Clutch MVL came back to decisively win game 2 against Mamedyarov in Riga

The FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Latvia from July 12th to 24th with 16 player knockout

​Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0
2019 Riga Grand Prix 2019 - Game 2

1 e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. O-O h6 7. Re1 O-O 8. h3 a5 9. Nbd2 Be6 10. Bb5 Qb8 11. Nf1 Qa7 12. Be3 Bxe3 13. Nxe3 Ne7 14. a4 Rad8 15. Bc4 Bxc4 16. Nxc4 Nd7 17. d4 Qa6 18. Ne3 Rfe8 19. Qc2 exd4 20. Nxd4 c6 21. Ndf5 Nf6 22. Rad1 Nc8 23. f3 d5 24. Qf2 Re6 25. Qg3 Ne8 26. exd5 cxd5 27. Nxd5 Kf8 28. Qh4 Rd7 29. Nde3 Ncd6 30. Nd4 Re5 31. Ng4 Rd5 32. Ne5 1-0

​Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0
2019 Riga Grand Prix - Game 1

1 d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Qa4+ Qd7 8. Qa3 b6 9. Nf3 Bb7 10. Bd3 O-O 11. O-O c5 12. Bf4 cxd4 13. cxd4 Nc6 14. d5 Na5 15. Rac1 Rfc8 16. h3 e6 17. d6 f6 18. e5 Bxf3 19. exf6 Bxf6 20. gxf3 e5 21. Bd2 Rxc1 22. Rxc1 Rc8 23. Rxc8+ Qxc8 24. Kg2 Bd8 25. Be4 Qe6 26. Qd3 Kg7 27. Bc3 Qf6 28. Kf1 1-0

The Riga Grand Prix is a knock-out (or single-elimination) event. It’s a format where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from the tournament, and the winner will play another winner in the next round, until the final match, whose hero becomes the Grand Prix Champion.

There will be four rounds in the Grand Prix. Each consists of two games with the classical time control 100’ for 40 moves (50’/20+15’) and 30 seconds per move. In case of a tie, there is a tie-breaks round, consisting of two games with 25 minutes and 10 seconds per move for each player. If the score is still tied, there are two games with 10 minutes and 10 seconds per month for each player. If it’s still a tie, it’s followed by 2 blitz games of 5 minutes and 3 seconds per move. If the score is tied, then there is an Armageddon game.

The tournament has a prize fund of €130,000. Also, prizes for overall standings in the Series are €280,000, making the total prize fund of the Series €800,000.

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