Carlsen Is World Blitz Champion

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/18/09, 12:11 PM.

Magnus Carlsen is the World Blitz Champion after a strong performance on the final day which saw him extend his lead over Vishy Anand to three points at the close of play.

A win by Carlsen over Anand in round 38 virtually sealed the victory for the young Norwegian with a few rounds to go.  He eventually finished on 31 points out of a possible 42, with Anand in a clear second place on 28 points. Karjakin held on to third place with 25 points, just half a point ahead of Kramnik.

During the tournament, Carlsen beat Anand, Karjakin and Kramnik 2-0!  Nice work!

The World Blitz Championship was instituted comparatively recently in 1987, and has only become a fairly regular fixture in the last few years.  Vassily Ivanchuk won in 2007, and Leinier Dominguez won last year.  This year's tournament was certainly the strongest to date!

The scores of all the games played can be found here, with detailed results from each round available here, including full cross-tables.  Once again, a few games from the third and final day can be replayed below.

The final standings were:

1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 31.0
2 Anand, Viswanathan IND 28.0
3 Karjakin, Sergey UKR 25.0
4 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 24.5
5 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 23.5
6 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 23.5
7 Svidler, Peter RUS 23.5
8 Leko, Peter HUN 22.0
9 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 22.0
10 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 21.5
11 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 21.5
12 Aronian, Levon ARM 21.0
13 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 20.0
14 Bareev, Evgeny RUS 20.0
15 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 19.5
16 Karpov, Anatoly RUS 19.0
17 Gelfand, Boris ISR 18.5
18 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 17.5
19 Polgar, Judit HUN 17.0
20 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 16.0
21 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 15.0
22 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 12.5











11551 reads 65 comments
3 votes


  • 7 years ago


    I'm so sorry to all of you but you can not compare two different players of different epoch but for me kasparov is the best ever due to his immortal games i'will support kasparov till the end of my career in chess!!!!

  • 7 years ago


    @ siegblink  He is champion, because Nakamura isn't there

  • 7 years ago


    Magnus Carlsen is my hero!

  • 7 years ago


    go norway :)

  • 7 years ago


    'Nakaumra - Kosteniuk would be more appropriate.'

    Actually, Carlsen lost to Kosteniuk!Laughing

  • 7 years ago


    :) Annand deliberately gave Carlsen a nice present---a pure mate.

  • 7 years ago


    @zankfrappa - re the World Cup = absolutely! asap.Cool

  • 7 years ago


    rock on carlsen!!!

    i think anand made a mistake in that endgame against carlsen

  • 7 years ago


    Wow....Carlsen is a beast!

  • 7 years ago


    Capitol One HUH! HUH! HUH! HUH! Jolly Good Show Sir!

  • 7 years ago


         SonofPearl, will you be posting any results from the World Chess Cup 2009,
    which starts tomorrow November 20th and runs through December 15th?

  • 7 years ago


    by Pentala - 8 hours ago
    Malmö Sweden

    "Haha! Nakamura would get crushed by Carlsen in a 20 or 30 game match at blitz. Nakamura is on his way down, and blitzing moves is still the only chess he plays well.

    Nakaumra - Kosteniuk would be more appropriate."

    Why the animosity? Even if Naka is on his way down, he will never fall to your level. Although I agree with your analysis that Carlsen would dominate Naka. Who could possibly get enjoyment at other peoples failures? Show a little class. We should all wish that everybody performs at their best and our favorites prevail.

  • 7 years ago


    Wow an awesome display with the black by Carlsen.

  • 7 years ago


    hmmmmmmmmm. Maybe kasparov will have to take the #2 spot on my list of favorites. I will wait and see if Carlsen's rating supasses Kasparov's. If so, sorry Kasparov, but you are no longer my favorite chess player.

  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen proofed that he is strongest in the world.

  • 7 years ago


    Of course he's champion, his name is "Magnus."

    The only name more fitting would be "Caesar."

  • 7 years ago


    come on  anand wake up u r the best

  • 7 years ago


    Haha! Nakamura would get crushed by Carlsen in a 20 or 30 game match at blitz. Nakamura is on his way down, and blitzing moves is still the only chess he plays well.

    Nakaumra - Kosteniuk would be more appropriate.

  • 7 years ago


    Not sure, but:

    "While Topalov plays a style that is crowd pleasing, he has lost some popularity among chess fans ever since his 2006 World Championship match with Vladimir Kramnik. After Topalov's accusations that Kramnik may be cheating led to a series of events culminating in Kramnik's forfeiture of Game 5 of the match, public opinion turned against him, blaming Topalov and his team for the near cancellation of the critical reunification match. Topalov would go on to lose the match after a series of rapid tiebreak games."


  • 7 years ago


    Congrats to Carlsen!

    (Why cant they put something like this on the satellite TV sport channels? It must be more exciting than to watch bass fishing everyday! (and I like fishing). (watching bass fishing is still much better than the home channel my wife likes a lot, hehehe, but chess would be nice!))

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