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Blitz World Championship Tournament

Magnus Carlsen17/21(+13 -0 =8)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda16.5/21(+15 -3 =3)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura14.5/21(+10 -2 =9)[games]
Levon Aronian14/21(+10 -3 =8)[games]
Peter Svidler14/21(+10 -3 =8)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi14/21(+10 -3 =8)[games]
Sergey Karjakin14/21(+10 -3 =8)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Anish Giri13.5/21(+9 -3 =9)[games]
Sarin Nihal13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Maxim Matlakov13.5/21(+8 -2 =11)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov13.5/21(+9 -3 =9)[games]
Daniil Dubov13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Anton Korobov13/21(+12 -7 =2)[games]
Boris Gelfand13/21(+6 -1 =14)[games]
Alexey Dreev13/21(+7 -2 =12)[games]
Ahmed Adly13/21(+12 -7 =2)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
Alexander Grischuk13/21(+8 -3 =10)[games]
Alexander Zubov13/21(+11 -6 =4)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko13/21(+11 -6 =4)[games]
Sanan Sjugirov13/21(+12 -7 =2)[games]
Gata Kamsky13/21(+9 -4 =8)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev13/21(+11 -6 =4)[games]
Klementy Sychev13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
Saveliy Golubov12.5/21(+9 -5 =7)[games]
* (201 players total; 172 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

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

The 2018 King Salman FIDE World Blitz Championship was a 21-round Swiss open taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia from 29-30 December. The prize fund was $350,000, with $60,000 for 1st place. Time control: 3 minutes per player for all moves, with a 2-second increment per move from move 1. Monetary prizes to be shared equally among tied players. If there was a tie for the 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tiebreak criterion would play a playoff match. This match would include two games with a time control of 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment after each move, with a drawing of lots to decide which player would start with white. If the score was still level, the players would play one sudden death Armageddon game. (1) No playoff was necessary, since Magnus Carlsen did not lose one single game and won clear first with 17/21.

Official site: http://wrbc2018.com/en/lists/blitz-... Crosstable: http://chess-results.com/tnr399597.... ChessBase report: https://en.chessbase.com/post/blitz... Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/car... TWIC: http://theweekinchess.com/chessnews...

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

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

 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,015  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Maghsoodloo vs Zubov  1-0552018Blitz World ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. V Artemiev vs Carlsen ½-½702018Blitz World ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. Wang Hao vs D Andreikin  0-1352018Blitz World ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
4. A Giri vs Aronian  1-0452018Blitz World ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
5. Le Quang Liem vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1572018Blitz World ChampionshipA20 English
6. Jobava vs Svidler 0-1302018Blitz World ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. Karjakin vs Mamedyarov  ½-½602018Blitz World ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. J K Duda vs Vitiugov 1-0722018Blitz World ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Z Tsydypov vs Nakamura  ½-½402018Blitz World ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
10. Smirin vs Grischuk  ½-½132018Blitz World ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Gelfand vs Dreev  ½-½502018Blitz World ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
12. A Korobov vs A Demchenko  1-0522018Blitz World ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. A Adly vs Nodirbek Yakubboev  1-0312018Blitz World ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. E Ghaem Maghami vs Anand  ½-½362018Blitz World ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. S Golubov vs R Mamedov  1-0752018Blitz World ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
16. I Cheparinov vs S Zhigalko  1-0652018Blitz World ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. V Kovalev vs A Firouzja  1-0782018Blitz World ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
18. B Amin vs G Sargissian  1-0602018Blitz World ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
19. A Predke vs M Matlakov  0-1672018Blitz World ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
20. G Jones vs B Savchenko  1-0412018Blitz World ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
21. D Dubov vs V S Popov  1-0442018Blitz World ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
22. R Hovhannisyan vs G Guseinov  1-0612018Blitz World ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
23. M M Kazhgaleyev vs H Melkumyan  0-1642018Blitz World ChampionshipA10 English
24. I V Kovalenko vs S Yudin  ½-½352018Blitz World ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. E Inarkiev vs R Kevlishvili  1-0282018Blitz World ChampionshipA28 English
 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,015  PGN Download
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Jan-02-19  WorstPlayerEver: <nok>

Wrong! In fact it is the war of the American industrial complex versus Europe. They sponsored Hitler. As they now are sponsoring the EUSSR.

