Carlsen Triple World Champion, Nepomniachtchi & Nakamura Shared Second in World Blitz

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 6/20/14, 8:47 AM.

On Friday Magnus Carlsen also won the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Dubai and so the Norwegian now holds the crown in three different time controls. He finished on 17.0/21, a full point more than Ian Nepomniachtchi & Hikaru Nakamura, who finished two points ahead of the rest of the pack.

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He wasn't top seeded in either event, and with so many rounds and so many top players present, Magnus Carlsen wasn't considered more than a slight favorite among the favorites in Dubai. To win both the rapid and the blitz tournament is simply outstanding, even for him!

Even though the Rapid & Blitz World Championships have only been organized in this format a few times, this achievement can definitely be called historic. Vishy Anand was the king of rapid chess for a long time, partly during his reign as the classical champion, but Carlsen can now call himself the official world champion in classical, rapid and blitz chess.

So how did that final day at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club unfold? As a reminder, Carlsen's 9.0/11 meant a half-point lead over Hikaru Nakamura and Georg Meier. That was the starting point, with Carlsen having already played against four quickplay specialists: Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hikaru Nakamura, Le Quang Liem and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Carlsen immediately started with a win against one of the surprises of day 1, Georg Meier. It wasn't a convincing victory, though. If the German GM had found the c4-c5+ idea earlier (on move 34!), the result could have been very different.

Meier did much worse on the second day; he scored only 3.5 points - just like the other surprising name, Lu Shanglei. The Chinese player lost Friday's first round to Nepomniachtchi, who stayed half a point behind the leader. Nakamura dropped back a bit while escaping with a draw against Sargissian.

Speaking of players who disappointed: after winning the Norway Chess tournament, Sergey Karjakin played a good rapid tournament (shared sixth), but then apparently the energy was gone. He came 61st in the blitz.

The second day would see another relatively unknown player beating a bunch of famous grandmasters: Sergei Yudin, who holds a modest classical rating of 2546.

Sergei Yudin, one of the surprises in the blitz

Yudin's rise in fact started on Thursday evening as he defeated Radjabov in round 10. On Friday a black win versus Svidler followed, after surviving a very difficult (in fact lost if White goes 25.Be5 and 26.Qd4) position.

Yudin then also set aside Lu, drew with Le, and then beat both Wojtaszek and Nakamura! Especially the game with the American was a heroic fight, where Nakamura kept on playing for a win while being material down.

Round 13 saw the second encounter in Dubai between the players of the next world title match: Carlsen, again with the white pieces, against Anand. This game was perhaps of higher quality than the one in the rapid, with Anand playing solidly and defending a slightly worse position almost without effort.

And so Anand won the “minimatch” in Dubai 0.5-1.5, while playing Black both times. Not bad!

Nepomniachtchi decreased the gap with Carlsen to half a point after beating Sargissian, and Nakamura recovered well with a win against Riazantsev. Meanwhile Caruana, who isn't an especially great blitz player and couldn't play for the top prizes, won a nice game against Movsesian.

Just play through his next game with Paco Vallejo and you will realize how easy it is to make a blunder after a long game.

Of almost the same category was Anand's round 15 game against Nepomniachtchi. The Indian was in control from the start, got a promising rook ending but then… one king move in the wrong direction and the position changed from won to lost. These rook endings!

Some unfortunate moments for Anand

After two good wins over Polgar and Mamedyarov, something even worse happened to Anand. He won a pawn against Nakamura as Black, couldn't find the most accurate moves after which it was a dead draw, then he grabbed his king on move 41, put it on f6, changed his mind and moved it to g6 instead, missing a knight fork. Horrible!

Round 14 had another nice tag to the game on board one: the highest rated player ever against the strongest female player ever. “Will we discover Magnus's weak spot?” joked GM Ian Rogers in the playing hall. The answer was negative.

On the board next to them, an absolute amazing game was played. From a Queen's Gambit Accepted Nakamura got three pawns versus on on the queenside, and instead of developing, he just kept on pushing pawns there! The position after move 12 is quite a sight.

Mamedyarov found an ingenious way to deal with those pawns: giving a rook, but winning a piece back elsewhere. Focusing on the Black king, the Azeri GM got a winning advantage but somehow the game ended in a draw!

After 15 rounds Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi both had 12 points while Nakamura and Mamedyarov were a point behind. Two players were behind them: Yudin and Aronian.

Nepomniachtchi grabbed the lead in the next round by beating Mamedyarov, while Carlsen drew his game with Aronian.

