2013 European Rapid and Blitz championships

12/16/2013 – It has been a massive amount of top-notch international rapid chess with the London Chess Classic, the Beijing Mind Games, and not to be outdone: the European Bitz and Rapid championships, held in Warsaw, Poland. What the European lacked in top-ten players, they made up for in sheer numbers with no fewer than 437 players in the blitz championship and 747 in the rapid. Even Santa played.

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It has been a massive amount of top-notch international rapid chess and blitz with the London Chess Classic, the Beijing Mind Games, and not to be outdone: the European Bitz and Rapid championships. What the European lacked in top-ten players, they made up for in sheer numbers with no fewer than 437 players in the blitz championship and 747 players in the rapid. An ever popular event, it was held once more in Warsaw, Poland, and the main sponsor was MetLife Amplico.

The blitz tournament was won by Ukrainian GM Anton Korobov, who demolished the field with 18.5/22, confirming his favoritism as he was also the top seed with the highest FIDE Blitz rating of 2753. In second was French GM Vladislav Tkachiev, and third was local Bartosz Socko, both with 17.0/22.

The opening ceremony with the sponsors and organizers

The top tables awaiting the green light

Anton Korobov had a scintillating event, winning the blitz and fifth in the rapid

Top Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (left)

The playing hall holding the 437 players

The top tables attracted a number of spectators, though they were protected by barriers

Final standings of European Blitz Championship

Rk Tit Name Nat Bl Rtg Pts
1 GM Korobov, Anton UKR B 2753 18,5
2 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA B 2688 17,0
3 GM Socko, Bartosz POL B 2618 17,0
4 GM Rapport, Richard HUN B 2598 16,5
5 GM Dubov, Daniil RUS B 2683 16,5
6 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM B 2702 16,5
7 GM Andriasian, Zaven ARM B 2679 16,5
8 GM Wojtaszek, Radosław POL 2711 16,0
9 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM B 2613 16,0
10 GM Grigoryan, Karen H. ARM B 2543 16,0
11 GM Cheparinov, Ivan BUL B 2668 16,0
12 GM Kulaots, Kaido EST B 2564 16,0
13 GM Mitoń, Kamil POL B 2578 15,5
14 GM Antipov, Mikhail Al. RUS B 2517 15,5
15 GM Azarov, Sergei BLR B 2614 15,5
16 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR B 2642 15,5
17 GM Olszewski, Michał POL B 2531 15,5
18 GM Jussupow, Artur GER B 2505 15,5
19 GM Ragger, Markus AUT B 2635 15,5
20 IM Kuźmicz, Krystian POL B 2494 15,5

Note: the ratings are the FIDE Blitz ratings

Complete blitz standings

The European Rapid championship was played over the course of eleven rounds and was won by Hungarian GM Richard Rapport on tiebreak with 9.5/11, ahead of Vladimir Malakhov, second, and Tigran Petrosian, who came in third. It is worth noting that Rapport had an amazing start with 8.5/9 and drew his last two games.

It was a huge event with over 700 players. The playing hall was beautiful.

The top eight boards could be viewed online

How could ChessBase not be a partner to such an event?

GM Richard Rapport had a fantastic start with 8.5/9

A nice win by Anton Korobov:

[Event "ch-European Rapid 2013"] [Site "Warsaw POL"] [Date "2013.12.14"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Korobov, Anton"] [Black "Antipov, Mikhail Al"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E32"] [WhiteElo "2713"] [BlackElo "2511"] [PlyCount "109"] [EventDate "2013.12.14"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d6 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. e3 Ne4 9. Qc2 f5 10. Bd3 Ndf6 11. b4 b6 12. Bb2 Bb7 13. Rd1 Qe8 14. d5 e5 15. Nd2 Qg6 16. O-O Nxd2 17. Rxd2 e4 18. Be2 Nd7 19. f4 exf3 20. Rxf3 Ne5 21. Rg3 Qf7 22. c5 Rae8 23. c6 Bc8 24. Rd4 Ng4 25. Qd2 Nf6 26. Bf3 Ne4 $2 {Missing the fine tactical shot that ensued:} 27. Rxe4 $1 fxe4 (27... Rxe4 $2 {would be much worse after} 28. Rxg7+ Qxg7 29. Bxg7 Kxg7 30. Bxe4 fxe4 31. Qd4+ Rf6 32. Qxe4) 28. Rxg7+ $1 Qxg7 29. Bxg7 Kxg7 30. Qd4+ Re5 31. Bxe4 {And White was able to convert his advantage.} Bf5 32. Bf3 Ra8 33. h4 h6 34. Qf4 Rf8 35. a4 a6 36. a5 b5 37. Qd4 Bc8 38. Qa7 Re7 39. Kf2 Rf6 40. e4 Rff7 41. Ke3 Kf6 42. Qb8 Rf8 43. Qa7 Rff7 44. Kd3 Rf8 45. Qf2 Kg7 46. Qg3+ Kh7 47. Qf2 Kg7 48. Kc3 Rd8 49. Qd4+ Re5 50. Be2 Rde8 51. Bd3 Rd8 52. g4 Bxg4 53. Qa7 Re7 54. Qxa6 Rb8 55. Qb7 1-0

It wasn't all grandmasters and 2700 ratings

Wait, who is that in the back with the red jacket? Is it....?

Yes! His opponent is wondering whether winning might jinx her wish list

Ha! Little does he realize this is still Kramnik-Aronian from Zurich 2011

Final standings of European Rapid Championship

Rk Tit Name Nat Bl Rtg Pts
1 GM Rapport, Richard HUN R 2661 9,5
2 GM Malakhov, Vladimir RUS R 2756 9,5
3 GM Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM R 2637 9,5
4 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR R 2678 9,0
5 GM Korobov, Anton UKR R 2752 9,0
6 GM Jobava, Baadur GEO R 2678 9,0
7 GM Socko, Bartosz POL R 2661 9,0
8 GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan ESP R 2620 9,0
9 GM Lysyj, Igor RUS R 2640 9,0
10 GM Krasenkow, Michal POL R 2609 9,0
11 GM Cheparinov, Ivan BUL R 2710 8,5
12 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM R 2647 8,5
13 GM Ragger, Markus AUT R 2689 8,5
14 GM Dubov, Daniil RUS R 2602 8,5
15 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL R 2713 8,5
16 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA R 2675 8,5
17 IM Pakleza, Zbigniew POL R 2471 8,5
18 GM Ivanisevic, Ivan SRB R 2638 8,5
19 GM Tregubov, Pavel V. RUS R 2570 8,5
20 GM Bryzgalin, Kirill RUS R 2584 8,5

Note: the ratings are the FIDE Rapid ratings

Complete rapid standings


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