World Blitz Chess Championship Almaty 2008

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11/7/2008 – This 16-player round robin will take place in the Republic of Kazakhstan on November 7 and 8, at five-minute time controls without increment. The prize fund is $300,000, with first place picking up $68,000. The contenders are Morozevich, Ivanchuk, Radjabov, Mamediarov, Kamsky and Svidler. But don't count out blitz expert Grischuk. You can watch live on the official site and on Playchess.

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World Blitz Chess Championship
Almaty 2008

The World Chess Blitz Championship will take place from November 7th to 8th in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan. Sixteen players will participate in a round robin tournament with classical plain vanilla time controls: five minutes for the whole game for each opponent, no increment. The total prize fund is 350,000 Swiss Francs (= 235,000 Euros = US $297,000), with the winner taking 80,000 SFr (€54,000 or $68,000). The prize money is donated by the Chess Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the support of the "Alliance Bank".


# Player Country Rating Rank
1 Alexander Morozevitch Russia 2787 2
2 Vassiliy Ivanchuk Ukraine 2786 3
3 Teimur Radjabov Azerbaijan 2751 8
4 Shakhriar Mamediarov Azerbaijan 2731 14
5 Gata Kamsky USA 2729 16
6 Peter Svidler Russia 2727 17
7 Boris Gelfand Israel 2719 20
8 Lenier Dominguez Perez Cuba 2719 21
9 Alexander Grischuk Russia 2719 23
10 Judith Polgar Hungary 2711 27
11 Sergey Rublevsky Russia 2702 32
12 Krishnan Sashikiran India 2694 35
13 Vladislav Tkachev France 2664 58
14 Murtas Kazhgaleyev Kazakhstan 2640  
15 Rafael Vaganian Armenia 2590  
16 Amin Bassem Egypt 2560  


Almaty, formerly known as Alma-Ata, is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 1.2 million. It is not the capital of the country (Astana is), but the major commercial center of Kazakhstan.

The Svyato-Voznesensky Cathedral, built in 1904, entirely of wood and without nails

The Central Mosque of Almaty [photo: Marek Rafalowicz]


The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on 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 the PGN games.

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