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17-year-old youngest ever World Rapid Champion, Koneru Humpy top-ranked Indian

Uzbekistan GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov denies Magnus Carlsen from holding all three chess crowns by winning the World Rapid Chess Championship.

Indian GM Koneru Humpy and World Rapid Chess Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov

Indian top-ranked GM Koneru Humpy and World Rapid Chess Champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov


Soumya Bontra

Updated: 29 Dec 2021 7:52 AM GMT

Uzbekistan's GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov is the new World Rapid Chess Champion. The 17-year-old is the youngest person ever to win the title.

Abdusttorov had a spectacular tournament in which he defeated some of the world's strongest seasoned players, including Magnus Carlsen. With this win, he denied Carlsen of the world title in rapid chess and also of the prestige of holding all three chess crowns (in classical, rapid and speed chess) at the same time.

Indian GM's Koneru Humpy and D Gukesh impressed with a Top 10 finish in Warsaw, Poland.

Gukesh was one of the star performers for India, who drew against champion Abdusattorov in the 12th round. He later drew against Grischuk in the final round to finish at 9th position – the highest finish among the Indians.

In the women's game, Alexandra Kosteniuk won the World Rapid Chess Championship. Kosteniuk didn't lose a single game on her run towards the world title-winning six consecutive games and drawing four.

Meanwhile, India's Mitrabha Guha finished at 15th in the open section. Indian GM Koneru Humpy, who was the previous World Rapid Chess Champion, finished in 6th position in this edition of the tournament. Humpy had a slow start but bounced back in the later rounds of the tournament. Another young Indian GM R Vaishali also, who finished 14th had an impressive tournament. The youngster did not lose a single match and also defeated pre-tournament favourite Mariya Muzychuck. She also drew against top players Stefanova and Goryachkina.

The mega chess tournament in Warsaw will continue as the World Blitz Championship takes place on 29 and 30 December.

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