Dreev, Kurnosov and Tkachiev qualify for Rapid World Championship final
Alexey Dreev (Russia), Igor Kurnosov (Russia) and Vladislav Tkachiev (France) qualified for the Rapid World Championship final which starts next Friday. Kurnosov won the semi-finals on Tuesday with a score of 6.5/9 while Dreev and Tkachiev edged out Andreikin and Moiseenko on tie-break after these four grandmasters all finished on 6/9. There were only three qualification spots for the final.
The game Kurnosov-Andreikin in Astana | Photo courtesy of the official website
The semi-finals of the World Rapid Championship in Astana took off on Monday with five rounds, and finished on Tuesday with four more. The tournament was to decide on the three qualifiers for the World Rapid Championship, which will start next Friday. In case you missed it, all details about the World Rapid and Blitz can be found here.
After the first five rounds on Monday the leader was Igor Kurnosov of Russia, who scored 4/5. He was half a point ahead of Dmitry Andreikin (Russia), Alexander Moiseenko (Ukraine), Vladislav Tkachiev (France), Alexey Dreev (Russia) and Nikolai Chadaev (Russia).
After the second day (rounds 6-9) the qualifiers for the Rapid World Championship final were Dreev, Kurnosov and Tkachiev. Kurnosov finished clear first with 6.5/9 ahead of Dreev and Tkachiev, who edged out Andreikin and Moiseenko on tie-break with 6/9 for all.
World Rapid Championship | Semi-finals | Final standings
|6||3||Le, Quang Liem||VIE||2693||5.5||33||42.5|
Source: offical website & FIDE. C-Rating = Classical chess rating
With three spots available for a prestigious even like the world rapid, it was a bit disappointing to see only 24 participants in this qualifier event. Besides, as you can see in the final standings, in fact three players below 2300 were allowed to participate, which was against the regulations announced in advance.
Unfortunately the games were not transmitted live on the official website, and the moves don't seem to have been recorded either. (The games were not played on DGT boards.) Hopefully this will change for the finals which starts on Friday. At least by then ChessVibes will be present for on-the-spot reports and videos!
|July 2, Monday||13:30||Opening ceremony of the World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships semifinals|
|15:00||Rapid qualifiers – 5 rounds|
|July 3, Tuesday||15:00||Rapid qualifiers – 5 rounds|
|July 4, Wednesday||15:00||Blitz qualifiers – 11*2|
|20:00||Closing of Blitz semifinals|
|July 5, Thursday||17:00||Opening ceremony of World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships|
|19:00||Welcome reception on behalf of President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation|
|July 6, Friday||11:00||Technical conference of Championships participants|
|15:00||Rapid Chess Championship – 1 through 5 rounds|
|July 7, Saturday||15:00||Rapid Chess Championship – 6 through 10 rounds|
|July 8, Sunday||15:00||Rapid Chess Championship 11 through 15 rounds|
|July 9, Monday||15:00||World Blitz Chess Championship 1 through 15 rounds|
|July 10, Tuesday||15:00||World Blitz Chess Championship 16 through 30 rounds|
|20:00||Closing ceremony of World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships|
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