Sunday, July 01, 2012 0:55
On its website FIDE has published not only the July 1st rating list, but also the first rapid and blitz ratings. In the regular list, Magnus Carlsen reached his peak rating of 2837 and is only 15 points shy of passing Garry Kasparov's all-time high of 2851.
The biggest news about today's new FIDE rating list is the fact that for the first time, a...
Saturday, June 30, 2012 14:47
In the coming days, the World Blitz and Rapid Championships will be played in Astana, Kazakhstan. It starts with qualifier tournaments from Monday till Wednesday, and after that the real championships take off on Friday. World number one Magnus Carlsen will be there, and so will we!
World Blitz and Rapid Championships
July 2-10, 2012...
Friday, June 15, 2012 16:38
Although he thought he qualified, former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov, together with five other GMs, was not invited to the FIDE World Blitz Championship, to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 1 to 11 July. In a blog on ChessVibes, Ponomariov writes that "already in February 2011 a selection was made where me and another five players were...
Thursday, June 07, 2012 23:00
Alexander Morozevich won the Tal Memorial blitz tournament on Thursday afternoon in Moscow. The Russian grandmaster edged out Magnus Carlsen on tiebreak (more games with black) after both players finished on 6.5/9. The tournament was held instead of a drawing of lots, and determined the draw numbers for the players at the Tal Memorial which starts...
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 10:19
Antoaneta Stefanova won the Women's World Rapid Championship in Batumi, Georgia. The Bulgarian finished at 8.5/11 which was half a point more than Alexandra Kosteniuk, Humpy Koneru and Kateryna Lahno. Valentina Gunina of Russia was the convincing winner at the Women's World Blitz Championship which was held right after.
Winners in Batumi:...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 10:20
Viswanathan Anand defeated Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in the rapid tiebreak on Wednesday. The Indian won the World Championship in Moscow and retained his world title for the third time. After winning the 2007 World Championship tournament in Mexico City, Anand defeated Vladimir Kramnik in 2008 and Veselin Topalov in 2010 and now emerged as the winner...
Monday, March 19, 2012 15:28
Just after the regular tournament, won by Valentina Gunina of Russia, the European Women's Rapid and Blitz Championships were held in Gaziantep, Turkey. Gunina also took the blitz title, while Tatiana Kosintseva was the strongest in the rapid section.
By Anastasia Karlovich
Europen Women's Rapid and Blitz Championship
Saturday, March 10, 2012 21:05
The organizers informed us about the Scottish Blitz Championship which takes place on Saturday 16th June. What follows is their press release:
The first FIDE-rated Scottish Blitz Championship will be held at the Quincentenary building, Royal Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh. The international event will take place on Saturday 16th June with a guaranteed...
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 9:41
Last Friday we reported on the Aeroflot Blitz tournament which was won by Sergey Karjakin in his hometown Moscow, Russia. Some of our readers pointed out that a number of videos have been uploaded to YouTube by Eugene Potemkin and Sergey Sorokhtin, who were filming in the playing hall. A small selection.
Friday, February 17, 2012 10:20
Sergey Karjakin won the Aeroflot Blitz tournament in his hometown Moscow, Russia. The Russian grandmaster finished on 15/18 in this double nine round event, half a point more than former blitz world champion Alexander Grischuk.
Moscovite Sergei Karjakin wins the Aeroflot Blitz | All photos in this report © Moscow Chess, more here