World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship 2015 opened in Berlin

The 2015 World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship was opened today in the historical Kino International on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin, Germany.
The players, official and guests were greeted by the President of German Chess Federation and FIDE Vice President Herbert Bastian, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and President of World Chess by Agon Limited Ilya Merenzon.
Ilya Merenzon invited World Champion Magnus Carlsen to share his impressions about the movie “Pawn Sacrifice”, which was having the European Premiere tonight at the opening of the Championship. Magnus Carlsen, who had seen the movie in Saint Louis, said that he liked “Pawn Sacrifice” both as a movies fan and as a chess player.
The honor to perform the drawing of lots was reserved for the special guest, the former World Champion Boris Spassky. With the help of Frank Neumann, media officer of German Chess Federation, Boris Spassky drew black pawns for both rapid and blitz events. This means that the top seeded player will be black in round one of both events.
The games will take place at the Bolle Meierei daily from 14:00 local time.

Berlinben október 10. és 14. között rendezik meg a rapid és villám-világbajnokságot. Az október 1-től érvényes, rapid pontszámok alapján a világranglista első tíz helyezettjéből nyolcan játszanak a 150 nagymestert is felvonultató mezőnyben.Lékó Péter és Almási Zoltán is játszik. A verseny szervezője az AGON, a Nemzetközi Sakkszövetség üzleti partnere.

A rapid világbajnokságot október 10. és 12. között 15 fordulós svájci rendszerben rendezik meg. Játszmánként 15-15 perc a gondolkodási idő és lépésenként még 10-10 másodperc.

A villám-vb-re október 13-án és 14-én kerül sor. Huszonegy fordulót játszanak. Kedden tizenegy, szerdán tíz kört bonyolítanak le. Partinként 3-3 perc és 2-2 másodperc gondolkodási idővel.

A fordulók 14 órától kezdőnek.

11:07 2015.10.10.

Magnus Carlsen is the defending champion in both events, but there will be plenty of ex-champions and other top players trying to unseat him in the tournaments in Berlin.

We’re happy to present you the official medals for the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship 2015!

letöltés

•    Medal ceremony scheduled for October 14 in Berlin’s Bolle Meierei, 6 pm

•    Precision crafted awards feature official design elements of FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship, the “King’s Gambit”

•    Official supplier of medals is ADAMAS, famous Russian jeweler

October, 9 2015 – BERLIN, GERMANY – The World Chess Federation, FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Echecs), and Agon Limited, commercial partner of FIDE, unveiled official medals of the upcoming World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships, starting on October, 10.

Two sets of medals will be awarded to the winners of Rapid and Blitz Chess tournament during the official award ceremony. It is scheduled for October, 14 in Berlin’s Bolle Meierei hall – the venue of the Championship games. The ceremony will start at 6 pm Berlin time.

“We’re glad to continue successful partnership with ADAMAS, official supplier of World Chess and FIDE since Sochi 2014. This year’s awards feature elements of official World Chess design, and go beyond classic style into the realm of modern, yet timeless craftsmanship”, – says Ilya Merenzon, Agon Limited CEO.

Precision crafted medals combine modern technology and jewelry mastery. They were produced for this event only by ADAMAS, official supplier of FIDE, and feature official design elements of FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship.

Rapid pace of the game, and quick reaction laid foundation for the design of front side. It features a styled image of king’s gambit, the official symbol of FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship 2015. International FIDE logo, official Championship title and the year are engraved on the back panel.

The gold and silver medals are produced with 960 silver, with the gold award is plated by 6 grams of 999 gold. The bronze medal is made of 960 bronze. The diameter of the medals is 8 cm, and each award weighs about 400 g. Production process consisted of more than 15 stages.

According to the international standards of the Championship, each set consists of 3 medals – a gold medal for the winner and a silver, and bronze medals for runners-up.

Additional gold medals were produced per World Chess’ request and will be on display in the official museum of chess.

World Championship (rapid) 2015,
10 – 12 Oct 2015, Berlin (Germany)
World Championship (blitz) 2015,
13 – 14 Oct 2015, Berlin
berlin 
INFO:
HUNONCHESShttps://hunonchess.com/world-rapid-and-blitz-chess-championship-october-9-15-2015-in-berlin/

FIDE President @Ilyumzhinov and former world champion Boris Spassky

FIDE President @Ilyumzhinov and former world champion Boris Spassky

The general overview of the playing hall

The general overview of the playing hall

 

 

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ European Premiere in Berlin

 

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Magnus Carlsen attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Magnus Carlsen attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Magnus Carlsen attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Magnus Carlsen attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Isa von Hardenberg attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Isa von Hardenberg attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Betty Amrhein attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Betty Amrhein attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Tim Talkington attend the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Tim Talkington attend the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Viswanathan Anand attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Oct. 8, 2015 - Source: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images Europe)

