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Playoffs between Magnus Carlsen and Richard Rapport to determine the winner of GRENKE Chess Classic

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/04/2024

Magnus Carlsen (NOR) will face Richard Rapport (ROU) in the Playoffs to find the winner of GRENKE Chess Classic 2024. Magnus defeated Vincent Keymer (GER) with his usual grind in a supposed gridlock. He broke it wide open and Keymer succumbed. Magnus drew the tenth round game against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA). Richard Rapport (ROU) also drew with the Frenchman in Round 9 before finishing the Round-Robin stage with another draw against Daniel Fridman (GER). Keymer, after losing to Magnus, defeated Ding Liren (CHN) twice in a day. He will battle MVL for third place. Playoff games will start today from 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photos: Angelika Valkova/GRENKE Chess Classic

Keymer beats Liren twice in-a-day

Before the start of ninth round, IM Ilja Schneider (GER) knelt in front of his longtime girlfriend Olga and asked the most important question. She said yes. The world champion, Ding Liren (CHN) had a tough day as he lost to Vincent Keymer (GER) twice within few hours.

Magnus Carlsen will have to battle Richard Rapport to determine the winner of GRENKE Chess Classic

Carlsen - Keymer, Round 9

Position after 48.h4

Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2823) decided to break the gridlock 48.h4 Qg7 49.Qg2 Bc8 50.hxg5 Ng5 51.Nh5 Nxh5 52.Rxh5 f6 53.Qh2 soon Vincent Keymer (GER, 2627) decided to sacrifice an exchange to create some play, but it did not work out.

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Magnus Carlsen (NOR) defeated Vincent Keymer (GER) with both colors at this event

Keymer - Liren, Round 10

Position after 21.Qxc6

Black has its knight and d3-bishop under attack. How can he save both? Ding Liren (CHN, 2818) did not react correctly and he went on to lose the game.

Vincent Keymer (GER) registered two victories over the world champion, Ding Liren (CHN) on the same day

IM Ilja Schneider knelt in front of his longtime girlfriend Olga and asked the most important question. She said yes.

Olga made the ceremonial first move of Round 9 on Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Vincent Keymer's (GER) board

Round 9 in progress
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Replay Round 9-10 and TB for 4th place games

Round 9-10 results

Round 9 on 2024/03/31 at 15:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMDing, Liren½ - ½GMFridman, Daniel
GMCarlsen, Magnus1 - 0GMKeymer, Vincent
GMRapport, Richard½ - ½GMVachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Round 10 on 2024/03/31 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMFridman, Daniel½ - ½GMRapport, Richard
GMVachier-Lagrave, Maxime½ - ½GMCarlsen, Magnus
GMKeymer, Vincent1 - 0GMDing, Liren


Standings after Round 10

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1 
GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR282370
GMRapport, RichardROU270860
GMVachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA275550
GMKeymer, VincentGER262740
GMDing, LirenCHN281840
GMFridman, DanielGER257540


Tiebreak for 4th place results:

Ding - Keymer: 0.5 - 0.5

Fridman - Ding: 1-0

Keymer - Fridman: 1-0

Keymer - Ding: 1-0

Ding - Fridman: 1-0

Fridman - Keymer:  did not take place, unnecessary



6 players, double round robin (two games with reversed colors against each player)

Time control: 45 minutes per game, with a 10 sec increment from move 1

No draw offers before move 40

Places 1, 3 and 5 will be decided in 2 games with reversed colors. In the case of a score of 1-1, a tiebreaker decides: 2 games 10+2 (10 minutes + 2 sec increment per move), if necessary 2 more games 5+2, if then necessary: Armageddon (6 minutes for White, 5 minutes for Black, in case of a draw the Black player wins).


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