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World Rapid Championship Tournament

Vasyl Ivanchuk11/15(+9 -2 =4)[games]
Alexander Grischuk11/15(+9 -2 =4)[games]
Magnus Carlsen11/15(+10 -3 =2)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Yu Yangyi10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
David Anton Guijarro10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Levon Aronian9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Ngoc Truongson Nguyen9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Farrukh Amonatov9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Anton Korobov9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Li Chao9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Viswanathan Anand9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan9/15(+8 -5 =2)[games]
Sergey Karjakin9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Andrei Volokitin9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Surya Shekhar Ganguly9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Hristos Banikas9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Alexander Riazantsev8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Cristobal Henriquez Villagra8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Olexandr Bortnyk8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura8.5/15(+4 -2 =9)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
David Howell8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Rauf Mamedov8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
Aleksey Dreev8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[games]
* (106 players total; 74 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (2016)

The 2016 FIDE World Rapid Championship was a 15-round Swiss open held in the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena of Doha, Qatar, from 26 to 28 December, with the participation of 87 GMs, including defending champion Magnus Carlsen. Prize fund: $200,000, with $40,000 to the winner. The time control was 15 minutes per player for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move 1. No playoffs to be held for players finishing with the same number of points. Tournament director: Mohamad Al-Modiahki. Chief arbiter: Ashot Vardapetyan.

Vassily Ivanchuk won on tiebreak (Elo average of opponents) ahead of Grischuk and Carlsen, all three with 11/15.

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

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 786  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Ganguly ½-½402016World Rapid ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
2. A Adly vs Nakamura  ½-½342016World Rapid ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
3. Nepomniachtchi vs L Pantsulaia ½-½1232016World Rapid ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
4. N Grandelius vs Karjakin 1-0902016World Rapid ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
5. Mamedyarov vs Lu Shanglei 1-0242016World Rapid ChampionshipA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
6. D Flores vs Dominguez Perez  0-1282016World Rapid ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
7. Anand vs R Jumabayev  1-0522016World Rapid ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
8. Wei Yi vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½432016World Rapid ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
9. Radjabov vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½642016World Rapid ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
10. F Perez Ponsa vs Ivanchuk 0-1372016World Rapid ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. Aronian vs M Mchedlishvili  1-0512016World Rapid ChampionshipA25 English
12. S Agdestein vs Grischuk  0-1542016World Rapid ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
13. Yu Yangyi vs F Bindrich  1-0332016World Rapid ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. B Bok vs H Melkumyan  1-0622016World Rapid ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. S Zhigalko vs Z Zhang  1-0322016World Rapid ChampionshipB07 Pirc
16. S Mareco vs V Artemiev 0-1332016World Rapid ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. V Malakhov vs P Tregubov  ½-½492016World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. D Debashis vs Wojtaszek  ½-½642016World Rapid ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
19. V Onyshchuk vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½452016World Rapid ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. A Tari vs Dubov  1-0522016World Rapid ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
21. A Korobov vs Khusnutdinov  1-0422016World Rapid ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
22. B Lalith vs Jobava  0-1282016World Rapid ChampionshipA14 English
23. Tomashevsky vs J Borisek  1-0472016World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. A Aleksandrov vs E Inarkiev  0-1422016World Rapid ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
25. Dreev vs P Potapov  1-0522016World Rapid ChampionshipA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
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Dec-28-16  The Boomerang: Ivanchuk will double up in the blitz too!
Dec-28-16  SometimesGood: <Sokrates: ...and Nepomniachtschi (oh that name).> just call him Nepo or Dory:)
Dec-28-16  alfamikewhiskey: Congratulations to Ivanchuk, Grischuk and Carlsen. Looking forward to the blitz!

An observation: Carlsen, ending 3rd, but with the same amount of points as the winner, lost 10,4 rating points. It's a bit harsh, perhaps: 15 games against the best, winning more games than any other player in the contest, earning bronze - still a ELO-negative performance.

Dec-28-16  zanzibar: < john barleycorn: < LucB: ... This is one strange bird, this Ivanchuk!.. and don't get me wrong: I like "strange"!>

Call him "original" or "one of a kind".>

Or "unique", or "sui generis", or (one of favorites) "a character", or even, "what a unique character".

Want an example?

(Anastasiya is very relaxed and having fun doing the interview too)

Or maybe this one: (if you can "bear" the cheesy synth intro)

I'll note in passing that the happy Ivanchuk is preferable to the sad one:

Dec-29-16  zanzibar: There are also "odd fellows", and "Odd Fellows".

Dec-29-16  Kamagong42: it is Mr. Lightning's time to do some damage!
Dec-29-16  Kamagong42: Jumabayev giving a lesson on mating a lone K with N+B
Dec-29-16  PhilFeeley: <siamesedream: <Why no top Americans in the women's section?> Because there are no American female players, just immigrants :)>

Grin all you want but immigrants who become citizens are Americans. Period. Now, if you want to be serious for a moment, what about Nazi Paikidze? She played in the recent U.S. Championship. Is she an American now? And what about Irina Krush? Does she play rapid or blitz? What about Anna Zatonskih? I know she doesn't live in the U.S. right now, but doesn't she still play as an American? And then there's Jennifer Shahade, but I guess she doesn't play anymore.

