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World Rapid Championship Tournament

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov11.5/15(+9 -1 =5)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi11/15(+8 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Grischuk10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Le Quang Liem10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Gadir Guseinov9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Ildar Khairullin9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Sergei Movsesian9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Denis Khismatullin9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Victor Bologan8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[games]
Truong Son Nguyen8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Aleksey Dreev8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Evgeny Najer8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov7.5/15(+6 -6 =3)[games]
Vladimir Potkin7.5/15(+7 -7 =1)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Vadim Zvjaginsev7.5/15(+6 -6 =3)[games]
Kiril Georgiev7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
A R Saleh Salem7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Vladimir Akopian7.5/15(+4 -4 =7)[games]
Boris Grachev7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Mikhail Kobalia7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Eltaj Safarli7.5/15(+3 -3 =9)[games]
* (58 players total; 26 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (2013)

The 2013 FIDE World Rapid Championship was a 15-round Swiss open for players rated >2500. It was held in the building of the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, 6-8 June, with the participation of 58 players. Sergey Karjakin had decided not to defend his title which he won in 2012 in Astana (Kazakhstan), and only one of the top 10 players (Grischuk) participated. Time control: 15 minutes per player for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: $200,000, with $40,000 to the winner. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won with 11.5/15, ahead of Nepomniachtchi and Grischuk.

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Previous: World Rapid Championship (2012). Next: World Rapid Championship (2014). See also World Blitz Championship (2013)

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 435  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Popov vs Grischuk 0-1302013World Rapid ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. Nepomniachtchi vs Smirin 1-0492013World Rapid ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. E Najer vs Kamsky  1-0732013World Rapid ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. Dreev vs P Ponkratov 1-0712013World Rapid ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. T S Nguyen vs Ponomariov  ½-½682013World Rapid ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
6. Vitiugov vs Lagno  ½-½692013World Rapid ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
7. M Kobalia vs A Moiseenko  1-0442013World Rapid ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
8. R Mamedov vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-0502013World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Dubov vs F Vallejo Pons 0-1252013World Rapid ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
10. E Inarkiev vs V Artemiev  ½-½612013World Rapid ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
11. A Rakhmanov vs D Andreikin  ½-½582013World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
12. V Akopian vs R Vasquez Schroeder  ½-½1082013World Rapid ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
13. A Pridorozhni vs Jakovenko  ½-½182013World Rapid ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
14. B Grachev vs A R Saleh Salem  0-1412013World Rapid ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
15. D Gordievsky vs I Khairullin  0-1442013World Rapid ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. G Sargissian vs B Gundavaa 1-0402013World Rapid ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. M Al Sayed vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½472013World Rapid ChampionshipD90 Grunfeld
18. Movsesian vs P Potapov  1-0352013World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
19. A Cherniaev vs I Cheparinov  0-1432013World Rapid ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. Khismatullin vs P Skatchkov  1-0362013World Rapid ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. A Bezgodov vs Zvjaginsev 0-1532013World Rapid ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
22. D Frolyanov vs N Kabanov  1-0592013World Rapid ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
23. K Akbaev vs Bologan  0-1332013World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. Potkin vs A Nadanian  1-0432013World Rapid ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
25. R Pasiev vs E Safarli  ½-½512013World Rapid ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 435  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-09-13  jamesmaskell: <messachess> You are thinking of the Blitz. This one was 15mins plus 10 secs per move.
Jun-09-13  Eyal: Results of the first blitz day (16 rounds [8x2] out of 30): Le & Nepomniachtchi leading with 12, followed by Ponomariov with 11.5; Grischuk at the moment only in shared 8th-12th with 10.

Jun-09-13  notyetagm: <Eyal: Results of the first blitz day (16 rounds [8x2] out of 30): Le & Nepomniachtchi leading with 12, followed by Ponomariov with 11.5; Grischuk at the moment only in shared 8th-12th with 10.>

LQL beat Nepo in Round 15 and drew him in Round 16, so LQL has the tiebreak advantage should they finished tied when the tournament ends.

Jun-09-13  notyetagm: <wordfunph: superb perf by Nepo, +8-0=2 who can beat that?>

What a collapse by Nepo! He did the same thing a few years back in Corus C.

Corus Group C (2007)

Jun-09-13  Xeroxx: Feels like there's a few players missing from this event.
Jun-09-13  Illogic: Surprised to see Andreikin at 'only' 8.5/16
Jun-10-13  notyetagm: <Illogic: Surprised to see Andreikin at 'only' 8.5/16>

Not out of it yet. He just needs to get white hot like Shark did in the Rapid Ch.

