Qf7+ Kc8 58.Qg8+ Kd7 59.Qg7+ Kc8 60.Qg8+ Kd7 61.Qf7+ Kc8 1/2-1/2

                Round 4, July 28
                Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Nepo, Ian
                D73 Neo-Grunfeld

                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 c6 6.O-O dxc4 7.a4 O-O 8.Na3 Na6 9.Nxc4 Be6 10.b3 Bd5 11.Ba3 Rc8 12.Rc1 Re8 13.e3 c5 14.Qe2 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Qd5+ 17.f3 Nc7 18.Rfd1 Qh5 19.e4 Rcd8 20.Ne3 e5 21.Rxc7 exd4 22.Qc4 Rd7 23.Rxd4 Rxc7 24.Qxc7 Qg5 25.Rd3 b6 26.h4 Qa5 27.Rd8 h5 28.Bb2 Rf8 29.Bc3 Qa6 30.Nc4 b5 31.Nd6 Rxd8 32.Qxd8+ Kh7 33.Nxb5 Qe6 34.Bxf6 Bxf6 35.Qd5 Qe7 36.Qd6 1-0

                Round 5

                Round 5, July 28
                MVL – Caruana, Fabiano
                B56 Sicilian Defence

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.g3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 g6 8.e5 dxe5 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.Bg2 Kc7 11.O-O Be6 12.Re1 Nd7 13.Be3 a6 14.a4 Rc8 15.a5 Bg7 16.Ra4 Kb8 17.Rb4 Rc7 18.Rd1 Rhc8 19.Bf1 Ka8 20.Na4 f5 21.c4 e4 22.c5 Ne5 23.Nb6+ Kb8 24.Nxc8 Kxc8 25.Rb6 Bd7 26.b4 Ba4 27.Rb1 Nd3 28.Be2 Bc6 29.f3 Ne5 30.fxe4 Bxe4 31.Rd1 Bc6 32.Bf4 Bf6 33.h4 Rd7 34.Rxd7 Kxd7 35.b5 axb5 36.Bxb5 Bxb5 37.Rxb5 Kc8 38.Bxe5 Bxe5 39.c6 Bd4+ 40.Kg2 bxc6 41.Rb1 h6 42.a6 e5 43.Rb7 h5 44.Rg7 Kb8 45.Rxg6 c5 46.Kf3 c4 47.Ke2 e4 48.Rg5 Be5 49.g4 hxg4 50.Rxf5 Bd4 51.Rg5 c3 52.Rxg4 Bf6 53.Rxe4 1-0

                Svidler: Dubov-Grischuk seems like something out of My System. I stand almost alone as someone who doesn’t hate the book. I know that it isn’t the outstanding treatise on chess that will stand the test of time until 2035 but it seems like almost everyone else hates the book.

                Jennifer: Yasser will be back in the commentator’s chair for the Sinquefield Cup. (August 15 – 29)

                Round 5, July 28
                Dubov, Daniil – Grischuk, Alexander
                A06 Reti Opening

                1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.b3 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bb5+ Nc6 7.Ne5 Qc7 8.Bb2 Bd6 9.f4 O-O 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.O-O Re8 12.Qf3 Rb8 13.d3 d4 14.Nd2 dxe3 15.Ndc4 Nd5 16.Rae1 f6 17.Nxd6 Qxd6 18.Nc4 Qd7 19.Ba3 Nb4 20.Rxe3 Ba6 21.Rfe1 Rxe3 22.Qxe3 Nc2 23.Qe6+ Qxe6 24.Rxe6 Bxc4 25.dxc4 Nxa3 26.Rxc6 Rd8 27.Rxc5 Nc2 28.Ra5 Rd7 29.c5 Kf7 30.a3 Nd4 31.b4 Ne2+ 32.Kf2 Nxf4 33.c6 Rc7 34.b5 Nd5 35.Ra4 Ke6 36.Rh4 h6 37.Kf3 Kd6 38.a4 Re7 39.Rc4 Nb6 40.Rd4+ Kc5 41.Rg4 Nd5 42.h4 a6 43.bxa6 Kxc6 44.Rd4 Nc7 45.a7 Kb7 46.Re4 Rd7 47.Kf4 Kxa7 48.Kf5 Kb6 49.Kg6 Kc5 50.g4 Nd5 51.Re1 Ra7 52.Ra1 Nf4+ 53.Kf5 Ng2 54.h5 Ne3+ 55.Kf4 Nd5+ 56.Kf5 Ne3+ 57.Kf4 Nc2 58.Ra2 Nd4 59.Ra1 Ra5 60.Ke4 Ne6 61.Kf5 Kd6+ 62.Kg6 Rg5+ 63.Kf7 Nd8+ 64.Ke8 Nc6 65.Kf7 Rxg4 66.a5 Kc7 67.Rc1 Kb7 68.Rb1+ Ka7 69.Ke6 Nxa5 70.Rd1 Nc6 71.Kf7 Ne5+ 72.Kg8 Kb6 73.Kh7 Kc7 74.Ra1 f5 75.Ra5 Kd6 76.Ra6+ Kd5 0-1

                Svidler: Hikaru has a decent score against Vishy. This is something I cannot relate to – I famously have not won a classical game against Vishy and I am extremely bitter about this.

                Round 5, July 28
                Anand, Vishy – Nakamura, Hikaru
                C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

                1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.O-O Nd7 7.c3 O-O 8.d4 exd4 9.cxd4 Be7 10.Nc3 b5 11.Bf4 Bb7 12.Qc2 a6 13.Rad1 Qc8 14.Ne5 Nxe5 15.Bxe5 Re8 16.Bf4 c5 17.dxc5 Bxc5 18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.exd5 Bd6 1/2-1/2

                Round 5, July 28
                Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
                A13 English Opening, Agincourt variation

