July 05, 2012 17:36

World Rapid & Blitz: opening ceremony and drawing of lots

World Rapid & Blitz: opening ceremony and drawing of lots

On Thursday the Rapid & Blitz World Championship in Astana was officially opened by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. After the ceremony, the drawing of lots of both events was performed by Chief Arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz. The Rapid Championship starts on Friday at 15:00 local time (11:00 CET).

Le Quang Liem picks lot number 1 for the World Blitz | All photos © ChessVibes

Event World Blitz and Rapid Championships
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

Although the semi-finals started already on Monday, naturally the real event starts tomorrow: the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan. This official FIDE event was opened on Thursday afternoon in a beautiful ballroom of the Hotel Radisson in Astana. This hotel is also the venue (the playing hall is on the third floor) and the place where the players stay – very convenient!

We arrived in Astana on Thursday, very early morning and so with a slight jet lag we attended the opening ceremony. The ballroom was spacious but nonetheless crowded with over 200 visitors, including dozens of children, and also quite a few TV cameras and photographers. It was so full of people that we couldn't even come close to the players with our camera! The reason was the fact that President himself would be giving a speech.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, opens the tournament

Not only the presence of Nazarbayev, but the whole entourage of the tournament makes a good impression so far. We're pleasantly surprised, because we weren't sure what to expect as the semi-finals were much more low-profile. These games were not played on digital boards, and not in the Radisson either but in another hotel close by. From tomorrow on everything will be better, we predict.

We already reported about the rapid semi-finals, but not yet about the blitz qualifier, because it took place while we were traveling. This event was won by Dmitry Andreikin on Wednesday with a score of 16.5/22. The Russian GM, who already made a good impression at the World Blitz in November 2010, finished two points clear of the rest.

World Blitz 2012 | Semi-finals | Final standings

Place Seed   Name Rating Fed. Points BH
1 2 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2700 RUS 16.5 247.0
2 3 GM Le, Quang Liem 2693 VIE 14.5 251.0
3 10 GM Chadaev, Nikolai 2605 RUS 14.0 244.0
4 8 GM Sadvakasov, Darmen 2629 KAZ 13.5 241.0
5 1 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2707 UKR 13.0 253.0
6 4 GM Dreev, Alexey 2677 RUS 13.0 237.5
7 6 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav 2644 FRA 12.5 245.0
8 13 GM Gagunashvili, Merab 2578 GEO 12.5 242.0
9 5 GM Kurnosov, Igor 2663 RUS 12.0 238.5
10 15 GM Khusnutdinov, Rustam 2530 KAZ 12,0 226,5
11 9 GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 2607 KAZ 11.5 245.5
12 11 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksei 2602 BLR 11.5 236.5
13 12 GM Papin, Vasily 2595 RUS 11.5 227.0
14 22 IM Egorov, Evgeny 2339 KAZ 11.5 209.0
15 16 GM Ismagambetov, Anuar 2508 KAZ 11.5 199.0
16 17 IM Kuderinov, Kirill 2503 KAZ 10.5 236.5
17 7 GM Filippov, Anton 2639 UZB 10.5 229.0
18 19 GM Iuldaсhev, Saidali 2459 UZB 10.5 220.0
19 25 CM Igambergenov, Alibek 2272 KAZ 10.0 206.0
20 14 GM Rychagov, Andrey 2566 RUS 10.0 193.0
21 28   Akhmetov, Ayan 2165 KAZ 9.5 207.5
22 27 WIM Saduakassova, Dinara 2216 KAZ 9.5 178.5
23 26   Minko, Vladimir 2268 RUS 9.0 192.0
24 21 FM Akkozov, Berik 2358 KAZ 9.0 187.0
25 24 FM Mankeyev, Rauan 2333 KAZ 8.5 201.5
26 18 GM Neverov, Valeriy 2502 UKR 8.5 190.5
27 20   Alaguzov, Maxat 2415 KAZ 6.5 184.0
28 23   Von Gleich, Alexander 2334 GER 5.0 174.0

Like in the rapids, the first three places would qualify for the final. Besides Andreikin, Le Quang Liem, who failed to qualify for the rapids, is through to the blitz final together with Nikolai Chadaev. Here's a video report on these results by the organizers (more on their YouTube channel):

Therefore, the names of all participants are now known. Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Viktor Bologan and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will play in both tournaments. Alexey Dreev, Igor Kurnosov, Vladislav Tkachiev, Murtas Kazhgaleyev and Anuar Ismagambetov will join them for the rapid, while Dmitry Andreikin, Le Quang Liem, Nikolai Chadaev, Pavel Kotsur and Rinat Jumabayev will join them for the blitz.

