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Round 6 Report

John Saunders reports: The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss is now just beyond its halfway stage and the leadership has thinned down to two players, Fabiano Caruana (USA) and Wang Hao (China), as round six concluded at the Comis Hotel, Isle of Man. Caruana and Wang Hao defeated Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) and Luke McShane (England) respectively to move to a score of 5 points. Seven players are tucked in behind them on 4½: Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), David Anton Guijarro (Spain), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Nikita Vitugov (Russia), Kirill Alekseenko (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia) and world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway). Wednesday is a rest day and the battle is rejoined on Thursday.


Round 5 Report

John Saunders reports: after another pulsating round of play at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss, the leadership has expanded to seven players, including all four of the overnight leaders who drew their games. Only another Houdini-like escape act, this time by Fabiano Caruana (USA), prevented us from having a sole leader. England’s Luke McShane came within an ace of beating him. The traffic jam on 4/5 consists of Fabiano Caruana (USA), Wang Hao (China), Luke McShane (England), Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Alexei Shirov (Spain) and Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran). Magnus Carlsen won against Surya Ganguly so is now breathing down their neck amongst the chasing pack on 3½.

Round 4 Report

John Saunders reports: after four rounds of the 2019 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss at the Comis Hotel, Isle of Man, the leadership has swelled to four players: Fabiano Caruana (USA), Wang Hao (China), Luke McShane (England) and Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran) all have 3½ from a possible 4 points. Caruana drew with Wang Hao, while McShane defeated Baskaran Adhiban (India) and Parham Maghsoodloo beat Vidit Gujrathi. Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen’s struggles continued as he narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus. He remains a point behind the leaders.

Round 3 Report

John Saunders reports: The five leaders were whittled down to two by the end of round three in the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss. One of them is world number two Fabiano Caruana, who defeated Alexei Shirov, while the all-Chinese clash between Wang Hao and Bu Xiangzhi ended in a victory for the former. Meanwhile, world champion Magnus Carlsen is now languishing a full point off the lead after conceding another draw to former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Round 2 Report

John Saunders reports: after two of the 11 rounds played, there are five joint leaders of the inaugural FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament to decide a qualifier for the 2020 World Championship Candidates’ tournament. The five on 2/2 are Baskaran Adhiban (India), Fabiano Caruana (USA), Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi (both China) and Alexei Shirov (Spain). A glaring omission from their number is world champion Magnus Carlsen, who only secured a draw with Alexey Sarana of Russia after being caught in opening preparation and being obliged to play with extreme accuracy to escape a worse fate.

John Saunders reports: The much-anticipated 1st FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament began with a bang at the Comis Hotel near Douglas, Isle of Man on 10 October 2019 as the world champion and his immediate predecessor were pushed all the way by their opponents – and one of them fell at the first hurdle. 154 players did battle in this first of 11 rounds of play to decide a single qualifier for the 2020 FIDE World Championship Candidates' tournament, to be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

http://chess-results.com/tnr478041.aspx for FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss 2019 pairings and results

John Saunders reports: As an addendum to the preview article (15 September), we have to report that two of the leading players have now withdrawn from the 2019 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss. They are Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2780) and Leinier Dominguez Perez (USA, 2763). Read the preview article here.

John Saunders reports: in just under a month’s time there begins the newest, and potentially most exciting, qualification event in the 2019/2020 World Chess Championship cycle – the inaugural FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament, to be played over 11 rounds in the Isle of Man. The primary purpose of this tournament is to fill one of the eight places in the Candidates’ Tournament to be held in the first half of 2020. It features a phenomenal field of 160 leading players who aspire to the title and an eye-popping first prize of $70,000, with a total prize fund of $432,500. The latter detail has also attracted the two biggest names of all, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, who head a competitor list featuring 26* players rated 2700 or more.

Douglas, Isle of Man, 4 June 2019 — The ‘FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss’ will be held in the Isle of Man from 10 to 21 October, and is expected to be the strongest Swiss-system tournament in the history of chess. The prize fund will be US$432,500, with a first prize of $70,000.


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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 6 Report
Published: 16 Oct 2019

Round 6 Report

John Saunders reports: The FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss is now just beyond its halfway stage and the leadership has thinned down to two players, Fabiano Caruana (USA) and Wang Hao (China), as round six concluded at the Comis Hotel, Isle of Man. Caruana and Wang Hao defeated Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) and Luke McShane (England) respectively to move to a score of 5 points. Seven players are tucked in behind them on 4½: Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), David Anton Guijarro (Spain), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Nikita Vitugov (Russia), Kirill Alekseenko (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia) and world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway). Wednesday is a rest day and the battle is rejoined on Thursday.


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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 5 Report
Published: 15 Oct 2019

Round 5 Report

John Saunders reports: after another pulsating round of play at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss, the leadership has expanded to seven players, including all four of the overnight leaders who drew their games. Only another Houdini-like escape act, this time by Fabiano Caruana (USA), prevented us from having a sole leader. England’s Luke McShane came within an ace of beating him. The traffic jam on 4/5 consists of Fabiano Caruana (USA), Wang Hao (China), Luke McShane (England), Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Alexei Shirov (Spain) and Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran). Magnus Carlsen won against Surya Ganguly so is now breathing down their neck amongst the chasing pack on 3½.


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FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 4 Report
Published: 14 Oct 2019

Round 4 Report

John Saunders reports: after four rounds of the 2019 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss at the Comis Hotel, Isle of Man, the leadership has swelled to four players: Fabiano Caruana (USA), Wang Hao (China), Luke McShane (England) and Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran) all have 3½ from a possible 4 points. Caruana drew with Wang Hao, while McShane defeated Baskaran Adhiban (India) and Parham Maghsoodloo beat Vidit Gujrathi. Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen’s struggles continued as he narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of Vladislav Kovalev of Belarus. He remains a point behind the leaders.


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