FIDE Grand Swiss LIVE

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10/17/2019 – Round five of the FIDE Grand Swiss was as exciting as could be, with the game on board one lasting almost seven hours and seeing world number two Fabiano Caruana miraculously saving a half point against Luke McShane. The point was also split in Wang Hao v Parham Maghsoodloo on board two, while Alexander Grischuk, Vladimir Fedoseev and Alexei Shirov won with White to join the leading pack. | Photo: John Saunders

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Round 7

The FIDE Grand Swiss is arguably the highlight of 2019. The Isle of Man Open has blossomed within a few years into one of the top tournaments in the world and now has been elevated by FIDE to a qualifying even for the 2020 Candidates. The prize money is also first-class with over USD $430,000 ($70,000 for 1st prize) on the line.

The classical time control gives players 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, plus 30 seconds bonus per move starting from move one.

Round 6 report: No quarter

Live games and commentary


Commentary by GM Daniel King and IM Anna Rudolf

Pairings for Round 7 (top 20 boards)

Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
Grischuk Alexander   5 Caruana Fabiano
Aronian Levon   5 Wang Hao
Alekseenko Kirill   Carlsen Magnus
Anton Guijarro David   Vitiugov Nikita
Yu Yangyi 4   Maghsoodloo Parham
Kryvoruchko Yuriy 4   4 Anand Viswanathan
Fedoseev Vladimir 4   4 Karjakin Sergey
Shirov Alexei 4   4 Wojtaszek Radoslaw
Adhiban B. 4   4 Nakamura Hikaru
Jumabayev Rinat 4   4 Gelfand Boris
McShane Luke J 4   4 Kovalev Vladislav
Artemiev Vladislav   4 Hovhannisyan Robert
So Wesley   Ganguly Surya Shekhar
Kasimdzhanov Rustam   Svidler Peter
Melkumyan Hrant   Bu Xiangzhi
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi   Sarana Alexey
Akopian Vladimir   Matlakov Maxim
Papaioannou Ioannis   Le Quang Liem
Bluebaum Matthias   Xiong Jeffery
Zhang Zhong   Amin Bassem

...77 boards

Opening night

Yesterday evening, the world's elite met on the small island in the Irish Sea for a reception and drawing of pairing number. World Champion Magnus Carlsen stood (or sometimes sat) as "first among equals" among his peers. 

Seated: Magnus Carlsen, Eric Hansen, Aryan Tari | Photo: John Saunders/Official site

The World Champion is pleased to play here, and he obviously has no Candidates pressure. The presence of the World Champion benefits the prestige of the tournament. The same applies to his previous challenger, Fabiano Caruana, who will play in the 2020 Candidates regardless of his result in the next two weeks.

It is unlikely that one of the participating youngsters will win the tournament (or come third behind Carlsen and Caruana). But who knows? At least they have the chance. Young players like Nihal Sarin, Parham Maghsoodloo, Gukesh, Vincent Keymer and many others are sure to attract many viewers.

There are also some veterans in the field who would like to have a shot once again, like Alexey Shirov or Peter Leko.

Last, but not least, some strong female chess players take part, among them, Harika Dronavalli, Antoaneta Stefanova, Lei Tinje, Elisabeth Paehtz and others.

So the mix is ​​good and an exciting 12 days lie ahead. 

Nihal Sarin, Parham Maghsoodloo | Photo: John Saunders/Official site


FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich | Photo: Maria Emelianova/ site

Leko, Bluebaum, Keymer | Photo: Maria Emelianova/ site


Officially, the tournament starts today, October 9th with an opening ceremony. On Thursday (October 10th) the first round will be played.

Wednesday, the 16th is the single rest day, and the last round takes place on Monday, the 21st.

All rounds start at 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST), except the last round which starts at 12:30 UTC (14:30 CEST).


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s8977 s8977 10/13/2019 05:04
The commentator Daniel is a good guy but does not give any insight unfortunately
thesavage4 thesavage4 10/10/2019 04:05
Coolest Name winner: Zhang Zhong.