Aronian wins World Blitz Championship

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Aronian wins World Blitz ChampionshipLevon Aronian today won the 2010 World Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia. The Armenian scored 24.5 points out of 38 games and finished half a point ahead of Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan. Third came Magnus Carlsen from Norway, who won the title in 2009. First video, audio clip Aronian and many photos.

The World Blitz Championship took place at the GUM department store on Red Square in Moscow, from 16 to 18 November. It was a 20-player, double round-robin tournament with 14 rounds on the first day, 14 on the second and 10 on the final day. The rate of play for all games was 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment.

Since last year's winner Magnus Carlsen picked lot number 20 at the drawing of lots, and Hikaru Nakamura got number 1, the two big favorites already met in the very first round. The American grandmaster had never played in the World Blitz before, but is known to be very strong in quickplay and in fact defeated Carlsen in a tournament in Norway last year. However, this time it was Carlsen who won this psychologically important first game.

Carlsen finished on 10/14 on the first day, the same score as Levon Aronian. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also had an excellent first day, and finished only half a point behind the two leaders. Hikaru Nakamura, a favourite to win the title for many, had a terrible start with three losses in the first three games (against Carlsen, Kramnik and Vachier-Lagrave). Eventually the American finished on a decent 7.5/14 to stay in the race.

On the second day, just before the end, Nakamura seemed to be on his way back with a convincing victory against Levon Aronian. Here's his summary of the game as an audio clip, followed by the game itself:

[audio:http://www.chessvibes.com/audio/talmem10/blitz/nakamura-aronian.mp3]

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We have much more high-quality video material and we intend to publish more material at a later stage. In the mean time, besides the awesome video stream on the Russian Chess Federation's website (don't miss the hyperlinks on the right hand side) we refer to the channel of bumblebee1607 on YouTube - a friendly Russian we met in the playing hall. He was filming many of the games with a handheld camera and had some problems with the white balance, but at least you can follow some of the action already.

After the second day Levon Aronian was in sole lead with a score of 18.5/28, followed by Carlsen with 17 points and then Radjabov, Nepomniachtchi and Kramnik on 16 points. Aronian continued strongly on the third and last day, and at some point built up a margin of three points. Despite losing his last two games to Karjakin and Svidler, he still ended clear first, half a point ahead of Radjabov.

Here's an audio clip with Aronian after the tournament: [audio:http://www.chessvibes.com/audio/talmem10/blitz/aronian.mp3]

On a personal note, we found the atmosphere at the World Blitz quite thrilling. The round 'arenas' in which the boards are placed work quite nicely, as the spectators can stand literally around the board without getting too close. However, at the games of 'popular' players such as Carlsen or Aronian often there were just too many spectators, so that it was quite difficult to follow the games at all (let alone film them).

A good solution would be to project the games on a large screen along one of the walls, or with separate TV screens, but this wasn't the case. In the corridor one TV was showing the video stream that was also shown online - game fragments in excellent quality, but never more than one game at the same time.

And so, if you really wanted to follow a certain game, it was important to check the pairings and board numbers, and arrive early at the particular board. A number of spectators even stayed at board 1 (where Carlsen played many games in a row) even during the breaks, as they didn't want to give up their good spot...

World Blitz Championship 2010 | Final Standings
World Blitz Championship 2010 | Final Standings


Games via TWIC



Game viewer by ChessTempo


Again the GUM department store is the venue

Again the GUM department store was the venue



Speeches from officials before the event

Speeches from officials before the event



Head of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation Arkadij Dvorkovich

Head of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation Arkadij Dvorkovich



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov



Ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov



Dvorkovich and a representative of E4 Group signing a new sponsor agreement

Dvorkovich and a representative of E4 Group signing a new sponsor agreement



Former political opponents Ilyumzhinov and Karpov

Former political opponents Ilyumzhinov and Karpov chatting



Fabiano Caruana and his father Lou

Fabiano Caruana and his father Lou, before the tournament started



Levon Aronian

Levon Aronian, getting ready too



Pavel Eljanov, photographer Anastasia Karlovich and Sergei Movsesian

Pavel Eljanov, photographer Anastasia Karlovich and Sergei Movsesian



World Junior Champion Dmitry Andreikin

World Junior Champion Dmitry Andreikin



Magnus Carlsen interviewed just before the tournament started

Magnus Carlsen interviewed just before the tournament



Sergei Karjakin, Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk

Sergei Karjakin, Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk



Sergei Karjakin

Sergei Karjakin



Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand

Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand



Rauf Mamedov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Rauf Mamedov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov



Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura, a bit tense before the first round



Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk

Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk



Ruslan Ponomariov

Ruslan Ponomariov



Teimour Radjabov and one of the arbiters in Moscow, Faik Gasanov

Teimour Radjabov and one of the arbiters in Moscow, his compatriot Faik Gasanov



Boris Savchenko

Boris Savchenko



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave chatting with Joel Lautier

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave chatting with spectator GM Joel Lautier



Anatoli Vaisser

Spectator and World Senior Champ GM Anatoli Vaisser



Carlsen, in a good mood, talking with his father Henrik

Carlsen, in a good mood, talking with his father Henrik



Chief arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz interviewed before the tournament

Chief arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz interviewed before the tournament



Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana in action



Carlsen-Svidler

Carlsen-Svidler inside one of the round 'arenas'



Aronian-Ponomariov

Aronian-Ponomariov with young and old spectators



Carlsen-Nakamura: Hikaru takes revenge

A handshake before the game Carlsen-Nakamura: Hikaru takes revenge in their second encounter



Kramnik-Andreikin

Kramnik-Andreikin



Spectator GM Dennis Khismatullin

Spectator GM Dennis Khismatullin



Boris Gelfand

Boris Gelfand trying to find concentration before a game



Scores added by one of the arbiters

Scores added by one of the arbiters



Levon Aronian interviewed for Russian TV just after the last round

Levon Aronian interviewed for Russian TV just after the last round



President of the Russian Chess Federation Alexander Zhukov

President of the Russian Chess Federation Alexander Zhukov spoke at the closing ceremony



Levon Aronian with the World Blitz cup

Levon Aronian with the World Blitz cup



The traditional 'family photo'

The traditional family picture - Karjakin holds the Tal Memorial trophy; Aronian will get his sent to his home in Berlin



After the ceremony a few exhibition matches were held, here with Carlsen and Zhukov vs Kramnik and Dvorkovich

After the ceremony a few exhibition matches were held, here with Carlsen and Zhukov vs Kramnik and Dvorkovich



Kramnik and Dvorkovich

Kramnik and Dvorkovich



Carlsen and Zhukov

Carlsen and Zhukov



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