World Blitz Championship: closeup video footage

by ChessBase
11/20/2009 – Some watched it live in the GUM mall in Moscow. You probably followed the action on Playchess, perhaps with webcam images from the official site running as well (they had a strange two-minute lag to the game moves). Now you have a chance to see highlights of the World Blitz Championship close up in video with a JavaScript replay board. A unique experience – you don't want to miss it!

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World Blitz Championship – final pictorial report

This event was held on November 16, 17 and 18 in the showroom of the Red Square mall GUM. Time controls were three minutes for the whole game + two seconds increment per move. The event was a 22-player double round-robin, i.e. it had a total of 42 rounds, which were played on three consecutive days. The participants include the players from the Tal Memorial, plus twelve invitees. The average rating was 2718 – quite remarkable for an evernt with so many players.

Videos of the Blitz games in Moscow

Posted on YouTube by Eugene Potemkin and Sergey Sorlkhtin

Below are six videos we have selected for you. As a special service you can watch them together with the replayable games on our JavaScript board. Try it out: start the video and click on the notation or the replay buttons to follow the moves on the graphic chessboard. Note that you can pause the video at any stage by pressing the Space bar on your computer keyboard. Pressing it again will restart the video.

If you just want to watch the videos you can use the players below:

World Blitz Championship – the players enter for the round

Round 17 games between Shakh Mamedyarov and Vladimir Kramnik

Round 28: Magnus Carlsen vs Peter Svidler. This video was posted by
Bumblebee1607 – there are more on his YouTube channel.

The zeitnot phase of the round 30 game between Carlsen and Grischuk

Ten-minute video of the full round 34 game Carlsen vs Karjakin

The final phase of the round 37 game Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk

Final standings (after 42 rounds)

    Click to get a full table (with ratings, performance and tiebreaks)


The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse PGN games. New and enhanced: CB Light 2009!

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