                1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.b3 Nf6 4.Bb2 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nc3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 c5 8.Be2 a6 9.Qc2 Nc6 10.g4 Nxg4 11.Rg1 f5 12.Ne4 b5 13.Nxc5 Qd5 14.Nd3 Bb7 15.h3 Nf6 16.Nf4 Qd6 17.Ng5 Nb4 18.Qb1 e5 19.Qxf5 Rad8 20.Bxe5 Qxd2+ 21.Kf1 Bc8 22.Nfe6 Qc2 23.Qxc2 Nxc2 24.Rc1 Nxe3+ 25.fxe3 Ng4+ 26.Nf3 Nxe5 27.Rxc8 Rxc8 28.Rxg7+ Kh8 29.Rxe7 Rxf3+ 30.Bxf3 Nxf3 31.Ke2 Ng1+ 32.Kf2 Rg8 33.Nf4 1-0

                Round 5, July 28
                Nepo, Ian – Giri, Anish
                B90 Sicilian, Najdorf, Adams Attack

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e5 7.Nde2 h5 8.g3 Be7 9.Bg2 b5 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.Qxd5 Ra7 12.Qd2 Nd7 13.a4 Rb7 14.axb5 axb5 15.O-O O-O 16.b3 b4 17.Rd1 h4 18.g4 Nc5 19.Qe1 Bd7 20.Be3 Qc7 21.Nc1 Rfb8 22.Ra2 Bc6 23.Bd2 Qd8 24.Nd3 Nxd3 25.cxd3 Bd7 26.d4 exd4 27.Bf4 Be6 28.Rxd4 Bxb3 29.Rb2 Be6 30.Rdxb4 Rxb4 31.Rxb4 Rxb4 32.Qxb4 d5 1/2-1/2

                (to be continued)


                • #9
                  2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

                  July 27, 2019

                  Rapids Rounds Four to Six (continued)

                  July 28

                  Round 6

                  Svidler: Nakamura-Dubov. The opening is a Tarrasch. Daniil has been defending this sideline against high level opposition in his last three tournaments. He says, “I understand that people are preparing against me but I feel obliged to do this.”

                  He is a student of chess history. He tells the story of the Steinitz-Chigorin match, where they were discussing a subline of the Evans Gambit. Steinitz would play it, say he had the better game and then lose. In a later tournament Chigorin played the Evans against him, Steinitz hesitated and Chigorin said, ”The public expects you to defend your convictions here.”

                  The public expects me to defend this horrible Tarrasch.

                  Round 6, July 28
                  Nakamura, Hikaru – Dubov, Daniil
                  D33 QGD, Tarrasch, Prague variation

                  1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.d4 Nc6 7.Bg2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.O-O O-O 11.Na4 Bb6 12.Nxb6 axb6 13.Qc2 c5 14.Bg5 Be6 15.e4 d4 16.e5 h6 17.exf6 hxg5 18.fxg7 Re8 19.Bxa8 Qxa8 20.f4 Qd5 21.Qe2 g4 22.Rfe1 d3 23.Qe5 Rd8 24.Rad1 c4 25.Qxd5 Bxd5 26.Rd2 b5 27.a3 Kxg7 28.Kf2 Kg6 29.Re5 f6 30.Re7 Rb8 31.Ke3 b4 32.axb4 Rxb4 33.Kd4 Bg8 34.f5+ Kh6 35.h3 gxh3 36.Rh2 Rb8 37.Ke4 Bd5+ 38.Kxd5 d2 39.Rxh3+ Kg5 40.Rg7+ Kxf5 41.Rh5# 1-0

                  Final position

                  Round 6, July 28
                  Grischuk, Alexander – MVL
                  E60 King’s Indian Defence

                  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.h5 exd5 9.exd5 Re8 10.h6 Bh8 11.Bg5 Qb6 12.b3 Qa5 13.Bd2 Qd8 14.Kf1 Ne4 15.Nxe4 Rxe4 16.Rc1 Rh4 17.Rxh4 Qxh4 18.g3 Qd8 19.Kg2 Nd7 20.Nf3 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Bxe5 22.Bd3 Bd7 23.Qf3 f5 24.Re1 Qf6 25.b4 cxb4 26.Bxb4 b6 27.Bd2 Re8 28.Qd1 f4 29.Qf3 fxg3 30.Qxf6 Bxf6 31.Rxe8+ Bxe8 32.fxg3 Kf8 33.g4 Ke7 34.g5 Bd4 35.Kf3 Bd7 36.Be3 Bc3 37.Bc2 Kf7 38.Be4 Bb4 39.Bd4 Bc5 1/2-1/2

                  Round 6, July 28
                  Caruana, Fabiano – Nepo, Ian
                  B06 Pirc-Robatsch

                  1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 a6 6.Bh6 O-O 7.O-O-O b5 8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.f3 Nc6 10.h4 e5 11.Nge2 b4 12.Nd5 h5 13.Nxb4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Nc6 Qe8 16.Nxd4 Qa4 17.Kb1 c5 18.Ne2 Rb8 19.b3 Be6 20.Qc3 c4 21.Nf4 Rfc8 22.Rd4 cxb3 23.Nxe6+ fxe6 24.axb3 Qe8 25.Qd2 a5 26.Ba6 Rc6 27.Rxd6 Rbb6 28.Rxc6 Qxc6 29.Be2 a4 30.b4 Qc5 31.c3 Qf2 32.Rd1 Qxg2 33.Qe3 Rb7 34.Rg1 Qh2 35.Qg5 Ng4 36.Re1 Qf2 37.Qd2 Ne5 38.Rf1 Qxh4 39.f4 Rd7 40.Qe1 Qxe1+ 41.Rxe1 Nf7 42.Kc2 e5 43.f5 h4 44.fxg6 Kxg6 45.b5 Kg5 46.c4 h3 47.c5 Kf4 48.b6 Nd8 49.Bb5 Rh7 50.c6 Nxc6 51.Bxc6 Rh6 52.Bd7 h2 53.b7 Rb6 54.Bc8 a3 55.Kc3 Kg3 56.Ra1 a2 57.Be6 Rxb7 58.Bb3 Ra7 59.Kc4 Rh7 60.Kc5 h1=Q 61.Rxh1 Rxh1 62.Bxa2 Kf4 63.Bd5 Re1 0-1

                  Position after White’s 52.Bd7?


                  Chess24: Just as in Zagreb, Caruana manages to lose a completely winning position against Nepomniachtchi.

