Monday, July 7, 2008

Kiev Life Rapid: Karjakin beat Short with 7.5-2.5


The 18 year-old Ukranian GM Sergey Karjakin who at the age of twelve years and seven months became the youngest grandmaster in history has won his rapid match in Kiev against the veteran British GM and former World Championship challenger ,Nigel Short. Sergey Karjakin is 25 years younger than Nigel Short.They worked together in Nigel's home in Greece, and almost got themselves killed in a traffic accident three years ago.

The time control was 25 minutes per game plus a 10 second increment per move. 10 games were played, but Karjakin only needed 8 to reach an uncatchable 5.5 points and then won the last two games as well for good measure, running out a crushing winner by a score of 7.5 - 2.5. Karjakin has been slightly overshadowed in recent times by the other young superGM's, Magnus Carlsen and Teimour Radjabov, but showed good form in the match to end a convincing winner.