Carlsen escaped:

In round 17 Nepomniachtchi didn't have much trouble with Yudin. Dreev was a lot tougher to beat, but Carlsen eventually managed to grind him down in an almost equal ending:

Nakamura stayed close; his game with Aronian was decided in a pawn ending:

In round 18 both Nepomniachtchi and Carlsen drew their games, against Mamedov and Morozevich respectively, and so with three rounds to go Nepomniachtchi was still in the lead, Carlsen half a point behind, and Nakamura a point behind Carlsen. It all came down to who would be the sharpest and fittest after five days of fast chess!

And in fact it was the very next game where Nepomniachtchi blew it. He got a queen against rook & bishop (and passed pawn) for Korobov, missed a win to two and had to settle for a draw.

Carlsen was worse against Mamedov. He decided to set a trap, and his opponent fell for it:

And so we had two leaders, with two rounds to go! Carlsen again did what he had to do, and beat Yudin - in just a few minutes it was over.

Carlsen stood up from the board, wrote down the result and then walked to board 2 to check out the position there. When Nepomniachtchi noticed him, he turned around towards Carlsen's board, to see where the kings were placed. The two monarchs were on white squares, so the Russian knew Carlsen had won. He frowned, continued defending his slightly worse ending and eventually lost.

Aronian defeated Nepomniachtchi in a crucial game

Suddenly the tournament seemed already decided, because Carlsen was a point clear with one round to go, and also had a better tiebreak. But, because that tiebreak (average rating of the opponents cut one) could still change in favor of Nepomniachtchi in the last round, Carlsen was certainly going for at least a draw. And he even got a win as Korobov blundered a pawn in an equal position.

Korobov resigns, Carlsen wins his third world title

A convincing victory! Or, in Carlsen's own words, if you score 17.0/21 you deserve to win. When Anastasiya Karlovich asked him the obvious question “what's next”, Carlsen: “I can do it again!”, adding that he will be just as motivated next year.

When GM Ian Rogers asked him if he wanted to go for the world title in correspondence or bullet, Carlsen replied: “I don't have the patience for correspondence or the hands for bullet.”

Magnus Carlsen in between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Ian Nepomniachtchi

Here's the full press conference:

Nigel Short

World Blitz Championship 2014 | Final Standings (Top 40)

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2
1 4 Carlsen Magnus NOR 2837 17 2738 257,5
2 9 Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2816 16 2740 256
3 1 Nakamura Hikaru USA 2879 16 2734 256,5
4 8 Le Quang Liem VIE 2817 14 2718 254,5
5 7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2822 13,5 2722 252,5
6 3 Aronian Levon ARM 2863 13,5 2707 250
7 6 Anand Viswanathan IND 2827 13,5 2694 251,5
8 12 Mamedov Rauf AZE 2766 13,5 2666 233,5
9 32 Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2689 13 2716 245
10 17 Morozevich Alexander RUS 2741 13 2673 233
11 14 Svidler Peter RUS 2757 13 2651 228,5
12 86 Yudin Sergei RUS 2559 12,5 2747 249
13 29 Dreev Aleksey RUS 2701 12,5 2725 250,5
14 37 Harikrishna P. IND 2669 12,5 2718 248,5
15 21 Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2726 12,5 2691 231,5
16 13 Korobov Anton UKR 2758 12,5 2686 234,5
17 10 Grischuk Alexander RUS 2801 12,5 2675 236
18 23 Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2722 12,5 2673 231,5
19 16 Bacrot Etienne FRA 2744 12,5 2670 231
20 35 Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2674 12,5 2666 222
21 26 Radjabov Teimour AZE 2706 12,5 2659 231,5
22 22 Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2725 12,5 2659 231
23 30 Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2700 12,5 2645 219
24 15 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2746 12,5 2642 217,5
25 34 Eljanov Pavel UKR 2674 12,5 2622 213,5
26 36 Polgar Judit HUN 2673 12 2751 251,5
27 43 Meier Georg GER 2663 12 2739 255
28 61 Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2628 12 2703 237
29 57 Andriasian Zaven ARM 2633 12 2702 231
30 67 Matlakov Maxim RUS 2618 12 2700 233
31 55 Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2636 12 2690 240,5
32 5 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2835 12 2680 235
33 89 Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2539 12 2658 210,5
34 20 Dubov Daniil RUS 2729 12 2651 222,5
35 39 Lu Shanglei CHN 2668 11,5 2713 251,5
36 31 Caruana Fabiano ITA 2697 11,5 2678 230
37 44 Safarli Eltaj AZE 2661 11,5 2667 232,5
38 27 Fressinet Laurent FRA 2705 11,5 2666 227,5
39 50 Van Wely Loek NED 2647 11,5 2653 219
40 28 Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2703 11,5 2646 228

(Full standings here)

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  • 2 years ago


    @Chessdogblack Another bitter person angry at powerful White men. It must eat you up inside that you'll never be better than them. It's sad that when you watch Anand play Carlsen you see White vs Dark. I was watching the greatest chess player to grace this planet take his rightful place in chess history; it's sad to be you.

