7 World Rapid and Blitz talking points by Colin McGourty

Dec 25, 2016, 9:27 PM |

This Christmas our main chess present is going to be the World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Qatar, when from 26-30 December Magnus Carlsen, Sergey Karjakin, Vishy Anand and much of the world’s elite will fight for $480,000 and the coveted speed World Championship titles. We look at some of the talking points ahead of the event.

There’s no Qatar Masters this year, but the same organisational team is hosting the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship in Doha, ensuring we can expect only the highest standards: