Anand wins rapid and leads in Saint Louis

by Priyadarshan Banjan
11/14/2016 – Day four of the Champions Showdown in Saint Louis brought the rapid tournament. The shortened time-control led to excitement and oversights: Viswanathan Anand, for example, tried a faulty combination against Hikaru Nakamura and succeeded because the American failed to find the refutation. After winning twice against Topalov in the rapid Anand now leads the overall standings. Studio guest Garry Kasparov was at his nostalgic best as he commentated the games. Illustrated report.

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Pictures from the Facebook page of the Saint Louis Chess Club

Champions Showdown 2016: Anand wins the rapid games and leads in Saint Louis

 

In this 2-minute video the players share their thoughts on the format of this tournament

Garry Kasparov was back in the studio to commentate the games
together with Tania Sachdev, Yasser Seirawan, and Alejandro Ramirez.

Kasparov offered insights to the games and was at his nostalgic best. When talking about the rapid time-control, he said, "I remember when I first played with Nigel Short in London in February 1987. There were six games, 25 minutes each. It was a special format for television — each game would last one hour, so they had enough time for commentary and advertising. There were no draws — I won four games and he won two. There was a lot of blood spilled on the stage. From there we went to Brussels. It was the first meeting of the Grandmasters Association (GMA). ... I showed the tape of the rapid match there. ... They were quite concerned. What's going to happen with chess? Again, you don't blame them because it was quite unusual. 25 minutes?! I mean, come on, Botvinnik was still there!"

Kasparov does not believe that that chess is dying: "This is the secret of the success of the game of chess over the centuries. It can always adjust. It moved from one country to another — absorbing its cultural and social traditions. For example, chess in Japan is called Shogi, which is different from the European chess."

Rapid Games

With a score of 3.5/6, Anand and Topalov went into the rapid leg of the tournament in joint lead. With 3.0/6 Nakamura was just half-a-point behind while Caruana had still to win a game and was struggling with 2.0/6. He decided that he needed to brush up on his skills with fast time controls and chose to do so before the start of the rapid games on day four.

He crashed a local rapid tournament at the Saint Louis Chess Club in the evening before day four!

Rapid Round Robin 01+02

Before the start of the rapid tournament, each commentator was asked to predict the winner of the rapid. Kasparov bet on Nakamura, the others on Caruana or Topalov.

Topalov played interesting chess throughout the day. In the past,
he was less comfortable with shorter time-controls.

But in the first game of the rapids he let Caruana (who was playing with Black) off the hook:
first in the middlegame, and then by failing to pick up the knight
in the diagram position with Rd4+.

Anand-Nakamura, position after 23.g3.

The commentators were wondering about this move when Garry pointed out that Vishy did not want to calculate a lot of lines here but decided to make a quick move to restrict the black pieces.

In this position Anand pushed forward with 50.b6?? Do you see why he allowed the knight fork? And do you see what is wrong with this idea?

