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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Le Quang Liem20.5/30(+14 -3 =13)[games]
Alexander Grischuk20/30(+16 -6 =8)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov20/30(+14 -4 =12)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi20/30(+17 -7 =6)[games]
Ngoc Truongson Nguyen19.5/30(+13 -4 =13)[games]
Rauf Mamedov19.5/30(+15 -6 =9)[games]
Daniil Dubov18/30(+14 -8 =8)[games]
Sergei Movsesian18/30(+14 -8 =8)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin17.5/30(+13 -8 =9)[games]
Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev17/30(+13 -9 =8)[games]
Ilya Yulyevich Smirin17/30(+13 -9 =8)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian17/30(+11 -7 =12)[games]
Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian17/30(+10 -6 =14)[games]
Evgeny Najer16.5/30(+13 -10 =7)[games]
Aleksey Dreev16.5/30(+11 -8 =11)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov16.5/30(+15 -12 =3)[games]
Gata Kamsky16.5/30(+11 -8 =11)[games]
Boris Grachev16.5/30(+10 -7 =13)[games]
Eltaj Safarli16/30(+13 -11 =6)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev16/30(+15 -13 =2)[games]
Viktor Antonovich Bologan16/30(+11 -9 =10)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov16/30(+12 -10 =8)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev16/30(+13 -11 =6)[games]
Ildar Khairullin15.5/30(+9 -8 =13)[games]
Denis Khismatullin15.5/30(+13 -12 =5)[games]
Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky15.5/30(+12 -11 =7)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov15.5/30(+10 -9 =11)[games]
Igor Kurnosov15.5/30(+12 -11 =7)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko15.5/30(+12 -11 =7)[games]
* (60 players total; 31 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Blitz Championship (2013)

The 2013 FIDE World Blitz Championship was a double 15-round Swiss open for players rated >2500. It was held in the building of the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, 9-10 June, with the participation of 60 players, including defending champion Alexander Grischuk. Time control: 3 minutes per player for all moves, with 2 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: $200,000, with $40,000 to the winner. Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz.

Le Quang Liem won with 20.5/30, ahead of Grischuk (2nd on tiebreak), Ponomariov (3rd) and Nepomniachtchi with 20/30.

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

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 900  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov  ½-½342013World Blitz ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
2. Lagno vs A Pridorozhni  ½-½582013World Blitz ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
3. Jakovenko vs D Frolyanov  1-0512013World Blitz ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
4. I Kurnosov vs Ivan Popov  1-0282013World Blitz ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Kamsky vs M Kobalia  1-0402013World Blitz ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. S K Ram vs D Khismatullin  0-1472013World Blitz ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Bologan vs A S Nadanian  1-0312013World Blitz ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
8. F Vallejo Pons vs A R Saleh Salem  ½-½542013World Blitz ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. Cherniaev vs R Pasiev  0-1272013World Blitz ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. E Ghaem Maghami vs Bezgodov 1-0392013World Blitz ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
11. N Kabanov vs P Skatchkov  0-1322013World Blitz ChampionshipC40 King's Knight Opening
12. D Gordievsky vs P Potapov  ½-½702013World Blitz ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. A Sibriaev vs Z Byambaa  0-1492013World Blitz ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
14. M Al Sayed vs K Akbaev  1-0162013World Blitz ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
15. B Gundavaa vs P Ponkratov  0-1292013World Blitz ChampionshipC00 French Defense
16. R Vasquez Schroeder vs A Rakhmanov  0-1442013World Blitz ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Grischuk vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  0-1442013World Blitz ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. G Sargissian vs R Mamedov  ½-½732013World Blitz ChampionshipA16 English
19. Akopian vs Rublevsky  ½-½342013World Blitz ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
20. Smirin vs Potkin  1-0462013World Blitz ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. I Cheparinov vs A Moiseenko  1-0332013World Blitz ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. I Khairullin vs Movsesian  0-1452013World Blitz ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
23. E Najer vs B Grachev  ½-½382013World Blitz ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
24. D Andreikin vs Mamedyarov  0-1272013World Blitz ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
25. A Riazantsev vs Vitiugov  1-0442013World Blitz ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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Jun-10-13  messachess: I should probably say, "Asian player." I hear a lot of Asian countries are strong in chess.
Jun-11-13  FairyPromotion: ^ Honestly you should say neither, as Le is not Chinese, and we already have an asian World Champion with Vishy.

I see where you are coming from though. China has a huge amount of young, up & coming talents, and seems like they might become the strongest nation in the near future, when the likes of Wang Hao, Ding Liren, and Wei Yi will be in their primes.

Anyway, congratulations to GM Le Quag Liem! Lets hope this victory will get him some invitations to strong GM tournaments.

Jun-11-13  SugarDom: Why does the world "Oriental" deemed not politically correct?

Could have been a good word to describe certain Asians.

Can i make a racist joke?

I'm not Asian, I'm from the Philippines, that makes me Pacific Islander. My penis is 3 inches longer. That makes it 4 inches.

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  HeMateMe: Is that why we never see you guys in adult films?
Jun-11-13  lakers4sho: Phlippines is *not* Pacific Islander
Jun-11-13  crazybird: <FairyPromotion: ^ Honestly you should say neither, as Le is not Chinese>

Not quite right that. Most Vietnamese are of Chinese stock.

Jun-11-13  notyetagm: Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2013

FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013)

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16 0-0?? 1-0??

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Here we have an example of an incredible <DOUBLE BLUNDER> made by two 2700-strength(!) players.

