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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:21 pm 
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2019 Champion’s Showdown: The Kings
February 19 - February 24
St. Louis Chess Club, United States

The 2019 Champions Showdown shall be an exhibition event featuring five individual matches: Hikaru Nakamura vs. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Fabiano Caruana vs. Pentala Harikrishna, Wesley So vs. David Navara, Leinier Dominguez vs. Veselin Topalov and Sam Shankland vs. Richard Rapport. Over five days, the players shall contest games at rapid and blitz time controls. Each matchup will have a prize fund of $60,000 with first place taking $36,000 and second place taking $24,000.

20-Feb: 1:00 PM: Rapid Rounds 1 - 4

See schedule: https://uschesschamps.com/2019-Champions-Showdown-The-Kings/overview

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:29 am 
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good luck Wes ! :)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:43 am 
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God bless Wesley So... More power to you... :angel: :angel: :angel:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:20 pm 
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It seemed like Caruana is proving everyone wrong with strong showing in the rapid and blitz. He is leading with total points from Rapid and Blitz of 19.5. Nakamura is running second with 16. Third is a tie between Navarra and Rapport with both having 14.5. Topalov is next with 14 while So can only managed 13.5.

Last rounds 13 to 24 of Blitz will be played today, Sunday (Feb 24). I am not sure if So can catch up as he lost to Navarra 6.5 to 5.5 in rounds 1-12 of Blitz played yesterday.

I am not sure how winner is determine in this Champions Showdown in St. Louis. If separate, So will be runner up in Rapid as he has 8 points to Caruana's 9. In Blitz, Caruana is leading with 10.5, Nakamura with 9 and So can only manage 5.5 losing to Navarra in rounds 1-12. Match up winner will take away US$36,000 while runner up will settle for US$24,000


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:39 pm 
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Caruana looks strong only because he's facing a weaker opponent. Harikrishna is only ranked #38 in rapid, and #104 in blitz. Whereas, Caruana is ranked #14 in both blitz and rapid event. To prove my point, I dont think Rapport (who is currently ranked 3rd can duplicate his feat if he's matched to either Wesley, Nakamura or Caruana. He's lucky, he was paired with Shankland, who is not a good rapid and blitz player.

If i'm not mistaken, there will be 5 winners here. One winner in every matchup.

The 2019 installment of the Champions Showdown will feature five unique matchups between top world players, as well as up-and-coming chess stars. Five U.S. players have chosen opponents from around the world and will face-off in a head-to-head format with three days of rapid play and two days of blitz play from February 20-24, 2019 at the Saint Louis Chess Club. In the end, $300,000 in prize money will be divided with each winner receiving $36,000 and the opposing player receiving $24,000.

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-champions-showdown

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:51 pm 
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Caruana looks strong only because he's facing a weaker opponent. Harikrishna is only ranked #38 in rapid, and #104 in blitz. Whereas, Caruana is ranked #14 in both blitz and rapid event. To prove my point, I dont think Rapport (who is currently ranked 3rd can duplicate his feat if he's matched to either Wesley, Nakamura or Caruana. He's lucky, he was paired with Shankland, who is not a good rapid and blitz player.

If i'm not mistaken, there will be 5 winners here. One winner in every matchup.

The 2019 installment of the Champions Showdown will feature five unique matchups between top world players, as well as up-and-coming chess stars. Five U.S. players have chosen opponents from around the world and will face-off in a head-to-head format with three days of rapid play and two days of blitz play from February 20-24, 2019 at the Saint Louis Chess Club. In the end, $300,000 in prize money will be divided with each winner receiving $36,000 and the opposing player receiving $24,000.

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-champions-showdown


You could be right, but it is Caruana's choice to play against Harikrishna. Perhaps, he chooses Harikrishna knowing he can win hands down. As for the prize money, again...you are right...36k@5 and 24k@5 equals 300k. In this case, So needs to win the last rounds in Blitz so he could go home with 36kUS$.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:22 pm 
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but it is Caruana's choice to play against Harikrishna. Perhaps, he chooses Harikrishna knowing he can win hands down


Right on the button bro. This is what others called as "ELO Padding" :lol: :lol: :lol:

Dapat yung mahinang Rapid at Blitz player na lang ang pinili ni Wesley. The problem is...Navarra is also a decent, Classic, Rapid and Blitz player.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:29 pm 
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Caruana now ranked #3 in Rapid, #8 in blitz

Only few points ahead of Naka, can you imagine that? :shock: :shock: :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:18 pm 
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FINAL RESULTS - CHAMPIONS SHOWDOWN

**Wesley Wins over Navarra - 28 pts / 20 pts

**Caruana wins over Harikrishna - 35.5 / 12.5

**Nakamura wins over Duda - 29.5 / 18.5

2 other U.S. Chess players loses though (Shankland and Dominguez)


WINNERS GET $36,000 / LOSERS GET $24,000

full details:

https://www.chess.com/news/view/blitz-mayhem-ends-champions-showdown

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:32 am 
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joeyj wrote:
Actually, Wesley is looking for a top level coach, yong pagkaalam ko si Yasser Seirawan sana ang gusto ni Wesley kaso busy naman si Yasser doing live commentaries sa Tournaments.

Hopefully he could find one. :)


Who's better to bring him to the top than Vladimir Kramnik? Here's a quote from Kramnik in an interview about his plans after his retirement .

"I have plans to train a top player, who in time could become World Champion. I wouldn’t rule out such a possibility – it’s interesting and a challenge."

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/kramni ... onal-chess



Just wishful thinking on my part but who knows right?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:50 am 
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good job Wes congrats ! :D








sana nga makakuha na ng coach si Wesley, he's sort of a maverick hyperGM at this point for being at the highest level of chess with no coach and maybe he's really more comfortable preparing and improving himself on his own.......but the results he achieved while with a good coach before speak for themselves.......he flew as high as #2....only Magnus had a higher Elo :shock:

anyway, whatever decision you make, we're all behind you Wes :)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:49 pm 
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Congratz Wesley So... :) :D :beer: :celebrate:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:01 pm 
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2019 USA Chess Championship:

Wesley, together with Xiong, Nakamura and Dominguez is leading the field with 2.5 points after the 4th round. Caruana with 2 points is tied from 5-9th place. Winner will get U$50,000.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:05 pm 
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IIlang tournament lang sinasalihan ni Wesley ah, mejo matagal na rin na wala sya pinanalunang tournament. Hope he wins this one... Go Wesley


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:51 pm 
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after the 6th round, Nakamura leads with 4 points. Wesley, Leiner, Sam and Fabiano are tied from 2nd to 4th with 3.5 points. while Xiong, Lenderman and Robson are tied from 5th to 7th with 3 points apiece. Wesely, will play the black pieces when he plays Xiong in round 7.


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