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World Rapid Championship Tournament

Vassily 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]
* (106 players total; 77 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. R Svane vs Vitiugov  0-1342016World Rapid ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. M Bosiocic vs C Henriquez Villagra  0-1612016World Rapid ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Lu Shanglei vs A Gholami  1-0382016World Rapid ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
4. A G Aleksandrov vs D Flores  1-0632016World Rapid ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
5. M Atabayev vs R Jumabayev  ½-½662016World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
6. A Moiseenko vs M Tissir  1-0322016World Rapid ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. F Perez Ponsa vs T Hirneise  1-0442016World Rapid ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
8. B Lalith vs B Belyakov  0-1352016World Rapid ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
9. P Potapov vs N Das  0-1332016World Rapid ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
10. M Al Sayed vs S Gashimov  0-1462016World Rapid ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
11. H Banikas vs P Salinas Herrera  ½-½1322016World Rapid ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. S Mareco vs S Halkias 0-1422016World Rapid ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
13. A Pichot vs B Adhiban  1-0452016World Rapid ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. G Quparadze vs P Tregubov  0-1562016World Rapid ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. P Maghsoodloo vs Ganguly  0-1482016World Rapid ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. A Adly vs Yi Xu 0-1402016World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. P Darini vs R Mamedov  0-1432016World Rapid ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
18. V Malakhov vs M Mchedlishvili  1-0362016World Rapid ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
19. D Dubov vs S Agdestein  1-0272016World Rapid ChampionshipA10 English
20. Leko vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½292016World Rapid ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. E Najer vs Z Kozul  0-1362016World Rapid ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
22. S Kayumov vs J Hirneise  ½-½922016World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
23. L Shytaj vs J S Christiansen  1-0982016World Rapid ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
24. Renato R Quintiliano Pinto vs A Firouzja  0-1512016World Rapid ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
25. E Ghaem Maghami vs S Gashimov  1-0322016World Rapid ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
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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
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  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

click for larger view

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>

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  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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