Grand Prix Hamburg: Grischuk defeats Duda in four-game rapid match

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11/17/2019 – Alexander Grischuk won a thrilling tiebreak match against Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The latter took the first rapid game but lost the second. Grischuk dominated the 10+10 games to clinch his victory in Hamburg, and with it 10 Grand Prix points. His total of 20 points will be difficult to beat. The pair played to a draw in the second game of their final match, after Game 1 also ended in a draw. Sixteen players began the tournament competing for Grand Prix points in the penultimate event of the series from November 5th to November 17th, in Germany's Hanseatic metropolis. Games and commentary. | Pictured: Duda during his final match with Grischuk. | Photo: Valeria Gordienko

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The Hamburg Grand Prix is a knock-out tournament with 16 players. To win a Grand Prix, a player has to defeat opponents in four rounds. Each round consists of two classical games and is followed by faster tie-break games if necessary. Top Grandmasters from nine countries take part in the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Hamburg 2019. This is the strongest Grand Prix Series in recent history.

Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30-seconds per move starting from move 1. If the match is tied after two classical games. A tiebreak will follow on the third day: Two 25+10, then two 10+10 games, then two 5+3, and if still tied a single Armageddon game where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4 (with a 2-second bonus per move starting from move 61) but Black has draw odds.

Report on Game 1

Report on Game 2

Live games and commentary


Commentary by GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko

All match results


Grand Prix points

Round Grand Prix points
Winner 8
Runner-Up 5
Semi-final loser 3
Round 2 loser 1
Round 1 loser 0
Each match won without a tie-break +1

The venue is Theater Kehrwieder, part of the historic Harbour City district

There are a limited number of spectator seats (tickets via Eventim), which will increase up to 100 as the tournament progresses, as the stage shrinks and shrinks with the number of participants declining after each knockout round.

The Grand Prix is a four-leg series taking place over the course of the year. The first two legs took place in Moscow, Russia and Riga, Latvia. It will be followed by Hamburg, Germany and Jerusalem, Israel. The prize fund of each Grand Prix is 130,000 euros, with an additional 280,000 euros for the overall standings. The top two finishers will also earn the main prize — qualification to the Candidates Tournament where they will contest the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match.

Participants in the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Hamburg (in bold)

Anish Giri Netherlands 2780
Ian Nepomniachtchi Russia 2776
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 2774
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan 2767
Wesley So USA 2767
Yu Yangyi China 2763
Sergey Karjakin Russia 2760
Alexander Grischuk Russia 2759
Levon Aronian Armenia 2758
Teimour Radjabov Azerbaijan 2758
Pentala Harikrishna India 2746
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2745
Radoslav Wojtaszek Poland 2739
Wei Yi China 2736
Veselin Topalov Bulgaria 2736
Nikita Vitiugov Russia 2732
Jan-Krzysztof Duda Poland 2730
Peter Svidler Russia 2729
David Navara Czech Republic 2724
Daniil Dubov Russia 2699
Dmitry Jakovenko Russia 2681

Players whose names are struck have been knockout out


Nov. 5–7 Round 1 + Tie-breaks
Nov. 8–10 Round 2 + Tie-breaks
Nov. 11-13 Semi-final + Tie-breaks
Nov. 14 Rest day
Nov. 15-17 Final + Tie-breaks

The rounds start at 14:00 UTC (15:00 CET). Chess fans will be able to enter the playing venue starting at 14:00 Hamburg time. There will be on-site commentary. The games will be broadcast live at, the official FIDE broadcasting platform.

Leading partners supporting the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Hamburg 2019 include:

  • Algorand as the Exclusive Blockchain Partner
  • PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner
  • Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner
  • Pella Sietas Shipyard as Official Partner 
  • Prytek as the Technology Transfer Partner

Current standings


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