Reports | February 18, 2011 17:52

Mamedyarov wins World Blitz qualifier

Mamedyarov wins World Blitz qualifierShakhriyar Mamedyarov won the World Blitz qualifier, held on the last day of the Aeroflot Open Chess Festival in Moscow, Russia. The Azeri grandmaster scored 14.5/18, half a point more than Ruslan Ponomariov. Together with Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wesley So and Nikita Vitiugov they qualified for the World Blitz Championship, to be held later this year.

The Qualification Tournament for the World Blitz Championship 2011 was held on February 17th, at the end of the Aeroflot Open Chess Festival. The venue was again the Izmailovo hotel in eastern Moscow. A huge Swiss group of 194 participants (average Elo 2520!) played nine double rounds. The rate of play was three minutes and two seconds increment per move. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov took the first prize of 10,000 Euros. Unfortunately the games don't seem to be available.

Aeroflot 2011 | World Blitz Qualifier | Final Standings (top 100)

Place SNo. Title Name Fed. FIDE Total MBch. Bch. Wins
1 3 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE AZE 2772 14.5 74.50 95.50 7
2 4 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR UKR 2744 14.0 77.00 98.50 7
3 18 GM Andreikin, Dmitry RUS RUS 2689 13.5 77.50 100.00 6
4 14 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS RUS 2695 13.5 74.50 94.50 6
5 23 GM So, Wesley PHI PHI 2673 13.0 77.50 95.50 6
6 11 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS RUS 2709 13.0 70.00 89.50 6
7 19 GM Motylev, Alexander RUS RUS 2687 12.5 77.50 101.00 5
8 2 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS RUS 2773 12.5 75.50 96.50 4
9 32 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE AZE 2660 12.5 75.00 98.00 5
10 111 GM Ismagambetov, Anuar KAZ KAZ 2499 12.5 71.50 91.50 6
11 29 GM Cheparinov, Ivan BUL BUL 2665 12.5 70.50 89.50 6
12 5 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS RUS 2733 12.5 68.50 86.50 5
13 88 IM Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS RUS 2543 12.0 78.50 98.00 6
14 6 GM Kamsky, Gata USA USA 2730 12.0 77.00 98.00 6
15 21 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB UZB 2681 12.0 69.50 89.50 5
16 15 GM Dreev, Aleksey RUS RUS 2694 12.0 68.50 87.00 4
17 30 GM Le, Quang Liem VIE VIE 2664 12.0 66.50 87.00 5
18 10 GM Malakhov, Vladimir RUS RUS 2714 12.0 66.00 85.50 4
19 1 GM Karjakin, Sergey RUS RUS 2776 12.0 66.00 84.50 6
20 12 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP ESP 2698 11.5 81.50 103.00 4
21 72 IM Papin, Vasily RUS RUS 2568 11.5 77.50 100.00 3
22 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA FRA 2715 11.5 76.50 95.50 5
23 48 GM Predojevic, Borki BIH BIH 2626 11.5 74.00 91.50 4
24 59 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM ARM 2604 11.5 73.50 93.50 5
25 26 GM Korobov, Anton UKR UKR 2670 11.5 72.00 89.50 4
26 35 GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN CHN 2655 11.5 71.00 90.50 5
27 109 GM Durarbeyli, Vasif AZE AZE 2504 11.5 71.00 87.50 5
28 27 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR UKR 2670 11.5 68.50 86.50 4
29 161 GM Alavkin, Arseny RUS RUS 2393 11.5 68.00 87.50 6
30 44 GM Edouard, Romain FRA FRA 2634 11.5 67.50 87.50 4
31 49 GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan ESP ESP 2626 11.5 66.50 85.00 5
32 34 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS RUS 2660 11.5 65.50 86.00 4
33 41 GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS RUS 2640 11.5 64.00 81.50 5
34 60 GM Zhao, Jun CHN CHN 2599 11.5 59.50 75.50 5
35 65 GM Mamedov, Nidjat AZE AZE 2580 11.0 76.50 98.50 3
36 102 GM Dlugy, Maxim USA USA 2518 11.0 76.00 96.00 4
37 81 GM Lenderman, Aleksandr USA USA 2549 11.0 70.50 84.50 5
38 114 GM Ovetchkin, Roman RUS RUS 2498 11.0 69.00 89.50 6
