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Kevin Bonham
12-05-2017, 09:14 PM
Second of the four Grand Prix tournaments starts tonight.

Details here: http://chess-results.com/tnr280762.aspx?lan=1

MichaelBaron
13-05-2017, 03:10 AM
Hou is an early leader ahead of all male super GMs :)

Kevin Bonham
13-05-2017, 11:28 AM
Hou is the early leader, she's the only one who won a game!

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Rb1 Be7 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.Bxd7+ Nxd7 10.Rxb7 cxd4 11.cxd4 Nb6 12.Qd2 Qc8 13.Rxe7+ Kxe7 14.Nf3 f6 15.0-0 Kf7 16.e5 f5 17.g4 Rd8 18.Qg5 Kg8 19.Qh5 Rf8 20.Ba3 Qc6 21.Ng5 h6 22.Rc1 Qd7 23.Bxf8 Rxf8 24.Nh3 Qxd4 25.gxf5 Qxe5 26.Qg6 Rf6 27.Qg4 Rxf5 28.Qg3 Qd4 29.Re1 Rf6 30.Qg2 Nd5 31.Kh1 Qd3 32.Rg1 Qf3 33.Rb1 Qf5 34.Rg1 Rf7 35.Re1 Rf6 36.Rg1 Qf3 37.Rb1 Qh5 38.Rg1 Rf7 39.Re1 Qf5 40.Qg3 Rc7 41.Ng1 Nf4 42.Rd1 Kh7 43.Qf3 Rc2 44.a3 e5 45.Re1 Qg6 46.h3 Nd3 47.Rf1 Rc3 48.Qg4 Qxg4 49.hxg4 Rxa3 50.Nf3 Ra4 51.g5 h5 52.Kg2 Rg4+ 53.Kh2 a5 54.Ra1 a4 55.Ra2 e4 56.Nd4 Rxg5 57.Rxa4 Nxf2 58.Ra7 Ng4+ 59.Kh3 Re5 60.Nc6 Rd5 0-1

Silly opening play by Nepomniachtchi.

Vlad
13-05-2017, 06:52 PM
Nepomniachtchi in Russian stands for "not remembering". I suppose he simply forgot his opening.:)

Kevin Bonham
16-05-2017, 11:31 PM
Vallejo Pons - Radjabov. Probably, the sac is wrong, but it looks scary!

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.h3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Bf4 Nh5 9.Be3 Qd6 10.Qd2 e5 11.0-0-0 b5 12.Ne2 b4 13.g4 Nf6 14.Ng3 a5 15.c4 a4 16.Rhg1 Kh8 17.Bh6 Ne8 18.Bxg7+ Kxg7 19.Nf5+ gxf5 20.gxf5+ Kh8 21.Qg5 Ra7 22.Rg4 f6 23.Qh6 Rff7 24.Rdg1 Rg7 25.Rxg7 Nxg7 26.Ng5 Ne8 27.Nf3 Ba6 28.Rg6 Rf7 29.Ng5 Bxc4 30.f4 exf4 31.e5 Qe7 32.Nxf7+ Bxf7 33.Rg1 Bxa2 34.e6 f3 35.Qf4 Bd5 36.Qb8 c4 37.Kd2 c3+ 38.bxc3 bxc3+ 39.Kc2 a3 40.Rg4 a2 41.Qg3 a1=N+ 42.Kd1 c2+ 43.Kd2 c1=Q+ 44.Kxc1 Qc5+ 45.Kd2 Nb3+ 0-1

Press conference of this game is funny:

https://t.co/s9XemoPLXx

Kevin Bonham
21-05-2017, 11:42 AM
Going into the last round we have Ding Liren and Mamedyarov both +2 and seven players +1 (Gelfand, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, Svidler, Giri, Grischuk, Radjabov). Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave and Grischuk were equal first in the previous GP.

So far 20 of 72 games have been decisive. 21 of 81 were decisive in the first GP.

Kevin Bonham
21-05-2017, 10:23 PM
Shak took a 12-minute effectively symmetrical draw with white.

While the outcomes are important for the next WC cycle, I'm struggling to get excited about the series given that everything of any use is paywalled and even the paid coverage was very uneven in quality in the WC final.

Thebes
21-05-2017, 10:39 PM
You mean the paid coverage that was then given to the public for free after the first round? Ridiculous.

Kevin Bonham
21-05-2017, 11:35 PM
You mean the paid coverage that was then given to the public for free after the first round? Ridiculous.

Was it? I was able to watch free in about the second round but not since. In the previous leg it was free in the first couple of rounds too.

Perhaps there is a way in for free that I haven't been able to find - a browser issue or something. As it usually takes me about 20 tries to even stay logged in on that site I haven't been very persistent about it.

Kevin Bonham
21-05-2017, 11:42 PM
Chessbomb is showing moves and has about 10 more of them for the Mamedyarov non-effort I mentioned above:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nf3 Bg7 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Qa4+ Nc6 9. Ne5 Nxc3 10. bxc3 O-O 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Qb6 13. Ba3 Qa6 14. Qxa6 Bxa6 15. Rfb1 Rfb8 16. Bxe7 Bxe2 17. Bd6 Rd8 18. Bc5 Bf8 19. Bxf8 Kxf8 20. Rb7 Rdb8 21. Rc7 Rc8 22. Rd7 Rd8 23. Rc7 Rdc8 24. Rd7 Rd8 25. Rc7 Rdc8 26. Rd7 Rd8 -

Ding Liren may be winning [edit: is winning] with black against Gelfand, which would serve Mamedyarov right for that gutless display.

Thebes
22-05-2017, 12:16 AM
Was it? I was able to watch free in about the second round but not since. In the previous leg it was free in the first couple of rounds too.

Perhaps there is a way in for free that I haven't been able to find - a browser issue or something. As it usually takes me about 20 tries to even stay logged in on that site I haven't been very persistent about it.

I've been following each round without being signed in, I think if you just scroll down on the home page the games should be there for you, if not as you mentioned chessbomb works fine.

Kevin Bonham
22-05-2017, 12:31 AM
I've been following each round without being signed in, I think if you just scroll down on the home page the games should be there for you, if not as you mentioned chessbomb works fine.

The games are there for me but not the broadcast. The form in which the games are there is pretty useless because it is not possible to scroll back and forth through the moves or even see a list of them. The intention with this setup was always that the games would be free in this form all along.

Anyway, Ding Liren has won the GP. He didn't win the previous one but he did fairly well in it, so the outright win should put him in serious contention for the Candidates.

Kevin Bonham
22-05-2017, 09:27 AM
The results eliminate four players (Vallejo Pons, Hammer, Saleh and Tomashevsky) from qualification for the Candidates. Another three can no longer win the GP series, but could in theory come second.

Mamedyarov is clearly in the box seat since none of those who have only played one event can catch his total from two even by winning their next event outright.