Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2010 World Blitz Championship

The 2010 World Blitz Championship is now on-going in Moscow. Twenty of the best players in the world have been invited to this annual event. I think the only top players missing are Anand and Ivancuk.

The event will be held over three days from 16th-18th November 2010. This is a double round robin event meaning a mammoth 38 rounds. Yesterday fourteen rounds were played. Another fourteen today and the rest on Thursday 18th November.

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian are leading after 14 rounds. Standings after 14 rounds:

 No. Title  Name Fed.  FIDE Total
 1  GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR  2802  10 
 2  GM  Aronian, Levon ARM  2801   10 
 3  GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2763  9.5 
 4  GM  Kramnik, Vladimir RUS  2791   8.5 
 5  GM Svidler, Peter RUS  2722  8.5 
 6  GM  Gelfand, Boris ISR  2741   8 
 7  GM Eljanov, Pavel UKR  2742  7.5 
 8  GM  Karjakin, Sergey RUS  2760   7.5 
 9  GM Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2771  7.5 
 10  GM  Nakamura, Hikaru USA  2741   7.5 
 11  GM Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2744  7 
 12  GM  Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS  2720   6.5 
 13  GM Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2709  6.5 
 14  GM  Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR  2744   6.5 
 15  GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA 2703  6 
 16  GM  Grachev, Boris RUS  2654   5.5 
 17  GM Movsesian, Sergei  SVK 2721  5 
 18  GM  Andreikin, Dmitry RUS  2683   5 
 19  GM Savchenko, Boris  RUS 2632  4.5 
 20  GM  Mamedov, Rauf AZE  2660   3 

The time control is three minutes and two seconds increment for every move. You might think it is hard to blunder with such increments but it happens to even the best of them.

Vachier Lagrave - Magnus Carlsen, After 67.Rc8
 Carlsen has an extra pawn though he is about to lose his c3 pawn in exchange for white's h6 pawn. The game should be drawn as Black cannot queen his last pawn in this ending as White will simply sacrifice his knight for the pawn at the right moment leading to a drawn RvR+N ending.

But something possessed Carlsen and he proceeded to lose with 67...Ne4?? allowing white to push his h-pawn. 68. h7 c2 69.Rxc2 Rxc2 70. h8=Q Rc6 71. Qe5+ Kd8 72. Ne6+ Kd7 73. Nd4 Rc5 74. Qe6+ Kc7 75.
Nxf5 1-0

Against Boris Gelfand, Carlsen in a winning position surprisingly lost on time. Despite these two setbacks, he won nine and drew two games to finish at the top.

The surprise is Hikaru Nakamura who is generally acknowledged as one of the best blitz player alive today. He lost six games to position on tenth.

Here is a selection of games:


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