39 56 GM Yu, Yangyi CHN CHN 2607 11.0 68.50 88.50 4
40 106 GM Wen, Yang CHN CHN 2509 11.0 68.00 85.50 4
41 130 FM Nakhapetiane, Pogos RUS RUS 2469 11.0 68.00 85.00 4
42 16 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA MDA 2693 11.0 64.00 82.50 4
43 113 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS RUS 2498 11.0 63.00 78.50 4
44 28 GM Kobalia, Mikhail RUS RUS 2666 11.0 60.50 76.00 4
45 108 IM Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS RUS 2505 10.5 71.50 90.00 3
46 31 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS RUS 2662 10.5 71.50 89.50 3
47 140 FM Bukavshin, Ivan RUS RUS 2458 10.5 69.00 89.50 3
48 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS RUS 2718 10.5 68.50 88.50 4
49 17 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS RUS 2689 10.5 66.50 85.50 4
50 42 GM Savchenko, Boris RUS RUS 2637 10.5 65.00 82.50 4
51 153 Lu, Shanglei CHN CHN 2416 10.5 64.50 84.50 3
52 76 GM Shomoev, Anton RUS RUS 2557 10.5 64.00 83.00 4
53 133 Obolenskikh, Dmitry RUS RUS 2467 10.5 58.50 74.00 5
54 24 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS RUS 2672 10.5 57.50 74.50 4
55 55 GM Iturrizaga, Eduardo VEN VEN 2611 10.0 80.00 99.50 4
56 96 GM Stupak, Kirill BLR BLR 2527 10.0 71.50 88.50 5
57 136 FM Sharafiev, Azat RUS RUS 2462 10.0 70.50 93.00 5
58 52 GM Maletin, Pavel RUS RUS 2621 10.0 70.50 89.00 3
59 7 GM Movsesian, Sergei ARM ARM 2721 10.0 67.00 84.00 3
60 43 GM Lysyj, Igor RUS RUS 2635 10.0 66.00 84.50 4
61 122 IM Bogdanovich, Stanislav UKR UKR 2484 10.0 65.50 85.50 4
62 93 IM Pavlov, Sergey UKR UKR 2530 10.0 64.00 80.00 3
63 99 GM Shimanov, Aleksandr RUS RUS 2520 10.0 63.00 81.50 3
64 39 GM Ni, Hua CHN CHN 2645 10.0 62.00 77.00 3
65 138 IM Barbosa, Oliver PHI PHI 2461 10.0 61.00 76.50 3
66 137 IM Bitoon, Richard PHI PHI 2461 10.0 55.50 72.00 3
67 36 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS RUS 2651 9.5 82.00 106.50 3
68 58 GM Bocharov, Dmitry RUS RUS 2605 9.5 72.00 93.00 3
68 143 IM Lushenkov, Mikhail RUS RUS 2451 9.5 72.00 93.00 3
70 82 GM Kunin, Vitaly GER GER 2548 9.5 71.50 92.00 3
71 54 GM Lenic, Luka SLO SLO 2613 9.5 71.50 89.50 3
72 125 IM Reshetnikov, Alexey RUS RUS 2478 9.5 69.00 86.50 4
73 40 GM Sandipan, Chanda IND IND 2641 9.5 68.00 87.50 3
74 87 GM Gabrielian, Artur RUS RUS 2543 9.5 68.00 84.00 3
75 63 GM Bluvshtein, Mark CAN CAN 2590 9.5 67.00 87.00 3
76 98 GM Smirnov, Pavel RUS RUS 2523 9.5 66.00 82.50 3
77 79 GM Oleksienko, Mikhailo UKR UKR 2552 9.5 65.50 81.00 4
78 74 GM Maslak, Konstantin RUS RUS 2561 9.5 64.00 82.50 2
78 182 Lu, Yijie CHN CHN 2311 9.5 64.00 82.50 2
80 155 IM Hamitevici, Vladimir MDA MDA 2412 9.5 63.00 81.50 4
81 68 GM Hess, Robert L USA USA 2572 9.5 61.50 82.00 3
82 25 GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR BLR 2671 9.5 60.50 75.50 2
83 22 GM Volokitin, Andrei UKR UKR 2678 9.5 60.00 77.50 4
84 116 GM Zhao, Xue CHN CHN 2494 9.5 59.00 76.50 3
85 142 GM Sharavdorj, Dashzegve MGL MGL 2452 9.5 58.50 74.50 3
86 148 IM Sieciechowicz, Marcin POL POL 2441 9.5 58.00 73.50 4
87 70 GM Vocaturo, Daniele ITA ITA 2570 9.0 70.50 90.50 3
88 33 GM Grachev, Boris RUS RUS 2660 9.0 68.50 86.00 3
89 45 GM Ding, Liren CHN CHN 2628 9.0 65.50 84.00 1
90 75 GM Kotsur, Pavel KAZ KAZ 2559 9.0 64.00 81.50 3
91 20 GM Timofeev, Artyom RUS RUS 2681 9.0 63.00 83.00 1
92 77 GM Vorobiov, Evgeny E. RUS RUS 2556 9.0 63.00 81.50 4
93 104 IM Kovalenko, Igor UKR UKR 2515 9.0 63.00 81.50 2
94 37 GM Khismatullin, Denis RUS RUS 2649 9.0 60.50 77.00 2
95 85 IM Sethuraman, S.P. IND IND 2545 9.0 59.00 76.50 3
96 131 Wan, Yunguo CHN CHN 2469 9.0 58.00 76.00 3
97 149 IM Dimakiling, Oliver PHI PHI 2432 9.0 54.00 70.00 4
98 83 GM Ulibin, Mikhail RUS RUS 2547 9.0 51.50 62.50 4
99 38 GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR NOR 2647 8.5 69.00 89.50 3
100 47 GM Sjugirov, Sanan RUS RUS 2626 8.5 68.50 87.50 4


