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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Magnus Carlsen16/21(+13 -2 =6)[games]
Alexey Sarana14/20(+14 -6 =0)[games]
Haik M Martirosyan14/20(+13 -5 =2)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura14/19(+11 -2 =6)[games]
Richard Rapport13.5/20(+9 -2 =9)[games]
A R Saleh Salem13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev13.5/20(+8 -1 =11)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin13.5/20(+11 -4 =5)[games]
Vincent Keymer13.5/20(+11 -4 =5)[games]
Anish Giri13.5/20(+8 -1 =11)[games]
Daniil Dubov13.5/20(+9 -2 =9)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda13.5/20(+11 -4 =5)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev13/20(+9 -3 =8)[games]
Fabiano Caruana13/20(+11 -5 =4)[games]
Aleksandar Indjic13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
Denis Lazavik13/21(+9 -4 =8)[games]
Jahongir Vakhidov13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi13/20(+11 -5 =4)[games]
Nihal Sarin12.5/20(+11 -6 =3)[games]
Andrew Tang12.5/21(+12 -8 =1)[games]
Tigran L Petrosian12.5/21(+11 -7 =3)[games]
Zaven Andriasian12.5/21(+12 -8 =1)[games]
Jules Moussard12.5/20(+10 -5 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave12.5/21(+10 -6 =5)[games]
Volodar Murzin12.5/21(+10 -6 =5)[games]
Rauf Mamedov12.5/20(+8 -3 =9)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev12.5/20(+8 -3 =9)[games]
Shant Sargsyan12.5/21(+10 -6 =5)[games]
Andrey Esipenko12.5/21(+8 -4 =9)[games]
Aydin Suleymanli12.5/21(+10 -6 =5)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko12/21(+12 -9 =0)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna12/20(+6 -2 =12)[games]
(175 players total; 143 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
World Blitz Championship (2022)

Name: World Blitz Championship Event Date: December 29 - 30, 2022 Site: Almaty, Kazakhstan Format: 21-rounds Swiss Time Control: 3 minutes for the entire game with a 2-second increment beginning from move one.

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

 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,802  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Kovalev vs Carlsen 0-1592022World Blitz ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
2. N Yakubboev vs Nakamura 0-1212022World Blitz ChampionshipA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
3. Caruana vs G Sargissian  1-0972022World Blitz ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Y Yu vs T Gareyev  1-0392022World Blitz ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
5. D Paravyan vs V Artemiev  ½-½772022World Blitz ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Dubov vs M A Tabatabaei  ½-½712022World Blitz ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. N Saraci vs Giri 0-1492022World Blitz ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Nepomniachtchi vs M Chigaev  1-0752022World Blitz ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. P Ponkratov vs Duda  0-1502022World Blitz ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Vachier-Lagrave vs A Hambleton  1-0492022World Blitz ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
11. T D V Nguyen vs Grischuk  0-1402022World Blitz ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. A Erigaisi vs N Petrov  ½-½612022World Blitz ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
13. Ganguly vs Martirosyan  1-0412022World Blitz ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
14. D Andreikin vs Tuan Minh Le  1-0482022World Blitz ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
15. D Dardha vs V Fedoseev  1-0992022World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Mamedyarov vs H Bharathakoti  1-0312022World Blitz ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Bologan vs B Amin  0-1362022World Blitz ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
18. A Sarana vs V Dragnev  0-1452022World Blitz ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
19. A Rosell vs N Sarin  0-1472022World Blitz ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Tomashevsky vs V Burmakin  1-0352022World Blitz ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
21. Khusnutdinov vs M Matlakov  ½-½592022World Blitz ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
22. R Svane vs Makhnev  0-1412022World Blitz ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
23. J Vakhidov vs P Maghsoodloo  ½-½692022World Blitz ChampionshipA20 English
24. V S Gujrathi vs A Puranik  1-0402022World Blitz ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
25. J Christiansen vs N Abdusattorov  0-1452022World Blitz ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,802  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Right. I just noticed he ended with 14.5. Hard to do that without any draws.
Dec-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: Statistics time!

