June 10, 2013 19:05

Le Quang Liem wins World Blitz Championship

Le Quang Liem wins World Blitz Championship

Le Quang Liem won the FIDE World Blitz Championship on Monday in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The Vietnamese grandmaster scored 20.5/30 which was half a point more than title holder Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia). Another Vietnamese player, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, also did very well, finishing on 19.5 points together with Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan.

Photos © Kirill Merkuryev & Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

The World Blitz Chess Championship took place on Sunday, June 9th and Monday, June 10th at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. 60 chess players from 18 countries were fighting for the title of World Blitz champion. The time control was 3 minutes and 2 seconds increment. Last year's winner was Alexander Grischuk of Russia.

The tournament followed the Swiss pairings, and consisted of 15 double rounds. This meant that in each round the players played one game with white and one game with black against the same opponent. Eight rounds were played on Sunday, and seven on Monday.

After the first day, GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) and Le Quang Liem (Vietname) were sharing the lead, with 12 points out of 16 games. The distance to their nearest rivals wasn't big: half a point behind them was Ruslan Ponomariov from the Ukraine. One point behind were Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and another player from Vietnam:  Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

On Monday Le continued strongly with a 1.5-0.5 against Cheparinov and then he even beat Mamedyarov, the winner of the Rapid section, 2-0. Then the Vietnamese fell back with two 1.5-0.5 losses, against Rauf Mamedov and Ilya Smirin. Even so, after twelve rounds he was still half a point ahead of Ponomariov and Smirin.

Le then played 1-1 with Grischuk (both won with Black!) and defeated both Dimitry Andreikin and Vlad Tkachiev 1.5-0.5 to keep his narrow lead until the very end, and win the gold medal. Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi and Ponomatiov finished the championship only half a point behind the winner. The silver medal went to Grischuk and the bronze to Ponomariov.

The prize fund of the World Rapid and the World Blitz Championships was US $200,000 each. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Le Quang Liem both won US $40,000 with their sole victories. 

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Le Quang Liem in round 10 of the blitz

All games by Le Quang Liem

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World Blitz Championship 2013 | Final standings

Place Title Name Fed. FIDE Total
1 GM Le, Quang Liem VIE 2771 20.5
2 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2858 20.0
3 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2743 20.0
4 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2813 20.0
5 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2665 19.5
6 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2718 19.5
7 GM Dubov, Daniil RUS 2655 18.0
8 GM Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2696 18.0
9 GM Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2824 17.5
10 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2657 17.0
11 GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2650 17.0
12 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2723 17.0
13 GM Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2691 17.0
14 GM Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2633 16.5
15 GM Dreev, Aleksey RUS 2711 16.5
16 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2777 16.5
17 GM Kamsky, Gata USA 2734 16.5
18 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2590 16.5
19 GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2597 16.0
20 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2606 16.0
21 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA 2650 16.0
22 GM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2565 16.0
23 IM Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2584 16.0
24 GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2603 15.5
25 GM Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2693 15.5
26 GM Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2637 15.5
27 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2734 15.5
28 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2602 15.5
29 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2693 15.5
30 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2617 15.0
31 GM Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2678 15.0
32 GM Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2725 15.0
33 GM Gundavaa, Bayarsaikhan MGL 2561 15.0
34 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2690 15.0
35 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2728 15.0
36 GM Guseinov, Gadir AZE 2610 14.5
37 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2659 14.5
38 GM Frolyanov, Dmitry RUS 2533 14.5
39 GM Bezgodov, Alexei RUS 2472 14.5
40 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2654 14.5
41 GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr RUS 2583 14.0
42 GM Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2607 14.0
43 GM Lagno, Kateryna UKR 2504 14.0
44 GM Popov, Ivan RUS 2650 14.0
45 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2557 14.0
46 GM Vasquez Schroeder, Rodrigo CHI 2542 14.0
47 GM Cherniaev, Alexander RUS 2486 14.0
48 IM Pasiev, Rakhim RUS 2523 13.5
49 FM Gordievsky, Dmitry RUS 2584 13.5
50   Ram, S. Krishnan IND 2341 13.5
51 IM Nadanian, Ashot ARM 2428 13.5
52 GM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2538 13.0
53 GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2560 13.0
54 GM Skatchkov, Pavel RUS 2486 13.0
55 IM Potapov, Pavel RUS 2516 12.5
56 GM AL-Sayed, Mohammed QAT 2504 10.0
57 GM Kabanov, Nikolai RUS 2440 10.0
58 FM Byambaa, Zulzaga MGL 2273 8.5
59 FM Sibriaev, Aleksandr RUS 2239 6.0
60 IM Akbaev, Kazbek RUS 2475 3.0



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popeye's picture

looks like the saying is true, every dog has his day.

miguelanjelo's picture


Anonymous's picture

@ popeye

Except you of course - yours will probably never come.

What a rude way to speak of a fine player.

popeye's picture

dont blame me scamp, blame Mr Diaz!

Anonymous's picture

Underdog is more appropriate !

Elz's picture

I watched most of the games online and it was a great show. Le Quang Liem played extremely well and was leading from start to finish, he deserved to win 100%.

Anonymous's picture

congrats to Dubov too !

Aditya's picture

Dubov and Rapport are two players to really watch out for in the upcoming chess generation. i.e considering a new generation every 4-5 years :)

Anonymous's picture

Rapport will be in the top ten in less than two years ! he s simply incredible

bronkenstein's picture

Bravo, Liem! Let´s hope that this title will make you bit more ´visible´ to some tournament organizers around the world =)

PS my favorite - Grischuk - did OK having in mind freshly finished exhausting GP (and not so OK having in mind that ´some´ leet players were absent...)

Thomas Oliver's picture

Grischuk was the only one getting medals in both competitions - not bad at all, and so far noone could ever defend his title as world blitz champion. Nepomniachtchi came very close, Le Quang Liem had preferred to secure sole fourth in the rapid event with a short last-round draw rather than taking risks for (possible) medal chances.
Nguyen fell half a point short of a medal - it would have been silver as he had the best head-to-head score against Grischuk, Pono and Nepo. In the last round he won with white against Kamsky and also had an advantage (extra pawn) with black before the game finished with a draw. But a double Vietnamese victory might have been too much?
Small detail: Le Quang Liem's last-round opponent (victim) wasn't Tkachiev but Movsesian.

Anonymous's picture

Grischuk this year almost did as well as Carlsen during the same event last year. Very convincing performance indeed. I expect him to eventually reach very high in classical time control as well. He played an insanely low error rate at the candidates, I'd consider him is underrated compared to his ability.

Ruben 's picture

Congrats to Liem! Good play well deserved.

Anonymous's picture

Absolutely fantastic to see Liem victorious yet again. What a great, well-deserved success for him!

Lee's picture

Pretty happy to see someone less visible take this out. Chess is only strengthened when someone outside of the main chess nations gets an opportunity time to shine with a victory in a pretty visible competition.

Well done Liem.

noyb's picture

2nd that!

Sharmay's picture

Really great show! I hope to have a chance to play with him

S3's picture

Kudos to Le. Also kudos to the other participants, there was not a single take back cheating attempt. Cheating score blitz wch: Carlsen 5-world 0. After this it is getting difficult to mantain the rather poor excuse that Carlsens cheating tricks are used by many others too.

Harrry_Flashman's picture

What about the dress code ?? It was a FIDE event .. hehehe

kalempir's picture

Congratulations to Liem! Hope to see him in next big tournament!

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