World Rapid Championship, Day 2: Ivanchuk strikes

by Johannes Fischer
12/27/2016 – On day 2 of the Rapid World Championship in Doha, Qatar, Vassily Ivanchuk was in great form. He started the day by beating Magnus Carlsen in round 6 and finished it with a win against Shakriyar Mamedyarov. With 8.0/10 he is now sole leader, half a point ahead of Mamedyarov and Ian Nepomniachtchi. With 7.0/10 Carlsen shares places 4 to 10 with six other players. Games and results...

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The Rapid World Championship is a 15 rounds Swiss event with a time-control 15 minutes+ 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1. The event will be played on three days with five rounds each day. The total prize fund is 200,000 USD of which the winner will receive 40,000 USD.

Vassily Ivanchuk - on day 1 he scored 3.5/5, on day 2 he
finished with 4.5/5. (Screenshot from the live transmission)

Standings after round 10

Rk. SNo     Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB1   TB2 
1 10
GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2771 8,0 2726 59,0
2 5
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2805 7,5 2701 57,0
3 3
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2812 7,5 2669 51,5
4 11
GM Aronian Levon ARM 2770 7,0 2762 60,5
5 51
GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2643 7,0 2743 54,0
6 21
GM Korobov Anton UKR 2714 7,0 2739 59,5
7 12
GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2767 7,0 2721 57,0
8 7
GM Anand Viswanathan IND 2802 7,0 2686 55,0
9 1
GM Carlsen Magnus NOR 2906 7,0 2685 54,0
10 6
GM Dominguez Perez Leinier CUB 2803 7,0 2677 51,5
11 47
GM Li Chao B CHN 2648 6,5 2758 57,0
12 13
GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2743 6,5 2739 54,5
13 42
GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2663 6,5 2724 52,5
14 39
GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2671 6,5 2666 48,5
15 14
GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2736 6,5 2655 51,0
16 9
GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2788 6,5 2652 49,5
17 23
GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2710 6,5 2640 52,0
18 30
GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2693 6,5 2630 49,5
19 19
GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2720 6,5 2624 48,0
20 26
GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2699 6,5 2609 45,0
21 56
GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2622 6,0 2784 60,0
22 61
GM Wei Yi CHN 2609 6,0 2744 53,0
23 35
GM Bortnyk Olexandr UKR 2678 6,0 2670 47,5
24 8
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2795 6,0 2660 57,0
25 28
GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2698 6,0 2640 51,5
26 38
GM Howell David W L ENG 2671 6,0 2631 49,0
27 27
GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2699 6,0 2629 47,0
28 34
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2685 6,0 2618 47,0
29 20
GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2716 6,0 2563 43,5
30 33
GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2685 5,5 2705 51,0

...106 players


Games - Rounds 1 to 10


Shakriyar Mamedyarov scored 3.5/5 on day 2. His loss in round 10
against Ivanchuk cost him the clear lead.

With 3.5/5 Magnus Carlsen repeated his result of day 1. With five rounds to go he is one point
behind Ivanchuk and still has chances to win the tournament. (Screenshot from the live transmission)

Things did not go too well for Anton Korobov (right), who had been leading
the tournament with 5.0/5 after day 1. On day 2 he just managed to get 2.0/5.

Levon Aronian will neither be too happy about his result on day 2. He scored 2.5/5.

Hikaru Nakamura, who started as second seed into the tournament,
is not in top shape in Doha, and after 10 rounds he has 5.5 points.

Sergey Karjakin (left) also has 5.5/10. Here Karjakin shares a smile
with Laurent Fressinet, who was second of Magnus Carlsen at the
Karjakin vs Carlsen World Championship match in New York.

The Women's Tournament

In the women's tournament Anna Muzychuk kept her form. After day 1 she led the field with 4.0/4, after day 2 she has 7.0/8. With 5.5/8 her closest rivals, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh follow 1.5 points behind.

Anna Muzychuk (right) dominates the tournament.

Ju Wenjun, number two on the women's world ranking list,
does not look too happy. She finishes day 2 with 4.0/8.

Standings after round 8

Rk. SNo     Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2 
1 2
GM Muzychuk Anna UKR 2570 7,0 2490 35,0
2 3
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2553 5,5 2499 35,0
3 1
GM Lagno Kateryna RUS 2594 5,5 2481 35,5
4 21
IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2386 5,5 2477 28,5
5 15
IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2461 5,0 2486 33,5
6 25
IM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2357 5,0 2480 33,0
7 5
GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2549 5,0 2445 32,0
8 17
IM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2417 5,0 2444 31,0
9 8
GM Ushenina Anna UKR 2498 5,0 2422 32,0
10 9
GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2491 5,0 2389 32,0
11 13
WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2466 4,5 2504 34,5
12 18
IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2406 4,5 2495 36,0
13 12
GM Zhao Xue CHN 2479 4,5 2392 26,5
14 28
WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2321 4,0 2494 31,5
15 6
GM Ju Wenjun CHN 2542 4,0 2457 32,0
16 14
GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2464 4,0 2434 32,5
17 7
WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2501 4,0 2422 31,0
18 4
GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2552 4,0 2414 29,0
19 19
GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2402 4,0 2395 28,5
20 26
IM Gvetadze Sofio GEO 2326 4,0 2383 28,0

Games - Rounds 1 to 8


The final rounds will be played on December 28. Round 11 will begin at 3 pm local time (1 pm Berlin, 7 am New York).

