6 Best Games of the World Rapid Chess Championship 2017

The King Salman World Rapid Chess Championship concluded on 28 December, and the 48-year old former World Champion Viswanathan Anand won the event and became the new World Rapid Champion after defeating Vladimir Fedoseev in the tiebreaks.

According to the tournament regulations, “if there is a tie for the 1st place, the 2 top players according to the first eligible tiebreak criterion will play a play-off.” Ian Nepomniachtchi had the worst tiebreak and therefore won the bronze medal.
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Viswanathan Anand with his trophy – he surely ended 2017 with a bang! (photo: official site)

Ju Wenjun of China played very fighting games and she dominated the Women’s Rapid Chess Championship. She was the clear winner with 11.5/15 points.
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Ju Wenjun with her trophy! (photo: official site)

Today I would like to share with you some of the interesting games from the tournament – you can find them below. 🙂

Game-1: Magnus Carlsen – Bu Xiangzhi (0-1)

Magnus lost to Bu in the FIDE World Cup 2017 as well. You can find that game here.

Game-2: Luke McShane – Igor Khenkin (1-0)

The Bxh7+ sacrifices never fail to amaze me! 🙂

Game-3: Viswanathan Anand – Anton Demchenko (1-0)

Never delay castling when you are playing against the ‘Madras Tiger’!

Game-4: Lei Tingjie – Ju Wenjun (0-1)

That was a beautiful game from the Women’s Rapid Champion, wasn’t it?

Game-5: Sergey Karjakin – Andrey Esipenko (0-1)

One of the big surprises was when Karjakin lost to Esipenko in such a disastrous manner!

Game-6: Baadur Jobava – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (0-1)

A fantastic demonstration of the opposite-side castling attack by the Azerbaijani!

P.S. What’s your favorite game from the tournament? What do you think about Anand becoming the Champion, when many people said that it’s time for him to retire? Feel free to comment below. 🙂
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  • male Gupta

    dear sir i have seen all these game live very interesting gmaes in total and it is just a worth to learn form wordl top player in chess world the tournaments was just fantastic dear sir anand is great as suaul but magnus is the winner and he is the greatest of all the times.very interesting talents in the king salman tournaments.

    • RCA_moderator

      Yes, Magnus is showing his class in all the time controls. It will be interesting to see who challenges him from the Candidates tournament.

      Prasaadh | Support

      • male Gupta

        yesss sure sir it is jsut awesome to see who will challenge him for the candidates may be igor smiriov will challenge him.what do you thik aobut dehli open in general .??

        • RCA_moderator

          It will be interesting to see how will challenge Magnus.

          Prasaadh | Support

          • male Gupta

            yes right

      • male Gupta

        dear igor sir what do you think aobut the first round of tata steel tournaments what do you think about the standing thankyou and i am going to play fide regular tournaments only 12 days left for the event i am seeing top games of dehli open and following all the tournaments and games for preparation.do you think it its right??

  • male Gupta

    dear sir what do you think about titled tuesday in general do you participated in this tournament simon williams make a 2 hr stream on his channel he participated and anand is coming to india mumbai gm tourmanets in closing ceremony.im sagar shah is covering the event live.

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