Skilling Open Final: Live!

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11/30/2020 – The Skilling Open is the first stop of the 2020-21 Champions Chess Tour. With 16 participants, the event will be played on November 22-30. A single round robin tournament to be played from Sunday to Tuesday will decide who moves on to the knockout stage.The top eight will advance to a 6-day knockout. The action each day begins at 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET, 12:00 ET). Read the full report on Day 1 of the final | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Final - Match #2

In the knockout stage, each encounter will be decided over two days. On day, 1 there will be four rapid games, and if the match ends 2:2 it will simply be a draw (there doesn’t have to be a winner). On day 2, another 4-game match will be held. If both matches are drawn, or the players have traded wins, then shortly after the second match there will be a playoff: two blitz games followed, if needed, by Armageddon.

Previous reports: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8

Skilling Open 2020

Live games and commentary


Commentary by Soumya Swaminathan, Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal 

Final standings - Preliminaries


At stake are both Tour points and a $100,000 prize fund, with $30,000 for first place.

  • Winner: $30,000
  • Runner-up: $15,000
  • Semifinals: $7,500
  • Quarterfinals: $5,000
  • Preliminaries: $2,500


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Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 12/1/2020 10:16
Congratulations to So for beating a strong classical chess player....

@fgkdjlkag who says disabled is a label for bad future or bad fortune? Who created the label of 'disabled'? Mankind. To make a distinction between create a division, why? Disabled is a word created by this world...
Jacob woge Jacob woge 12/1/2020 06:50
I Think Carlsen’s path to a win in the final game might be over 21. Rd2 , e.g. 21. Ne4 22. Re2, the point being to have b3 rather than a3 and a more active position in the d-file for the Ra1.
Denix Denix 12/1/2020 07:40
Congratulations Wesley! You did it again!
dumkof dumkof 12/1/2020 02:01
Their ratings are well deserved, not "inflated".
They have reached these ratings inch by inch, beating players from all catagories, starting from very young age.

Two main reasons why these ratings are becoming higher:
1. The players are becoming stronger (obviously)
2. The number of players is increasing. The bigger the pool, the higher the ratings of the best pack. This is a mathematical result.
Take 10 worlds with identical players of our world, put them together forming a 10 times bigger pool, the new top 10 will have higher ratings, even though the players haven't become stronger individually.
turok turok 11/30/2020 12:12
@ Portlyotter I totally agree with you! This is why these players hardly ever lose ratings and just keep getting ridiculously high which IMO is so inflated. Even the best like these guys may be would lose to a 2600 or so GM on a bad day and cost them points but it is just the good ole boys club and Imo I miss classical time controls but so is this day of computers etc
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 11/30/2020 12:03
Awesome performance by So. Too bad So and Carlsen are disabled, they would have had bright futures.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/29/2020 08:55
So is already Fischer Random chess champion...and seems not bad at classical speed chess/blitz games either!.

@gmjohn69 & hurwitz. Peace. It was friday, had a hard day at the office... . I should not reflect it here that much. Take care and let's enjoy chess and life while we can!
@hurwitz : i was just commenting the comments, and not at all the article...(didn't even read 'this' article which you were referring to?.. as i was way too tired from the work friday evening) ...and i wouldn't even call them harsh. If a comment blames something , but the comment itself is full of mistakes , i like to question that comment. That's all. Plain and simple. Take care!
hurwitz hurwitz 11/29/2020 02:00
A follow-up to my earlier comment:

