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Saturday, June 8, 2013

World Rapid Chess Champion 2013 is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Hi everyone, 

Grandmaster from Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has won the title of the World Rapid Chess Champion 2013. On the final day of the event, he won five games in a row. He finished the tournament with 11.5 points out of 15 in Khanty Mansiysk on Saturday. The silver medalist is Ian Nepomniachtchi. The Russian Grandmaster was leading with two points after two days, but lost to Alexander Grischuk in Round 13 and drew with Alexander Riazantsev in the last round. He finished the tournament in second place just half a point behind the winner. Alexander Grischuk won the bronze medal with 10.5 out of 15. He made a draw with Nikita Vityugov in Round 15.

The final standings:
1. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – 11.5/15
2. Ian Nepomniachtchi – 11/15
3. Alexander Grischuk – 10.5/15
4. Le Liem – 10/15
5-14 – Gadir Guseinov (AZE), Ildar Khairullin (Russia), Dmitry Andreikin (RUS), Sergey Movsesian (ARM), Denis Khismattulin (RUS), Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS), Ivan Cheparinov (BUL), Alexander Riazantsev (RUS), Nikita Vityugov (RUS), Rauf Mamedov (AZE) – 9/15

The World Rapid Chess Championship was organised under the aegis of FIDE for the second time. The championship took place from 6 to 8 June 2013 in the Ugra Chess Academy of Khanty Mansiysk. The defending champion (winner in 2012) Sergey Karjakin is currently in Kieve playing another chess tournament and did not defend his title that he had won in Astana.

The World Blitz Chess Championship 2013 will start on the 9th of June in Khanty Mansiysk. Russian Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk will defend his title he earned in 2012 in Astana.

The award ceremony of the medalists and prize winners in the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will take place on the 10th of June in Cultural Entertainment Centre “Oktyabr” at 19.30 local time. You can continue to follow all the chess action live via the official website.

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