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ΕΓΚΡΙΣΗ ΜΕΤΑΓΡΑΦΗΣ

Ε.Σ.Ο. - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:05

Η ΕΣΟ ανακοινώνει την έγκριση της αίτησης μεταγραφής της ΚΟΤΖΑΜΑΝΗ ΦΑΝΗΣ ΜΑΡΙΑΣ (ΑΓΜ 43511) από τον ΣΑΚ «ΔΕΛΑΣΑΛ» στο ΑΘΛΗΤΙΚΟ

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Κλήρωση του 1ου γύρου στο Διασυλλογικό Παίδων-Κορασίδων Κρήτης 2017

Ε.Σ.Σ.Κ. - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 20:04

Έγγραφο της ΕΣΣΚ για την κλήρωση του 1ου γύρου του Διασυλλογικού Πρωταθλήματος Παίδων-Κορασίδων Κρήτης 2017. Υπεθυμίζουμε ότι γίνονται 2 ξεχωριστά Πρωταθλήματα, σε Ανατολική και Δυτική Κρήτη. Οι 2 πρώτοι από κάθε Πρωτάθλημα αποκτούν το δικαίωμα συμμετοχής στην τελική φάση (FINAL 4) του Πρωταθλήματος.

Για την κλήρωση και άλλες πληροφορίες ενημερωθείτε από το συνημμένο έγγραφο. 

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World Cup 2017: After the third game the score is tie

FIDE - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:41



After the third game the score is tie


The third game of the World Cup final match was played in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi on 25th of September.

Playing with White pieces Levon Aronian got pleasant position out of the opening. There were many different perspective lines for White which would put long-term slight pressure on Black.

After the game the Armenian Grandmaster was not sure about his decision to play 21.Rc2. He could have tried to keep pressure by playing Bf3 or Ra4-Rb4.



When all rooks left the board the position with opposite color Bishops and Queens became completely level and after 30 moves the players agreed on a draw.

The fourth game will be played on 26th of September at 3 pm local time. Ding Liren has White pieces.

The final match consists of four games with classical time control. If the score after four games is tied, the winner will be determined on tie-break with quicker time controls on 27th of September.

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Ding Liren escaped in the second game of the final


The second game of the final match of the World Cup finished in a draw after 5 and half hours of play.



Levon Aronian managed to equalize with Black pieces against Ding Liren and after most of the pieces were traded it seemed the players were about to sign a peace. Surprisingly Ding Liren went for a very risky line 30. Ncb3 allowing Aronian to have a dangerous pass pawn on a5 in the ending.



Ding Liren underestimated Black’s chances in that ending even though he saw the idea b6-ba. Levon Aronian slowly outplayed his opponent but in the time trouble didn’t chose the most precise way to win the game.



“Of course we know it must be winning, but I didn’t find a clear way for him…I was lucky today,” commented Ding Liren on his miraculous escape.



After 53…Nb3 54. Bb3 Kb3 55.Nd2 Kb4 56. Ne4 Kc4 and Black’s King goes to the King’s side to grab all pawns. Levon chose another winning option 53…Nf3 instead but lost his track after 59…Ke5 60. Nd5 Bf5 allowing white pieces to regroup and take a-pawn. After 75 moves the game ended in a draw.

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The first game of the final finished in a draw


The final match of the FIDE World Cup started in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi on 23rd of September.

Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Ding Liren (China) are competing for the first place in the World Cup in a 4-game match with classical time control (90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added after each move).



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili made the first move in the first game of the final.

If the match ends in a tie, the winner will be determined on tie-break on 27th of September.

The organizers moved the playing venue to a beautiful and historical place in the Biltmore Hotel. Located on Rustaveli Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, the hotel occupies the historical Soviet-era building IMELI (the branch of Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute), constructed in the 1930s, and a 32-floor skyscraper, built in the 2010s.

It housed the Parliament of Georgia from 1992 to 1995. It was where the Georgia’s first post-Soviet constitution was adopted on 25 August 1995. Later, it served as the Constitutional Court of Georgia and the Central Election Commission office.