Shortest draw: P Ponkratov vs A Riazantsev, 2022 and M Petrosyan vs S Ter-Sahakyan, 2022

Shortest White win: R Zhalmakhanov vs E Suleimen, 2022

Shortest Black win: R Svane vs V Murzin, 2022 (I think the game score is wrong, so this may be not the really shortest one)

Longest draw: A Utegaliyev vs A Hambleton, 2022

Longest White win: T Gareyev vs Bluebaum, 2022

Longest Black win: S Vetokhin vs M Petkov, 2022

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

Highest rated game: Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2022

Double minor sac: V Sanal vs F Vallejo Pons, 2022

Rook plus minor sac: K Kazakov vs Daniyal Sapenov, 2022

Queen sac: Sacrifice Explorer

White's average rating: 2544

White's performance: 2577 (55% vs 2541)

Black's average rating: 2541

Black's performance: 2508 (45% vs 2544)

And there were three King's Gambits! J van Foreest vs E Najer, 2022, B Savchenko vs B Amin, 2022 and A Uskov vs Ganguly, 2022

Dec-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: Good stuff!
Dec-30-22  offramp: <Messiah: Statistics time!>

Very good! Many thanks.

D Batsuren vs V Ivic, 2022 is interesting: Q v BBN for the last 40 moves. From here:


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to here:


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Dec-30-22  thebully99: Carlsen has more or less cemented himself as the greatest blitz player in chess history
Dec-30-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: <thebully99: Carlsen has more or less cemented himself as the greatest blitz player in chess history>

big feature

Dec-31-22  Bobby Fiske: <nok: Again, the tournament isn't played on equal terms when one player has a reserved table. It means he can take longer pauses b/w rounds, arrive at the last minute along with the psychological advantage etc. When there are 10+ rounds per day, it adds up.>

Funny! What adds up is your simple minded accusations. <nok> has made himself a career, the last 10 years or so, trash talking Magnus Carlsen. While Magnus has moved on from triumph to triumph in the chess world.

For the record: Magnus' fixed table at this event is needed by NRK, Norways national broadcasting system, setting up cameras, cables etc. They have made a pretty big deal with FIDE, to cover the event for many years. The extra $$$ benefit not only FIDE, but also the players, through a growing prize fund.

Magnus himself has said that he doesn't fancy this setup and the fuzz it involves. Including the public "demand" to be interviewed between every round by NRK. It has become prime time TV entertainment in Norway, gathering 10-15% of the population, following the TV broadcast. -He would've rather kept a low profile during the tournament, without the destractions.

Besides, all the top boards were grouped together on a podium. Those players entered their games on equal terms.

Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Carlsen might be a petulant boy-king, but he plays amazing chess. Those who try to reduce his winning both the rapid and blitz world championship for the third time (!), down to guesses that he gets a couple minutes extra rest between rounds, are clouded by Magnus-hate.

On a side note, its motivating that he has to battle through the crowd again next year to wear the same crowns. If the world classical championship were organized like that we'd see a different story playing out than the mess we currently have in Ding Liren vs Nepo.

None of which excuses his crybaby behavior. The Hans Niemann affair, withdrawing from the Sinquefield Cup, terrible.

When was the last all time chess great who checked all the perfect boxes? Kasparov? Pfff. Fischer? Come again? Alekhine? Uhhh. Anand? Yeah, you've got something there. But they're a rare lot.

But, its the chess. Its the chess. I know thats hard to acknowledge for some, but to ignore that part of Magnus's effect is to miss the best part. Take off your magnus-hate glasses once in a while.

Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Nakamura really wanted this one. The let down must be devastating. He can't seem to pull it off at the right time. Those silly draws at the beginning of the final round turned the angry eye of Caissa on him, while that crazy play of Magnus, especially in that three queens game, got him the love.
Dec-31-22  Bobby Fiske: <MissScarlett:...I think he also had a reserved room. He could withdraw from the playing hall after every round.> Judging from the TV broadcast, the arena has the usual VIP lounges located on the top floor. I saw several players resting up there, sitting in lounge chairs, spaced well apart from each other. Probably with refreshments included. Must be a complimentary service to the players. If Team Magnus has their own room by courtesy or by payment, or they share it with NRK crew, I don't know. It seems players have different preferences. Some goes outside for a stroll and fresh air, some seek company, others solitude.

