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World Rapid Championship Tournament

Magnus Carlsen11.5/15(+8 -0 =7)[games]
Alireza Firouzja10.5/15(+8 -2 =5)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev10.5/15(+6 -0 =9)[games]
Levon Aronian10/15(+6 -1 =8)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez10/15(+5 -0 =10)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Daniil Dubov10/15(+5 -0 =10)[games]
Anton Korobov10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
David Anton Guijarro10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Yu Yangyi10/15(+7 -2 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Ilya Yulyevich Smirin9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Anish Giri9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Pavel Ponkratov9.5/15(+8 -4 =3)[games]
Alexander Motylev9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Grischuk9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev9.5/15(+7 -3 =5)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin9.5/15(+5 -1 =9)[games]
Boris Gelfand9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Timur Gareyev9.5/15(+9 -5 =1)[games]
Wang Hao9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi9/15(+4 -1 =10)[games]
* (204 players total; 175 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Rapid Championship (2019)

The 2019 King Salman FIDE World Rapid Championship was a 15-round Swiss open held at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 26-28 December, with the participation of 158 GM's, including defending champion Daniil Dubov. The prize fund was $350,000, with $60,000 to the winner. Time control: 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 two players according to the first eligible tie-break criterion would compete in a play-off match consisting of two 3+2 blitz games. If the score was still level, the players would play a sudden death or Armageddon game (in which the player with the white pieces would get 5 minutes to Black's 4, with a 2-second increment after move 60, while a draw counted as a win for Black). No players with baseball caps, t-shirts, jeans, shorts, sneakers or inappropriate dress were allowed in the playing area. No penalty was imposed on a player if he was late for any of his games. Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.

Magnus Carlsen took his 3rd title with 11.5/15.

Official site:

Previous: World Rapid Championship (2018). See also World Rapid Championship (Women) (2019), World Blitz Championship (2019) and World Blitz Championship (Women) (2019)

 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,517  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs A Utegaliyev 1-0262019World Rapid ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
2. R Castellanos Rodriguez vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½372019World Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Nakamura vs K Sychev  1-0482019World Rapid ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
4. A Tari vs A Korobov  ½-½352019World Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. Grischuk vs M Bluebaum  1-0502019World Rapid ChampionshipC11 French
6. E Gasanov vs Aronian  0-1432019World Rapid ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
7. V Fedoseev vs Potkin  ½-½502019World Rapid ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
8. S P Sethuraman vs V Artemiev  ½-½372019World Rapid ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. L Dominguez vs R Jumabayev  ½-½572019World Rapid ChampionshipC11 French
10. V Nozdrachev vs Kamsky  0-1452019World Rapid ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
11. D Dubov vs K Piorun  1-0442019World Rapid ChampionshipA21 English
12. R Ruck vs Mamedyarov  0-1482019World Rapid ChampionshipA15 English
13. J K Duda vs M Vavulin  1-0542019World Rapid ChampionshipA25 English
14. M Bartel vs Karjakin  0-1342019World Rapid ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
15. D Andreikin vs S Novikov  1-0452019World Rapid ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. Nikita Petrov vs Jakovenko  0-1472019World Rapid ChampionshipA20 English
17. Wang Hao vs A Rychagov  1-0352019World Rapid ChampionshipC10 French
18. I Rozum vs A Giri  0-1432019World Rapid ChampionshipA28 English
19. Yu Yangyi vs B Gundavaa  1-0332019World Rapid ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. J Geller vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1532019World Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Le Quang Liem vs R Khusnutdinov  1-0382019World Rapid ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
22. A Triapishko vs Svidler  ½-½302019World Rapid ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
23. M Matlakov vs Sakaev  1-0462019World Rapid ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. M Atabayev vs R Wojtaszek  1-0342019World Rapid ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. T L Petrosian vs D Frolyanov  ½-½372019World Rapid ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-06-20  fabelhaft: Winning an event like this with a full point is quite impressive, and that after a couple of ”safe” draws in the last rounds, before which he had +8-0=5. The opponent that stands out as a ”weakie” is untitled Utegaliev. But he went undefeated against the five strongest opponents he faced apart from Carlsen (including Candidate Alekseenko, who he finished ahead of), which shows how difficult it is to just beat the ”weak” players in these events.
Jan-06-20  fabelhaft: It’s as if the participants play totally unrelated events in some cases. Gareyev finished 27th, but with three rounds left he had only faced opponents in the 2300s and 2400s. Smirin scored 9.5/15 just like Gareyev but the average rating of his opponents over the fifteen rounds was more than 250 Elo higher.

Firouzja had an amazing result after playing very strong opposition, beating Karjakin, Mamedyarov and Wang Hao.

More than 80 participants were rated 2600+, 35 were 2700+.

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