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World Rapid Championship Tournament

Magnus Carlsen11.5/15(+8 -0 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Teimour Radjabov10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Dmitry Bocharov10/15(+9 -4 =2)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik10/15(+5 -0 =10)[games]
Volodymyr Onyshchuk10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Igor Kovalenko10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Denis Khismatullin9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Anton Korobov9.5/15(+9 -5 =1)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
A R Saleh Salem9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
David Navara9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Gadir Guseinov9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Viswanathan Anand9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Stanislav Bogdanovich9/15(+8 -5 =2)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban9/15(+8 -5 =2)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Ildar Khairullin9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
Boris Gelfand9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Grischuk9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
* (158 players total; 126 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (2015)

The 2015 FIDE World Rapid Championship was a 15-round Swiss open (for players rated >2500) held in the Bolle Meierei ballroom of Berlin, Germany, 10-12 October, with the participation of 130 GMs, including defending champion Magnus Carlsen. Prize fund: $200,000, with $40,000 to the winner. Games started at 3 pm. Time control: 15 minutes per player for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move 1. Organizer: Agon Limited. Chief arbiter: Klaus Deventer.

Magnus Carlsen won again with 11.5/15.

Official site:
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Previous: World Rapid Championship (2014). Next: World Rapid Championship (2016). See also World Blitz Championship (2015)

 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,182  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Ghaem Maghami vs Carlsen ½-½802015World Rapid ChampionshipA28 English
2. Grischuk vs B Adhiban 1-0322015World Rapid ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. M Antipov vs Ivanchuk 0-1302015World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Aronian vs A Huzman  ½-½642015World Rapid ChampionshipA50 Queen's Pawn Game
5. J Borisek vs Karjakin 0-1532015World Rapid ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Anand vs Lagno  1-0322015World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
7. N Guliyev vs Kramnik  ½-½552015World Rapid ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Nepomniachtchi vs S Maze  1-0402015World Rapid ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
9. D Bocharov vs Mamedyarov 0-1382015World Rapid ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. Rublevsky vs D Anton Guijarro  0-1442015World Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. R Jumabayev vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-1392015World Rapid ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
12. Gelfand vs Khismatullin  ½-½782015World Rapid ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Y Vovk vs Dominguez Perez  0-11242015World Rapid ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Leko vs E Romanov 1-0682015World Rapid ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
15. E Agrest vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  0-1412015World Rapid ChampionshipA15 English
16. Radjabov vs Duda 1-0532015World Rapid ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. A Shchekachev vs Svidler  ½-½162015World Rapid ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Bacrot vs A S Rasmussen 1-0312015World Rapid ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. Z Zhang vs E Inarkiev  ½-½502015World Rapid ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
20. Tomashevsky vs D Milanovic  1-0382015World Rapid ChampionshipA15 English
21. M Pavlovic vs Ponomariov  0-1562015World Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Morozevich vs Bluebaum  1-0302015World Rapid ChampionshipC11 French
23. A Naumann vs A Riazantsev  ½-½212015World Rapid ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R Stern vs M Ragger  ½-½482015World Rapid ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Wojtaszek vs M Godena  1-0522015World Rapid ChampionshipD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,182  PGN Download
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  moronovich: <Karne: Why is it usually the positional player who is the best at short time controls?>

Intuition and pattern recognition works faster than calculation.

Oct-12-15  Sokrates: Fisky and others. I'm not a Norwegian but a Dane understands the language. Kramnik is quoted for saying this to "VG", Berlin:

"Magnus was the obvious favourite to win this. I am not the least surprised. We have trained a bit together before the championship and I knew how strong he was."

Oct-12-15  Sokrates: And huge congrats to Carlsen. He kept a cool head while facing many strong opponents.
Oct-12-15  starry2013: It's a shame he wasn't pushed more, he could win just through draws towards the end.
Oct-13-15  Wavy: Naka should have been here.
Oct-13-15  Pulo y Gata: Fantastic result by Magnus.
Oct-13-15  siggemannen: Impressive by Bocharov too!
Also, some other lower rated players over-performed nicely.
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  Tabanus: If D Bocharov vs Mamedyarov, 2015 was 0-1, which Chess-Results and the official site have, Bocharov would still be no. 5 with 10 points.,

Oct-14-15  positionalgenius: Carlsen continues to impress. I think at this point he's reached Kasparov level of dominance, there is nobody that can take his crown at the moment.
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  HeMateMe: Kasparov was world champion for 15 years. Let's wait a moment before granting Carlsen equality.
Oct-14-15  Absentee: 15 years ago Carlsen was 10.
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  alexmagnus: Fischer was World Champion for three years (de-facto for one Planck time, as he didn't play a game after getting the title), yet many praise him as greatest ever :D
Oct-14-15  Absentee: Were you replying to HeMateMe or to me?
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  thegoodanarchist: < alexmagnus: Fischer was World Champion for three years (de-facto for one Planck time, as he didn't play a game after getting the title), yet many praise him as greatest ever :D>

ah, you see what you have done there? You have not specified what.

Greatest ______ ever is too vague. I for one view Fischer as the greatest chess player ever.

The greatest world champion ever? That question is not so interesting to me. There is much more to playing chess than being the world champion.

And in Fischer's era, that "much more" included an East-West Cold War.

There are other factors. What did you do to advance chess in other realms?

There other realms are numerous, such as: playing conditions, prizes, playing formats, drawing attention to chess, inspiring former non-chess players to play, opening innovations, etc. etc. etc.

Oct-14-15  John Abraham: Good job Magnus
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  HeMateMe: <yet many praise him as greatest ever :D>

I don't.

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  perfidious: <HMM: Kasparov was world champion for 15 years. Let's wait a moment before granting Carlsen equality.>

Or three.

Oct-15-15  Al2009: It is very disappointing that Fabiano Caruana did not play neither the blitz nor (much more important!) the rapid world championship, although he performed well in rapid play.

However,I don't think Caruana will become world chess champion, or maybe he will become it, but just for a short time.

If you look carefully, you find that all TRUE world chess champions were also very strong in blitz and rapid play...

Oct-15-15  Absentee: Equality in what respect? The length of their career at the top? Then you're right, we'll have to see in another 15 years. Equality as in how good he is right now? Then future results are irrelevant. They won't change how good Carlsen is today or was 3 years ago (and if you want to nitpick, Carlsen has already distanced the opposition by a wider margin than Kasparov had until much later).
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  HeMateMe: absolute playing strength can't be defined in chess, only relative strength, against one's peers. One could say that Carlsen in 2015 is good, but not as good as Fischer in 1971-72.

Career length is the key parameter. Fischer didn't have the emotional fortitude to keep it going. Does Carlsen? We'll see.

Oct-16-15  latvalatvian: I can't believe that the Great Anand didn't win this. It's only a matter of time before he surpasses everyone again. Hurray for the Great Anand!
Oct-16-15  Sally Simpson: Hi Al2009,

"you find that all TRUE world chess champions were also very strong in blitz and rapid play..."

Yes, I agree but there is one great World Champion who is the exception. (there is always one)

His blitz record is played one and we do not even know the result.

"Yes, I have played a blitz game once. It was on a train, in 1929."

Mikhail Botvinnik.

Oct-17-15  Pedro Fernandez: Kudos for Carlsen winning this very hard Tournament. He is showing why he is the #1 of the planet.
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  thegoodanarchist: Congrats, MC! Way to go, champ!!!!!
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  MissScarlett: <Why The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship Was a Big Disappointment>

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