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Nepomniachtchi and Dreev tied in first place after first day of World Rapid Championship

A star-filled playing hall

A star-filled playing hall

The first day of the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2013 in Khanty-Mansiysk is over. 58 participants from 17 countries started their fights for the chess crown.

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The first symbolic move on the 1st table was made by Alexey Putin, the vice governor of Ugra, in the game between Alexander Grischuk – current world champion – and Ivan Popov, the 2012 champion of Moscow.

After three rounds, three grandmasters, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Dreev from Russia and Francisco Vallejo from Spain were leading the field with perfect scores. Nevertheless, Nepomniachtchi became sole leader after the 4th round thanks to his victory over Francisco Vallejo.

At the mean time, Alexey Dreev and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan were half a point behind. In the 5th round, Nepomniachtchi and Ildar Khairullin agreed a draw on the 16th move; Dreev outplayed Victor Bologan from Moldavia and caught the leader.

The current situation at the end of the day is as follows: 1-2. Nepomniachtchi, Dreev (both players from Russia) both have 4.5 points, 3-4. Mamedyarov, Khairullin both with 4 points, 5-12. Alexander Grischuk, Dmitry Andreikin and Vladimir Potkin (all three from Russia), Victor Bologan (Moldavia), Francisco Vallejo (Spain), Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Gata Kamsky (USA), Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) all have 3.5 points. Full standings below.

Among the men participants, there is a woman chess player, Kateryna Lahno from Ukraine, twice European champion. She made 4 draws but lost against Boris Grachev (Russia) in the 5th round.

6th-10th rounds of the Championship are scheduled for Friday June 7th, the second tournament day.

The World Rapid Championship will be held in the Ugra Chess Academy on June 6th – 8th. Participants will play fifteen games – five games per day. According to the Regulations, the time control is 15 minutes until the end of the game plus an additional 10 seconds per move. All monetary prizes are shared equally, in cases of any tied positions.

Grischuk - Zvjaginsev

Grischuk – Zvjaginsev

Grachev - Lahno

Grachev – Lahno

Ruslan Ponomariov

Ruslan Ponomariov

Photos by Kirill Merkuryev and Maria Emelianova for the official website.

Standings after 5 rounds:

1 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2762 4.5
2 GM Dreev, Aleksey RUS 2746 4.5
3 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2726 4
4 GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2683 4
5 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2663 3.5
6 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA 2663 3.5
7 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2706 3.5
8 GM Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2678 3.5
9 GM Kamsky, Gata USA 2751 3.5
10 GM Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2692 3.5
11 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2825 3.5
12 GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2660 3.5
13 GM Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2691 3
14 GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2639 3
15 GM Frolyanov, Dmitry RUS 2665 3
16 GM Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2638 3
16 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2623 3
18 IM Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2573 3
19 GM Le, Quang Liem VIE 2681 3
20 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2616 3
21 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2684 3
22 GM Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2680 3
23 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2714 3
24 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2690 3
25 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2671 2.5
26 GM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2531 2.5
27 GM Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2674 2.5
28 GM Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2590 2.5
29 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2682 2.5
30 GM Dubov, Daniil RUS 2584 2.5
31 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2696 2.5
32 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2743 2.5
33 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2588 2.5
34 GM Popov, Ivan RUS 2639 2
35 IM Potapov, Pavel RUS 2498 2
36 GM Kabanov, Nikolai RUS 2445 2
37 GM Cherniaev, Alexander RUS 2494 2
38 GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr RUS 2564 2
39 GM AL-Sayed, Mohammed QAT 2513 2
40 GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2561 2
41 GM Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2731 2
42 GM Guseinov, Gadir AZE 2640 2
43 GM Bezgodov, Alexei RUS 2482 2
44 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2712 2
45 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2719 2
46 GM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2634 2
47 GM Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2651 2
48 GM Lagno, Kateryna UKR 2598 2
49 GM Vasquez Schroeder, Rodrigo CHI 2563 1.5
50 FM Gordievsky, Dmitry RUS 2517 1.5
51 GM Gundavaa, Bayarsaikhan MGL 2516 1.5
52 IM Pasiev, Rakhim RUS 2412 1.5
53   Ram, S. Krishnan IND 2313 1
54 IM Nadanian, Ashot ARM 2428 1
55 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2625 1
56 FM Byambaa, Zulzaga MGL 2285 1
57 GM Skatchkov, Pavel RUS 2486 1
58 IM Akbaev, Kazbek RUS 2428 0.5
           

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