This post was last updated on December 29th, 2016 at 12:19 am
Average Rating: 2604
Prize Fund: $200 000
Rounds: Fifteen (15)
Time Control: 15 minutes (plus 10 secs increment per move)
Type: Open Swiss (Rapid)
Venue: Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena in Doha
From 26 – 28 December rapid games will be played. Blitz games will be played on the 29th and 30th of December 2016 then followed by a closing ceremony.
Catch the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Tournament running from 26 – 30 December 2016. The tournament will start with Rapid rounds from 26 – 28 December 2016. Blitz games will be played on the 29th and 30th December 2016 and later followed by a closing ceremony with prize giving.
The FIDE World Rapid Chess Championship tournament has started with 120 Male players and 36 female players. Males with titles like GMs, IMs, FMs and females with titles like GMs, WGMs, IMs, CM, WFMs will go head to head with each other. Keep in mind males will only play males and same thing with females.
It seems like the World Chess Grandmaster, Magnus Carlsen will still defend his title after retaining it against Sergey Karjakin. Surprisingly, Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana is not participating in this event. Who knows? maybe he is taking a break from chess and enjoying his holidays.
I’m still not sure why the Women’s Championship is not treated or handled as the Men’s Championship. I mean the Women’s Championship results and games are hard to find
on the internet! Not to mention their games being analyzed. Other than that, QatarChess has published a list of the participating women on their site.
Check the Females or Males’ results plus PGN games at Chess-results by clicking here.
Top Five (5) Players After Five Rapid Rounds (With Their Points).
Top Five (5) Players After Ten Rapid Rounds (With Their Points).
Still no sign of Magnus Carlsen in the Top Five. He’s probably waiting for Blitz 🙂 GM Anton Korobov is no longer ranking #1 He is now on #6 with 7 points.
Top Six (6) Players After Fifteen Rapid Rounds (With Their Points).
Congratulations to Ivanchuk Vassily for winning the rapid tournament and for being the new World Rapid Champ!
Check The Rapid Games’ Schedule below
To watch the games online, Visit the chess24 site by clicking here. At the chess24 site you can check the games and standings, view analysis, check database, download PGN games, share comments or views on games and so on. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @Chesscom or using the #DohaChess2016.
The official website for the tournament is QatarChess