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Saturday, September 5, 2009

2009 Chess Grand Slam Masters Final:past history of the players

The four participants in the final of the 2009 Chess Grand Slam Masters event are: Grischuk,Shirov,Karjakin and Aronian.

Here are some statistics regarding these players:

(a)Grischuk and Shirov:
These two players have played each other 18 times against each other in their professional chess careers, including two games in a blitz event .Grischuk has won eight of these games, Shirov has won five of the games, and the remaining 5 games have been draws.

(b)Grischuk and Karjakin:
Grischuk and Karjakin have played a total of 13 games against each other in their careers.Karjakin has the edge in wins in this matchup, having scored 5 wins to Grischuk's 4, with the remaining 4 games being drawn.

(c)Grischuk and Aronian:

Grischuk and Aronian have played 9 games against each other in their careers. Aronian has won four of these games, Grischuk has won one game and 4 of their games have been draws.

(d)Shirov and Karjakin:

These two players have played 9 games against each other, Karjakin has won 4 of these games, Shirov has won three games and two of the games between these players have ended in draws.

(e)Shirov and Aronian:

Shirov and Aronian have played 11 games against each other in their careers.Aronian has won two games against Shirov (one with the white pieces and one with the black pieces), and the remaining 9 games between the two players have been draws.

(f)Karjakin and Aronian:
These two players have faced each other 10 times over-the board, with Aronian having won three games (two with white and one with black) and the remaining 7 games between the two players having been draws.


Source:Chessbase Megabase 2009

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