Dominguez Wins World Blitz Title

Dominguez Wins World Blitz Title

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Nov 8, 2008, 9:06 AM |
10 | Chess Event Coverage

The World Blitz Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has ended in victory for the 25 year-old Cuban player Leinier Dominguez (pictured), just half a point ahead of the defending champion Vassily Ivanchuk.  Dominguez finished undefeated and pockets the first prize of 80,000 Swiss Francs.  Not bad for a short days work!

A further point behind in third place was the new Russian Champion, Peter Svidler.  The 2006 blitz champion Alexander Grischuk finished a creditable fourth and Gata Kamsky finished 9th.  Top women's player Judit Polgar was a disappointing last place, with only one victory in the event.

All the games from each individual round are now available for replay or download from the official site at this link, but don't expect to see masterpieces - having 5 minutes for all moves and no time increment isn't conducive to quality play, but it is a good test of speed of thought and hand!

A flavour of the event can be found from the downloadable audio commentary on the games also available at the official site.

The full results:

Place Name 
FIDE  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Total 
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2786 X  =  =  1 =  1 0 1 1 1 1 1 =  1 1 0 11
1 Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2719 =  X  =  =  1 1 =  1 1 =  1 =  =  1 1 1 11.5
12 Rublevsky, Sergei  RUS  2702 =  =  X  0 =  =  1 =  =  0 0 1 0 =  1 0 6.5
6 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE  2752 0 =  1 X  1 1 1 =  0 0 =  1 =  1 1 =  9.5
8 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2787 =  0 =  0 X  0 0 1 0 1 0 1 =  1 1 1 7.5
11 Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA  2664 0 0 =  0 1 X  =  =  =  =  =  1 1 0 =  0 6.5
9 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2729 1 =  0 0 1 =  X  =  0 =  0 1 0 0 1 1 7
10 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2719 0 0 =  =  0 =  =  X  0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 7
4 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2719 0 0 =  1 1 =  1 1 X  1 =  1 =  0 1 1 10
13 Vaganian, Rafael A  ARM  2590 0 =  1 1 0 =  =  0 0 X  0 1 0 1 0 0 5.5
7 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  KAZ  2640 0 0 1 =  1 =  1 0 =  1 X  =  0 1 1 0 8
15 Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND  2694 0 =  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 =  X  0 1 =  1 3.5
3 Svidler, Peter  RUS  2727 =  =  1 =  =  0 1 1 =  1 1 1 X  1 =  0 10
14 Amin, Bassem  EGY  2560 0 0 =  0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 X  1 0 4.5
16 Polgar, Judit  HUN  2711 0 0 0 0 0 =  0 0 0 1 0 =  =  0 X  0 2.5
5 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2731 1 0 1 =  0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 X  9.5


Here is Ivanchuk's first round game against Mamedyarov.

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