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World Rapid Championship Tournament

Viswanathan Anand10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi10/15(+5 -0 =10)[games]
Magnus Carlsen10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Alexander Grischuk10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Boris Savchenko10/15(+9 -4 =2)[games]
Rauf Mamedov10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Gadir Guseinov10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Wang Hao9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Yu Yangyi9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Volodymyr Onyshchuk9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Ding Liren9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Sergey Grigoriants9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Zhao Jun9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Levan Pantsulaia9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Ivan Saric9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
Eltaj Safarli9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Wang Yue9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Dmitry Kokarev9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Anton Korobov9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Levon Aronian9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Le Quang Liem9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Sergei Zhigalko9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian9/15(+8 -5 =2)[games]
* (134 players total; 102 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (2017)

The 2017 King Salman World Rapid Championship was a 15-round Swiss open held in the Apex Convention Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-28 December. The extremely strong event included Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Grischuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk (the defending champion), Ding Liren, Peter Svidler, and many other top players. Time comtrol: 15 minutes per player for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move one. If there was a tie for 1st place, the top 2 players according to the first eligible tiebreak criterion would play a play-off match. The prize fund was $750,000, with $250,000 for 1st place. Tournament director: Geoffrey Borg. Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.

Viswanathan Anand won after defeating Fedoseev by 1.5 to 0.5 in the World Rapid Championship (Tiebreak) (2017) (3 min + 2 sec). The 3rd place went to Nepomniachtchi (who was not allowed to participate in the playoff because of lowest rating average of opponents).

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Previous: World Rapid Championship (2016). Next: World Rapid Championship (2018). See also World Rapid Championship (Women) (2017), World Blitz Championship (2017) and World Blitz Championship (Women) (2017)

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 1,000  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi 0-1382017World Rapid ChampionshipA22 English
2. L Pantsulaia vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0462017World Rapid ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
3. Aronian vs K Georgiev  ½-½922017World Rapid ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. A Rakhmanov vs Mamedyarov 0-1382017World Rapid ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
5. Grischuk vs Potkin 1-0402017World Rapid ChampionshipC11 French
6. K Miton vs Ivanchuk  ½-½322017World Rapid ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Nepomniachtchi vs V Laznicka  ½-½522017World Rapid ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Z Almasi vs V Fedoseev  0-1342017World Rapid ChampionshipA15 English
9. Wang Hao vs F Vallejo Pons  1-0352017World Rapid ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
10. Naiditsch vs E Inarkiev  0-1312017World Rapid ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Korobov vs D Howell  ½-½932017World Rapid ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
12. V Akobian vs Anand 0-1422017World Rapid ChampionshipE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Karjakin vs Eljanov 0-1302017World Rapid ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Ganguly vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½1332017World Rapid ChampionshipA28 English
15. Le Quang Liem vs A Moiseenko  0-1512017World Rapid ChampionshipA13 English
16. R Jumabayev vs V Onyshchuk  ½-½462017World Rapid ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Rapport vs Z Andriasian 1-0442017World Rapid ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
18. G Quparadze vs Svidler  0-1712017World Rapid ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
19. Kryvoruchko vs Fressinet  ½-½622017World Rapid ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
20. M Kravtsiv vs Ding Liren  ½-½802017World Rapid ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. D Anton Guijarro vs V Kovalev  0-1742017World Rapid ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
22. M Mchedlishvili vs Ponomariov  ½-½202017World Rapid ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. S Sjugirov vs Zhao Jun  1-0432017World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. S P Sethuraman vs A Riazantsev  1-0502017World Rapid ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
25. T L Petrosian vs Saric  1-0672017World Rapid ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 1,000  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-30-17  tuttifrutty: ,But that doesn't make up for the fact that some players were not allowed in the country. Shameful.>

I this tourney shouldn't even be considered as World Rapid and Blitz championship of the world but an invitational tourney and...

This is where fide erred... to include in their contract\ sentence should have alleviated all these troubles.

<No one should be left out regardless of country of origin.>

Besides, this is chess (ie...chicken hot wings eating contest) and should not be politicized.

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  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> Then why even juggle flies in your mouth when a thought from a pea size brain isn't even fair??? You tell me...>

Well, since you asked, a thought from a pea size brain is better than a thought from no brain at all.

BTW, we missed your mindless drivel attempting to pass for insights in the World Blitz Championship (2017) page. What happened? Couldn't you come up with any rationalizations why your favorite Norwegian won the tournament?

Dec-31-17  siamesedream: Rapid World Champion 2016 - Ivanchuk, born 1969

Rapid World Champion 2017 - Anand, born 1969

Blitz World Champion 2016 - Karjakin, born 1990

Blitz World Champion 2017 - Carlsen, born 1990

Dec-31-17  Octavia: congratulations to V Anand!!! I bet Kasparov is green with envy - he doesn't dare to play AND he's younger than the greatest champ of all times ;)
Dec-31-17  tuttifrutty: <Couldn't you come up with any rationalizations why your favorite Norwegian won the tournament?>

Yes I can...but why bother watching some chicken hot wings eating tourney if I can eat all I can for about 15 bucks.

Dec-31-17  BOSTER: <AylerKupp: I personally would have preferred>. I'd prefer match between World Rapid Champ and World Blitz Champ with time control 9 min +6 sec.
Dec-31-17  tmc: Congrats to lightning dad Anand.
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  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> Yes I can...but why bother watching some chicken hot wings eating tourney if I can eat all I can for about 15 bucks.>

Ha! Who do you think you're fooling? If you could have come up with a rationalization, no matter how silly, you would have done so. That never stopped you before. The fact that you didn't post any means that you couldn't think of any.

