Doha Rapid Day 1: Korobov races to 5/5 b ColinMcGourty

Dec 27, 2016, 10:51 AM |

Ukrainian Grandmasters Anton Korobov and Anna Muzychuk are the only players with a perfect score after Day 1 of the World Rapid Championship in Doha, Qatar. Magnus Carlsen got off to the shakiest of starts, pulling off a miraculous escape in the first game before pushing too hard and going down in flames in the second. The World Champion hit back with three wins to end the day on 3.5/5, where he joins such stars as Anand, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi and MVL. Levon Aronian called his 2016 “a terrible year”, but felt he was playing well in sole second place on 4.5/5.


It was fast and furious in Qatar as the 5-day World Rapid and Blitz Championship got underway with the first five of fifteen rounds of 15 minutes + 10 second rapid chess. You can replay all the games using the selector below or hover over a player's name to see their results so far: