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World Rapid and Blitz Championship

ALEXANDER GRISCHUK OF RUSSIA IS THE 2015 WORLD BLITZ CHESS CHAMPION; 2015 WORLD CHESS RAPID AND BLITZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDED IN BERLIN

 October 14, 2015 – Berlin, Germany

  • Alexander Grischuk takes first place, with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in second and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia finishing third;
  • Players from a record number of countries took part in the World Championship;
  • Winners of the 5-day tournament received their medals during an awards ceremony

October 14, 2015 – Berlin, Germany – Today the 5-day World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships concluded in Berlin, with Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk claiming the World Blitz Champion’s title.

The winner scored 15,5 points in the 21-round tournament. The prize fund for the Blitz tournament was $200,000. Grischuk earned $40,000.

Alexander Grischuk, 31, became the first three-time Blitz World Champion. He previously won the titles in 2006 and 2012.

Two players, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, finished a 0,5 point behind Grischuk. On tie-breakers, Vachier-Lagrave took the silver, and Kramnik the bronze.

The Blitz tournament was held over two days and included nearly 190 players from 50 countries. That set a new record for the number of countries represented in the fast-chess championships.

The championship was organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, its commercial partner.

“A record number of countries in a fast-chess world championship proves that chess has a strong foundation, and a truly global presence,” said Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE’s President. “We hope that the great media interest for this tournament shows fast-chess can one day be an Olympic sport.”

The award ceremony was held at Bolle Meierei, the venue of the tournament, and took place shortly after the tournament ended. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE’s President, praising the high level of play during the tournament by the world’s top players, awarded the Rapid and Blitz Championship winners with medals, and declared the Championship officially closed. The medals were provided by ADAMAS, official supplier of World Chess and FIDE.

“The Championship proves that chess has a huge audience, and can be an effective marketing platform for sponsorship and partners,” said Ilya Merenzon, President of Agon Limited.

The World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship was played out in Berlin October 10-14. The Rapid Championship was held over the first three days and included 158 players.

The tournament had huge, enthusiastic crowds throughout the five days. Several thousand spectators visited Bolle Meierei, the site of the tournaments, and hundreds of thousands of people watched live video and streaming of the games on Worldchess.com, the new official broadcasting Web site for championship events.

For further information about the tournament, or to arrange interviews, please contact chitaya@agonlimited.com.

Tournament photos are available for media on the official tournament website: www.berlin2015.fide.com/gallery. If you want to receive a high-resolution image, please contact media@agonlimited.com.

The full results of the Championship are at www.berlin2015.fide.com/results. You can follow all post-tournament analysis, and other chess news and stories at www.worldchess.com.

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MAGNUS CARLSEN IS THE 2015 WORLD RAPID CHESS CHAMPION

October 12, 2015 – Berlin, Germany – Magnus Carlsen reasserted his dominance over the chess world today by winning the World Rapid Chess Championship in Berlin.

The championship was organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, its commercial partner.

The prize fund for the tournament was $200,000. By winning, Carlsen earned $40,000.

The venue of the championships was the magnificent Bolle Meierei, located in the heart of Berlin, close to the beautiful Spree River and Kleiner Tiergaten. Each day, hundreds of spectators crowded into the playing hall to watch the games, and hundreds of thousands of people watched live video and streaming of the games on Worldchess.com, the new official Web site for championship events, which was launched just prior to the competition.

The tournament was 15 rounds over three days and included nearly 160 grandmasters from 47 countries. Carlsen, a Norwegian, who is the reigning champion at regulation time controls, won the rapid championship last year as well. He thus became the first player to ever win back-to-back rapid championships.

Three players finished one point behind Carlsen: Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan. Based on having superior tie-breakers, Nepomniachtchi finished in second place, taking the silver medal, while Radjabov earned the bronze.

The World Blitz Chess Championships take place October 13-14 at the same venue over 21 rounds. Carlsen is the defending champion in that discipline as well.

 

 

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Posted on: 13-10-2015
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