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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 
GMAbdusattorov NodirbekUZB25939,5103,0109,026740,0
GMNepomniachtchi IanCFR27989,5100,5107,526990,0
GMCarlsen MagnusNOR28429,597,0103,026910,0
GMCaruana FabianoUSA27709,595,0100,026490,0
GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofPOL28019,098,0103,026790,0
GMAronian LevonUSA27289,096,0100,025440,0
GMNakamura HikaruUSA28369,095,5102,026500,0
GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE27279,092,098,025880,0
GMGukesh DIND20509,091,095,026190,0
GMRapport RichardHUN27509,088,094,025920,0
GMKarjakin SergeyCFR27579,078,582,525190,0
GMVan Foreest JordenNED25638,598,0103,527150,0
GMGrischuk AlexanderCFR27638,597,5102,526550,0
GMFedoseev VladimirCFR26928,594,098,526390,0
IMMitrabha GuhaIND21078,590,095,526220,0
GMDubov DaniilCFR27358,590,095,525610,0
GMVachier-Lagrave MaximeFRA27738,586,092,025620,0
GMSalem A.R. SalehUAE27298,585,090,525560,0
GMSarana AlexeyCFR26808,584,089,025370,0
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 
GMKosteniuk AlexandraCFR25159,069,073,523770,0
IMAssaubayeva BibisaraKAZ23698,565,069,522630,0
GMGunina ValentinaCFR24998,072,578,023740,0
GMLagno KaterynaCFR25458,068,573,522990,0
WIMSerikbay AsselKAZ20237,572,077,023990,0
GMKoneru HumpyIND24837,568,071,022810,0
GMDzagnidze NanaGEO24717,567,572,023070,0
IMPaehtz ElisabethGER23677,563,067,522320,0
GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL24437,562,565,522910,0
WGMMichna MartaGER22917,561,565,521460,0
GMAbdumalik ZhansayaKAZ24497,560,564,022360,0
IMMammadova GulnarAZE23887,560,065,022460,0
GMMuzychuk AnnaUKR24977,558,563,021980,0
IMVaishali RIND22017,069,072,524070,0
GMMuzychuk MariyaUKR25017,068,573,523100,0
GMGoryachkina AleksandraCFR25217,063,568,022250,0
IMNomin-Erdene DavaademberelMGL22357,063,067,022530,0
IMGaponenko InnaUKR23487,061,065,522400,0
WGMBerend ElviraLUX23447,055,558,521020,0
IMKashlinskaya AlinaCFR23777,053,557,521070,0


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