Many spectators came to visit the first game of the final match which ended in a draw after three and half hours of play.

Playing with White pieces Levon Aronian was not expecting the line 7…d4 from his opponent. “My reaction was a safe one but I knew there was nothing for White there. I think I managed to create some chances but then perhaps the idea with b4 is not correct,” said Levon after the game.



One of the critical moments of the game. The Armenian Grandmaster had a feeling that after 29.f5 he should be better but after careful consideration he realized that Black had at least a draw. The line which Levon was calculating during the game would lead to an equal position: “29. f5 ef 30. Nf5 Rf7 31. Nd4 Rg4 32.Nb5 Ne6 33. d4 c6 34. Ra3 cb 35. d5 looks very interesting but Black just can ignore it and play 35…Rf2”.

The second game of the final match will start at 3 pm local time on 24th of September.

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Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final


The semifinal tie-breaks started with 2 matches on the 21st of September at 3 pm local time.


Ding Liren-Wesley So

In the first rapid game Ding Liren had absolutely winning position against Wesley So.



In the current position White Knight is pinned and Black does not need to force anything but can improve the position of his King. Ding Liren let his opponent to regroup his pieces and Wesley So managed to survive.



Ding Liren and his coach could not hide their disappointment after the first rapid game.

The Chinese Grandmaster felt frustrated after the first game and was surprised when So accepted his draw offer after 9 moves in the second rapid game. He thought Black had already slightly better position and So could have tried to use his psychological advantage.

During the long break Ding Liren came back to his room and prepared first for the second game with 10min+10sec time control in case if he needs to win on demand and only after that he checked some lines with Black for the first game. The Chinese Grandmaster defeated the American in the first game and it was Wesley So who had to equalize the score. In the second game Ding Liren played very confidently and didn’t give his opponent any chance to play for victory. After 46 moves the game finished in a draw and Wesley So was eliminated from the World Cup.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave outplayed Levon Aronian in the first rapid game.



Qe6! The final position looks really nice.



Levon Aronian won the second game game on demand and their match went to the games with 10min+10sec time control which finished also in a draw. The fate of the match was not decided in blitz as well. The evaluation in the first blitz game changed two times from winning for Levon, to winning for Maxime until the game eventually finished in a draw. The French Grandmaster was pressing in the second game but it finished in a draw too.

The first “sudden death” game of the World Cup became a reality.
Levon had White pieces and 5 minutes in the last game of this dramatic match and had to win the game, while Maxime had 4 minutes and would win the match in case of a draw. “You have to be lucky. There are no recipes!” commented Levon Aronian on his victory in Armageddon. He also added it would be a disaster for him to be eliminated on the Independence Day of Armenia.

Ding Liren and Levon Aronian will play in the final of the World Cup. Both of them have qualified for the FIDE Candidates tournament which will take place on March 2018. The winner of the Candidates tournament will play in the World Championship Match against Magnus Carlsen. 22nd of September is a free day.

The final of the World Cup will be held in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi. Levon Aronian has White pieces in the first game which starts at 3 pm local time on 23rd of September.

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Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal


In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break.



Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his opponent was defending well.



In this position and one move earlier Ding Liren could have tried to break through with f5. It`s hard to say if the ending is winning but White has definitely more chances.



During the post-game interview Ding Liren said he missed Black’s idea 32…Nb8 and Nb6 and thought the position was drawish after that. However, there was an interesting tactical option, which he didn’t consider: 37.Rh8 Rc7 38. Rd8 Rc5 39.e5 f5 40. Rb8! And Black has to play 40…Rc8 immediately or after Rc3. White has better chances in the rook ending. Ding Liren chose 37.Rc6 instead and the game finished in a draw.

The matches are tied, and the outcome will be determined on tie-breaks on 21st of September.

