World Chess Blitz: Grischuk in Sole Lead on Day 1 After 15 Rounds
GM Alexander Grischuk is leading the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan after 15 rounds that were played on Day today. Fifteen more rounds would be played on Tuesday. Grischuk leads with 10.5/15 and has one point more than Dmitry Andreikin, Vassily Ivanchuk and Sergey Karjakin. Magnus Carlsen, who started with a loss, is in fifth place with 8.5/15.
Leading after 15 rounds: Alexander Grischuk
The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships are being held in Astana, Kazakhstan from July 1-11, 2012. Russia's Sergey Karjakin won the World Rapid Chess Championship yesterday. You can read the full report and links to various game links in this Chess Blog post.
The blitz is a 16-player double round robin format with Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Viktor Bologan, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexey Dreev, Igor Kurnosov, Vladislav Tkachiev, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Anuar Ismagambetov, Dmitry Andreikin, Le Quang Liem, Nikolai Chadaev, Pavel Kotsur and Rinat Jumabayev.
Special rule: The players are not allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the Chief Arbiter and accepted in case of a triple-repetition of the position or the 50-move rule.
The prize fund is US $200,000 for each tournament with the first prize being US $40,000. You can follow the live video broadcast at the official website.
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