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    Jul102012

    Grischuk Wins World Blitz Championship

    Not for the first time, either - he won the title back in 2006 as well. So Alexander Grischuk is a two-time world blitz champion, winning this year's event by a hair over Magnus Carlsen. Grischuk played well both days, and thanks to a winning streak in rounds 22-25 was able to coast a bit near the end. In round 26 against Carlsen he was a bit careless - he could have held a draw pretty easily but pushed for more. After all, with a three point lead with just five rounds to go, what could go wrong?

    Well, in addition to losing that game (now just a two point lead), Grischuk lost to Peter Svidler in round 28, and it was only a one point lead with two rounds to go. Grischuk beat Viktor Bologan with Black in round 29 and clinched first by repeating a known theoretical draw on the white side of a Petroff against Nikolay Chadaev. A good thing, too, as Carlsen was just half a point behind at the finish.

    In fact, Carlsen, whose score after 22 rounds was a miserable (by his standards) 11.5-10.5, won the last eight games. It was a pretty remarkable run, and once it got started you could feel Carlsen's self-confidence grow to epic proportions. The hubristic high point came against Teimour Rajdabov in round 26, when Carlsen opened with 1.a4. (I'm guessing these two don't like each other - especially not now!) Had this monster awakened earlier in the event, he might have won  with a colossal margin; as it was, it was still a good performance.

    Sergey Karjakin took third, but was in the hunt for first or certainly second before he repeated his late-round collapse from day one, first losing to Shakhriyard Mamedyarov and then to Carlsen. (Badly in both cases.) Still, it was a good week for him: winning the rapid championship and coming in third here.

    Dmitry Andreikin was in the hunt for a long time too, but some tough losses in the late going pushed him out of contention and into a tie for fifth with Radjabov, half a point behind Alexander Morozevich. Vassily Ivanchuk had also been in contention after the first day, but he really plummeted, only managing to finish with an even score overall.

    Turning to games of interest, other than those mentioned above:

    Mamedyarov-Jumabayev was nice - through move 28 the game gives the impression of being one very long opening trap.

    Karjakin-Bologan was a blown opportunity for Karjakin, failing to win an ending with an extra exchange and a pawn. It's only blitz, but until his next tournament success he may rue some of the half and whole points he gave away here.

    Chadaev-Karjakin: Kramnik's Scotch Four Knights with 10.h3 strikes again! I haven't a clue why people play as they do against it (to take one obvious approach, 11...Re8 12.Bf4 Bd6 gives White a big pile of nothing), but until they do it will keep making the occasional cameo. Chadaev played boldly and caught another big scalp, and in general one has to be impressed by his fearlessness in this event.

    Bologan-Gelfand: An amazing endgame "fail" by Gelfand.

    Ivanchuk-Jumabayev: 59...g5! is a nice king and pawn ending trick worth noting and remembering.

    Carlsen-Mamedyarov: A nice win by Mamedyarov, who won with Black in the Philidor against both Carlsen and Karjakin.

    Jumabayev-Svidler featured a very nice (for us) and nasty (for Svidler) defensive trick. It looked like Svidler had at last worked out the mating combination, but there was this one teensy detail he missed.

    Topalov-Carlsen was one of the few bright spots for Carlsen early in the day, but one worth savoring. It's usually White who gets to enjoy the boa constrictor-style strangulation games in the Ruy (there's a reason it's called the "Spanish torture"), but this time it was White who was suffocated.

    Morozevich-Gelfand featured 10.e5 in the Anti-Moscow Gambit in the Semi-Slav, a move with a reputation for relative harmlessness. I don't know if Morozevich prepared something new and big or if Gelfand was just playing poorly, but the finale was 1-0, 25 moves.

    Mamedyarov-Kotsur was an absolutely spectacular game, in which Mamedyarov sacrificed a pawn (declined), then another pawn (accepted), a piece (accepted), another piece (accepted), an exchange (declined) and then a rook (accepted) - and all while leaving the first rook from the declined exchanged sacrifice hanging through the end of the game. It all seems to be sound, and the only minor criticism is that Mamedyarov missed a mate in three starting with 24.Qxb6+.

    Andreikin-Gelfand was the nadir of Andreikin's collapse. He had lost to Grischuk and Karjakin in recent rounds, but was still very much in the running for a medal going into round 27. Gelfand fell into an embarrassing, absolutely elementary trap with the blunder 6...Bg4?? - and won anyway. (Incidentally, 7.Ne5 may have been even better than 7.Bxf7+ - one must always consider both ideas in such positions.)

    Final Standings:

    1. Grischuk 20 (of 30)
    2. Carlsen 19.5
    3. Karjakin 18.5
    4. Morozevich 17.5
    5-6. Andreikin, Radjabov 17
    7. Le Quang Liem 16.5
    8-9. Svidler, Ivanchuk 15
    10-11. Gelfand, Chadaev 13.5
    12-13. Topalov, Mamedyarov 13
    14. Jumabayev 12
    15. Bologan 11
    16. Kotsur 8

    One final note: I haven't been able to find any video archives on the website - it just shows the last bit of whatever they filmed that day - in this case, the closing ceremony. ChessVibes filmed some of the games, though, and you can find them in their YouTube channel or on their site.

