Before Final Day of the 2015 World Chess Rapid Championship Reigning Champion Carlsen Shares Lead with Belarusian Player

At the end of day 2 of the World Chess Rapid Championship, there were two leaders: the reigning FIDE rapid world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and Sergei Zhigalko of Belarus. Just behind them stood a group of the three players, including Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine, who won the title in 2007.

October 11, 2015 – BERLIN, GERMANY – The second day of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Berlin continued to draw record crowds, with hundreds of chess fans packing the venue and the playing hall, a grand ball room that hosts over 150 of the world’s top grandmasters.

After 10 rounds of play, the reigning Rapid World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and Sergei Zhigalko of Belarus, are tied for the lead with 8 points out of 10. They are followed closely by three grandmasters: ex-world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine (who won the title in 2007) and Vladimir Kovalenko of Latvia. They each trail by 0,5 point. 

A larger group of nine grandmasters are a further 0,5 behind, scoring 7 out of 10. They include Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia. There are 158 players playing in the Championship.

The final five rounds will be played Monday, October, 12. The games will start at 2 PM, Berlin time. After the final round, there will be an official press conference with the new champion, the silver, and bronze medalists. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 14.

Three days of Rapid Championship will be followed by two days of blitz, with 3 minutes rounds. 
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The full results of day 2 are at You can watch the broadcast live at