The players during the opening ceremony

The Rapid Championship is a 16-player single round robin, with 5 rounds each day on July 6th, 7th and 8th. The time control is 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. The Blitz Championship is a 16-player double round robin-round Swiss, with 15 rounds each day on July 9th and 10th. The time control is 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1.

Top favorite in both events: Magnus Carlsen, who recently launched a Facebook page

Below you'll find the (unofficial) complete pairings based on the lot numbers of the players. We had to use a small font to get the table in but you can use Ctrl+ (or Command-+ for Mac users) to zoom.

World Rapid Championship 2012 | Pairings

1 Kazhgaleyev-Carlsen Svidler-Radjabov Kurnosov-Ivanchuk Gelfand-Karjakin Tkachiev-Mamedyarov Ismagambetov-Dreev Grischuk-Bologan Topalov-Morozevich
2 Carlsen-Morozevich Bologan-Topalov Dreev-Grischuk Mamedyarov-Ismagambetov Karjakin-Tkachiev Ivanchuk-Gelfand Radjabov-Kurnosov Kazhgaleyev-Svidler
3 Svidler-Carlsen Kurnosov-Kazhgaleyev Gelfand-Radjabov Tkachiev-Ivanchuk Ismagambetov-Karjakin Grischuk-Mamedyarov Topalov-Dreev Morozevich-Bologan
4 Carlsen-Bologan Dreev-Morozevich Mamedyarov-Topalov Karjakin-Grischuk Ivanchuk-Ismagambetov Radjabov-Tkachiev Kazhgaleyev-Gelfand Svidler-Kurnosov
5 Kurnosov-Carlsen Gelfand-Svidler Tkachiev-Kazhgaleyev Ismagambetov-Radjabov Grischuk-Ivanchuk Topalov-Karjakin Morozevich-Mamedyarov Bologan-Dreev
6 Carlsen-Dreev Mamedyarov-Bologan Karjakin-Morozevich Ivanchuk-Topalov Radjabov-Grischuk Kazhgaleyev-Ismagambetov Svidler-Tkachiev Kurnosov-Gelfand
7 Gelfand-Carlsen Tkachiev-Kurnosov Ismagambetov-Svidler Grischuk-Kazhgaleyev Topalov-Radjabov Morozevich-Ivanchuk Bologan-Karjakin Dreev-Mamedyarov
8 Carlsen-Mamedyarov Karjakin-Dreev Ivanchuk-Bologan Radjabov-Morozevich Kazhgaleyev-Topalov Svidler-Grischuk Kurnosov-Ismagambetov Gelfand-Tkachiev
9 Tkachiev-Carlsen Ismagambetov-Gelfand Grischuk-Kurnosov Topalov-Svidler Morozevich-Kazhgaleyev Bologan-Radjabov Dreev-Ivanchuk Mamedyarov-Karjakin
10 Carlsen-Karjakin Ivanchuk-Mamedyarov Radjabov-Dreev Kazhgaleyev-Bologan Svidler-Morozevich Kurnosov-Topalov Gelfand-Grischuk Tkachiev-Ismagambetov
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

Chief arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz holding his paper with the pairing numbers written down

