Rapid chess, previously known as fast chess or active chess, is distinguished from ‘classical chess’ by the amount of time each player can use. Currently, the standard is 15 minutes per player with a 10-second increments (the player gets 10 seconds added to his or her clock every time the player moves). In the rapid games (single round robin) Magnus Carlsen won against Grandmasters So, Nepomniachtchi, Karjakin, Vachier-Lagrave, Bassem and Wei and drew against Grandmasters Nakamura, Topalov and Ding. That’s very impressive. Even more impressive was there was no one else really contending for first place in the later rounds.
But in today’s opening round of blitz games there was a very interesting result which may reveal the way not to lose to the world champion. .
Note that no pawns have been captured and that both players have lost the services of their queens, both rooks and three minor pieces. White does not have a very useful knight. However, if grandmaster Amin can avoid having his knight trapped and can avoid losing on time it is not obvious how Black can make progress. The game continued for another twenty-odd moves and a draw was agreed.
If only DNA and autism were so simple