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Rapid day 1: Anton Korobov and Anna Muzychuk are leading with perfect score

The 2016 FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships started today in Doha, Qatar, with 106 players in the Open tournament, including 87 GMs, and 34 players in the Women tournament (including 13 GMs) competing for the prestigious titles and 200,000 USD (for open) and 40,000 USD (for women) prize fund.

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After the first day and five rounds of play Anton Korobov from Ukraine emerged sole leader with 5/5 points. Levon Aronian from Armenia is half a point behind on the sole second place. Seven players share the third place with 4 points. The defending champion Magnus Carlsen unexpectedly started with 0,5 out of 2 but than found his form and won 3 games in a row to finish the first day of rapid with 3,5 out of 5.

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Anna Muzychuk from Ukraine is on the top in women’s section with 4/4. In the fourth round she outplayed former Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Another Ukrainian player Inna Gaponenko is on the second place with 3,5/4, followed by 3 Russian players Katerina Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alexandra Goryachkina with 3/3.

The Rapid event will be held over three days (26-28th December) at a time control of 15min+10s and the Blitz Championships will continue during next two days (29-30th December) at a time control of 3min+2s. The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid. The Blitz will have twenty one (21) rounds in open championship and seventeen (17) rounds in women`s championship, with a single game for each round, Swiss event. The Rapid will be fifteen (15) rounds for Open and twelve (12) rounds for Women`s championship, with a single game for each round, Swiss event.

The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships organized by the FIDE, Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Chess Association.


The President of Qatar Chess Association Mr. Khalifa Al Hitmi welcomed all the participants to the FIDE Rapid and Blitz World Championships being held in Doha, Qatar. Amongst the participants were a large number of current and former world Champions including Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk and many more. The whole field was full of very strong chess layers and Qatar extended its goodwill and hospitality to all the players and officials in the event.

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The FIDE Representative and Continental President of Europe, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili thanked the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Qatar Chess Association for their organization of the four world championships. He also thanked all those chess players, organisers and officials who had participated in so many excellent events in 2016 and augured a great chess year in 2017 to everybody.

The Technical Meeting was then held in the presence of the Chief Arbiter Mr. Ashot Vardapetyan and some new rules were explained to the players as well as the colour selections for the first round were held.

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FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships start in a few days

The FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships (Open and Women) will take place in Doha (Qatar) from 25th of December (arrival) to 31st of December (departure).

The Rapid event will be held over three days (26-28th December) at a time control of 15min+10s and the Blitz Championships will continue during next two days (29-30th December) at a time control of 3min+2s. The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid. The Blitz will have twenty one (21) rounds in open championship and seventeen (17) rounds in women`s championship, with a single game for each round, Swiss event. The Rapid will be fifteen (15) rounds for Open and twelve (12) rounds for Women`s championship, with a single game for each round, Swiss event.

The total prize fund for the Open tournament is $400,000 with $40,000 for the winner of each championship and $80,000 in Women Championships with $10,000 for the winner of each championship.

Both participants the FIDE World Championship Match World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Sergey Karjakin, former World Champion Viswanathan Anand, World Blitz Champions of different years Alexander Grischuk (2006, 2012, 2015), Vassily Ivanchuk (2007), Leinier Dominguez (2008), Levon Aronian (2010), World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2013) and other top players have confirmed their participation. Former Women’s World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Anna Ushenina, Zhu Chen, Women`s World Rapid Champion of 2014 and Women`s World Blitz Champion (2010) Katerina Lagno, Women’s World Blitz Champion of 2014 Anna Muzychuk, Women’s World Blitz Champion of 2012 Valentina Gunina, who recently has shown a remarkable result in the Super Rapidplay tournament of the 2016 London Chess Classic, the winner of the FIDE Grand Prix Series Ju Wenjun and other top players are among the participants. The whole list of participants.

The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships organized by the FIDE, QATAR OLYMPIC COMMITTEE and QATAR CHESS ASSOCIATION.

In recent years, Qatar proved an exceptional ability and outstanding facilities to host hundreds of international and regional sports events. In the coming few years, Qatar will be hosting many world class events along with the UCI RWC 2016; such as World Bowling Championships 2016, World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2018, Athletics World Championships 2019, and FIFA World Cup 2022.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE