Chessable Masters Finals - Wesley So prevails

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8/8/2021 – The Chessable Masters is the eighth event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Sixteen strong grandmasters are set to play a preliminary stage lasting three days to find out who moves on to the quarterfinals. In the knockout stage, each encounter is decided over two days. The action kicks off at 17.00 CET (11.00 ET, 15.00 UTC).

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Finals - Day 2

The preliminary stage is a single round robin event. From Saturday until Monday, the participants will play five games per day to find out which eight players move on to the knockout stage. The tournament features a $100,000 prize fund, with $30,000 for first place.

The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment from move 1. No draw offers are allowed before move 40.

Previous reports: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8

Chessable Masters 2021

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Live games and commentary


Commentary by Daniel King and Tania Sachdev

Final standings - Preliminaries

Chessable Masters 2021

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July 31 - August 2 - Preliminaries
August 3-4 - Quarterfinals
August 5-6 - Semifinals
August 7-8 - Finals


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Michael Jones Michael Jones 8/8/2021 09:54
@Aighearach The NYT article referred to is reproduced (more or less) here, without a paywall - I say "more or less" because that version introduces a few typographical and other errors which weren't in the original (e.g. Nigel Short is referred to as "Court", which is presumably an automatic translation - "Court" is French for "Short") - but it's close enough for you to get the gist.
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 8/8/2021 09:05
@Aighearach, I see nothing wrong with linking paid articles. I would not have seen it if not for the link below.

The allegations in the piece are shocking. If the GM title can be overturned because of cheating, I see no reason why FIDE shouldn't go back through history and investigate some of these records, and overturn/change records as a result. Chess ratings/tournaments are supposed to be mathematical, impartial, fair. Such happenings and coverage in mainstream publications like the NYT is a stain on the sport.

The reports on how Mishra achieved the GM title are incredibly shady and I don't see how it can be allowed, and why FIDE has not changed the regulations before to prohibit such things. Short's "logic" is not logic at all. FIDE is a private organization and can do whatever it wants, even retrospectively.
Theochessman Theochessman 8/7/2021 05:38
Mishra is IM strength at best, at this moment. But he is still young. Let's see if he can improve further. And indeed getting GM norms in shady GM norm tournaments in eastern Europe against 2300-2400 opposition is kinda well.... cheap.
Stephen Ham Stephen Ham 8/5/2021 10:09
Best wishes to GM Wesley So!
Aighearach Aighearach 8/2/2021 09:43
The computer annotation is over-aggressive in declaring decisive advanage. In Aronian's game it gives -+, but the players followed the computer line and it ended up only at -0.7 before they deviated. And with black up a pawn, -0.7 is perhaps not distinguishable from =, because it means white has a slightly better position. And now I see the -+ has been removed; so is a human going back and deleting them when they turn out wrong? Maybe the feature is poorly considered?
Aighearach Aighearach 8/2/2021 09:37
Stephen, NY Times is a private newsletter, you can't really link to that to explain anything to anybody.
Zagliveri_chess Zagliveri_chess 8/2/2021 08:05
Thanks Stephen,

It would be nice to read the NY Times article, but I do not have a paid subscription.

I am really sorry for the kid. Chauffeured around the world by parents seeking media attention and perhaps money. Certain cultures promote such behavior. I remember the articles showing parents taking desperate measures to help their kids cheat at school exams (e.g. Sometimes it may be desperation. Taking the risk in hopes of a better future. It is also the hype generated by fellows like Sagar Shah (sponsored by Chessbase) who extol Mishra's parents efforts, disregarding that they cost him his childhood. The kid was dumbfounded when asked what he is doing for fun. The frustrating part is that FIDE doing zip to stop that.

I had hopes that after Ilyumzhinov and Makropoulos got the boot from FIDE things would get better. No sign of any change. Money is king.
Stephen Ham Stephen Ham 8/2/2021 12:24
Hi Zagliveri,

As you surely are aware, Mishra's GM title was obtained via apparently dubious means, as documented in various media, including the NY Times:

Several GMs are openly critical of Mishra's claim to be a GM, let alone history's youngest.
Zagliveri_chess Zagliveri_chess 8/1/2021 10:59
Mishra’s results against real (active) GMs are way below those he obtained recently in obscure, closed tournaments in Eastern Europe that earned him the GM title. After 8 rounds he only has two draws. That is 2320 performance, apparently not GM level. Perhaps he is intimidated by the names sitting on the other side of the table. Or, more likely, this is his true strength.

I had suggested in a previous post that at least one of the GM norms should be achieved in an open tournament, with mostly active players, including GMs. Otherwise the GM title and chess in general lose. They fell victim to orchestrated, promotion campaigns targeting sensationalism, as, for instance, becoming the youngest GM in history …