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    Dennis, thanks a lot for such a nice summary of the event. You can find all the videos with English commentary for rapid and blitz here.

    [DM: You're welcome - thanks for (a) noticing, (b) saying something, and especially (c) providing that link!

    Post-script: I only saw the commentary videos. Is there a spot where you see the players playing, as in the live broadcast?]

    July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrey

    Just curious why you said, "1.a4. (I'm guessing these two don't like each other - especially not now!)"
    What about opening choice implies a like or dislike of someone? Thanks. :)

    [DM: Well, "imply" is a bit strong, but my thinking is that you play 1.a4 against someone for reasons other than its merits - psychological reasons. Now, he didn't do that against anyone else, and Radjabov was neither his toughest competition in the event (though he was the second seed by rating, I think) nor anywhere near his weakest. So why do it, except to make some sort of special psychological point? (One commentator suggested that it was some kind of inside joke - that would be a better explanation. I hope it's right!)]

    July 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter:D

    I have a feeling Carlsen does not like like Radjabov because of the latter's toothless play when paired against him. Radjabov almost always plays ultra solid positions against Carlsen and Carlsen almost always tries to grind out a win no matter what. I think Radjabov should rethink his strategy against Carlsen because his score against Carlsen is especially poor.

    July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen Adams

    Regarding Carlsen's a4 opening against Radjabov, apparently that was something of an inside joke between them. In their last blitz tournament encounter, late in the tournament, Radjabov had told Carlsen that everyone was so tired, he (Carlsen) could play 1. a4 for the rest of the rounds and still win easily.

    [DM: Ah, I didn't know that. Thanks! Is there a source you can refer us to?]

    July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuralRob

    The 1. a4 "inside joke" is mentioned in this Chessvibes article, but I didn't see that until after you asked me to find my source, and I did some Googling. I remember reading about Radjabov's comment in an article about that 2010 tournament, but I can't seem to find it now. It stuck in my mind because I have played 1. a4 in a few blitz games myself (and managed to win one!). :-)

    July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuralRob

    The inside joke between Carlsen and Radjabov was mentioned in the Chessvibes report. And even without such a story, it wouldn't be a personal insult or lack of respect for Radjabov: Carlsen already played 1.a3 three times against respectable opponents - Ivanchuk at Amber blindfold 2010, Grischuk and Eljanov at the 2010 World Blitz championship, total score +1=1-1. Or is 1.a4 even worse (more weakening) than 1.a3 ?!

    [DM: I do think 1.a4 is worse! It's also unclear how what might be a lack of respect for others lets him off the hook for this game, but if your point is that ("inside joke" {since everyone knows about it, is it really an inside joke?} aside) it didn't show a lack of respect for Radjabov in particular, then point granted.]

    Carlsen had a slow start and a strong(er) finish on both days (3.5/7 followed by 5/8, 3/7 followed by 8/8) - was the start of the games at 3:00PM local time too early for him?
    As to Grischuk, I would still say that he won by at least two hairs: after all it was still a comfortable situation that he only needed a draw in the last round - against an opponent who probably wouldn't really try to act as a spoiler. Grischuk's finish is somewhat reminiscent of Aronian's finish at the last World Blitz championship, where Aronian won despite losing his last two games (he had scored enough points in earlier rounds).

    [DM: Maybe, but Chadaev performed very respectably in the event - a win in a "real" game was no sure thing.]

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

    Chess Vibes is reporting the 1.a4 story

    http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/grischuk-wins-2nd-world-blitz-title-in-astana

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOld Man Mumphus

    The 1. a4 explanation accoriding to http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/grischuk-wins-2nd-world-blitz-title-in-astana:

    "The following game needs some explanation, because Carlsen starting his game against Radjabov with 1.a4 had a little history. During the previous World Blitz Championship, in Moscow, November 2010, Radjabov had said to Carlsen:

    Everyone is getting tired. You might as well start with 1.a4 and you can still beat them.

    And so it was little inside joke (and a successful one):"

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercmling

    Just curious. What makes you say about Grischuk: "In round 26 against Carlsen he was a bit careless - he could have held a draw pretty easily but pushed for more." ? On move 26 Grischuk was += according to Houdini at Chessbomb. Still he tried to repeat moves. Carlsen in the end deviated with 30.... Rb7 despite knowing he was worse (and Houdini "confirms" +0.75 for white). Have you talked to Grischuk about it?

    [DM: Sure, me and Sasha, we're like *this* (fingers crossed to indicate closeness)! No, I haven't spoken with him, of course. My statement was a judgement based on decisions late in the game like 62.g4 - it seems to me that simply doing nothing leaves the position dead drawn. In fact, here's a smart-alecky way for White to show that it's drawn: 62.Bxd6 Nx6 63.Nf5+ Bxf5 64.Rxf5. If Black ignores the rook, it's well-placed there; if he takes it, then after 65.Rxf5 there's absolutely nothing Black can do. White meets ...g4 with h4 and ...h4 with g4, and forget about Grischuk; even Grischuk's grandparents could hold the game after a minute's coaching.]

    July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlitz Observer

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