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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Sergey Karjakin16.5/21(+13 -1 =7)[view games]
Magnus Carlsen16.5/21(+14 -2 =5)[view games]
Alexander Grischuk14.5/21(+11 -3 =7)[view games]
Daniil Dubov14.5/21(+10 -2 =9)[view games]
Hikaru Nakamura14.5/21(+12 -4 =5)[view games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave14/21(+10 -3 =8)[view games]
Anton Korobov13/21(+9 -4 =8)[view games]
Peter Leko13/21(+9 -4 =8)[view games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi13/21(+9 -4 =8)[view games]
A R Saleh Salem13/21(+12 -7 =2)[view games]
Vassily Ivanchuk13/21(+10 -5 =6)[view games]
Viswanathan Anand13/21(+9 -4 =8)[view games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez13/21(+9 -4 =8)[view games]
Vladimir Onischuk12.5/21(+11 -7 =3)[view games]
Wei Yi12.5/21(+8 -4 =9)[view games]
Maxim Matlakov12.5/21(+10 -6 =5)[view games]
Yu Yangyi12.5/21(+9 -5 =7)[view games]
Alexander Riazantsev12.5/21(+11 -7 =3)[view games]
Bu Xiangzhi12/21(+7 -4 =10)[view games]
Mikhael Mchedlishvili12/21(+8 -5 =8)[view games]
Arkadij Naiditsch12/21(+9 -6 =6)[view games]
Teimour Radjabov12/21(+8 -5 =8)[view games]
Levon Aronian12/21(+9 -6 =6)[view games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek12/21(+9 -6 =6)[view games]
Li Chao12/21(+11 -8 =2)[view games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov12/21(+9 -6 =6)[view games]
Baadur Jobava12/21(+10 -7 =4)[view games]
Vladislav Artemiev12/21(+8 -5 =8)[view games]
Parham Maghsoodloo11.5/21(+11 -9 =1)[view games]
* (108 players total; 80 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
World Blitz Championship (2016)

The 2016 FIDE World Blitz Championship is a 21-round Swiss open taking place in the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in Doha, Qatar from 29-30 December. Alexander Grischuk will attempt to defend his title, with a $200,000 prize fund and $40,000 for 1st place at stake.

The time control is 3 minutes per player for all moves, with a 2-second increment per move from move 1. No playoffs will be held if players end on the same number of points, with monetary prizes shared equally. (1)

Official site: http://qatarchess2016.com/DohaChess...

(1) chess24: FIDE World Blitz Championship https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,136  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-045 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
2. R Jumabayev vs V Artemiev  1-095 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
3. Nakamura vs L Pantsulaia  1-039 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
4. E Inarkiev vs Aronian  ½-½55 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Volokitin  1-035 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
6. N Grandelius vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½64 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
7. Mamedyarov vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½70 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
8. D Flores vs Karjakin  0-134 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA20 English
9. Radjabov vs M Al Sayed  1-028 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. F Bindrich vs L Dominguez  0-144 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. R Mamedov vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½55 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA13 English
12. E Najer vs Grischuk  0-127 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
13. F Amonatov vs B Lalith  1-027 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
14. P Maghsoodloo vs Tomashevsky  0-135 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
15. Anand vs Bologan  1-038 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. B Adhiban vs Ivanchuk  1-051 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Jobava vs G Quparadze  0-148 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Dreev vs O Bortnyk  1-037 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. V Onischuk vs V S Gujrathi  0-147 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. R Svane vs A Adly  0-129 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. D Dubov vs S Halkias  1-030 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
22. A Aleksandrov vs Lu Shanglei  1-035 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipA80 Dutch
23. H Melkumyan vs Ganguly  0-172 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
24. F Perez Ponsa vs Yu Yangyi  0-158 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
25. S Zhigalko vs A Tari  0-150 2016 World Blitz ChampionshipC58 Two Knights
 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,136  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-31-16  1971: <Eyal: the "handicap" for Carlsen because of his higher rating wasn't as big as you seemed to think; it's meaningful only when the average ratings of opponents (not exactly TPRs, btw) are super-close, even more than what was the case in the blitz;>

Can you explain this a little bit more? I'm not being antagonistic I genuinely want to know how this process actually works.

