FIDE World Blitz Championship Internet qualifier

1/19/2010 – A total of 445 players competed in the first qualifier for the FIDE Internet Championship, and tested the tournament software on the Playchess server to its limit. Everything went smoothly, and ten players have qualified for the final on January 30. The second qualifier is on Wednesday evening, the third on Saturday afternoon, with three more to follow. You can play in as many as you like.

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FIDE World Blitz Championship 2010 Internet Tournament

The World Chess Federation FIDE, the chess server Playchess and the Russian Aeroflot Open invite you to participate in the 2010 World Blitz Championship and offer you a chance to test your skill in blitz chess with the very best.

On February 18th 2010 a double nine-round Swiss blitz tournament will be held in the complex “Izmailovo” in Moscow, which will have the status of qualification for the World Blitz Championship 2010 (Final). The final tournament will take place in November 2010. It will consist of 20 players (ten participants of Mikhail Tal Memorial 2010, six winners of the Qualification Tournament of Feb. 18, 2010 and four to six wild cards. The prize fund of the Qualification Tournament constitutes EUR 40,000.

You have the chance to win a package, including travel costs and accommodation in Moscow for two days, to take part in the February 18 Blitz Qualifier. You can do this by taking part in the Internet tournament, which will be held from January 19th to 30th, 2010 on the Playchess server.

The next rounds
Here are the dates of play. All times are given Central European Time (Greenwich Standard Time +1) which is the time-zone used on the server.

Preliminary # 1      Tuesday, 19th January 2010, 24.00 CET (midnight)
Preliminary # 2 Wednesday, 20th January 2010, 18.00 CET
Preliminary # 3 Saturday, 23rd January 2010, 15.00 CET
Preliminary # 4 Monday, 25th January 2010, 20.00 CET
Preliminary # 5 Tuesday, 26th January 2010, 18.00 CET
Preliminary # 6 Thursday, 28th January 2010, 20.00 CET
Final Saturday, 30th January 2010, 16.00 CET

First preliminary

The first preliminary was played at 19th January 2010 (Tuesday night) 24.00 CET. It attracted 445 players who entered the competition. This appearance is an all-time high for tournaments on the server which, we are pleased to note, took the load quite easily. The tournament was run by Italian Sysop and Tournament Director Andrea Natoli. It lasted approximately four hours, and in the end you needed twelve points (and a better tiebreak) from 17 games to get a place in the final. The race for the top ten places was fairly close, as even the number two in the end has scored just 13 points.

Below you will find the final result of the qualifying players and the top 100 scorers. Some words of explanation: The Elo is the server rating at the start of the tournament. If a player had just registered on the server he or she might have had no server rating. The top ten players are given with their real names as given in the personal information. They have not been checked for right spelling etc.

Qualifiers for the final round

# Nickname rating Player Score   TB
1 Omnislash 3285 GM Hrair Simonian (ARM) 14.5  
2 Onor 2826 Chris Jericho (BEL) 13.0 124.00
3 Khismatullin   Boris Khismatullin (RUS) 13.0 121.50
4 Tojapolska 2168 Kryzsiek Panecki (POL) 13.0 109.50
5 LiLip0o0o0oT 3105 IM Homayoan Toufighi (IRN) 12.5 119.00
6 Harutjunyan G 2815 GM Georg Harutjunyan (ARM) 12.5 118.00
7 IturrizagaE   Eduardo Iturrizago (VEN) 12.5 117.50
8 Moreno Ruiz 2580 Moreno Ruiz (ESP) 12.5 109.00
9 Hausigel 3073 Roland Voigt (GER) 12.0 118.50
10 Storne 2636 IM Nikola Vesterovic 12.0 110.50

