Reports | November 16, 2010 16:45

World Blitz Championship starts today

Today the World Blitz Championship starts in Moscow. Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk and Hikaru Nakamura are among the favorites in a group of twenty top players, who will play a double round-robin over three days. Who do you think will win?

The World Blitz Championship will be held, again at the GUM department store on Red Square in Moscow, from 16 to 18 November. In the double round-robin tournament eight of the ten participants of the Tal Memorial will play - not Alexei Shirov and Wang Hao - added by players who played a qualifier right after the 2010 Aeroflot tournament. The full list of participants:

1. Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2802
2. Levon Aronian (ARM) 2801
3. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2791
4. Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2771
5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2763
6. Sergei Karjakin (RUS) 2760
7. Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) 2744
8. Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2744
9. Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2742
10. Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2741
11. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2741
12. Peter Svidler (RUS) 2722
13. Sergei Movsesian (SVK) 2721
14. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2720
15. Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2709
16. Maxim Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2703
17. Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) 2683
18. Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 2660
19. Boris Grachev (RUS) 2654
20. Boris Savchenko (RUS) 2632

On Tuesday, November 16th and Wednesday, November 17th the players will play 14 rounds each, from 15:00 local time (13:00 CET). On Thursday, Nobember 18th the last 10 rounds will be played, starting from 13:00 local time (11:00 CET). The rate of play for all games is 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment.

Check out the live page of the Russian Chess Federation's website - we assume the games can be followed there.


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columbo's picture

well, after Naka marathon last match against Grishuk, he might be messed up ... while karjakin won the tournament. As well, the carlsen story may confuse him a little bit ... lets see

ebutaljib's picture

Already looking for excuses?

john's picture

Naka fans already looking for excuses before the first pawn is pushed! lol

Think that says it all about who is the favourite ;-)

Guillaume's picture

Go Naka! I hope he pulls a great performance. We've been waiting for his presence in the World Blitz championship long enough. I would normally have supported Carlsen, but after his disappointing move, I don't think I will.

With Yasser Seirawan commenting on ICC, it should be a great show!

Guillaume's picture

Nakamura-Carlsen: 0-1

and the webcam is still

Guillaume's picture

Oh man, Nakamura-Kramnik 0-1
Nakamura just flagged!

ebutaljib's picture

And he is losing against Kramnik too :)

R.Mutt's picture

Video of the Nakamura - Carslen game:

Noway's picture

That Youtube clip link above - freezes after 24seconds?

R.Mutt's picture

It doesn't freeze for me, but here it is starting at 26 secs:

Jonas's picture

Great, thanks alot!

Noway's picture

Great, thanks for providing that.

CumnorChess's picture

Hi everyone,

Live games
Live video

Time conversion from CET you can find here

Gigi's picture

Where is the PGN?

severin's picture

Is there a site where all the games can be downloaded? I can only find the latest round and, even there, I can't get PGNs.

Thomas's picture

For the moment, German Chessbase might be the best source:
They have the games "as transmitted": many seem incomplete, round 2 is altogether missing, some games are mixed up (e.g. Nepomniachtchi-Ponomariov is actually Nakamura-Grischuk won by the baby).

ebutaljib's picture

No? Then maybe you should replay that game I have mentioned, or perhaps Carlsen's game against Gelfand today. Then you will see what it means to totally outplay his opponent, but still lose at the end :)

noone's picture

I like your logic.

GB's picture

Hi, I'm new in this forum. About your answer " I like your logic", is it a sarcastic one, or it means what iy says ?, just to know, because this is not a really dramatic topic, interesting but life does not depen on it. I ask you because sometimes somebody could be really rude on me and I wouldn't be aware of that.
By the other hand, I have always heard that if you spend much time in blitz chess, it will damage your serious chess skills. I agree, and I see that a super grandmaster in chess is generally a super blitz-player, sometimes somebody has a bad tournament, as Karjakin is now. You see Grachev has beaten very strong players, but anyway he is at the bottom. And I want to state that I like Nakamura's approach because it is atractive to the public and sponsors, at least he works hard over the board, but he could improve a lot if he'd work on his personal actitudes too.