[Event "Champions Showdown 2016"] [Site "Saint Louis"] [Date "2016.11.13"] [Round "7"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C50"] [WhiteElo "2779"] [BlackElo "2779"] [Annotator "ChessBase"] [PlyCount "181"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "USA"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [TimeControl "900+5"] 1. e4 {5} e5 {10} 2. Nf3 {5} Nc6 {5} 3. Bc4 {5} Bc5 {5} 4. O-O {6} Nf6 {5} 5. d3 {5} d6 {8} 6. c3 {6} O-O {32} 7. Re1 {14} a6 {5} 8. a4 {9} h6 {14} 9. Nbd2 { 10} Kh8 {85 A new move at the top level.} (9... Be6 {was Kramnik's choice against Anand in Leuven.} 10. Bxe6 fxe6 11. Nf1 Nh5 12. Be3 Bxe3 13. fxe3 Qe8 14. b4 Nf6 15. Ng3 a5 16. b5 Ne7 17. c4 Ng6 18. Rf1 b6 19. Nd2 Rd8 20. Qe2 Rd7 21. Nh5 Rdf7 22. Nxf6+ Rxf6 23. Rxf6 Rxf6 24. Rf1 Qf7 25. Rxf6 Qxf6 26. Qg4 Nf8 27. Qh5 Qe7 28. h3 Nd7 29. Nb3 Nf6 30. Qd1 d5 31. exd5 exd5 32. c5 Nd7 33. cxb6 cxb6 34. d4 Qg5 35. Qf3 Kh7 36. e4 Nf6 37. dxe5 Qxe5 38. exd5 Nxd5 39. Qd3+ Kh8 40. Nd2 Nc3 41. Qd8+ Kh7 42. Qd3+ Kh8 43. Qd8+ Kh7 44. Qd3+ {1/2-1/2 (44) Anand,V (2770)-Kramnik,V (2812) Leuven 2016}) 10. Nf1 {31} Ba7 {19} 11. h3 {26} Be6 {30} 12. Bxe6 {35} fxe6 {5} 13. Be3 {8} Bxe3 {11} 14. Rxe3 {9} Ne7 {40} 15. d4 {119} Ng6 {5} 16. dxe5 {26} dxe5 {9} 17. N1d2 {45} b5 {76} 18. c4 {109} Qd7 {107} 19. Qb3 {47} c6 {46} 20. Rd3 $16 {61 Seirawan pointed out that Aronian has had some success with this kind of structure with black -- doubled pawns on e-file. Kasparov pointed out that that is because he would generally have some dynamic compensation on other parts of the board. He added that here, Hikaru is just under pressure on all fronts.} Qc7 {171} 21. axb5 {90} axb5 {5} 22. Rxa8 {17} Rxa8 {5} 23. g3 {5 Kasparov points out that Vishy does not want to calculate here as he knows Nakamura will always try to be tricky with tactical resources. Therefore, he makes a quick decision to tie down Nakmura's pieces.} Nf8 {121} (23... Ra1+ 24. Kg2 (24. Kh2 Qb6 $11) 24... Nh5 {was Kasparov's immediate suggestion. His point is that} 25. cxb5 cxb5 26. Qc3 (26. Qxe6 Nhf4+ {is all tears for white.}) 26... Qb8 27. Rd7 $16) 24. cxb5 {14} cxb5 {5} 25. Kg2 {34} Qb7 {5} 26. Qb4 {34} N8d7 {8} 27. Rb3 {38} Rb8 {11} 28. Qe7 { 14} Qb6 {30} 29. Rd3 {18} Re8 {13} 30. Qd6 {10} Qxd6 {5} 31. Rxd6 {5} Nc5 {5} 32. Rb6 {5} Ncxe4 {16} 33. Nxe4 {5} Nxe4 {5} 34. Rxb5 {25} Nd6 {5} 35. Rb6 {8} Nc4 {22} 36. Rb4 {5} Rc8 {42} 37. b3 {5} Nd6 {5} 38. Nxe5 {5} Nf5 {5} 39. Rc4 { 16} Ra8 {5} 40. Rc2 {12} Nd4 {11} 41. Rb2 {5} Ra5 {7} 42. f4 {7} g5 {7} 43. b4 Rb5 44. Kf2 {12} gxf4 {10} 45. gxf4 Kg7 46. Nd3 {15} Kf6 {10} 47. Ke3 {5} Nc6 { 5} 48. Kd2 {6} Rh5 {19} 49. b5 {5} Na5 {5} 50. b6 $4 {68 Vishy is confident that he has calculated a brilliant finish. He is wrong!} (50. Kc3 Rxh3 (50... Nb7 51. b6 Rxh3 52. Ra2 {transposes}) 51. b6 Nb7 52. Ra2 Rg3 (52... Nc5 53. Kc4 Nxd3 54. b7 $18) 53. Kd4 Nd6 $16) 50... Nc4+ {7} 51. Kc2 {5} Nxb2 {5} 52. Ne5 { 5} Nc4 $4 {38 But Nakamura blunders back!} (52... Nd3 $3 {is the drawing idea.} 53. Kxd3 {White is forced to play this.} (53. Nxd3 Rb5 $19) (53. b7 Nb4+ 54. Kc3 Na6 $19) 53... Rxh3+ 54. Kc4 Rg3 55. b7 Rg8 56. Kd3 Kf5 57. Nc6 Kxf4 58. b8=Q+ Rxb8 59. Nxb8 h5 60. Nd7 {holding back the e6 pawn.} h4 61. Ke2 { entering the square for the h pawn.}) 53. b7 {5} Nxe5 {5} 54. fxe5+ {5} Kf5 {5} 55. b8=Q {5} Rxh3 {5} 56. Kd2 {8} h5 {5} 57. Ke2 {8} h4 {5} 58. Kf2 {5} Rg3 {5} 59. Qf8+ {9} Kxe5 {5} 60. Qh8+ {5} Kf5 {5} 61. Qxh4 {5} Rg5 {5} 62. Kf3 {5} Kg6 {5} 63. Kf4 {5} Rf5+ {5} 64. Ke4 {5} Kf7 {5} 65. Qh7+ {5} Kf6 {5} 66. Qg8 {5} Re5+ {7} 67. Kf4 {7} Rf5+ {5} 68. Kg4 {5} Ke7 {5} 69. Qc8 {5} Kf7 {6} 70. Qd7+ {5} Kf6 {5} 71. Qe8 {5} Rg5+ {5} 72. Kf4 {5} Rf5+ {5} 73. Ke4 {5} Re5+ {5} 74. Kd4 {5} Rd5+ {5} 75. Kc4 {5} Ke5 {14} 76. Qh8+ {5} Kf5 {5} 77. Qg7 {5} Rd1 {15} 78. Qf7+ {5} Kg4 {5} 79. Qxe6+ {5} Kf3 {5} 80. Kc3 {9} Rf1 {5} 81. Kd2 {5} Rf2+ {12} 82. Kd3 {5} Kg2 {5} 83. Qg4+ {5} Kh2 {5} 84. Ke3 {5} Rg2 {5} 85. Qh4+ {5} Kg1 {5} 86. Kf3 {5} Rg8 {5} 87. Qe1+ {17} Kh2 {5} 88. Qe5+ {5} Kh1 {5} 89. Qh5+ {27} Kg1 {5} 90. Qc5+ {5} Kh1 {5} 91. Kf2 {5} 1-0

The commentary team was in awe as blunders and brilliancies walked hand in hand in most of the games!

Hikaru Nakamura bounced back (as usual) in the second round of the round robin. Here, he won a pawn with an old tactical motif.

[Event "Champions Showdown 2016"] [Site "Saint Louis"] [Date "2016.11.13"] [Round "8"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C54"] [WhiteElo "2823"] [BlackElo "2779"] [Annotator "ChessBase"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "USA"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [TimeControl "900+5"] 1. e4 {5} e5 {10} 2. Nf3 {5} Nc6 {5} 3. Bc4 {5} Bc5 {5} 4. c3 {5} Nf6 {5} 5. b4 {5} Bb6 {9} 6. d3 {5} d6 {5} 7. a4 {5} a5 {5} 8. b5 {5} Ne7 {5} 9. Nbd2 {5} Ng6 {30} 10. O-O {5} O-O {19} 11. Bb3 {5} c6 {9} 12. Nc4 {8} Bc7 {5} 13. Re1 {12} h6 {15} 14. d4 {7} Be6 {35} 15. Ba3 {161} Bxc4 {37} 16. Bxc4 {5} Re8 {5} 17. Bb3 {172} d5 {24} 18. exd5 {24} cxd5 {71} 19. dxe5 {5} Nxe5 {5} 20. Bc5 $2 {16} (20. Nxe5 Bxe5 21. Rc1 $11) 20... Nxf3+ {17} 21. Qxf3 {5} (21. gxf3 {also suffers from the same problem.}) 21... Bxh2+ $1 {5} 22. Kf1 {57} (22. Kxh2 Qc7+ 23. g3 Qxc5 $17 {Black is a pawn up now.}) 22... Be5 {15} 23. Bd4 {70} Bxd4 {55 } 24. Rxe8+ {5} Qxe8 {8} 25. cxd4 {5} Qd7 {6} 26. Re1 {66} Rc8 {12} 27. Qf4 {36 } b6 {12} 28. Ba2 {82} Qc7 {29} 29. Qe5 {5} Kf8 {41} 30. g3 {112} Qd7 {16} 31. Qf4 {9} Ne4 {98} 32. Bb1 {30} g5 {12} 33. Qe3 {24} Rc3 {47} 34. Bd3 {5} Ra3 {14 } 35. Qe2 {20} Rxa4 {19} 36. Bxe4 {5} dxe4 {5} 37. Qxe4 {5} Qxd4 {61} 38. Qa8+ {5} Kg7 {5} 39. Re8 {42} Ra2 {26} 40. Qf3 {5} Rb2 {46} 41. Re7 {25} Qf6 {14} 42. Qe3 {5} Rxb5 {12} 43. Rc7 {5} Qe5 {22} 0-1

Focused: Vishy Anand

In the first rapid round robin, Caruana finally managed to win a game — against Topalov.
But he then lost again to Nakamura in the second round robin.

[Event "Champions Showdown 2016"] [Site "Saint Louis"] [Date "2016.11.13"] [Round "11"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D37"] [WhiteElo "2779"] [BlackElo "2823"] [Annotator "ChessBase"] [PlyCount "97"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "USA"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [TimeControl "900+5"] 1. d4 {5} Nf6 {10} 2. c4 {5} e6 {5} 3. Nf3 {5} d5 {5} 4. Nc3 {5} dxc4 {5} 5. e4 {5} Bb4 {5} 6. Bxc4 {5} Nxe4 {5} 7. O-O {5} Nxc3 {5} 8. bxc3 {5} Bd6 {5} 9. Bg5 {9} Be7 {6} 10. Bxe7 {12} Qxe7 {5} 11. Re1 {5 The first new move.} O-O {5} 12. Ne5 {5} Nd7 {51} 13. Nxf7 {14} Nb6 {95} (13... Rxf7 14. Rxe6 (14. Bxe6 Qf6 15. Bxf7+ Qxf7 $15) 14... Qd8 (14... Qg5 15. Re3 Kf8 16. Bxf7 Kxf7 17. Qb3+ Kf8 18. Rae1 $18) 15. Re3 Nf6 16. Qb3 Qd7 17. Rae1 Kf8 18. Be6 Qe8 19. Qa3+ Qe7 20. Bd7 $3 $18) 14. Ne5 {5} Nxc4 {5} 15. Nxc4 {5} b6 {6} 16. Qg4 {66} Bb7 {17} 17. Ne5 {44} Rf6 {37} 18. Qe2 {47} Raf8 {73} 19. f3 {5} c5 {39} 20. Rad1 {5} Rf4 {60} 21. Nd3 {65} Ba6 {30} 22. Qxe6+ {12} Qxe6 {5} 23. Rxe6 {5} Bxd3 {5} 24. Rxd3 {5 } cxd4 {5} 25. cxd4 {7} Rd8 {15} 26. Re4 {49} Rf5 {5} 27. Re7 {7} Rf7 {9} 28. Re5 {39} Rc7 {18} 29. d5 {100} Kf7 {28} 30. Kf2 {21} Rc2+ {28} 31. Re2 {5} Rc5 {5} 32. d6 {27} Rd7 {61} 33. Rd4 {19} Rf5 {57} 34. Rde4 {17} a5 {84} 35. g4 { 109} Rf6 {58} 36. Re7+ {5} Rxe7 {5} 37. Rxe7+ {5} Kf8 {5} 38. Rd7 {5} b5 {55} 39. Ke3 {5} b4 {5} 40. Ke4 {21} a4 {34} 41. f4 {12} Rh6 {22} 42. h4 {134} b3 {5 } 43. axb3 {5} axb3 {5} 44. Ke5 {19} Rxh4 {10} 45. Rb7 {9} Ke8 {62} 46. Rxg7 {9 } b2 {5} 47. Rb7 {5} Rxg4 {5} 48. Rxb2 {5} Rg1 {14} 49. Rb8+ {5} 1-0

