Carlsen Fights for Rapid Title: 2019 World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship

It’s Day 3 of the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship hosted by GM Robert Hess and GM Yasser Seirawan!

Most of the world’s strongest players are competing. The open section includes the reigning world champion in standard chess and blitz, Magnus Carlsen, along with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura. The 2018 world rapid champion Daniil Dubov is also there to defend his title.

The location of the world rapid & blitz is the VIP zone of the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex along the Luzhniki embankment in Moscow. It is one of the biggest multifunctional sports complexes in the world. Built in the 1950s, it served as the Olympic Park of the 1980 Summer Olympics.

The stadium and the surrounding areas were extensively renovated and upgraded on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, turning it into one of the biggest and more modern sports facilities in Europe, with a capacity of 81,000 spectators.


  1. Loved to watch the commentation of GM Robert Hess and GM Yasser Seirawan! Just amazing. Looking forward for tomorrow

  2. This could have been so ridiculous ly epic. The format is really a joke. For anyone tied in score for first in the final round in a RAPID championship for christ sake, should have a rapid playoff until someone wins, to determine the champion. If it's an odd number of ties, then do tiebreaks to eliminate one player. Beyond that, bracket format, single elimination, based on seeding. Shouldnt take more than a few hours even if you somehow had 8 people on a tying score. This I'd literally the most hype scenario possible and instead we have hikaru and Artemiev offering draws to their opponents because they know they cant win, even if they win, based on Magnus'superior tiebreaks. Really sad. Really unfortunate misuses of hype on the part of the tournament organizers.

  3. Something is hiding behind the personality of Yasser. He is continuously laughing (even when he is talking), where there is nothing funny. He does this all the time. A strange and rarely characteristic. 🤔

    …I watched him from time to time, and now I think, maybe chess "broke" him, or at least a life of fighting chessbattles made him desperate and laughing is his kind of defense mechanism. I mean, he his a nice guy and always friendly, but his constant grin and laughing even when he is talking about a serious situation in a chessgame is a strange and often inappropriate behavior.

    However, just a few thoughts after a few years watching him commentating chessgames online. 😉

  4. I just lost all respect for Hikaru. What a wuss to offer Magnus a draw that early in the game, with so many pieces left on the board. 🙁 He's obviously just about the money and could care less about the title or his fans. I'm proud to say that I'm not one of them. There were way too many grandmaster draws in this tournament. I think they need to make a "no draw by agreement" rule for this tournament, on the next go round.

  5. Okay, I was skeptical at first, but I agree, NO MORE DRAW AGREEMENTS

  6. is aronian's blunder covered ?? is so does anyone know when?

  7. Yasser Seirawan is 100 times better than Daniel Rensch.

  8. Too bad the analysis board has been given such a bad name by all the chess snobs. It really helped make the game more interesting and exciting for beginner chess players and those just checking the game out. You're missing the chance to interest new people into the game because of a few people always complaining whenever the analysis bar was used.

    With today's technology isn't there a way to make use of the analysis bar an option for the viewer?

  9. I TOTALLY agree that the line of World Champions is Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand, Carlsen.
    The "FIDE stuff" is … eeeeh … "honorable mention of great players" back then …
    but nothing more.
    They were of course NOT the world's greatest at the time.
    When it comes to Kasparov/Carlsen … Absolutely up for debate …
    I grew up with Kasparov on the throne and is a great fan to this day, but …
    Carlsen have managed to stay ON TOP of the chess world when everybody else had access to the SAME databases and overwhelmingly strong machines.
    Kasparov was dominating like Hell in his era, but that Carlsen has managed to win as much as he has in times of engines and stuff … with soooo much development in setups for matches and tournaments, large crews behind the top-players, substantial amounts of money on the table compared to earlier …
    It is simply two different time periods of development of the game, but Carlsen may not have to win much more like he has done in 2019 before, the discussion about "GOAT" is over.
    A few critical remarks about the fact that he has not WON the classical challenges from Karjakin and Caruana, but he didn't LOSE them either!
    THEN he took down both worthy challengers in the rapid and blitz section like … naaah. It wasn't even worth a bet.
    Naka, MVL, Nipo and others may be great challengers in Rapid and Blitz …
    Carlsen seems to be THE ONE player that handles ALL time-formats against ALL other players on average!
    Wei Yi looks pretty strong in classical these days … we will see, if he will become the challenger next year.
    But in general … chess skills no matter the format … in these times of analyzing with machines around 3500 …

    Carlsen is the STRONGEST player we have ever seen so far.

  10. 1- Kasparov's era didn't have these talented players as we have today. It makes harder for Magnus
    2- Magnus is playing on online and bullet beating everyone
    3- Magnus is blitz rapid and classical champion and he drew when he was a child against Kasparov.
    All the conclusion Magnus is the goat of chess.

  11. so annoying that they switch through all the games and get stuck talking and talking and then missing the whole action that happened at around 2:15:00 in the Carlsen game. Seriously wtf?! stopped watching there… they did it earlier as well but this one tilted me so hard

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