Magnus Carlsen is the 2015 World Rapid Chess Champion

October 12, 2015 – BERLIN, GERMANY – Magnus Carlsen reasserted his dominance over the chess world today by winning the World Rapid Chess Championship here in Berlin. 

The championship was organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, its commercial partner. 

The prize fund for the tournament was $200,000. By winning, Carlsen earned $40,000.

The venue of the championships was the magnificent Bolle Meierei, located in the heart of Berlin, close to the beautiful Spree River and Kleiner Tiergaten. Each day, hundreds of spectators crowded into the playing hall to watch the games, and hundreds of thousands of people watched live video and streaming of the games on Worldchess.com, the new official Web site for championship events, which was launched just prior to the competition.

The tournament was 15 rounds over three days and included nearly 160 grandmasters from 47 countries. Carlsen, a Norwegian, who is the reigning champion at regulation time controls, won the rapid championship last year as well. He thus became the first player to ever win back-to-back rapid championships. 

Three players finished one point behind Carlsen: Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia, Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan. Based on having superior tie-breakers, Nepomniachtchi finished in second place, taking the silver medal, while Radjabov earned the bronze. 

Tomorrow, the World Blitz Chess Championships will begin at the same venue. The 21-round championship will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Carlsen is the defending champion in that discipline as well. 

For further information about the tournament, including photographs, or to arrange interviews, please contact chitaya@agonlimited.com. 

Tournament photos are available for media on the official tournament website: www.berlin2015.fide.com/gallery. If you want to receive a high-resolution image, please contact media@agonlimited.com.
The full results of day 2 are at www.berlin2015.fide.com/results. You can watch the broadcast live at www.worldchess.com.