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Commanding Carlsen Leads World Rapids

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/7/12, 10:50 AM.

2012 world rapid and blitz.jpgAfter the second day of play in the World Rapid Chess Championships in Kazakhstan, Magnus Carlsen has a commanding lead of 1½ points from the world class field.

After 10 of the 15 scheduled rounds Carlsen remains undefeated on 8½ points, securing his place with a victory against his co-leader from yesterday, Sergey Karjakin, in the last round of the day.

A selection of games from day 2 are below.  All the games are available at the official website.

The full current standings are:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2837
2 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2752 7
3 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2779 7
4 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2726 6
5 Dreev, Aleksey  RUS  2677
6 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2763
7 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2788
8 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2749 5
9 Kurnosov, Igor  RUS  2663 5
10 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2738
11 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2769
12 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2770 4
13 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  KAZ  2589 4
14 Bologan, Viktor  MDA  2732 3
15 Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA  2644 3
16 Ismagambetov, Anuar  KAZ  2471 2


The full results from day 2 (rounds 6-10):

Round 6
Carlsen, Magnus  ½-½  Dreev, Aleksey
Karjakin, Sergey  ½-½  Morozevich, Alexander
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  1-0  Bologan, Viktor
Radjabov, Teimour  1-0  Grischuk, Alexander
Svidler, Peter  ½-½  Tkachiev, Vladislav
Kurnosov, Igor  1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Ivanchuk, Vassily  ½-½  Topalov, Veselin
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  1-0  Ismagambetov, Anuar
Round 7 
Topalov, Veselin  1-0  Radjabov, Teimour
Dreev, Aleksey  ½-½  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Grischuk, Alexander  1-0  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Gelfand, Boris  ½-½  Carlsen, Magnus
Morozevich, Alexander  ½-½  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Bologan, Viktor  0-1  Karjakin, Sergey
Tkachiev, Vladislav  ½-½  Kurnosov, Igor
Ismagambetov, Anuar  0-1  Svidler, Peter
Round 8 
Carlsen, Magnus  1-0  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Karjakin, Sergey  1-0  Dreev, Aleksey
Radjabov, Teimour  ½-½  Morozevich, Alexander
Svidler, Peter  1-0  Grischuk, Alexander
Kurnosov, Igor  1-0  Ismagambetov, Anuar
Gelfand, Boris  1-0  Tkachiev, Vladislav
Ivanchuk, Vassily  1-0  Bologan, Viktor
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  1-0  Topalov, Veselin
Round 9
Topalov, Veselin  1-0  Svidler, Peter
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  1-0  Karjakin, Sergey
Dreev, Aleksey  1-0  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Grischuk, Alexander  ½-½  Kurnosov, Igor
Morozevich, Alexander  ½-½  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Bologan, Viktor  1-0  Radjabov, Teimour
Tkachiev, Vladislav  0-1  Carlsen, Magnus
Ismagambetov, Anuar  1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Round 10 
Carlsen, Magnus  1-0  Karjakin, Sergey
Radjabov, Teimour  ½-½  Dreev, Aleksey
Svidler, Peter  0-1  Morozevich, Alexander
Kurnosov, Igor  0-1  Topalov, Veselin
Gelfand, Boris  ½-½  Grischuk, Alexander
Ivanchuk, Vassily  0-1  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  0-1  Bologan, Viktor
Tkachiev, Vladislav  0-1  Ismagambetov, Anuar


The format for the world rapid championship is a 16-player round robin competition at the time control of 15 minutes plus 10 second increment.

The schedule:

Date Event Round
5 July Opening Ceremony
6 July Rapid Finals 1-5
7 July Rapid Finals 6-10
8 July Rapid Finals 11-15
9 July Blitz Finals 1-15
10 July Blitz Finals 16-30
11 July Departure


The total prize funds are $200,000 for the rapid championships, and another $200,000 for the blitz championship (see distribution below).

Place Prize
Winner $40,000
2nd place $33,000
3rd place $27,500
4th place $22,500
5th place $18,000
6th place $14,000
7th place $12,000
8th place $10,000
9th place $7,000
10th place $4,000
11th-16th place $2,000 each


Games start each day at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC) and the live coverage at the official website is available here.

Games via TWIC.

5115 reads 24 comments
2 votes


  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen has the knowledge and talent, fit to be the WC. 

  • 3 years ago


    Topalov is a tactical genius. Love his games when he is in top form. 

  • 3 years ago


    Topalov-Radjabov is brilliant, see how he suckers in the World #4 into a classic diversionary pawn-grabbing, only to stun him with the Bishop sac and breaking open the Kingside, down to the pretty final mates.

    This is the Topalov who was a true contender for the title.  Great game against a top opponent.

  • 3 years ago


    Amazing Magnus...

  • 3 years ago


    Topalov? What Topalov? Am I the only one to be surprised at his standing?

  • 3 years ago


    lol Aaron :)

    I agree but I'm sure Lev wants to avoid being his Karpov.

    I think in the end, Lev will be Kramnik and Nakamura will be his Karpov

  • 3 years ago


    IMHO we are looking at the next WCC in the making...

  • 3 years ago


    Топе, ти си сега.

  • 3 years ago


    Magnus Carlsen is too good!

    Brilliant play

  • 3 years ago


    This is beginning to look like Amber 2011:


  • 3 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Wow, 8.5/10 at this level!

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen has first!

  • 3 years ago


    "Does the rapid and blitz stuff count toward these guys' ELOs?"

    No, it only counts for the rapid and blitz ratings FIDE supposedly are about to introduce, but it doesn't have anything to do with their "real" rating.

  • 3 years ago


    yes it does

  • 3 years ago


    Does the rapid and blitz stuff count toward these guys' ELOs?

  • 3 years ago


    So everyone is guaranteed $2000 right?

    That makes things interesting as the tournament comes to a close, 11-16 will all be playing for wins Money Mouth

  • 3 years ago


    İt would be great if chess.com makes some videos about interesting games after those kind of events.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen plays 16th place tomorrow (a 2400), should be an easy win, and then he plays 2nd place Topalov.. who always chokes against Carlsen.. 2 wins would basically (mathematically) secure Carlsen 1st place.

    He's playing some great chess, very inspiring!

  • 3 years ago


    Awesome stuff from carlsen!

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