Sergey Karjakin is the second finalist to qualify for the Bilbao 2009 Grand Slam
The Corus 2009 has a new champion and his name is Sergey Karjakin! The dynamic and brave play by the young Ukrainian gave him an edge over the big competition. He was the only one from the first place aspirants to win his game in the last round and claimed sole number 1 for this year’s edition of Corus. Final standings.
This victory makes Karjakin the second finalist to qualify for the Bilbao 2009 Grand Slam tournament, joining the last year’s winner Veselin Topalov. He will be happy to be there, as in 2004, Karjakin was the only human to win against a computer in the Man vs Machine World Team Championship in Bilbao.
Karjakin holds the record for the youngest grandmaster in history, achieving the title at the age of twelve years and seven months. Karjakin entered the world’s top 100 in the April 2005 FIDE list, where he was number 64 in the world with an Elo rating of 2635. Currently in the January rating list he is ranked 27th in the world, third in Ukraine, and the second junior (under 20) in the world.