Btw Stalin did not have one tank when Hitler attacked him. Soon they were loaded with tanks, though.

Maybe you still wonder why.. obviously this is all a conspiracy.

Jan-02-19  WorstPlayerEver: <perfidious>

Germany is somewhat larger than the Netherlands though. However, I agree with the idea of the traveling circus.

Now we have Tata. Where the players have to pose with the Muppets, travel around, otherwise they will not get invited.

At least Alekhine had not to face that kind of misery.

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: < WorstPlayerEver:[...]
Btw Stalin did not have one tank when Hitler attacked him. Soon they were loaded with tanks, though.>

I call BS.

<On the eve of World War II, the Red Army had around 8,500 T-26s of all variants. > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanks...

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: Can we combine all the conspiracies into one?

"Steinitz claimed naming rights to the next major European war in his will. When that didn't happen, his heirs in the Steinitz-bin Abdulaziz line bankrolled Roosevelt in 1940, hoping WWII would be called WW Steinitz. That led to the Trinity operation in 1945, which will be visible in the geologic strata. For that reason, the Anthropocene is PC talk for the Steinitz era."

Honestly, this thread is trending toward Rogoff page material.

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <beatgiant: Can we combine all the conspiracies into one? >

You really forgot most of them!
Michelle Obama, or was it Michael, led the Jewish conspiracy to victory with George Sorros and the incestues Clintons against the family friendly third reich!

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: <Diademas: I call BS> (about WPE's claim that the Russians didn't have a single tank at the start of WWII)

<On the eve of World War II, the Red Army had around 8,500 T-26s of all variants. > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanks...

Worst Historian Ever's claim about the tanks is even more absurd because, counting all models (nor just T-26s), <Russia had over 14,000 tanks immediately available, four times as many as the Germans> had at the start of Operation Barbarossa:

<The German Wehrmacht had about 5,200 tanks overall, of which 3,350 were committed to the invasion. This yields a balance of immediately available tanks of about 4:1 in the Red Army's favour. The best Soviet tank, the T-34, was the most modern in the world, and the KV series the best armoured> (from the same wiki article).

That said, at least it's in line with the other BS statements about the US financing Hitler.

<WPE>, I know you can't be bothered quoting your sources, but can you at least indicate what orifice you pulled your statistics from?

Jan-02-19  WorstPlayerEver: <Diademas>

You are kidding me. The T-26 can hardly be considered to be a tank. The T-28 was the first vehicle which began to look like a tank. But... according to the same wiki article:

"The Soviets thus began to upgrade their T-28 tanks for the coming war with Germany, but many were still lost during the first two months of the invasion, when the Germans invaded in June 1941."

Really, Hitler was not dumb, if he had delayed the attack, the Russians had been ready; Stalin was not exactly dumb either.

In fact it was a master plan, but Hitler never was a great executioner of his brilliancies. Because he lacked of any consistency when it comes to his decisions.

Usually plans work out if you really want power; to control the masses, like Hitler would. However, to sustain power is not an easy task. Again and again you have to deal with all those mofos.

They actually don't want to listen anyhow. <beatgigant> confirms this; usually people want to live their lives and not to be bothered too much.

Oh the Rogoff page, where characters ask Santa for a premium account. And you know what?

Anyway, I'd am willing to illustrate the entourage here with a jolly song.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iHzjf...

Jan-02-19  WorstPlayerEver: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-34
Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: <WPE: Really, Hitler was not dumb, if he had delayed the attack, the Russians had been ready; Stalin was not exactly dumb either.>

The consensus among historians is that Stalin was crazy enough to trust Hitler, and that he went into a extremely deep depression when he learned that his soul-sister Adolph had broken the truce:

<Why did Stalin ignore the yearlong military buildup in eastern Europe and the (by one count) 87 separate, credible intelligence warnings of the German invasion that he received during 1940–41? [...]> <Stalin’s corresponding blindness to all this is more problematic. Hitler’s foreign policy aims were well known, and it is difficult to comprehend how any national leader could do so little to anticipate the onslaught that everyone knew must come.> https://www.cia.gov/library/center-...

As to the US funding Hitler, it's a well known fact that the US poured billions into financing the war efforts of the UK and USSR, so why would they fund their enemy? Can you cite a single source for that claim?

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <wpe > The T-26 was a still a functional tank for mid-1941, and the BT was good. The Soviets already had over a thousand T-34s in service, as well as the KV-1 and the KV-2 heavy tanks. The Germans, meanwhile, still fielded many Pzkw-II’s with 20mm cannons.

Your “you can’t handle the truth” posts are more than a little irritating when you’re posting the most ridiculous nonsense yourself. Stalin had zero tanks when the Germans invaded? Get a @#$%* clue if you’re going to post.

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: Popcorn time :)
Jan-02-19  WorstPlayerEver: Back to topic:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=50xx1...

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <WorstPlayerEver: Back to topic>

Glad you realized you needed to shut up about World War II pronto.

Jan-02-19  WorstPlayerEver: <keypusher>

At least I know how to shut up. But I plead guilty: kind of exactly knew what was coming when I stated Russia had zero tanks in 1941.

Jan-02-19  WorstPlayerEver: It's hard to explain the Dutch soul.

But this comes close, translated:

The Owls with 'Hello Mr Owl' (Your Underpants Are Dirty).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pAfBw...

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <wpe>

<At least I know how to shut up. >

Prove it.

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: <WorstPlayerEver: <Diademas> You are kidding me. The T-26 can hardly be considered to be a tank. The T-28 was the first vehicle which began to look like a tank. But... according to the same wiki article:>

First and foremost, are you still sticking to your first claim,?

This could be fun.

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Incidentally, getting well off-track here (ha!), but the T-28 was a design dead end, like the American M-3 Grant/Lee or the French Char B. The T-26 at least <looked> like the better tanks that followed it. The T-28 did not.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-28

Jan-02-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: < keypusher: Incidentally, getting well off-track here (ha!), but the T-28 was a design dead end, like the American M-3 Grant/Lee or the French Char B. The T-26 at least <looked> like the better tanks that followed it. The T-28 did not.>

In 1935 the USSR had the same number of tanks as the rest of the world combined, The T-35 proved a bit of a technological nightmare, but the T-34 that came into production in 1940 was one of the most successfull inovations of WW2.

Claiming that the USSR did not have a single tank in June 1941 is beyond stupid.

Jan-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <tonsillolith> <If only I were wealthy enough to sponsor the Corruption and Human Rights Violations Tiebreaks for the tournament.>

Bear in mind that world chess championships have been held in Nazi Germany (Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934)), Stalinist USSR (FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), Botvinnik - Bronstein World Championship Match (1951)), Tsarist Russia (Lasker - Steinitz World Championship Rematch (1896)), Marcos martial law Philippines (Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978)), and "green terror" Gaddafi Libya (FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)).

That's three events under totalitarians, one under absolute autocracy, two under tin-pot dictatorships, and we're only getting started. So I think there would be lots of competition for your award.

Jan-03-19  tonsillolith: <beatgiant: That's three events under totalitarians, one under absolute autocracy, two under tin-pot dictatorships, and we're only getting started. So I think there would be lots of competition for your award.>

Okay, how about <Human Rights Violations and Corrupt Theocratic Friend of the United States> Tiebreaks

But I guess it's a moot [sic] point, since there was no need for tiebreaks.

Jan-03-19  john barleycorn: <tonsillolith: ...

Okay, how about <Human Rights Violations and Corrupt Theocratic Friend of the United States> Tiebreaks ...>

Would not that be the point where Kasparov, the ultimate warrior for Human Rights would have to enter the stage? however, he did not as far as I know.

Jan-03-19  tonsillolith: <john barleycorn:
Would not that be the point where Kasparov, the ultimate warrior for Human Rights would have to enter the stage? however, he did not as far as I know.>

I have to plead a degree of ignorance about Kasparov's humanitarian work. I'm only aware of his protests/campaign against Putin and perhaps more broadly in Russia. To that I would respond that it's understandable for someone to address their humanitarian concerns only in the place where they feel most confident, e.g. the Slavic world for Kasparov.

I'd also contest that Russia is a friend of the US and that the Russian government's weird alliance with the Orthodox Church qualifies them as theocrats. Being a friend of Trump does not imply a friend of the US, and being theocratic entails more than just rampant homophobia.

Jan-04-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Getting back to chess - how 'bout that Carlsen fellow? He had quite a nice showing in blitz here.
Jan-10-19  JustAnotherMaster: Tanks? Stfu losers
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