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FMJD: World Champions in all categories
Toernooibase: Hall of Fame Netherlands Championships Rapid

Baliakin reigning world champion rapid
The first WCh rapid

Baliakin reigning world champion rapid

The last WCh Rapid was played May 30, 2018 in Bergamo. Subsequently on May 31 and June 1 the WCh Blitz took place.
Bergano was sandwiched between Salou en het Netherlands Championship. Baliakin let Salou pass. He won the World title before Schwarzman, Chizhov and Georgiev. Next he won the Netherlands chamionship after a rapid playoff against Roel Boomstra. Here is a video of the last day, with the first and the second playoff game.
Are these rapid games not rapid enough for you? Then here rapidly is the decisive moment in the second game.

[White "Roel Boomstra"]
[Black "Alexander Baliakin"]
[FEN "W:W26,27,28,32,33,35,38,39,43:B8,9,12,13,14,16,17,18,24"]
1. 39-34 24-29 2. 33x24 18-22 3. 27x07 08-12 4. 07x18 13x42

Baliakin was satisfied with a plus draw.

In the WCh Blitz Baliakin ended fourth after the Russian Big Three.
Auke Scholma: Baliakin no doubt is the strongest player who never became world champion.

Of course Baliakin defends his world title in Beilen.

The first WCh rapid

The first WCh Rapid was played from 16 until 28 April 1999. Alexander Georgiev won.
Between the 12 participants a double round robin was played, where every day the contestants met twice.
The time was 1 hour per player per game.
All games can be found at Toernooibase.
Below a remarkable combination by Alexander Georgiev against Harm Wiersma. Here is the position after 23 moves. Georgiev played 24. 39-33 and 33-28 looks threatening, so Wiersma replied by 22-28.

[White "Alexander Georgiev"]
[Black "Harm Wiersma"]
[FEN "W:W24,25,29,31,35,36,37,38,39,41,42,43,44,46,48:B2,3,5,6,7,9,10,13,14,15,16,20,22,26,27"]
1. 39-33 22-28 2. 31x22 28x50 3. 22-18 13x22 4. 29-23 20x18 5. 38-33 50x28 6. 37-31 26x37 7. 41x01