Sergey Karjakin and Anna Muzychuk are World Blitz Champions 2016

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Sergey Karjakin and Anna Muzychuk are World Blitz Champions 2016

The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships took place in Doha 26th to 30th December 2016. Sergey Karjakin wins the title on tie-break from Magnus Carlsen with a win in the final round vs. Jobava after both scored 16.5/21.  Anna Muzychuk scored a double triumph in both rapid and blitz in the women’s section. Sergey Karjakin, born 12 January 1990 is a Russian (formerly representing Ukraine) chess Grandmaster. He is a former chess prodigy and holds the record for the world’s youngest grandmaster, having qualified for this title at the age of 12 years and 7 months. In March 2016, Karjakin won the Candidates Tournament 2016 to become the official challenger for the World Chess Championship. He lost the championship match to Magnus Carlsen in November 2016. Karjakin won the 2012 World Rapid Chess Championship and the Chess World Cup 2015. He also won the Norway Chess Tournament twice (2013, 2014) and the Corus Chess Tournament in 2009.

Anna Muzychuk, born February 28, 1990, in Lviv is a Ukrainian chess Grandmaster. From 2004 to 2014 she played for Slovenia. She is the fourth woman, after Judit Polgar, Humpy Koneru, and Hou Yifan, to cross the 2600 Elo rating mark, having achieved a rating of 2606 in July 2012. Muzychuk has won the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship and the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship. She won Gold Medal First Board Women’s at 42nd Chess Olympiad. Her younger sister Mariya is the 2015 Women’s World Chess Champion.


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