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2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Final - Game 2

Added on 03.13.2022

Richard Rapport of Hungary is the winner of the second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix 2022. GM Richard Rapport - Photo Credit FIDE/World chess After the uneventful draw played yesterday, today the game was going the same way. the players seemed very careful - as it should be! - and by move 28, Rapport could have closed the game with repetition on this position: After a couple of repetitions, Richard went for Qe5, and there the game changed! In a few moves, Rapport had a mate net on the...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Final - Game 1

Added on 03.12.2022

The first game of the final match between Russia Dmitry Andreikin and Hungary Richard Rapport was an uneventful draw. In a Four Knights game, the players hurriedly exchanged almost every piece on the board. By move 16, on the board there was a totally drawn position: Rapport and Andreikin kept playing, but it was hard to find any "trick" here to get an advantage. Andreikin fell into deep thinking, probably trying to find a way to make things more difficult to Rapport, but to no avail. At...Full Story

GM John Burke recaps the semis of the 2nd GP

Added on 03.11.2022

  GM John Burke analyzes and commentates on the games that led two of the four musketeers who won the pools to the finals, which will take place starting tomorrow, March the 12th. One of the semis was decided in the classical time control mini-match, but it didn't lack the thrill! The second semis went to the tiebreaks. Rapid chess makes these super-GMs look almost human, with mistakes and even blunders happening much more often than in classical games. For "normal" people like us, it's...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Semifinals - Tiebreaks

Added on 03.11.2022

The second semifinalist is Dmitry Andreikin. GM Dmitry Andreikin - Photo credit: Mark Livshitz/FIDE It took two rapid games for the Russian to defeat the favorite Anish Giri. The first game seemed to favor Giri with Black, but the players agree to a rather early draw by repetition. The Dutch grandmaster's advantage wasn't huge but looked worth a try. On the other hand, in a Rapid game, there is no time to assess the position carefully, and Giri decided that a draw was alright with...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Semifinals - Day 2

Added on 03.10.2022

GM Anish Giri - Photo credit: Mark Livshitz/FIDE Giri and Andreikin played an uneventful draw, closing the game in 32 moves. Everything will have to be decided tomorrow, in the tiebreaks. The Russian and the Dutch grandmasters will play two Rapid games (15+10). If still tied, two Blitz games (5+3). If still tied, the Armageddon game: white starts with 5 minutes on the clock and Black with 4 (no increment). Black gets draw odds.  Semifinals Game 1 Game 2 TB Anish...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Semifinals - Day 1

Added on 03.09.2022

Today, the four musketeers started the duels to determine who would advance to the finals. Giri and Andreikin drew a quiet game, with no danger for either player. Giri and Andreikin - Photo credit: Mark Livshitz/FIDE  Semifinals Game 1 Game 2 TB Anish Giri 1/2     Dmitry Andreikin 1/2       var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/PGN/GP2_2022_Giri_Semi1.pgn', piece_set:...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 6

Added on 03.07.2022

After six rounds, we have the four musketeers who will battle in the semifinals! In pool A, Shankland and Grishuck drew relatively quickly. Bacrot was clearly winning his game vs. Andreikin, which would have given him the pass for the semis. But something went wrong for the Frenchman, and the game went upsidedown for him. Andreikin won, and he's the first of the semifinalists.   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri:...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 5

Added on 03.06.2022

Two decisive games in Round five of the 2nd FIDE Grand Prix "pool" stage, and both in Pool C! Shirov played a great game and defeated Fedoseev, taking the Russian out of contention for first place in the pool.   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/PGN/GP2_2022_Shirov_Rd5.pgn', piece_set: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/canvaschess/img/pieces/merida/', show_screen: false, responsive: true, ratio: '3:2', square_color_dark:...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 4

Added on 03.04.2022

Finally, something moved in Pool D! After three rounds with all draws, French numero uno Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won his game today, defeating GM Predke.   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/PGN/GP2_2022_MVL_Rd4.pgn', piece_set: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/canvaschess/img/pieces/merida/', show_screen: false, responsive: true, ratio: '3:2', square_color_dark: '#82a3d2', square_color_light: '#ffffff' }); Now Maxime leads his pool, and with two...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 3

Added on 03.03.2022

Game of the Day in Round 3 is undoubtedly Rapport vs. Vidit. After round 2, Vidit - with a full score - led Pool C, but today the strong Hungarian GM Richard Rapport defeated the Indian, joining him in the lead with 2.0/3.   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/PGN/GP2_2022_Rapport_Rd3.pgn', piece_set: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/canvaschess/img/pieces/merida/', show_screen: false, responsive: true, ratio: '3:2', square_color_dark:...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 2

Added on 03.02.2022

Three decisive games today in the second round of the pools, and we already have two clear leaders! In Pool A huge win by the American GM Sam Shankland, who catch Andreikin in the lead with 1.5/2, as the Russian was held to a draw by the Frenchman Bacrot.   var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/PGN/GP2_2022_Shankland_Rd2.pgn', piece_set: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/canvaschess/img/pieces/merida/', show_screen: false, responsive: true, ratio:...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 1

