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    Moscow Grand Prix

    Second of the four Grand Prix tournaments starts tonight.

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

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    Hou is an early leader ahead of all male super GMs
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    Hou is the early leader, she's the only one who won a game!

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    Silly opening play by Nepomniachtchi.

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    Nepomniachtchi in Russian stands for "not remembering". I suppose he simply forgot his opening.

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    Vallejo Pons - Radjabov. Probably, the sac is wrong, but it looks scary!

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    Press conference of this game is funny:

    https://t.co/s9XemoPLXx
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 16-05-2017 at 11:40 PM.

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    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.

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    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.

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    You mean the paid coverage that was then given to the public for free after the first round? Ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThebeJohnston View Post
    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.

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    Chessbomb is showing moves and has about 10 more of them for the Mamedyarov non-effort I mentioned above:

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    Ding Liren may be winning [edit: is winning] with black against Gelfand, which would serve Mamedyarov right for that gutless display.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThebeJohnston View Post
    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.
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    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.
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