Speed Chess Championship: Artemiev beats Giri

by André Schulz
11/17/2020 – In the last match of the round of the last 16 at the chess.com Speed Chess Championship Vladislav Artemiev played against Anish Giri. The blitz matches were close but the bullet games helped Artemiev to win the match and to qualify for the quarterfinal. | Picture: Chess.com

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A close match: Vladislav Artemiev vs Anish Giri

In the official World Blitz Ranking List (for over-the-board blitz) Artemiev is currently number 11 while Giri is ranked as number 24. Thus, nominally Artemiev was the favourite in this match. But in the first two blitz matches – 5+1 and 3+1 – the 22-year old Russian was only slightly superior. But in the 1+1 bullet portion of the match he dominated Giri and won the match.

In the 5+1 blitz games Artemiev won 5.5:3.5, and he also began the match with a win.


After a draw in game 2 Artemiev was clearly better in game 2 but then blundered the win away.


In the 3+1 blitz games Giri was slightly better and won the mini-match 4.5:3.5.

The second game of this stage of the match allowed Giri to shine.


But in the bullet games Artemiev dominated again and won 6.5:3.5, which led to a final result of 15.5:11.5. In the quarterfinal Artemiev will play against Magnus Carlsen.

Live commentary of the match

Commentary by GM Laurent Fressinet



All results of the round of the last 16

Vachier-Lagrave- Sarin 16.5-11.5
Carlsen - Maghsoodloo 24-5
Fedoseev - Firouzja 15-14
So - Abdussatorov 18-10
Aronian - Nepomniachtchi 14-11
Nakamura - Martirosyan 21-5
Duda - Caruana 17-9
Artemiev-Giri 15.5:11.5

All games



André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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