World Blitz Championship LIVE

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12/30/2017 – The "King Salman World Blitz & Rapid Championships 2017" in Riyadh from Decemer 26th to 30th. At the half way point of the Blitz Championship, the defending champ Sergey Karjakin leads with 9 / 11. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is a half point back followed by Peter Svidler and a trio of Chinese: Wang, Ding and Yu on 8 / 11. In the Women's Pia Cramling has a full point lead with 9½ / 11. Watch live with Rounds 11 to 22 from 12:00 Noon CET (6:00 AM EST) on Saturday with commentary by E. Miroshnichenko & WGM K. Tsatsalashvili.

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Blitz: Rounds 1-11

Dubbed the 'King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championship', the host of this championships is Saudi Arabia. The tournament will take place in Riyadh from December 26th to 30th and is endowed with a record $2 million dollar prize fund.

Standings after Round 11 (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Karjakin Sergey 9,0 0,0
2 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 8,5 0,0
3 Svidler Peter 8,0 0,0
4 Wang Hao 8,0 0,0
5 Ding Liren 8,0 0,0
6 Yu Yangyi 8,0 0,0
7 Le Quang Liem 8,0 0,0
8 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 8,0 0,0
9 Kravtsiv Martyn 7,5 0,0
10 Andriasian Zaven 7,5 0,0
11 Nepomniachtchi Ian 7,5 0,0
12 Salem A.R. Saleh 7,5 0,0
13 Grischuk Alexander 7,5 0,0
14 Esipenko Andrey 7,0 0,0
15 Amonatov Farrukh 7,0 0,0
16 Kryvoruchko Yuriy 7,0 0,0
17 Dreev Aleksey 7,0 0,0
18 Rapport Richard 7,0 0,0
19 Amin Bassem 7,0 0,0
20 Carlsen Magnus 7,0 0,0

...138 players

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Standings after Round 11 (top 20 women)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Cramling Pia 9,5 0,0
2 Dzagnidze Nana 8,5 1,0
3 Gunina Valentina 8,5 0,0
4 Lagno Kateryna 8,0 0,0
5 Buksa Nataliya 8,0 0,0
6 Mammadzada Gunay 7,5 0,0
7 Tan Zhongyi 7,5 0,0
8 Lei Tingjie 7,5 0,0
9 Gaponenko Inna 7,5 0,0
10 Michna Marta 7,0 0,0
11 Bodnaruk Anastasia 7,0 0,0
12 Charochkina Daria 7,0 0,0
13 Kosteniuk Alexandra 7,0 0,0
14 Abdumalik Zhansaya 7,0 0,0
15 Krush Irina 7,0 0,0
16 Paehtz Elisabeth 7,0 0,0
17 Ushenina Anna 7,0 0,0
18 Socko Monika 7,0 0,0
19 Zhukova Natalia 7,0 0,0
20 Nechaeva Marina 7,0 0,0

...100 players


Blitz World Championship — December 29th to 30th 

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Final rapid standings (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Anand Viswanathan 10,5 0,0
2 Fedoseev Vladimir 10,5 0,0
3 Nepomniachtchi Ian 10,5 0,0
4 Bu Xiangzhi 10,0 0,0
5 Carlsen Magnus 10,0 0,0
6 Grischuk Alexander 10,0 0,0
7 Savchenko Boris 10,0 0,0
8 Mamedov Rauf 10,0 0,0
9 Guseinov Gadir 10,0 0,0
10 Svidler Peter 9,5 0,0
11 Wang Hao 9,5 0,0
12 Yu Yangyi 9,5 0,0
13 Artemiev Vladislav 9,5 0,0
14 Onischuk Vladimir 9,5 0,0
15 Ding Liren 9,5 0,0
16 Harikrishna P. 9,5 0,0
17 Grigoriants Sergey 9,5 0,0
18 Zhao Jun 9,5 0,0
19 Pantsulaia Levan 9,0 0,0
20 Saric Ivan 9,0 0,0

...134 players

Final Women's rapid standings (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Ju Wenjun 11,5 0,0
2 Lei Tingjie 11,0 0,0
3 Paehtz Elisabeth 10,5 0,0
4 Khotenashvili Bela 10,0 0,0
5 Pham Le Thao Nguyen 10,0 0,0
6 Dzagnidze Nana 10,0 0,0
7 Fataliyeva Ulviyya 10,0 0,0
8 Atalik Ekaterina 10,0 0,0
9 Danielian Elina 9,5 0,0
10 Assaubayeva Bibisara 9,5 0,0
11 Goryachkina Aleksandra 9,5 0,0
12 Shuvalova Polina 9,5 0,0
13 Huang Qian 9,5 0,0
14 Shen Yang 9,5 0,0
15 Kosteniuk Alexandra 9,0 0,0
16 Mamedjarova Turkan 9,0 0,0
17 Guo Qi 9,0 0,0
18 Tan Zhongyi 9,0 0,0
19 Harika Dronavalli 9,0 0,0
20 Sebag Marie 9,0 0,0

