Kasimdzhanov wins World Blitz Championship Qualifier

11/20/2007 – Former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov won the 64-player Preliminaries to the World Blitz Championship in Moscow. He and five other players qualified for the Finals that will be held on November 21 and 22. They are joined by the ten paticipants of the Tal Memorial, by previous finalists Grischuk and Svidler, as well as Anand and Karpov. Pictures and videos.

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World Blitz Championship Preliminaries, Moscow 2007

The World Blitz Championship is being held in two phases:

  1. Qualification tournament (Swiss system, 11 double rounds), which took place on November 19 and 20. Players with a rating of 2625 or higher were entitled to participate, with ten wild cards nominated by the organisers. Venue: Gogolevsky bld., 14, Central House of Chessplayer, named after Mikhail M. Botvinnik.

  2. The final tournament is double round robin with 20 participants playing each other with white and black pieces (the original number was 18, but the organisers decided to increase this to include the finalists of the 2006 World Blitz Championship in Israel, Alexander Grischuk Peter Svidler). The finals will be held on November 21 and 22, the venue is the GUM department store, Red Square 2.

The participants in the final are nominated as follows:

  • The ten participants of the Tal Memorial Tournament 2007
  • Two wild cards: Viswanathan Anand and Anatoly Karpov
  • Six players who qualified from the first-phase event
  • Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler

The rate of play is 4 minutes per game for each player, plus 2 seconds per move starting from move one. The prizes are US $25,000 for the winner, $15,000 for the runner up, $10,000 for third place and further prizes ranging from $7,250 for fourth to $2,500 each for 11th-14th places and $1,500 each for 15th-18th places. If there are ties in the final standing order, then all respective prizes, excepting the first one, are equally shared between the players who tied. The players who are the first, second and third in the final standing order will be awarded, respectively, with gold, silver and bronze medals.


Preliminaries of the World Blitz, with Rublevsky vs Lahno in the foreground


Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Ruslan Ponomariov (with Michael Adams in the background)


Blitz hunks: Vladislav Tkachiev and Etienne Bacrot


The glare: Kateryna Lahno, who scored 5.5/8 in the first half, vs Laurent Fressinet


Scenes from the World Blitz Championdhip©Europe Echecs


Scenes from the second day – ©Europe Echecs

Final standings of the Preliminaries (after 11 rounds)

No. SNo. Name Fed. FIDE Total MBch.
1 7 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2690 15.0 119.00
2 5 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2695 14.5 114.00
3 1 Adams, Michael ENG 2729 14.5 114.00
4 44 Savchenko, Boris RUS 2583 14.5 107.50
5 3 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2705 14.0 113.50
6 36 Dreev, Alexey RUS 2607 14.0 112.50
7 11 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2676 14.0 112.00
8 38 Korotylev, Alexey RUS 2600 14.0 108.00
9 21 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2654 13.5 105.50
10 18 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2661 13.0 123.00
11 31 Fedorov, Alexei BLR 2612 13.0 101.50
12 17 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2661 13.0 101.00
13 19 Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2660 13.0 91.00
14 14 Movsesian, Sergei SVK 2670 12.5 109.00
15 24 Volkov, Sergey RUS 2648 12.5 104.50
16 28 Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2637 12.5 96.50
17 33 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2611 12.0 116.00
18 8 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2690 12.0 112.00
19 9 Van Wely, Loek NED 2679 12.0 110.50
20 25 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2646 12.0 106.00
21 13 Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2674 12.0 104.50
22 4 Wang, Yue CHN 2703 12.0 104.00
23 23 Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2649 12.0 103.00
24 57 Dlugy, Maxim USA 2518 12.0 100.50
25 45 L'Ami, Erwin NED 2577 12.0 96.50
26 27 Smirin, Ilia ISR 2639 12.0 92.50
27 42 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2588 11.5 101.00
28 46 Iljin, Artem RUS 2565 11.5 97.50
29 48 Deviatkin, Andrei RUS 2555 11.5 96.50
30 50 Tukmakov, Vladimir B UKR 2551 11.5 96.00
31 26 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2639 11.5 96.00
32 32 Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2612 11.5 91.00
33 52 Psakhis, Lev ISR 2538 11.5 90.50
34 29 Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2631 11.0 98.50
35 12 Onischuk, Alexander USA 2674 11.0 97.00
36 61 Dobrov, Vladimir RUS 2499 11.0 92.50
37 16 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU 2668 10.5 104.00
38 34 Pelletier, Yannick SUI 2609 10.5 104.00
39 43 Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2585 10.5 99.50
40 15 Krasenkow, Michal POL 2668 10.5 93.00
41 10 Landa, Konstantin RUS 2678 10.5 93.00
42 20 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2655 10.5 90.00
43 53 Novikov, Stanislav RUS 2534 10.0 102.50
44 35 Tregubov, Pavel V. RUS 2609 10.0 98.00
45 55 Rychagov, Andrey RUS 2528 10.0 90.50
46 2 Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2713 10.0 85.50
47 22 Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2653 9.5 110.50
48 62 Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2459 9.5 108.50
49 37 Huzman, Alexander ISR 2602 9.5 99.50
50 58 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2515 9.5 98.50
51 6 Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2691 9.5 94.00
52 39 Vaganian, Rafael A ARM 2600 9.5 91.00
53 54 Nevednichy, Vladislav ROU 2531 9.5 87.50
54 47 Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2560 9.0 87.00
55 51 Vaisser, Anatoly FRA 2539 8.5 103.50
56 56 Gritsak, Orest UKR 2524 8.5 100.00
57 60 Poluljahov, Aleksandr RUS 2505 8.5 97.00
58 41 Lysyj, Igor RUS 2591 8.5 95.50
59 40 Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2591 8.0 97.00
60 59 Rashkovsky, Nukhim N RUS 2506 7.5 79.00
61 30 Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2614 7.5 78.50
62 63 Markosian, David S. ARM 2394 5.5 92.50
63 49 Smagin, Sergey RUS 2551 4.5 64.50
64 64 Zilbert, Oleg RUS 2355 2.5 84.50

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