World Rapid: Carlsen, Duda and Jobava co-leaders

by Klaus Besenthal
12/27/2021 – The first five rounds of the World Rapid Championship were played on Sunday. Three players are sharing the lead on 4½ points: defending champion Magnus Carlsen, local hero Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Baadur Jobava from Georgia. On the women’s tournament, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Valentina Gunina have a perfect 4/4 score after the first day of action. | Foto: Michal Walusza

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World Rapid Chess Championship

In the first round we got to see a prime example of how an elite player can somehow slowly win against an inferior — yet strong — opponent.

 

A game lasts 100 moves — and in the end Carlsen wins! | Photo: FIDE / Anna Shtourman

In round 3, Jan-Krzysztof Duda won against the Ukrainian Andrei Volokitin after the latter missed a tactical shot.

 

In Round 5, Duda and Baadur Jobava, the only players standing on 4/4 at the time, had a wild exchange of blows which finally ended in a draw.

It was a chance for Magnus Carlsen to catch up with the leaders, and the defending champion took it in his stride.

 

Standings after round 5

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Duda Jan-Krzysztof 4,5 13,0
2 Carlsen Magnus 4,5 12,0
3 Jobava Baadur 4,5 11,5
4 Nepomniachtchi Ian 4,0 14,5
5 Abdusattorov Nodirbek 4,0 14,5
6 Grischuk Alexander 4,0 14,0
7 Gareyev Timur 4,0 14,0
8 Anton Guijarro David 4,0 13,5
9 Niemann Hans Moke 4,0 13,0
10 Gelfand Boris 4,0 13,0
11 Giri Anish 4,0 12,5
12 Korobov Anton 4,0 12,0
13 Firouzja Alireza 4,0 11,5
14 Cheparinov Ivan 4,0 11,0
15 Fedoseev Vladimir 4,0 11,0
16 Petrosian Tigran L. 4,0 10,0
17 Harsha Bharathakoti 3,5 13,5
18 Shirov Alexei 3,5 13,5
19 Rapport Richard 3,5 13,0
20 Caruana Fabiano 3,5 13,0
21 Van Foreest Jorden 3,5 12,5
22 Nakamura Hikaru 3,5 12,5
23 Kosakowski Jakub 3,5 12,5
24 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 3,5 12,5
25 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 3,5 12,0

...176 players


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Women’s tournament

After three rounds, Elisabeth Paehtz was one of five players who started with a perfect score.

However, Paehtz went on to lose her game against Valentina Gunina in Round 4. Apart from Gunina, only Alexandra Kosteniuk remained perfect on the first day of action — with 4/4 each, the two Russians will start the second day of the tournament as co-leaders.

 

Standings after round 4

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Gunina Valentina 4,0 8,5
2 Kosteniuk Alexandra 4,0 8,0
3 Dzagnidze Nana 3,5 8,5
4 Vaishali R 3,5 7,5
5 Buksa Nataliya 3,5 6,5
6 Bodnaruk Anastasia 3,5 6,0
7 Shuvalova Polina 3,0 9,5
8 Mamedjarova Turkan 3,0 9,0
9 Pavlidou Ekaterini 3,0 8,5
10 Ovod Evgenija 3,0 8,0
11 Zatonskih Anna 3,0 8,0
12 Lagno Kateryna 3,0 7,5
13 Batsiashvili Nino 3,0 7,5
14 Gaponenko Inna 3,0 7,5
15 Bivol Alina 3,0 7,5
16 Serikbay Assel 3,0 7,0
17 Mammadova Gulnar 3,0 7,0
18 Paehtz Elisabeth 3,0 7,0
19 Efroimski Marsel 3,0 7,0
20 Atalik Ekaterina 3,0 6,5
21 Badelka Olga 3,0 6,5
22 Garifullina Leya 3,0 5,5
23 Berend Elvira 3,0 5,0
24 Goryachkina Aleksandra 2,5 8,5
25 Kurmangaliyeva Liya 2,5 8,5

...103 players


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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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Theochessman Theochessman 12/28/2021 02:28
Gunina is awesome!
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