Reports | July 07, 2012 16:52

Carlsen in firm lead at World Rapid Championship after day 2 (VIDEO)

Magnus Carlsen poised to win the World Rapid Championship in Astana

After ten rounds of play, Magnus Carlsen has a 1.5 point lead over Sergey Karjakin and Veselin Topalov. Tomorrow the last five rounds of the World Rapid Championship will be played in Astana, Kazakhstan. Carlsen still has to play against Ismagambetov, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Radjabov and in the final round Topalov.

Magnus Carlsen poised to win the World Rapid Championship in Astana | All photos © ChessVibes 

Event World Blitz and Rapid Championships | PGN (rapid) via TWIC
Dates July 2-10, 2012
Location Astana, Kazakhstan
System Rapid: 16-player single round robin | Blitz: 16-player double round robin
Players Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Viktor Bologan, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Anuar Ismagambetov, Pavel Kotsur and Rinat Jumabayev 
Rate of play Rapid: 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1 | Blitz: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1.
Extra The players are not allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the Chief Arbiter and accepted in case of a triple-repetition of the position or the 50-move rule
Prize fund US $200,000 for each tournament; first prize US $40,000

On the day that Serena Williams clinched her fifth Wimbledon title, to the regret of Polish Chief Arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz, Magnus Carlsen added another four points to his score. One of his victims was Sergey Karjakin, the co-leader after five rounds, who is 1.5 points behind Carlsen after ten rounds. Veselin Topalov had a good second day and joins second place with Karjakin.

Here's our video report of rounds 6-10:

Some chess and tennis fans had difficulty in chosing what to watch on Saturday: the live coverage of the World Rapid in Astana, or the Women's Wimbledon final. Two well known grandmasters exchanged some tweets about this tough problem (and probably simply watched both):

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave:

Wimbledon ladies final starts. Well, Serena is an obvious favourite vs Radwanska, by her experience of GS finals and by her level so far.

Anish Giri:

@Vachier_Lagrave Oh, no, don't tell me you prefer Wimbeldon to Rapid Chess WCh... Patzer!

Vachier-Lagrave:

@anishgiri I follow it too, but one always have to settle their priorities.

Giri:

@Vachier_Lagrave Sad story...

Vachier-Lagrave:

To please @anishgiri : it might be the decisive game between #Carlsen and #Karjakin to decide World Rapid Championship, in the 10th round.

Giri:

@Vachier_Lagrave Thanks, having tears in my eyes from joy. Indeed! But it's a long way to go, tomorrow one more day with lots of rounds...

Vachier-Lagrave:

@anishgiri I knew this would move you. And well, sure, anything can still happen. But still!

Later Vachier-Lagrave tweeted some more about the game, for instance

27...Nxf5 seemed to be a tactical mistake but the refutation could definitely not be found in a rapid game, but it was a beautiful one!

Here is that game between Carlsen and Karjakin. The decisive mistake was 53...Rc4+ where 53...Bf6 is good enough to draw.

PGN string

Carlsen beats Karjakin in round 10

Although he has a commanding lead of 1.5 points over Karjakin and Topalov, Carlsen isn't there yet. His program for the last day includes former Blitz World Champions Ivanchuk and Grischuk and also Radjabov. The Norwegian starts with a game against tail-ender Ismagambetov but in the final round he has Black against Topalov.

Games day 2

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World Rapid Championship 2012 | Round 10 standings

 

Pairings day 3

Round                
11 Ismagambetov-Carlsen Grischuk-Tkachiev Topalov-Gelfand Morozevich-Kurnosov Bologan-Svidler Dreev-Kazhgaleyev Mamedyarov-Radjabov Karjakin-Ivanchuk
12 Carlsen-Ivanchuk Radjabov-Karjakin Kazhgaleyev-Mamedyarov Svidler-Dreev Kurnosov-Bologan Gelfand-Morozevich Tkachiev-Topalov Ismagambetov-Grischuk
13 Grischuk-Carlsen Topalov-Ismagambetov Morozevich-Tkachiev Bologan-Gelfand Dreev-Kurnosov Mamedyarov-Svidler Karjakin-Kazhgaleyev Ivanchuk-Radjabov
14 Carlsen-Radjabov Kazhgaleyev-Ivanchuk Svidler-Karjakin Kurnosov-Mamedyarov Gelfand-Dreev Tkachiev-Bologan Ismagambetov-Morozevich Grischuk-Topalov
15 Topalov-Carlsen Morozevich-Grischuk Bologan-Ismagambetov Dreev-Tkachiev Mamedyarov-Gelfand Karjakin-Kurnosov Ivanchuk-Svidler Radjabov-Kazhgaleyev

 

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Comments

kaspy's picture

WOW whats happened to Topalov. he defeated Radjabov.

