World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2012 (updated)

The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2012 will take place 1-10 July in Astana, Kazakhstan. A total of 16 prominent Grandmasters will participate for the prize fund of 400 000 USD.

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World Rapid Chess Championship
For the games in the World Rapid Chess Championship each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. The Final Tournament will be played in three days as a single round-robin event, 5 rounds per day (or 15 rounds in three days). Here are the participants in the final.

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Magnus Carlsen, 2837
Teimour Radjabov, 2788
Sergey Karjakin, 2779
Alexander Morozevich, 2770
Vassily Ivanchuk, 2769
Alexander Grischuk, 2763
Veselin Topalov, 2752
Peter Svidler, 2749
Boris Gelfand, 2738
Viktor Bologan, 2732
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2726
Alexey Dreev, 2677
Igor Kurnosov, 2663
Vladislav Tkachiev, 2644
Murtas Kazhgaleyev, 2589
Anuar Ismagambetov, 2471


The final tournament consists of 16 players. Three of them qualified from the Semi Finals – Igor Kurnosov, Alexey Dreev and Vladislav Tkachiev.


Tiebreak priorities for 1st place:
a) Results between the players involved;
b) Number of wins;
c) Sonneborn-Berger score;
d) Sudden death game 5’-4’.


World Blitz Chess Championship

The tournament final consists of 16 players. The time control for the World Blitz Chess Championship for each player will be 3 minutes + 2 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. The Final Tournament will be played in two days as a double roundrobin event, 15 rounds per day (or 30 rounds in two days). The Semi-Final Tournament shall be played in one day as a Swiss tournament, 11 double rounds black and white, altogether – 22 games. This makes a total of 52 blitz games for each of the players that qualify from the semi finals.

01. Magnus Carlsen 2835
02. Teimour Radjabov 2784
03. Sergey Karjakin 2779
04. Alexander Morozevich 2769
05. Vassily Ivanchuk 2764
06. Alexander Grischuk 2761
07. Veselin Topalov 2752
08. Peter Svidler 2741
09. Boris Gelfand 2727
10. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2726
11. Jumabayev, Rinat 2556
12. Kotsur, Pavel 2548


The final 4 players are determined in the same way as in the World Rapid, the tiebreak rules are also the same.



July 1, Sunday Arrival of participants in Astana, hotel accommodation (individual program)
July 2, Monday
15:00 Rapid qualifiers – 5 rounds
July 3, Tuesday
15:00 Rapid qualifiers – 4 rounds
July 4, Wednesday
15:00 Blitz qualifiers – 11*2
20:00 Closing of Blitz semifinals
July 5, Thursday
11:00 Opening ceremony of World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships
19:00 Welcome reception on behalf of President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation
July 6, Friday
11:00 Technical conference of Championships participants
15:00 Rapid Chess Championship – 1 through 5 rounds
July 7, Saturday
15:00 Rapid Chess Championship – 6 through 10 rounds
July 8, Sunday
15:00 Rapid Chess Championship 11 through 15 rounds
July 9, Monday
15:00 World Blitz Chess Championship 1 through 15 rounds
July 10, Tuesday
15:00 World Blitz Chess Championship 16 through 30 rounds
20:00 Closing ceremony of World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships
July 11, Wednesday Departure of participants in accordance with schedule

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