World Blitz Championship 2012 | Pairings

1 Le-Morozevich Grischuk-Topalov Radjabov-Chadaev Kotsur-Bologan Karjakin-Svidler Gelfand-Ivanchuk Andreikin-Carlsen Jumabayev-Mamedyarov
2 Morozevich-Mamedyarov Carlsen-Jumabayev Ivanchuk-Andreikin Svidler-Gelfand Bologan-Karjakin Chadaev-Kotsur Topalov-Radjabov Le-Grischuk
3 Grischuk-Morozevich Radjabov-Le Kotsur-Topalov Karjakin-Chadaev Gelfand-Bologan Andreikin-Svidler Jumabayev-Ivanchuk Mamedyarov-Carlsen
4 Morozevich-Carlsen Ivanchuk-Mamedyarov Svidler-Jumabayev Bologan-Andreikin Chadaev-Gelfand Topalov-Karjakin Le-Kotsur Grischuk-Radjabov
5 Radjabov-Morozevich Kotsur-Grischuk Karjakin-Le Gelfand-Topalov Andreikin-Chadaev Jumabayev-Bologan Mamedyarov-Svidler Carlsen-Ivanchuk
6 Morozevich-Ivanchuk Svidler-Carlsen Bologan-Mamedyarov Chadaev-Jumabayev Topalov-Andreikin Le-Gelfand Grischuk-Karjakin Radjabov-Kotsur
7 Kotsur-Morozevich Karjakin-Radjabov Gelfand-Grischuk Andreikin-Le Jumabayev-Topalov Mamedyarov-Chadaev Carlsen-Bologan Ivanchuk-Svidler
8 Morozevich-Svidler Bologan-Ivanchuk Chadaev-Carlsen Topalov-Mamedyarov Le-Jumabayev Grischuk-Andreikin Radjabov-Gelfand Kotsur-Karjakin
9 Karjakin-Morozevich Gelfand-Kotsur Andreikin-Radjabov Jumabayev-Grischuk Mamedyarov-Le Carlsen-Topalov Ivanchuk-Chadaev Svidler-Bologan
10 Morozevich-Bologan Chadaev-Svidler Topalov-Ivanchuk Le-Carlsen Grischuk-Mamedyarov Radjabov-Jumabayev Kotsur-Andreikin Karjakin-Gelfand
11 Gelfand-Morozevich Andreikin-Karjakin Jumabayev-Kotsur Mamedyarov-Radjabov Carlsen-Grischuk Ivanchuk-Le Svidler-Topalov Bologan-Chadaev
12 Morozevich-Chadaev Topalov-Bologan Le-Svidler Grischuk-Ivanchuk Radjabov-Carlsen Kotsur-Mamedyarov Karjakin-Jumabayev Gelfand-Andreikin
13 Andreikin-Morozevich Jumabayev-Gelfand Mamedyarov-Karjakin Carlsen-Kotsur Ivanchuk-Radjabov Svidler-Grischuk Bologan-Le Chadaev-Topalov
14 Morozevich-Topalov Le-Chadaev Grischuk-Bologan Radjabov-Svidler Kotsur-Ivanchuk Karjakin-Carlsen Gelfand-Mamedyarov Andreikin-Jumabayev
15 Jumabayev-Morozevich Mamedyarov-Andreikin Carlsen-Gelfand Ivanchuk-Karjakin Svidler-Kotsur Bologan-Radjabov Chadaev-Grischuk Topalov-Le

The pairing numbers for the blitz


Date Time Event
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


At the opening ceremony, masked ladies dressed in black and white were holding sachets in which the lot numbers were hidden...

...not an unpleasant sight for the players! 

Here's Alexander Morozevich picking his girl lot...

...Filipowicz: "We have a problem here. Is this a 6 or a 9?" (It was eventually figured out that it was a 9.)

For the blitz pairings, the sachets were emptied and put on a chess board with pieces

Alexander Grischuk using two hands!

Boris Gelfand draws number six...

...and shows us the little souvenir: the numbers were hidden under these replicas of the Bayterek...

...a monument and observation tower in Astana. A tourist attraction popular with foreign visitors and native Kazakhs alike, it is a common symbol of the city, epitomizing its elevation in 1997 to the status of capital of the country | Photo Wikipedia

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Hugh Jass's picture

The worlds best player will win BLITZ or RAPID......IVANCHUK

ssd's picture

Anand ..oops .. ??hehe

Harish Srinivasan's picture

Any one knows why Aronian and Anand not accepted the invitation to play.

redivivo's picture

They were too scared to face the might of GELFAND!

Thomas's picture

That doesn't make sense: Gelfand participates only because Anand, Aronian, Kramnik, Gashimov (and higher-rated replacements Nakamura and Tomashevsky) apparently declined their invitations. Or were they afraid of Gelfand playing the qualifier and finishing in the top three??

Paulus's picture

Following the drawing of lots: lots of drawing.

Bigglesworth's picture

I would not be surprised if Carlsen repeats his Amber 2011 performance and finishes with 80%+. Especially since this is a weaker field than Amber was.

S3's picture

Myamedarov wins blitz, obviously.

Columbo's picture

with the good spelling, he might win :)


Septimus's picture

The seer hath spoken and so it shall be done!...obviously.

tobacco's picture

Gelfand wins both, obviously... or perhaps not so obvious after all?

Anonymous's picture

azarbayev is auch nur sultan. naja kann man nix machen.

bronkenstein's picture

Gelfy lacks motivation to win this, he´ll just play it for fun in his 2700 mode.

I would bet on younger players, esp in blitz.

Thomas's picture

At the last World Blitz Championship, Gelfand finished in 4th to 5th place - tied with Nakamura who was certainly motivated. True, younger players were ahead of him/them: "middle-aged" Aronian (absent this time), Carlsen and Radjabov.

As you say, the question is whether Gelfand is motivated this time. I guess at least he doesn't want to disappoint some newly-found fans; he has a few at least in Israel.

S3's picture

It's blitz and there is nothing big at stake. I'd defenitely bet on a younger player, Karjakin or Carlsen perhaps.

jadoubeavich's picture

any live coverage ? where are chess tv this time

Lee's picture
DMiA's picture

Shirov, please, go there and teach them play chess

Bigglesworth's picture

At the end of the first day, Carlsen and Karjakin are tied for first, both at 4.5/5.

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