Alexander Grischuk Wins World Blitz

Alexander Grischuk Wins World Blitz

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2012 world rapid and blitz.jpgAlexander Grischuk won the World Blitz Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, with a score of 20/30 points, half a point ahead of Magnus Carlsen in second place.

Grischuk had led after the first day with 10½/15 and maintained his lead until the end despite a late charge from Magnus Carlsen who couldn't quite recover from a relatively mediocre first day score of 8½/15.  World Rapid Champion Sergey Karjakin chased Grischuk for a long time but ended up in third place.

The time control was 3 minutes plus a 2 second increment.  The final standings:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2763 20.0
2 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2837 19.5
3 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2779 18.5
4 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2770 17.5
5 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2700 17.0
6 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2788 17.0
7 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2693 16.5
8 Svidler, Peter RUS 2749 15.0
9 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2769 15.0
10 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2738 13.5
11 Chadaev, Nikolai RUS 2580 13.5
12 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2752 13.0
13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2726 13.0
14 Jumabayev, Rinat KAZ 2525 12.0
15 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2732 11.0
16 Kotsur, Pavel KAZ 2548 8.0

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The 2012 World Blitz Champion: Alexander Grischuk

alexander grischuk - world blitz champion 2012.jpg

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The full crosstable of results can be found here.  More information and games are available at the official website.

Photo by worldchess.kz

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