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Rapid World Championship Tournament

Daniil Dubov11/15(+7 -0 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[games]
Magnus Carlsen10.5/15(+9 -3 =3)[games]
Alireza Firouzja10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Yu Yangyi10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Anish Giri10/15(+5 -0 =10)[games]
Sergey Karjakin10/15(+5 -0 =10)[games]
Tigran Levonovich Petrosian10/15(+9 -4 =2)[games]
Anton Korobov10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Maxim Matlakov10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
David Anton Guijarro10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Alexander Grischuk10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Wang Hao9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Alexander Zubov9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Viswanathan Anand9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Kirill Alekseenko9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
* (204 players total; 175 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Rapid World Championship (2018)

The 2018 King Salman FIDE World Rapid Championship was a 15-round Swiss open taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia from 26-28 December. The prize fund was $350,000, with $60,000 for 1st place. Time control: 15 minutes per player for all moves, with a 10-second increment from move one. If there was a tie for 1st place, the top two players would compete in a play-off match consisting of two 3+2 blitz games. If the score was still level, the players would play a sudden death or Armageddon game (in which the player who won the drawing of lots might choose the color, and the player with the white pieces would get 5 minutes to Black's 4, with a 2-second increment after move 60, while a draw counted as a win for Black). (1) Regulations: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A8.... No playoff was necessary, since Daniil Dubov won clear first with 11/15.

Official site: http://wrbc2018.com/en/lists/rapid-... Crosstable: http://chess-results.com/tnr399595.... ChessBase report: https://en.chessbase.com/post/rapid... Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/dan... TWIC: http://theweekinchess.com/chessnews...

Previous edition: World Rapid Championship (2017). See also Rapid World Championship (Women) (2018), Blitz World Championship (2018) and Blitz World Championship (Women) (2018).

(1) Chess24: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,497  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Tukhaev vs Carlsen 1-0722018Rapid World ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
2. Nakamura vs H Teske 1-0482018Rapid World ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
3. A Tari vs V Artemiev  0-1602018Rapid World ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. V Fedoseev vs P Tregubov  ½-½632018Rapid World ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
5. R Hovhannisyan vs Aronian  1-0672018Rapid World ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
6. Mamedyarov vs E Gasanov 1-0212018Rapid World ChampionshipA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
7. A Gabrielian vs Wang Hao  0-1582018Rapid World ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
8. Karjakin vs M Yilmaz  1-0602018Rapid World ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. A Goganov vs I Nepomniachtchi 0-1302018Rapid World ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
10. Harikrishna vs A Hakobyan  1-0582018Rapid World ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
11. V Shinkevich vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½512018Rapid World ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Kamsky vs K Sychev 1-0442018Rapid World ChampionshipC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. G Rechlis vs Svidler 0-1332018Rapid World ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. Le Quang Liem vs Ivan Popov  ½-½212018Rapid World ChampionshipA20 English
15. S Zablotsky vs A Korobov  0-1532018Rapid World ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. A Giri vs S Golubov 1-0462018Rapid World ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
17. P Potapov vs R Mamedov  ½-½562018Rapid World ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Tomashevsky vs A Reshetnikov  ½-½432018Rapid World ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. V S Popov vs Grischuk  0-1572018Rapid World ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
20. G Guseinov vs J Geller 1-0422018Rapid World ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. R Khusnutdinov vs Jakovenko  ½-½422018Rapid World ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
22. D Andreikin vs Vaisser  1-0822018Rapid World ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
23. D Kryakvin vs S Zhigalko  ½-½362018Rapid World ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Anand vs T Baron 1-0322018Rapid World ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. S Sjugirov vs A Zhigalko 1-0302018Rapid World ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,497  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: I think the point of the remark was supposed to be that Carlsen defended his <world chess champion> title by winning the <rapid> tiebreak, but now he's not even the <rapid world champion>.

The flaw in the argument, of course, is that neither Caruana nor Dubov have the complete package to best Carlsen in both formats in a single match. In fact, it's not obvious to me that Dubov would beat Carlsen even in a rapid match.

Dec-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  SugarDom: Is this a FIDE official world rapid championship?
Dec-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <SugarDom: Is this a FIDE official world rapid championship?>

Yes, it is.

Dec-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Correction slips sent for 20 wrong game results (1 every 75 games, a little more than usual), as follows:

T L Petrosian vs A Tukhaev, 2018 (1-0), T L Petrosian vs R Khusnutdinov, 2018 (1-0), P Maghsoodloo vs K Alekseenko, 2018 (0-1), D G Fridman vs V Moiseenko, 2018 (1-0), S Novikov vs D Bocharov, 2018 (0-1), N Abdusattorov vs I Salgado Lopez, 2018 (0-1), Kirill Shubin vs Dmitry Tsoi, 2018 (0-1), Smirin vs P Carlsson, 2018 (0-1), P Tregubov vs B Belyakov, 2018 (1-0), A Hakobyan vs Y Dzhumagaliev, 2018 (1-0), R Kevlishvili vs T Gareyev, 2018 (1-0), Kirill Shubin vs P Potapov, 2018 (0-1), A Zhigalko vs S Bilguun, 2018 (1-0), J van Foreest vs Z Tsydypov, 2018 (1/2), M Tissir vs Z Tsydypov, 2018 (0-1), Sarin Nihal vs Huzman, 2018 (1/2), A Sokolovs vs V Ovchinnikov, 2018 (1-0), Ahmed M Al Thebaiti vs T Hirneise, 2018 (1/2), G Apryshko vs Abdullah F Khayat, 2018 (1-0), I Iljiushenok vs V Ovchinnikov, 2018 (1-0)

Will CG correct them? We'll see.

Dec-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Carlsen winner of the blitz with stunning 17/21 and no defeats.
Dec-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Among his victims: Giri, Duda, Svidler, Aronian, Wang Hao and Mamedyarov.

Confirms he is the undisputed king of blitzes. I wish, though, he also had won the rapids.

Dec-30-18  Rolfo: World Champion titles ten times. He has no equal, and possibly we won't see any for quite some time
Dec-30-18  starry2013: Carlsen tends to start slow in these tournaments.
Dec-30-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Took him awhile to realise that he wasn't still playing Caruana.
Dec-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: The Danish equivalent to BBC reports there was an incident in the blitz game between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi. Nepo didn't turn up to the game, thus the arbiter started the clocks in spite of Carlsen asking him to wait.

When Nepo arrived two minutes late (he had sort of forgotten to keep track of time), the game began and Nepo soon offered a draw, which Carlsen accepted. He didn't want to cash a point on that basis. Nepo afterwards acclaimed Carlsen for his gentlemanship.

There is no doubt that a starting handicap of minus two minutes versus the world champion is equal to a 100 % certain defeat. I have sometimes criticised Carlsen for his lack of awareness in the public, but at the board he has always been the impeccable gentleman, a beacon for young players who would need guidance in how to behave with a great calibre.

As for Nepo I am still debating with myself the moral question about his acting. He was late because of his own carelessness. He could have taken moral responsibility of his own fault and simply played the game, but by offering a draw he passed that responsibility on to his opponent, in fact asking him to mercifully "pay" half a point for his own mistakes.

What say you on this question, gentlemen, on this very last day of 2018?

Dec-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <Sokrates: As for Nepo I am still debating with myself the moral question about his acting. He was late because of his own carelessness. He could have taken moral responsibility of his own fault and simply played the game, but by offering a draw he passed that responsibility on to his opponent, in fact asking him to mercifully "pay" half a point for his own mistakes.>

Seems like a fair assessment.
Magnus seemed visible annoyed after the incident.

Nepo is a known friend and second of Carlsen, and it seemed to me he was taking advantage of this.

Dec-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <As for Nepo I am still debating with myself the moral question about his acting. He was late because of his own carelessness.>

Interesting question,to which there may not be a clear cut answer.In the principle I agree with you.But there may have happened something which was beyond Nepos powers.Something we dont know off.Somehing that was a kind of objectively good reason for being late. So till now it is a kind of stalemate,or draw,IMHO.

Anyway to you and every one ells here on CG : All the best for the New Year to come !

Dec-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <moronovich: But there may have happened something which was beyond Nepos powers.>

According to himself he was chatting with a friend in the players lounge, and lost track of time.

Dec-31-18  john barleycorn: <Sokrates: ...

What say you on this question, gentlemen, on this very last day of 2018?>

It was a deal between the two of them when Nepomiatchi arrived, finally. Are we suposed to be judges? It is their business

Dec-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <According to himself he was chatting with a friend in the players lounge, and lost track of time.>

I didnīt know that.And as such he is fully responsible for what he does(or dont do).

Dec-31-18  nok: <I have sometimes criticised Carlsen for his lack of awareness in the public, but at the board he has always been the impeccable gentleman, a beacon for young players who would need guidance in how to behave with a great calibre.> lol lol
Dec-31-18  et1: On the Nepo-Carlsen question - it is between them. Carslen could not have accepted the draw. As if was said he wanted to wait so he was ready to accept a draw because he wanted probably the result to derive from play and not from an unfortunate mistake.
Dec-31-18  et1: On the results - congratulations for all the winners but must we not forget Sara with two second places and Naka with two thirds - they were Miss and Mister consistency in St Pets. Congrats.
Dec-31-18  starry2013: chess is still more a pastime than a sport while you have gentlemen agreement draws.
Dec-31-18  avidfan: <<<<<Tabanus: Correction slips sent for 20 wrong game results (1 every 75 games, a little more than usual)>>>> --- represents error of 20/1475 = 1.3559%. The resources of the <cg> staff will sorely and surely be stretched and hopefully not too overburdened to ensure accuracy of the database.
Dec-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <avidfan> I've sent hundreds if not thousands of such slips through the years. They always got taken care of in Daniel's time, i. e. when Sargon was the slip processor. Now he's not any more, so I fear the tournament pages will become only a place-holder for kibitzing, and not result pages.
Dec-31-18  botvinnik64: Sokrates:
My good and esteemed friend. Let's let Nepo slide on this one; maybe he was having a smoke, a drink, a chat with a mate talking about NY Eve plans? In any case, 21 rounds of blitz and I would be looking for an excuse to show up late. Happy New Year to all!
Dec-31-18  schweigzwang: <an incident in the blitz game between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi. Nepo didn't turn up to the game>

Is there video of this? Could add it to the Nepo collection, right in there with Nepo v. Grischuk/Savchenko.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-39...

Dec-31-18  Pedro Fernandez: Happy New Year for the entire ChessGames.com community!
Jan-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Hello 2019!

I think you're right, dear <botvinnik64>. There has to be a good measure of overbearance and tolerance in such events, and Carlsen and Nepo seems to be on friendly terms.

Now back to recovering from yester night. :-)

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