Polina Shuvalova Wins Bronze of World Women's Blitz Championship
The champions are Magnus Carlsen and Bibisara Assaubayeva.
The World Blitz Championships finished in the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, Almaty, on 30 December. The tournaments were the Swiss events with 21 rounds in the Open Section and 17 rounds in the Women's Section with the 3+2 time control.
The World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who had become the World Rapid Champion two days earlier, excelled in the blitz tournament as well. The Norwegian grandmaster scored 16 points out of 21 to take first place. Hikaru Nakamura (2nd place, USA) and Haik Martirosyan (3rd place, Armenia) are 1 point behind the champion. Anish Giri (Netherlands), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), the Russians Daniil Dubov, and Alexey Sarana got 14.5 points each.
Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kazakhstan) celebrated victory in the women's event, having got 13 points out of 17. Humpy Koneru (India) finished in second place with 12.5 points. Polina Shuvalova (Russia) and Tan Zhongyi (China) shared 3rd-4th places with 12 points. Thanks to her superior tie-break, Shuvalova won bronze.
CFR President Andrey Filatov:
- My heartiest congratulations to Polina Shuvalova on her winning the bronze medal of the FIDE World Women's Blitz Championship! Having started the tournament with five wins in a row, our player was retaining a sole lead for a long time and demonstrated a strong play. Shuvalova was tenaciously fighting for the highest awards. Unfortunately, however, two losses at the finish denied her the champion's title. I am sure that Polina will draw the necessary conclusions to keep bringing joy to the Russian chess fans with her wins to come.
The Russian participants were playing under the FIDE flag.
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Photos by Vladimir Barsky