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GM Joel’s Chess Week Recap - Episode 158

Opening: D87, A31, A65, C50, D35, C67, A67, D38:

Player(s): Shankland, Grandelius, Vitiugov, Anton Guijarro, Ragger, Van Foreest, Stefansson, Maghsoodloo, Suleymanli, Mamedov, Kozak

Sam Shankland recently put out a statement about how 2019 was deeply frustrating to him on many levels. He didn't win any tournaments, his rating dropped appreciably, and the arrival of Dominguez to the American fold will likely knock him off the Olympic team. But he is starting to feel better, and shared first in Prague will definitely help.  
We are getting used to surprise winners in big tournaments. For most of us, the huge success of 14-year-old Aydin Suleymanli comes out of nowhere. The 14-year-old from Azerbaijan had mostly successes from youth events to date, but in Moscow, despite being rated only 2474, Aydin scored 6.5/9 against nine opponents over 2600. I believe this amazing performance will give him the GM title, but certainly first place on tiebreaks over Mamedov, Jumbayev, and Aravindh. Aydin ascended to the lead with an 8th round stomping or Iranian GM Parham Maghsoodloo.

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Teacher's library (453) D87 A31 A65 C50 D35 C67 A67 D38 Shankland Grandelius Vitiugov Anton Guijarro Ragger Van Foreest Stefansson Maghsoodloo Suleymanli Mamedov Kozak recap

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