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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Leinier Dominguez Perez11.5/15(+8 -0 =7)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk11/15(+9 -2 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Alexander Grischuk10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov9.5/15(+9 -5 =1)[games]
Teimour Radjabov9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Murtas Kazhgaleyev8/15(+6 -5 =4)[games]
Alexander Morozevich7.5/15(+6 -6 =3)[games]
Gata Kamsky7/15(+5 -6 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand7/15(+5 -6 =4)[games]
Vladislav Tkachiev6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Sergei Rublevsky6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Rafael Vaganian5.5/15(+4 -8 =3)[games]
Bassem Amin4.5/15(+4 -10 =1)[games]
Krishnan Sasikiran3.5/15(+2 -10 =3)[games]
Judit Polgar2.5/15(+1 -11 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
World Blitz Championship (2008)

The 2008 World Blitz Championship was a 16-player round robin held in the Alatau Sanatorium of Almaty (Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan, 8 November. Participants: the first five players in the standings of the 2006 and 2007 World Blitz Championships, the champion of the 2006 Asian Games (Kazhgaleyev), one nominee of the organizer (Vaganian), and four Continental 2008 blitz champions, or their replacements. Time control: 5 minutes, with no increment. Prize fund: about $297,000, with about $68,000 to the winner. Organizer: Kazakhstan Chess Federation, under the aegis of FIDE. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz. Appeals committee: Bolat Karishaluly Asanov, Boris Spassky and Viktor Korchnoi. The format and the electronic boards produced many incomplete game scores.

Leinier Dominguez Perez won with 11.5/15, ahead of Ivanchuk (2nd) and Svidler (3rd on tiebreak).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Dominguez * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 11½ 2 Ivanchuk ½ * ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 11 3 Svidler ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 10 4 Grischuk 0 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 10 5 Mamedyarov 0 1 1 0 * ½ 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 9½ 6 Radjabov ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 9½ 7 Kazhgaleyev 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 8 8 Morozevich 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 * 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 7½ 9 Kamsky ½ 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 7 10 Gelfand 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7 11 Tkachiev 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 6½ 12 Rublevsky ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 6½ 13 Vaganian ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 * 1 1 0 5½ 14 Amin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 * 0 1 4½ 15 Sasikiran ½ 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * ½ 3½ 16 Polgar 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 2½

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Wikipedia article: World Blitz Chess Championship

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs Mamedyarov  0-1532008World Blitz ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. L Dominguez vs J Polgar 1-0462008World Blitz ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
3. Rublevsky vs B Amin ½-½42008World Blitz ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
4. Radjabov vs Svidler ½-½42008World Blitz ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
5. Morozevich vs Sasikiran  1-0142008World Blitz ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Tkachiev vs Kazhgaleyev  ½-½182008World Blitz ChampionshipB07 Pirc
7. Kamsky vs Vaganian  ½-½112008World Blitz ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Gelfand vs Grischuk  0-1602008World Blitz ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
9. Vaganian vs Gelfand 0-1232008World Blitz ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Mamedyarov vs Grischuk 0-1492008World Blitz ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
11. Kazhgaleyev vs Kamsky 1-0132008World Blitz ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Sasikiran vs Tkachiev 0-1622008World Blitz ChampionshipD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. Svidler vs Morozevich ½-½192008World Blitz ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
14. B Amin vs Radjabov 0-1332008World Blitz ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
15. J Polgar vs Rublevsky 0-152008World Blitz ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. Ivanchuk vs L Dominguez  ½-½252008World Blitz ChampionshipD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Rublevsky vs Ivanchuk ½-½512008World Blitz ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
18. Radjabov vs J Polgar  1-0532008World Blitz ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
19. L Dominguez vs Mamedyarov 1-0372008World Blitz ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Morozevich vs B Amin 1-0172008World Blitz ChampionshipA80 Dutch
21. Tkachiev vs Svidler 1-0292008World Blitz ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Kamsky vs Sasikiran  1-082008World Blitz ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Grischuk vs Vaganian  1-0572008World Blitz ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
24. Kazhgaleyev vs Grischuk  ½-½302008World Blitz ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
25. Sasikiran vs Gelfand  0-1352008World Blitz ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Nov-08-08  VinnyRoo2002: <kingg> Do you have any idea how much those boards which automatically record the moves cost? They would extremely beneficial for a tournament like this.
Nov-08-08  yoozum: <Ivanchuk's consistency in blitz is quite impressive, especially at his age.>

Agreed, it seems like he's always very near the top. I was betting my chess bucks on Ivanchuk, and though I'm upset that he didn't finish first, no one could have expected this outcome with Dominguez winning.

