Magnus Carlsen won the world blitz championship in Riyadh by scoring 9/10 in the concluding rounds to capture the $200,000 first prize. Sergey Karjakin, who won in 2016, was second while Vishy Anand took bronze. The 48-year-old Indian lost only one game out of 38 in five days of rapid and blitz speed chess.
Blitz is three minutes for all your moves, plus two seconds increment after each move. Carlsen has perfected the art of using offbeat openings, taking his opponents out of autopilot, gaining a time edge and posing a long series of tricky decisions until his rival cracks.
When Karjakin chose the Berlin 3...Nf6, Carlsen’s 4 d3 dodged 4 0-0 Nxe4 and its queenless endgame.
He got on top after the passive 13...Nd7?! (c4!) and was ready to meet 19...g5 by 20 Rh4! gxh4 21 Bxh6 Bd7 22 Bg7! Kxg7 23 Ng5. Karjakin could have resisted longer by 21...Bf7 or 22...h5, since as played Carlsen’s 24 Ne5! set up his queen, rooks and bishop to crush the black king. Magnus Carlsen v Sergey Karjakin 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 d3
Bc5 5 Bxc6 dxc6 6 Nc3 O-O 7 Be3
Bd6 8 Bg5 Re8 9 h3 c5 10 Nd5 Be7
11 Nxe7+ Qxe7 12 O-O h6 13 Be3 Nd7? 14 Nd2 Nb8 15 f4 exf4 16 Rxf4 Nc6 17 Qh5 b6 18 Raf1 Rf8 19 Nf3 Be6 20 Rh4! f6 21 Qg6 Qf7?! 22 Qg3 Nb4?! 23 Bxh6 Nxc2 24 Ne5! fxe5
25 Rxf7 Rxf7 26 Qg6 Bxa2 27 Bg5 Rff8 28 Rh7 Rf7 29 Bf6 1-0
The world champion made a rare political statement in an interview when he said that Saudi Arabia should not host the rapid/ blitz in 2018 and 2019 if it continued to bar Israelis.
wins. Nxa2 and c1N+! Kxe2 4 Rxe2! Kf3 3 Rxh2+ Rxa2 2 Rh1!1... 3528