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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macauley macauley 5/28/2019 06:34
@jakaiden - Thanks. They seem to have changed their YouTube link from the original one. Fixed.
jakaiden jakaiden 5/28/2019 03:19
The live commentary shows 7 seconds of the semi-finals.
Chris Holmes Chris Holmes 5/25/2019 04:03
I just noticed that Artemiev is now #10 on Live Ratings. If nothing changes in the next week, he'll be entering the official top ten for the first time in FIDE's June list.
Chris Holmes Chris Holmes 5/24/2019 09:36
There are 8 places in the Candidates Tournament.
1 is reserved for Caruana as losing Challenger.
2 are available for the top 2 in the Grand Prix.
Artemiev has 5 other possibilities for qualifying :
1 as winner of FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019
2 as winner or finalist of Chess World Cup 2019
1 as highest average of the 12 rating lists February 2019 to January 2020 not already qualified
1 as organizer's wild card subject to being highest non-qualifier in the World Cup, Grand Swiss or Grand Prix, or in the top 10 by average rating.
Artemiev will get his chance IF HE IS GOOD ENOUGH.
methos methos 5/24/2019 12:41
The world championship cycle including title matches is no longer classical chess. It is now the rapid and blitz championship.
Players are making draws to get to rapid and blitz.
Some suggestions.
1. classical only
2. no draws before move 40
3. reduce # candidates to top 4 with 4 games per match. Title matches 18 games.
4. if score tied, highest rated player wins. In a title match the champion retains the title.
5. No rating or points for a draw and -1 point for a loss This stops a winner with a large number of losses finishing ahead of someone with 0 losses. It also ensures draw heavy players slide down the rating pole.
6. Apply these rules to all classical chess tournaments, including #3 for matches only.
macauley macauley 5/23/2019 05:44
Artemiev is not on the list. One of the 22 players has yet to be announced (the Tel Aviv wild card).
Arminio12 Arminio12 5/23/2019 04:18
@ captn_evans

Where did you read this? As far as I’ve checked, Artemiev is not among the 22 players that participate in (3 of 4 legs of) the series. I wouldn’t speculate on why though, I think the argument of him deserving it more than X or Y is utterly biased anyway. Being one’s personal favourite is not a good enough reason. No need to get in some “bad guys” that must be to blame.
captn_evans captn_evans 5/23/2019 06:37
Erm guys, the event system is each player plays 3 out of 4 of the events, artemiev is playing in the other 3...he chose not to play here
GypsyKing GypsyKing 5/22/2019 09:53

"None of the other players can boast of such accomplishments."

This is clearly not true. Wojtaszek won Isle of Man, which was the strongest tournament ever in open formula.

2. place in european club championship
4. place in chess olympiad (which was very bad luck, it was very close to winning silver medal)

He is ranked 23 now. Few weeks ago he was in top20.
tom_70 tom_70 5/19/2019 01:41
Artemiev is a hot young talent, but he is not capable of beating Carlsen at this time. He needs to win a couple of super tournaments and make a name for himself before he tries to grab the crown.
Vladislav_Morphy Vladislav_Morphy 5/19/2019 01:51
Facts will always defeat your boner for Grischuk and his humerous antics but Artemiev is the next hope of dethroning Carlsen. Fact....Look at public opinion i the chess world...Do your homework.
PinnacleX PinnacleX 5/19/2019 01:36
Stop with the Artemiev beating and displacing Carlsen, you sound ridiculous. Sasha is rated higher and plays better chess. No reason for him not being here thats for sure.
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 5/18/2019 11:53
Up to the organizers to invite whomever they want, based on whatever criteria they want; that's literally the point of the wildcard.
jonkm jonkm 5/18/2019 11:19
Wow Karjakin and Giri already eliminated.
patzer45 patzer45 5/18/2019 07:41
We may not like that Artemiev isn't participating here, but how is this political?

