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World Blitz Championship Tournament

Magnus Carlsen16.5/21(+13 -1 =7)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura16.5/21(+13 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik15/21(+13 -4 =4)[games]
Alexander Grischuk14/21(+10 -3 =8)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave14/21(+10 -3 =8)[games]
Alireza Firouzja13.5/21(+12 -6 =3)[games]
Vladislav Artemiev13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Yu Yangyi13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Maxim Matlakov13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev13.5/21(+12 -6 =3)[games]
Anish Giri13.5/21(+9 -3 =9)[games]
Alexander Zubov13.5/21(+12 -6 =3)[games]
Levon Aronian13.5/21(+10 -4 =7)[games]
Wang Hao13.5/21(+9 -3 =9)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Boris Gelfand13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov13.5/21(+11 -5 =5)[games]
Aleksey Dreev13/21(+8 -3 =10)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
A R Saleh Salem13/21(+12 -7 =2)[games]
Maksim Chigaev13/21(+13 -8 =0)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
Alexander Morozevich13/21(+11 -6 =4)[games]
Harsha Bharathakoti13/21(+12 -7 =2)[games]
Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman13/21(+10 -5 =6)[games]
* (206 players total; 177 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
World Blitz Championship (2019)

The 2019 King Salman FIDE World Blitz Championship was a 21-round Swiss open (for players rated >2550) held at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, 29-30 December, with the participation of 159 GM's, including defending champion Magnus Carlsen. The prize fund was $350,000, with $60,000 to the winner. Time control: 3 minutes per player for all moves, with 2 seconds added per move from move one. If there was a tie for 1st place, the top two players according to the first eligible tiebreak 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 per move 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 5th title (and 3rd in a row) with 16.5/21 and then 1.5/2 vs Nakamura in the World Blitz Championship (Tiebreaks) (2019). Kramnik was 3rd with 15/21.

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

 page 1 of 87; games 1-25 of 2,159  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nakamura vs M Bosiocic  1-0372019World Blitz ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
2. A Predke vs Carlsen 0-1362019World Blitz ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
3. Karjakin vs V Nozdrachev  1-0562019World Blitz ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
4. Pigusov vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1542019World Blitz ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
5. Yu Yangyi vs V Sanal  1-0522019World Blitz ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
6. R Castellanos Rodriguez vs Svidler  1-0492019World Blitz ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. J K Duda vs C Aravindh 1-0452019World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. V Laznicka vs V Artemiev ½-½472019World Blitz ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
9. D Andreikin vs A Timofeev  1-0312019World Blitz ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. B Socko vs A Giri  ½-½472019World Blitz ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
11. Le Quang Liem vs E Inarkiev  ½-½1012019World Blitz ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. M Kobalia vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½392019World Blitz ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. Z Andriasian vs A Rakhmanov  ½-½772019World Blitz ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
14. I Krsnik Cohar vs V S Gujrathi  0-1272019World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Zubov vs Shcherbakov  0-1682019World Blitz ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
16. Huzman vs Kramnik  0-1432019World Blitz ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Grischuk vs R Ruck  ½-½462019World Blitz ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. I Iljiushenok vs D Dubov 1-0602019World Blitz ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
19. A Korobov vs E Gasanov  ½-½542019World Blitz ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. M Turov vs M Matlakov  0-1332019World Blitz ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. Vitiugov vs S Vokhidov 1-0812019World Blitz ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. T Gareyev vs L Dominguez  1-0382019World Blitz ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
23. V Fedoseev vs K Piorun  1-0412019World Blitz ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. R Yanchenko vs Wang Hao  1-0732019World Blitz ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Jobava vs P Carlsson  1-0222019World Blitz ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-06-20  fabelhaft: After 18 rounds Firouzja was in third place only 1.5 behind Carlsen and on the way to medal again, when he messed up a winning position against Carlsen and even lost in the end after the famous incident with the dropped piece.

After that he maybe lost some concentration and only got 0.5/3 in the last rounds, and the third medal behind Carlsen and Nakamura, who were in a class of their own in the final standings, suprisingly went to the ”retired” Kramnik.

Jan-06-20  fabelhaft: Karjakin finished 41st and won against Kramnik but in his remaining 9 games against players ranked top 63 he scored 2 draws and 7 losses.
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  Diademas: Finally!
Nice to have you back <Annie K.>!
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  Tabanus: You just wait till there's an intro and edited standings table. For example Grischuk had 14 points according to

Then it'll be even better ;)

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  Tabanus: Fedoseev and Matlakov should have 13.5. Anyone keen to make an effort to check and fix this?

Or should I hack the standings table ;)

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  Annie K.: <Tab> as I recall there were a bunch of stubs (0 move games) rejected from this event. You are welcome to edit the standings, and an intro would be great too. ;)
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  Tabanus: Coming up! :) It will take some days though, it's quite time-consuming.
Jan-08-20  tonsillolith: Holy crap, Kramnik finished third in this blitz event saturated with youngsters, even after spending some time congealing in retirement? My respect for him only grows.
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  mycroft2120: This is a fabulous result for Naka. I feel sorry for him that despite his best effort (take away that slip against Firouzja and he might have won the whole thing), Carlsen still gets the trophy.
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  chancho: Naka can't catch a break against Carlsen it seems. He'll either:get squashed in a tournament Carlsen is playing in, or: Caissa steps in and sticks the shank on Naka when he least can afford it. Star-Crossed.
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