<and that it actually wasn't the reason why he ended up with the worse tiebreaks.>

So what was the reason he had worse tiebreaks?
Also, instead of TPR let's say OR (opponent rating).

Dec-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Look up section 1.48 in FIDE regulations here -

https://www.fide.com/component/hand...

You basically take the average of all the opponent's ratings, Ra, then calculate a dp based on the performance.

E.g. if all games are won, dp saturates at 800. If you win 9/10 games then dp ~ 400, which should sound familiar.

(I.e. if you're 400 points stronger than your opponent then you should win 9/10 games).

Etc, etc. for other scores via the table.

Dec-31-16  starry2013: It would have been interesting if Karjakin had played in the online blitz matches at chess.com this year like Carlsen, then we could have seen better how he stood. I'm curious if Karjakin's new rating will hold up.
Dec-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: <Imran Iskandar: <Being a numeric no. 1 in both rapid and blitz ....> I'm not so sure you can say that they were, since rating lists for rapid and blitz were only introduced in January 2012.>

Hi Imran,
I know, but I am saying it anyway :-) No, seriously, it is evidently based on my personal recollection and assessment of how the predecessors coped with all time formats, knowing well that not all formats were played as often and systematically as they are now. I am sure some of them probably would be on par with Carlsen, but hardly any of them would do better. My actual point is: You can't request more from a world champion than being no. 1 on all three formats, and that is what he has been and still is, albeit by sharing the title in the quicker formats.

Dec-31-16  WorstPlayerEver: I heard there was some tournament.. when does it start? *burps*
Dec-31-16  Rolfo: Sokrates, good reasoning
Dec-31-16  Monatto: Karjakin beated Carlsen in their direct game. Then Karjakin finished with more wins and less losses than Carlsen. So what he had to do to prove to be the deserving first one??? People complaining with this tiebreak system, but put it this way: Karjakin came out to be the first in all respects, even in this stupid tb system.... which then is not so stupid at all. It makes perfect sense, provided of course that the highest and the lowest opponents ratings are not taken into account in the calculation, and I would be very surprised if it were not so:it's a simple and common operation for equalizing and standardizing data in order to make comparisons... In Italy we learn this stuff in middle school.. I would be very surprised if an official sophisticated algorithm hadnt been set up like that.......
Dec-31-16  Monatto: Sorry Carlsen had one more win, but the sense does not change
Dec-31-16  activechess55: Congratulations to Karjakin for splendid performance! Kudos to Carlsen, too, for running neck-to-neck all the way.
Dec-31-16  Bureaucrat: Monatto, people always complain about tiebreaks, no matter who's the winner.
Dec-31-16  Imran Iskandar: <Sokrates> Fair enough. :)

By the way, I can never agree on most wins breaking ties. Yes, you may be rewarding the more aggressive player, but you are also rewarding the player who lost more often.

Dec-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  denopac: <Imran> It's a question of taste. Do you value playing to win, or playing not to lose? Most would choose the former, since the chess tends to be more interesting.
Dec-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  denopac: <1971> I think the point is: if you take a large enough sample set, like 21 games, against opponents with ratings like 2750, that works out to over 57,000 rating points in the tiebreak calculation. An extra 100 points in one of the games will only tip the balance if the ratings in the other 20 games was super close (which it was not in this case).
Dec-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: <denopac: <Imran> It's a question of taste. Do you value playing to win, or playing not to lose? Most would choose the former, since the chess tends to be more interesting.> And with those words of wisdom - words that should be followed by all chess players - I now enter 2017.

A Happy New Year to all posters on CG. It has been a pleasure reading your posts during 2016.

Dec-31-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  denopac: <Sokrates> Thanks very much, and Happy New Year to you as well.
Dec-31-16  John Abraham: Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen!
Jan-01-17  nok: Indeed; no shame in being second.
Jan-01-17  chessalem: magnus should find time for soul searching to provide explanation for his string of unsuccessful gold hunt despite finishing tied for first.

giri would hint on Wesley's triumphs as having divine intervention. He failed to realize that Wesley would attribute all his victories to his Father...his last words would always be ADMG:

"...Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. AMDG" GM Wesley So

http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.c...

Wesley would say...without you, I am nothing.

Magnus would rather mention nothing about God.

Jan-01-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: <magnus should find time for soul searching to provide explanation for his string of unsuccessful gold hunt despite finishing tied for first.>

I agree....just like the World championship match against Karjakin. Tied for first. Nothing more, nothing less to be precise....really.

Jan-01-17  starry2013: At least the classical title went to proper playoffs to decide. If it had gone to a tiebreak based on rating he would have lost that too.
Jan-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  botvinnik64: Look: Magnus is king. I don't care if someone beats him here or there or the guy doesn't win every tourney, he's consistently (last 5 years) the top player. Maybe someone comes along in a year or two (So, Fab, Nepo, Sergei, Vlad, Vishy or MVL...), but until then, he's simply Top Dog.
Jan-02-17  1971: <denopac> Thanks, I still don't really get it and I don't trust ideas that can't be explained simply.

Anyway this is what happens when you have weak ass tiebreaks, @#$% that, let them fight til it's the last man standing. That's why I love the World Cup.

Jan-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlen's blog>

<I started well with 3/3. The quality of my play was pointing in the right direction, indicating that I handled the early rounds better than in Rapid.

After a draw in round 4 I met leader Karjakin (4/4) with white and achieved a pleasant position from an innocuous opening. I somehow blundered a queen and rook fork and had to give my queen for a rook. In a normally dead lost position I managed to hang on, but eventually lost the king and queen versus king and rook ending having missed to claim a threefold repetition as some point.

The rest of the tournament I played many good games and overall I have to be very satisfied with my play.

After day 1 Karjakin and I shared the lead at 10/12, with the rest trailing by 1,5 points and more. Day 2: After a bit hesitant start, and another loss to Ivanchuk, I won round 17 and 18 and was sole leader with 14 points head of Karjakin at 13.5. Amazingly 2.5/3 in the finish was not enough. Karjakin managed to win all three and had slightly higher rating opposition overall. Losing another title on tie-break after the excellent score 16.5/21 was quite devastating.

In summary, I was clearly the biggest favorite in the Blitz, and I played reasonably well generally being able to slowly outplay my opponents. That is not always enough as one of the others may have a brilliant event. This time, Karjakin had margins on his side and turned several lost positions into victory. He also played very well throughout the event and got a partial revenge from the New York-match. Dubov took third edging out Nakamura and Grischuk on tie-break, all at 14.5 points.

Overall tying for first in both events is of course objectively a good performance, but I’m not satisfied, and I have to find better ways to improve and prepare for the 2017 World Rapid and Blitz and other fast time control events.

Thank you organizer Mohamed Al-Medaihki and all the others involved in staging this great event!

Magnus Carlsen, January 1st, 2017>

https://www.arctic.com/secno/magnus...

Jan-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Thanks for this blog quotation, <siamesedream>. I think Carlsen shows great calibre, both in acknowledging Karjakin's excellent performance at the venue and being self-critical towards his own. A true champion never rests on his laurels:

"Overall tying for first in both events is of course objectively a good performance, but Iím not satisfied, and I have to find better ways to improve and prepare for the 2017 World Rapid and Blitz and other fast time control events."

Jan-06-17  WorstPlayerEver: The indication 'blitz' sounds pretty dumb. Coincedence?
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