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FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Champs 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/5/12, 11:00 AM.

2012 world rapid and blitz.jpgThe finals of the World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships start Friday 6 July in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The time control for the rapid championships is 15 minutes plus 10 second increment, and the time control for the blitz championship is 3 minutes plus 2 second increment.

Qualifying events took place from 2 - 4 July to earn a place with the big guns and local players in the final.  Alexey Dreev, Igor Kurnosov and Vladislav Tkachiev qualified for the rapid finals, while Dmitry Andreikin, Le Quang Liem and Nikolai Chadaev qualified for the blitz finals.  Unfortunately no game scores from the qualifiers are available.

The finals will be 16-player round robin events (double round robin for the blitz) and the line-ups look like this:

Rapid Championship   Elo Blitz Championship  Elo
Magnus Carlsen  2837    Magnus Carlsen  2837
Teimour Radjabov  2788    Teimour Radjabov  2788
Sergey Karjakin  2779    Sergey Karjakin  2779
Alexander Morozevich  2770    Alexander Morozevich  2770
Vassily Ivanchuk  2769    Vassily Ivanchuk  2769
Alexander Grischuk  2763    Alexander Grischuk  2763
Veselin Topalov  2752    Veselin Topalov  2752
Peter Svidler  2749    Peter Svidler  2749
Boris Gelfand  2738    Boris Gelfand  2738
Viktor Bologan  2732    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  2732
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  2726    Dmitry Andreikin  2700
Alexey Dreev  2677    Le Quang Liem  2693
Igor Kurnosov  2663    Darmen Sadvakasov 2629
Vladislav Tkachiev  2644    Nikolai Chadaev  2580
Murtas Kazhgaleyev  2589    Pavel Kotsur 2548
Anuar Ismagambetov  2471    Rinat Jumabayev 2525

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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

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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

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

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    systemovich

    SerbianChessStar is too weak to even comment on this article.

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Naka is not too weak for any competition. That is absurd trolling. 

  • 2 years ago

    MSC157

    kingcrash, must agree! I hope Karjakin wins ;)

  • 2 years ago

    dcremisi

    if only this tournemant were the canidates match,  the rapid championships have stronger players than the real championships.

  • 2 years ago

    systemovich

    Nakamura said he already had plans for the summer.

  • 2 years ago

    EternalChess

    Nakamura is too weak for this strong competition, he would be good at ICC against 2500s though.

    I am wondering where Anand is.. but since he got 2million nice ones I wouldnt join a 40,000 ugly one tournament.

  • 2 years ago

    NM Gigantopithicus

    No Aronian?

  • 2 years ago

    s7silver

    Anyone know why Nakamura is not playing? After all he is known for his rapid play.

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    Where is Anand?

  • 2 years ago

    boborbob

    MAGNUS! MAGNUS! NORWAY!

  • 2 years ago

    mottsauce

    http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/aronian-wins-world-blitz-championship/

    in 2010 aronian won, followed by Radjabov and Carlsen.

    I think Radjabov has good chances at an upset here.

  • 2 years ago

    dcremisi

    should be intresting.

  • 2 years ago

    FraterZen

    Go Moro!

  • 2 years ago

    shengyi

    Nice post!

  • 2 years ago

    Sahasrara

    Agreed, without Aronian this will be Carlsen's tourney, although Karjakin or Morozevich may give him a few stiff games. 

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    No Naka? No Aronian? No Kramnik? 

  • 2 years ago

    dokter_nee

    I think Aronian is the last champion 2010, can't find a championship from 2011.

  • 2 years ago

    MSC157

    Without Anand and Kramnik too. Does anyone know why?

    I really wonder what would Kasparov (at his best) do here! :)

  • 2 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Magnus is good for 80 grand.

  • 2 years ago

    henrik14

    No Aronian :/

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