Added on 03.01.2022

In Belgrade, Serbia, the second leg of the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix started today, March 1. GM John Burke wrote a preview article for the ICC. Today, Round 1 of the pools. With four decisive games, it was an interesting day of chess.    Pool A 1 2 3 4 PTS Grischuk aa   0   0.0 Shankland   aa   1/2 0.5 Andreikin 1   aa   1.0 Bacrot   1/2   aa 0.5   In Pool A, Andreikin...Full Story

2nd FIDE Grand Prix 2022

Added on 02.27.2022

The ICC is excited to continue its collaboration with GM John Burke. John became an IM at 14, in 2016, and a GM in 2018, at 16.   In 2020, John won the US Junior Championship. That qualified him for the 2021 US Championship, where he was able to score 5/11 with a performance rating north of 2650, despite being the lowest-rated player. Currently, John is a junior at Webster University, where he's able to study chess with his teammates and his coach GM Liem Le. Here is John's article on the...Full Story

1st FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - FINAL - Tiebreaks

Added on 02.17.2022

  What a day of chess! The final stage of the 1st FIDE Grand Prix 2022 has proven to be exciting and entertaining. It took the winner two rapid games to clinch the victory. Aronian and Nakamura, after two draws in the classical mini-match, faced each other to play a rapid mini-match, with time control 15+10. Watch GM Burke's video and enjoy his comments and analysis!   What a comeback to over-the-board chess! In an all-American final, Hikaru Nakamura defeated Levon Aronian to win the 1st...Full Story

1st FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - FINAL - Day 2

Added on 02.16.2022

Game 2 of the final starts - Photo by the official website Unexpectedly, today Aronian and Nakamura played an uneventful draw. The opening was Giuoco Pianissimo. The Italian here plays with a musical term: "Pianissimo," which means very quiet. And that was it. Neither player tried to do anything hazardous, and the game faded off quickly, to finish at move 29, with the engines indicating "0.00".     var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri:...Full Story

1st FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - FINAL - Day 1

Added on 02.15.2022

Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian at the board - Photo from World Chess An exciting first game in the final of the 1st leg of the FIDE 2022 Grand Prix! Hikaru opened 1.e4, and Levon replied with 1.e5. The two went for a Closed Ruy Lopez, with 7...0-0. Levon is one of the leading experts of this opening, but Hikaru was well prepared, and the two landed on a highly complex middlegame. The feeling was that at around move 30, the players may have called it a day and agreed on a draw. Instead,...Full Story

GM Pia Cramling recaps the Semis 1st GP 2022

Added on 02.13.2022

  GM Pia Cramling analyzes and comments on the two most important games of the semifinals. The 1st Grand Prix in Berlin has been an exciting event, and the two finalists are deserving their spot. The final will be played as a mini-match of two games with classical time control. Should the two players tie, there will be a mini-match of two rapid games, with time control 15+10. If still tied after the rapid, two Blitz games with time control 3+2. And, as usual, if the finalists are still tied,...Full Story

1st FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Semifinals - Day 1

Added on 02.12.2022

Levon Aronian today confirmed his status of grace, defeating Leinier Dominguez in 41 moves, playing brilliantly. Levon looks like he's the favorite at this point in the competition.  Semifinals Game 1 Game 2 TB Levon Aronian 1     Leinier Dominguez 0       var viewer = new CHESS.PgnViewer({ pgn_uri: 'https://www.chessclub.com/assets/PGN/GP1_2022_Aronian_R9.pgn', piece_set:...Full Story

GM Pia Cramling recaps the pools 1st GP 2022

Added on 02.11.2022

  We are happy to welcome GM Pia Cramling to the team! Today GM Pia recaps for us the first phase of the FIDE Grand Prix being played in Berlin. It has been an exciting tournament so far, with some of the best players trying to win their pool to access the semifinals. After a double round-robin in each of the 4-player pools, only two grandmasters emerged in clear first. Today, two playoffs were played: two rapid games with time control 15+10. Join us tomorrow, Saturday to watch the first day...Full Story

1st FIDE Grand Prix 2022 - Round 6

Added on 02.10.2022

We have a second semifinalist after Levon Aronian. Two of the four pools' winners will be decided tomorrow, in the tiebreaks.    Pool A 1 2 3 4 PTS Grischuk aa 1/2-0 1/2-1/2 1/2-1 3.0 Nakamura 1/2-1 aa 1-1/2 1/2-1/2 4.0 Esipenko 1/2-1/2 0-1/2 aa 1-1 3.5 Bacrot 1/2-0 1/2-1/2 0-0 aa 1.5 Hikaru Nakamura needed a draw today to qualify for the semifinals. Esipenko, in the...Full Story

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