Taiman's picture

Gelfand is playing right about at his strength ... firmly in the bottom half. Oh I forget ... he must be saving all his prep for the next candidate cycle !

hansie's picture

You're right, Taiman.
Only 5 players could finish above him.

Columbo's picture

Carlsen : 8.5 / 10

Where are you S3 ?

Anonymous's picture

Why are you lonely Columbo?

Anonymous's picture

85 % including a win over then leading Karjakin looks convincing. Now please just make my day even brighter by telling us how lucky Magnus was to get away with this lead :-))

S3's picture

85 % is convincing but the win over Karjakin was not. In case of a draw Carlsen would still have 80% of course. Karjakin was a bit unlucky as he had to play an extra game with black which meant two blacks in a row against Mamedyarov and Carlsen (0-0).

By the way, someone with the nick "Bigglesworth" had already predicted 80 % or more for Carlsen and in this field it's not that surprising. The biggest surprise might be Topalov, but there are still 5 games to go.

Guillaume's picture

Yeah, if Carlsen had lost all his games he would have been at the bottom of the table, which just shows how lucky he's been.

S3's picture

Why do you guys have such an obsession with luck? Every time Carlsen wins a game you want people to say he is lucky. And when noone says it you guys just start doing it yourself. It's really weird.

Guillaume's picture

It's not luck, it's superdeterminism.

hansie's picture

Carlsen: 10.5/ 15

Where are you Colombo?

Columbo's picture

yeah sure ! Carlsen is luckiest player in the world ! NUMERO 1 in fact

Napoleon's picture

it's true, he is lucky to be a genius

bronkenstein's picture

The tournament already lost it´s intrigue, as Karjak blew the key game. Hard to believe that MC will be anything else but solo first with +3, only 5 rounds to go.

thinking's picture

does anyone know why Anand is not playing? was he not invited?

Chess Fan's picture

I am sure that Anand has good reasons for not playing, but he is the World Champion and possibly the greatest rapid player of all time (though he MAY be second to Magnus currently). He is equally good in Blitz having come second to Ivanchuk in the only time he participated in the World Blitz championship. This was in the last five years and he blundered a winning position in the final game against Chucky and missed the chance of being the World Blitz champion. So, FIDE would have welcomed him if he wanted to play. But why am I explaining such obvious things?!

Anonymous's picture

Anand is still great but he is 40+ and there is little to gain for him here. (6 consecutive days of ) speed chess is not for the elderly.

slonik's picture

Anand has played the world blitz several times without winning, as in 2009 when Carlsen scored 2-0 against him and won the title with a margin of three points.

Yes's picture

Anand scored only 6 points in the Amber Rapid 2011 tournament last year. Magnus won with 9.5/11! (he crushed Anand in their individual game). Aronian came in second place with 7 points.

Anand was one of the best rapid players, but that was at least 10 years ago. In recent years Magnus and Aronian has dominated the rapid and blitz tournaments.

The blitz tournament you're referring to was back in 2000, not in the last 5 years. When he met Carlsen in the 2009 Championship he was soundly defeated 2-0 and Magnus won the tournament with a 3 point margin.

If Anand had participated in this year's championships, I don't think he'd have won. Not with Magnus present.

Thomas's picture

"Anand was one of the best rapid players, but that was at least 10 years ago."
Which calendar do you use? Anand finished sole first in Amber 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (that's right, four years in a row and less than ten years ago) and shared first with Aronian and Kamsky in 2009. He didn't participate in 2010 (to prepare for his WCh match against Topalov) which leaves two relatively bad events in 2008 and 2011. Maybe Vishy is past his prime in rapid, and obviously Aronian and Carlsen have improved with respect to Anand (and everyone else) over the last few years. But so far the evidence is relatively limited - anyone can have a bad event every now and then particularly at faster time controls.
It's even more questionable to use blitz results to gauge Anand's chances in rapid events.

Anonymous's picture

Capablanca and Fischer are the best blitz players of all time.

Columbo's picture

FACT is that Carlsen is leading with 1.5 ... call it whatever you want, find whatever excuse to your blindness, Carlsen is still leading with 1.5

S3's picture

A) to whom are you talking? I guess to me, since you seem to cry out for me on a regular basis, but if not, ignore B.

B) No one disputes that Carlsen is leading with 1,5 and noone has made up excuses for anything. I am not blind but you see things that do not exist.

RealityCheck's picture

Hey. How can anyone take this Tournament seriously with Wch Anand, X-Wch Kramnik, World No. 2 Aronian, Bullet Queen Nakamura, and XX Wch Ponomariov not participating? Am I missing something?

Yes's picture

Yes, you're missing these facts:

Anand hasn't won a single blitz championship since 2000. He lost 2-0 to Magnus in 2009 (Magnus won the championship).

Same thing with Nakamura: He participated in the 2010 championship but only got 5th place.

Anand was crushed by Magnus in the Amber Chess 2011 Rapid tournament last year, which Magnus won 9.5/11.

Ponomariov? When did he make a claim for being one of the best blitz or rapid players in the world? Being a WC in classical chess isn't necessarily the same thing as being WC in rapid or blitz.

I'm not saying that none of these players woudn't belong in this year's championships: It would be nice to see Anand, Nakamura and Aronian there. Particularly Aronian, because he and Magnus have dominated these blitz/rapid events in recent years. But I don't think Anand would win any of these tournaments as long as Magnus is participating.

Nakamura would probably do well in the blitz tournament, but I think he'd be less successful in the rapids. As long as he's one of Magnus's clients, he will always have problems winning a tournament when Magnus is there.

Yes's picture

BTW: The post above is a reply to RealityCheck, not Columbo.

Yes's picture

Oh, BTW, given Kramnik's lackluster performance in the blitz tournament at Tal Memorial just a few months ago, he wouldn't exactly be one of the favourites here. But it would be nice to have him onboard, though.

Anonymous's picture

@Yes Thanks for the update.

RealityCheck's picture

@Yes Thanks for the update.

Anonymous's picture

Agreed, the value of this tournament is somewhat questionable with the defending champion and so many others of the world's strongest missing. FIDE even rejected qualified players like Ponomariov and others. I just can't consider this event a world championship. Just another rapid and blitz event with a fancy name. Anyways, Carlsen is obviously the huge favourite in any event he enters.

slonik's picture

Pono qualified for last year's event that was cancelled, he could have played the qualification the days before the event this time if he had been interested

Anonymous's picture

He qualified for this year event, and understandably enough he wasn't interested in qualifying twice. He should have been here.

slonik's picture

He qualified for this year's event? Strange, I don't recall him playing the qualifications earlier this week.

Anonymous's picture

Strange indeed that the earlier qualifier proved useless. But the world is not always fair.
http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/ponomariov-and-five-other-qualifiers-n...

Anonymous's picture

...... as Pono reported in an earlier thread here on CV a few weeks ago, FIDE apparently (once again) failed to communicate crucial details. As he pointed out, he had of course reason to believe his qualifier spot was still valid (for the next world championship to be held), until he learned otherwise - but sadly not directly by FIDE ;-)) .

In the meantime, this episode doesnt matter anymore (at least for him personally) since he is currently preparing for the Dortmund supertournament which starts in a few days.

Anonymous's picture

Not exactly. Another Dortmund participant is playing at this rapid/blitz event as well.

Anonymous's picture

Now you tell me whatever this means. Oh, you figured out Karjakin decided to play them both? Congrats.

Columbo's picture

it's a collective hallucination
dear S3 !!!

Anonymous's picture

Oh dear. Now you think of your selve as several persons?

Yasif's picture

Our WC hero Boris amazing everyone with his dazzling show, WC Anand as usual chickens out of another tournament. Carlsen is the real deal!!!!

hansie's picture

You're right, Yasif.
Only 5 players could finish above Gelfand.

Columbo's picture

when S3 calls himself Anonymous !!! Hilarious ... by the way, tell US ALL you didnt fall on Carlsen 's back about 1000 times on this site ?!?!?!?

Anonymous's picture

I agree Columbo. He just can't stop playing his silly games.

S3's picture

Did you just take my 2nd nick according to Colombo?

KingTal's picture

Where is Aronian, Kramnik, Anand?
Carlsen has no competition here... i predict 12.5/15 for him and second place 10.5 points Topalov.

S3's picture

Of course he has good competition here; 2 Rounds ago MC wasn't even first. It's not as one sided as the numbers suggest.
Although it's telling that Carlsen hasn't blundered and has not lost a position in 10 games. (or maybe 9?)

hansie's picture

Sorry, King Tal. No one was good enough for 12.5/15.
And, Carlsen??
He even failed to finish at the first place with a lowly 10.5 points you predicted for Topailov.

KingTal's picture

Yeah, hahaha, my predictions suck. But at least i got the 10.5 points in the second place right.

kamalakanta's picture

Carlsen! Wow! He is able to squeeze a full point out of positions other players would give up as a draw after 30 moves. To me, he is a combination of the best players of the past. He has Rubinstein's, Lasker's and Capablanca's finesse and technique. Like Lasker, his openings are not that great, but then he starts playing chess. And this I love: it is not so much memorizing lines from a stupid computer, but actually playing chess better than his rivals. And this is his success, his secret weapon: his enormous talent for the game. If he is lucky, well, he is lucky to have such a God-given talent for this game we love.

Anonymous's picture

I couldn't agree more. You put that wonderfully!

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