Top 100 scorers

11 Am i 2275 12.0 101.50
12 Shark 2824 11.5 119.00
13 Pit man 2847 11.5 116.50
14 Yuka 2915 11.5 114.00
15 Der Rentner 2456 11.5 108.00
16 Uzbektiger 2455 11.5 106.50
17 IPinheiro 2461 11.5 106.00
18 Ivanisevic I 2845 11.5 106.00
19 Xeneixe89 2351 11.5 105.00
20 Bloodthirsty 2438 11.5 103.00
21 XDPS 2420 11.5 102.50
22 Miguel Abuelo 1820 11.5 101.50
23 Spassky 2254 11.5 101.00
24 Jia Haoxiang 2667 11.5 99.50
25 Jara cimrman 2469 11.5 99.00
26 James Joyce 2884 11.0 109.00
27 Padentro 2659 11.0 107.00
28 Robert-prox 2390 11.0 105.50
29 Anqi 2144 11.0 105.00
30 Dangor 2421 11.0 104.00
31 Novoselski 2594 11.0 99.00
32 Indian lover   11.0 91.50
33 Nicebrutus 2114 11.0 90.00
34 Frank Curiel 1836 11.0 76.50
35 So0o0o0zi 2665 10.5 113.00
36 QueenGhost 2522 10.5 111.50
37 CAME ON 2560 10.5 109.50
38 Siberija 2608 10.5 108.50
39 Hophip 2581 10.5 105.00
40 Energie 73 2418 10.5 101.00
41 Carl Hermann 2217 10.5 100.00
42 Micerinos 2250 10.5 99.50
43 DiegoAbarca   10.5 99.00
44 Afga2   10.5 97.00
45 jasrom 2142 10.5 96.50
46 Javier bleda   10.5 94.50
47 Johan23 2219 10.5 94.00
48 DirtyDeki1 2547 10.5 90.00
49 Maooso 1706 10.5 86.50
50 Xxcreoqueganoxx 1806 10.5 77.00
51 Dragon war 2449 10.0 110.00
52 Blind Squirrel 2506 10.0 100.50
53 antoine2 2745 10.0 99.00
54 Fatal_juice 1518 10.0 97.50
55 Von Herman 2276 10.0 97.00
56 Degatz 2311 10.0 95.50
57 Monomah 2088 10.0 93.50
58 DueSant 2031 10.0 92.50
59 Letzluttor   10.0 92.00
60 UST B 2153 10.0 91.00
61 Kaszub 2214 10.0 91.00
62 ali-normal 2285 10.0 90.50
63 Imagine24   10.0 90.00
64 RaulJr 1933 10.0 87.50
65 LaPiovra1 1755 10.0 86.00
66 Bojokrupanj1 2018 10.0 81.00
67 Infinitymoves 2060 10.0 77.00
68 Kovalyov Anton 2897 9.5 114.00
69 Ceu 2179 9.5 104.50
70 Smyslov2006 1987 9.5 94.50
71 B3wins 2109 9.5 94.00
72 Jorgeram 1882 9.5 92.50
73 Amois 2055 9.5 87.50
74 Akagan 1822 9.5 86.00
75 Schnubbi 2230 9.5 86.00
76 Reti 2130 9.5 86.00
77 Yessjah 2002 9.5 85.00
78 Criollo 1694 9.5 85.00
79 TomeMaster 2169 9.5 85.00
80 Fauli93 2015 9.5 83.50
81 Ns500 1869 9.5 82.50
82 Kamilov 1917 9.5 81.00
83 Newb 2041 9.5 79.50
84 Gazzza   9.5 69.50
85 Bartas 2910 9.0 101.00
86 Klappspaten 2360 9.0 99.00
87 Naked Queen 2256 9.0 98.00
88 Tandoor 2173 9.0 96.00
89 Kasparicy_ 2235 9.0 93.00
90 J_almaguer 2167 9.0 91.50
91 X-rouge 2407 9.0 91.50
92 ThePatzerMKD 1960 9.0 91.00
93 Thecurv 2037 9.0 89.00
94 Antacolorado 1643 9.0 88.00
95 Badroddine   9.0 88.00
96 David Ojeda   9.0 87.50
97 Legiam 1905 9.0 85.50
98 Mihai_Pachia 2063 9.0 82.00
99 Seewald 1798 9.0 81.00
100 Pedromartinez 2026 9.0 80.00

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