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🏆 World Blitz Championship (2007)

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The 2007 World Blitz Championship was a 20-player double round robin held in Moscow, Russia, 21-22 November, right after the ... [more]

Player: Boris Gelfand

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Shirov  1-0612007World Blitz ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Leko vs Gelfand 1-0492007World Blitz ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. Morozevich vs Gelfand  ½-½482007World Blitz ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
4. Gelfand vs Carlsen  ½-½892007World Blitz ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
5. Kasimdzhanov vs Gelfand  1-0272007World Blitz ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Gelfand vs B Savchenko  ½-½482007World Blitz ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
7. Gelfand vs A Dreev 1-0262007World Blitz ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Grischuk vs Gelfand  1-0312007World Blitz ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
9. Gelfand vs Anand 0-1382007World Blitz ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Rublevsky vs Gelfand  ½-½412007World Blitz ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
11. Gelfand vs Bacrot  1-0302007World Blitz ChampionshipA20 English
12. Kamsky vs Gelfand 1-0442007World Blitz ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Gelfand vs Kramnik ½-½382007World Blitz ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand 0-1482007World Blitz ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
15. Gelfand vs Korotylev  ½-½302007World Blitz ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
16. Adams vs Gelfand  ½-½212007World Blitz ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
17. Gelfand vs Karpov ½-½252007World Blitz ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. Ponomariov vs Gelfand  ½-½652007World Blitz ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
19. Mamedyarov vs Gelfand  ½-½822007World Blitz ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Shirov vs Gelfand  1-0332007World Blitz ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
21. Gelfand vs Leko  ½-½422007World Blitz ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
22. Carlsen vs Gelfand  ½-½752007World Blitz ChampionshipA20 English
23. Gelfand vs Morozevich 0-1492007World Blitz ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
24. Gelfand vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1402007World Blitz ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
25. B Savchenko vs Gelfand  0-1542007World Blitz ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
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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
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  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
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  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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