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Sergey Karjakin Wins World Rapid Title

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/8/12, 9:42 AM.

sergey_karjakin6.jpgThere was a big turnaround on the final day of the World Rapid Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, when Sergey Karjakin scored 4½/5 to overhaul rival Magnus Carlsen.

Vassily Ivanchuk played a large part in the final result, losing on time to Sergey Karjakin in his first game of the day, then beating Magnus Carlsen in the second!

Carlsen lost another game against Alexander Grischuk in round 13, and should have lost another when Veselin Topalov missed a checkmate in their final round clash.

So Sergey Karjakin is the 2012 World Rapid Chess Champion.  The world blitz championships start tomorrow.  Games start at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC) and the live coverage at the official website is available here.

The final standings in the 2012 world rapid championships:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2779 11.5
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2837 10.5
3 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2752 9.5
4 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2726 9.5
5 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2763 9.0
6 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2738 8.0
7 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2749 7.5
8 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2769 7.5
9 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2788 7.5
10 Dreev, Aleksey  RUS  2677 7.0
11 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2770 6.5
12 Kurnosov, Igor  RUS  2663 6.0
13 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  KAZ  2589 6.0
14 Bologan, Viktor  MDA  2732 6.0
15 Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA  2644 4.5
16 Ismagambetov, Anuar  KAZ  2471 3.5

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The full results from day 3 of the world rapid championships:

Round 11 
Karjakin, Sergey  1-0  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Topalov, Veselin  ½-½  Gelfand, Boris
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  ½-½  Radjabov, Teimour
Grischuk, Alexander  1-0  Tkachiev, Vladislav
Dreev, Aleksey  0-1  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Morozevich, Alexander  1-0  Kurnosov, Igor
Bologan, Viktor  ½-½  Svidler, Peter
Ismagambetov, Anuar  0-1  Carlsen, Magnus
Round 12 
Carlsen, Magnus  0-1  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Gelfand, Boris  1-0  Morozevich, Alexander
Svidler, Peter  1-0  Dreev, Aleksey
Radjabov, Teimour  0-1  Karjakin, Sergey
Kurnosov, Igor  0-1  Bologan, Viktor
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  0-1  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Tkachiev, Vladislav  1-0  Topalov, Veselin
Ismagambetov, Anuar  0-1  Grischuk, Alexander
Round 13
Karjakin, Sergey  1-0  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Topalov, Veselin  ½-½  Ismagambetov, Anuar
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  0-1  Svidler, Peter
Grischuk, Alexander  1-0  Carlsen, Magnus
Ivanchuk, Vassily  1-0  Radjabov, Teimour
Dreev, Aleksey  ½-½  Kurnosov, Igor
Morozevich, Alexander  ½-½  Tkachiev, Vladislav
Bologan, Viktor  0-1  Gelfand, Boris
Round 14
Carlsen, Magnus  ½-½  Radjabov, Teimour
Grischuk, Alexander  0-1  Topalov, Veselin
Gelfand, Boris  1-0  Dreev, Aleksey
Svidler, Peter  0-1  Karjakin, Sergey
Kurnosov, Igor  0-1  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  1-0  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Tkachiev, Vladislav  0-1  Bologan, Viktor
Ismagambetov, Anuar  ½-½  Morozevich, Alexander
Round 15 
Karjakin, Sergey  ½-½  Kurnosov, Igor
Topalov, Veselin  ½-½  Carlsen, Magnus
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Ivanchuk, Vassily  1-0  Svidler, Peter
Radjabov, Teimour  1-0  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Dreev, Aleksey  1-0  Tkachiev, Vladislav
Morozevich, Alexander  ½-½  Grischuk, Alexander
Bologan, Viktor  ½-½  Ismagambetov, Anuar

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See also the previous reports on day 1, and day 2 of the world rapid championship. All the games are available at the official website.

Games via TWIC.

