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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Exhausted after World Blitz Chess Championship

Hello Everybody!

I'm sorry for not updating my blog for a few days. Now I'm back since the World Blitz Chess Championship that took place on November 16-18, 2009 in Moscow has come to its end.

Magnus Carlsen won this event with a fantastic result - 31 out of 42! That's 3 points ahead of Viswanathan Anand who took the silver medal of the championship!

In the last 4 days I played 59 blitz-games! Since just before the world blitz championship, on November 15, I took part in another strong GM's tournament in Moscow. So I had a very long blitz marathon.

I did have some spectacular wins over very strong GM, for example two days ago I beat the world #1 rated Magnus Carlsen (who later went on to win the tournament). I am especially happy about yesterday's (17th of November) where out of 14 blitz games in the super strong world blitz championship I took 7 out of 14, beating Grandmasters Anand (who is the current Men's World Champion, Aronian, Judith Polgar, Tkachiev, Grischuk and Morozevich! In total I scored a respectable 12.5 points, which corresponds to 10 wins and 5 draws, against players on average 200 ELO points above me. It was a great experience, and I am so happy to have been able to play and beat such world renowned players. I will soon prepare for you some of my best games with comments and some in video.

Already tomorrow I will be flying to Khanty-Mansiisk where I will take place in the World Cup and will face in the first round GM Shakhriar Mamedyarov. But I can promise you that as soon as I have time I will tell you in details about the World Blitz Championship as well as about many interesting events that took place while I was away from blogging.

Posted by: Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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  • At November 19, 2009 at 6:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello from Norway. So Carlsen won, Yippee! But I am glad you beat him once. It is not good for him to win all of the time. Besides, you are my favourite chess player ;-).
    Love from Paal.

  • At November 19, 2009 at 7:32 AM , Anonymous иренеяс Литва said...

    Мы очень ждём Ваших комментарии! Удачи!!!

  • At November 20, 2009 at 3:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello from France.
    Congratulations Alexandra.
    You have a very interesting chess blog, with a lot of various news.
    And your performances in the last tournaments are impressive. Who is still not on your scoring board ?
    Go on Alexandra, and you'll be the next Judith Polgar. Excuse me, but Judith remains my favourite woman chess player ! I am 50 years old, and it can explain that...
    Bises from François... and good luck for the World Cup.

  • At November 23, 2009 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Lauri said...

    Yeah. I think you performed superbly. You performed +62 in relation to your current rating!

  • At November 24, 2009 at 12:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You did very well, I can't deny that, but you have a mistake in your post:

    beating Grandmasters Anand (who is the current Men's World Champion)

    There is not such a thing as Men's World Champion! He's the "World Champion", just that, as Men and Women can play for the title!


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