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