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World Rapid Championship Tournament

Magnus Carlsen10/13(+8 -1 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Vincent Keymer9.5/13(+8 -2 =3)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Richard Rapport9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Arjun Erigaisi9/13(+8 -3 =2)[games]
Daniil Dubov9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Parham Maghsoodloo8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Nihal Sarin8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Alexander Grischuk8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Nodirbek Abdusattorov8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Anish Giri8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Maksim Chigaev8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Tuan Minh Le8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Rauf Mamedov8.5/13(+7 -3 =3)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Alexey Sarana8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda8.5/13(+6 -2 =5)[games]
Shamsiddin Vokhidov8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
A R Saleh Salem8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Vugar Asadli8/13(+7 -4 =2)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Zaven Andriasian8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Sergei Yudin8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
M Amin Tabatabaei8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Yangyi Yu8/13(+6 -3 =4)[games]
Evgeny Najer8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
(178 players total; 146 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (2022)

Name: World Rapid Championship Event Date: December 26 - 28, 2022 Site: Almaty, Kazakhstan Format: 13-rounds Swiss Time Control: 15 minutes for the entire game with a 10-second increment beginning from move one.

Official Website: https://worldrapidandblitz2022.fide...

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,084  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M A Tabatabaei vs Nakamura  ½-½542022World Rapid ChampionshipE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
2. Rapport vs J Vakhidov  1-0742022World Rapid ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
3. S Ter-Sahakyan vs Carlsen  0-1422022World Rapid ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
4. Duda vs P Idani  1-0512022World Rapid ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. V Kovalev vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½432022World Rapid ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. Nepomniachtchi vs L Pantsulaia 1-0312022World Rapid ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. M Yilmaz vs Grischuk  ½-½482022World Rapid ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Caruana vs Lintchevski  1-0582022World Rapid ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. N Petrov vs Mamedyarov  ½-½292022World Rapid ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
10. Y Yu vs S Narayanan  1-0372022World Rapid ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. J Christiansen vs V Fedoseev  0-1372022World Rapid ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
12. V Artemiev vs V Durarbayli  1-0582022World Rapid ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Makhnev vs Brunello  0-1922022World Rapid ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Dubov vs D Dardha  1-0432022World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. A Suleymanli vs Giri  0-1412022World Rapid ChampionshipA28 English
16. A Esipenko vs V Asadli  1-0362022World Rapid ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. A Nesterov vs J van Foreest  0-1362022World Rapid ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Jobava vs V Ivic  0-1462022World Rapid ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. K Sychev vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½522022World Rapid ChampionshipA10 English
20. N Abdusattorov vs D Kadric 1-0242022World Rapid ChampionshipA10 English
21. S Vokhidov vs M Matlakov  ½-½652022World Rapid ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. V S Gujrathi vs B Cheng  1-0352022World Rapid ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. A Rosell vs Shankland  0-1662022World Rapid ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. P Maghsoodloo vs S Bilguun  1-0482022World Rapid ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. F Svane vs I Cheparinov  ½-½762022World Rapid ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,084  PGN Download
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  MissScarlett: <Eric Hansen @hansenchess

i just found out today, on the day of our flight, that I booked all of our trips to Astana, Kazakhstan instead of Almaty, where the World Blitz is actually being held 😓

gonna need some luck in getting these tickets changed

8:18 PM · Dec 22, 2022>

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  MissScarlett: Niemann doing well through 7 rounds (+ 3 =4) - a match-up between him and Magnus or Naka is a distinct possibility. Go Hans!
Dec-28-22  Atterdag: After round 9. Carlsen once again demonstrating his supremacy. Now he shall face the young German Vincent Keymer who has done very well so far. He has not shone going into endgames and he has won them in Carlsen-style!

Evidently, the tournament is still open - nothing is decided yet.

Dec-28-22  Sally Simpson: <Evidently, the tournament is still open - nothing is decided yet.>

If Carlsen becomes the World Rapid Champion he will resign the title in January stating world titles are a yoke around his neck.

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  MissScarlett: Will there be a Naka-Niemann showdown?
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  Dionysius1: Hi <Sally Simpson> I hope so - it would be a terrible sport/activity that placed a lifelong obligation on a world champ to defend.
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  chancho: Carlsrn 2022 World Rapid Champion. Congrats.
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  chancho: Carlsen.
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  Messiah: Justin won. :-(
Dec-28-22  Sally Simpson: Hans lost his last three games finishing with 6pts and coming in 100th. Nakamura rate 3rd before the start came 44th. Naka was actually unbeaten with two wins and 11 draws. (7Âœ pts.)


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  saffuna: Carlsen blundered a piece, or eventually the exchange, versus Artemiev, bringing him back toward the pack. Still managed to win in the final round.

Carlsen is not the best at hiding his emotions, at least in this case:

Dec-28-22  stone free or die: Wonder what happened to Hans, who flamed out on the last day.

As for Carlsen's blunder, I'd cue up the video at a different place than <saff>, just before Artemiev plays f4 distracting (deflecting) Black's queen:

Come for the smirk of realization, stay for the head bob of despair... guess Magnus is human after all.

