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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...
Vishy Anand: "Both of us had the right to win this match" | Interview, part 2 of
Monday, June 18, 2012 12:38
After our lengthy interview with challenger Boris Gelfand, obviously we also took the time to speak to Vishy Anand, who was, and still is, the World Champion. In this second part, he speaks about the second half of the match, the tie-break, the opening choices, his controversial draw offer in the last game, the criticism that he and Gelfand played...
Vallejo wins his first "León", beats Topalov 3.5-2.5
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:43
Francisco Vallejo Pons defeated Veselin Topalov 3.5-2.5 in a rapid match that was the main attraction of this year's 25th anniversary chess festival in León, Spain. On Friday the Spaniard took the lead with 1.5-0.5, on Saturday both players won one game each and on Sunday in the first game Vallejo decided the match in his favour. Topalov then won...
Stefanova and Gunina winners at World Rapid and Blitz Championships
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:...
Anand beats Gelfand in tiebreak, retains world title
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...
Vachier-Lagrave wins Grand Prix FFE, beats Fressinet in the final
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 13:50
Last weekend Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the second part of the 'Grand Prix FFE'. The French number three, who beat French number one Laurent Fressinet in the final, earned € 4,000 for two days of rapid chess. Despite losing the first game in the final, Vachier-Lagrave emerged as the winner against Fressinet Event Grand Prix FFE  | PGN Dates April...
Aronian-Kramnik: game 4 draw, Aronian wins rapid game
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 17:12
The fourth match game Aronian-Kramnik, played today in Zurich, was a rather quick draw in another Berlin Endgame. It ended in under three hours and so the players played a rapid game as well – something that was part of the match conditions. This game was won by Levon Aronian. For the third time in the match the game started with 1.e4, and for the...