I could go on. There are clearly American women who could play here, but maybe this is a difficult time for them.

Dec-29-16  Kamagong42: Nakamura schooled by Salem in blitz!
Dec-29-16  Kamagong42: the lightning goes quiet while Karjakin is 6 out of 6, with sweet revenge against Carlsen
Dec-29-16  notyetagm: <Eyal: ... Well, perhaps it was a bit early on the first day - but now that the tournament is over it's clear that Leko took full advantage of Giri's absence to secure the drawmaster title with <<<12 draws out the 15 games>>>>

Damn, now *that* is impressive: 12 draws in 15 games playing 15|10, where there are many more decisive games because the short TC means errors abound.

Giri would have a hard time beating that.

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  LucB: Re: Ivanchuk.. Definitely "one of a kind", "original", and all of the above! Sorry if "strange" sounded a bit harsh.. I meant it in a good way!
Dec-29-16  Betterthan99: Congrats MC, tied first after that start, and hiding prep for next WC Tiebreaker!
Dec-29-16  gopi11: This is the "rapid" forum, not the blitz...
Dec-30-16  activechess55:

Congratulations to Ivanchuk for winning the title. He played a few games that exuded class.

Kudos to Grischuk and Carlsen,too, for the first-place tie. Carlsen's effort is especially noteworthy since he won 10 games after losing 3!

Dec-31-16  Betterthan99: <gopi11> if you have a problem with someone call them out or stfu, STOP THE whining on this site, its pathetic
Jan-01-17  gopi11: Lol! Butthurt much?
Jan-01-17  gopi11: You don't even know the meaning of whining, so you STFU!
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  Sally Simpson: Ivanchuk playing draughts with the pawns v Jobava just prior to the prize giving....

...then after collecting his prize (a bouquet of flowers) he returns to the game and wins.

Chucky has just played e7-f6

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White has to take. 1.g5-e7. Black playes f8-d6-b4-d2

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Jan-02-17  et1: This seems to be not only about draughts, it is about being happy and in a good ambiance. Ivanchuk seems to have found friends in the chess world, people that laugh with him... This is the best mental pill possible. We have not seem the end of Vassily ! Happy New Year and hopefully he will be selected to the Fide Grand Prix !
Jan-03-17  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlen's blog> <World Rapid and Blitz 2016 Doha:

With the recurring Mainz Rapid and Amber Rapid & Blindfold events last decade, and recently the annual Rapid & Blitz World Championship, faster time controls have gained a more important place in the world of chess in this century. That is very much to my liking. Faster time controls are exhilarating, emotional and intense for players and spectators, and it favors the stronger players more than in classical chess. I hope that the trend will continue, and I already look forward to the next fast play events.

Most of the World elite have been in Doha the last week. The format was the same as in recent years with 15 games of Rapid and 21 games of Blitz in the Open segment.

I arrived in Doha 4 days prior to the Rapid and felt that I had adjusted reasonably well to the time zone, but for some reason my head did not work properly for the first two games each day. I scored a miserable 2.5/6 in these games and the excellent 8.5/9 in the latter three!

The first round (lucky) draw against Ganguly and the loss against Pansulaia in round two was of course not the start I had hoped for or expected. With three consecutive wins I was still in contention after day one but trailing early leader Korobov (5/5) by 1.5 points. Despite an excellent score against Ivanchuk early in my career, I have had problems with him in recent years and this event was no exception. He played better than I did and beat me convincingly. With two wins, including a nice win as black against Grischuk, and one draw, I ended day two at 7/10. Based on my winning scores in the 2014 and 2015 World Championship Rapid events, 11/15, or at least 11,5/15 would likely be enough for 1st.

With 5 players on 10/14 I had to win the last round due to worse tie-break (average rating of opponents), and I did in a slightly messy game against Mamedyarov. It was not enough. Both Ivanchuk and Grischuk won as well and Ivanchuk took gold, Grischuk silver and I came third on tie-break. I think it is my first significant loss on tiebreak for nearly ten years, but still a disappointment, especially since my play varied far too much. Impressive performance of Ivanchuk. Together with Anand, he was part of the chess elite when I was born!

Overall it was a great event, and with the Blitz coming up, I was eager to strike back. More shortly.

Magnus Carlsen, Doha, December 31st, 2016>

Jan-06-17  Pedro Fernandez: <<5hrsolver>: Congrats to Vassily Ivanchuk. Well done. It seems like rapids is a great equalizer for young and old.> That it was an impressive (and unexpected!) performance by ``Chucky'' <5hrsolver>, don't you?. Hmm..., maybe you are ``1minsolver''! Greetings and nice to know you!
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  whiteshark: Here's the funny in-between part missing in <Sally Simpson>'s 2 videos :

ENJOY watching! ;)

Jan-08-17  schweigzwang: Poor Jobava, ironic'd again!
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  Tabanus:, I updated according to it for all 106 players. Missing games: Banikas - Xu Yi 1-0 (rd. 1), Saeed - Volokitin 0-1 (rd. 3), and 7 more games not on the visible list. Two games have wrong result (slips sent).
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