Grenke Classic Round 9 Round-up

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4/29/2019 – The Grenke Chess Classic runs from April 20th to 29th. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian and Viswanathan Anand head the nine round-robin. Over 60 grandmasters participate in the A-Open tournament. Live games and commentary (from 13:00 UTC / 15:00 CEST / 9:00 AM EDT) with GM Peter Leko and GM Jan Gustafsson. Official site:

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Final round!

Over the Easter holidays, the world of chess looks to Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. On Saturday in the Schwarzwaldhalle ("Black Forest Hall") in Karlsruhe, the Grenke Chess Classic starts with some of the world's best chess players.

Round-up show

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Current standings


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Live games and commentary

Players receive 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and finally 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second bonus per move starting from move 1. In case of a tie for first place, a rapid play-off will be held.


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Commentary by GM Jan Gustafsson and GM Peter Leko

Results of Round 8


Round-up show

GM Daniel King's Round 8 highlights

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IM Sagar Shah on Svidler vs Carlsen




The tournament's first five rounds will be played in Karlsruhe, and then the last four in Baden-Baden. Times shown are in CEST (14:00 UTC / 9:00 AM EDT).

Round Date Time (UTC+1) Location
1 April 20th 15:00 Schwarzwaldhalle Karlsruhe
2 April 21st 15:00  
3 April 22nd 15:00  
4 April 23rd 15:00  
5 April 24th 15:00  
Rest Day April 25th    
6 April 26th 15:00 Kulturhaus LA8 Baden-Baden
7 April 27th 15:00  
8 April 28th 15:00  
9 April 29th 15:00  

Grenke Chess Open

The Grenke Chess Classic are embedded alongside the massive Grenke Open while in Karlsruhe. The open tournament, with several doubles rounds ends on Easter Monday (22.4). The interest in this year has been tremendous with over 2000 participants registered for one of the three tournaments. Over 60 grandmasters play in the A-Open.

Final standings after Round 9 (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Fridman, Daniel 7,5 56,5
2 Korobov, Anton 7,5 55,5
3 Heimann, Andreas 7,5 55,0
4 Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel 7,5 54,5
  Gukesh D 7,5 54,5
6 Bluebaum, Matthias 7,5 53,5
7 Donchenko, Alexander 7,5 53,0
8 Banusz, Tamas 7,5 50,0
9 Sarana, Alexey 7,0 54,5
10 Gareyev, Timur 7,0 54,0
11 Chigaev, Maksim 7,0 53,0
  Sethuraman, S.P. 7,0 53,0
13 Papp, Gabor 7,0 52,5
14 Tabatabaei, M.amin 7,0 52,0
  Basso, Pier Luigi 7,0 52,0
16 Van Foreest, Jorden 7,0 51,5
17 Kuzubov, Yuriy 7,0 51,0
  Svane, Rasmus 7,0 51,0
  Bernadskiy, Vitaliy 7,0 51,0
20 Esipenko, Andrey 7,0 50,0

Full results (Chess-Results)

Results of Round 9 (top 10)


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Lilloso Lilloso 4/29/2019 11:08
Strange how weakly MVL played today.
maxharmonist maxharmonist 4/29/2019 07:39
”He beat Vallejo in a dead drawn endgame by playing on and on and on and on.....”

A tablebase win is hardly dead drawn...
Peter B Peter B 4/29/2019 04:02
Svidler's 27th and 28th moves against Carlsen (27 Rf2-e2 and 28 Re2-f2) are a bit embarrassing. Reminds me of my own play!
Mike Magnan Mike Magnan 4/28/2019 10:30
Just curious, I see TB tab in the chart and I assume that means wins with Black...right? That's a tiebreak mechanism but why is it there if there will be a rapid playoff?
zedsdeadbaby zedsdeadbaby 4/22/2019 12:24
Outfoxing a 2700 in a drawn position is one of the many weapons that the World Champion has at his disposal.
tom_70 tom_70 4/21/2019 09:10
Carlsen just played one of the greatest games of his career. He beat Vallejo in a dead drawn endgame by playing on and on and on and on.....
Lilloso Lilloso 4/21/2019 05:17
The young V. Keymer will suffer a lot in such a tournament. I wonder if it was a good idea for him to participate.