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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]
Nikita Vitiugov9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Gadir Guseinov9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Ildar Khairullin9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Denis Khismatullin9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Ngoc Truongson Nguyen8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Gata Kamsky8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Aleksey Dreev8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[games]
Sergei Movsesian8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[games]
Evgeny Najer8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Eltaj Safarli7.5/15(+3 -3 =9)[games]
Vladimir Potkin7.5/15(+7 -7 =1)[games]
A R Saleh Salem7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Boris Grachev7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Dmitry Gordievsky7.5/15(+5 -5 =5)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov7.5/15(+6 -6 =3)[games]
(58 players total; 29 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (2013)

Previous edition: 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. E Inarkiev vs M Al Sayed 0-1482013World Rapid ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
2. I Kurnosov vs Vitiugov  1-0502013World Rapid ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Lagno vs R Mamedov  ½-½232013World Rapid ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
4. Jakovenko vs R Vasquez Schroeder  1-0492013World Rapid ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. V Artemiev vs B Grachev  ½-½512013World Rapid ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
6. D Gordievsky vs Movsesian  ½-½512013World Rapid ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. M Al Sayed vs D Khismatullin  0-1402013World Rapid ChampionshipE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
8. P Potapov vs Kiril D Georgiev  ½-½502013World Rapid ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. G Guseinov vs M Kobalia  0-1502013World Rapid ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. A Moiseenko vs R Pasiev 1-0222013World Rapid ChampionshipD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Bezgodov vs D Frolyanov  0-1322013World Rapid ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
12. Smirin vs Z Byambaa  1-0512013World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
13. A S Nadanian vs A Riazantsev  0-1512013World Rapid ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. E Ghaem Maghami vs A Pridorozhni  1-0362013World Rapid ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. N Kabanov vs D Dubov  0-1582013World Rapid ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. S K Ram vs E Inarkiev  0-1522013World Rapid ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. P Ponkratov vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½592013World Rapid ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
18. Kamsky vs A Rakhmanov  1-0422013World Rapid ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
19. E Safarli vs G Sargissian  1-0392013World Rapid ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
20. P Potapov vs P Ponkratov  1-0542013World Rapid ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
21. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs V Artemiev  0-1662013World Rapid ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. A Riazantsev vs Bezgodov  ½-½382013World Rapid ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. R Pasiev vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½432013World Rapid ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. Z Byambaa vs P Skatchkov  ½-½822013World Rapid ChampionshipC40 King's Knight Opening
25. B Gundavaa vs A S Nadanian  0-1352013World Rapid ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 435  PGN Download
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Jun-09-13  jamesmaskell: <messachess> You are thinking of the Blitz. This one was 15mins plus 10 secs per move.
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  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.

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  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
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  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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