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    Moscow GP

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    Winner of the series will get to participate in the Candidates Tournament.

    Grishuk is in the final of the Moscow leg of the GP already and will play the winner of the tiebreak between Wojtashek and Nepompniashiy.
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    The All Russian Final is coming up@!
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    When talking about his game against Naka - Grishuk claimed he was able to calculate 15 moves deep!
    If its true - its rather amazing!
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    This format of knockout two-game matches with clock-thumping tie-breaks looks a little familiar.

    Was this a bit of scorched earth from the Kirsan>Makro>Malcolm dynasty that it was too late to change, or did the new management come up with it themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    When talking about his game against Naka - Grishuk claimed he was able to calculate 15 moves deep!
    If its true - its rather amazing!
    Michael, I watched that at the press conference covered by Chess24 He went on analyzing without a board referring to variations along the way in his
    usual nonchalant way. He had them all baffled not only because of the speed of his analysis but also of its accuracy -
    Moves and variations had been thoroughly checked out by the commentators who were going through those sequences during the game!
    Simply amazing stuff!
    I strongly believe that if he continues with this kind of form (and not stuffing up as he has done quite a few times in the past)
    during the Candidates' matches he could be a very serious challenger to face Magnus in the final.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    This format of knockout two-game matches with clock-thumping tie-breaks looks a little familiar.

    Was this a bit of scorched earth from the Kirsan>Makro>Malcolm dynasty that it was too late to change, or did the new management come up with it themselves?
    Whatever the format is, make sure you don't miss the GP final rounds starting tonight at 10:00 PM AEST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    This format of knockout two-game matches with clock-thumping tie-breaks looks a little familiar.

    Was this a bit of scorched earth from the Kirsan>Makro>Malcolm dynasty that it was too late to change, or did the new management come up with it themselves?
    It's new, as a replacement for the old Swiss Grand Prix format. Swisses don't work very well when almost every game is drawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ER View Post
    Michael, I watched that at the press conference covered by Chess24 … He went on analyzing without a board referring to variations along the way in his
    usual nonchalant way. He had them all baffled not only because of the speed of his analysis but also of its accuracy -
    Moves and variations had been thoroughly checked out by the commentators who were going through those sequences during the game!
    Simply amazing stuff!
    I strongly believe that if he continues with this kind of form (and not stuffing up as he has done quite a few times in the past)
    during the Candidates' matches he could be a very serious challenger to face Magnus in the final.
    Well, he is well-known to be mega-talented...but still a long way to go from challenging Magnus. He is in his late 30's...not sure if this generation stands a chance against MC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    It's new, as a replacement for the old Swiss Grand Prix format. Swisses don't work very well when almost every game is drawn.
    Yes, I'm aware that it was a change to the previous system. I was wondering if the new boss had inherited it or had brought it in himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Rout View Post
    Yes, I'm aware that it was a change to the previous system. I was wondering if the new boss had inherited it or had brought it in himself.
    The latter. Or brought in on his watch, at least.

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    I was reading reviews on the Russian chess-news site.
    Both players appear to be happy to wait till the Rapid games to resolve the match .
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    https://en.chessbase.com/post/moscow...x-2019-final-3

    The Article includes crosstable with final standings.
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    I enjoyed watching these games, Ian Nepomniachtchi seems to be scaling the ratings ladder.

    It was also nice to see that a certain commentator hadn't slept in for the games.

    I was a little sad for Wojtazek though, as he seemed to have manouvered himself into winning positons, only to not take advantage of the opportunities.

    What was interesting to me was the contrast in responses by both players in the interview after the final - Nepo suggested that the knockout format was harmful to good chess as players were more likely to be defensive and try to avoid losing rather than to look for winning opportunities, while Grischuk said that he preferred the format, and that he felt it suited his style.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA4HA-RqL3o
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