2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:43 pm

Report on the final day of the rapid.

"It was also revealed today that Dubov had been part of Carlsen's team for preparing for the 2018 world championship match. "I was in his team, so probably he gave me too many lessons!" Dubov said."

There is also a really nice game showing how Iranian rising star Alireza Firouzja tactically outwitted Peter Svidler plus Ju Wenjun winning the Women's title.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by David Robertson » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:01 pm

Fire on the Fjord!

Carlsen - Shirov (blitz rd 5), starting soon. But fizzled out (0.5) :(

Firouzja (remember him?) slaughtered Svidler again to take the lead with 5.5/6. Lead shared with forum-favourite, Jobava, who finds Blitz a whole sight more congenial than hanging around thinking in Rapid

Firouzja wins the shoot-out comfortably to take sole lead (6.5/7). Sheesh, that was impressive!

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:07 pm

Firouzja outclassed Jobava and is now the sole leader on 6.5/7. He was winning the draw against Aronian but Levon escaped with a perpetual.

Carlsen 5.5 v Firouzja 6.5 about to start in round 8. The BIG CLASH! DON'T MISS IT!

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by David Robertson » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:29 pm

Carlsen - Firouzja 1-0 Crushed

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:32 pm

Yes, he didn't get into the game. Now we'll see if the disappointment gets to him in the coming rounds.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by David Robertson » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:54 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:32 pm
Now we'll see if the disappointment gets to him in the coming rounds
Prescient! It has. He's just dropped a piece to Wang Hao, a 4NCL Sunday morning blunder (Div 4 standard)

Poor lad - he's just blundered hopelessly in a R+B v R ending v. Nepo

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by John Moore » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:17 pm

Good recovery from Gawain having started with 0/3!

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:58 am

In sixth place in the women's world blitz with 6.5/9 there's a totally unknown 14-year-old Russian, Leya Garifullina, who is currently performing 400 points above her 2100 rating and in the last round, with Black. impressively outplayed former world champion Stefanova. Watch out for her today.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:04 pm

HUGE recovery by Gawain. After a dismal performance in the rapid and starting with 0/3 in the blitz, he is now on a wonderful run of 9.5/11, is within range of the leading group, and has White v Jakovenko in round 15.

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:07 pm

While I was typing the last post it's now Jones 1-0 Jakovenko! Go the lone Englishman!

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:17 pm

After 15 rounds, six to go:

Carlsen 12.5

Duda 12

Nakamura Gelfand Svidler Golubov JONES 10.5

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by John Upham » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:18 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:07 pm
While I was typing the last post it's now Jones 1-0 Jakovenko! Go the lone Englishman!
Gawain now on board 2 versus Jan-Krzysztof Duda !! :D
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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:21 pm

Round 16 starting very shortly, live on chessbomb and chess 24

Golubov v Carlsen

Duda v JONES

Gelfand v Svidler

Andreikin (10) v Nakamura

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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by John Upham » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:25 pm

John Upham wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:18 pm
Leonard Barden wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:07 pm
While I was typing the last post it's now Jones 1-0 Jakovenko! Go the lone Englishman!
Gawain now on board 2 versus Jan-Krzysztof Duda !! :D
See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVQgoSb8e4A for commentary
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Re: 2018 FIDE Rapid & Blitz World Championships

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:30 pm

Alas, crushed in 22 moves one move from mate after missing 20...Rc6! equal.

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