|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: https://wrbc2019.com/
Previous: World Rapid Championship (2018). See also World Rapid Championship (Women) (2019), World Blitz Championship (2019) and World Blitz Championship (Women) (2019)
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|1. Carlsen vs A Utegaliyev
||1-0||26||2019||World Rapid Championship||B01 Scandinavian|
|2. R Castellanos Rodriguez vs Vachier-Lagrave
|| ||½-½||37||2019||World Rapid Championship||B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|3. Nakamura vs K Sychev
|| ||1-0||48||2019||World Rapid Championship||C70 Ruy Lopez|
|4. A Tari vs A Korobov
|| ||½-½||35||2019||World Rapid Championship||B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|5. Grischuk vs M Bluebaum
||1-0||50||2019||World Rapid Championship||C11 French|
|6. E Gasanov vs Aronian
|| ||0-1||43||2019||World Rapid Championship||E46 Nimzo-Indian|
|7. V Fedoseev vs Potkin
|| ||1-0||50||2019||World Rapid Championship||D85 Grunfeld|
|8. S P Sethuraman vs V Artemiev
|| ||½-½||37||2019||World Rapid Championship||D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|9. L Dominguez vs R Jumabayev
|| ||½-½||57||2019||World Rapid Championship||C11 French|
|10. V Nozdrachev vs Kamsky
|| ||0-1||45||2019||World Rapid Championship||B06 Robatsch|
|11. D Dubov vs K Piorun
||1-0||44||2019||World Rapid Championship||A21 English|
|12. R Ruck vs Mamedyarov
||0-1||48||2019||World Rapid Championship||A15 English|
|13. J K Duda vs M Vavulin
||1-0||54||2019||World Rapid Championship||A25 English|
|14. M Bartel vs Karjakin
|| ||0-1||34||2019||World Rapid Championship||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|15. D Andreikin vs S Novikov
|| ||1-0||45||2019||World Rapid Championship||B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3|
|16. Nikita Petrov vs Jakovenko
|| ||0-1||47||2019||World Rapid Championship||A20 English|
|17. Wang Hao vs Rychagov
|| ||1-0||35||2019||World Rapid Championship||C10 French|
|18. I Rozum vs A Giri
|| ||0-1||43||2019||World Rapid Championship||A28 English|
|19. Yu Yangyi vs B Gundavaa
||1-0||33||2019||World Rapid Championship||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|20. J Geller vs Nepomniachtchi
|| ||0-1||53||2019||World Rapid Championship||B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|21. Le Quang Liem vs R Khusnutdinov
||1-0||38||2019||World Rapid Championship||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|22. A Triapishko vs Svidler
|| ||½-½||30||2019||World Rapid Championship||A04 Reti Opening|
|23. M Matlakov vs Sakaev
|| ||1-0||46||2019||World Rapid Championship||A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System|
|24. M Atabayev vs Wojtaszek
||1-0||34||2019||World Rapid Championship||B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|25. T L Petrosian vs D Frolyanov
|| ||½-½||37||2019||World Rapid Championship||A07 King's Indian Attack|
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|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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