White (Grischuk) played 16 0-0??, slyly intending to keep his extra e2-bishop by using the threat of a <PIN> down the e-file. That is 16 ... ♕e7x♗e2! 17 ♖f1-e1.

16 ... ♕e7x♗e2! 17 ♖f1-e1

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Black (Ponomariov) believed Grischuk's analysis and resigned!! What did both player's overlook?

17 ... ♕e2-b5!=

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Black simply retreats his queen! The Black b5-queen now <DEFENDS> the e8-mating sq/e8-rook by <PROTECTING> from b5 instead of <INTERPOSING> from e2.

Unbelievable. And Pono only finished 1/2-point behind LQL!

Jun-11-13  fisayo123: Only 3 losses for LQL. Pretty remarkable.
Jun-12-13  hellopolgar: FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013)/S Krishnan Ram scored -3, that's pretty impressive for someone rated 2250.
Jun-12-13  Catholic Bishop: <FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013)/S Krishnan Ram scored -3, that's pretty impressive for someone rated 2250.>

ie, he must be cheating

Jun-12-13  notyetagm: Grischuk vs Ponomariov, 2013

<NM JRousselle: I have often told my students that it is difficult to find strong moves that are the result of a piece retreating. Retreats, especially queen retreats, along a diagonal seem to be the most difficult to find.>

Indeed. Too hard for two 2700s and the English commentators in this game.

Does anyone know if the Russian language commentators saw 17 ... ♕e2-b5!= ? Shipov was one of them.


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  Check It Out: <SugarDom: Why does the world "Oriental" deemed not politically correct?>

Referring to the Orient is deemed acceptable, but referring to people of the Orient as Orientals is deemed un-PC because it was used by colonialists as a derogatory epithet.

The Philippines are considered Asian. Pacific Islanders are from islands in the Oceanic region.

Jun-12-13  Shams: Trivia: why was it called the "the orient" in the first place?

/Hannibal Lecter voice: "No googling, Clarice. I'll know."

Jun-12-13  Kinghunt: <Shams> If I'm not mistaken, the word is derived from several Romance languages, including at least Spanish, where that root simply means "East." Mexico's Sierra Madre Oriental, for example, if the mountain range running along the east side of the country.
Jun-12-13  Shams: <Kinghunt> The story as I heard it (and of course we keep in mind that folk etymologies abound) is that old maps in China had east at the top instead of north. So for a westerner to read a Chinese map he first had to 'orient' himself by turning the map 90 degrees clockwise.
Jun-12-13  TheFocus:

Coming to <CG> every day is like going back to school. Amazing the things you took for granted.

Next lesson: How the Horsey Moves 101.

Jun-12-13  Shams: <Focus> So I had it exactly backwards-- the verb comes from the noun. Nice.
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  Check It Out: <Shams> Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies of all time.

<TheFocus> Reinterpretation is too kind a word. Kids at the dojo chess club like to call them ponies.

Orient = East = Rising
Occident = West = Setting

Speaking of reviewing basics, the lesson today was "don't move a piece more than once in the opening." A rule that rightfully gets broken all the time at higher levels to be sure, but boy it's a good lesson for beginners.

Jun-18-13  PrinceHope12: Hello Everyone... The Champion of this World Blitz Championship had lost to Wesley So of The Philippines on 2011 World Blitz Qualification.. Ian Nepomniatchi had lost to Wesley So also on 2011 World Blitz Qualification.. At That Time Wesley so is Qualified to play on 2012 World Blitz Championship. Because He entered the top 6..
Alexander Grischuk is 7th didn't Qualified and didn't Win Against Wesley So.. But Maybe because GM Grishcuk is former World Blitz Champion he was allowed to play and Won the 2012 World Blitz Championship. Ruslan Ponomariov did not win Against Wesley so at 2011 World Blitz Qualification and now GM Ponomariov is 4th on 2013 World Blitz Championship This Top 4 players of 2013 World Blitz Championship didnt' Score a Win.. Against the Strong Asian Speed chess player.

I Wonder Why Wesley So is not present both on 2012 and 2013 World Blitz Event!

Why Wesley So didn't invited on 2012 world Blitz Championship.. When He Qualified to Play.. Maybe Because FIDE had change the rules that the top 10 classical players and some more chosen GM's to play the 2012 World Blitz Championship. Why..?? It's Like Top 10 Turtles automatically Qualified for a race.. Long game and Blitz is different.... Just Qoute this "Being Unfair is a Wrong Decision" That's it......

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  wordfunph: "You know, this result was a big surprise for me. When I was coming here I did not even think about victory. There are lots of strong chess players who are famous all over the world. I just wanted to see what will happen and who will become the champion."

- GM Le Quang Liem

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  perfidious: <SugarDom.....I'm not Asian, I'm from the Philippines, that makes me Pacific Islander. My penis is 3 inches longer. That makes it 4 inches.>

Good of you to share that, ah, bit of information with us.

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  perfidious: <wordfunph>: Le probably was not the only one surprised by his victory here.

FIDE could hold this event ten different times with the same participants and have ten different winners.

Jun-29-13  notyetagm: <SugarDom.....I'm not Asian, I'm from the Philippines, that makes me Pacific Islander. My penis is 3 inches longer. That makes it 4 inches.>



Jul-12-15  hackinghorn: Hello! Does anyone know why Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian are not in this tournament?
Jul-12-15  hackinghorn: Would Magnus take the championship instead of Le Quang Liem if he played?

Caruana and Nakamura also did not participate

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