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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk25.5/38(+19 -6 =13)[games]
Viswanathan Anand24.5/38(+18 -7 =13)[games]
Alexander Grischuk23.5/38(+14 -5 =19)[games]
Gata Kamsky23.5/38(+16 -7 =15)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik21.5/38(+13 -8 =17)[games]
Peter Leko21.5/38(+13 -8 =17)[games]
Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky21.5/38(+16 -11 =11)[games]
Alexander Morozevich21/38(+16 -12 =10)[games]
Magnus Carlsen20.5/38(+15 -12 =11)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov18.5/38(+13 -14 =11)[games]
Michael Adams18.5/38(+13 -14 =11)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov18/38(+15 -17 =6)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov17.5/38(+11 -14 =13)[games]
Aleksey Dreev17/38(+12 -16 =10)[games]
Boris Gelfand17/38(+10 -14 =14)[games]
Boris Savchenko17/38(+13 -17 =8)[games]
Alexey Shirov16/38(+11 -17 =10)[games]
Anatoly Karpov14/38(+8 -18 =12)[games]
Etienne Bacrot12/38(+9 -23 =6)[games]
Alexey Nazirzhonovich Korotylev11.5/38(+7 -22 =9)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
World Blitz Championship (2007)

The 2007 World Blitz Championship was a 20-player double round robin held in Moscow, Russia, 21-22 November, right after the Tal Memorial (2007). Participants: eight Tal Memorial players, seven players from a Swiss qualification tournament on 19-20 November (Kasimdzhanov, Bacrot, Adams, Savchenko, Ponomariov, Dreev and Rublevsky), and five invited players (Anand, Karpov, Korotylev (replacing an ill Peter Svidler), Morozevich and Grischuk). Time control: 4 minutes per player for the whole game, with 2 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: about $90,000, with $25,000 to the winner. Organizer: Russian Chess Federation, under the aegis of FIDE. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz.

Vassily Ivanchuk beat Anand in the last round and won with 25.5/38. Grischuk was 3rd on tiebreak with 23.5/38.

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 1 Ivanchuk ** 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 01 10 1 11 00 11 1 11 00 11 25 2 Anand 0 ** 0 0 0 01 1 11 11 10 11 0 1 11 1 1 1 1 11 24 3 Grischuk 0 1 ** 1 1 0 1 01 11 1 1 10 1 0 11 1 23 4 Kamsky 0 1 ** 1 1 10 1 1 01 10 10 10 1 01 1 11 1 23 5 Kramnik 0 1 0 ** 01 1 1 01 10 10 00 1 1 1 1 1 1 21 6 Leko 10 ** 0 10 1 0 11 0 10 1 1 01 1 01 11 21 7 Rublevsky 0 0 0 0 10 1 ** 0 11 00 10 11 11 11 1 0 1 1 1 01 21 8 Morozevich 0 00 1 0 0 01 1 ** 11 1 10 10 0 1 11 00 11 11 01 21 9 Carlsen 0 00 0 01 0 00 00 ** 1 1 10 1 1 11 11 11 11 10 20 10 Mamedyarov 10 01 0 10 0 11 0 0 ** 01 01 10 1 01 0 0 10 11 18 11 Adams 01 00 0 01 1 01 0 10 ** 10 1 0 0 01 01 11 10 1 18 12 Ponomariov 0 1 10 10 01 00 00 01 01 01 ** 10 01 1 1 11 10 00 01 18 13 Kasimdzhanov 0 00 01 1 00 01 0 10 0 01 ** 1 11 10 0 01 1 17 14 Dreev 00 0 01 11 01 00 1 0 01 1 10 0 ** 0 10 0 00 1 11 17 15 Gelfand 11 00 0 01 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 00 1 ** 1 10 0 11 1 17 16 Savchenko 00 0 01 0 0 0 1 00 00 10 10 0 01 01 0 ** 11 11 11 1 17 17 Shirov 0 0 0 10 0 10 0 11 00 1 10 00 1 1 01 00 ** 1 0 10 16 18 Karpov 00 0 1 0 0 0 0 00 00 1 00 01 11 1 00 0 ** 11 0 14 19 Bacrot 11 0 00 00 0 10 0 00 00 01 01 11 10 0 00 00 1 00 ** 0 12 20 Korotylev 00 00 0 0 0 00 10 10 01 00 0 10 0 00 0 0 01 1 1 ** 11

Official site: https://web.archive.org/web/2007112...
Regulations: https://fide.com/images/stories/NEW...
ChessBase: https://en.chessbase.com/post/ivanc...
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=115...
ChessPro: https://chesspro.ru/_events/2007/ta...
TWIC: https://theweekinchess.com/html/twi...
Wikipedia article: World Blitz Chess Championship

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 page 16 of 16; games 376-380 of 380  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
376. Leko vs Kamsky  ½-½472007World Blitz ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
377. A Dreev vs B Savchenko  0-1292007World Blitz ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
378. Grischuk vs Kasimdzhanov  1-0372007World Blitz ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
379. Shirov vs Kramnik 0-1452007World Blitz ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
380. Gelfand vs Ponomariov  0-1582007World Blitz ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 16 of 16; games 376-380 of 380  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-23-07  notyetagm: Could someone please list the best games played in this blitz tournament? Were there any brilliancy prizes?