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Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Basamro 2017

Skakistiko - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:32


Ο 12ος παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Ανατόλι Κάρποβ βρέθηκε, όπως και άλλες χρονιές, στο Ρότερνταμ της Ολλανδίας για να συμμετέχει στις παράλληλες εκδηλώσεις του νεανικού τουρνουά Basamro. Εξιστόρησε περιστατικά από την καριέρα του στους μικρούς σκακιστές και έδωσε σιμουλτανέ. Κατά τα τέλη της δεκαετίας του 70 και στις αρχές του 80 τον είχαν αποκαλέσει τον “τέλειο παίκτη”. Κέρδισε τα περισσότερα κορυφαία διεθνή τουρνουά από όσα κέρδισε κάθε άλλος πρωταθλητής και οι κινήσεις του ήταν διάφανες, δύσκολες ακριβώς γιατί ήταν τόσο λογικές και αψεδιάγαστες. Τότε ήταν που έρχονταν στη ζωή πολλοί από τους γονείς των εφήβων σκακιστών του Basamro 2017.

Κατά το διήμερο 23-24 Σεπτεμβρίου συγκεντρώθηκαν στο Ρότερνταμ τέσσερις μικτές ισχυρές νεανικές ομάδες πόλεων και έπαιξαν μεταξύ τους με σύστημα πουλ και κλασσικό χρόνο σκέψης (110 λεπτά + 10” ανά κίνηση για όλη την παρτίδα). Ήταν οι αντιπροσωπευτικές ομάδες του Λένινγκραντ, του Παρισιού, του Μουρμάνσκ (πόλης της Ρωσίας στον Αρκτικό Ωκεανό) και του Ρότερνταμ. Οι ομάδες ήταν οχταμελείς (σκακιέρες 1-2: γεννημένοι μετά το 1999 – σκακ. 3-4: γεν. μετά το 2001 – σκακ. 5-6: γεν. μετά το 2003 – σκακ. 7-8 γεν. μετά το 2005).

Ο χώρος των αγώνων ήταν σπουδαίος. Το σκάκι παίχτηκε σε αίθουσες του Maritiem Museum του Ρότερνταμ, του εντυπωσιακού μουσείου της ολλανδικής ναυτωσύνης. Οι Ολλανδοί ιστορικά ήταν ο σκληρός λαός των ωκεανών, οι Άγγλοι που πάντα έφταναν είκοσι χρόνια κατά μέσο όρο μετά από τους Ολλανδούς στους μυστηριακούς προορισμούς των θαλασσών, τους ονομάζουν ακόμη “σκυλιά της θάλασσας”.

Στις συνθέσεις διαβάζουμε ονόματα νεαρών σκακιστών που σίγουρα θα τα δούμε ξανά στο κοντινό μέλλον όπως τον im Κεβλισβίλι (Ολλανδία, 2450) και τον fm Γκαλτσένκο (Ρωσία, 2340). Πολλά στοιχεία για την ωραία διοργάνωση (και για τις προηγούμενες 2013-2016) καθώς τα αποτελέσματα και όλες τις παρτίδες τόσο σε viewer όσο και σε αρχεία pgn, μπορείτε να δείτε στο επίσημο σάιτ basamrochesstournament.com.

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 01:00


Υποστηρικτές του AfD συγκεντρώνονται απόψε 24 Σεπτεμβρίου στην ονομαστή Αλεξάντερπλατς του Βερολίνου για να πανηγυρίσουν για την εκρηκτική άνοδο του ακροδεξιού σχηματισμού με εθνικιστικό και ρατσιστικό λόγο, σε ποσοστό γύρω στο 13.5%, που το καθιστά τρίτο κόμμα και ρυθμιστή της εξέλιξης για τον επόμενο καγκελάριο της χώρας. “Και αγαπητοί φίλοι, τώρα που είμαστε η τρίτη μεγαλύτερη δύναμη (…) θα πάρουμε πίσω τη χώρα μας και τους πολίτες μας” είπε ο συνπρόεδρος του κόμματος Εναλλακτική για τη Γερμανία (AfD), Αλεξάντερ Γκάουλαντ.
Στη φωτογραφία η άλλη Γερμανία που σε μια χρονική στιγμή, σαν μικρό κομμάτι του μεγάλου θαύματος που έγραψαν η γερμανική κουλτούρα και ο στοχασμός, ενσάρκωσαν ακόμη και ο Μπέρτολτ Μπρεχτ και ο Βάλτερ Μπένγιαμιν. Ο εμβληματικός συγγραφέας-ποιητής αριστερά με το αιώνιο πούρο και ο ριζοσπάστης φιλόσοφος και συγκινητικός μεταφραστής του Μποντλέρ και του Προυστ δεξιά, παίζουν σκάκι σε αχρονολόγητη λήψη, μάλλον στη Δανία.

