World Blitz - Astana

Grischuk leads after first day of Astana World Blitz Championship

09.07.2012Alexander Grischuk was on fire, winning eight games, drawing five and losing two to take the lead with 10.5/15, a full point ahead of the second placed Dmitry Andreikin, Vassily Ivanchuk and Sergey Karjakin, with Magnus Carlsen following a point behind these three. Tuesday is the return round of this double round robin. We have lots of pictures and video for you to relive the action.

World blitz and rapid chess championship

The Official World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships are being held from July 1-11, 2012, in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. It is worth noting that the Rapid Chess Championship is a first in the history of FIDE! The top ten players of the current FIDE rating list have the right to take part in the championships. The total prize fund is US $400,000. Qualifiers are held prior to the finals, with three winners taking part in the finals. In addition two Kazakhstani grandmasters were nominated: Pavel Kotsur and Rinat Dzhumabayev in blitz. Tiebreak rules for first place: (a) results between the players involved; (b) number of wins; (c) Sonneborn-Berger score; (d) Sudden death game: 5 min vs 4 min.

In general the two videos are synchronised, so you should start them and let both run together.

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Remaining program

July 10, Tues. 15:00 World Blitz rounds 16–30; closing ceremony
July 11, Wed.   Departure of participants