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kassySC kassySC 12/29/2016 09:07
An exhibition tournament?
Actually this was the official world championship for rapid chess.
It was rated.
First prize was $40,000
XChess1971 XChess1971 12/28/2016 08:59
@Najdork 11.3b: During play, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone and/or other electronic means of communication in the playing venue. If it is evident that a player brought such a device into the playing venue, he shall lose the game. The opponent shall win.
I do not know where you got that from. But

If anybody used a cellphone to call somebody else after a game was finished. I wonder on what conditions that happened. Honestly this is an exhibition tournament. Unless we saw somebody running to the restroom or acting weirdly. Then we could think of something else.
kassy kassy 12/28/2016 06:05
kassy kassy 12/28/2016 06:05
And to quote from the official FIDE regulations for the Rapid World Championship:

6.9 The players are not permitted to bring into the playing venue any electronic or technical or
other equipment extraneous to play, which may in any way disturb or upset the opponent or may be in
breach of the Rules of Chess. The Chief Arbiter shall decide what constitutes extraneous equipment
liable to offend the opponent or may be in breach of the Rules of Chess
kassy kassy 12/28/2016 06:01
My comment clearly stated, and I quote ' Assuming normal FIDE rules are in place...'
It is a FIDE event. I have no reason to think normal FIDE rules are not in place as it is being rated, but I allowed for the possibility.
But it does appear to be irregular event and for us to point it out is not baseless. We aren't the arbiters. But it would be nice if those who are to comment on why what appears to be an irregularity is not in this case.
yesenadam yesenadam 12/28/2016 11:44
GO IVANCHUUUUK! You better win this.
Has he ever been world champion anything before?
lajosarpad lajosarpad 12/28/2016 11:06

They actually may be right. If the agreed rules state that mobile phones are forbidden and players who despite this enter the playing area with a mobile phone, then their clame turns out to be right. We cannot know whether they have seen the contract, so it is a premature assumption from your part that their claim is baseless, unless you know the content of the contract and can quote the relevant part of it.

As matters stand, if your assumption that they did not see the contract is accurate, then they might still guess it right, but their way of baseless accusation is not right. So, baseless accusations might turn out to be accurate, but accusations should be founded on well-researched facts, espacially due to their defamatory nature.

There were many who did not think that Earth is the center of the Solar System, even before their opinion was scientifically confirmed. Does this mean they were wrong? Surely not.
KWRegan KWRegan 12/28/2016 04:05
The rounds 6--10 games for both sections are available at

I have to second what Aighearach says above.
thlai80 thlai80 12/28/2016 03:10
I hope planet Ivanchuk continues to shine at least 1 more day. He deserves to be a chess champion of some formats at least.
Aighearach Aighearach 12/28/2016 03:07
Some pundits are quite sure of themselves, however, you cannot reasonably just assume that the same rules apply in quick chess as in classical chess. Generally there is assumed to be much lower risk of cheating in a rapid event because it takes a certain fixed amount of time to decode a subtle transmission.

And some of you are attempting even to quote the FIDE handbook, when it says right there: "The rules of a competition may specify a different, less severe, penalty." Including, for example, for having a penalty at all because if it is too serious than many of these players might not be interested. This is more for the entertainment of the players than it is a serious competition, after all.

When you've bungled the rules that bad, and you've made an accusation without even having access to the tournament contract, then you should just apologize and retract your accusation. Those types of accusations are false even before anybody looks it up, because you made the accusation without having had the information you would need in order to know if it violates anything! You can't even be accidentally right; your accusation would still have been made under a false pretense. Do not pass go, do not apply to be an arbiter.
Maatalkko Maatalkko 12/27/2016 11:51
Aronian is caught red-handed. You can't have a phone in the playing area. Even if it stays in your pocket, it would be pitifully easy to receive signals via vibrate mode.
Igor Freiberger Igor Freiberger 12/27/2016 11:51
Topalov is always invited because he take risks and produce interesting games. But I agree about Giri. He is as boring as Leko.
Exabachay Exabachay 12/27/2016 11:13
Yeah I noticed that too, Najdork; FIDE seems to find faults with much smaller stuff than that, let's see what they're gonna do about that one.
kassy kassy 12/27/2016 10:49
Najdork appears to be correct.
Assuming normal FIDE rules are in place, Aronian clearly has a phone in the playing area during his game and should forfeit the game.
Spookie Spookie 12/27/2016 09:44
Ivanchuk, Moro, I can agree on, but Karpov?! Really?! All respect for his past accomplishments, but I doubt he'd do better than "self destructing Toplalov"...
SambalOelek SambalOelek 12/27/2016 09:20
finally the put some more players in the pool of competition...

i was wondering why good players like Ivanchuck, Karpov, and Morozovich never are invited for a game of chess anymore..and players like drawish Giri and self destructing Topalov seem to getting free cards for most of the tournaments?
time for a new way of organising chess tournaments...
Najdork Najdork 12/27/2016 08:40
I'm surprised no news site has picked up on the footage of Aronian checking out his phone right after his match with Ivanchuk, when FIDE rules are very clear on the matter:

11.3b: During play, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone and/or other electronic means of communication in the playing venue. If it is evident that a player brought such a device into the playing venue, he shall lose the game. The opponent shall win.

Ivanchuk is entitled to an extra point IMO.

Footage is
Or on the official stream at starting at 32:45