Alexander Grischuk, 37 years old from Russia, spent 72 minutes thinking of a move in the opening ceremony, the record in chess at the top of the 21st century, at the Candidates tournament yesterday.

Round 10 of Candidates chess tournament, in order to select the challenger to challenge the throne of Magnus Carlsen, Grischuk holding black army meets Chinese chess player Vuong Hao. Grischuk chose Defense of France, turned Steinitz. After White left 11.Qd2, Grischuk said that it was not a good move. The Russian chess player thinks that White often goes to 11.Qb3. Qd2 was not part of Grischuk’s plan, he tried to remember which move to go.

Position after 11.Qd2.  Grischuk fears White takes advantage of a great advantage in the center, giving it an edge later on.  That took him 72 minutes to respond with 11 ... cxd4.

Position after 11.Qd2. Grischuk fears White takes advantage of a great advantage in the center, giving it an edge later on. That took him 72 minutes to respond with 11 … cxd4.

In fact, the move 11 … cxd4 appeared for the first time in this opener variant, but it was also the proposed computer move. Grischuk dominated little, but took 72 minutes. After this country, he had only 19 minutes left, while Wang had 85 minutes left.

FIDE General Manager – Mr. Emil Sutovsky – said that 72 minutes is the record for a player to make a move at a leading tournament of the 21st century. Twitter: “If I remember correctly, Garry Kasparov also lost 72 minutes on a move in game 2, the World Championship match against Anatoly Karpov in 1987”.

Grischuk and Vương created the most compelling game, as the Chinese chess player competed, in exchange for a code and a black statue. Thanks to the maneuverability of statues, horses and white cars, Vuong still held a draw after 41 moves.

Grischuk at the age of 37, is the oldest player in the Candidates chess tournament 2020-2021.  Photo: FIDE

Grischuk at the age of 37, is the oldest player in the Candidates chess tournament 2020-2021. Image: FIDE

Grischuk is notorious for spending a lot of time thinking about the move in the opening game. He was not allocating his time properly, leading to often running out of time in the after game. In the first stage of the tournament, Grischuk also fell asleep while fighting fellow countryman Ian Nepomniachtchi in the second round.

In games, each player gets 100 minutes of thinking, giving the first 40 moves, adding 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 more minutes from move 61. After each move, the players are also added 30 minutes. seconds.

The tournament takes place in a two-round round with eight players. After 10 rounds, Nepomniachtchi are leading with 6.5 points. The three players in the second group with 5.5 points are Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri.

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