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World Cup 2017: Ding Liren escaped in the second game of the final

FIDE - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 22:10



Ding Liren escaped in the second game of the final


The second game of the final match of the World Cup finished in a draw after 5 and half hours of play.



Levon Aronian managed to equalize with Black pieces against Ding Liren and after most of the pieces were traded it seemed the players were about to sign a peace. Surprisingly Ding Liren went for a very risky line 30. Ncb3 allowing Aronian to have a dangerous pass pawn on a5 in the ending.



Ding Liren underestimated Black’s chances in that ending even though he saw the idea b6-ba. Levon Aronian slowly outplayed his opponent but in the time trouble didn’t chose the most precise way to win the game.



“Of course we know it must be winning, but I didn’t find a clear way for him…I was lucky today,” commented Ding Liren on his miraculous escape.



After 53…Nb3 54. Bb3 Kb3 55.Nd2 Kb4 56. Ne4 Kc4 and Black’s King goes to the King’s side to grab all pawns. Levon chose another winning option 53…Nf3 instead but lost his track after 59…Ke5 60. Nd5 Bf5 allowing white pieces to regroup and take a-pawn. After 75 moves the game ended in a draw.

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The first game of the final finished in a draw


The final match of the FIDE World Cup started in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi on 23rd of September.

Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Ding Liren (China) are competing for the first place in the World Cup in a 4-game match with classical time control (90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added after each move).



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili made the first move in the first game of the final.

If the match ends in a tie, the winner will be determined on tie-break on 27th of September.

The organizers moved the playing venue to a beautiful and historical place in the Biltmore Hotel. Located on Rustaveli Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, the hotel occupies the historical Soviet-era building IMELI (the branch of Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute), constructed in the 1930s, and a 32-floor skyscraper, built in the 2010s.

It housed the Parliament of Georgia from 1992 to 1995. It was where the Georgia’s first post-Soviet constitution was adopted on 25 August 1995. Later, it served as the Constitutional Court of Georgia and the Central Election Commission office.



Many spectators came to visit the first game of the final match which ended in a draw after three and half hours of play.

Playing with White pieces Levon Aronian was not expecting the line 7…d4 from his opponent. “My reaction was a safe one but I knew there was nothing for White there. I think I managed to create some chances but then perhaps the idea with b4 is not correct,” said Levon after the game.



One of the critical moments of the game. The Armenian Grandmaster had a feeling that after 29.f5 he should be better but after careful consideration he realized that Black had at least a draw. The line which Levon was calculating during the game would lead to an equal position: “29. f5 ef 30. Nf5 Rf7 31. Nd4 Rg4 32.Nb5 Ne6 33. d4 c6 34. Ra3 cb 35. d5 looks very interesting but Black just can ignore it and play 35…Rf2”.

The second game of the final match will start at 3 pm local time on 24th of September.

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Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final


The semifinal tie-breaks started with 2 matches on the 21st of September at 3 pm local time.


Ding Liren-Wesley So

In the first rapid game Ding Liren had absolutely winning position against Wesley So.



In the current position White Knight is pinned and Black does not need to force anything but can improve the position of his King. Ding Liren let his opponent to regroup his pieces and Wesley So managed to survive.



Ding Liren and his coach could not hide their disappointment after the first rapid game.