(<Messiah> will put this on infinite loop, no doubt)

Artemiev seemed to deliberately be slow-playing the game for some question - maybe to throw Carlsen off?

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  saffuna: <Artemiev seemed to deliberately be slow-playing the game for some question - maybe to throw Carlsen off?>

I'd say to make sure he didn't mess up after the gift.

Dec-28-22  stone free or die: No, no, <saff>. Watch how slow he played from the very opening move.

* * * * *

Here's another game from the tournament where the final position is replayed 3(!) times.

A harsh learning lesson for the 12-year old, for sure.

Dec-28-22  stone free or die: (Artemiev was playing, in comparison, at the speed of light after the blunder. Well for a few moves anyways, then he slowed down to normal play speed)
Dec-29-22  zaxcvd: <wonder what happened to Hans, who flamed out on the last day.> ...timed out trying to connect to SF....trying again.....
Dec-29-22  Atterdag: The funny thing about Mr Niemann is the fact that he would have gone more or less into oblivion had Carlsen not drawn all attention to him and hightlighted his presence in the chess world.

This could have been an entertaining irony if it had not become another sad story in the moral decline of the former world champion known as Magnus Carlsen.

His actions in 2022 have not been worthy of a world champion. His far too late announced resignation of the title cannot and should not be forgiven. He made a farce out of the Candidates, he disgraced the title, and he acted shamefully towards Niemann, just because Niemann appeared as a travesty of Carlsen's own personality throughout his career. He couldn't bear losing a completely indifferent game to a wicked parody of himself.

Perhaps Carlsen is the strongest, most interesting chess player who has ever lived. But on a moral, human scale, he has presented himself as a very small man with a childish, vindictive, ill-mannered behavior.

Dec-29-22  stone free or die: <<Atterdag>

His actions in 2022 have not been worthy of a world champion. His far too late announced resignation of the title cannot and should not be forgiven. He made a farce out of the Candidates, he disgraced the title, and he acted shamefully towards Niemann, just because Niemann appeared as a travesty of Carlsen's own personality throughout his career. He couldn't bear losing a completely indifferent game to a wicked parody of himself.


Well, to pile it on just a little more - he was a bit of a nerd pacing around the playing area after winning his final rapid yesterday, waiting to see if either Artemiev or Keymer would tie him.

Slightly distracting for the other players - but he's Magnus after all.

Dec-29-22  stone free or die: BTW- that <Chessbase India> video brings up this word of the day:


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  MissScarlett: <Magnus Carlsen arrives 2.30 mins late for a 3 minute game>

<"It was my fault obviously, but we were stuck in traffic so it took an eternity. That was quite frustrating. I just made it. It was nice to see that the round was delayed, but it was a shock to see I had 30 seconds left.">

Surprised to learn his opponent was Kovalev. At first sight, I thought it was Bogoljubov.

Dec-29-22  stone free or die: Watching Niemann on the last day - it was pretty clear something besides chess was on his mind.

According to Carlsen, he must've been connected to SF, because he was so unconcerned with his position on the board, and didn't even grimace once losing in 12 moves against Vokhidov.

Musta been taking the moves for the wrong color.

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  Messiah: Statistics time!

Shortest draw: G Sargissian vs M Petrosyan, 2022

Shortest White win: Shimanov vs A Uskov, 2022

Shortest Black win: Niemann vs S Vokhidov, 2022

Longest draw: A Donchenko vs D Lazavik, 2022

Longest White win: M Petrosyan vs Abilmansur Abdilkhair, 2022

Longest Black win: T Harutyunian vs Daniyal Sapenov, 2022

Lowest rated game: N M Nissinen vs E Suleimen, 2022

Highest rated game: Carlsen vs Caruana, 2022

Knight+bishop sacrifice: Ganguly vs R Makarian, 2022

Queen sacrifice: Sacrifice Explorer

White's average rating: 2533

White's performance: 2559 (54% vs 2530)

Black's average rating: 2530

Black's performance: 2504 (46% vs 2533)

And there was no King's Gambit. :'(

Dec-29-22  zaxcvd: <His actions in 2022 have not been worthy of a world champion.> ideally people should entertain a logical point of view of what a world champion or anything should be and stop projecting dubious expectations on said title. A world champion - beats all the other contenders - nothing less nothing more. Ideally in a free world the WC should be able to SAY anything and not be stripped of his title/or allowed to compete but we dont live in that world as a certain contender found out.
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  dernier loup de T: Le titre officiel de champion du monde a toujours Ă©tĂ©, depuis qu'il existe, c'est-Ă -dire depuis 1886, une question avant tout de prestige, et, plus rĂ©cemment, surtout d'argent. Ce qui compte aux Ă©checs, c'est de montrer sa supĂ©rioritĂ© Ă©ventuelle par ses performances, ce que Magnus Carlsen fait, comme continue Ă  en tĂ©moigner notamment son classement Elo; et cela contrairement par exemple Ă  Robert Fischer aprĂšs son obtention du titre en 1972. Et tout le reste est mauvaise littĂ©rature, potinages vains ou haineux bavardages sans importance ni intĂ©rĂȘt.
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  HeMateMe: Artemiev won their game but MC won the tournament AND the 3/2 blitz tournament.
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