                  Round 6, July 28
                  Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – Anand, Vishy
                  A13 English Opening, Agincourt variation

                  1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.b3 d4 4.g3 Nc6 5.Bg2 e5 6.d3 Bb4+ 7.Nbd2 a5 8.a3 Be7 9.O-O Nf6 10.Rb1 Nd7 11.Ne1 O-O 12.Nc2 Nc5 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Bxe4 Bh3 15.Re1 Qd7 16.b4 axb4 17.axb4 Bf5 18.Bh1 Nd8 19.e3 c6 20.exd4 exd4 21.Rb3 Bf6 22.h4 Bg4 23.Bf3 Bxf3 24.Qxf3 Ne6 25.b5 c5 26.Re2 b6 27.Rb1 Ra2 28.Ra1 Rxa1 29.Nxa1 Qa7 30.Nc2 Qa8 31.Kg2 Qxf3+ 32.Kxf3 h5 33.Bf4 Ra8 34.Bd6 Rd8 35.Bf4 Ra8 36.Bd6 1/2-1/2

                  Round 6, July 28
                  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Giri, Anish
                  A45 Trompovsky Attack

                  1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.c4 e5 5.e3 exd4 6.exd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 O-O 8.Qf3 Re8+ 9.Ne2 dxc4 10.O-O-O Kh8 11.Ng3 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Be6 13.d5 Bc8 14.Bxc4 Nd7 15.Qh5 Ne5 16.Rd4 Rg8 17.Bb3 Qf8 18.Re1 Rg6 19.Qe2 Qh6+ 20.f4 Qxh2 21.Nf1 Qh6 22.Nd2 Bg4 23.Qb5 Qh4 24.Rde4 a6 25.Qf1 Nd7 26.d6 Nc5 27.Re8+ Rg8 28.Rxa8 Rxa8 29.Re3 cxd6 30.Bxf7 Qh6 31.Bd5 Qf8 32.Qe1 Bf5 33.Qe2 Bg6 34.Nb3 Rb8 35.g4 Nxb3+ 36.axb3 b5 37.f5 Bf7 38.Bxf7 Qxf7 39.Kb2 d5 40.Re7 Qf8 41.g5 fxg5 42.Qe5+ Kg8 43.f6 1-0

                  MVL is the sole leader of the Paris Tour after Day Two, while Giri’s struggles go on

                  Standings after Day Two

                  1 MVL 9
                  2-3 Anand, Duda 8
                  4 Grischuk 7
                  5-7 Caruana, Nepo, Nakamura 6
                  8 Mamedyarov 5
                  9 Dubov 3
                  10 Giri 2
                  Last edited by Wayne Komer; Monday, 29th July, 2019, 10:44 AM.


                  • #10
                    2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

                    July 29, 2019

                    Rapids Rounds Four Seven to Nine

                    July 29

                    If you are reading this many months after it was written, you might not remember who won the Tour de France. Egan Bernal was crowned as the first Colombian to win the Tour de France and the youngest in more than a century after safely negotiating the 21st and final stage into Paris Sunday.

                    Round 7

                    Round 7, July 29
                    MVL – Nakamura, Hikaru
                    C67 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence, open variation

                    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.h3 Ke8 10.Nc3 h5 11.Bf4 Be7 12.Rad1 Be6 13.Ng5 Rh6 14.Rfe1 Bb4 15.a3 Bxc3 16.bxc3 h4 17.Ne4 Rg6 18.g4 hxg3 19.fxg3 Kf8 20.Kf2 Ne7 21.h4 Nd5 22.Bg5 Bf5 23.h5 Nxc3 24.hxg6 Nxe4+ 1/2-1/2

                    Round 7, July 29
                    Anand, Vishy – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
                    B01 Scandinavian Defence

                    1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Ne5 c6 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.Nc4 Qd8 9.d5 cxd5 10.Ne3 Be6 11.Qd2 Qa5 12.O-O-O g5 13.Bg3 Rc8 14.Bb5 Bg7 15.Be5 Rc5 16.Bxd7+ Kxd7 17.Nexd5 Bxd5 18.Qxg5 Rg8 19.Nxd5 Nxd5 20.Bxg7 Qxa2 21.Qf5+ Kc6 22.Bd4 Rc4 23.Rhe1 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Rxd4+ 0-1

                    Round 7, July 29
                    Dubov, Daniil – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
                    D11 QGD Slav

                    1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2 O-O 7.Bg2 a5 8.Nc3 Ne4 9.O-O Bf5 10.Rc1 Nxc3 11.Bxc3 Be4 12.e3 e6 13.Qe2 Nd7 14.Rfd1 f5 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Qd7 18.f4 b5 19.Rc2 Rfc8 20.cxb5 cxb5 21.Rdc1 Bf8 22.Bd4 b4 23.Bb6 Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Qb7 25.Bd4 Kf7 26.g4 fxg4 27.Qxg4 Rc8 28.Rf2 Qd7 29.Qh4 1/2-1/2

                    Round 7, July 29
                    Nepo, Ian – Grischuk, Alexander
                    C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence

                    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nbd2 d6 6.c3 O-O 7.h3 Bb6 8.Nc4 Ne7 9.Nxb6 axb6 10.Ba4 Ng6 11.O-O Be6 12.Bc2 c5 13.a3 d5 14.Ng5 Bc8 15.exd5 h6 16.Nf3 Qxd5 17.Bb3 Qd6 18.Be3 Be6 19.d4 cxd4 20.cxd4 e4 21.Nd2 Bxb3 22.Qxb3 Rfe8 23.Nc4 Qe6 24.Rac1 Nd5 25.Ne5 Rad8 26.Rfe1 Kh7 27.a4 f5 28.a5 bxa5 29.Qxb7 Nxe5 30.dxe5 Nxe3 31.Rxe3 Qxe5 32.Rg3 Re7 33.Qb6 Rd6 34.Qb3 f4 35.Rgc3 Red7 36.Re1 Rd2 37.Rc8 R7d5 38.Qb8 Qxb8 39.Rxb8 e3 40.fxe3 Rg5 41.exf4 Rgxg2+ 42.Kh1 Rh2+ 43.Kg1 Rxh3 44.b4 Rg3+ 45.Kf1 Rf3+ 46.Kg1 Rb2 47.b5 Rxf4 48.Rb7 Rf5 49.b6 Rf6 50.Ree7 Rg6+ 51.Kf1 a4 0-1

