Nihal Sarin finishes 11th in World Blitz Championship

King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships-2018

The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championship was conducted in Saint Petersburg from December 25 to 31, 2018. The total prize fund was USD 1,150,000/-

The Venue was Manege, the largest exhibition space in central Saint Petersburg

The Open starting list was headed by Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India), the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), world strongest grandmasters Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler (all from Russia), India’s no 2 Harikrishna Pentala and other top players.

In the women’s events, Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika spearheaded India’s charge. Others included the reigning Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun (China), Anna and Mariya Muzychuk (both from Ukraine), Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Valentina Gunina, Olga Girya (all from Russia), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), Tan Zhongyi (China).

Rapid

The title in the Open Section went to Daniil Dubov (Russia), who collected 11 points in 15 games.  Half a point behind him was Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia), and Magnus Carlsen (Norway). Superior tie-break score gave Mamedyarov the silver, and Nakamura got the bronze.

Defending Champion Viswanathan Anand scored 10.5 points and had to be content with the 21st place.

In the women’s section Ju Wenjun, who had defended her Women’s World Champion’s two months ago in Khanty-Mansiysk, managed to defend her champion’s title in rapid chess as well. With 10 points in 12 games, the Chinese finished solely on top. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh’s (Iran) superior tie-break secured her second place, and Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) got the bronze. India’s Dronavalli Harika finished 14th with a score of 8.0/12 points.

Blitz

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) defended his title of the world’s strongest blitz player by dominating the championship with 17/21. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland) finished second with 16.5 points. Hikaru Nakamura (USA) took third with 14.5 points.

India’s Nihal Sarin had a dream run. He started as the 139th seed; won 11 games, drew five and lost five thereby ending with 13.5 points. Nihal outwitted players like GMs Le Quam Liem (Vietnam), Gawain Jones (England), and Alexander Zubov (Ukraine).

Kateryna Lagno (Russia) won the Women’s Section. She collected 13.5 points. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) won the silver with 13 points. Lei Tingjie (China) got the bronze with 12.5 points. Dronavalli Harika finished 21st with 10.5/17 points.

Rapid: Open

Final Ranking after 15 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 25 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2723 11
2 6 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2786 10.5
3 2 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2844 10.5
4 3 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2812 10.5
5 1 GM Carlsen Magnus NOR 2903 10.5
6 169 GM Firouzja Alireza IRI 2412 10
7 11 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2758 10
8 16 GM Giri Anish NED 2739 10
9 8 GM Karjakin Sergey RUS 2774 10
10 43 GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2676 10
11 15 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2740 10
12 35 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2690 10
13 38 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2683 10
14 29 GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2708 10
15 19 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2732 10

Rapid: Women

Final Ranking after 12 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 2 GM Ju Wenjun CHN 2584 10
2 25 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2402 9
3 11 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2477 9
4 1 GM Muzychuk Anna UKR 2595 8.5
5 16 GM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2442 8.5
6 15 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya KAZ 2444 8.5
7 5 GM Lagno Kateryna RUS 2539 8.5
8 3 GM Lei Tingjie CHN 2545 8.5
9 17 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS 2442 8.5
10 30 IM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2381 8
11 8 GM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2493 8
12 26 GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2396 8
13 18 IM Arabidze Meri GEO 2431 8
14 9 GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2484 8
15 24 WIM Shuvalova Polina RUS 2411 8

Blitz Open

Final Ranking after 21 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 1 GM Carlsen Magnus NOR 2939 17
2 32 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2694 16.5
3 2 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2889 14.5
4 3 GM Aronian Levon ARM 2858 14
5 11 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2770 14
6 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2846 14
7 12 GM Karjakin Sergey RUS 2759 14
8 9 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2777 13.5
9 6 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2825 13.5
10 14 GM Giri Anish NED 2751 13.5
11 139 GM Nihal Sarin IND 2506 13.5
12 52 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2653 13.5
13 13 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2754 13.5
14 31 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2696 13.5
15 18 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2743 13.5

Blitz: Women

Final Ranking after 17 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 2 GM Lagno Kateryna RUS 2560 13.5
2 25 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2377 13
3 12 GM Lei Tingjie CHN 2458 12.5
4 10 GM Gunina Valentina RUS 2489 12
5 8 GM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2494 11.5
6 14 GM Goryachkina Aleksandra RUS 2422 11.5
7 15 GM Ushenina Anna UKR 2419 11.5
8 93 WCM Garifullina Leya RUS 2120 11
9 4 GM Ju Wenjun CHN 2558 11
10 52 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2271 11
11 40 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2314 11
12 3 GM Muzychuk Anna UKR 2559 11
13 7 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2496 11
14 29 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2366 11
15 122 WFM Munkhzul Turmunkh MGL 1936 11