With the FIDE and Worldchess management both in the hands of Russians, it's not obvious to me that there would be a political reason for keeping Artemiev out of this. I would think Russophiles would want somebody with his talent to have a chance to displace Carlsen unless he has made enemies already.
Pieces in Motion Pieces in Motion 5/18/2019 03:02
Should be a promising tourney.

Nice design at the top, very much like early Twentieth-Century Russian modernist art.
Logos Logos 5/18/2019 08:56
Artemiev plays wonderful chess these days but so does Dubov (most recently, world rapid champion). IntensityInsanity and Peter B explain the rest of it clearly.
Peter B Peter B 5/18/2019 05:15
The rules are clear: average of 12 ratings lists February 2018 to January 2019. You can argue that Artemiev deserved the wild card ahead of Dubov, but you can't say he deserves there to be ahead of Wojtaszek or Jakovenko: those guys earned their places.
theKERESIAN theKERESIAN 5/17/2019 06:46

You refute your own argument. How long has Dubov been in the 2700+ crowd? Oh wait, he isn't. How can anyone who has watched both players say that Dubov is better than Artemiev, or that Dubov deserves his place here rather than Artemiev?

I understand that invitations are sent and organization early on, but I will also add that Artemiev's win at Gilbralter and the Russian Rapid/Blitz Championships, as well as the European Individual Championship. None of the other players can boast of such accomplishments.

It doesn't matter that other guys have been around longer; on that logic, Shirov should finally get his shot at a title, or even Ivanchuk. No, it is about who is the strongest possible candidate, and right now it seems that Artemiev has at least a better claim to this than several people in this tournament.
IntensityInsanity IntensityInsanity 5/17/2019 05:44
Another thing: yes, Artemiev is HOT right now, but Jakovenko and Wojtaszek, who you have discounted so easily, are very solid players who have been 2700+ players for over 10 years. These guys have been at the top for a long time and have experience in different formats, so actually who knows who is more dangerous when considering everything else.
IntensityInsanity IntensityInsanity 5/17/2019 05:41
It would be wise to find out more information before writing things here that are absolutely ignorant. It's always easy to say, "FIDE is so corrupt". First of all, if you were truly a chess fan you would know that these tournaments are organized long before they start. You can't declare that you will have a new super tournament and run it a week later. Artemiev has only been #11 for a short while. He very recently shot up in the rankings, while this particular tournament has been in the process of being organized long before this. Players accept their invitations with enough time to plan out their year or at least their upcoming months' schedules. Therefore, if someone rises in the rankings, they can't just immediately get invited to a super tournament the next week (unless someone cancels and a replacement is needed - that's usually the only time such things do happen so quickly).

I know FIDE has had trouble in the past. but it's just ridiculous to watch every other patzer always mention this - it's almost cliche to just mutter it.
Abraxas79 Abraxas79 5/17/2019 05:31
"Without Artemiev playing, this tournament is a joke.

Artemiev is currently 11th in the world rankings, and instead we have players like Wojtaszek (30th) and Jakovenko (33rd) playing. Nothing against these guys (and others in this tournament), but there is no good reason why a player of Artemiev's caliber is not playing in a tournament to decide the WC candidate.]"

I agree with you 100%. I would go further and say that although he is very young, he is perhaps the only player that I have seen capable of beating Carlsen. This explains why he is not in the Candidates. Instead, Carslen will get some set up to walk all over. The Russians are fully onboard with this as they have appointed Dubov as the wildcard entry.

FIDE is corrupt through and through. Nothing has changed.
theKERESIAN theKERESIAN 5/17/2019 03:44
Without Artemiev playing, this tournament is a joke.

Artemiev is currently 11th in the world rankings, and instead we have players like Wojtaszek (30th) and Jakovenko (33rd) playing. Nothing against these guys (and others in this tournament), but there is no good reason why a player of Artemiev's caliber is not playing in a tournament to decide the WC candidate.