World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2014

Magnus CarlsenStage of this year’s FIDE World Championship of Rapid and Blitz Chess was Dubai; Scheduled from June 15th to 20th and with 126 participants from 44 countries. Amongst them were Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Sergej Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. tadalafil To mention only a few of the world class participants. Carlsen is certainly the top of the list in the classical rankings of the FIDE, but the number one in matters of Rapid and Blitz Chess is another player: Hikaru Nakamura. Shortly after the event’s opening ceremony on Sunday evening Carlsen admitted: “It is a strange feeling not be seeded first: It bothers me a little and I will change it!”

Rapid Chess (15 minutes plus 10sec/move) was played Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Blitz Chess (3 minutes plus 2sec/move) Thursday and Friday.

Head-to-head race in Rapid Chess

On Wednesday evening the chess world knew that Carlsen’s words were not only an empty threat: The Norwegian obtained 11 out of 15 points. He was therefore awarded with the gold medal, 40,000 USD prize money and the title World clomid online Champion in Rapid Chess. Only half a point short were Caruana, Anand, Aronian, and Morozevich who rank in this exact order. All of them got their share of 24,000 USD out of the total amount of 400,000 USD prize money.

Last, not least

The Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi gave Magnus Carlsen a hard time in Blitz Chess. Until the very last (21st) round the two fought a tough battle for 1st place. In the end, Carlsen prevailed with a one point advantage (16 points) and secured his second title. The former Blitz Chess World Champion Hikaru Nakamura also scored 15 points and ranked 3rd. Vishy Anand, who has the honor of challenging Magnus Carlsen sildenafil cost per pill in the World Championship duel of classical chess, collected only 12.5 points and completed the tournament on rank 6.

Carlsen once again managed to continue his sequence of successes. He impressed the world of chess but not himself – he expects no less than the very best of himself. Carlsen states he is http://sildenafilviagra-pharmacy.net/ capable of accomplishing anything. And right now he is on the right path of convincing us of his brilliance.

 

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Mind Games 2013: Yifan Hou and Sergey Karjakin win rapid chess tournament

The Chinese city Beijing is currently hosting the SportAccord Mind Games. During the opening stage, the rapid chess tournament of men and women took place in which Yifan Hou and Sergey Karjakin were able to prevail.

 

Winners in rapid chess at the Mind Games are final after 30 rounds

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The rapid chess tournaments in both men and women’s category of the Mind games 2013 took 3 entire days. Within this time frame, each of the 16 male and female players played the 30 rounds in everybody-against-everybody mode. The final decisions were made on the last day; in the men’s category, Sergey Karjakin, who already became rapid chess master last year, was able to prevail in his area of comfort. The women’s category is led by Yifan Hou who is the current world champion and seems undefeatable.

 

Youngest chess grandmaster of all time wins men’s tournament

Sergey Karjakin is not only rapid chess master and number 12 in worldwide rankings; he is also the youngest grandmaster the world of chess has ever seen. Particularly in the final stage of the tournament, Karjakin was able to score. Earlier, it seemed that Shakriyar Mamedyarov would be the great winner, but on the final day several changes in overall standings were made and therefore the Russian grandmaster secured the victory. Sergey Karjakin prevailed over Levon Aronian who had equally scored 19.5 points. In a previous direct duel, he had defeated the world’s runner-up Aronian at 1.5:0.5 points which put him in a favorable position. The Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave follows in 3rd place at 18.0 points.

 

The final rankings of the rapid chess tournament of the Mind Games 2013:

Rank Name Rtg Federation Pts Res. vict SB MBl
1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2837 Russia 19.5 1.5 15 290.50 15
2 GM Aronian Levon 2817 Armenia 19.5 0.5 16 275.00 15
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2825 France 18.0 1.5 13 255.00 15
4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2721 Azerbaijan 18.0 0.5 15 256.00 15
5 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2830 Russia 17.0 2.0 13 246.25 15
6 GM Le Quang Liem 2841 Vietnam 17.0 0.0 13 240.75 15
7 GM Grischuk Alexander 2798 Russia 16.5 0.0 13 242.25 15
8 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2774 Ukraine 14.5 1.5 11 201.25 15
9 GM Giri Anish 2747 Netherlands 14.5 0.5 9 211.50 15
10 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2750 Ukraine 14.0 0.0 11 209.25 15
11 GM Kamsky Gata 2671 United States of America 13.5 1.0 9 185.25 15
12 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2769 Cuba 13.5 1.0 8 193.25 15
13 GM Radjabov Teimour 2755 Azerbaijan 12.0 0.0 6 179.25 15
14 GM Wang Yue 2723 China 11.0 1.5 4 165.25 15
15 GM Leko Peter 2722 Hungary 11.0 0.5 5 161.25 15
16 GM Wang Hao 2698 China 10.5 0.0 5 152.00 15

 

 

Women’s category: Yifan Hou solid, Elisabeth Paehtz in bottom position

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The final decision about the tournament victory in the women’s division was also made on the 3rd and last day. In the end, the Chinese world champion Yifan Hou was clearly ahead. In the final rankings of the Mind Games 2013 in Beijing she was in 1st place at 21.5 points, two points ahead off Valentina Gunina. The Russian, however, was one point superior to Anna Muzychuk from Slovenia and two points superior to Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine. At the very bottom of the rankings is the German representative Elisabeth Paethz who scored 9.5 points.

 

The complete rankings in the women’s category of the Mind Games 2013:

Rank Name Rtg Federation Pts Res. vict SB MBl
1 GM Hou Yifan 2559 China 21.5 0.0 19 302.50 15
2 GM Gunina Valentina 2527 Russia 19.5 0.0 18 271.50 15
3 GM Muzychuk Anna 2639 Slovenia 18.5 0.0 17 274.75 15
4 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 Ukraine 17.5 0.0 15 242.50 15
5 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2508 Bulgaria 17.0 0.0 13 244.25 15
6 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 Ukraine 16.0 0.0 12 225.50 15
7 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2612 Russia 15.0 0.0 10 220.75 15
8 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2579 Georgia 14.5 2.5 13 203.25 15
9 GM Zhao Xue 2471 China 14.5 2.5 11 195.50 15
10 GM Koneru Humpy 2558 India 14.5 1.0 12 211.75 15
11 GM Sebag Marie 2501 France 14.0 1.5 12 206.50 15
12 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2480 Russia 14.0 0.5 13 209.75 15
13 WGM Ju Wenjun 2454 China 13.5 0.0 11 198.75 15
14 GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2532 Lithuania 10.5 0.0 7 152.75 15
15 GM Cramling Pia 2430 Sweden 10.0 0.0 7 144.75 15
16 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2574 Germany 9.5 0.0 7 128.75 15

 

Pictures: wikipedia/ Stefan64 & Clément Bucco-Lechat

written by Michael, translated by Birthe