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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fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 11/18/2020 03:54
Sorry, I meant to say play on for a long time in a drawn position, instead of agreeing to a draw. It's much harder to play for a long time in a lost position. You'll find strange games like a completely symmetrical rook and pawn endgame and a player will shift the rook around for 50 moves, always to different squares to avoid a 3-fold repetition.

But also if a player is down on score and is in a losing position, the player will often just resign it to try to get a chance in the next game, whereas typically they would fight and try to get a draw.
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 11/18/2020 09:50
thank you fgkdjlkag ! for me, it makes things even worse, if now a chess "strategy" is to unduly prolong lost games ...
caliche2016 caliche2016 11/17/2020 10:52
If top GMs can play 4 consecutive hours of rapid and blitz chess, why we don't see more matches with slower time controls? How about 30 minutes or 60 minutes per game? Of course, speed chess is a lot of fun but the few seconds the players have to think generates huge mistakes, so many that at some point the games stopped being interesting, at least that is my opinion. Only monetary reasons could explain the super fast time controls -getting as big an audience as possible-, so sad that appears to be the organizers' main concern these days, that and gross "blunderfests"...
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 11/17/2020 09:01
I'm sure some top players don't participate because of this reason.
The different matches are time-based, not on a specific number of games. So also it introduces some strategy, eg if a player is down on score but needs more wins before the time limit runs out in order to catch up, the opponent might waste a lot of time in a lost position instead of just resigning.
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 11/17/2020 07:13
Sad to see top players accept to play official bullet games.
But the crowds are happy and can shout BLUNDER and RED MOVE
every two moves ...
MauvaisFou MauvaisFou 11/17/2020 07:10
why a different number of games in the different matches ?