Jarvis's picture

Has anyone found a schedule for all rounds?

ebutaljib's picture
ebutaljib's picture

Yes, very obvious :)

Guillaume's picture

well, Nakamura lost against Karjakin too, and he's at 1 out of 5 only, and Carlsen blundered against Vachier-Lagrave and is now at 4 out of 5.

ebutaljib's picture

In a totaly winning position against Gelfand, Carlsen blunders again (illegal move) so he is only on 4/6 instead of 6/6.

Guillaume's picture

Carlsen blundered against Gelfand. Really a terrible blunder in a totally winning position.

ebutaljib's picture

You don't always have to repeat what I say :)

Guillaume's picture

Meanwhile Naka lost again. So much for the favorites (and I hope you haven't already said that :-)

ebutaljib's picture

Well, I said that he is already out of contention (and hence won't be mentioning players from the bottom of the table)

Guillaume's picture

I'll let you do the talking

Jarvis's picture

Thanks a bunch!

Guillaume's picture

After 4 rounds:
Carlsen 4
Nakamura 1 (he lost the first three rounds)

ebutaljib's picture

1-4 after five rounds. So much for his reputation. He is already out of contention.

I wonder what excuses will we hear from him or his fans.

Daaim Shabazz's picture

Well... that makes no sense. Almost everyone is lower than he is on the ICC. Not sure what you mean. He plays the same players on the ICC. His marathon matches with Grischuk and Carlsen are legendary. The only thing different here is the matches are in person which makes quite a difference.

ebutaljib's picture

Nakamur is NOT the highest rated player on ICC, and he hasn't been #1 there for a while now. I believe number 1 on ICC in blitz is Le Quang Liem.

columbo's picture

go maxim go !!!

noone's picture

It is obvious naka will win even though he has said he is weaker than he used to be.

flshstar's picture

yea right! @Tal blitz ,Nakamura will crush everybody like babies, just like he does on ICC. hahaha..very funny noone..:-)

Win's picture

Yes. Naka may even have problem with playing on ICC. It gives him false impression how good he is...

I wrote it after Tal first day and we can already see how "good" he is. 0/3 first rounds and not much better later.

Peter Doggers's picture

This makes no sense. Nakamura has proven he can beat the very best OTB, e.g. against Carlsen in Norway last year. He just had a bad start and the tournament isn't even half-way yet.

ebutaljib's picture

We will finally see if Nakmura's reputation corresponds to reality.

noopy's picture
Tony's picture

Aronian is on fire right now.
Carlsen is seemingly back on track
Nakamura is always dangerous in blitz.
Grischuck is good but well I dont think he will win.
If i had to bet money it will come down to Carlsen and Aronian with a small edge for Aronian right now.

columbo's picture

go maxim go !

Corinne's picture

Good luck Maxim and try not to get too intimadated by "speedy Hikaru"! he he he

Corinne's picture

Well its all over now and it appears that Maxim is the only player that has won all its games agains "Speedy Nakamura"! See

flshstar's picture

Because most voters on this site are Americans, therefore Nakamura's and Carlsen's fans. Can you just imagine Europeans voting for Nakamura instead of Aronian or kramnik or other top Russians players?

S's picture

How do you know that most voters are Americans?
A more likely reason is that Karjakin and Myamedarov are just not likely candidates for the#1 spot, based on previous editions.
The players with the most votes have either won this tournament before, finished very high, or have never participated in such events but proven themselves in other blitz formats.

Btw I agree that Nakamura and Carlsen are the Mc Donalds of chess, but I don't think your explanation and question make sense. They have fans all over the world including Europe.

flshstar's picture

@S-- How do you know they are not? for sure I know you are American. Nakamura never played in this level of over the board Blitz tournament before and he never proven himself other than ICC internet Blitz.I don't think he is as well known as Carlsen, kramnik, Aronian etc. in the world. I would say Naka is well known in USA.

S's picture

Lol, wrong guess. I have never been in North, South or middle America.
And I know they are not all Americans 'cause many nationalities post here. However, since it is your "thesis" that they are American, and that this explains the voting, it should be up to you to prove it.
And for the record, I didn't vote here.

bayde's picture


Today's video at 14:07 has Kirsan, Dvorkovich, and Karpov together on the same stage! Oh to know what they were talking about.


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