Look at Naka's emotion during all the games with So yesterday, not even one time did he look at the ceiling! I understand the entertainment element of the business but I personally don't want that at the price of losing authenticity and receiving such fake gestures :|
Leavenfish Leavenfish 11/29/2020 07:45 'similar' to Magnus - great natural ability to get an edge. BUT...he does not have either the nerves of Magnus nor quite the killer instinct.
Green22 Green22 11/29/2020 12:31
Wesley when in form can absolutely hang with Magnus. Beating Naka in this semi-final is NO easy task what-so-ever. I mean he's literally #1 #2 on the planet in these formats... I'm pulling for So!
gmjohn69 gmjohn69 11/28/2020 10:20
thank you hurwitz.
gmjohn69 gmjohn69 11/28/2020 09:53
thank you hurwitz.
gmjohn69 gmjohn69 11/28/2020 09:51
minnesotafats I dont have issues with you. you should know what I mean now im switching to chess24 they are speaking in english now I understand. but thank you minnesotafats for your understanding.thank you
hurwitz hurwitz 11/28/2020 10:45
@Minnesota Fats: I do have, but I think this doesn't answer my question. I simply couldn't see anything specially wrong in this article deserving your harsh comment ...
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/27/2020 11:46
@hurwitz do you have a dictionary at hand?
hurwitz hurwitz 11/27/2020 11:44
Can someone explain what is wrong with English of whom?
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/27/2020 10:28
@GMHJOHN69 could you please write a correct English sentence?
gmjohn69 gmjohn69 11/27/2020 10:18
I dont have against current commentators but pls speak in English
gmjohn69 gmjohn69 11/27/2020 10:17
pls in English
Vidmar Vidmar 11/27/2020 09:06
Please get English speaking commentators next time.
Chessbuddha Chessbuddha 11/26/2020 10:01
Nepo was using a cell phone. Can that be legal?
Chessbuddha Chessbuddha 11/26/2020 10:01
Nepo was using a cell phone. Can that be legal?
Galuna Galuna 11/26/2020 08:08
Go Hikaru !!
tom_70 tom_70 11/25/2020 11:32
I've always kind of thought the same thing. His mannerisms when he plays, look like a performance to me. Kasparov has a similar style, but with him, it always seemed genuine.
Portlyotter Portlyotter 11/25/2020 10:27
Sorry but I am utterly bored of these super league chess tournaments. If this was football it would be Bayern v Real Madrid every week.

They are great players but it is always the same ones. What about the rest of chess?

I found it more interesting watching my boys play children’s football when they were growing up than the top leagues of football. Plenty of mistakes but such fun.

Please stop being a Champions League website and give more exposure to othe players.

Thanks 😊
hurwitz hurwitz 11/25/2020 07:59
Everyone describes Nakamura as an expressive person, but this is not true, his emotional is simply fake. Have you ever seen him looking at ceiling when he is in a worse position?
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 11/25/2020 10:21
I got the info :
Carlsen-Giri, Aronian-Nepo, So-Radja and MVL-Naka, today 18.000 CET

Sad for Firouzja, but he should have lost against Giri ...and Naka's Dxb7 !! killed him.
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 11/25/2020 08:35
Who is qualified ? Official site gives standings with Firouzja out (9th) and Griri in (8th) !
When are the quarter finals ? What are the pairings ?
frankiekam frankiekam 11/25/2020 05:03
Promatix, why the need to bash the Tail-End-Charlie of the tourney table? These guys in this invitational tournament can beat the pants of 99.99% of all other players on the planet. Just so happens that Tail-End-Charlie is having a less-than-ideal tournament. After all, they are human. And less judgemental than promatix.
Leavenfish Leavenfish 11/24/2020 11:48
Why the heck is Vidit so large in the photo?
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/24/2020 11:43
@promatix you are too rude...i cannot comment on your comment. too rude. I am off to bed. sleep tight ;)
promatix promatix 11/24/2020 11:38
@Minnesota look how he play like 1600 not like 2770 but maybe he is overrated due to the same name like president of Poland who is also named Duda
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/24/2020 11:15
promatix who are you to judge a professional player like that? it's too easy. shut your mouth
@ chess talk stop talking shit to people who are doing alot. okay?
ChessTalk ChessTalk 11/24/2020 11:08
now i'm eating peanuts and popcorn.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/24/2020 10:20
what are you eating , or did you had breakfast at ease? the moment ChessTalk?
ChessTalk ChessTalk 11/24/2020 10:19
The guys eating while he broadcasts. So lame.
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/24/2020 09:06
Radjabov seems to hold his own , after such a long absence... hope he gets a good score.

Karjakin is back playing chess? I even thought he retired.
thirteen thirteen 11/23/2020 01:34
You are going to need a MEGA base, or at least a BIG database. Click on that to enter. Then click on the top of the 'VCS' column to access the annotated games list. All Chessbase content/help can be found by clicking on a question mark that is sited in the top right-hand corner.
gmjohn69 gmjohn69 11/23/2020 03:13
in chessbase 15 how will you find annotated games or games with analysis?