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ER
02-02-2015, 09:23 PM
Grenke Chess Classic 2015

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/grenkechessclassic2015/1/1/1

Anand and Bacrot drew, Magnus's and Mick's games still going. I am off to the beach to watch the sunrise!

Round One: All drawn!

ER
04-02-2015, 07:17 AM
Round Two. Magnus beats Adams. All other games drawn!

Adamski
04-02-2015, 05:18 PM
Not often you are last when on 0.5/2. Go Mickey! The recovery starts in round 3!

ER
04-02-2015, 05:35 PM
Not often you are last when on 0.5/2. Go Mickey! The recovery starts in round 3!

I hope so too, your namesake is a very good player and a fantastic person too!:) Then again one decisive game out of eight played so far not really an really exciting prospect! On the other hand I haven't watched all the games so I (I mean my computer programs) don't know if they were fighting draws or not. Additionally, three of my favourite players, Vassiy, Alexander and Peter do not play in this tournament so I am not really enthused about it.

ER
05-02-2015, 08:22 AM
Not often you are last when on 0.5/2. Go Mickey! The recovery starts in round 3!

And so it did Adamski. He beat Baramidze!

In a round with three decisive games Magnus lost to Naiditsch and Aronian to Caruana.

In the other game Bacrot 1/2 Anand.

MichaelBaron
06-02-2015, 09:53 PM
Congratulations to Adamski on his wishes helping Adams :) :) :).
Sadly Carlsen lost to Naiditch. Curiously it is his 4th tournament in a row where he lost in rd 3.

ER
07-02-2015, 04:56 AM
After a day's (Thu) rest, Magnus recovered from the loss to outclass Anand with Black in 36 moves.
Naiditsch continued his good performances with another win, on the expense of Baramidze also with Black in 27 moves.
Adams drew versus Caruana and so did Aronian versus Bacrot.
Naiditch now leads with 3/4, followed by Fabiano and Magnus on 2.5/4.
Further down the ladder we have Bacrot and Adams with 2/4.
Aronian and Anand are on 1.5/4 and Baramidze is last with one point on his tally.

Geelong Grizzle
07-02-2015, 10:55 PM
Magnus didn't exactly 'outclass' Anand. It was absolutely dead equal until move 32 when Anand gave away a Rook for what he thought was a mating attack, wherein Magnus sac'd his Queen, then picked up the other Rook and had an easily won ending.

ER
08-02-2015, 03:23 AM
Magnus didn't exactly 'outclass' Anand. It was absolutely dead equal until move 32 when Anand gave away a Rook for what he thought was a mating attack, wherein Magnus sac'd his Queen, then picked up the other Rook and had an easily won ending.

Point taken thanks! :)

Just woke up to see Aronian defeating Anand. All other game are still on, although I don't see Magnus' opponent Baramidze lasting much longer but then again ... Well back to bed! ;)

6:45 AM. They are still playing. Looks like Bacrot has a lot of pressure versus Adams's White pieces, but then again I better leave this to the experts.

In the other game Nailditsch looks like he has an advantage in his encounter with Caruana but my real concern is about my morning walk...

Around the lake or along the beach??? I will decide on that soon as I get out of here! Cheers

(lunch time)

The two games in discussion ended in draws!

Standings

1 Carlsen, Magnus 3/5 2 Naiditsch, Arkadij 3/5 3 Caruana, Fabiano 3/5
4 Adams, Michael 2/5 5 Bacrot, Etienne 2/5 6 Aronian, Levon /5
7 Anand, Viswanathan 1/5 8 Baramidze, David 1/5

I was going to visit the new venue at BHCC and play the Rookies gig but St Kilda Festival rages down the street and the whole area so... :) ;)

pax
08-02-2015, 11:13 PM
There's a noticeable lack of "young guns" in this event, aside from Carlsen and Caruana. It would be good to see Giri, So or Ding in there.

ER
09-02-2015, 04:35 AM
There's a noticeable lack of "young guns" in this event, aside from Carlsen and Caruana. It would be good to see Giri, So or Ding in there.

Pax I think it's balanced. You have the 40sh, the 30ish the late and early twenties. I agree with you that international tournaments such as this really need younger blood. On the other hand, one has also to take under consideration that deciding the line-up of a tournament these days is not an easy task. Specific players of specific age / rating / popularity (don't forget the sponsors) groups aren't always readily available!

In this round we have two draws so far (5.30:AM)
Magnus 0.5 - 0.5 Fabiano
Etienne 0.5 - 0.5 Arcadij

7:10 AM. Anand wins!!! (with white versus Berenidze)
Aronian 0.5 - 0.5 Adams.

