Le Quang Liem is the World Blitz Chess Champion Print
Monday, 10 June 2013 00:00


The results of the World Blitz Chess Championship were known on 10 June in the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk. 60 chess players from 18 countries were fighting for the title of t he World Blitz champion.

The Russian grandmaster Yan Nepomniachtchi and the Vietnamese Le Quang Liem were leading after the first day. Both Grandmasters had 12 points each. But the distance from the competitors was not very big: half a point behind was Ruslan Ponomariov from the Ukraine. Also, very close to the leading chess players, there was a group of chess players Alexander Grischuk, Ernesto Inarkiev from Russia.

At the beginning of the second day, Le Liem was ahead of other chess players. Till the last round he managed to keep this distance. But before the last round Ponomariov came very close to the Vietnamese grandmaster. The victory over Sergey Movsesian (Armenia) in the last round brought the gold medal to Le in the World Blitz championship. Ponomariov made a draw in the last round against Gabriel Sargissian.

Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi and Ponomatiov finished the championship only half a point behind the winner. The silver medal goes to Alexander Grischuk and the bronze – to Ruslan Ponomariov.

The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship was taking place from 6 to 10 June in Khanty-Mansiysk. The World Rapid Champion was known on 8 June, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) became the World Rapid Chess Champion. Silver and Bronze medal go to Yan Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk accordingly.

The prize fund of the championships was 400 thousand US dollars and was divided between two tournaments equally.

Pictures from the Closing Ceremony


1st day Review

The Ugra Chess Federation President, Head of Khanty-Mansiysk Vasily Filipenko made the first symbolic move on the board with Ildar Khairullin vs the representative of Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who won the title of the World Rapid Chess Champion one day before. Mr. Filipenko played 1.d2-d4.

The participants had 8 rounds (16 games) in the first day of the championship. As a result Yan Nepomniachtchi (Russia) and Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) took the lead after day 1. Both of the Grandmasters gained 12 points each. In the direct encounter in Round 8 the Vietnamese chess player won 1.5-0.5.

Ruslan Ponomariov (the Ukraine) is on the third position after 8 rounds.

Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Nguen Ngok Chong (Vietnam), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Rauf Mamedov (AZE) gained 10.5 points. Ilya Snirin (ISR), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Gadir Guseinov (AZE), Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS) and Sergey Movsesian (ARM) have 10 points…

The participants will have another 7 rounds (14 games) in the second day of the championship on 10th of June.

The World Blitz Championship takes place for two days: 9 and 10 June. The players will play 30 games in total. The tournament is held per swiss system in 15 paired games.

The prize fund of the tournament is 200 thousand US dollars.

The Award Ceremony of the prize winners and medalists will be held at 19.30 (local time), on 10th June in the Cultural and Entertainment Centre “Oktyabr”.

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