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Le Quang Liem is the new World Blitz Champion

Le Quang Liem

Le Quang Liem

The results of the World Blitz Chess Championship were known on June 10th at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk. Sixty chess players from eighteen countries fought for the title of World Blitz Champion.

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Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vietnamese Le Quang Liem were leading after the first day. Both Grandmasters had 12 points each, but the distance from the competitors was not very big: half a point behind was Ruslan Ponomariov from the Ukraine. Also, very close to the leading chess players, there was a group of players such as Alexander Grischuk, Ernesto Inarkiev and Rauf Mamedov.

At the beginning of the second day, Le Quang Liem was ahead of the pack, and he managed to keep this advantage until the end of the event. However, before the last round, Ruslan Ponomariov came very close to the Vietnamese grandmaster. A victory over Sergey Movsesian (Armenia) in the last round brought the gold medal to Le in the World Blitz championship. Ponomariov made a draw in the last round against Gabriel Sargissian.

Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi and Ponomatiov finished the championship only half a point behind the winner. The silver medal went to Alexander Grischuk, while the bronze one went to Ruslan Ponomariov. Final standings below.

The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship took place on 6th – 10th June in Khanty-Mansiysk. The World Rapid Champion was known on 8 June; Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) won this event after a tremendous last day. Silver and bronze went to Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk, respectively.

The prize fund of the championships amounted to 400 thousand US dollars and was divided between both tournaments equally.

The Vietnamese star mentioned in an interview that, after Khanty-Mansiysk, he will participate in the Asian indoor games – chess is included in the program. Later, he will play in the World Cup in Tromso.

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Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk

Ruslan Ponomariov

Ruslan Ponomariov

Anastasiya Karlovich and Ian Nepomniachtchi

Anastasiya Karlovich and Ian Nepomniachtchi

Final Standings:

1 GM Le, Quang Liem VIE 2771 20.5
2 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2858 20
3 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2743 20
4 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2813 20
5 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2665 19.5
6 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2718 19.5
7 GM Dubov, Daniil RUS 2655 18
8 GM Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2696 18
9 GM Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2824 17.5
10 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2657 17
11 GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2650 17
12 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2723 17
13 GM Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2691 17
14 GM Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2633 16.5
15 GM Dreev, Aleksey RUS 2711 16.5
16 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2777 16.5
17 GM Kamsky, Gata USA 2734 16.5
18 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2590 16.5
19 GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2597 16
20 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2606 16
21 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA 2650 16
22 GM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2565 16
23 IM Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2584 16
24 GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2603 15.5
25 GM Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2693 15.5
26 GM Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2637 15.5
27 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2734 15.5
28 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2602 15.5
29 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2693 15.5
30 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2617 15
31 GM Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2678 15
32 GM Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2725 15
33 GM Gundavaa, Bayarsaikhan MGL 2561 15
34 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2690 15
35 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2728 15
36 GM Guseinov, Gadir AZE 2610 14.5
37 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2659 14.5
38 GM Frolyanov, Dmitry RUS 2533 14.5
39 GM Bezgodov, Alexei RUS 2472 14.5
40 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2654 14.5
41 GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr RUS 2583 14
42 GM Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2607 14
43 GM Lagno, Kateryna UKR 2504 14
44 GM Popov, Ivan RUS 2650 14
45 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2557 14
46 GM Vasquez Schroeder, Rodrigo CHI 2542 14
47 GM Cherniaev, Alexander RUS 2486 14
48 IM Pasiev, Rakhim RUS 2523 13.5
49 FM Gordievsky, Dmitry RUS 2584 13.5
50   Ram, S. Krishnan IND 2341 13.5
51 IM Nadanian, Ashot ARM 2428 13.5
52 GM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2538 13
53 GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2560 13
54 GM Skatchkov, Pavel RUS 2486 13
55 IM Potapov, Pavel RUS 2516 12.5
56 GM AL-Sayed, Mohammed QAT 2504 10
57 GM Kabanov, Nikolai RUS 2440 10
58 FM Byambaa, Zulzaga MGL 2273 8.5
59 FM Sibriaev, Aleksandr RUS 2239 6
60 IM Akbaev, Kazbek RUS 2475 3
           

 

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