                    Round 7, July 29
                    Giri, Anish – Caruana, Fabiano
                    A34 English, symmetrical, Three Knights System

                    1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.d4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.Rb1 O-O 9.Be2 b6 10.O-O Bb7 11.Qd3 e6 12.Bg5 Qd6 13.Qe3 Nd7 14.Rfd1 cxd4 15.cxd4 Rac8 16.a4 a5 17.Bb5 Bc6 18.Bf4 Qe7 19.Bg5 Qd6 20.Bf4 Qe7 21.Bg5 f6 22.Bxc6 Rxc6 23.Bh4 Rc4 24.Ra1 Qb4 25.Bg3 Rfc8 26.h4 h6 27.Qd3 Kh7 28.Bf4 Qc3 29.Qe2 Qc2 30.Rd2 Qc3 31.Rdd1 Qc2 32.Rd2 Qc3 1/2-1/2

                    Round 8

                    Round 8, July 29
                    Duda, Jan-Krzysztof – MVL
                    B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky Attack

                    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 a6 6.Bxd7+ Bxd7 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 Qa5+ 9.Nc3 e5 10.Qd3 g5 11.Bg3 Nf6 12.h4 g4 13.Nd2 Rc8 14.h5 Be6 15.Bh4 Nxh5 16.g3 Rg8 17.Nd5 f5 18.c4 Bxd5 19.cxd5 f4 20.a4 Qb6 21.b3 Qb4 22.Kd1 Rc3 23.Qe2 f3 0-1

                    Round 8, July 29
                    Nakamura, Hikaru – Nepo, Ian
                    D85 Grunfeld, Exchange variation

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Be3 c5 8.Qd2 Qa5 9.Rc1 Nd7 10.Nf3 O-O 11.Bd3 e5 12.d5 f5 13.Qc2 f4 14.Bd2 b5 15.c4 b4 16.O-O Qc7 17.a3 a5 18.axb4 axb4 19.Ra1 Ra7 20.Rxa7 Qxa7 21.Bc1 Nb6 22.Bb2 Qe7 23.Ra1 g5 24.Ne1 g4 25.Bf1 Bd7 26.Nd3 Ra8 27.Rxa8+ Nxa8 28.Qc1 Nb6 29.Qa1 Nxc4 30.Nxb4 cxb4 31.Bxc4 Qc5 32.Bb3 g3 33.Qe1 Bf6 34.hxg3 fxg3 35.Qe2 Bh4 36.Bc4 Qxf2+ 37.Qxf2 gxf2+ 38.Kh2 Ba4 39.g3 Bb3 40.Bf1 Bd8 41.Kg2 Bc2 42.Kf3 Bc7 43.Kxf2 Bxe4 44.Bc4 Kg7 45.Bb3 Kf6 46.Bc1 Bb6+ 47.Ke2 Bc5 48.g4 Bb1 49.Bd2 Bg6 50.Bh6 Be8 51.Kf3 Kg6 52.Bd2 Bd6 53.Bc1 Bb5 54.Bc2+ Kg7 55.Ke4 Be8 56.Kf3 Bg6 57.Bb3 Kf6 58.Be3 Bd3 59.Bb6 Kg5 60.Bd8+ Kg6 61.Ke3 Bb1 62.Kf3 e4+ 63.Ke3 Bc5+ 64.Kf4 e3 65.Bh4 e2 66.d6 Bxd6+ 67.Ke3 Be7 68.Be1 Kg5 69.Be6 Bc2 70.Bd2 Bd1 71.Kf2+ Kf6 72.Bc4 b3 73.Bxe2 Bc5+ 74.Ke1 Bxe2 75.Kxe2 Bd4 76.Kd3 b2 77.Kc2 Ke5 78.Bg5 Ke4 79.Bd8 Kf3 80.g5 Kg4 81.Bf6 Be3 82.Bxb2 Bxg5 83.Kd3 Kf3 84.Bc3 h5 85.Be1 Bf6 86.Kd2 Bg5+ 87.Kd3 Bd8 88.Kd4 Bb6+ 89.Ke5 Bc7+ 90.Kf5 Bg3 91.Bc3 h4 92.Bd4 h3 93.Bg1 Bf2 0-1

                    Position after 87…Bd8


                    On 88th move Naka had to keep his king on a light square - who'd have thought?

                    - Basic ending blunder but he had no time left

                    - Draw after 88.Kc2

                    Round 8, July 29
                    Anand, Vishy – Dubov, Daniil
                    B31 Sicilian, Nimzowitsch-Rossolimo Attack

                    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.O-O Bg7 6.Re1 Nh6 7.c3 O-O 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.e5 f6 11.e6 Qd6 12.Qe2 c5 13.Nc3 Nf5 14.Nb5 Qb6 15.dxc5 Qxc5 16.Bf4 Ba6 17.a4 Qb4 18.Qd2 Qxd2 19.Bxd2 Bxb5 20.axb5 Rab8 21.Rxa7 h5 22.Ra5 Rb7 23.Bc3 Nd6 24.b6 Rxb6 25.Rxd5 Rc8 26.Bd4 Rb5 27.Rxb5 Nxb5 28.Be3 Rc6 29.Nd4 Nxd4 30.Bxd4 Rc4 31.Be3 f5 32.Rb1 f4 33.b3 Re4 34.Bc5 Rxe6 35.b4 Kf7 36.b5 Be5 37.Kf1 Bb8 38.Re1 f3 39.g3 Rxe1+ 40.Kxe1 e5 41.Kd2 Ke6 42.Kc3 Kd5 43.Be3 e4 44.b6 Bd6 45.Kb3 h4 46.Ka4 hxg3 47.hxg3 Kc6 48.Ka5 Kb7 49.Kb5 Be7 50.g4 Bd8 51.g5 Be7 52.Kc4 Kc6 53.b7 Kxb7 54.Kd5 Kc7 55.Ke6 Bb4 56.Kf6 Kc6 57.Kxg6 Bc5 58.Kf5 Bxe3 59.Kxe4 1/2-1/2

