Daniil Dubov

Daniil Dubov

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MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian player Daniil Dubov on winning the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in St. Petersburg. The president’s congratulatory message has been published on the Kremlin website.

“Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on winning the 2018 World Rapid Championships. You delivered a perfect performance at the home tournament, succeeding in pulling yourself together and achieving the desired goal. Your brilliant performance and convincing victory proved to be a wonderful New Year’s gift for your teachers, family and friends, as well as for all Russian chess fans,” the message reads.

The head of state wished Dubov further success.

Dubov scored 11 points out of 15 at the tournament. Azerbaijani chess grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov came second (10.5), Japanese-American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura was third (10.5). Russia’s Vladislav Artemyev came fourth, while current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlssen of Norway finished fifth.

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