...100 players


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fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 12/30/2017 06:45
@ algorithmy, you can only claim a win before you make your move. So when Carlsen made his move, he lost his ability to claim a win on forfeit. His opponent did not yet move after Carlsen's illegal move, so Carlsen lost.
turok turok 12/29/2017 07:24
really carlson at 2900+ give me a break almost 100 points better than everybody else and he doesnt win it all-for inflation of ratings-h well
turok turok 12/29/2017 05:00
this is sooooo wrong not aallowing players in to play-how can FIDE be considered a legit organization if they are using a country who does this and thus it is all about the money-just shameful
algorithmy algorithmy 12/29/2017 02:12
I didn't get it! So what is the rule when two players make two illegal moves at the same time?! Is it "who claims it wins it"? or is the first player to commit an illegal move lose the game?!
e4c5Nf3a6 e4c5Nf3a6 12/29/2017 02:10

Apart from the general ignorance of your comment, you forgot about Nakamura, a top 3 rapid and blitz player, boycotting the event...
digupagal digupagal 12/29/2017 05:57
Awesome event and a true World Championship with best players. Who cares about few women players not playing. Women events are as such irrelevant in terms of strength. I even saw a master level woman player unable to hold a philidor position in the final round....lolzzz
The Muzychuk sisters not playing does not make any difference. If it was Carlsen not playing, that would have made a difference.
e4c5Nf3a6 e4c5Nf3a6 12/29/2017 12:36
Without the Women's world champion, Anna Muzychuk and the Israeli players denied playing, this event can hardly count as a WCh. See also the letter from the Israeli Chess Federation to FIDE in a comment below. Shame on FIDE and on Saudi Arabia!
fons2 fons2 12/28/2017 06:49
So during the blitz tiebreak all the chess sites have the live moves but... not the commentators. How in the world is that possible?

Boggles the mind.

If that is how the blitz championship is going to be the livestream will be beyond pointless.
cj925 cj925 12/28/2017 02:07
I somtimes dream stenitz vs morphy, fishcer vs karpov but impossible now Alphazero generation we want exciting two event Match
first Hou yifan vs Judit polgar second Kasparov vs Carlsen
why not?
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 12/28/2017 12:16
acepoint -- You are obviously not a native speaker of English. You actually want to say "journalism".

Having said that, if one possesses a pulse, and has the ability to fog up a mirror, then one can get a degree in journalism. That is why, for example, Boris Spassky decided to study journalism in University. It required no work and so did not interfere with his chess.

acepoint acepoint 12/27/2017 10:11
@A7fecd1676b88 You obviously have no educational background in journalistics. EOD for me, we go round in circles.
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 12/27/2017 09:39
aceptoint --Sigh. When Fischer gave up his world championship title, you don't title your article "FIDE blah, blah". You say "Fischer forfeits World Championship" or something similar. Fischer I will read about. FIDE, not so much.

Likewise with the Women's world champion. Anna Muzychuk was the story. Everybody knows it.
The omission was either journalistic incompetence, or politically motivated.
acepoint acepoint 12/27/2017 09:19
@ A7fecd1676b88 Well, I guess neither chessbase nor Macauley is your paid and personal court reporter. I have read many articles in national and international press regarding this comedy in Rhiad called »King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championship«. I have educational background in journalistics and - believe me or not - the below mentioned article is one of the most informative and balanced I read.
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 12/27/2017 08:59
acepoint -- To be fair -- to the champion of the world and to chess -- her non-participation should have been the headline. Word Champion. Chess. Chess site. World Champion gives up title. Yeah, lets bury that. SMH.

Doubling down on the mistake is not the way to go.
acepoint acepoint 12/27/2017 08:49
@A7fecd1676b88 to be fair, Macauely wrote detailed about all the controversial circumstances including the withdraws of Muzychuk and Nakamura. You'll find it in the article »FIDE's Riyadh Gambit« from the 26th of Dec.
Hamsuns Hamsuns 12/27/2017 07:13
Gens Una Sumus: shame that the rich get away with everything, even such a shameful discrimination. I'm not in to politics and for sure do not support Israeli politics, but this is just shameful. These are chess players denied playing, it's very simple and unacceptable
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 12/27/2017 07:07
macauley --Here is more feedback for you. No, you didn't report on it. Reporting on it would be to make it the lead story.
I had to learn about Anna Muzychuk elsewhere.

OEASS -- I agree with you.
algorithmy algorithmy 12/27/2017 06:28
What a superb event? chess is really becoming a professional game. only the fool would complain!
ChessSpawn49 ChessSpawn49 12/27/2017 03:59
Here is the letter the Israeli Chess Federation has sent to FIDE. I hope they take FIDE before CAS seeking damages.

December 26, 2017
To : FIDE Attention - Mr. G. Makropoulos

FIDE'S Offensive and unacceptable behavior about the World Championship - Saudi Arabia December 25 - 30, 2017

We have read with astonishment the press release published on December 25th on FIDE website and which reads : "FIDE secured visas for Qatar and Iran ".

It is not surprising that this press release is not even signed, as it is not only an insult to simple logic but also a shame for FIDE.