<It seems he would also have forfeited his first round blitz game if they hadn't delayed the start:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cs...

Magnus reportedly went skiiing, before getting caught in traffic due to an accident.> Magnus accepted an invitation from the organizer, participating in a skiing event. He usually volunteeres for such activities (football, basket, etc). After returning to his hotel for a shower, their transportation to the venue got stuck in the traffic for 15min, due to a car accident. Bad luck.

Fortunately, the round start was delayed a few minutes. Because there were a notability waiting to perform the honorably first-move. When Magnus finally arrived, he had only 30 sec left. Kudos to his opponent who delayed the clock start. For the record, Magnus has done the same himself a couple of times. Showing good sportsmanship, waiting for a late OTB opponent to arrive. A game against Ivanchuk comes to my mind.

PS: In case <nok> is going to complain about Magnus' trousers too, it should be noted that he changed into correct dress code right after the hasty first game.

Dec-31-22  stone free or die: <<Bobby F> PS: In case <nok> is going to complain about Magnus' trousers too, it should be noted that he changed into correct dress code right after the hasty first game.>

Not sure I'd call those trousers!

* * * * *

<CIO> I haven't played over all his games, but I'm guessing the three queen game was the wild and woolly game against Rapport, right?

It seems to be missing from <CG> at the moment, so I'll paste the PGN here for the interested:

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[Event "WRBC 2022. Blitz Open"]
[Site "Almaty, Kazakhstan"]
[Date "2022.12.30"]
[Round "14.1"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Rapport, Richard"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2830"]
[BlackElo "2654"]
[TimeControl "3+2"]

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.h4 Ne7 8.h5 h6 9.Nf3 b6 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Bd3 c4 12.Be2 Ba4 13.Bf4 Na6 14.Qd2 O-O-O 15.Nh2 Kb7 16.Nf1 Qd7 17.Ne3 Nc7 18.Kf1 Nc6 19.g3 Qe8 20.Kg2 Qg8 21. Rab1 Qh7 22.Bf3 Kb8 23.Qe2 Rc8 24.Rb2 Nb5 25.Nxd5 exd5 26.e6+ Kb7 27. exf7 Qf5 28.Rb4 Nxb4 29.Qe7+ Ka6 30.Qxb4 Bxc2 31.a4 Nc7 32.Bxc7 Be4 33.Bf4 Bxf3+ 34.Kxf3 Qe4+ 35.Kg4 Qxh1 36.Qb5+ Kb7 37.a5 Rhd8 38.a6+ Ka8 39.f8=Q Rxf8 40.Qd7 Rxf4+ 41.gxf4 Qg2+ 42.Kh4 Qxf2+ 43.Kg4 Qg2+ 44.Kh4 g5+ 45.hxg6 Qh2+ 46.Kg4 h5+ 47.Kf3 Qh1+ 48.Kf2 Qh4+ 49.Kf3 Qg4+ 50.Qxg4 hxg4+ 51.Kxg4 b5 52.f5 b4 53.f6 bxc3 54.f7 c2 55.g7 c1=Q 56.f8=Q Qg1+ 57.Kh5 Qh2+ 58.Kg6 Qg3+ 59.Kh6 Qh4+ 60.Kg6 Qg4+ 61.Kh6 c3 62.Qf7 Qh4+ 63.Kg6 Qe4+ 64.Kg5 Qe3+ 65.Kh5 Qe8 66.g8=Q Qe2+ 67.Qg4 Rh8+ 68.Kg5 Qe3+ 69.Kf6 Qh6+ 70.Ke7 Qc6 71.Qgg8+ 1-0

>

Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <sfod> That's the one. This game is so crazy that I can only chalk it up to Caissa, chess goddess.

While Nakamura is calmly preserving biological energy with lame pre-arranged draws, Magnus is playing like an asylum inmate.

Carlsen is the Thor of chess. You've seen the Marvel movies. He's a god. He's Norse. He's immature and petulant. But ultimately, his soul is good lol.

