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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Sergey Karjakin16.5/21(+13 -1 =7)[games]
Magnus Carlsen16.5/21(+14 -2 =5)[games]
Daniil Dubov14.5/21(+10 -2 =9)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura14.5/21(+12 -4 =5)[games]
Alexander Grischuk14.5/21(+11 -3 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave14/21(+10 -3 =8)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez13/21(+9 -4 =8)[games]
Anton Korobov13/21(+9 -4 =8)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand13/21(+9 -4 =8)[games]
Peter Leko13/21(+9 -4 =8)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi13/21(+9 -4 =8)[games]
A R Saleh Salem12.5/21(+12 -8 =1)[games]
Wei Yi12.5/21(+8 -4 =9)[games]
Baadur Jobava12.5/21(+11 -7 =3)[games]
Yangyi Yu12.5/21(+9 -5 =7)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev12.5/21(+11 -7 =3)[games]
Volodymyr Onyshchuk12.5/21(+11 -7 =3)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek12/21(+9 -6 =6)[games]
Xiangzhi Bu12/21(+7 -4 =10)[games]
Maxim Matlakov12/21(+9 -6 =6)[games]
Teimour Radjabov12/21(+8 -5 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov12/21(+9 -6 =6)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev12/21(+8 -5 =8)[games]
Mikheil Mchedlishvili12/21(+8 -5 =8)[games]
Chao Li12/21(+11 -8 =2)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch12/21(+9 -6 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian12/21(+9 -6 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov12/21(+9 -6 =6)[games]
Alexander Morozevich11.5/21(+8 -6 =7)[games]
Benjamin Bok11.5/21(+10 -8 =3)[games]
Rustam Khusnutdinov11.5/21(+9 -7 =5)[games]
* (108 players total; 76 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Blitz Championship (2016)

The 2016 FIDE World Blitz Championship was a 21-round Swiss open held in the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in Doha, Qatar, 29-30 December, with the participation of 89 GMs, including defending champion Alexander Grischuk. Prize fund: $200,000, with $40,000 to the winner. Time control: 3 minutes per player for all moves, with 2 seconds added per move from move 1. No playoffs to be held if players finished with the same number of points. Tournament director: Mohamad Al-Modiahki. Chief arbiter: Ashot Vardapetyan.

Sergey Karjakin won on tie-break ahead of Magnus Carlsen, both with 16.5/21.

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Previous: World Blitz Championship (2015). Next: World Blitz Championship (2017). See also World Blitz Championship (Women) (2016), World Rapid Championship (2016) and World Rapid Championship (Women) (2016)

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,134  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs X Bu 1-0452016World Blitz ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
2. R Jumabayev vs V Artemiev 1-0952016World Blitz ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
3. Nakamura vs L Pantsulaia  1-0392016World Blitz ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
4. E Inarkiev vs Aronian  ½-½552016World Blitz ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Nepomniachtchi vs A Volokitin  1-0352016World Blitz ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
6. N Grandelius vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½642016World Blitz ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
7. Mamedyarov vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½702016World Blitz ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
8. D Flores vs Karjakin 0-1342016World Blitz ChampionshipA20 English
9. Radjabov vs M Al Sayed 1-0282016World Blitz ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. F Bindrich vs Dominguez Perez  0-1442016World Blitz ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. R Mamedov vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½552016World Blitz ChampionshipA13 English
12. E Najer vs Grischuk  0-1272016World Blitz ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
13. F Amonatov vs B Lalith  1-0272016World Blitz ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
14. P Maghsoodloo vs Tomashevsky  0-1352016World Blitz ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
15. Anand vs Bologan 1-0382016World Blitz ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. B Adhiban vs Ivanchuk  1-0512016World Blitz ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Jobava vs G Quparadze 0-1482016World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Dreev vs O Bortnyk  1-0372016World Blitz ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. V Onyshchuk vs V S Gujrathi  0-1472016World Blitz ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. R Svane vs A Adly  0-1292016World Blitz ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Dubov vs S Halkias  1-0302016World Blitz ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
22. A Aleksandrov vs S Lu  1-0352016World Blitz ChampionshipA80 Dutch
23. H Melkumyan vs Ganguly  0-1722016World Blitz ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
24. F Perez Ponsa vs Y Yu  0-1582016World Blitz ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
25. S Zhigalko vs A Tari  0-1502016World Blitz ChampionshipC58 Two Knights
 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,134  PGN Download
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Dec-31-16  1971: <Eyal: the "handicap" for Carlsen because of his higher rating wasn't as big as you seemed to think; it's meaningful only when the average ratings of opponents (not exactly TPRs, btw) are super-close, even more than what was the case in the blitz;>

