27 November 2019

2019 Grand Prix, Hamburg

I added the crosstable and PGN for the third event in the 2019 Grand Prix. The tournament's logo is shown to the left.

For the blog post on the second event, see 2019 Grand Prix, Riga (July 2019). According to a FIDE bulletin, Alexander Grischuk wins FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg (fide.com),

With this win, Grischuk virtually booked his ticket for the Candidates tournament which will take place in Yekaterinburg, Russia from March 15 to April 5, 2020.

GM Grischuk twice reached the final round, and in his least successful Grand Prix event reached the semifinal round. According to my page, Index of Players (A-G), next year's tournament will be his fifth participation in the prestigious event.

20 November 2019

C29 Zonal Clippings

Last week I announced C29 Zonals Indexed, and this week I added a new page to store the clippings for new individual zonal events: Zonals 2018-2019 (C29). I also linked the new page from the index for World Chess Championship Zonals.

For now, the new page includes mainly the clippings for events that took place in 2018. I'll add the other events as soon as I can.


Later: Re 'I'll add the other events as soon as I can', this was done. According to the roadmap I put together for C29 Regulations for World Cup Qualifiers (September 2019), the next step will be something like C28 Zonal Qualification Paths (November 2017), this time for C29.

13 November 2019

C29 Zonals Indexed

Continuing with C29 Zonals (September 2019), and following the roadmap established in C29 Regulations for World Cup Qualifiers (ditto), I updated the index page World Chess Championship Zonals. The 28 new events make a total of 469 events recorded on the index.

06 November 2019

2019 Grand Swiss Players

In last week's post, 2019 Grand Swiss Results, I wondered if I should add the names of all players participating in a World Championship event for the first time to my Index of Players:-
A preliminary count gave 38 new players, or about 25% of the 154 players who participated. This compares to the 30% (38/128) that I counted a few weeks ago in 2019 World Cup Players. That statistic gives me a green light to add all of the new players to the index.

After adding links to 2019 Grand Swiss, Isle of Man for the 154 participants, I queried the index and found that 113 names had already been on the index, while 41 names were new. That number differed from the preliminary count by more than it should, but I decided to leave it at that. More interesting was a trio of possible discrepancies I noted while updating the index.

Jansa V, '1985-87 Izt' and '2019 Gr.Sw.' • Was this the same player in two events separated by more than 30 years? I found an answer in the Chess.com article by Peter Doggers that I mentioned in the 'Grand Swiss Results' post. Here's an extract from that article:-

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss Preview

On top of setting the record straight for GM Vlastimil Jansa, that clipping will be useful if I ever document the qualification paths for the Grand Swiss.

Allan K, '1988-90 Izt'; and Allen K, '2019 Gr.Sw.' • In fact, that first reference should have been 'Allan D' for Denis Allan of Canada. I'll correct the two pages -- Interzonal (plus PGN) & Index -- as soon as I can. The second reference is Keith Allen, an organizer for the series of Isle of Man tournaments.

Vovk Y, '2015 WCup'; and Vovk A, '2019 Gr.Sw.' • The first player is Yuri Vovk of the Ukraine. The second player is his younger brother Andrey Vovk.