We invite the readers to find a suitable caption for this picture of Topalov.

While choosing your caption, bear in mind this complicated battle that occurred in the final round of the day. Topalov fought with passion as Nakamura counter-attacked with an uncompromising attitude. But then something weird happened that left even Anand scratching his head:

[Event "Champions Showdown 2016"] [Site "Saint Louis"] [Date "2016.11.13"] [Round "12"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E81"] [WhiteElo "2760"] [BlackElo "2779"] [Annotator "ChessBase"] [PlyCount "202"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventCountry "USA"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [TimeControl "900+5"] 1. d4 {5} Nf6 {10} 2. c4 {5} g6 {5} 3. Nc3 {7} Bg7 {5} 4. e4 {5} d6 {5} 5. f3 { 5} O-O {6} 6. Be3 {5} a6 {7} (6... e5 {is the main move.}) (6... Nc6 {is also famous.}) 7. Bd3 {8} c6 {5} 8. Nge2 {13} b5 {5} 9. O-O {12} bxc4 {24} 10. Bxc4 {5} d5 {5 A rare position in GM practise} 11. Bb3 {89} a5 {11} (11... dxe4 12. fxe4 Ng4 13. Bf4 e5 14. dxe5 Qb6+ 15. Qd4 Nd7 16. Qxb6 Nxb6 17. Nd4 c5 18. Nf3 c4 19. Na4 Nxa4 20. Bxa4 Rb8 21. h3 g5 22. Bxg5 Nxe5 23. Nxe5 Bxe5 24. Be7 Bxb2 25. Rab1 Be6 26. Bxf8 Kxf8 27. Rf2 c3 28. Bb3 Ke7 29. Rbxb2 cxb2 30. Rxb2 a5 31. Rc2 Bxb3 32. axb3 Rxb3 33. Rc7+ Kf6 34. Rc6+ Kg7 35. Ra6 Rb5 36. Kf2 Rb2+ 37. Kf3 Ra2 38. g4 h6 39. e5 a4 40. Kg3 a3 41. Kh4 Re2 {1/2-1/2 (41) Chatalbashev,B (2579)-Kozul,Z (2593) Zadar 2008}) 12. Kh1 {42} Ba6 {23} 13. Rc1 {17} e6 {58} 14. Bg5 {33} h6 {69} 15. Bh4 {5} g5 {37} 16. Bf2 {5} Nbd7 {5} 17. e5 {10} Nh5 {76} 18. Na4 {23} Bb5 {27} 19. Re1 {18} f6 {13} 20. exf6 {22} Qxf6 {5} 21. Nec3 {73} Ba6 {31} 22. Ne2 {5} g4 {180} 23. Ng1 {65} Nf4 {64} 24. Rxc6 {14} Nd3 {5} 25. Bg3 {5} Nxe1 {5} 26. Qxe1 {5} Rfe8 {10} 27. Nc3 {38} Qf7 {21} 28. fxg4 {10} Bxd4 {92} 29. Nf3 {12} Bg7 {5} 30. g5 {23} h5 {5} 31. Bc2 {82} Nf8 {46} 32. h3 {57} Rec8 {7} 33. Rd6 {82} Rd8 {5} 34. g6 {18} Qe8 {5} 35. Ba4 {6} Qxg6 {51} 36. Nxd5 {5} Kh8 {10} 37. Nf4 {78} Qf5 {21} 38. Nh4 {10} Qf7 {5} 39. Rb6 {15} Bd4 {23} 40. Rc6 {33} Rdc8 {20} 41. Qe4 {6} Bg7 {37} 42. Nhg6+ {37 } Nxg6 {5} 43. Nxg6+ {5} Kg8 {5} 44. Ne5 {8} Qf5 {10} 45. Qxf5 {21} exf5 {5} 46. Rb6 {15} Rcb8 {14} 47. Rg6 {24} Kh7 {6} 48. Rg5 {5} Bf6 {15} 49. Rxf5 {5} Kg7 {11} 50. Rxf6 {5} Kxf6 {5} 51. Nd7+ {5} Kf5 {5} 52. Nxb8 {5} Bc4 {5} 53. b3 Bd3 54. Nc6 {15} Bb1 {11} 55. a3 {5} Kf6 {5} 56. Bb5 {5} Re8 {5} 57. Kh2 {8} Re3 {9} 58. Nxa5 {5} Rc3 {10} 59. Bc4 {11} Be4 {5} 60. Bf1 {15} Rc1 {5} 61. Nc4 {8} Ba8 {13} 62. Ne3 {5} Rc3 {5} 63. Bf4 {5} Rxb3 {5} 64. a4 {5} Rb4 {5} 65. Bc4 {15} Rxa4 {5} 66. h4 {8} Ra3 {5} 67. Be2 {6} Kg6 {5} 68. Kg3 {5} Be4 {5} 69. Bf3 {5} Bb1 {5} 70. Nc4 {5} Rc3 {5} 71. Ne5+ {5} Kf6 {5} 72. Kh2 {5} Kf5 {5 } 73. Bg3 {5} Be4 {5} 74. Bxh5 {5} Rxg3 {5} 75. Kxg3 {5} Kxe5 {5} 76. Bf3 {5} Bf5 {5} 77. Kf2 {5} Bd7 {5} 78. Ke3 Be6 79. g3 {10} Bd7 {10} 80. Bh5 {5} Be6 {5 } 81. Be8 {5} Kf5 {5} 82. Bh5 {6} Ke5 {5} 83. Be2 {5} Bd7 {5} 84. Kd2 {5} Be6 { 5} 85. Kc3 {5} Ke4 {5} 86. Bd1 {5} Ke5 {5} 87. Kb4 {5} Kd4 {8} 88. Kb5 {5} Ke5 {5} 89. Kc5 {5} Bd7 {5} 90. Be2 {5} Be8 {5} 91. g4 {5} Kf4 {5} 92. g5 {5} Ke5 { 11} 93. Bd1 Bf7 94. Be2 Be8 95. Kb6 {15} Kd6 {15} 96. Bd3 {5} Bh5 {5} 97. Bc2 { 5} Be8 {5} 98. Bd1 {5} Bf7 {5} 99. h5 Ke5 100. g6 {10} (100. h6 {is the simplest win.} Bg6 101. Bh5 Be4 102. Kc7 Ke6 103. Kd8 Bd3 104. Ke8 Ke5 105. Ke7 Bf5 106. g6 Be6 107. h7) 100... Be8 {10} 101. h6 $4 {5} (101. g7 Bf7 102. h6 Kf6 103. Bc2 Bd5 104. Be4 Bg8 105. Bd3 Bd5 106. Kc5 Bg8 107. Kd4 Bb3 (107... Ke7 108. h7 $18) 108. Bc4) 101... Bxg6 {5} 1/2-1/2

The spectators enjoyed the creative play of the top players.

Standings at the end of the rapid games. The fifth and final day will see blitz action.

Standings:

Rank Name Rating Classical Rapid Blitz Total Score
1 GM Viswanathan Anand 2779 3.5/6 4.5/6 - 8.0
2 GM Hikaru Nakamura 2779 3.0/6 3.5/6 - 6.5
3 GM Veselin Topalov 2760 3.5/6 1.5/6 - 5.0
4 GM Fabiano Caruana 2823 2.0/6 2.5/6 - 4.5

Games

 

The commentary was top-notch in its mix of high-quality analyses and delightful anecdotes. Enjoy!