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  • 2 years ago

    eternal_pin

    hes been my favourite lately, cheers karjakin!

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Here is the list of the 2013 Candidates Tournament provided by faberhaft:

    Gelfand, Svidler, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik, Radjabov

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_2013

    Six out of the eight candidates are really good and any of them can beat Anand in the world championship match.

    Gelfand and Peter are below the level of play of the other six candidates.

    The other two real good players not in the list of the candidates tournament are Karjakin and Caruana, both much better than Gelfand and Peter.

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "Something is definitely wrong with FIDE when one of the top 10 players in the world's rating list is not selected to be part of the candidates tournament. It makes completely useless the rating system."

    So for the eight spots in the Candidates the previous challenger and the players that qualified plus all the players in the top ten should be given spots, that will be complicated :-)

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Feygooner:

    Instead of 41. Qxh5 Topalov should have played the following forced mate sequence:

     41. Rg5+ Kf8 42. Qxh5 Qh2+ 43. Kxh2 Ne3 44. Qh6+ Ke8 45.Rg8+ Ke7 46. Rxe3#

    The position could be used as a mate in six in the tactics trainer Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

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  • 2 years ago

    zenious

    @feygooner. 41. Rg5+ (instead of 41.Qxh5??), Kf8. 42.Qxh5  leads to easy mate in some moves.  

  • 2 years ago

    feygooner

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_2013

    Can someone show me the checkmate Topalov missed vs Carlsen?

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Can someone provide the list of players invited to the 2013 Candidates. 

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Something is definitely wrong with FIDE when one of the top 10 players in the world's rating list is not selected to be part of the candidates tournament. It makes completely useless the rating system.

  • 2 years ago

    zenious

    it wiil be wrong and pity if Karjakin will not participate in the Canditates tournament

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "Well done, Sergey!!! You're the best rapid player, no real doubt about that!!!"

    He was certainly best in this event, and congratulations to him for playing so well, but that doesn't mean he is the best rapid player. Anand, Aronian and Kramnik weren't participating and Carlsen didn't have his best day. Amber has always been the strongest rapid event and this is how the rapid section finished the last times it was played:

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=72927

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=70749

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "Would have loved to see Anand in this tournament"

    And Aronian.

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "I hope he wins the candidates tournament"

    Karjakin will have to wait a bit, he isn't one of the eight participants in the Candidates 2013.

  • 2 years ago

    edward_glyver

    @saeed73

     

  • 2 years ago

    chessdoggblack

    My man Ivanchuk is just getting warmed up. He is the chess "spoiler" of many chess dreams for top gun players. I'am sure Carlson is not happy with his performance, he could have placed third had he lost another game. Hats off to this high explosive rapid match. Results: Never underestimate the will power of your opponent.Cool

  • 2 years ago

    Estragon

    Great win for Karjakin, who is the guy on the top 10 with a bullet.  He's been surging in strength ever since getting married a couple of years ago, and shows no sign of stopping. 

    This is the first we've seen of the "old Topalov" since his match with Anand in 2010.  He also got married, but has been playing without the fire that put him at world #1, and for a while the only 2800+.  We can only hope this is a sign of things to come, we have some extraordinary chess talent active at the top right now.

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    First time in chess history that we have two Rapid Chess World Champions winning their their title just a few months apart.

    Anand and Karjakin (both 2012 Rapid Chess World Champions) should play a 12 game rapid chess match to find the indisputable Rapid Chess World Champion.

  • 2 years ago

    quatrodecopas

    Would have loved to see Anand in this tournament

  • 2 years ago

    Sahasrara

    Carlsen still did well, but Chucky is an experienced veteran and a force not to be reckoned with. 

  • 2 years ago

    PrinceAAwe

    Congrats to Sergey Karjakin on his victory, Well deserved!

    As usual Magnus is in the top 3 and it was intresting to see Topalov play, seems like he is getting back in form!

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