Carlsen and Karjakin share the first place at the World Blitz Championship after the first day
Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are united again, this time on the top of the standings after the first day of the FIDE World Blitz Championship.
12 rounds have been played during the first day of the FIDE World Blitz Championship. Sergey Karjakin found his form after the Rapid and started the new tournament with 6 victories, including a victory over the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
Sergey became the sole leader after 4th round but slowed down later on, allowing Magnus Carlsen to join him on the lead with 10/12.
Daniil Dubov, Alexander Morozevich (who missed the Rapid and arrived for the Blitz Championship only), Marin Bosiocic, Maxim Vachier-Lagrave share the third place with 8,5/12.
FIDE World Blitz Chess Championship will continue with 9 more rounds on 30th of December.
9 rounds have been played in the Women’s section. Harika Dronavalli started perfectly 6/6 but made only half a point in the next three rounds.
Alexandra Kosteniuk outplayed 2 Indian best female players Harika and Humpy and climbed on the top with 7,5/9.
Ju Wenjun is on the sole second place half a point behind. Harika Dronavali, Katerina Lagno and Anna Muzychuk share the third place with 6,5/9. The winner of tournament will be decided after 8 more rounds.