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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Alexander Grischuk10.5/14(+9 -2 =3)[games]
Peter Svidler10.5/15(+10 -4 =1)[games]
Viswanathan Anand10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Teimour Radjabov10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Judit Polgar8.5/14(+6 -3 =5)[games]
Etienne Bacrot8/15(+6 -5 =4)[games]
Magnus Carlsen7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Sergey Erenburg7/15(+6 -7 =2)[games]
Merab Gagunashvili7/15(+4 -5 =6)[games]
Emil Davidovich Sutovsky7/15(+4 -5 =6)[games]
Michael Roiz6.5/15(+5 -7 =3)[games]
Ilya Yulyevich Smirin6/15(+2 -5 =8)[games]
Dimitri Borisovich Gurevich4/15(+3 -10 =2)[games]
Dan Zoler3.5/15(+2 -10 =3)[games]
Gaby Livshits3.5/15(+2 -10 =3)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Livshits vs S Erenburg  0-1542006World Blitz ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
2. Grischuk vs Bacrot  ½-½532006World Blitz ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
3. Smirin vs M Roiz  ½-½272006World Blitz ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Sutovsky vs D Zoler  1-0492006World Blitz ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. Bacrot vs Sutovsky  1-0422006World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Carlsen vs M Gagunashvili 0-1652006World Blitz ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Radjabov vs D B Gurevich  1-0252006World Blitz ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
8. D Zoler vs Smirin  0-1572006World Blitz ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
9. Anand vs D Zoler 1-0342006World Blitz ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
10. Carlsen vs Judit Polgar 1-0452006World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M Gagunashvili vs Grischuk  ½-½372006World Blitz ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Gelfand vs M Roiz  1-0272006World Blitz ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
13. D B Gurevich vs S Erenburg  ½-½422006World Blitz ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Gagunashvili vs G Livshits  ½-½382006World Blitz ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. D Zoler vs Grischuk  0-1302006World Blitz ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
16. M Roiz vs Sutovsky 0-1192006World Blitz ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. D B Gurevich vs M Gagunashvili  0-1572006World Blitz ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Judit Polgar vs Smirin  1-0612006World Blitz ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
19. Radjabov vs Sutovsky ½-½472006World Blitz ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
20. M Roiz vs G Livshits  1-0462006World Blitz ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Svidler vs Gelfand 1-0362006World Blitz ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
22. D Zoler vs Bacrot  1-0482006World Blitz ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Gagunashvili vs Bacrot  0-1292006World Blitz ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Grischuk vs M Roiz  1-0502006World Blitz ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. G Livshits vs D Zoler  ½-½412006World Blitz ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
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  refutor: sometimes they are remembered by the players, but a lot of times they have computerized boards that keep track of the moves
Sep-08-06  amdocs: I am from Israel and I had part in tournament for ammateurs and afterwards in competition for master where six players were choosen to final stage. I also saw almost all games in live and it was magnified 8 blitz games all big boards at the same time, hovewer 8 is to much.
Sep-08-06  amdocs: Gelfand was the leader of the tournament from the start and only at 3 round before end he lost to Grischuk and afterwards to Sutovsky.
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  EXIDE: What is the difference between 'blitz chess ' and 'rapid chess' ?
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  aw1988: Rapid is more or less 25 minutes, whilst blitz is 5...
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  ahmadov: According to, Svidler gets more money than Grischuk despite the fact that the latter won the tournament.
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  ahmadov: I wonder why <CG> has not included Radjabov's win over Anand in the database here. It is one of the most available games from the tournament thanks to <percyblakeney>.
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  percyblakeney: At the moment it seems as if less than half of the games have been saved, and the amazingly unimpressive official home page doesn't even have the results of any games.
Sep-09-06  controlaltdelete: Damn, i never thought A.Grisschuk could beat Raffael ;) .. ehm Svidler
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  ahmadov: <controlaltdelete: Damn, i never thought A.Grisschuk could beat Raffael ;) .. ehm Svidler> But what is the problem with that. Now anyone can beat any other chess player in top 20. It is only a matter of good form and a slight luck.
Sep-16-06  waddayaplay: <you vs yourself: According to his bio in the official site, Grischuk achieved the highest rating in ICC blitz> Grischuk *once* held the record for highest rating achieved on the Internet Chess Club.

The current record is held by Nakamura ("Smallville"). You can see the records here:

I guess if you live in New York, like Naka, there isn't that much competition, so you have time to excel in internet blitz chess. Internet blitz chess is different from real life blitz, because accurate mouse treatment will win many games. There are also many ways to trick your way to a win that are unrelated to chess, rather depending on how well you know the chess program interface or the chess server.

Yet, if Nakamura was as good as he considers himself, he should have been given a wildcard into the blitz World Championship. Then again, he had his chance in the ICC qualifier.

Sep-23-06  samsal27: <Alekhine witnessed Capa at the St. Petersberg tourney giving any and all grandmasters there one minute to five: and winning handily> Incredible!!!
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  alexmagnus: Nothing incredible, I once played with time handicap against the players of my level - and had the same winning percentage as without the handicap.
Sep-23-06  samsal27: <alexmagnus> were these GMs?
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  alexmagnus: Well, I am also not a GM, but where is the difference. If a 1500 can beat other 1500s with 1 minute to 10, why not a GM other GMs with 1 to 5? The trick is: you are absolutely equal in time because you think while opponent thinks and you opponent can't think while you think because you have no time to think. The handicap is just imaginary.
Sep-23-06  samsal27: <The trick is: you are absolutely equal in time because you think while opponent thinks and you opponent can't think while you think because you have no time to think. The handicap is just imaginary.> OK. I get your point.
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  Caissanist: Strangely enough there seems to have been less "luck" in this tournament than in most over-the-board events. Except for Anand and Smirin, everyone at least tied for the position that he or she "should" have gotten.
Oct-06-06  samsal27: <Carlsen was obviously out of form> I hope that he returns to form again soon. He was simply awesome in the tournament (in Iceland?) where he beat Vishy and clinched first place.
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  Karpova: This is the proof that this player Mikheil Gagunashvili didn't play there (and he doesn't seem to exist outside this database). The player participating was Merab Gagunashvili

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  positionalgenius: Does anybody know when the next blitz championships is?
Jun-16-07  notyetagm: Does anyone know the <time control> used in this tournament? Was it <3 2> or <5 1>?


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  Karpova: 4 min with an increment of 2 sec per move, starting from move one.

Jun-18-07  notyetagm: <Karpova: 4 min with an increment of 2 sec per move, starting from move one.>


Nov-22-07  pawnofdoom: Outdated tournament that I happened to stumble upon. Amazing how Svidler only got one draw here!
Nov-22-07  pawnofdoom: Outdated tournament that I happened to stumble upon. Amazing how Svidler only got one draw here!
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