Can you explain this a little bit more? I'm not being antagonistic I genuinely want to know how this process actually works.

<and that it actually wasn't the reason why he ended up with the worse tiebreaks.>

So what was the reason he had worse tiebreaks?
Also, instead of TPR let's say OR (opponent rating).

Dec-31-16  zanzibar: Look up section 1.48 in FIDE regulations here -

You basically take the average of all the opponent's ratings, Ra, then calculate a dp based on the performance.

E.g. if all games are won, dp saturates at 800. If you win 9/10 games then dp ~ 400, which should sound familiar.

(I.e. if you're 400 points stronger than your opponent then you should win 9/10 games).

Etc, etc. for other scores via the table.

Dec-31-16  starry2013: It would have been interesting if Karjakin had played in the online blitz matches at this year like Carlsen, then we could have seen better how he stood. I'm curious if Karjakin's new rating will hold up.
Dec-31-16  Sokrates: <Imran Iskandar: <Being a numeric no. 1 in both rapid and blitz ....> I'm not so sure you can say that they were, since rating lists for rapid and blitz were only introduced in January 2012.>

Hi Imran,
I know, but I am saying it anyway :-) No, seriously, it is evidently based on my personal recollection and assessment of how the predecessors coped with all time formats, knowing well that not all formats were played as often and systematically as they are now. I am sure some of them probably would be on par with Carlsen, but hardly any of them would do better. My actual point is: You can't request more from a world champion than being no. 1 on all three formats, and that is what he has been and still is, albeit by sharing the title in the quicker formats.

Dec-31-16  WorstPlayerEver: I heard there was some tournament.. when does it start? *burps*
Dec-31-16  Rolfo: Sokrates, good reasoning
Dec-31-16  Monatto: Karjakin beated Carlsen in their direct game. Then Karjakin finished with more wins and less losses than Carlsen. So what he had to do to prove to be the deserving first one??? People complaining with this tiebreak system, but put it this way: Karjakin came out to be the first in all respects, even in this stupid tb system.... which then is not so stupid at all. It makes perfect sense, provided of course that the highest and the lowest opponents ratings are not taken into account in the calculation, and I would be very surprised if it were not so:it's a simple and common operation for equalizing and standardizing data in order to make comparisons... In Italy we learn this stuff in middle school.. I would be very surprised if an official sophisticated algorithm hadnt been set up like that.......
Dec-31-16  Monatto: Sorry Carlsen had one more win, but the sense does not change
Dec-31-16  activechess55: Congratulations to Karjakin for splendid performance! Kudos to Carlsen, too, for running neck-to-neck all the way.
Dec-31-16  Bureaucrat: Monatto, people always complain about tiebreaks, no matter who's the winner.
Dec-31-16  Imran Iskandar: <Sokrates> Fair enough. :)

By the way, I can never agree on most wins breaking ties. Yes, you may be rewarding the more aggressive player, but you are also rewarding the player who lost more often.

Dec-31-16  denopac: <Imran> It's a question of taste. Do you value playing to win, or playing not to lose? Most would choose the former, since the chess tends to be more interesting.
Dec-31-16  denopac: <1971> I think the point is: if you take a large enough sample set, like 21 games, against opponents with ratings like 2750, that works out to over 57,000 rating points in the tiebreak calculation. An extra 100 points in one of the games will only tip the balance if the ratings in the other 20 games was super close (which it was not in this case).
Dec-31-16  Sokrates: <denopac: <Imran> It's a question of taste. Do you value playing to win, or playing not to lose? Most would choose the former, since the chess tends to be more interesting.> And with those words of wisdom - words that should be followed by all chess players - I now enter 2017.

