Commanding Carlsen Leads World Rapids

Commanding Carlsen Leads World Rapids

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2012 world rapid and blitz.jpgAfter the second day of play in the World Rapid Chess Championships in Kazakhstan, Magnus Carlsen has a commanding lead of 1½ points from the world class field.

After 10 of the 15 scheduled rounds Carlsen remains undefeated on 8½ points, securing his place with a victory against his co-leader from yesterday, Sergey Karjakin, in the last round of the day.

A selection of games from day 2 are below.  All the games are available at the official website.

The full current standings are:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2837
2 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2752 7
3 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2779 7
4 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2726 6
5 Dreev, Aleksey  RUS  2677
6 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2763
7 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2788
8 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2749 5
9 Kurnosov, Igor  RUS  2663 5
10 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2738
11 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2769
12 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2770 4
13 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  KAZ  2589 4
14 Bologan, Viktor  MDA  2732 3
15 Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA  2644 3
16 Ismagambetov, Anuar  KAZ  2471 2

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The full results from day 2 (rounds 6-10):

Round 6
Carlsen, Magnus  ½-½  Dreev, Aleksey
Karjakin, Sergey  ½-½  Morozevich, Alexander
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  1-0  Bologan, Viktor
Radjabov, Teimour  1-0  Grischuk, Alexander
Svidler, Peter  ½-½  Tkachiev, Vladislav
Kurnosov, Igor  1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Ivanchuk, Vassily  ½-½  Topalov, Veselin
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  1-0  Ismagambetov, Anuar
Round 7 
Topalov, Veselin  1-0  Radjabov, Teimour
Dreev, Aleksey  ½-½  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Grischuk, Alexander  1-0  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Gelfand, Boris  ½-½  Carlsen, Magnus
Morozevich, Alexander  ½-½  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Bologan, Viktor  0-1  Karjakin, Sergey
Tkachiev, Vladislav  ½-½  Kurnosov, Igor
Ismagambetov, Anuar  0-1  Svidler, Peter
Round 8 
Carlsen, Magnus  1-0  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Karjakin, Sergey  1-0  Dreev, Aleksey
Radjabov, Teimour  ½-½  Morozevich, Alexander
Svidler, Peter  1-0  Grischuk, Alexander
Kurnosov, Igor  1-0  Ismagambetov, Anuar
Gelfand, Boris  1-0  Tkachiev, Vladislav
Ivanchuk, Vassily  1-0  Bologan, Viktor
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  1-0  Topalov, Veselin
Round 9
Topalov, Veselin  1-0  Svidler, Peter
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  1-0  Karjakin, Sergey
Dreev, Aleksey  1-0  Ivanchuk, Vassily
Grischuk, Alexander  ½-½  Kurnosov, Igor
Morozevich, Alexander  ½-½  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Bologan, Viktor  1-0  Radjabov, Teimour
Tkachiev, Vladislav  0-1  Carlsen, Magnus
Ismagambetov, Anuar  1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Round 10 
Carlsen, Magnus  1-0  Karjakin, Sergey
Radjabov, Teimour  ½-½  Dreev, Aleksey
Svidler, Peter  0-1  Morozevich, Alexander
Kurnosov, Igor  0-1  Topalov, Veselin
Gelfand, Boris  ½-½  Grischuk, Alexander
Ivanchuk, Vassily  0-1  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  0-1  Bologan, Viktor
Tkachiev, Vladislav  0-1  Ismagambetov, Anuar

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The format for the world rapid championship is a 16-player round robin competition at the time control of 15 minutes plus 10 second increment.

The schedule:

Date Event Round
5 July Opening Ceremony
6 July Rapid Finals 1-5
7 July Rapid Finals 6-10
8 July Rapid Finals 11-15
9 July Blitz Finals 1-15
10 July Blitz Finals 16-30
11 July Departure

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The total prize funds are $200,000 for the rapid championships, and another $200,000 for the blitz championship (see distribution below).

Place Prize
Winner $40,000
2nd place $33,000
3rd place $27,500
4th place $22,500
5th place $18,000
6th place $14,000
7th place $12,000
8th place $10,000
9th place $7,000
10th place $4,000
11th-16th place $2,000 each

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Games start each day at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC) and the live coverage at the official website is available here.

Games via TWIC.



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