World Rapid Chess begins in Dubai: Day 1 Video, Report
Hello chess blog friends, the very exciting World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2014 have begun in Dubai. Here is a cool Day 1 video by Vijay Kumar. On the first day, the first five rounds of the Rapid section were held.
A total of 113 participants from 46 countries 16th edition of the Championships. After the conclusion of five rounds on Day 1 we had Ian Nepomniachtchi, Sergey Karjakin (both from Russia) and Fabiano Caruana (Italy) in joint lead with 4. 5 points out of 5. The championship began with two major upsets in the first round itself as both Levon Aronian and defending champion Hikaru Nakamura lost to their lower-rated opponents.
Twenty five year old Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli of Venezuela (2652) beat Hikaru Nakamura (2841) in 49 moves of an English Opening. Nakamura lost a Rook on the 41st move as he tried to prevent mating threats.
Then world number 2, Levon Aronian of Armenia, 32, also lost in round 1 to Indian GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, 31, who utilised the Evans Gambit and won a Rook and pawn endgame in a marathon 69 moves.
The championship will be broadcast live on the tournament’s official website www.dubai2014wrb.com with online games and commentary. See the Photo Album of the first day (By Anastasija Karlovic)
In the Rapid Championship, each player will have 15 minutes + 10 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1.