Topalov talks about his plans for the future and his dissatisfaction with the quality of his rapid games.

Follow the games live on playchess.com

The 2016 Champions Showdown shall be an exhibition event featuring four players (Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Veselin Topalov). Over five days, the Players shall complete two Classical Round Robins (G/60 +5” delay), two Rapid Round Robins (G/15 +5” delay) and four Blitz Round Robins (G/3 +2” delay).

Day Date Time Showdown in Saint Louis

Wednesday

9-Nov

 

Arrival

Thursday

10-Nov

1:00 PM

RR1: Round 1

   

3:30 PM

RR1: Round 2

Friday

11-Nov

1:00 PM

RR1: Round 3

   

3:30 PM

RR2: Round 1

Saturday

12-Nov

1:00 PM

RR2: Round 2

   

3:30 PM

RR2: Round 3

Sunday

13-Nov

1:00 PM

Rapid (6 rounds)

Monday

14-Nov

1:00 PM

Blitz (12 rounds)

Tuesday

15-Nov

 

Departure

 

Place

Prize

1st

$60,000

2nd

$40,000

3rd

$30,000

4th

$20,000

Total Prize Fund: $150,000 USD

When:

November 10th, 2016 1:00 PM CST through November 14th, 2016 12:00 AM CST

Location:

Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
4657 Maryland Ave Saint Louis
MO 63108
United States

Official website



Priyadarshan Banjan is a 23-year-old club player from India. He works as an editor for ChessBase News and ChessBase India. He is a chess fanatic and an avid fan of Vishy Anand. He also maintains a blog on a variety of topics.
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scoobeedo scoobeedo 11/15/2016 02:29
About Anand:

We all can only say a very big THANK YOU to Kramnik.

Because he did the great work and resurrected Anand after he lost 2013 some metallic objects which he had to clean from dust every Saturday.

And you Vishy ... Never lay down again and dont stand up anymore after you got hit ... OR, Vishy, you will sleep with the fishy (The Godfather)

Hehe!

- - -

Since you got back to live, you showed the chess world (and your son) what you are made of.

I got the impression that 3-4 years before 2013 your games was played without the fun to play. You played this annoying games because you signed a contract to perform in a event.

This is now different. In your games is the young and tricky Vishy back, smile.
And with a lot more experience.

And that is sooooo good!
portici portici 11/15/2016 06:50
Caption: Vladimir could have used this glass without making the trips!
vishyvishy vishyvishy 11/15/2016 06:29
Nakamura's Lust to win a Point in a Theoretical Draw Over Clock against Anand was absolutely Pathetic ... He lost my respect there ... Anybody interested do watch that game video and you will know what kind of shameless players can be... this is also lesson for organizers to keep incremental time control in blitz chess instead of delay time over clock
islaw islaw 11/15/2016 04:29
Believe me, man, I was trying to exercise levelheadedness and sangfroid and all that and calculating this and that, but the queen was right there trying to pwn me!
Roberto Ardenzi Roberto Ardenzi 11/15/2016 01:28
Topalov: "Hillary was better than Donald!"
andrescb andrescb 11/14/2016 08:21
Caption: I'm telling you, my reaction was, "Oh #&@! I hung the c4 bishop. Now what the hell do I do?!"
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 11/14/2016 04:32
Topalov: Keep your glasses. I do not need them to see my blunder!
Toreador Toreador 11/14/2016 03:26
Caption: I was doing Karate over the board.
Ianjo Ianjo 11/14/2016 02:35
Caption: I don't know why Kasparov is so critical of us, remember when he pushed that pawn to loose his last professional game at Linares against me!
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 11/14/2016 01:29
CAPTIONS: i) do you know how i hallucinated ii) see, this is pandora's /blunder's box!!
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