World Blitz Championship day two: Carlsen takes over

11/17/2009 – Yesterday World Champion Vishy Anand was leading Magnus Carlsen by two points, today the Norwegian caught and overtook his Indian friend, finishing with 21.0 points from 28 games, with just two draws on his account. Both lost a game to Alexandra Kosteniuk. Anand is now second, one point behind, followed by Sergey Karjakin, 1.5 points below Anand. Results, games and statistics.

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World Blitz Championship

This event is being held on November 16, 17 and 18 in the showroom of the Red Square mall GUM. Time controls are three minutes for the whole game + two seconds increment per move.

The event is a 22-player double round-robin, i.e. it has a total of 42 rounds, which are played on three days. The participants include the players from the Tal Memorial, plus twelve invitees.

Second Day report

The second day of the World Blitz Championship was all about Magnus Carlsen, who the spectators on the Playchess server decided was "on fire". Of the 14 games Magnus drew none (he has draw two of 28 games so far). He won eleven games with white and lost three with black. That took him to the top of the table, a full point ahead of Vishy Anand, who had a "bad" day with five wins, three losses and six draws. But that was enough to stay a point and a half above the third placed Sergey Karjakin – and 3.5 points ahead the rest of the field.

There is a discrepancy in the results and games provided by the organisers. All official tables put Karjakin at 18.5 points, while the games provided give him just 18 points. The error appears to be a wrong result in his round 22 games against Alexandra Kosteniuk, which the games file gives as a draw in a totally winning position. We have changed the result so that the games now match the official results.

Cross tables after 28 (of 42) rounds

No. Player
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Pts
 1
Carlsen X 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
21.0
 2
Anand 0.0 X 1.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 1.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 1.0
20.0
 3
Karjakin 0.0 0.0 X 0.0 0.5 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 0.5
18.5
 4
Kramnik 0.0 0.5 1.0 X 1.0 1.0 0.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.5 1.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0
16.5
 5
Svidler 0.5 0.0 1.5 0.0 X 1.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
16.5
 6
Ponomariov 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 X 1.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5
16.0
 7
Grischuk 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 X 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 1.0 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0
16.0
 8
Aronian 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 X 0.5 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.5 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.0
14.5
 9
Karpov 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 X 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 1.0
14.0
10
Morozevich 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 X 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 1.5
13.5
11
Mamedyarov  0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 X 1.0 1.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 2.0
13.5
12
Leko 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 X 1.0 0.5 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0
13.0
13
Jakovenko 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 1.0 X 1.0 0.0 1.5 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0
12.5
14
Dominguez 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.5 0.5 0.0 X 1.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
12.0
15
Bareev 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 X 1.0 2.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5
12.0
16
Ivanchuk 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 X 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0
12.0
17
Naiditsch 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 1.5 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 X 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0
12.0
18
Gelfand 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 X 1.0 1.0 0.5 1.0
11.5
19
Polgar 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 X 1.0 0.5 0.5
11.5
20
Kosteniuk 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.0 1.0 X 1.0 1.0
11.0
21
Gashimov 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.0 0.5 1.5 0.0 X 0.0
11.0
22
Tkachiev 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 X
9.5

Current standings as a conventional table


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Standings after 28 rounds

No. Sd. Player  Nat. Rtng.
Pts
wins
 SB
1 19 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2801 21.0
20
289.00
2 20 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2788 20.0
15
266.25
3 16 Karjakin, Sergey UKR 2723 18.5
16
241.50
4 5 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2772 16.5
14
222.75
5 10 Svidler, Peter RUS 2754 16.5
13
223.50
6 11 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2739 16.0
11
204.25
7 12 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2736 16.0
12
208.50
8 1 Aronian, Levon ARM 2786 14.5
10
189.25
9 17 Karpov, Anatoly RUS 2619 14.0
6
191.75
10 9 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2750 13.5
11
183.00
11 13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2719 13.5
12
175.25
12 3 Leko, Peter HUN 2752 13.0
7
177.50
13 2 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2736 12.5
9
164.25
14 15 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2719 12.0
8
157.75
15 8 Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2634 12.0
10
151.75
16 4 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2739 12.0
10
169.00
17 18 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2689 12.0
9
168.50
18 22 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2758 11.5
7
157.25
19 21 Polgar, Judit HUN 2680 11.5
9
151.50
20 7 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2517 11.0
9
156.00
21 6 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2758 11.0
6
162.50
22 14 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2642 9.5
7
123.25