The Chinese Grandmaster felt frustrated after the first game and was surprised when So accepted his draw offer after 9 moves in the second rapid game. He thought Black had already slightly better position and So could have tried to use his psychological advantage.

During the long break Ding Liren came back to his room and prepared first for the second game with 10min+10sec time control in case if he needs to win on demand and only after that he checked some lines with Black for the first game. The Chinese Grandmaster defeated the American in the first game and it was Wesley So who had to equalize the score. In the second game Ding Liren played very confidently and didn’t give his opponent any chance to play for victory. After 46 moves the game finished in a draw and Wesley So was eliminated from the World Cup.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave outplayed Levon Aronian in the first rapid game.



Qe6! The final position looks really nice.



Levon Aronian won the second game game on demand and their match went to the games with 10min+10sec time control which finished also in a draw. The fate of the match was not decided in blitz as well. The evaluation in the first blitz game changed two times from winning for Levon, to winning for Maxime until the game eventually finished in a draw. The French Grandmaster was pressing in the second game but it finished in a draw too.

The first “sudden death” game of the World Cup became a reality.
Levon had White pieces and 5 minutes in the last game of this dramatic match and had to win the game, while Maxime had 4 minutes and would win the match in case of a draw. “You have to be lucky. There are no recipes!” commented Levon Aronian on his victory in Armageddon. He also added it would be a disaster for him to be eliminated on the Independence Day of Armenia.

Ding Liren and Levon Aronian will play in the final of the World Cup. Both of them have qualified for the FIDE Candidates tournament which will take place on March 2018. The winner of the Candidates tournament will play in the World Championship Match against Magnus Carlsen. 22nd of September is a free day.

The final of the World Cup will be held in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi. Levon Aronian has White pieces in the first game which starts at 3 pm local time on 23rd of September.

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Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal


In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break.



Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his opponent was defending well.



In this position and one move earlier Ding Liren could have tried to break through with f5. It`s hard to say if the ending is winning but White has definitely more chances.



During the post-game interview Ding Liren said he missed Black’s idea 32…Nb8 and Nb6 and thought the position was drawish after that. However, there was an interesting tactical option, which he didn’t consider: 37.Rh8 Rc7 38. Rd8 Rc5 39.e5 f5 40. Rb8! And Black has to play 40…Rc8 immediately or after Rc3. White has better chances in the rook ending. Ding Liren chose 37.Rc6 instead and the game finished in a draw.

The matches are tied, and the outcome will be determined on tie-breaks on 21st of September.

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Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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3ο Διεθνές Τουρνουά “Ευτύχιος Κρομμυδάκης” και Μεσογειακό Νεανικό Πρωτάθλημα στα Χανιά

Skakistiko - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 12:48


Φωτ. από τις εκδηλώσεις του 12ου Αντιρατσιστικού Φεστιβάλ που έγιναν στα Χανιά το σαββατοκύριακο 16-17 Σεπτεμβρίου. Δεξιά, αναγνωρίσατε τον Τάκη Πανταβό και όπως καταλάβατε ήταν επίδειξη μπλάιντ σιμουλτανέ. Όρθια η Άννα Βουλγαρίδη που διαμεσολαβούσε για τις κινήσεις. Το σκακιστικό κομμάτι των εκδηλώσεων ανέλαβαν από κοινού ο Κύδων και ο ΟΑΧ.

Δυο διεθνή τουρνουά θα διεξαχθούν στο Γεράνι Πλατανιά, κοντά στα Χανιά, από τις 20 έως τις 27 Οκτωβρίου 2017:

