Alexander Grischuk is a new World Blitz Champion Print
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00
Grischuk blitzAlexander Grischuk from Russia emerged winner of the 2015 FIDE World Blitz Chess Championship after concluding the event with 15,5/21 points, half a point ahead of the nearest followers.

Grischuk started the day with a loss to Teimour Radjabov, but then he switched gear and had a furious finish of 8 points from nine last rounds.

This is Grischuk's third World Blitz title, but he said this one was the most difficult to win, due to a very strong field and more demanding Swiss tournament system.

On the shared second place are Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Vladimir Kramnik with 15 points each. After breaking the tie Vachier-Lagrave is awarded with the silver medal, while Kramnik claimed the bronze.

The overnight leader Vachier-Lagrave had a major setback near the end of the tournament when he lost two consecutive games. However, the last round win against Rustam Kasimdzhanov took him to the podium.

Kramnik was very pleased with his result, having in mind that he planned to skip the Blitz Championship and rest before the European Club Cup.

The final press conference with the medalists can be seen here.

The video from the closing ceremony is available here.

The 2015 FIDE World Blitz Chess Championship was held from 13-14th October at the Bolle Meierei in Berlin, Germany, with 184 world's top players competing for the prestigious title and 200,000 USD prize fund.

Photo gallery

Full standings below


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Day 1

 The 2015 FIDE World Blitz Chess Championship started today at the Bolle Meierei in Berlin, Germany, with 184 world's top players competing for the prestigious title and 200,000 USD prize fund.

After the first day and eleven rounds of play Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France emerged sole leader with 9,5/11 points. He lost only to defending champion Magnus Carlsen and conceded one draw, to Teimour Radjabov.

In an interview at the end of the session Vachier-Lagrave said that his "first day in blitz was perfect". He modestly added that "Magnus is still the favourite to win the Championship."

Half a point behind the leader is Magnus Carlsen, who drew against Armenians Tigran Petrosian and Levon Aronian, and lost to World Cup winner Sergey Karjakin in the final game of the day.

Sergey Karjakin and Leinier Dominguez are on 8,5 points each.

Full set of results / Photo gallery / Replay games / Confessions

The last ten rounds are starting from Wednesday 14:00 local time. The games will be available to watch online at WorldChess.com.


Final standings:

1. GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2814 - 15.5
2. GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2854 - 15
3. GM Kramnik Vladimir RUS 2763 - 15
4. GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2789 - 14.5
5. GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2831 - 14.5
6. GM Carlsen Magnus NOR 2914 - 14
7. GM Svidler Peter RUS 2726 - 14
8. GM Navara David CZE 2806 - 14
9. GM Vovk Yuri UKR 2566 - 13.5
10. GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2641 - 13.5
11. GM Aronian Levon ARM 2817 - 13.5
12. GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2743 - 13.5
13. GM Dominguez Perez Leinier CUB 2717 - 13.5
14. GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2777 - 13.5
15. GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2749 - 13.5
16. GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2666 - 13.5
17. GM Karjakin Sergey RUS 2759 - 13
18. GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2655 - 13
19. GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2694 - 13
20. GM Korobov Anton UKR 2705 - 13
21. GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2781 - 13
22. GM Anand Viswanathan IND 2791 - 13
23. GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2699 - 13
24. GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2765 - 13
25. GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2729 - 13
26. GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2707 - 13
27. GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2630 - 12.5
28. GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2808 - 12.5
29. GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2520 - 12.5
30. GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2555 - 12.5
31. GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2701 - 12.5
32. GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2743 - 12.5
33. GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2690 - 12.5
34. GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2741 - 12.5
35. GM Ponomariov Ruslan UKR 2770 - 12.5
36. GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2700 - 12.5
37. GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2684 - 12.5
38. GM Munoz Pantoja Miguel ESP 2621 - 12.5
39. GM Socko Bartosz POL 2616 - 12
40. GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2642 - 12
41. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2640 - 12
42. GM Perunovic Milos SRB 2623 - 12
43. GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2599 - 12
44. GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2633 - 12
45. GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2615 - 12
46. GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2657 - 12
47. GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2688 - 12
48. IM Bogdanovich Stanislav UKR 2804 - 12
49. GM Harikrishna Pentala IND 2680 - 12
50. GM Ragger Markus AUT 2656 - 12
51. GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2627 - 11.5
52. GM Borisek Jure SLO 2583 - 11.5
53. GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2680 - 11.5
54. GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2658 - 11.5
55. GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2682 - 11.5
56. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2677 - 11.5
57. GM Leko Peter HUN 2736 - 11.5
58. GM Morozevich Alexander RUS 2743 - 11.5
59. GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2651 - 11.5
60. GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2688 - 11.5
61. GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2700 - 11.5
62. GM Edouard Romain FRA 2684 - 11.5
63. GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2633 - 11.5
64. GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2562 - 11.5
65. GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2652 - 11.5
66. GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2710 - 11.5
67. GM Belov Vladimir RUS 2614 - 11.5
68. GM Meier Georg GER 2723 - 11.5
69. GM Roiz Michael ISR 2614 - 11.5
70. GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2728 - 11.5
71. GM Bauer Christian FRA 2670 - 11.5
72. GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2652 - 11.5
73. GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2607 - 11
74. GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2689 - 11
75. GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2679 - 11
76. GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2675 - 11
77. GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2516 - 11
78. GM Fridman Daniel GER 2589 - 11
79. GM Hausrath Daniel GER 2499 - 11
80. GM Pavlidis Antonios GRE 2519 - 11
81. GM Bluebaum Matthias GER 2562 - 11
82. GM Al-Sayed Mohammed QAT 2525 - 11
83. GM Demuth Adrien FRA 2478 - 11
84. GM Hansen Eric CAN 2562 - 11
85. GM Piorun Kacper POL 2501 - 11
86. GM Lenic Luka SLO 2637 - 11
87. GM Rublevsky Sergei RUS 2682 - 11
88. GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2628 - 11
89. GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2585 - 11
90. GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2635 - 10.5
91. GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2634 - 10.5
92. GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2605 - 10.5
93. GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2654 - 10.5
94. GM Bezold Michael GER 2509 - 10.5
95. GM Adhiban Baskaran IND 2607 - 10.5
96. IM Heimann Andreas GER 2548 - 10.5
97. GM Postny Evgeny ISR 2601 - 10.5
98. GM Teske Henrik GER 2455 - 10.5
99. GM Papin Vasily RUS 2563 - 10.5
100. GM Lagarde Maxime FRA 2575 - 10.5
101. GM Bok Benjamin NED 2635 - 10.5
102. IM Schneider Ilja GER 2591 - 10
103. GM Lagno Kateryna RUS 2574 - 10
104. GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2635 - 10
105. GM Bindrich Falko GER 2562 - 10
106. GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2609 - 10
107. GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2499 - 10
108. GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2595 - 10
109. GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2610 - 10
110. GM Shabalov Alexander USA 2544 - 10
111. GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2506 - 10
112. IM Van Foreest Jorden NED 2354 - 10
113. GM Handke Florian GER 2530 - 10
114. GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2720 - 10
115. GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2512 - 10
116. GM Hjartarson Johann ISL 2632 - 10
117. GM Polzin Rainer GER 2409 - 10
118. GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2702 - 10
119. GM Nikolic Predrag BIH 2606 - 10
120. GM Godena Michele ITA 2547 - 10
121. GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2639 - 10
122. GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2619 - 10
123. GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2636 - 9.5
124. IM Svane Rasmus GER 2517 - 9.5
125. IM Abel Dennes GER 2478 - 9.5
126. GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2659 - 9.5
127. GM Riff Jean-Noel FRA 2497 - 9.5
128. GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2550 - 9.5
129. GM Wagner Dennis GER 2415 - 9.5
130. GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2622 - 9.5
131. GM Huzman Alexander ISR 2580 - 9.5
132. GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2510 - 9.5
133. IM Ladva Ottomar EST 2392 - 9.5
134. GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2558 - 9.5
135. GM Milanovic Danilo SRB 2556 - 9.5
136. IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2361 - 9.5
137. GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2550 - 9.5
138. GM Dlugy Maxim USA 2676 - 9.5
139. GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2580 - 9.5
140. GM Fedorchuk Sergey A. UKR 2612 - 9.5
141. GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2503 - 9
142. IM Hirneise Tobias GER 2464 - 9
143. GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2594 - 9
144. GM Agdestein Simen NOR 2575 - 9
145. GM Schmaltz Roland GER 2538 - 9
146. GM Seirawan Yasser USA 2598 - 9
147. CM Choukri Adel MAR 2207 - 9
148. GM Van Wely Loek NED 2669 - 9
149. GM Rabiega Robert GER 2504 - 9
150. GM Sumets Andrey UKR 2644 - 9
151. GM Nielsen Peter Heine DEN 2572 - 9
152. IM Seel Christian Dr. GER 2512 - 9
153. GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2538 - 8.5
154. GM Shchekachev Andrei FRA 2540 - 8.5
155. GM Ernst Sipke NED 2470 - 8.5
156. IM Tari Aryan NOR 2345 - 8.5
157. IM Sanal Vahap TUR 2542 - 8.5
158. WGM Kulon Klaudia POL 2286 - 8.5
159. GM Richter Michael GER 2513 - 8.5
160. GM Olafsson Helgi ISL 2537 - 8.5
161. GM Petursson Margeir ISL 2525 - 8.5
162. IM Ben Artzi Ido ISR 2330 - 8.5
163. GM Pavlovic Milos SRB 2485 - 8.5
164. GM Naumann Alexander GER 2543 - 8
165. GM Hasangatin Ramil RUS 2509 - 8
166. IM Carlstedt Jonathan GER 2323 - 8
167. Vogel Roven GER 2263 - 8
168. GM Agrest Evgenij SWE 2596 - 8
169. IM Valdes Romero Leonardo CRC 2500 - 8
170. WGM Berend Elvira LUX 2370 - 8
171. FM Przybylski Wojciech POL 2474 - 8
172. Lagunow Raphael GER 2233 - 8
173. IM Carstensen Jacob DEN 2335 - 8
174. IM Hovhannisyan Mher BEL 2509 - 8
175. FM Carow Johannes GER 2417 - 7.5
176. GM Stern Rene GER 2539 - 7.5
177. IM Krnan Tomas CAN 2424 - 7.5
178. GM Rasmussen Allan Stig DEN 2576 - 7.5
179. IM Thiede Lars GER 2441 - 7.5
180. Sawlin Leonid GER 2258 - 7
181. IM Camacho Collados Jose KOR 2315 - 7
182. FM Wendt Jan-Dietrich GER 2332 - 6.5
183. Hilverda Alexander GER 2396 - 6.5
184. FM Bruedigam Martin GER 2282 - 6
185. Cordeiro Marco Aurelio Zaror BRA 2208 - 5
186. Thornton Giovanni Antonio NZL 2191 - 5
187. Koehler Gerhard Dr. GER 2178 - 4.5
188. WIM Zepeda Lorena ESA 2108 - 3



 
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