Croatia Grand Chess Tour - MVL wins!

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7/11/2021 – The Croatian leg of the Grand Chess Tour is taking place on July 7-11 at the Kongresni Centar in Zagreb. A rapid and blitz event, it features 9 rounds of rapid chess and 18 rounds of blitz. Remarkably, both Vishy Anand and Garry Kasparov are participating, with the latter only playing the blitz section, on Saturday and Sunday. | Follow the action live starting at 15.00 CEST (13.00 UT, 09.00 ET) | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Day 5 - Blitz

For the Rapid & Blitz Tournament in Zagreb, similarly to the Paris Grand Chess Tour, the GCT selected to feature split wildcards, where Garry Kasparov will play the blitz portion of the tournament while Croatian Grandmaster Ivan Saric will be fighting it out in the rapid games. Their combined score will be used to determine final standings.

The Croatia Grand Chess Tour will include 9 rounds of rapid chess and 18 rounds of blitz chess for a total prize fund of $150,000.

  • July 7-9: Three rounds of rapid chess per day (25 minutes + 10-second increments)
  • July 10-11: Nine rounds of blitz chess per day (5 minutes + 2-second increments)

Previous reports: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Croatia Grand Chess Tour 2021

Final standings (click to enlarge)

Live games and commentary


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Commentary by IM Sagar Shah

Current standings - Blitz


Final standings - Rapid

Win = 2 points; Draw = 1 point



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Leavenfish Leavenfish 7/11/2021 10:11
Kaspy is also such a jerk these days when he loses...or even that first (of 2) wins...just jumps up and storms off. The many...'has issues'.
OlivierEvan OlivierEvan 7/11/2021 05:48
Sad day for the chess !! ??Kasparov?? :((

It's not like the bike !!
Riddler Riddler 7/11/2021 05:07
@GamerSF: Kasparov did not play the rapid section. Saric did.
GamerSF GamerSF 7/11/2021 11:48
Look at Rapid Kasparov score ,10 points only 1 point behind Nepo and at blitz only 0.5 so kasparov prefers longer TC
Leavenfish Leavenfish 7/11/2021 02:28
Serse - it's like watching an 65 yr old boxer come out and get pummeled by a current heavyweight boxer. You might "enjoy" seeing that but I would have preferred seeing the two guys he and Kramnik 'replaced' for this part of the tourney. They were doing...quite well!
chessgod0 chessgod0 7/10/2021 11:51
I think it's great that Kasparov is playing. It's blitz---it's mostly meaningless and supposed to be fun.
cyronix cyronix 7/10/2021 10:36
I guess Kasparov didnt like that result ... gotta say Anand performed really well then compared to him ... must be scary for Kasparov to have to play another day ...
Serse Serse 7/10/2021 07:47
Garry has been retired for a long time. His level of play is light years behind that of his "young"opponents. So what? Let's just enjoy seeing the modern chess legend play a few more games.
Masquer Masquer 7/10/2021 06:45
What exactly is the time control??
Leavenfish Leavenfish 7/10/2021 06:18
Yes, Gary continues to embarrass himself for a paycheck and some attention. Sad, but it's often the life of an 'ex' chessplayer. Perhaps this is the last we see of Gary OTB...time for him to champion a variant like a certain other ex chessplayer.
Green22 Green22 7/10/2021 05:47
Kasparov lol getting destroyed. Why would he even participate when he knows he out of form. Same as last year and the year before. How many excuses will he make? *rolls eyes
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 7/10/2021 04:25
vishy has unnecessarily developed psychological blocks against players like Magnus and Giri... it is a pity...
nishantchess nishantchess 7/9/2021 07:37
A bad play by Vishy overall today.