                    Round 8, July 29
                    Grischuk, Alexander – Giri, Anish
                    E00 Catalan Opening

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Qc2 c6 9.Rc1 a5 10.Bf4 Nh5 11.Bd2 Nhf6 12.Bf4 Nh5 13.Bd2 1/2-1/2

                    Round 8 July 29
                    Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Caruana, Fabiano
                    A70 Benoni, Classical

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 exd5 6.cxd5 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.h3 O-O 9.Bd3 b5 10.a3 b4 11.Ne2 Re8 12.Qc2 Ba6 13.Nd2 Bxd3 14.Qxd3 Nbd7 15.O-O a5 16.Ng3 h5 17.Re1 Nb6 18.Re2 Nfd7 19.Nf3 Ne5 20.Nxe5 Bxe5 21.Nf1 c4 22.Qd1 b3 23.Nd2 a4 24.Nf3 c3 25.bxc3 Bxc3 26.Bg5 Bf6 27.h4 Rc8 28.Qd3 Nc4 29.Rc1 Ne5 30.Nxe5 Rxc1+ 31.Bxc1 Bxe5 32.g3 Qc7 33.Be3 Rb8 34.f4 b2 35.Qb1 Qc4 36.Kf2 Bd4 37.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 38.Kg2 Rb3 0-1

                    Mamedyarov vs Caruana is a Benoni. Alejandro says that Caruana does play the Benoni some times. Because of its bad reputation his fans say that they wish it was any other opening than that.

                    Peter is confused at the opening and then is informed that Shakh once beat him in that variation of the Benoni and he remembers nothing of it.

                    A viewer in the Chat nails it with this comment:

                    Suppressed Benoni memory

                    Chessgames.com says that Shakh beat Peter in blitz in a Benoni at the Tal Memorial 2018 in Moscow in 30 moves.

                    (to be continued)


                    • #11
                      2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

                      July 29, 2019

                      Rapids Rounds Four Seven to Nine (continued)

                      July 29

                      Round 9

                      Round 9, July 29
                      MVL – Anand, Vishy
                      C80 Ruy Lopez

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Be3 Be7 10.c3 O-O 11.Nbd2 Bg4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Qd5 Qxd5 14.Bxd5 exf3 15.Bxc6 fxg2 16.Rfc1 Rab8 17.a3 Be6 18.b4 f6 19.Re1 Rbd8 20.Bd4 Bd5 21.Bxd5+ Rxd5 22.Kxg2 fxe5 1/2-1/2

                      Round 9, July 29
                      Dubov, Daniil – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
                      B01 Scandinavian (Centre Counter) Defence
                      1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nf3 c6 5.Be2 Bf5 6.O-O e6 7.c4 Qd8 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Be3 O-O 10.Nh4 Bg6 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.Bf3 Qa5 13.d5 exd5 14.cxd5 Bb4 15.Qb3 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Nxd5 17.Qxb7 Nxe3 18.fxe3 Na6 19.Bxc6 Rac8 20.Rxf7 Qxc3 21.Rxf8+ Rxf8 22.Qb3+ Qxb3 23.axb3 Nb4 24.Be4 Kh7 25.Ra4 Rb8 26.Kf2 a6 27.Ra5 Kh6 28.Re5 Rb6 29.h4 Na2 30.g4 1-0

                      Round 9, July 29
                      Nepo, Ian – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
                      C42 Petrov, Nimzowitsch Attack

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 O-O 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.O-O-O Nf6 10.Bd3 c5 11.Rhe1 Be6 12.Kb1 Qa5 13.c4 Qxd2 14.Bxd2 h6 15.b3 Rad8 16.Bf5 Bxf5 17.Rxe7 d5 18.Rxb7 dxc4 19.Kc1 Ne4 20.Be1 cxb3 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.axb3 c4 23.bxc4 Nd6 24.Rxa7 Nxc4 25.Rc7 Na3 26.Rc5 Be4 27.Ba5 Rd5 28.Rxd5 Bxd5 29.Ne1 f6 30.Kd1 Kf7 31.Ke2 Be4 32.f3 Bf5 33.c3 Nc4 34.Bc7 h5 35.Nd3 Ke7 36.Nc5 Bc2 37.Nd3 Kd7 38.Bg3 Ke7 39.Nf4 g5 40.Nd3 h4 41.Bb8 Ke6 42.Ba7 Ne5 43.Nf2 Ba4 44.Ne4 Bb5+ 45.Ke3 g4 46.Bd4 h3 47.gxh3 Nxf3 48.hxg4 Nxh2 49.Nxf6 Bc4 50.Kf4 Be2 51.g5 Bd3 52.Ne4 Kf7 53.c4 Kg6 54.c5 Bb5 55.Nd6 Bc6 56.Nc4 Nf3 57.Bf6 Bd5 58.Ne5+ Nxe5 59.Kxe5 Bf3 60.Kd6 Kf7 61.c6 Bg4 62.Kc7 Bf5 63.Kd8 1-0

                      - Duda is not playing to win today. He is now playing to have a "successful" tournament. Not a good sign for somebody so young. Like Wesley So.

                      Round 9, July 29
                      Giri, Anish – Nakmura, Hikaru
                      C67 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defence, open variation

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 O-O 9.d4 Ne8 10.c4 Bf6 11.Re1 d5 12.cxd5 Qxd5 13.Be3 Be6 14.Nc3 Qd8 15.d5 Bf5 16.Bd4 Nd6 17.h3 a6 18.a4 Re8 19.Rxe8+ Nxe8 20.a5 Bxd4 21.Qxd4 Qe7 22.Qd2 1/2-1/2

                      Round 9, July 29
                      Caruana, Fabiano – Grischuk, Alexander
                      C54 Giuoco Piano

                      1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.O-O a6 7.a4 Ba7 8.Re1 O-O 9.h3 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.b4 Nh5 12.Ra2 Qe8 13.Na3 Nf4 14.Bxf4 Rxf4 15.Nc4 Qg6 16.b5 Raf8 17.Ncd2 Ne7 18.d4 Qf6 19.dxe5 dxe5 20.bxa6 bxa6 21.Qe2 a5 22.Rf1 g5 23.Nc4 Ng6 24.Nh2 Qg7 25.Qd3 Nh4 26.Ng4 h5 27.Ngxe5 g4 28.hxg4 hxg4 29.Qg3 Qg5 30.Re2 Kg7 31.Nd3 R4f6 32.Qxc7+ R8f7 33.Qe5 Qh6 34.Qg3 Kh8 35.Rb2 Nf3+ 36.gxf3 gxf3 37.Rfb1 Rg7 38.Qxg7+ Qxg7+ 39.Kf1 Rh6 40.Ke1 Qxc3+ 0-1

                      Position after Black’s 33….Qh6


                      After the win, Alexander went for the post-game interview with Maurice. He was glowing not like his usual dour self.

