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World Blitz Cup 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]
Peter Leko21.5/38(+13 -8 =17)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik21.5/38(+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]
Boris Savchenko17/38(+13 -17 =8)[games]
Boris Gelfand17/38(+10 -14 =14)[games]
Aleksey Dreev17/38(+12 -16 =10)[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]

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 380  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bacrot vs B Savchenko  0-1412007World Blitz CupA04 Reti Opening
2. Anand vs Ponomariov  ½-½402007World Blitz CupD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
3. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen 1-0402007World Blitz CupB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. Korotylev vs Morozevich  1-0552007World Blitz CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Gelfand vs Shirov  1-0612007World Blitz CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Karpov vs A Dreev  1-0472007World Blitz CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Ponomariov vs Grischuk  1-0332007World Blitz CupE15 Queen's Indian
8. Rublevsky vs Kasimdzhanov  1-0252007World Blitz CupC01 French, Exchange
9. Kamsky vs Adams  ½-½372007World Blitz CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Kramnik vs B Savchenko 1-0342007World Blitz CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Kamsky vs Kramnik  ½-½672007World Blitz CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Adams vs Carlsen  ½-½672007World Blitz CupB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. Morozevich vs Ivanchuk ½-½292007World Blitz CupC42 Petrov Defense
14. Rublevsky vs Kamsky 0-1482007World Blitz CupA00 Uncommon Opening
15. Kramnik vs Adams 1-0562007World Blitz CupE15 Queen's Indian
16. Karpov vs Anand 0-1302007World Blitz CupE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
17. B Savchenko vs Rublevsky  1-0542007World Blitz CupA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. Kasimdzhanov vs Bacrot  0-1312007World Blitz CupD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Grischuk vs Karpov ½-½462007World Blitz CupD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
20. A Dreev vs Mamedyarov  0-1272007World Blitz CupA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Leko vs Gelfand 1-0492007World Blitz CupB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
22. Shirov vs Korotylev  1-0462007World Blitz CupC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Bacrot vs Anand ½-½342007World Blitz CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
24. B Savchenko vs Kamsky ½-½722007World Blitz CupB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. Grischuk vs Bacrot 1-0362007World Blitz CupC78 Ruy Lopez
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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?


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.>


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.

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  chancho: Crosstable for this event.

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  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...

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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