Martirosyan Wins 8th Speed Chess Grand Prix

Martirosyan Wins 8th Speed Chess Grand Prix

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GM Haik Martirosyan has won the eighth Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix. The 20-year-old Armenian grandmaster beat Russian GM Vladislav Artemiev 2-0 in the knockout final and is now in fourth place in the overall Grand Prix standings.

The next Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix will be played on July 28 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 19:00 Central Europe.

The eighth Speed Chess Grand Prix tournament was held on Tuesday, July 21, with 745 participants. It was 15-year-old GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov who won the Swiss part as the only player with a 9.0/10 score.


The live broadcast of the tournament.

Abdusattorov, who is the fifth-youngest grandmaster ever, was in great shape. The Uzbek GM defeated, among others, GMs Vladimir Fedoseev, Hikaru Nakamura, and Fabiano Caruana (the last two using the same opening variation!) and drew with GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Here's his game with Caruana, who had won the Swiss part for the last two weeks.

The eight players who have qualified for the knockout part are GMs Abdusattorov, Martirosyan, MVL, Nakamura, Artemiev, Alexander Moskalenko, Eric Hansen, and IM Abdulla Gadimbayli.

July 21 Speed Chess Grand Prix | Swiss Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk Fed Title Username Name Score SB
1 GM @ChessWarrior7197 Nodirbek Abdusattorov 9 55.5
2 GM @Micki-taryan Haik Martirosyan 8.5 54
3 GM @LyonBeast Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 8.5 53.5
4 GM @Hikaru Hikaru Nakamura 8.5 53.25
5 GM @Sibelephant Vladislav Artemiev 8.5 49.5
6 GM @Alexander_Moskalenko Alexander Moskalenko 8.5 48.5
7 GM @erichansen Eric Hansen 8.5 46.75
8 IM @GadimbayliA Abdulla Gadimbayli 8.5 46
9 GM @GigaQuparadze Giga Kuparadze 8.5 42.25
9 GM @vladislavkovalev Vladislav Kovalev 8.5 42.25
11 GM @RaunakSadhwani2005 Raunak Sadhwani 8 51
12 GM @OparinGrigoriy Grigoriy Oparin 8 49.75
13 GM @Jumbo Rinat Jumabayev 8 49.5
14 GM @1977Ivan Ivan Ivanisevic 8 48.5
15 GM @2Vladimirovich90 Dmitry Andreikin 8 48.25
16 GM @VerdeNotte Gawain Jones 8 47
17 GM @TigrVShlyape Gata Kamsky 8 46.75
18 GM @ShimanovAlex Aleksandr Shimanov 8 45
19 IM @okriak Dmitry Obolenskikh 8 42.5
20 GM @GMBenjaminBok Benjamin Bok 8 41

Nakamura, the winner of the knockout both last week and the week before, didn't survive the quarterfinals this time. He was knocked out by Artemiev, who accurately judged a pawn ending to be winning for him:

Vachier-Lagrave lost his first game to Martirosyan, but managed to win a drawn queen ending by tricking his opponent into a queen trade. The Armenian GM then won the armageddon and impressively set aside Artemiev 2-0.

Martirosyan won the $1,000 first prize and 12 GP points while Artemiev took second ($500 and eight GP points). Abdusattorov and Vachier-Lagrave both won $200 and four GP points, while the losing quarterfinalists each earned $100 and two GP points. 

GM Kateryna Lagno (@KaterynaLagno) won the $100 prize for being the top-scoring female player.

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 July 21 (Top 20)

# Fed Title Name Username Swiss Points Bonus Points Overall Points
1 GM Hikaru Nakamura @Hikaru 43 28 71
2 GM Vladislav Kovalev @vladislavkovalev 58 8 66
3 GM Vladislav Artemiev @Sibelephant 33.5 24 57.5
4 GM Haik Martirosyan @Micki-taryan 34 22 56
5 GM Parham Maghsoodloo @Parhamov 42.5 8 50.5
6 GM Dmitry Andreikin @2Vladimirovich90 33.5 14 47.5
7 GM Sergey Karjakin @SergeyKarjakin 33.5 10 43.5
8 GM Grigoriy Oparin @OparinGrigoriy 25.5 16 41.5
9 GM Fabiano Caruana @FabianoCaruana 34 6 40
10 GM Vladimir Fedoseev @Bigfish1995 25.5 14 39.5
11 IM Tuan Minh Le @wonderfultime 33.5 4 37.5
12 GM Raunak Sadhwani @RaunakSadhwani2005 32 4 36
13 GM Alireza Firouzja @Firouzja2003 25.5 10 35.5
14 GM Alexander Grischuk @Grischuk 32.5 2 34.5
15 IM Hans Niemann @IMHansNiemann 32.5 2 34.5
16 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave @LyonBeast 17.5 16 33.5
17 GM Giga Kuparadze @GigaQuparadze 32.5 0 32.5
18 GM Nordibek Abdusattorov @ChessWarrior7197 25.5 6 31.5
19 GM Rasmus Svane @rasmussvane 24.5 4 28.5
20 GM Aleksandr Moskalenko @Alexander_Moskalenko 24 2 26

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 with players from around the world.

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

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