Jun-10-13  brankat: Now after round #15, how many more rounds are there left? Thank You.
Jun-10-13  anandrulez: Brankat I though u are a logical person jk 16 rounds more to go
Jun-10-13  anandrulez: Usually they divide these tournaments into half for 2 days or 1/3 for 3 days
Jun-10-13  notyetagm: FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013)

Wow, check out the *incredible* <DOUBLE BLUNDER> at the end of the Round 20 game Grischuk vs Pomomariov!

Grischuk blundered back his extra piece with 16 0-0??, based on the <SKEWER> down the e-file 16 ... ♕e7x♗e2! 17 ♖f1-e1.

Ponomariov resigned(!!), as Grischuk expected. Both of these 2700s overlooked that Black has the resource 17 ... ♕e2-b5!= and the Black b5-queen now <PROTECTS> the Black e8-rook instead of <INTERPOSING> on e2!


Jun-10-13  notyetagm: Grischuk vs Ponomariov FIDE World Blitz Championship (20) 2013

16 0-0?? gives back the extra piece but 16 ... 1-0 ?? resigns an equal position!

Jun-10-13  notyetagm: FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013)

Another huge blunder by Ponomariov, in Round 24 versus NNTS.

Pono (Black) wanted to advance his passed a4-pawn, which was blocked by his a3-bishop. So he played 49 ... ♗a3-b2?? which <LEFT BEHIND> his b4-rook and the <UNDEFENDED> Black b4-rook then dropped off to the simple <DISCOVERED ATTACK> 50 f4-f5+! ♔g6xf5 51 ♖h4x♖b4 , winning a *whole* rook.

Jun-10-13  notyetagm: RESULTS ->
Jun-10-13  notyetagm: FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013)

LQL wins the blitz championship!!!

Jun-10-13  Arcturar: Well that was unexpected.
Jun-10-13  Ezzy: <Arcturar: Well that was unexpected.>

Le Quang Liem was the number 5 seed. So I suppose not too unexpected.

Jun-10-13  Arcturar: Yeah, I suppose so. A 1.5 point difference between him and Grischuk after 30 games doesn't say anything anyways. WCC titles have to be conteated in match play for Rapid and Blitz too, imo. Of course, congrats to Le! He is a very good blitz player. But I still rank him below Grischuk, Karjakin, Carlsen, and Nakamura (who I think stand roughly in that order). At least Grischuk won his title last year where the top players were actually present.
Jun-10-13  notyetagm: <Arcturar: ... At least Grischuk won his title last year where the top players were actually present.>

That's not LQL's fault. The top players are playing at the Tal Memorial this week and did not want to tire themselves out first by playing this event.

Very poor timing by the organizers. Next year they need to coordinate better with the other major events like the Tal to make sure there is no overlap so the top players can participate in the WR&BC.

Jun-10-13  MarkFinan: Natalia Pogonina is on my facebook friends and she just posted on my news feed that Quang Liem won!
Jun-10-13  MarkFinan: My bad, she said he won the world blitz :|
Jun-10-13  Arcturar: The FIDE-Kasparov split was not Khalifman's fault either, but that did not make him an undisputed champion. If players like Radjabov are even publicly criticizing the planning of the tournament, then Mamedyarov and Le are definately "disputed". I doubt they consider themselves better than Carlsen/Karjakin anyways. Also, the tournament format is also a bit silly. Like Kasparov suggests for the Candidates, there should be a match between the Top 2 finishers. Or, in a field this large, a Quadruple RR between the Top 4. Or that PLUS a 30 game match versus the incumbent champion (Grischuk). It just seems to me that the Blitz and Rapid WCCs will be changing every cycle without any controls like these, which greatly devalues the titles.
Jun-10-13  Arcturar: Finally, there is no reason this has to happen every year. I think a bi-annual cycle is the best, and think the current blitz/rapid WCC should get some rights (as in classical) to balance the randomness of the event (caused by both the format and the inherent drawback of shorter time controls). If Grischuk is higher rated in blitz than Le, finished barely behind him here, and already won the WCC ahead of actual top players, he should be given a chance to beat Le in a match. I think he would be the heavy favourite.
Jun-10-13  usuario x: a lot of random players this year like in an open tournament, but still the top players remain ahead. that if someone had some doubts about the strength of playes based on his rating
Jun-10-13  Eyal: <like in an open tournament> Well, basically it <was> an open tournament, for +2500 players (in any of the three rating lists - standard, rapid, or blitz).
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