First day of World Blitz Championship ends with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in sole posession of 1st place

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Baku, October 14, AZERTAC

Today marks the fourth day of the FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin, and the start of the Blitz Championship, according to FIDE.

After 11 rounds of play, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France leads the tournament, with 9.5 points. The defending Blitz World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who won the Rapid Championship yesterday, is in second place with 9 points.

They are followed by 2 grandmasters: Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba (the 2008 Blitz Champion), who are a further 0.5 back. In the last round, Karjakin beat Carlsen, pinning the first of the tournament on the defending champion.

There are 188 players playing in the Championship.

The final 10 rounds will be played Wednesday, October, 14. The games will start at 2 PM, Berlin time. After the final round, there will be an awards ceremony for both the Rapid and the Blitz Championships, followed by a press conference with the Blitz Championship medalists.

The World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships have had huge, enthusiastic crowds throughout the first four days. Several thousand spectators have visited Bolle Meierei, the site of the tournaments, and hundreds of thousands of people have watched live video and streaming of the games on, the new official broadcasting Web site for championship events.

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