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Sergey Karjakin is World Rapid Champion!

Sergey Karjakin is the new World Rapid Champion! He won the competition in Astana with 11,5/15, a full point ahead of the second Carlsen, after completing a fenomenal third day with 4,5/5. This adds yet another brilliant trophy to the carrer of Sergey Karjakin and one more time justifies the transfer that the Russian Chess Federation made a few years ago.

Magnus Carlsen was brilliant during day 1 and day 2 of the World Rapid chess championship in Astana. However, his third day games were in total contrast to the general performance so far. He started with a logical win against Ismagambetov, but scored back-to-back loses against Ivanchuk and Grischuk. A draw against Radjabov left him without much practical chances for the title, while in the last game he could have even lost the silver, had Veselin Topalov seen a forced mate in the endgame.

Topalov himself had yet another strange mixture of irregular performances. He made normal draws with Ismagambetov and Gelfand, and exploded in the right moment with a beautiful sacrifice in a key game against Grischuk. However, right when he was touching the silver, he missed the already mentioned mate in the game with Carlsen.

Grischuk and Mamedyarov had good chances for the bronze medals during the third day, up to the last moment they were possible top finishers. In the final table Grischuk has equal points with Topalov and will share the prize money with him, while Mamedyarov is half a point behind.

The classical chess finalist Boris Gelfand showed solid chess to take the 6th position, half a point ahead of Ivanchuk, Svidler and Radjabov. Alexaei Dreev is clear 10th, followed by Morozevich, Bologan, Kurnosov, Kazhgaleyev, Tkachiev, and Ismagambetov.

 

 More about the World Rapid Chess Championship

Participants list and information (in Russian here) / Semi Finals Day 1 / Semi Finals day 2 / Live games

World Rapid finals day 1 / World Rapid Finals day 2

Final standings

1 GM Karjakin, Sergey RUS 11.5
2 GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 10.5
3 GM Topalov, Veselin BUL 9.5
4 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 9.5
5 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS 9
6 GM Gelfand, Boris ISR 8
7 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 7.5
8 GM Svidler, Peter RUS 7.5
9 GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 7.5
10 GM Dreev, Aleksey RUS 7
11 GM Morozevich, Alexander RUS 6.5
12 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA 6
13 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 6
14 GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 6
15 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 4.5
16 GM Ismagambetov, Anuar KAZ 3.5

 

More about Sergey Karjakin

Sergey Alexandrovich Karjakin is born January 12, 1990 in Simferopol. He is a chess prodigy and holds the record for both the youngest International Master (eleven years and eleven months old) and youngest grandmaster in history (at the age of twelve years and seven months). He is currently 6th in the world with ELO rating 2779, while his highest mark is 2788 in July 2011.
During the Chess World Cup 2007, which served as a qualification tournament for the World Chess Championship 2010, Karjakin reached the semi-finals, in which he lost to Alexei Shirov. On the January 2008 FIDE rating list, published just before Karjakin’s eighteenth birthday, he passed the 2700 mark for the first time, with a new rating of 2732 and a world rank of 13.

In July 2008 Karjakin played a ten game rapid chess match against GM Nigel Short and won convincingly with a score of 7.5-2.5. In February 2009 he won the A group of the Corus chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee (category XIX) with a score of 8/13.

Later he also won the ACP World Rapid Cup which was conducted from 27 May to 29 May 2010. He defeated Dmitry Jakovenko in the final game by 4-3.

In November 2011 Karjakin tied for 3rd–5th with Vassily Ivanchuk and Ian Nepomniachtchi in the category 22 Tal Memorial in Moscow.