Standings

1 Carlsen, Magnus 4/6
2 Naiditsch, Arkadij 4/6
3 Caruana, Fabiano 3.5/6
4 Adams, Michael 3/6
5 Bacrot, Etienne 3/6
6 Anand, Viswanathan 2/6
7 Aronian, Levon 2/6
8 Baramidze, David 1/6

Geelong Grizzle
09-02-2015, 04:25 PM
Standings

1. Carlsen 4
2. Naiditsch 4
3. Caruana 3.5
4. Adams 3
5. Bacrot 3
6. Aronian 3
7. Anand 2.5
8. Baramidze 1

Round 7 pairings:

Adams v Anand
Naiditsch v Aronian
Carlsen v Bacrot
Baramidze v Caruana

So if Adams, Aronian and Bacrot all win, and Caruana draws, they will join Carlsen and Naiditsch in a 6 way tie on 4 points. :)

ER
09-02-2015, 10:03 PM
Pax I think it's balanced. You have the 40sh, the 30ish the late and early twenties. I agree with you that international tournaments such as this really need younger blood. On the other hand, one has also to take under consideration that deciding the line-up of a tournament these days is not an easy task. Specific players of specific age / rating / popularity (don't forget the sponsors) groups aren't always readily available!

In this round we have two draws so far (5.30:AM)
Magnus 0.5 - 0.5 Fabiano
Etienne 0.5 - 0.5 Arcadij

7:10 AM. Anand wins!!! (with white versus Berenidze)
Aronian 0.5 - 0.5 Adams.

Standings

1 Carlsen, Magnus 4/6
2 Naiditsch, Arkadij 4/6
3 Caruana, Fabiano 3.5/6
4 Adams, Michael 3/6
5 Bacrot, Etienne 3/6
6 Aronian, Levon 3/6
7 Anand, Viswanathan 2/6
8 Baramidze, David 1/6

No matter what, Anand will not finish last in this tournament, whereas Baramidze will finish equal last at best!

ER
10-02-2015, 07:41 AM
That's how they finished:



Carlsen, Magnus 4/7 2865
Naiditsch, Arkadij 4/7 2706
Adams, Michael 4/7 2738
Caruana, Fabiano 4/7 2811





and forget the rest!

Now Magnus and Arkadij are playing that tie breaker thingy, I am off to the beach anyway!

Latest update and I quote from Chess.com

It wasn't the most convincing victory but it counts: GM Magnus Carlsen won the Grenke Chess Classic on Monday after beating GM Arkadij Naiditsch in a blitz playoff.

The playoff was necessary after both players drew their games in the final round, and finished on 4.5/7. GM Fabiano Caruana missed a chance deep in the ending against GM David Baramidze; otherwise he would have qualified for the playoff as well.

I am not so sure but I think the Zurich tournament is on this Sat. You better check it out if interested! cheers!

Geelong Grizzle
10-02-2015, 07:48 PM
The blitz play-off wasn't a formality either. Carlsen won the 1st game, Naiditsch took the 2nd, the 3rd and 4th were drawn, so it came down to the Armageddon game which Carlsen won.

ER
11-02-2015, 08:57 AM
Carlsen does it once again!!!


Be it in World Championship Matches or high class prestigious tournaments like Grenke in Baden Baden, looks like a race for other GMs to take second or third place behind the young Norwegian World Champ.

Like this German guy Arkadij Naiditsch who kicked Carlsen's butt in the tournament. But Magnus fought back, kept on scoring whole and half points and finally forced a four game blitz tie breaker. In fact both Magnus and Arcadij nearly won the gig outright if it wasn't for their last round's draws.

The blitz games ended up in a tie again. They won one each and had two draws.

Magnus, however, proved to his opponent that coming close enough is not good enough and finished him in what they call Armageddon. It's a blitz game game in which white (Magnus) has an extra minute on the clock (6 minutes and 2 seconds increment) versus 5 minutes and 2 seconds increment for his opponent.
The catch is White has to win, drawing is no good enough.
I wrote the following after having watched a replay of the final decisive game!
Magnus decided that enough was enough, sacrificed an exchange (while following the game I thought that was a blunder but the GM commentators talked about a sac) and attacked Nailditsch's Sicilian Defence mercilessly!!! The German (who obviously didn't play his best (actually and of what I saw he played horribly in the middle game) resigned and it was all over. Magnus who, I must admit also missed some good moves in the final stages too, conquered again!

Final standings before the tie breaker

1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2865 NOR 4.5
2 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2706 GER 4.5
3 GM Adams Michael 2738 ENG 4
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2811 ITA 4
5 GM Aronian Levon 2777 ARM 3.5
6 GM Bacrot Etienne 2711 FRA 3.5
7 GM Anand Viswanathan 2797 IND 2.5
8 GM Baramidze David 2594 GER 1.5

ER
11-02-2015, 09:25 AM
Carlsen vs Nailditsch

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nde2 Be7 8. Bg2
O-O 9. O-O Nbd7 10. a4 b6 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Qxd5 Rb8 13. Nc3 Nf6 14. Qd3 Be6 15.
Qxa6 Qc7 16. Qe2 Bc4 17. Qf3 Bxf1 18. Bxf1 d5 19. exd5 e4 20. Qf5 Rbd8 21. Bf4
Qc5 22. Rd1 Qb4 23. Be5 Bc5 24. Bxf6 gxf6 25. Nxe4 Qxb2 26. Bd3 Rfe8 27. Nxf6+
Kf8 28. Nxh7+ Ke7 29. Re1+ Kd6 30. Qf4+ Kxd5 31. Nf6+ Kc6 32. Nxe8 1-0

MichaelBaron
12-02-2015, 10:41 AM
Pity that Carlsen missed a win in his final round game