Since I've said before that I admire your imagination, that's very disappointing. I was hoping for another chuckle. But I'm not really that surprised, even fabulous imaginations have limits.

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  whiteshark: Tournament-related live-videos:

Day 1 : (7h:19m)

Day 2: (6h:39m)

Day 3: (7h:10m)

Commentators GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili

Jan-03-18  siamesedream: Carlsen vs Nakamura: Speed Chess Championship:

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  chancho: Their match has started:

Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: I found out why Nakamura was absent.

Jan-03-18  Bobby Fiske: -Well, criticizing the Saudi Arabian regime is of course a good deed, however it turns out he also had <another> chess professional assignment booked for the beginning of January. In South Africa. So, he might had to skip one for the other? LINK:
Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Bobby Fiske>

I was not speculating.

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  ChessHigherCat: It's true that attending (or much worse, organizing!) a tournament in the country with the worst human rights records brings back not-so-fond memories of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I wonder whether bribes might have had anything to do with FIDE's choice of the country?:

<Human rights in Saudi Arabia are intended to be based on the Hanbali Islamic religious laws under absolute rule of the Saudi royal family. The strict regime ruling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is consistently ranking among the "worst of the worst" in Freedom House's annual survey of political and civil rights.> Human rights in Saudi Arabia - Wikipedia

Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: I don't think that human rights are better in any Western country atm than in Saudi Arabia... except if you are circumcized...

... makes one wonder, not????

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  ChessHigherCat: <WPE... makes one wonder, not????>

Not. The only reason you can even make such remarks without suffering 100 lashes is that you are in one of those "equally horrible" western countries. All western countries stone women to death for being raped unless they have 3 witnesses to bear witness to the rape?

Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: <CHC>

It's far easier than that: the authorities just let their citizens get raped and murdered without repercussions.

If you have any complaints about that, then you are simply a 'nazi.' Or even worse lol: a racist.

Wisdom anno 2018

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  ChessHigherCat: At which point I deftly remove my toes from the quicksand
Jan-03-18  WorstPlayerEver: <CHC>

Of course.. of course ;)

Jan-05-18  WorstPlayerEver: The Dutch Chess Organization has declared formally that they won't support next WCCs in Saudi Arabia if the FIDE refuses any national chess organization to participate in Saudi Arabia.

Of course it's lie; next year the Dutch Chess Organization will come up with *the next declaration*

Jan-06-18  siamesedream: <<Magnus Carlsen's blog>

The King Salman 2017 World Rapid & Blitz Championships in Riyadh was organized at the highest level, and my family and I were treated with great hospitality throughout our stay. The quality of my play was more of a rollercoaster until the last day. The great last day change was reminiscent of the Berlin 2015 Championship, with opposite signs.

The King Salman 2017 World Rapid & Blitz Championships in Riyadh was organized at the highest level, and my family and I were treated with great hospitality throughout our stay. The quality of my play was more of a rollercoaster until the last day. The great last day change was reminiscent of the Berlin 2015 Championship, with opposite signs. In Berlin I had 4 quite or very good initial days (including winning the Rapid) and a very poor 5th day finishing 6th in the Blitz despite an early 9/10 on day 4. This time I generally struggled throughout day 1-4 intermingled with some good games especially with the black pieces, and finished with an extraordinary 9/10 streak against world class players on the last day to win the Blitz.

Planning to enjoy the event and not have concrete ambitions was easier said than done, having done well in the previous four World Rapid and Blitz Championships (2012, 2014-6) I’ve participated in. (2nd, 1st, 1st and 3rd in Rapid, and 2nd, 1st, 6th and 2nd in Blitz).

Losing the first Rapid game was a small blow, but with 3.5/5 for the day I was more or less on target. Despite too many blunders I was leading after 12 out of 15 rounds and in shared lead before round 15. I played Grischuk with the white pieces; a very difficult opponent. I knew a draw was likely enough for a play-off (and co-leader Anand indeed took an early draw). Playing for a win in critical games has brought me many triumphs in the past, and I decided to be true to style and try to decide the championship myself. I was not happy with the opening and was under pressure after his e3!-push. Not handling the uncomfortable position well, I missed the few chances I had to get back in the game and went down in flames ending at 10/15 and 5th place. Anand won the play-off against Fedoseev to take the title and trophy. Congratulations!

Magnus Carlsen, Oslo, January 2nd 2018 >

Jan-16-18  todicav23: <fisayo123: Vishy again shows why he's among the all time great players in chess history.> Except that he is not!
Feb-13-18  Chessinfinite: <Vishy again shows why he's among the all time great players in chess history.>< Except that he is not! >

Ok I believe you.. or may be not !

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  Sally Simpson: ***

The FIDE dress code for the coming Rapid/Blitz.

"4. 10. 1. Dress code:

smart-casual (neat shirt with a collar, jacket/blazer, trousers). The dress code is strictly observed: no players with t-shirts, sneakers, baseball caps, shorts or inappropriate dress are allowed in a playing zone. Any requests to wear national or traditional dress must be approved by the Chief Arbiter."

I wonder if that if a hang up from that Canadian lad who wandered about in shorts at the World Cup.

RAPID: 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1.

BLITZ: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1

First prize is $60,000 in each event.


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