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.

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Current standings


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Bobbyfozz Bobbyfozz 11/19/2019 12:12
Way to go Alexander.
Magic_Knight Magic_Knight 11/18/2019 03:32
I'd have to disagree with @Talhaunted as well. I always hate it when laypeople say "they have a responsibility to the game"....couldn't be more inaccurate and selfish of the spectator to make statements like this. These professional chess players are trying to reach the end & further their careers. If that means taking a draw in order to save energy or reduce the risk of blundering/losing the game, then so be it. Grischuk has put in his effort an won the minimum required to take the title. He has no further obligation nor "responsibility" to entertain patzers out there just because you're looking for a thrill.
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 11/17/2019 11:54
@Talhaunted The rules of the competition are clear. The 2 players have 9 games to decide who wins, how they choose to do it is up to them, not the spectators. If they choose (or results force it) then a faster finish is just as exciting!
chessgod0 chessgod0 11/17/2019 08:09

I don't really care. I don't care if chess becomes more popular or commercially viable. I truly don't. I love CHESS for what it is. I don't care if a few diletantes can't understand the reasons behind the Duda-Grischuk draws. If you can't accept draws then you don't really love chess and this game is not for you.

Chess is for those who truly love it---not for the bankers that want to monetize it. This drive to commercialize chess will ultimately ruin it's quality---if that's the game, the only way to win is not to play it.
Keshava Keshava 11/17/2019 12:21
I strongly disagree. Although I and many other fans love classical chess, the preference of some players to settle the match at faster time controls only makes the conclusion of the match more suspenseful and therefore more exciting. 25+10 is still high quality chess compared to what most fans can understand without an engine. But of course Armageddon should be abolished.
Talhaunted Talhaunted 11/16/2019 04:36
Since these comments, Duda and Grishuk agreed to two egregious draws (this is more than a sad routine in Chess: the fear to lose, instead of the pleasure to offer a good fight). If the idea is to put us at the edge of our seats when they are basically playing dice, Chess is the loser. In Boxing (a miserably mediocre activity, which compares well with chess as a spectacle sport), fighters do not have the option to declare a draw. Boxing is obscenely primitive, but at least there is a fight. Players at home can do what they want, but when they participate to something publicly broadcast, they have a responsibility to the game. Drwas like that should count as losses. The system has to be improved if you want to have viewers especially paid viewers.
Pionki Pionki 11/16/2019 05:16
Now that Duda doubled his training hours (from 20 to 40) he'll be a force to reckon with.
Denix Denix 11/15/2019 10:58
Duda is the new Fischer.
siamesedream siamesedream 11/13/2019 08:09
The final commences on Thursday in Hamburg --> Friday
chessgod0 chessgod0 11/12/2019 09:54
Wow. Maxime did not do himself any favors today. He's still in the running for the Candidates, but he's made it a lot harder to control is own destiny.
Bobbyfozz Bobbyfozz 11/5/2019 10:04
Wow, what a group of players! It would be nice if one of these events could/would be held in the USA.
chessgod0 chessgod0 11/5/2019 09:27