Grand Prix Moscow Final: Nepomniachtchi wins Tiebreak

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5/29/2019 – Ian Nepomniachtchi took the second game of the rapid tiebreak to win the final match over fellow-Russian Alexander Grischuk. Both classical games were drawn. Game two on Tuesday was a Ruy Lopez Berlin, which remained level until the players agreed to a draw on move 23. Game 1 of the all-Russian final was also drawn on Monday. The match will therefore be decided in a rapid and blitz tiebreak on Wednesday at 12:00 UTC (14:00 CEST / 8:00 EDT).

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Final: Tiebreak (Wednesday, May 29)

22 players start in the Grand Prix series, 16 of them play in Moscow and fight for money (the winner will receive 24,000 Euros) and Grand Prix points. But all 22 players start in three of four Grand Prix tournaments, and the two players with the most Grand Prix points after four tournaments qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2020.

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Each round of the knock-out tournament begins with two classical games with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves and a 30-second increment for each move. After 40 moves both players get another 30 minutes for all remaining moves.

If the match is tied after the two classical games, two rapid games with a time-control of 25+10 will follow. If these two games do not lead to a decision two more rapid games will follow, though with a shorter time-control of 10-10. Should these also end in a tie, Blitz will be played: first two games with a time-control of 5+3 and if these still bring no decision the match will be decided by an Armageddon game.


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