                      Grischuk: I feel that this is one of my best games ever and I have been playing more than twenty years - easily in the top five. I don’t want to spoil it now by seeing what the computer says.

                      At some point in the interview Sasha says, "A stick shoots once a year." Maurice doesn’t understand (nor do I). Peter tries to explain it to Jennifer but I don’t think she understands the Russian proverb either.

                      Standings after the Rapids rounds

                      1 MVL 13
                      2 Grischuk 12
                      3-4 Nepo, Anand 10
                      5-6 Caruana, Duda 9
                      7 Nakamura 8
                      8-9 Mamedyarov, Dubov 7
                      10 Giri 5

                      Tomorrow is a rest day


                      • #12
                        2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

                        July 31, 2019

                        Blitz Rounds One to Nine

                        July 31

                        Round 1

                        Caruana-Nepomniachtchi 0-1
                        Nakamura-Grischuk 1-0
                        MVL-Dubov 1-0
                        Anand-Duda 1-0
                        Giri-Mamedyarov 1-0

                        Round 2

                        Mamedyarov-Anand 1-0
                        Nepo-Duda 0.5-0.5
                        Grischuk-MVL 1-0
                        Caruana-Nakamura 1-0

                        Round 3

                        Giri-Grischuk 0.5-0.5
                        MVL-Caruana 1-0
                        Nakamura-Nepo 0.5-0.5
                        Anand-Dubov 0-1
                        Duda-Mamedyarov 1-0

                        Round 4

                        Caruana-Giri 1-0
                        Dubov-Duda 0.5-0.5
                        Nakamura-MVL 1-0
                        Grischuk-Anand 0.5-0.5
                        Nepo-Mamedyarov 0-1

                        Round 5

                        Mamedyarov-Dubov 0.5-0.5
                        Anand-Caruana 1-0
                        MVL-Nepo 0.5-0.5
                        Duda-Grischuk 1-0
                        Giri-Nakamura 0.5-0.5

                        Round 6

                        MVL-Giri 0-1
                        Caruana-Duda 1-0
                        Grischuk-Mamedyarov 0-1

                        Round 7

                        Dubov-Grischuk 0.5-0.5
                        Duda-Nakamura 0-1
                        Anand-MVL 0-1
                        Mamedyarov-Caruana 0-1
                        Giri-Nepo 0-1

                        Round 8

                        Caruana-Dubov 1-0
                        Nakamura-Mamedyarov 1-0
                        MVL-Duda 0-1
                        Nepo-Grischuk 0.5-0.5
                        Giri-Anand 0-1

                        Round 9

                        Duda-Giri 0-1
                        Dubov-Nakamura 0-1
                        Mamedyarov-MVL 0-1
                        Grischuk-Caruana 0.5-0.5
                        Anand-Nepo 0.5-0.5

                        Current Standings
                        Position Player Rapid Blitz Score
                        1 MVL 13 4.5 17.5
                        2 Nepo 10 5.5 15.5
                        2 Grischuk 12 3.5 15.5
                        4 Anand 10 4.5 14.5
                        4 Caruana 9 5.5 14.5
                        4 Nakamura 8 6.5 14.5
                        7 Duda 9 4 13
                        8 Mamedyarov 7 3.5 10.5
                        8 Dubov 7 3.5 10.5
                        10 Giri 5 4 9

                        MVL – “The turning point was the game against Sasha. If I’d won this game, I think I’d have played more confidently and the tournament would be over by now”

                        Round 2, July 31
                        Grischuk, Alexander – MVL
                        E60 King’s Indian Defence

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Nc6 6.Nge2 Nh5 7.Bg5 O-O 8.Qd2 f6 9.Be3 f5 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.f3 e5 12.d5 Nd4 13.O-O-O Nxe2+ 14.Nxe2 e4 15.g4 exf3 16.gxf5 fxe2 17.Bxe2 Ng3 18.fxg6 Nxh1 19.Rxh1 Qf6 20.h5 Rae8 21.h6 Qxb2+ 22.Qxb2 Bxb2+ 23.Kd2 hxg6 24.Bg4 b6 25.Be6+ Kh7 26.a4 a5 27.Ke2 Be5 28.Rh4 Bc3 29.Rh3 Bb4 30.Bd4 Bc5 31.Bg7 Rf2+ 32.Kd3 Re7 33.Rg3 Bb4 34.Ke3 Bc5+ 35.Kd3 c6 36.Kc3 cxd5 37.cxd5 Bb4+ 38.Kc4 Bd2 39.Rh3 Rf4+ 40.Kb5 Rb4+ 41.Kc6 Bf4 42.Bg8+ Kxg8 43.h7+ Kf7 44.h8=Q Rc4+ 45.Kb5 Rc5+ 46.Ka6 Re8 47.Qh7 Ke7 48.Be5+ Kd8 49.Bxf4 1-0

                        “The trust has been broken!” says a disgusted Peter Svidler after Alexander Grischuk plays 3.h4! after saying after he’d beaten MVL, that he’d now never play it again!

