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2017 Speed Chess Championship

The 2017 Speed Chess Championship (SCC) was a 16-player chess single-elimination tournament to determine the speed chess champion of 2017.[1] Originally called the Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship, it was renamed and expanded to allow more players to participate in the tournament. The second edition of the tournament (and first with the new name) began on April 4 with the first SCC Qualifier and ended on December 21 with Magnus Carlsen defending his title while cruising against Hikaru Nakamura.[2]

2017 Speed Chess Championship
Tournament information
SportChess
DatesApril 4–December 21
Tournament
format(s)
Single-elimination tournament
Host(s)Chess.com
Participants16
Final positions
ChampionsMagnus Carlsen (2nd title)
Runner-upHikaru Nakamura
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Contents

QualificationEdit

The following players participated in the SCC.[3]

Seed Player Appearance Last qualified
1
Magnus Carlsen
2nd
2016
2
Sergey Karjakin
1st
2016
3
Hikaru Nakamura
2nd
2016
4
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
2nd
2016
5
Alexander Grischuk
2nd
2016
6
Fabiano Caruana
2nd
2016
7
Ian Nepomniachtchi
1st
8
Wesley So
1st
9
Anish Giri
1st
10
Levon Aronian
2nd
2016
11
Hou Yifan
1st
12
Richard Rapport
1st
13
Jeffery Xiong
1st
14
Sergey Grigoriants
1st
15
Georg Meier
1st
16
Gadir Guseinov
1st

SCC QualifiersEdit

In order to qualify for the SCC, chess.com hosted four Title Tuesdays in April to determine who would claim the final four spots using the same Title Tuesday format.[4][5]

1st SCC Qualifier[6]
Place Player Score
1
Sergey Grigoriants
8.5
2
Vladimir Fedoseev
8
3
Dmitry Andreikin
8
4
Edwardo Bonelli Iturrizaga
7.5
5
Alan Pichot
7.5
2nd SCC Qualifier[7]
Place Player Score
1
Georg Meier
8.5
2
Toms Kantans
8.5
3
Maksim Chigaev
8
4
Hikaru Nakamura
8
5
Sergey Grigoriants
8
3rd SCC Qualifier[8]
Place Player Score
1
Jeffery Xiong
8.5
2
José Carlos Ibarra Jerez
8
3
Vladimir Seliverstov
8
4
Leinier Dominguez Perez
8
5
Dariusz Swiercz
8
4th SCC Qualifier[9]
Place Player Score
1
Gadir Guseinov
8.5
2
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
8
3
Hikaru Nakamura
8
4
Akshat Chandra
8
5
Sergei Azarov
8

ResultsEdit

Match date Round Players (winner in bold) Match score
May. 3
First Round
Grigoriants Nakamura
7.5 – 20.5
May. 24
Meier Karjakin
7 – 19
May. 25
Giri So
14.5 – 15.5
Aug. 3
Grischuk Rapport
17.5 – 9.5
Aug. 23
Aronian Nepomniachtchi
13 – 15
Aug. 24
Caruana Yifan
19 – 8
Aug. 30
Vachier-Lagrave Xiong
19 – 12
Oct. 4
Carlsen Guseinov
20.5 – 5.5
Oct. 23
Quarter-finals
Grischuk Vachier-Lagrave
16 – 13
Oct. 24
Karjakin Nepomniachtchi
20 – 10
Nov. 2
Caruana Nakamura
10 – 17
Nov. 18
Carlsen So
27.5 – 9.5
Nov. 21
Semi-finals
Carlsen Grischuk
15.5 – 10.5
Dec. 16
Karjakin Nakamura
13.5 – 16.5
Jan. 3 (2018)
Final match
Carlsen Nakamura
18 – 9

BracketEdit

Players already selected to participate were seeded 1–12 based on their blitz rating which were taken on February 6.

First Round
May 3 – Oct 5
Quarter-finals
Oct 12 – Nov 9
Semi-finals
Nov 16 – Dec 7
Final match
Dec 21
            
1 Magnus Carlsen 20.5
16 Gadir Guseinov 5.5
1 Magnus Carlsen 27.5
8 Wesley So 9.5
8 Wesley So 15.5
9 Anish Giri 14.5
1 Magnus Carlsen 15.5
5 Alexander Grischuk 10.5
4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 19
13 Jeffery Xiong 12
4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 13
5 Alexander Grischuk 16
5 Alexander Grischuk 17.5
12 Richard Rapport 9.5
1 Magnus Carlsen 18
3 Hikaru Nakamura 9
2 Sergey Karjakin 19
15 Georg Meier 7
2 Sergey Karjakin 20
7 Ian Nepomniachtchi 10
7 Ian Nepomniachtchi 15
10 Levon Aronian 13
2 Sergey Karjakin 13.5
3 Hikaru Nakamura 16.5
3 Hikaru Nakamura 20.5
14 Sergey Grigoriants 7.5
3 Hikaru Nakamura 17
6 Fabiano Caruana 10
6 Fabiano Caruana 19
11 Hou Yifan 9

First RoundEdit

Grigoriants vs Nakamura [10]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Grigoriants
3 3 1.5 7.5
Nakamura
6 6 8.5 20.5

Karjakin vs Meier [11]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Karjakin
6.5 5.5 7 19
Meier
2.5 2.5 2 7

Giri vs So [12]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Giri
4.5 4 6 14.5
So
4.5 5 6 15.5

Grischuk vs Rapport [13]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Grischuk
4.5 5 8 17.5
Rapport
4.5 4 2 9.5

Aronian vs Nepomniachtchi [14]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Aronian
5.5 3 4.5 13
Nepomniachtchi
4.5 6 4.5 15

Caruana vs Yifan [15]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Caruana
4.5 7.5 7.5 19
Yifan
4.5 1.5 2.5 8

MVL vs Xiong [16]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
MVL
5.5 6 7.5 19
Xiong
5.5 3 3.5 12

Carlsen vs Guseinov [17]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Carlsen
8 6.5 6 22.5
Guseinov
1 1.5 3 5.5

Quarter-finalsEdit

Grischuk vs MVL [18]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Grischuk
7 4.5 4.5 16
MVL
3 4.5 5.5 13

Karjakin vs Nepomniachtchi [19]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Karjakin
9 6 5 20
Nepomniachtchi
2 3 5 10

Caruana vs Nakamura [20]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Caruana
2.5 3.5 4 10
Nakamura
6.5 4.5 6 17

Carlsen vs So [21]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Carlsen
11 3 12.5 27.5
So
3 5 0.5 9.5

Semi-finalsEdit

Carlsen vs Grischuk [22]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Carlsen
6 5.5 4 15.5
Grischuk
2 3.5 5 10.5

Karjakin vs Nakamura [23]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Karjakin
5 4 4.5 13.5
Nakamura
6 5 5.5 16.5

FinalsEdit

Carlsen vs Nakamura [24]Edit

5|2 3|2 1|1 Total
Carlsen
6 4.5 7.5 18
Nakamura
3 3.5 2.5 9

ReferencesEdit

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