Fedoseev Wins 3rd Speed Chess Grand Prix

Fedoseev Wins 3rd Speed Chess Grand Prix

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Russian GM Vladimir Fedoseev won the third Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix after beating Ukrainian GM Alexander Zubov in a thrilling final. Fedoseev is now also the new leader in the overall Grand Prix leaderboard.

The next Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix will be played on June 23 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 19:00 Central Europe.

The third Speed Chess Grand Prix tournament was held on Tuesday, June 16, with 881 participants this time. How strong these tournaments for titled players are was shown from the fact that big names such as GMs Fabiano Caruana, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, and Hikaru Nakamura all didn't make it to the final eight.

The live broadcast of the tournament.

We're starting with a game from the 10-round Swiss that preceded the knockout phase, and one from one of those big stars that didn't make it. Firouzja was involved in a spectacular game with Indian GM Chithambaram Aravindh in which the Iranian prodigy attacked in Bobby Fischer style as Black, He was lost for a while but eventually won on time:

The most surprising name missing from the top eight was Nakamura's, as usual, the top seed in the tournament. The main reason was two blunders in his last-round game with GM @GeorgMeier. It can't be Christmas every day.

June 16 Speed Chess Grand Prix | Swiss Final Standings (Top 20)

# Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 GM @Bigfish1995 Vladimir Fedoseev 8.5 54.75
2 GM @Micki-taryan Haik Martirosyan 8.5 54.25
3 IM @IMHansNiemann Hans Niemann 8.5 53.75
4 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 8.5 53.25
5 GM @GeorgMeier Georg Meier 8.5 52.5
6 GM @Alexander_Zubov Alexander Zubov 8.5 51.75
7 GM @rasmussvane Rasmus Svane 8.5 51.25
8-9 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 8.5 50.25
8-9 GM @AlexanderL Aleksandr Lenderman 8.5 50.25
10 GM @viditchess Vidit Gujrathi 8.5 50
11 GM @Parhamov Parham Maghsoodloo 8.5 48.25
12 IM @wonderfultime Tuan Minh Le 8.5 43.25
13 GM @Indianlad S.L. Narayanan 8 49.25
14 GM @Grischuk Alexander Grischuk 8 48.75
15 GM @vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 8 47.5
16 GM @VincentKeymer Vincent Keymer 8 46.75
17 GM @kirillshevchenko Kirill Shevchenko 8 46.5
18-19 GM @GigaQuparadze Giga Kuparadze 8 43.5
18-19 IM @Bulldog167 Leon Livaic 8 43.5
20 GM @Alexander_Moskalenko Alexander Moskalenko 8 42.25

The final standings led to a peculiar situation where two players finished on equal eighth-ninth on both game points and Sonneborn-Berger: the two Americans GM Gata Kamsky and GM Aleksandr Lenderman. It was Kamsky who reached the knockout phase on the next tiebreak, which is the rating of the player at the end of the 10-round Swiss.

Fedoseev first knocked out Kamsky before eliminating the winner of two weeks ago, GM Vladislav Artemiev. Zubov was too strong for IM Hans Niemann and GM Rasmus Svane.

In the final, Zubov started with a win and was winning in the second, but somehow he allowed his opponent to get counterplay and even win. A first bullet game ended in a draw, but then Fedoseev won the second bullet game.

Here's that second blitz game:

Fedoseev won the $1,000 first prize and 12 GP points, while Zubov took second ($500 and eight GP points). Svane (@rasmussvane) and Artemiev (@Sibelephant) both won $200 and four GP points, while the losing quarterfinalists earned $100 and two GP points. 

Indian WIM Vaishali Rameshbabu (@vaishali2001) won the $100 for the best female player. We'll soon add here the name of the winner of the streamers' prize of $100 that will be given as 20 gifted subs to their channel.

Below are the current Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix standings. At the end of the season, the players with the four best scores will advance to the Speed Chess Championship to be hosted later this year.

Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix | Standings After June 16 (Top 20)

# Fed Title Name Username Swiss
1 GM Vladimir Fedoseev @Bigfish1995 25.5 14 39.5
2 GM Vladislav Artemiev @Sibelephant 17 16 33
3 GM Vladislav Kovalev @vladislavkovalev 25 6 31
4 GM Anish Giri @AnishGiri 17 4 21
5 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave @LyonBeast 9 12 21
6 IM Tuan Minh Le @wonderfultime 17 4 21
7 GM Vincent Keymer @VincentKeymer 16.5 2 18.5
8 GM Sergey Karjakin @SergeyKarjakin 9 8 17
9 GM Parham Maghsoodloo @Parhamov 17 0 17
10 GM Alireza Firouzja @Firouzja2003 8.5 8 16.5
11 GM Alexander Zubov @Alexander_Zubov 8.5 8 16.5
12 GM Alexander Grischuk @Grischuk 16 0 16
13 GM Alexander Moskalenko @Alexander_Moskalenko 15.5 0 15.5
14 GM Kirill Shevchenko @kirillshevchenko 15.5 0 15.5
15 GM Grigoriy Oparin @OparinGrigoriy 9 4 13
16 GM Anatoly Bykhovsky @abykhovsky 8.5 4 12.5
17 GM Rasmus Svane @rasmussvane 8.5 4 12.5
18 GM Evgeny Shtembuliak @Shtembuliak 8.5 2 10.5
19 GM Nordibek Abdusattorov @ChessWarrior7197 8.5 2 10.5
20 GM Andrey Esipenko @Andreikka 8.5 2 10.5

Games final eight

The Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix is presented by Gambit, where you can play classic games like Reversi, Backgammon, and Oh Ship by playing with players from around the world.

More information about the Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix can be found here.

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