World Rapid Results day 1

1
Gelfand, Boris  - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1
Grischuk, Alexander  - Bologan, Viktor 1_0
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Dreev, Aleksey 0-1
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1
Kurnosov, Igor  - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½
Svidler, Peter  - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½
Topalov, Veselin  - Morozevich, Alexander 1_0
2
Bologan, Viktor  - Topalov, Veselin ½-½
Carlsen, Magnus  - Morozevich, Alexander 1_0
Dreev, Aleksey  - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Gelfand, Boris 0-1
Karjakin, Sergey  - Tkachiev, Vladislav 1_0
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Svidler, Peter ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 1_0
Radjabov, Teimour  - Kurnosov, Igor 1_0
3
Gelfand, Boris  - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1_0
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1
Kurnosov, Igor  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 1_0
Morozevich, Alexander  - Bologan, Viktor 1_0
Svidler, Peter  - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½
Topalov, Veselin  - Dreev, Aleksey ½-½
4
Carlsen, Magnus  - Bologan, Viktor 1_0
Dreev, Aleksey  - Morozevich, Alexander 1_0
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 1_0
Karjakin, Sergey  - Grischuk, Alexander 1_0
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Gelfand, Boris ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Topalov, Veselin 0-1
Radjabov, Teimour  - Tkachiev, Vladislav ½-½
Svidler, Peter  - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½
5
Bologan, Viktor  - Dreev, Aleksey ½-½
Gelfand, Boris  - Svidler, Peter ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander  - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1
Kurnosov, Igor  - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1
Morozevich, Alexander  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas ½-½
Topalov, Veselin  - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½

World Rapid 2012 results day 2

6
Carlsen, Magnus  - Dreev, Aleksey ½-½
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Topalov, Veselin ½-½
Karjakin, Sergey  - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 1_0
Kurnosov, Igor  - Gelfand, Boris 1_0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Bologan, Viktor 1_0
Radjabov, Teimour  - Grischuk, Alexander 1_0
Svidler, Peter  - Tkachiev, Vladislav ½-½
7
Bologan, Viktor  - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1
Dreev, Aleksey  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½
Gelfand, Boris  - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 1_0
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Svidler, Peter 0-1
Morozevich, Alexander  - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½
Topalov, Veselin  - Radjabov, Teimour 1_0
8
Carlsen, Magnus  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1_0
Gelfand, Boris  - Tkachiev, Vladislav 1_0
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Bologan, Viktor 1_0
Karjakin, Sergey  - Dreev, Aleksey 1_0
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Topalov, Veselin 1_0
Kurnosov, Igor  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 1_0
Radjabov, Teimour  - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½
Svidler, Peter  - Grischuk, Alexander 1_0
9
Bologan, Viktor  - Radjabov, Teimour 1_0
Dreev, Aleksey  - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1_0
Grischuk, Alexander  - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Gelfand, Boris 1_0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Karjakin, Sergey 1_0
Morozevich, Alexander  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas ½-½
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1
Topalov, Veselin  - Svidler, Peter 1_0
10
Carlsen, Magnus  - Karjakin, Sergey 1_0
Gelfand, Boris  - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Bologan, Viktor 0-1
Kurnosov, Igor  - Topalov, Veselin 0-1
Radjabov, Teimour  - Dreev, Aleksey ½-½
Svidler, Peter  - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 0-1

 

World Rapid Results day 3

11
Bologan, Viktor  - Svidler, Peter ½-½
Dreev, Aleksey  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 0-1
Grischuk, Alexander  - Tkachiev, Vladislav 1_0
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1
Karjakin, Sergey  - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1_0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½
Morozevich, Alexander  - Kurnosov, Igor 1_0
Topalov, Veselin  - Gelfand, Boris ½-½
12
Carlsen, Magnus  - Ivanchuk, Vassily 0-1
Gelfand, Boris  - Morozevich, Alexander 1_0
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1
Kurnosov, Igor  - Bologan, Viktor 0-1
Radjabov, Teimour  - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1
Svidler, Peter  - Dreev, Aleksey 1_0
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Topalov, Veselin 1_0
13
Bologan, Viktor  - Gelfand, Boris 0-1
Dreev, Aleksey  - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander  - Carlsen, Magnus 1_0
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Radjabov, Teimour 1_0
Karjakin, Sergey  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 1_0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Svidler, Peter 0-1
Morozevich, Alexander  - Tkachiev, Vladislav ½-½
Topalov, Veselin  - Ismagambetov, Anuar ½-½
14
Carlsen, Magnus  - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½
Gelfand, Boris  - Dreev, Aleksey 1_0
Grischuk, Alexander  - Topalov, Veselin 0-1
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1_0
Kurnosov, Igor  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1
Svidler, Peter  - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Bologan, Viktor 0-1
15
Bologan, Viktor  - Ismagambetov, Anuar ½-½
Dreev, Aleksey  - Tkachiev, Vladislav 1_0
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Svidler, Peter 1_0
Karjakin, Sergey  - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Gelfand, Boris 1_0
Morozevich, Alexander  - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½
Radjabov, Teimour  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 1_0
Topalov, Veselin  - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½

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