A Happy New Year to all posters on CG. It has been a pleasure reading your posts during 2016.

Dec-31-16  denopac: <Sokrates> Thanks very much, and Happy New Year to you as well.
Dec-31-16  John Abraham: Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen!
Jan-01-17  nok: Indeed; no shame in being second.
Jan-01-17  chessalem: magnus should find time for soul searching to provide explanation for his string of unsuccessful gold hunt despite finishing tied for first.

giri would hint on Wesley's triumphs as having divine intervention. He failed to realize that Wesley would attribute all his victories to his Father...his last words would always be ADMG:

"...Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. AMDG" GM Wesley So


Wesley would say...without you, I am nothing.

Magnus would rather mention nothing about God.

Jan-01-17  tuttifrutty: <magnus should find time for soul searching to provide explanation for his string of unsuccessful gold hunt despite finishing tied for first.>

I agree....just like the World championship match against Karjakin. Tied for first. Nothing more, nothing less to be precise....really.

Jan-01-17  starry2013: At least the classical title went to proper playoffs to decide. If it had gone to a tiebreak based on rating he would have lost that too.
Jan-02-17  botvinnik64: Look: Magnus is king. I don't care if someone beats him here or there or the guy doesn't win every tourney, he's consistently (last 5 years) the top player. Maybe someone comes along in a year or two (So, Fab, Nepo, Sergei, Vlad, Vishy or MVL...), but until then, he's simply Top Dog.
Jan-02-17  1971: <denopac> Thanks, I still don't really get it and I don't trust ideas that can't be explained simply.

Anyway this is what happens when you have weak ass tiebreaks, @#$% that, let them fight til it's the last man standing. That's why I love the World Cup.

Jan-05-17  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlen's blog>

<I started well with 3/3. The quality of my play was pointing in the right direction, indicating that I handled the early rounds better than in Rapid.

After a draw in round 4 I met leader Karjakin (4/4) with white and achieved a pleasant position from an innocuous opening. I somehow blundered a queen and rook fork and had to give my queen for a rook. In a normally dead lost position I managed to hang on, but eventually lost the king and queen versus king and rook ending having missed to claim a threefold repetition as some point.

The rest of the tournament I played many good games and overall I have to be very satisfied with my play.

After day 1 Karjakin and I shared the lead at 10/12, with the rest trailing by 1,5 points and more. Day 2: After a bit hesitant start, and another loss to Ivanchuk, I won round 17 and 18 and was sole leader with 14 points head of Karjakin at 13.5. Amazingly 2.5/3 in the finish was not enough. Karjakin managed to win all three and had slightly higher rating opposition overall. Losing another title on tie-break after the excellent score 16.5/21 was quite devastating.

In summary, I was clearly the biggest favorite in the Blitz, and I played reasonably well generally being able to slowly outplay my opponents. That is not always enough as one of the others may have a brilliant event. This time, Karjakin had margins on his side and turned several lost positions into victory. He also played very well throughout the event and got a partial revenge from the New York-match. Dubov took third edging out Nakamura and Grischuk on tie-break, all at 14.5 points.

Overall tying for first in both events is of course objectively a good performance, but I’m not satisfied, and I have to find better ways to improve and prepare for the 2017 World Rapid and Blitz and other fast time control events.

Thank you organizer Mohamed Al-Medaihki and all the others involved in staging this great event!

Magnus Carlsen, January 1st, 2017>

Jan-06-17  Sokrates: Thanks for this blog quotation, <siamesedream>. I think Carlsen shows great calibre, both in acknowledging Karjakin's excellent performance at the venue and being self-critical towards his own. A true champion never rests on his laurels:

"Overall tying for first in both events is of course objectively a good performance, but I’m not satisfied, and I have to find better ways to improve and prepare for the 2017 World Rapid and Blitz and other fast time control events."

Jan-06-17  WorstPlayerEver: The indication 'blitz' sounds pretty dumb. Coincedence?
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