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Videos from the Moscow Blitz
Thursday, September 06, 2012 18:54
Last Sunday we reported on the Moscow Blitz tournament which was won by Alexander Morozevich. Meanwhile, videos from this event have appeared on YouTube. As we reported on Sunday, Alexander Morozevich won the Moscow Blitz Championship for this 6th time. He finished on 17/21 which was two points more than Vladimir Malakhov. The tournament itself...
Alexander Morozevich
Sunday, September 02, 2012 23:18
Alexander Morozevich won the Moscow Blitz Championship on Sunday. The Russian top grandmaster, who recently had to withdraw from the Biel tournament and also the Olympiad squad, secured victory with a round to spare. It was the 6th time that Morozevich won the Moscow Blitz. Alexander Morozevich | Photo courtesy of the official website The...
Biel Chess Festival
Sunday, July 22, 2012 14:10
Today the Biel Chess Festival starts with an exhibition blitz tournament, to celebrate the 45 years of the festival. It's a knockout with Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamaura, Alexander Morozevich, Wang Hao, Etienne Bacrot, Pentala Harikrishna, Yannick Pelletier and Alexandra Kosteniuk. The blitz started at 14:00 CET and you can follow it live here....
Grischuk raises the trophy, standing behind his $40,000 cheque
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 17:10
Alexander Grischuk won his second World Blitz Championship on Tuesday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Six years after his first title, won in in Rishon Lezion, Israel the Russian grandmaster finished clear first in Astana. Just like in the Rapid World Championship, Magnus Carlsen of Norway finished second. The third place went to the winner of the rapid...
Alexander Grischuk, the leader after 15 rounds | All photos © ChessVibes
Monday, July 09, 2012 15:23
Alexander Grischuk is leading the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan after 15 of the 30 rounds in total. The Moscovite scored 10.5/15 and has one point more than Dmitry Andreikin, Vassily Ivanchuk and Sergey Karjakin. Magnus Carlsen, who started badly, still has chances to win the event. The Norwegian is in sole 5th place with 8.5...
World Rapid & Blitz: opening ceremony and drawing of lots
Thursday, July 05, 2012 17:36
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...
The game Kurnosov-Andreikin in Astana
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 8:59
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...
FIDE publishes July 1st ratings, also for rapid and blitz
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...
World Blitz and Rapid Championships logo
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! Event World Blitz and Rapid Championships Dates July 2-10, 2012...
Ponomariov and five other qualifiers not invited to World Blitz
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...