Côte d'Ivoire Rapid & Blitz 2019

5/12/2019 – After scoring five wins on the final day of action at the first leg of the Grand Chess Tour in Abidjan, Magnus Carlsen won yet another event, this time by a margin of three and a half points. | The first stop of the Grand Chess Tour 2019 is the Côte d'Ivoire Rapid & Blitz. It's the first time the GCT has held an event in Africa. World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads a field of ten top GMs competing for a prize fund of USD $150,000. Live games and commentary from 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST / 10:00 EDT) with GM Yannick Pelletier, IM Tania Sachdev, GM Alejandro Ramirez & GM Maurice Ashley. | Photos: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

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Blitz — Day 5

From May 8th to 12th, ten participants play 9 rounds of rapid chess and 18 rounds of blitz in the "Côte d'Ivoire Rapid & Blitz 2019", one of four new tournaments to be added to the Grand Chess Tour series in 2019. The tournament was made possible by a partnership between Vivendi SA, Canal+ Group and the Pullman Abidjan Hotel. The total prize fund is USD $150,000.

The blitz is a double round-robin with nine rounds each day for two days.

Live games and commentary

Players receive 5 minutes for the entire game with a 3-second delay from move 1.

 

GM Yannick Pelletier, IM Tania Sachdev, GM Alejandro Ramirez & GM Maurice Ashley

Current blitz standings 

 

All blitz games

 

Rapid final standings

Players receive 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw in the rapid portion of the tournament.

 

All rapid games

 

Player list

The players of the first leg of the GCT 2019 | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Grand Chess Tour

Players

Seven of the twelve regular tour season players plus three wildcards (Wei Yi, Bassem Amin and Vesselin Topalov) are participating.

players

2019 Grand Chess Tour participants

Ratings as of May 8th, 2019

# FED Name URS* FIDE Elo Born
1 NOR Carlsen, Magnus 2867 (1) 2861 (1) 1990
2 USA Nakamura, Hikaru 2805 (2) 2761 (11) 1987
3 FRA Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2792 (3) 2780 (6) 1990
4 USA Caruana, Fabiano 2791 (4) 2816 (2) 1992
5 CHN Ding, Liren 2786 (5) 2805 (3) 1992
6 AZE Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2777 (6) 2781 (5) 1985
7 RUS Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2776 (7) 2773 (8) 1990
8 ARM Aronian, Levon 2776 (8) 2762 (10) 1982
9 RUS Karjakin, Sergey 2773 (9) 2752 (16) 1990
10 USA So, Wesley 2772 (10) 2754 (13) 1993
11 NED Giri, Anish 2766 (13) 2787 (4) 1994
12 IND Anand, Viswanathan 2759 (15) 2774 (7) 1969

Players in bold are competing in Abidjan

Côte d'Ivoire Rapid & Blitz wildcards
# FED Name URS* FIDE Elo Born
1 BUL Topalov, Veselin 2736 (23) 2740 (18) 1975
2 CHN Wei, Yi 2737 (22) 2736 (22) 1999
3 EGY Amin, Bassem 2683 (63) 2704 (35) 1988

*URS stands for Universal Rating System, developed and used by the Grand Chess Tour

Schedule

From May 8th-10th, three rapid chess games will be played per day, starting at 17:00 local time (UTC) each day — 19:00, 20:30 and 22:00 (CEST) or 1PM / 2:30PM / 4PM EDT.

On May 11th and 12th, a total of 18 blitz games will be played. On both days, the rounds start at 14:00 local time (UTC), with each round starting 30 minutes after the prior round until 18:00. Should a tie-break be necessary, it starts on May 12th at 18:30 UTC.

Rapid

Time (GMT)

May 8

Time (GMT)

May 9

Time (GMT)

May 10

17:00

Round 1

17:00

Round 4

17:00

Round 7

18:30

Round 2

18:30

Round 5

18:30

Round 8 

20:00

Round 3

20:00

Round 6

20:00

Round 9

Blitz

Time (GMT)

May 11

Time (GMT)

May 12

14:00

Round 1

14:00

Round 10

14:30

Round 2

14:30

Round 11

15:00

Round 3

15:00

Round 12

15:30

Round 4

15:30

Round 13

16:00

Round 5

16:00

Round 14

16:30

Round 6

16:30

Round 15

17:00

Round 7

17:00

Round 16

17:30

Round 8

17:30

Round 17

18:00

Round 9

18:00

Round 18

 

 

18:30

Playoffs / Prizegiving


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KungFuChess KungFuChess 5/13/2019 01:33
@Lilloso Karpov? Wasn't considered the best player in the world even when he did win the world championship then lost it to Kasparov so let's leave Karpov out of consideration for 'most dominant' in history. Obviously all world champions were dominant to some degree. Regardless, Kasparov didn't exactly dominate Karpov either. The first WC between Karpov & Kasparov required the most games played in WC history. Neither "dominated". In fact it was so non-dominant it was ended. Kasparov compared to Carlsen is legitimate although we are far to early into Carlsen's career to compare their stand at the top, but comparing Carlsen's dominance to Karpov is absurd.
Chateau Chateau 5/12/2019 06:50
prima
macauley macauley 5/12/2019 05:57
@Raymond Labelle - Actually we have the URS rating for the players which combines all three disciplines.
libyantiger libyantiger 5/12/2019 05:52
mlv beating magnus twice ? hehehe interesting to see
Tim Bogan Tim Bogan 5/12/2019 07:30
I'm watching the video and it doesn't appear that there is a three second delay. Is it a three second increment?
Lilloso Lilloso 5/12/2019 06:42
@Keshava
We'll see about that. Karpov and Kasparov have dominated the chessworld during 20 years. That's not the case for Carlsen who moreover had trouble winning his 2 last worldchampionships.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 5/12/2019 02:45
In the chart of the rapid and blitz tournaments we have the classical ratings of the players.
Keshava Keshava 5/11/2019 02:01
Now that he is over his slump, Carlsen is back to being one of the most dominant players in history. We haven't seen any like this since Kasparov at his prime!
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