• Alexander Grischuk takes first place, with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in second and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia finishing third;
• Players from a record number of countries took part in the World Championship;
• Winners of the 5-day tournament received their medals during an awards ceremony
October 14, 2015 – BERLIN, GERMANY – Today the 5-day World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships concluded in Berlin, with Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk claiming the World Blitz Champion’s title.
The winner scored 15,5 points in the 21-round tournament. The prize fund for the Blitz tournament was $200,000. Grischuk earned $40,000.
Alexander Grischuk, 31, became the first three-time Blitz World Champion. He previously won the titles in 2006 and 2012.
Two players, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, finished a 0,5 point behind Grischuk. On tie-breakers, Vachier-Lagrave took the silver, and Kramnik the bronze.
The Blitz tournament was held over two days and included nearly 190 players from 50 countries. That set a new record for the number of countries represented in the fast-chess championships.
The championship was organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, its commercial partner.
“A record number of countries in a fast-chess world championship proves that chess has a strong foundation, and a truly global presence,” said Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE’s President. “We hope that the great media interest for this tournament shows fast-chess can one day be an Olympic sport.”
The award ceremony was held at Bolle Meierei, the venue of the tournament, and took place shortly after the tournament ended. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE’s President, praising the high level of play during the tournament by the world’s top players, awarded the Rapid and Blitz Championship winners with medals, and declared the Championship officially closed. The medals were provided by ADAMAS, official supplier of World Chess and FIDE.
“The Championship proves that chess has a huge audience, and can be an effective marketing platform for sponsorship and partners,” said Ilya Merenzon, President of Agon Limited.
The World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship was played out in Berlin October 10-14. The Rapid Championship was held over the first three days and included 158 players.
The tournament had huge, enthusiastic crowds throughout the five days. Several thousand spectators visited Bolle Meierei, the site of the tournaments, and hundreds of thousands of people watched live video and streaming of the games on Worldchess.com, the new official broadcasting Web site for championship events.