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Leinier Dominguez Perez Victorious in Kazakhstan

Vassily Ivanchuk close second

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The World Blitz Chess Championship took place on 8th November 2008 in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan. The tournament was a round robin of 16 players and the games were played with a classical blitz time control of 5 minutes for the whole game, without increment.

Leinier Dominguez Perez, the first Cuban ever to surprass 2700-elo barrier, took a clear first place with 11.5 points, half a point ahead of surging Vassily Ivanchuk who had excellent finish. Dominguez escaped from defeat in a couple of grim positions, but he also produced some brilliant attacks, for instance, against Alexander Morozevich (game bellow).

Final standings:

1. Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB 2719) – 11.5

2. Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR 2786) – 11.0

3. Peter Svidler (RUS 2727) – 10.0

4. Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2719) – 10.0

5. Teimour Radjabov (AZE 2752) – 9.5

6. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE 2731) – 9.5

7. Murtas Kazhgaleyev (KAZ 2640) – 8.0

8. Alexander Morozevich (RUS 2787) – 7.5

9. Gata Kamsky (USA 2729) – 7.0

10. Boris Gelfand (ISR 2719) – 7.0

11. Sergei Rublevsky (RUS 2702) – 6.5

12. Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA 2664) – 6.5

13. Rafael Vaganian (ARM 2590) – 5.5

14. Bassem Amin (EGY 2560) – 4.5

15. Krishnan Sasikiran (IND 2694) – 3.5

16. Judit Polgar (HUN 2711) – 2.5

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Leinier Dominguez Perez

The first five players of the World Blitz Championships in 2006 and 2007, as well as the continental blitz champions for 2008, were seeded automatically. The 15th Asian Games champion and the nominee of the Organizing committee were also invited.

This year’s World Blitz Championship had a very high prize fund – 350.000 Swiss Francs. 80% of them (280.000 Swiss Francs) are for the participants, and the rest is for FIDE. All players will receive prizes. The champion will receive 80 000 Swiss Francs and the 16th place is awarded 5000 Swiss Francs.

Official website

The 2007 European Individual Champion and an avid blitz player, Vladislav Tkachiev, was basically playing on his own ground. Born in Moscow and currently residing in France, Vladislav lived in Kazakhstan for more than 10 years and represented this country at the 1992 Chess Olympiad. Actually, today (Sunday, October 9th) he is turning 35. Happy Birthday Vlad!

ETCC Round 7 04

Vladislav Tkachiev


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