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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Grandmaster Vachier-Lagrave wins the 14th Unive Tournament

Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (pictured above) of France has won the 14th Unive Tournament. He did so today by drawing his last-round game with GM Anish Giri. Congratulations to GM Vachier-Lagrave for winning the event!

Here are the results from the last round of the tournament (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):

Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result
1 GM Tiviakov, Sergei 0.5 2637 GM Shirov, Alexei 3.0 2749 ½-½
2 GM Giri, Anish 2.5 2677 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 4.0 2721 ½-½

These results mean the final standings for the tournament are as follows:

   Name Rating 1 2 3 4 Score
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2721 x½1 ½½ 11 4.5
2 GM Shirov, Alexei 2749 ½0 x½1 1½ 3.5
3 GM Giri, Anish 2677 ½½ ½0 x½1 3.0
4 GM Tiviakov, Sergei 2637 00 0½ ½0 x1.0

Here is another version of the Final crosstable which I created using Chessbase 10. The 4 digit number two columns to the right of the player's name is that player's elo rating entering the tournament. The positive or negative numbers to the immediate right of the player's elo rating when added to that elo rating give the player's performance rating for the tournament. For instance  Vachier-Lagrave entered the tournament with an elo of 2721, when added to the number 157 this means his performance rating for the tournament was 2898. This performance rating is used to determine how many rating points a player gains or loses as a consequence of his performance in the tournament. The numbers below the crosstable refer to the following:
 Ave. elo= the average elo rating of all the players.  Cat:Category of the tournament
gm, im refer to the number of points a player has to score to make a
Grandmaster or International Master norm in the tournament.

Unive Crown Group 2010


1 Vachier Lagrave,M 2721 +157
½1½½114.5 / 6
2 Shirov,A 2749 -12 ½0
½13.5 / 6
3 Giri,A 2677 +25 ½½½0
½13.0 / 6
4 Tiviakov,S 2637 -200 00½0
1.0 / 6
Average Elo: 2696 <=> Cat: 18 gm = 2.40 m = 1.20

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