                        Round 6, July 31
                        Grischuk, Alexander – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
                        E60 King’s Indian Defence

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.d5 Bg7 6.e4 d6 7.Be2 e6 8.h5 gxh5 9.Nh3 Qe7 10.Nf4 Nbd7 11.Be3 O-O-O 12.f3 Rhg8 13.Qd2 Bh6 14.Bf1 h4 15.O-O-O Bxf4 16.Bxf4 Nh5 17.Rh2 Rg6 18.Be3 Rdg8 19.Kb1 Kb8 20.a3 Qf6 21.Ka2 Ng3 22.Bd3 Ne5 23.Nb5 Nxd3 24.Qxd3 Nh5 25.dxe6 Qxe6 26.Rxh4 Nf6 27.Nd4 Qe8 28.g4 Nd7 29.Rxh7 Rxg4 30.Nf5 Rg2 31.Bd4 Qe6 32.Rdh1 a5 33.R1h6 Ne5 34.Bxe5 Qxe5 35.Qd4 Qxd4 36.Nxd4 Ba6 37.Kb3 Rd2 38.Kc3 Rd1 39.Rh8 Rxh8 40.Rxh8+ Kb7 41.b3 a4 42.b4 Rc1+ 43.Kd2 Rxc4 44.Nf5 d5 45.exd5 Rf4 46.Ne3 Rxf3 47.Rd8 Rf2+ 48.Kc3 Ra2 49.Nc2 Be2 50.Rd7 Bd1 51.Nd4 Rxa3+ 52.Kb2 Rd3 53.Nb5 a3+ 54.Ka2 Bb3+ 55.Kxa3 Bc4+ 56.Ka4 Bxb5+ 57.Kxb5 Rxd5+ 0-1

                        MVL misses this ND6 idea, and Duda wins a piece and later the game against the tournament leader. MVL is known for his blitz prowess, but everyone has their bad days

                        Round 8, July 31
                        MVL – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
                        B01 Scandinavian (Centre Counter) Defence

                        1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Bf4 a6 9.a4 b6 10.Be2 Bb7 11.O-O Nc6 12.Rad1 e6 13.Rfe1 Ne7 14.Ne5 g5 15.Bg3 Nf5 16.Bf3 Bxf3 17.Nxf3 Nxg3 18.hxg3 O-O 19.Ne5 Qd6 20.Qe2 c6 21.Qf3 Rac8 22.Nc4 Qc7 23.Nd2 Rfd8 24.Nb3 a5 25.Ne2 Rd5 26.Nec1 c5 27.c4 Rf5 28.Qe2 h5 29.Nd3 Rd8 30.Ne5 g4 31.Qe3 Ne8 32.Qe4 cxd4 33.Nc6 Nd6 34.Nxd8 Nxe4 35.Nxe6 fxe6 36.Rxe4 Qxc4 37.Nd2 Qc2 38.Ree1 Re5 0-1

                        Position after Black’s 33….Nd6


                        A nice final move for Caruana – there’s no stopping Nf7 and made with Rxh6#

                        Round 2, July 31
                        Caruana, Fabiano – Nakamura, Hikaru
                        B01 Scandinavian, Pytel-Wade variation

                        1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Nb5 Qd8 7.c4 c6 8.Nc3 Bg4 9.Be2 Bg7 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Nbd7 12.O-O O-O 13.Re1 Re8 14.Bf4 e6 15.Qc2 Nb6 16.Qd3 Nfd7 17.Rad1 e5 18.dxe5 Bxe5 19.Bxe5 Nxe5 20.Rxe5 Qxd3 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Rxd3 Nxc4 23.Ne4 Re7 24.b3 Ne5 25.Rd8+ Kg7 26.Kf1 b6 27.Nd6 Nxf3 28.gxf3 Kf6 29.Nc4 c5 30.a4 Kg5 31.Kg2 f5 32.Kg3 Re1 33.f4+ Kh6 34.Ne5 Rb1 35.Rg8 Kh5 36.Rg7 Rxb3+ 37.f3 Kh6 38.Rxa7 Rb4 39.Nf7+ Kh5 40.Ng5 h6 41.Rh7 1-0

                        Final position



                        • #13
                          2019 Paris Grand Chess Tour

                          August 1, 2019

                          Blitz Rounds Ten to Eighteen

                          August 1

                          Round 10

                          Duda-Anand 0.5-0.5
                          Dubov-MVL 0-1
                          Grischuk-Nakamura 1-0
                          Nepo-Caruana 1-0
                          Mamedyarov-Anish 1-0

                          Round 11

                          Anand-Mamedyarov 0.5-0.5
                          Duda-Nepo 1-0
                          MVL-Grischuk 0.5-0.5
                          Nakamura-Caruana 1-0
                          Giri-Dubov 1-0

                          Round 12

                          Grischuk-Giri 1-0
                          Caruana-MVL 1-0
                          Nepo-Nakamura 0.5-0.5
                          Dubov-Anand 1-0
                          Mamedyarov-Duda 0.5-0.5

                          Round 13

                          Giri-Caruana 0.5-0.5
                          Mamedyarov-Nepo 0-1
                          MVL-Nakamura 1-0
                          Anand-Grischuk 1-0
                          Duda-Dubov 0-1

                          Round 14

                          Dubov-Mamedyarov 0.5-0.5
                          Caruana-Anand 0-1
                          Nepo-MVL 1-0
                          Grischuk-Duda 0-1
                          Nakamura-Giri 1-0

                          Round 15

                          Dubov-Nepo 0.5-0.5
                          Giri-MVL 1-0
                          Anand-Nakamura 1-0
                          Duda-Caruana 1-0
                          Mamedyarov-Grischuk 0.5-0.5

                          Round 16

                          Caruana-Mamedyarov 1—0
                          Nakamura-Duda 0.5-0.5
                          MVL-Anand 0.5-0.5
                          Grischuk-Dubov 0.5-0.5
                          Nepo-Giri 0.5-0.5

                          Round 17

                          Anand-Giri 0.5-0.5
                          Mamedyarov-Nakamura 1-0
                          Duda-MVL 1-0
                          Grischuk-Nepo 1-0
                          Dubov-Caruana 0-1

                          Round 18

                          Giri-Duda 0-1
                          Nakamura-Dubov 1-0
                          MVL-Mamedyarov 0.5-0.5
                          Caruana-Grischuk 1-0
                          Nepo-Anand 0-1