1) Το 3ο Δ.Τ. “Ευτύχιος Κρομμιδάκης”, ελβετικό όπεν 9 γύρων με συνολικά χρηματικά έπαθλα 1.500 ευρώ. Στον κατάλογο συμμετοχών των chess-results που ενημερώνεται συχνά βλέπουμε τα ονόματα των ελλήνων gm και πρώην πρωταθλητών Ελλάδας Ι. Νικολαϊδη και Κοτρωνιά, τους gm Σεργκέι Κασπάροβ (Λευκορωσία), Ιβανόφ (Ρωσία), Ραϊκοβιτς (Σερβία), αρκετούς im – ανάμεσά τους τον Ζαχάριεβ (Βουλγαρία – με πολυετή παρουσία ως προπονητής στην Κρήτη), τον Σουλεϊδη (ανήκει στην Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία – μένει μόνιμα στη Γερμανία και είναι πολύ γνωστός εκτός από παίκτης ως σκακιστικός δημοσιογράφος και συγγραφέας), τον Αναστ. Παυλίδη, τις wgm Κουβάτσου και Σρέμπνιτς (Σλοβενία), την wim Παυλίδου. Πληροφορίες για συνθήκες διαμονής, για δηλώσεις συμμετοχής καθώς και η προκήρυξη στην ιστοσελίδα του Κύδωνα (ο σύνδεσμος στο τέλος της ανάρτησης).

2) Τα Μεσογειακά Νεανικά Πρωταθλήματα 2017, αγώνες νέων που οργανώνει σε ετήσια βάση ο Κύδωνας. Στον κατάλογο συμμετοχών των chess-results  οι έως τώρα καταγεγραμμένες συμμετοχές δεν είναι ισχυρές σε σύγκριση με προηγούμενα τουρνουά και το πρώτο όνομα στην κατάταξη είναι η 15χρονη wfm Ζάλα Ουρχ (Σλοβενία, 2096). Βρίσκουμε πολλά ονόματα εφήβων σκακιστών και σκακιστριών από τα Χανιά με μεγάλες προοπτικές εξέλιξης, καθώς και συμμετοχές από την Κύπρο, την Αίγυπτο, τον Λίβανο και την Ιταλία.

Η ιστοσελίδα του διοργανωτή όπου βρίσκετε πληροφορίες και για όλες τις άλλες δραστηριότητες είναι: kydonchania.gr/chess/

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Η Υπερηφάνεια και η Θλίψη του Σκακιού

Skakistiko - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:01

Όταν φτάνει κανείς στη Νέα Ορλέανη, την πόλη που ανήκει στην επικράτεια των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών αλλά πολιτισμικά την έχουν πει “το πιο βόρειο γεωγραφικό σημείο της Καραϊβικής”, θα αναζητήσει τα ίχνη της Μπλανς και του Στάνλεϊ Κοβάλσκι, των τραγικών ηρώων που έπλασε ο Τένεσι Ουίλιαμς, αλλά σκακιστικά επίσης, θα περπατήσει εκεί που έζησε ένας άλλος, ο Πολ Μόρφι. Το έκανε φυσικά και η wfm Αλίσα Μελέχινα (δεξιά) όταν βρέθηκε στο νότο.
Είναι το Brennan’s Restaurant στη γαλλική συνοικία της Νέας Ορλεάνης. Σήμερα στεγάζει μια μοντέρνα επιχείρηση εστίασης και τίποτα δεν υποψιάζει πως η ιστορία του κτιρίου είναι πολύ βαριά. Από το 1841 έως το 1891 το αρχοντικό ανήκε στην οικογένεια των Μόρφι. Στο σπίτι αυτό άφησε αιφνιδίως την τελευταία του πνοή -σε ηλικία 47 ετών- στις 10 Ιουλίου 1884 ο μεγάλος Αμερικανός σκακιστής χτυπημένος από εγκεφαλικό επεισόδιο. Τον βρήκαν νεκρό μέσα στην μπανιέρα του.

