MVL off to a rocket start again in Riga

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

​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.

Match 2 - Game 1

Duda, Jan-Krzysztof - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander - Yu, Yangyi ½-½
Karjakin, Sergey - So, Wesley ½-½
Topalov, Veselin - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1

In match 1, MVL was the first player to advance after knocking out David Navara.

Topalov, Veselin - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 Riga Grand Prix 2019

1 e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 e6 7. Be3 b5 8. Qd2 Nbd7 9. g4 b4 10. Nce2 h6 11. Nf4 Bb7 12. Qxb4 Qc8 13. Qd2 e5 14. Nf5 exf4 15. Bxf4 Ne5 16. Be2 Qc7 17. O-O-O O-O-O 18. Kb1 g6 19. Ne3 Be7 20. c4 Kb8 21. Rc1 Nxe4 22. fxe4 Bxe4+ 23. Ka1 Bxh1 24. Rxh1 Bg5 25. Nd5 Bxf4 26. Qxf4 Qa7 27. Rc1 Rhe8 28. a3 Nc6 29. Bf3 g5 30. Qg3 Qc5 31. Bh1 Re2 32. Nc3 Re3 33. Qg2 Rc8 34. Nd5 Rb3 35. Ka2 Rb7 36. b3 a5 37. Nc3 Qe3 38. Rc2 Qd3 39. Qd2 Qxd2 40. Rxd2 Re7 41. Rxd6 Rd8 42. Rxd8+ Nxd8 43. Be4 h5 44. gxh5 f5 45. Bxf5 Rf7 46. Bg6 Rf2+ 47. Kb1 Rxh2 48. Ne4 g4 49. Kc1 Nc6 50. Kd1 Nd4 51. Ke1 Nxb3 52. Kf1 Nd4 53. Ng3 Kc7 54. Be4 Nf3 55. c5 Nd2+ 56. Kg1 Rh3 57. Kg2 Nxe4 0-1

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