                          Final Standings
                          Position Player Rapid Blitz Score
                          1 MVL 13 8 21
                          2 Anand 10 10.5 20.5
                          3 Grischuk 12 8 20
                          3 Nepo 10 10 20
                          5 Duda 9 10.5 19.5
                          6 Caruana 9 10 19
                          7 Nakamura 8 10.5 18
                          8 Mamedyarov 7 8 15
                          9 Dubov 7 7 14
                          10 Giri 5 7.5 12.5
                          GCT Prize
                          Points Money
                          1 MVL 13 $37,500
                          2 Anand 10 $25,000
                          3 Grischuk 7.5 $17,500
                          3 Nepo 7.5 $17,500
                          5 Duda 6 $12,500
                          6 Caruana 5 $10,000
                          7 Nakamura 4 $7,500
                          8 Mamedyarov 3 $7,500
                          9 Dubov 2 $7,500
                          10 Giri 1 $7,500

                          ChessBase:With three rounds to go, Vachier-Lagrave had a half point advantage over Nepomniachtchi and was one and a half points ahead of Grischuk. All three players drew in round sixteen, albeit from very different positions — the biggest shock was seen in Nepomniachtchi versus Giri, as the Russian went all-in against Giri but was completely lost by move 22 Then, Giri kept missing chances and a draw was agreed on move 33.

                          In the last round Caruana ended up defeating Grischuk, allowing Anand to leapfrog both Russians and reach second place. The local had won the event, but only after going through an emotional roller-coaster!


                          Round 16, August 1
                          Nepo, Ian – Giri, Anish
                          B23 Neo-Sicilian, Grand Prix Attack

                          1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.O-O e6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nb5 Na5 9.Bd3 e5 10.b4 Nc6 11.Bc4 Nf6 12.c3 a6 13.Ng5 axb5 14.Bxf7+ Ke7 15.cxd4 Nxd4 16.Be3 Rf8 17.Bxd4 exd4 18.Qxd4 Rxf7 19.e5 Kf8 20.Rad1 Rc7 21.f5 gxf5 22.Qh4 Kg8 23.Rxd6 Qe7 24.exf6 Bxf6 25.Re1 Bxg5 26.Rxe7 Rc1+ 27.Re1 Bxh4 28.Rxc1 Be7 29.Rd5 Kf7 30.Rxb5 Be6 31.Rxb7 Bxa2 32.Ra1 Bd5 33.Rxa8 1/2-1/2

                          Position after White’s 22.Qh4


                          Round 17, August 1
                          Grischuk, Alexander – Nepo, Ian
                          E60 King’s Indian Defence

                          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.h4 c6 4.Nc3 d5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.e3 Nc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.Qb3 Na5 11.Qa4+ Bd7 12.Bb5 O-O 13.Bxd7 Nxd7 14.Nxd5 e5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Bxe5 Bxe5 17.Rd1 Bg7 18.O-O Nc6 19.Rd2 Qa5 20.Qxa5 Nxa5 21.Rc1 Rfd8 22.Kf1 Kf8 23.b3 Rac8 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Ke2 Rc1 26.Nb4 Bf6 27.Rc2 Ra1 28.g3 Be7 29.Nd5 Nc6 30.Nd4 Nxd4+ 31.exd4 Bd6 32.Kd3 Ke8 33.Re2+ Kd8 34.Ne3 Be7 35.Ng4 h5 36.Nh6 f5 37.Nf7+ Kd7 38.Ne5+ Kc7 39.Nxg6 Bd6 40.Ne7 f4 41.Nd5+ Kc6 42.Nxf4 Bxf4 43.gxf4 Rh1 44.Re6+ Kd7 45.Rh6 Rxh4 46.Ke4 Rh1 47.f5 h4 48.Ke5 h3 49.Rh7+ Kc6 50.f6 Re1+ 51.Kf5 Rf1 52.f4 1-0

                          Round 18, August 1
                          Caruana, Fabiano – Grischuk, Alexander
                          B12 Caro-Kann, Advance variation

                          1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.h4 h5 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Nxh5 Nc6 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.f4 d4 13.Nb5 Qa5+ 14.Qd2 Nb4 15.Na3 Bxc2 16.Nc4 Qa4 17.Kf2 d3+ 18.Kg3 Rxh5 19.gxh5 Ne7 20.Bxe7 Bxe7 21.Bg2 O-O-O 22.Ne3 Kb8 23.Rhc1 Bc5 24.Re1 Qb5 25.Be4 f5 26.exf6 gxf6 27.h6 f5 28.Bf3 Bd6 29.Ng2 Qd7 30.Kh3 Na6 31.Qe3 Nc7 32.Qd4 Qh7 33.Qg7 Qxg7 34.hxg7 Rg8 35.Bd1 d2 36.Re2 Be4 37.Rxd2 Nd5 38.Bb3 Rxg7 39.Bxd5 exd5 40.Rf1 Bb4 41.Re2 d4 42.Ref2 Bc5 43.a3 d3 44.Rd2 a5 45.Ne1 Rd7 46.Ng2 a4 47.Rfd1 Bb6 48.Ne1 Ba5 49.Rxd3 Bxd3 50.Rxd3 Re7 51.Nf3 Re2 52.h5 Rxb2 53.Ne5 Rb3 54.h6 Bc3 55.h7 Bxe5 56.Rxb3 axb3 57.fxe5 b2 58.h8=Q+ Ka7 59.e6 b1=Q 60.Qe5 Qh1+ 61.Kg3 Qg1+ 62.Kf3 Qf1+ 63.Ke3 Qe1+ 64.Kf4 Qh4+ 65.Kxf5 Qh5+ 66.Ke4 Qe2+ 67.Kd4 Qb2+ 68.Kd5 Qb3+ 69.Kd6 Qd3+ 70.Qd5 Qg3+ 71.Kd7 Qxa3 72.e7 Qa4+ 73.Kd8 Qh4 74.Qc5+ Ka6 75.Qe5 b5 76.Kd7 Qh7 77.Kd6 Qd3+ 78.Kc7 Qh7 79.Kd8 Qh4 80.Qe6+ Ka5 81.Kd7 Qh7 82.Kc8 Qc2+ 83.Kb7 Qg2+ 84.Kb8 Qh2+ 85.Kc8 Qc2+ 86.Kb7 Qg2+ 87.Qc6 Qg7 88.Qc7+ 1-0