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Abdusattorov and Kosteniuk are World Rapid Champions 2021

by Sagar Shah - 29/12/2021

Nodirbek Abdusattorov created history by beating Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, Wojtaszek and becoming the youngest ever World Rapid Champion in the history of chess at the age of 17 years. Ian Nepomniachtchi, who lost the playoff blitz match against Abdusattorov, took home the silver medal. Magnus Carlsen won the bronze. In the women's section Alexandra Kosteniuk dominated from the start and became the Champion with 9.0/11. Second place went to Kazakh player Bibisara Assaubayeva and third was taken by Valentina Gunina.

17-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov becomes the youngest ever World Rapid Champion

The World Rapid Championships 2021 saw two completely opposite kind of events in the open and women section. While in the women's event Alexandra Kosteniuk ran away with the pole position, in the open section we had to see a four-way tie at the top and a blitz playoff to determine the champion.

 

Magnus Carlsen started the final day with half a point edge over the field, but little did anyone imagine that he would lose his game to the 17-year-old wunderkid from Uzbekistan Nodirbek Abdusattorov. In fact Magnus was better for majority of the portion of the game. However, Nodirbek did not give up and managed to beat Magnus Carlsen!

Nodirbek Abdusattorov beats Magnus Carlsen

Before the start of the final round we had four players on the same score of 9.0/12. They were Carlsen, Abdusattorov, Nepomniachtchi and Caruana. Carlsen tried hard against Nakamura but couldn't breakthrough. Abdusattarov was nearly lost against Duda, but managed to hold a draw. Caruana and Nepo agreed to a draw in just 6 moves. The final situation was - four players on 9.5/13. According to the tournament rules only the top two players would fight it out for the playoffs. This was decided on the basis of buchholz. Abdusattorov and Nepo played each other in two game playoff blitz match, while Carlsen had to settle for a bronze and Caruana was 4th.

The first game of the tiebreak was drawn and in the second game Nodirbek struck gold!
Behind the scenes video of Nodirbek becoming the World Rapid Champion 2021. The youngest in the history of chess!
Final interview with the Champion

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
159
GMAbdusattorov NodirbekUZB25939,5103,0109,026740,0
24
GMNepomniachtchi IanCFR27989,5100,5107,526990,0
31
GMCarlsen MagnusNOR28429,597,0103,026910,0
46
GMCaruana FabianoUSA27709,595,0100,026490,0
53
GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofPOL28019,098,0103,026790,0
614
GMAronian LevonUSA27289,096,0100,025440,0
72
GMNakamura HikaruUSA28369,095,5102,026500,0
815
GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE27279,092,098,025880,0
9174
GMGukesh DIND20509,091,095,026190,0
1010
GMRapport RichardHUN27509,088,094,025920,0
119
GMKarjakin SergeyCFR27579,078,582,525190,0
1269
GMVan Foreest JordenNED25638,598,0103,527150,0
138
GMGrischuk AlexanderCFR27638,597,5102,526550,0
1421
GMFedoseev VladimirCFR26928,594,098,526390,0
15173
IMMitrabha GuhaIND21078,590,095,526220,0
1612
GMDubov DaniilCFR27358,590,095,525610,0
175
GMVachier-Lagrave MaximeFRA27738,586,092,025620,0
1813
GMSalem A.R. SalehUAE27298,585,090,525560,0
1926
GMSarana AlexeyCFR26808,584,089,025370,0
2033
GMFirouzja AlirezaFRA26568,097,5102,526260,0

Women Section

Alexandra Kosteniuk won the tournament comfortably with 9.0/11

The silver medal went to Bibisara Assaubayeva of Kazakhstan

Valentina Gunina took home the bronze

 

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
13
GMKosteniuk AlexandraCFR25159,069,073,523770,0
219
IMAssaubayeva BibisaraKAZ23698,565,069,522630,0
35
GMGunina ValentinaCFR24998,072,578,023740,0
41
GMLagno KaterynaCFR25458,068,573,522990,0
578
WIMSerikbay AsselKAZ20237,572,077,023990,0
67
GMKoneru HumpyIND24837,568,071,022810,0
79
GMDzagnidze NanaGEO24717,567,572,023070,0
820
IMPaehtz ElisabethGER23677,563,067,522320,0
911
GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL24437,562,565,522910,0
1030
WGMMichna MartaGER22917,561,565,521460,0
1110
GMAbdumalik ZhansayaKAZ24497,560,564,022360,0
1215
IMMammadova GulnarAZE23887,560,065,022460,0
136
GMMuzychuk AnnaUKR24977,558,563,021980,0
1449
IMVaishali RIND22017,069,072,524070,0
154
GMMuzychuk MariyaUKR25017,068,573,523100,0
162
GMGoryachkina AleksandraCFR25217,063,568,022250,0
1741
IMNomin-Erdene DavaademberelMGL22357,063,067,022530,0
1822
IMGaponenko InnaUKR23487,061,065,522400,0
1923
WGMBerend ElviraLUX23447,055,558,521020,0
2018
IMKashlinskaya AlinaCFR23777,053,557,521070,0

 


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