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Thomas's picture

It doesn't matter who played Tal Memorial last year, it will matter who's invited this year. Actually, if Mamedyarov (shared first last time), Ponomariov and Grischuk all play the classical Tal Memorial, would this mean world blitz Ch spots for Motylev, Mamedov and - never heard of him before - Ismagambetov?

Regarding Carlsen's absence in the qualifier: there were hardly any non-Soviet players in the blitz event who hadn't played the Aeroflot open before (Vallejo seems the highest-rated exception). It just doesn't make sense to travel all the way to Moscow for a blitz event with rather vague chances of success? Granted, Carlsen (or Nakamura) would have had reasonable chances to finish at least in the top 6 - but the prize money (10,000 Euro for first place, going down rapidly below) may not be enough to make them catch a plane?

S2's picture

just as likeley an explanation, but way, way less flamebait ;)

marlon's picture

wesley sooooooo!

S2's picture

On second thought, Grischuk is probably in because he participated in the Tal memorial. Still difficult to decide who should be invited with only 4 spots.

S2's picture

Just as in the WCH-cycle, he probably thinks he deserves to be seeded directly.
I think there are only 4 "wildcards" for the wch. blitz, so it will be a very though call to decide on who to invite.

Should you invite the world's one-but first highest rated player who didn't qualify, or a former winner like Grischuk who at least tried ?

S2's picture

what's with the story on Myame ?

CAL|Daniel's picture

No, he just sited headaches not a cold.

Neptus's picture

Where is MC?????

jon de oenar's picture

i thought Wesley So was too ill

RuralRob's picture

Apparently the top six finishers in this tournament qualified to go to the Championship, not just the winner.

Thomas's picture

Yes you're missing something: wins refer to mini-matches (of two games, regardless of whether the result was 1.5-0.5 or 2-0).

columbo's picture

congrat to MAME ! before anything else...

Beejay's picture

How can you score 14,5 out of 18 with only 7 wins? I'm probably missing something here..

Delinquncy's picture

You beat me to it, Thomas..

Thomas's picture

Hmm, Wesley So stayed in Moscow after dropping out of the Aeroflot open!? Same story as for Mamedyarov himself two years ago, under different circumstances/for different given reasons ... .

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