King Salman World Chess Rapid Championship begins

King Salman World Rapid Championship Day 1

The King Salman World Rapid Championship started yesterday at the iconic Apex Convention Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Players from 55 countries, among them 10 men out of the World Top-15 as well as 11 out the World Top-15 women, are competing in this prestigious event.

Indian Participants include Five-time World Champion GM Anand Viswanathan, GM Harikrishna P. GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi,  GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, GM Sethuraman S.P., GM Harika Dronavalli, IM Padmini Rout,  IM  Eesha Karavade, and IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman.

Photo: IA R. Anantharam
Photo: IA R. Anantharam
Photo: IA R. Anantharam

The honorary first move in the round 1 game Carlsen-Bu was made by Mr. Kosay A.Alfawaz, Advisor to H.E. The Chairman of General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.

Photo: Anastasiya Karlovych

In the very same game, Bu Xiangzhi stunned the world’s top rated player Magnus Carlsen by inflicting him yet another loss. Only a few months ago, Bu eliminated Carlsen from the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi.

 

Viswanathan Anand had a solid start, he is placed half-a-point behind the four joint leaders. Round two and four particularly stand out , Anand displayed his world-class expertise to crush his two Grandmaster opponents.

B. Adhiban and Vidit Gujarati have two points each, while P. Harikrishna is on 1.5. Surya Shekhar Ganguly and S.P. Sethuraman have a point each.

In the women’s event, Harika, is on 2.5 points, half-a-point behind leaders China’s Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie and Bela Khotenashvili of Georgia.

 

The King Salman World Rapid Championship has ten more rounds to be played and continues until 28th December.

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Pairings: Open Championship

Round 6 on 2017/12/27

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 44 GM Movsesian Sergei 2685 GM Carlsen Magnus *) 2908 1
2 8 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2771 GM Jobava Baadur 2672 54
3 63 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2662 4 4 GM Grischuk Alexander 2813 5
4 12 GM Anand Viswanathan 2758 4 4 GM Ponkratov Pavel 2673 52
5 86 GM Fressinet Laurent 2612 4 4 GM Rapport Richard 2748 17
6 18 GM Svidler Peter 2743 4 4 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2694 38
7 32 GM Wang Yue 2702 4 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2610 87
8 46 GM Bortnyk Olexandr 2683 GM Wang Hao 2770 9
9 16 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2748 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2681 47
10 20 GM Ding Liren 2734 GM Leko Peter 2671 55

Pairings: Women’s Championship

Round 6 on 2017/12/27

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 6 GM Tan Zhongyi 2502 4 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2537 4
2 11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2467 4 4 IM Guo Qi 2451 16
3 24 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2425 4 4 GM Harika Dronavalli 2466 12
4 13 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2460 4 4 IM Padmini Rout 2409 28
5 7 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2497 4 IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen 2390 36
6 2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2586 GM Sebag Marie 2445 20
7 3 GM Gunina Valentina 2566 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2400 30
8 23 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2439 GM Ushenina Anna 2482 8
9 37 WGM Girya Olga 2390 GM Danielian Elina 2473 10
10 15 WGM Huang Qian 2453 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan 2286 75