Viswanathan Anand attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Oct. 8, 2015 – Source: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images Europe)

 

Geoffrey Borg attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Geoffrey Borg attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Boris Spassky attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Boris Spassky attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (L) and Andrey Filatov attend attend the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (L) and Andrey Filatov attend attend the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

ulia Timchenko attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

ulia Timchenko attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Ilya Merenzon attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Ilya Merenzon attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Elena Filatov (L) and Andrey Filatov attend the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Elena Filatov (L) and Andrey Filatov attend the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

Eva Habermann attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of 'Pawn Sacrifice' (german title: Bauernopfer - Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Eva Habermann attends the opening ceremony of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship and the special screening of ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ (german title: Bauernopfer – Spiel der Koenige) at Kino International on October 9, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

 

List of participants

Name

Country

Highest Rating (Jan 2015 – Aug 2015)

Magnus Carlsen

Norway

2914

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

FRANCE

2854

Alexander Grischuk

Russia

2846

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Russia

2840

Vassily Ivanchuk

Ukraine

2835

Levon Aronian

Armenia

2830

Anand Viswanathan

India

2816

Teimour Radjabov

Azerbaijan

2808

David Navara

Czech Republic

2806

Sergey Karjakin

Russia

2805

Bohdanovych Stanislav

Ukraine

2804

Vladimir Fedoseev

Russia

2798

Alexander Morozevich

Russia

2790

Vladimir Kramnik

Russia

2783

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Azerbaijan

2780

Rauf Mamedov

Azerbaijan

2777

Igor Kovalenko

Latvia

2774

Dmitry Andreikin

Russia

2773

Ruslan Ponomariov

Ukraine

2770

Maxim Matlakov

Russia

2752

Boris Gelfand

Israel

2751

Peter Svidler

Russia

2750

Aleksey Dreev

Russia

2749

Leinier Dominguez

Cuba

2749

Evgeny Tomashevsky

Russia

2748

Vladimir Malakhov

Russia

2747

Leko Peter

Hungary

2747

Sergey Rublevsky

Russia

2746

Radoslaw Wojtaszek

Poland

2744

Son Nguyen Ngoc Truong

Vietnam

2743

Vladimir Onischuk

Ukraine

2743

Ernesto Inarkiev

Russia

2742

Harikrishna Pentala

India

2740

Nikita Vitiugov

Russia

2734

Boris Savchenko

Russia

2734

BACROT Etienne

France

2733

Pavel Eljanov

Ukraine

2733

Evgeny Alekseev

Russia

2729

Georg Meier

Germany

2726

Sergei Movsesian

Armenia

2724

Fressinet Laurent

France

2720

Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli

Venezuela

2720

Markus Ragger

Austria

2711

ALeksandr Moiseenko

Ukraine

2710

Gadir Guseinov

Azerbaijan

2709

Francisco Vallejo Pons

Spain

2708

Aleksandr Rakhmanov

Russia

2704

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Uzbekistan

2704

Zoltan Almasi

Hungary

2701

Yuriy Kryvoruchko

Ukraine

2700

Lazaro Bruzon Batista

Cuba

2700

Zaven Andriasian

Armenia

2700

Anton Korobov

Ukraine

2699

Zhigalko Sergei

Belarus

2690

Vladislav Kovalev

Belarus

2690

Alexander Riazantsev

RUSSIA

2689

Daniel Fridman

Germany

2688

Romain Edouard

France

2684

Vladimir Akopian

Armenia

2684

Sasikiran Krishnan

India

2682

Salem A.R. Saleh

United Arab Emirates

2682

Daniil Dubov

Russia

2681

Hrant Melkumyan

Armenia

2678

Eltaj Safarli

Azerbaijan

2676

Duda Jan-Krzysztof

Poland

2675

Adhiban Baskaran

India

2674

David Anton Guijarro

Spain

2673

Pavel Ponkratov

Russia

2673

Andrei Volokitin

Ukraine

2671

Tigran Petrosyan

Armenia

2671

Bartel Mateusz

Poland

2670

Bauer Christian

France

2670

Michael Roiz

Israel

2669

Peter Heine Nielsen

Denmark

2669

Sergey Fedorchuk

Ukraine

2668

Loek Van Wely

Netherlands

2667

Gawain Cristopher B. Jones

England

2666

Alexander Motylev

Russia

2665

Ivan Ivanisevic

Serbia

2663

Ildar Khairullin

Russia

2662

Alexander Onischuk

United States of America

2662

Grzegorz Gajewski

Poland

2661

Vadim Zvjaginsev

Russia

2661

Axel Bachmann

Paraguay

2656

Stelios Halkias

Greece

2652

Yasser Seirawan

United States of America

2651

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

India

2651

Denis Khismatullin

Russia

2651

Evgeny Postny

Israel

2648

Socko Bartosz

Poland

2643

Mikhail Demidov

Russia

2643

S.P. SETHURAMAN

India

2640

Evgeny Romanov

Russia

2639

Luka Lenic

Slovenia

2639

Dariusz Swiercz

Poland

2634

Martyn Kravtsiv

Ukraine

2634

Milos Perunovic

Serbia

2633

Yuri Vovk

Ukraine

2632

Surya Sekhar Ganguly

India

2631

Maxim Dlugy

United States of America

2628

Zhong Zhang

Singapore

2628

Nils Grandelius

Sweden

2628

Victor Mikhalevski

Israel

2628

Victor Bologan

Moldova

2623

Miguel Munoz Pantoja

Spain

2621

Ehsan Ghaem Maghami

Iran

2616

Helgi Olafsson

Iceland

2614

Vladimir Belov

Russia

2614

Antonios Pavlidis

Greece

2610

Falko Bindrich

Germany

2610

Rinat Jumabayev

Kazakhstan

2607

Simen Agdestein

Norway

2606

Predrag Nikolic

Bosnia and Herzegovina

2606

Grigoriants Sergey

Russia

2606

Eric Hansen

Canada

2605

Matthias Bluebaum

Germany

2600

Hannes Stefansson

Iceland

2600

Kateryna Lagno

Russia

2599

Evgenij Agrest

Sweden

2596

Kacper Piorun

Poland

2592

Mikhail Antipov

Russia

2590

Vitaly Kunin

Germany

2589

Benjamin Bok

Netherlands

2586

Maze Sebastien

France

2585

Alexander Huzman

Israel

2585

Maxime Lagarde

France

2583

Namig Guliyev

Azerbaijan

2581

Johann Hjartarson

Iceland

2576

Alexander Donchenko

Germany

2570

Dennis Wagner

Germany

2569

Danilo Milanovic

Serbia

2564

Demuth Adrien

France

2562

Vladimir Dobrov

Russia

2562

Jaan Ehlvest

United States of America

2558

Bartlomiej Heberla

Poland

2558

Andreas Heimann

Germany

2557

Maxim Lugovskoy

Russia

2553

Rene Stern

Germany

2552

Andrei Shchekachev

France

2552

Alexander Naumann

Germany

2548

Michele Godena

Italy

2547

Alexander Shabalov

United States of America

2544

Milos Pavlovic

Serbia

2544

Ernst Sipke

Netherlands

2540

Vahap Sanal

Turkey

2539

Roland Schmaltz

Germany

2538

Florian Handke

Germany

2537

Rasmus Svane

Germany

2531

Ilja Schneider

Germany

2530

Margeir Petursson

Iceland

2529

Goran Cabrilo

Serbia

2528

Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez

Spain

2527

Mohammed Al-Sayed

Qatar

2525

Vasily Papin

Russia

2521

Aryan Tari

Norway

2521

Wojciech Przybylski

Poland

2519

Jean-Noel Riff

France

2519

Jorden van Foreest

Netherlands

2519

Daniel Hausrath

Germany

2515

Michael Richter

Germany

2513

Christian Seel

Germany

2512

Ramil Hasangatin

Russia

2509

Michael Bezold

Germany

2509

Zaur Mammadov

Azerbaijan

2505

Robert Rabiega

Germany

2504

Andrey Gutov

Russia

2501

Dennes Abel

Germany

2501

Hagen Poetsch

Germany

2500

Leonardo Valdes Romero

Costa Rica

2500

Jonathan Carlstedt

Germany

2475

Ottomar Ladva

Estonia

2466

Tobias Hirneise

Germany

2453

Tomas Krnan

Canada

2448

Roven Vogel

Germany

2448

Lars Thiede

Germany

2446

Johannes Carow

Germany

2430

Ido Ben Artzi

Israel

2419

Rainer Polzin

Germany

2416

Jose Camacho Collados

South Korea

2403

Alexander Hilverda

Germany

2396

Martin Brüdigam

Germany

2379

Elvira Berend

Luxembourg

2370

Jacob Carstensen

Denmark

2335

Filiz Osmanodja

Germany

2309

Klaudia Kulon

Poland

2286

Marco Aurelio Zaror Cordeiro

Brazil

2228

Giovanni Antonio Thornton

New Zealand

2210

Lorena Zepeda

El Salvador

2108

Jure Borisek

Slovenia

2582

Andrey Sumets

Ukraine

2644

Allan Stig Rasmussen

Denmark

2576

Esteban Valderrama

Colombia

2542

Mher Hovanissyan

Belgia

2509

Bocharov Dmitry

Russia

2679

Leonid Sawlin

Germany

2258

Adel Choukri

Morocco

2267