Nov-08-08  Billy Vaughan: <It's not as if Ivanchuk has been lazy either, he has already played more than 200 games this year, most of them with classical time controls.>

What's fascinating is he isn't really far from having played and average of 1 game a day against top-flight competition. Which is just unreal.

Nov-08-08  KingG: <alexmagnus> <How long will you consider 39 an old age???> I'm talking about blitz, not classical chess. I think it's generally accepted that the faster time controls tend to favour younger players.

<VinnyRoo2002> I'm pretty sure they are using the boards you are talking about, but they don't seem to be doing a very good job recording the moves.

Nov-08-08
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  alexmagnus: <Nov-23-07 KamikazeAttack: The sad thing is I have no doubt that many SGMs would be laffing in private when Chucky made number #2 on the ratings list? U think they really see him as second strongest? :)>

Aha?

<Jul-25-08: Whitehat1963: Nothing against him, but that Dominguez-Perez is rated above 2700 says a great deal about rating inflation since say 1965.>

Now he justified his rating. As all players above 2700. What the great number of 2700+ says is - the competition is very close on top. Even some number 21 in the world can win a world championship, be it in blitz. ;)

Nov-08-08  KingG: <Now he justified his rating.> How is a classical rating justified by a blitz tournament?
Nov-09-08  Billy Vaughan: Well they're both chess.
Nov-09-08  notyetagm: <percyblakeney: <Ivanchuk's consistency in blitz is quite impressive, especially at his age>

Very, he finished +7 -0 =1 in his last eight and as in the Tal Memorial blitz he ended up with a performance well over 2850.>

Wow, the Chuckster went 7.5/8(!) to finish the tournament, almost winning it.

Nov-09-08  shintaro go: Ivanchuk is a chess machine. Never gets tired, never takes a break. The guy loves chess!
Nov-09-08  notyetagm: <shintaro go: Ivanchuk is a chess machine. Never gets tired, never takes a break. The guy loves chess!>

Yes, he could not comprehend Kasparov's retirement from chess in 2005. No more competitive chess? Huh? An inconceivable thought to Ivanchuk.

Nov-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Let's see if Ivanchuk plays in the next 40 years like Korchnoi did it :). Who knows, maybe just as Korchnoi, he becomes a WC challenger at 50 ;)
Nov-09-08  shintaro go: <alexmagnus>I wouldn't put it past Ivanchuk. At his current form, he still finishes consistently in the top of tournaments and he has shown over the year that he can hang with <and occasionally whip> Carlsen, so any future WC title shots wouldn't be improbable for Ivanchuk.
Nov-10-08  ahmadov: Domingues did not lose one single game in such a difficult tournament! That is very impressive...
Nov-10-08  dumbgai: Unfortunately, Ivanchuk has had a tendency to underperform when it mattered the most (i.e. world championship events).
Nov-10-08  mikejaqua: Does anyone have any idea what went so horribly wrong for Judit? Looks like she had a Shirov-level meltdown.
Nov-10-08  amadeus: If I am not mistaken, Judit has only two wins (classical chess) in 2008...

As for Ivanchuk, well, he won last year. No trouble, there is always 2009. And I think the title is more important to Dominguez than it would be to him. Congrats, Leinier.

Nov-10-08  notyetagm: <mikejaqua: Does anyone have any idea what went so horribly wrong for Judit? Looks like she had a Shirov-level meltdown.>

Raising two kids probably takes precedence to chess now for Judit. And at this level, it shows.

Nov-10-08  Heidi44: I like Poochie!
Nov-10-08  Billy Vaughan: <Unfortunately, Ivanchuk has had a tendency to underperform when it mattered the most (i.e. world championship events).>

Well, he was 0.5 away from winning this event. I wouldn't call that "underperforming" even for Kasparov.

Nov-11-08  Eyal: <KingG: <VinnyRoo2002> I'm pretty sure they are using the boards you are talking about, but they don't seem to be doing a very good job recording the moves.>

Indeed:

<The players were playing too fast and not always placing the pieces accurately in the centre of a square. The technicians complained: why cant they move the pieces properly? How many times have we told them, but they won't listen...> (http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...)

Nov-11-08  gazzawhite: <Eyal> Funny stuff.

Alternately, could they have a video camera next to the board torecord the game visually? I guess a problem would be that they would have to have a decent quality (framemate, etc.) which would be expensive, especially if you had one per board. Also, it wouldn't be live, as it would take time to watch the video to check the game score.

Nov-13-08  turbo231: does anyone know the time limits for this blitz?
Nov-13-08  amadeus: 5 minutes without increments.
Dec-23-08  positionalgenius: strong tounament but several major players wer missing. Tal blitz 2006 was the strongest ive seen.
Dec-23-08  positionalgenius: kamsky and morozevich vastly underperformed.
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