  • 2 years ago



    please add "reply to comments" feature, like chessvibes does, the one you aquired site by mr. pete d. :P


    tnx :P

  • 2 years ago


    chessdogg you are welcome to your reality;The reality is that Magnus Carlsen

    has just made another huge chess statement!!!!!!GREATEST CHESS PLAYER OF ALL TIME IS HIS GOAL REGARDLESS OF THE COLOUR OF IS SKIN.

  • 2 years ago


    @Chessdogblack you will burn...

  • 2 years ago


    @ chessrook1234: It seems to me that TB1 is the average rating of opponents, which means that Aronian also played weaker opponents than Carlsen (which is also logical since they played the Swiss-system). And also; Aronian did not do better than Carlsen, due to less scored points (17 vs 13,5). The rating column is just the blitz rating before the tournament started.

  • 2 years ago


    I think Carlsen must try World Correspondence Chess Championship to be quadruple world champion.

  • 2 years ago


    at tourney//see the rating. magnus played weaker opponents?

    Aronian did better against tougher opponents??


    World Blitz 2014 Dubai UAE Sun 15th Jun 2014 - Sun 22nd Jun 2014 
    Leading Final Round 21 Standings:
    1 4 Carlsen Magnus NOR 2837 17.0 2738 257.5 0.0
    2 9 Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2816 16.0 2740 256.0 0.0
    3 1 Nakamura Hikaru USA 2879 16.0 2734 256.5 0.0
    4 8 Le Quang Liem VIE 2817 14.0 2718 254.5 0.0
    5 7 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2822 13.5 2722 252.5 0.0
    6 3 Aronian Levon ARM 2863 13.5 2707 250.0 0.0
    7 6 Anand Viswanathan IND 2827 13.5 2694 251.5 0.0
  • 2 years ago


    Rating or Points?

    In Rapids, Caruana had 2840 to Magnus 2827? tougher opposition but 1/2 point less.//

    1 4 Carlsen Magnus NOR 2827 11.0 2730 131.0 0.0
    2 2 Caruana Fabiano ITA 2840 10.5 2741 131.0 0.0
  • 2 years ago


    @ chessrook1234, I assume the ratings you wonder about were their blitz ratings before this tournament started. If you want to see their live ratings at this time, you can see

  • 2 years ago


    @dogg -- In the world of politics, being a misinformed citizen can be viewed as worse than being an uniformed citizen.

  • 2 years ago


    chessdoggblack, you shouldn't be racist.

  • 2 years ago


    dogg im still not really sure you are really serious. If so you are misinformed.

  • 2 years ago


    looking at rating above...why is Aronian's rating here 2860 so much greater than Magnus 2830? because he played tougher players? but he had fewer points? who is the real winner ?? Aronian- ?

  • 2 years ago


    pa pa para pato

  • 2 years ago



    Dude are you serious? All you do is downplay Carlsen. "Too weak too slow" was a friendly taunt! Laurent and Carlsen are very close friends, not nemesis like Kramnik and Topalov.

  • 2 years ago


    @Chessdogblack...Remember God judges from the heart..and that is where righteousness is measure...I would consider Magnus to be the one that scripture call the "righteous" me no "opposite" can get where he so all "true" great "soul and mind" of history are also righteous...Those "sportmanship" you talking about are just lil things we all had mistakenly, accidently, or in the moment said or maybe that is Magnus sense of humour or they playing around...just a lil insight that all..:)

  • 2 years ago


    We must ever realize that chess is a mind game;if we reckon how Plato puts it... what we do is the index of the mind...Magnus has it.

  • 2 years ago


    someone has fun deleting my comments. And all I was talking about is fat GMs/ or unhealthy vs Carlsen. 

    Health gives you advantage over not so healthy player. Like it or not. 

  • 2 years ago


    Leaderless society directly under the rule of Yahushuah is the better way for peace not the World leaders and Religious leaders rule..... The new world order we will get nothing peace at all and we will under directly by Satanic rule...

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