Thanks

Nov-23-07  chessmoron: Don't be lazy. Analyze 380 games by yourself and find out what's the best.
Nov-23-07  notyetagm: <chessmoron: Don't be lazy. Analyze 380 games by yourself and find out what's the best.>

Funny.

Personally I really like Dreev's -two- wins over Kramnik. :-)

Nov-23-07  kellmano: For novelty value, I'm claiming Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007
Nov-23-07  KamikazeAttack: <jon01: Bacrot lost 23 out of 38, that must be a bad luck.>

Funny thing Bacrot did well in qualifying for the blitz final.

Nov-23-07  KamikazeAttack: Is it really true that poor nerve is the main reason why Big Chucky has underachieved?

I have always doubted this.

Look at his composure during blitz. He is as calm as a cucumber. Anyone with poor nerves can be excellent in rapid and blitz like Chucky is.

His problem could down to momentary loss of concentration from time to time or at key moments.

Anyone staring into space like for forever wont be with us from time to time, Id have thought.

Nov-23-07  refutor: i don't think the nerves have more to do with the significance of the event (e.g. linares, world championship qualifier, etc.) rapid events and "world blitz cups" are not as prestigious, hence the nerves are a non-issue
Nov-23-07  Jim Bartle: "Don't be lazy. Analyze 380 games by yourself and find out what's the best."

I'm finished with games 1 to 5 already! Wait for my final report in March.

Nov-23-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Crosstable for this event.

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/...

Nov-23-07  thom: anyone has the link to the Blitz Cup that has kramink as winner?
Nov-23-07  boz: <KamikazeAttack> Back in the 90s someone suggested nerves might be an explanation for Ivanchuk's apparently erratic results. People have just gone on uncritically repeating this opinion as though it were fact.
Nov-23-07  pawnofdeath: Ivanchuk was very solid in this tournament. Anand surely was put in his place. Hopefully this will motivate him that he is a world cup candidate!
Nov-23-07  TIMER: Ivanchuk has already won this World Cup- so maybe he should challenge Topalov 'Topalov vs world (blitz) cup winner Ivanchuk'

-Just kidding, this is a warm up, but I am afraid his chances are slim to win World Cup from 2 game matches 128 players- but I wish he would do it.

To be fair, Ivanchuk deserved to be invited to one of these San Luis/Mexico tournaments- it is a shame he always is having to start from scratch.

Nov-23-07  kellmano: <boz: <KamikazeAttack> Back in the 90s someone suggested nerves might be an explanation for Ivanchuk's apparently erratic results. People have just gone on uncritically repeating this opinion as though it were fact.>

Maybe so, but it is also true that he is a nervous individual. From videos on youtube, you can see that he can be physically shaky. Maybe nervous is the wrong word, but there is something about him that is slightly suspect - he is certainly no iceman.

PS. This does not stop me being a big fan

Nov-23-07  boz: <kellmano> Yes, a strange and beloved chess player.
Nov-23-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: well i dont know if Chuky has any problems with nerves..

I do.. I get very nervous in standard control games.. however in blitz and in cc i have no problem as if i blunder in blitz.. well its only blitz anything may happen... and in cc i have time to calm myself

not that this is the case with Chuky in any way...but good blitz players maybe nervous too.. but maybe they can tell themselves "its only blitz" and calm down ?

Nov-23-07  boz: I think they should hold one of those living chess matches with human pieces, but this time make it blitz.
Nov-23-07  Jim Bartle: Now that is funny, boz. Capturing pieces could cause injuries.
Nov-23-07  boz: <Jim Bartle> Yes, we'd need the Green Bay Packers.
Nov-24-07  hitman84: Ivanchuk played great in this tourney but he got lucky against Anand in the final round. Kamsky was a bit of surprise, I never knew he was such a strong blitz player.

I have to say Grischuk is one helluva blitz player. Some of the endings he handled in time pressure was just awesome.

Here is an instance where an untitled player won an internet blitz tourney ahead of 400 titled players...

http://latestchess.com/showNews.php...

Nov-26-07  jorsoltero: hi, 2 questions: what were time controls in this cup? and the rule: if you touch a piece (sorry I'm not sure if piece is the right way to call them) you have to move it, applies in blitz games?! thanks
Nov-26-07  slomarko: time controls was 4 2. if you touch a piece you have to move it unless it is not possible to make a legal move with it.
Nov-27-07  jorsoltero: 4 minutes per each player for the entire game right?! thanks slomarko
Dec-16-07  benjinathan: what is the next big tournament?
Apr-16-08  positionalgenius: So,has anyone gone through all of the games yet?
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