There is not even a word in it about the issue of visas to Israeli players, and the "record" of the "logic" of this document comes towards its end : " As everybody clearly understands from the above , FIDE and Saudi organizer are always ready to welcome any participant " ... On such sentences we say : " To read and not to believe " !
This sentence means that in the eyes of FIDE Israeli players are not included in the list of "any participant " .

Let me state very clearly that the agreement signed with Sadia Arabia federation about the event is totally illegal , contradicting FIDE statutes - Article 1.2. a , not having an official form which every bidder for an event in FIDE should fill, and therefore should be immediately cancelled.
I am aware of the fact that it is impractical to cancel the event today , but before considering taking legal actions against FIDE and / or against those who signed this contract I am demanding , in the name of the Israeli Chess Federation the following :

1. As mentioned, to cancel immediately the contract with Sadia Arabia federation about organizing the same event in 2018 - 2019 .
2. To compensate the Israeli players who were denied visas and could not participate in the event .
3. To declare that such a case , which ignores the FIDE statutes , will not repeat itself .

I would appreciate an answer to this letter in the coming days .

Dr. Zvika Barkai

Chairman of The Israeli Chess Federation
macauley macauley 12/27/2017 12:38
OEASS - We reported on Anna Muzychuk's statements following the first day's play. Thanks for your feedback.
algorithmy algorithmy 12/27/2017 11:47
The digital board went crazy on Magnus' board! according to the digital board he sacrificed his queen for a pawn.
ARH2121 ARH2121 12/27/2017 06:26
What is Keti.. the commentator wearing on her right arm and finger... is it painted on her ?
genem genem 12/27/2017 12:43
Why would a person condemn ChessBase for broadcasting this event, yet excuse the players who are playing in it for profit?

My point is not about whether ChessBase is behaving honorably or behaving dishonorably: rather my point is that the critics in this Discussion section should have their arguments and principles be internally self-consistent.
OEASS OEASS 12/26/2017 11:58
I am a long-time ChessBase user. I go back to the old Fritz 3.... I just CANNOT understand why Chessbase did not report that both sisters Muzychuk, including the Double World Champion Anna, did not play this tournament because of their belief that women must not be treated as 3rd class humans. ChessBase, as one of the most important venues of chess knowledge in the World, needs to put the principles of chess above petty financial interests. I am deeply disappointed on Chessbase.
algorithmy algorithmy 12/26/2017 11:48
The commenting section smells garbage here. What's wrong with you people?! why all this trolling?! for two stupid chess players who refused to play?!
SambalOelek SambalOelek 12/26/2017 11:04
Chess base has no soul, no spirit, no guts

This can not be called a world championship if Arab Emirs bans world class players

it's just about money and exposure, without any moral values.

terrible decline of chessbase; to broadcast this!
Aighearach Aighearach 12/26/2017 10:29
Chessbase is German, they don't have the good sense to care about their part in it. Nothing changes. Chessbase cares not for German history.
garyklien garyklien 12/26/2017 07:20
Thanks so MUCH for broadcasting this wonderful tournament!!!! Root for ivanchuck and carlsen!!!!
garyklien garyklien 12/26/2017 07:19
Very proud of fide!
acepoint acepoint 12/26/2017 05:34
BBC news calls this private King Salman event exactly what it ist: »Saudi chess tournament«
BarOni BarOni 12/26/2017 04:46
Shame on fide. Hope Israeli federation is gonna sue fide. I don't care about politics. A world championship should include the whole world. Excluding one country is a disgrace.
daftarche daftarche 12/26/2017 04:22
if there is any violation with our principles , all you have to do is to raise the money and everything will be ok.
ChessSpawn49 ChessSpawn49 12/26/2017 04:22
Chessbase is of course broadcasting this event live. People are beginning, on Facebook, to call for a boycott of all Chessbase products during their coverage of this event.
ChessSpawn49 ChessSpawn49 12/26/2017 04:19
Word from ACP President Emil Sutovsky this morning is that at the Rapid and Blitz World Championships in Saudi Arabia, women are not being required to wear any head covering in the playing hall or the hotel where the even is taking place. They must wear head covering out side of these places.

FIDE issued a statement declaring that visas have been issued for players from Iran and Qatar to enter Saudi Arabia and play in this event.

Per FIDE, "FIDE has been working very hard and in a discreet manner to organise and safeguard the process of entry visas for all participants of the event. For the first time, ground-breaking special arrangements have been made to issue visas upon arrival for over 200 persons, including the players of Iran and Qatar..............As everybody clearly understands from the above, FIDE and the Saudi organisers are always ready to welcome any participant." ... -iran.html

"Any participant" does not include Israeli players. Gens Una Sumus------NOT!
acepoint acepoint 12/26/2017 12:29
Without players from Israel and Iran (no visa), without Qatar players (visa granted in the last minute, they will attend to the Blitz event only), without Hikaru Nakamura and Double World Champion Anna Muzychuk (, who both kept away on purpose and because of the circumstances in Saudi Arabia. But FIDE is granted 20% of the prize fund, which is $ 2,000,000. So we'll see this comedy called »World Championship« also in 2018 and 2019 at the same place. BTW, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh did forbid chess in Saudi Arabia less than two years ago.