Statistics

Of the 308 games played so far only 76 were drawn, i.e. 24% of the games. White won 125 games = 41% and Black 107 games = 35%. The longest game was Mamedyarov vs Dominguez in round 27 (draw in 99 moves), the shortest apparently – we suspect we may be missing some moves – Jakovenko vs Kramnik in round six (draw in 11 moves). The player with the least number of draws was Magnus Carlsen, wo won 20 games, lost six and drew just two. Karjakin and Kramnik drew five games each, Svidler seven, and Anand drew ten games (and lost just three).

With regard to performance Magnus Carlsen is now at 2902, Anand at 2871, Karjakin at 2827, Kramnik at 2786, Svidler at 2775. Veteran Anatoly Karpov is playing at a 2717 level, almost 100 points above his nominal rating, while Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing at a 2652 level, 135 points higher than her FIDE rating.

Here are some (manually compiled, i.e. error prone) statistics that might interest you:

Rnk.
Player beat with white beat with black lost to Pts
 1
Magnus Carlsen Anand, Bareev, Gashimov, Kramnik, Leko, Mamedyarov, Morozevich, Ponomariov, Svidler Bareev, Gelfand, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Jakovenko, Karjakin, Kosteniuk, Kramnik, Naiditsch, Polgar, Tkachiev Gashimov, Morozevich, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Karpov, Kosteniuk 21.0
 2
Vishy Anand Bareev, Gashimov, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Kramnik, Morozevich, Polgar, Svidler, Tkachiev, Bareev, Dominguez, Karpov, Kosteniuk, Mamedyarov Carlsen, Jakovenko, Kosteniuk 20.0
 3
Sergey Karjakin Bareev, Gashimov, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Morozevich, Polgar, Ponomariov Aronian, Bareev, Grischuk, Kosteniuk, Mamedyarov, Morozevich, Naiditsch, Ponomariov Anand, Gelfand, Kramnik, Leko, Svidler, Carlsen, Grischuk 18.5
 4
Vladimir Kramnik Aronian, Gashimov, Jakovenko, Karjakin, Leko, Naiditsch, Svidler, Tkachiev Aronian, Dominguez, Karpov, Kosteniuk, Morozevich, Ponomariov Anand, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Naiditsch, Polgar, Bareev, Carlsen, Grischuk 16.5
 5
Peter Svidler Bareev, Dominguez, Gashimov, Jakovenko, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Polgar, Ponomariov, Tkachiev Aronian, Kosteniuk, Morozevich, Tkachiev Anand, Carlsen, Dominguez, Kramnik, Leko, Mamedyarov, Naiditsch, Ivanchuk 16.5
 9
Anatoly Karpov Bareev, Mamedyarov Carlsen, Gashimov, Gelfand, Tkachiev Bareev, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Polgar, Anand, Kramnik 14.0
20
Alexandra Kosteniuk Grischuk, Naiditsch, Polgar, Tkachiev Naiditsch, Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Gashimov, Morozevich Dominguez, Jakovenko, Mamedyarov, Polgar, Ponomariov, Anand, Aronian, Bareev, Carlsen, Gelfand, Karjakin, Kramnik, Svidler 9.0


The World Blitz Championship round two covered on the official site's web cam. You will spot Karpov vs Anand (0-1), Ponomariov vs Kramnik (0-1) and Carlsen vs Naiditsch (Carlsen won) in the pictures.

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