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Alexander Grischuk Wins World Blitz

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/10/12, 8:29 AM.

2012 world rapid and blitz.jpgAlexander Grischuk won the World Blitz Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, with a score of 20/30 points, half a point ahead of Magnus Carlsen in second place.

Grischuk had led after the first day with 10½/15 and maintained his lead until the end despite a late charge from Magnus Carlsen who couldn't quite recover from a relatively mediocre first day score of 8½/15.  World Rapid Champion Sergey Karjakin chased Grischuk for a long time but ended up in third place.

The time control was 3 minutes plus a 2 second increment.  The final standings:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2763 20.0
2 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2837 19.5
3 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2779 18.5
4 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2770 17.5
5 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2700 17.0
6 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2788 17.0
7 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2693 16.5
8 Svidler, Peter RUS 2749 15.0
9 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2769 15.0
10 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2738 13.5
11 Chadaev, Nikolai RUS 2580 13.5
12 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2752 13.0
13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2726 13.0
14 Jumabayev, Rinat KAZ 2525 12.0
15 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2732 11.0
16 Kotsur, Pavel KAZ 2548 8.0

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The 2012 World Blitz Champion: Alexander Grischuk

alexander grischuk - world blitz champion 2012.jpg

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The full crosstable of results can be found here.  More information and games are available at the official website.

Photo by worldchess.kz

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  • 22 months ago

    HydroMann



  • 22 months ago

    boborbob

    @F22Raptor, it transposed into a Ruy Lopez so Carlsen was probably familiar with the theory. 

  • 22 months ago

    iceciara2010

    Nice and informative blitz games!!!

  • 22 months ago

    muralidharancg

    enjoyed all the games.thanks for the posting to son of pearl

  • 22 months ago

    EternalChess

    Despite 2 bad days Carlsen still managed 2nd place in both events.. Congrats to him.

    He is 1st in Classical (idc about Anand), 2nd in both blitz and rapid.. can't get any better than that.

  • 22 months ago

    Minttunator

    No surprise really, as Grischuk gets a lot of practice - he tends to end up blitzing even in his classical time control games! Laughing

  • 22 months ago

    gahmed

    Great show , carlesn is a genious

  • 22 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    I'm disappointed Carlsen didn't win.

  • 22 months ago

    pawngenius

    Carlsen is the overall winner! 2nd place in rapid and blitz can't be beaten.

  • 22 months ago

    Fids19

    Interesting openings and games in 3 minutes. Fun to see. Good on Grischuk, Carlsen, and Karjakin for a good showing.

  • 22 months ago

    Ruzzell

    the highest rated player down to 2nd place?carlsen you are really good, what happened here?even gelfand..hmmm, try to be the World Champion, it's just ok to be a runner-up in this blitz match!keep it up!

  • 22 months ago

    penullar

    would have been more interesting if nakamura participated...

  • 22 months ago

    shengyi

    Interesting...

  • 22 months ago

    F22Raptor

    A4?  really Carlsen?  that is NOT how you get to the world championship!  Im just kidding I know its just blitz and he did beat a world class player with it.

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