And it all came down to the last round. When called upon, Carlsen crushed his opponent and Nakamura stared on in despair with a 179 move draw.

You can't write the narrative any better. Chess has arrived.

Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Where is Carlsen-Rapport?
Dec-31-22  stone free or die: World Blitz Championship (2022) (kibitz #23)
Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Only had to look!

Didn't Rapport have that won?

Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Slow rolling the Carlsen v Rapport game...
Dec-31-22  Atterdag: <Bobby Fiske: nok: ...

Funny! What adds up is your simple minded accusations. <nok> has made himself a career, the last 10 years or so, trash talking Magnus Carlsen. While Magnus has moved on from triumph to triumph in the chess world. ... >

Great post, Bobby Fiske. The slandering posts by <nok> and <Messiah> are just tiresome and utterly predictable. - For me there is a decisive difference between <trash talking> Carlsen in general, just because you dislike him for some obscure reason - and critisizing him for a specific behavior, as I have done and still do - regardless of which player we are talking about.

I think Carlsen is undiputably the greatest chess-player in our time. His play is imaginative, innovative, creative, very inspirational, technically often perfect, and he has the winner instinct that always makes his participation in a tournament something very special. You have chess events with Carlsen and those without him.

But I don't want to end my last post in 2022 on a negative note. I want to wish all of you - yes, also nok and Messiah! - a happy new year with good health and prospects for you and your families.

2022 was an annus horribilis on a global scale - let's hope that 2023 will be better. Nothing less than the survival of human civilisation is at stake.

Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Magnus has won more events than Anand and Kramnik and his playing strength is stillquite strong.

He'll certainly be among the top 5 greatest players.

His personal flaws aside, his results chessicwise are a positive.

Dec-31-22  nok: <Bobby F: For the record: Magnus' fixed table at this event is needed by NRK... They have made a pretty big deal with FIDE...>

You're basically saying that if you bring the big bucks, your player can be allowed an advantage. I don't agree.

<Atterdag: The slandering posts by <nok>...>

Hmm. Unlike Carlsen, I didn't slander anyone.

Dec-31-22  nok: <CIO: This game is so crazy that I can only chalk it up to Caissa, chess goddess...

Carlsen is the Thor of chess. You've seen the Marvel movies. He's a god. He's Norse. He's immature and petulant.>

Nice writing, but don't get too excited. The best player in the world wasn't even there.

https://2700chess.com/blitz

Dec-31-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <nok> and where was Angry Ali?
Jan-01-23
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: <Check It Out: <nok> and where was Angry Ali?>

I have no idea why he did not participate.

Jan-01-23  soldal: \

Ok, here's <The most insane Magnus Carlsen game you will ever see | Carlsen vs Rapport | World Blitz 2022>. This is the real thing, nothing but one camera holding a steady closeup of board, clock and combatants for 11 intense minutes, no talk or diagrams. (Plus 2 minutes of post-game footage.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw_...

Jan-01-23  soldal:

On the other side, there's the NRK version of the game. It may in fact get closer to the real drama (at least for the big majority of their viewers). There's the addition of a live diagram down in the corner, instant computer evaluations at the top of the screen, and enthusiastic commentators, mostly following "the arrow" showing the evaluation (and in this case both +100 and -100 at different times). It's the fourth (and penultimate) video here. (I think these usually can be watched everywhere, if not at least in the Nordic countries.)

https://www.nrk.no/sport/magnus-car...

Jan-01-23
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <soldal:
On the other side, there's the NRK version of the game. It may in fact get closer to the real drama (at least for the big majority of their viewers). There's the addition of a live diagram down in the corner, instant computer evaluations at the top of the screen, and enthusiastic commentators, mostly following "the arrow" showing the evaluation (and in this case both +100 and -100 at different times). It's the fourth (and penultimate) video here. (I think these usually can be watched everywhere, if not at least in the Nordic countries.)

https://www.nrk.no/sport/magnus-car...

Thanks <soldal> !

I watched it too and it may the most thrilling blitz game I have ever seen. Magnus, (Rapport too) NRK1 and chess on top of everything.

Highly recommended.

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