Ένα πολύ συνηθισμένο ερώτημα στις σκακιστικές παρέες είναι “ποιός είναι ο καλύτερος σκακιστής της ιστορίας”. Οι πιο συνηθισμένες απαντήσεις που καταγράφονται : Ο Φίσερ και ο Κασπάροβ. Προσωπικά προτιμώ, ακόμα και σε τόσο χαλαρή συζήτηση που δεν διεκδικεί δάφνη επιστημονικότητας, να θέτω μερικά κριτήρια χωρίς να το σοβαρεύω δυσανάλογα, και το πιο σοβαρό κριτήριο που μπορώ να δεχτώ είναι το πόσο μπροστά ήταν ο παίκτης από την εποχή του. Σε αυτή τη βάση, ονοματίζεις τον Φιλιντόρ, αλλά με μια πιο κοντινή προβολή στις ιδέες του σύγχρονου σκακιού ο ισχυρότερος σκακιστής της ιστορίας ήταν αναμφίβολα ο Πολ Μόρφι. Η καριέρα του κράτησε πολύ λίγα χρόνια ωστόσο το σκάκι που έπαιζε ήταν καταπληκτικό, στην πράξη οι αντίπαλοί του έπαιζαν ένα άλλο παιχνίδι, ενός δεύτερου, κατώτερου θεού.

Τον ονόμασαν “η Υπερηφάνεια και η Θλίψη του Σκακιού” (The Pride and Sorrow of Chess). Είναι τραγικό πως ένας τέτοιος μεγαλοφυής σκακιστής, ανίκητος, σταμάτησε την καριέρα του εντελώς ξαφνικά και για πάντα. Και σαν να μην έφτανε αυτό, η αποστροφή του για το σκάκι έγινε ολοκληρωτική. Όντας μάλιστα στο Παρίσι το 1867, δεν πήγε καν να δει το μεγάλο γεγονός, το “Παγκόσμιο Πρωτάθλημα Σκακιού” της ίδιας χρονιάς, τόση αηδία ένιωθε. Το θαυμαστό μυαλό του άρχισε να παίζει περίεργα παιχνίδια. Η επίσημη ιατρική διάγνωση της εποχής ήταν «μανία», ένας περιεκτικός όρος που αφορούσε πολλές ψυχικές παθήσεις του καιρού που δεν διακρίνονταν μεταξύ τους από την επιστήμη. Όχι μόνο ο καλύτερος σκακιστής της ιστορίας, αλλά και ένας από τους δραματικότερους.
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TCEC Season 10 participants

Chessdom - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:46

TCEC Season 10 is going to start in the beginning of October. It is confirmed that this season’s Top Chess Engine Championship is going to be record breaking both in terms of average ELO of the participants and their rating. Most of the engines, 20 out of 24, are going to play with new updated or custom version of their engines.

The top three seeded are again the open source Stockfish and the commercial Komodo and Houdini. Stockfish is going to be defending Season 9′s title, with Komodo (11.2.2) and Houdini (version 6) are expected to be up to the challenge.

From the free engines Fire is coming with a brand new version 6.1. While it will challenge the top three positions, Fire has its own competition against free engines, especially Andscacs and Fizbo.

There are several newcomers in TCEC – Booot, Nemorino, and Wasp – as well as a strong engine that will serve as a benchmark for the advancement of the participants – Gull 3.

Here is a full list of the participants of TCEC Season 10 in alphabetical order.

TCEC Season 10 participants

Alfil
Andscacs
Arasan
Bobcat
Booot
Chiron
Fire
Fizbo
Fruit
Gaviota
Ginkgo
Gull
Hakkapeliitta
Hannibal
Houdini
Jonny
Komodo
Laser
Nemorino
Nirvana
Stockfish
Texel
Vajolet2
Wasp

In the next days testing will start, while the some of the participants will be presented on Chessdom. In case of unstable engines, authors can submit bug fixes. If some engine cannot be stable in the long run, there are three substitution that can enter before the end of the event.

Stage structure

TCEC Season 10 will consist of a preliminary stage, a qualifiers stage, and a Superfinal. Each will have different time controls and structure

Stage 1: this is the preliminary stage, involving 24 engines, playing a single round robin (276 games). The time control of the games will be 60 mins + 10 sec/move. The top 8 engines qualify for the next stage

Stage 2: the second stage will be qualifier of 8 engines with 2x double round robin (112 games) with a slightly longer time control 90 min + 10 sec/move

Superfinal: two engines will participate in the Superfinal, more details to be announced soon

If you like the event please consider the supporter pack http://shop.chessdom.com/produc…/tcec-season-10-sponsor-pack or choose a custom one by hitting the paypal donate button on the official page http://tcec.chessdom.com/live.php

 

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World Cup 2017: The first game of the final finished in a draw

FIDE - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 22:43



The first game of the final finished in a draw


The final match of the FIDE World Cup started in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi on 23rd of September.

Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Ding Liren (China) are competing for the first place in the World Cup in a 4-game match with classical time control (90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added after each move).



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili made the first move in the first game of the final.

If the match ends in a tie, the winner will be determined on tie-break on 27th of September.

The organizers moved the playing venue to a beautiful and historical place in the Biltmore Hotel. Located on Rustaveli Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare, the hotel occupies the historical Soviet-era building IMELI (the branch of Marx-Engels-Lenin Institute), constructed in the 1930s, and a 32-floor skyscraper, built in the 2010s.

It housed the Parliament of Georgia from 1992 to 1995. It was where the Georgia’s first post-Soviet constitution was adopted on 25 August 1995. Later, it served as the Constitutional Court of Georgia and the Central Election Commission office.



Many spectators came to visit the first game of the final match which ended in a draw after three and half hours of play.

Playing with White pieces Levon Aronian was not expecting the line 7…d4 from his opponent. “My reaction was a safe one but I knew there was nothing for White there. I think I managed to create some chances but then perhaps the idea with b4 is not correct,” said Levon after the game.



One of the critical moments of the game. The Armenian Grandmaster had a feeling that after 29.f5 he should be better but after careful consideration he realized that Black had at least a draw. The line which Levon was calculating during the game would lead to an equal position: “29. f5 ef 30. Nf5 Rf7 31. Nd4 Rg4 32.Nb5 Ne6 33. d4 c6 34. Ra3 cb 35. d5 looks very interesting but Black just can ignore it and play 35…Rf2”.

The second game of the final match will start at 3 pm local time on 24th of September.

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Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final


The semifinal tie-breaks started with 2 matches on the 21st of September at 3 pm local time.


Ding Liren-Wesley So

In the first rapid game Ding Liren had absolutely winning position against Wesley So.



In the current position White Knight is pinned and Black does not need to force anything but can improve the position of his King. Ding Liren let his opponent to regroup his pieces and Wesley So managed to survive.



Ding Liren and his coach could not hide their disappointment after the first rapid game.

The Chinese Grandmaster felt frustrated after the first game and was surprised when So accepted his draw offer after 9 moves in the second rapid game. He thought Black had already slightly better position and So could have tried to use his psychological advantage.

During the long break Ding Liren came back to his room and prepared first for the second game with 10min+10sec time control in case if he needs to win on demand and only after that he checked some lines with Black for the first game. The Chinese Grandmaster defeated the American in the first game and it was Wesley So who had to equalize the score. In the second game Ding Liren played very confidently and didn’t give his opponent any chance to play for victory. After 46 moves the game finished in a draw and Wesley So was eliminated from the World Cup.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave outplayed Levon Aronian in the first rapid game.



Qe6! The final position looks really nice.



Levon Aronian won the second game game on demand and their match went to the games with 10min+10sec time control which finished also in a draw. The fate of the match was not decided in blitz as well. The evaluation in the first blitz game changed two times from winning for Levon, to winning for Maxime until the game eventually finished in a draw. The French Grandmaster was pressing in the second game but it finished in a draw too.

The first “sudden death” game of the World Cup became a reality.
Levon had White pieces and 5 minutes in the last game of this dramatic match and had to win the game, while Maxime had 4 minutes and would win the match in case of a draw. “You have to be lucky. There are no recipes!” commented Levon Aronian on his victory in Armageddon. He also added it would be a disaster for him to be eliminated on the Independence Day of Armenia.

Ding Liren and Levon Aronian will play in the final of the World Cup. Both of them have qualified for the FIDE Candidates tournament which will take place on March 2018. The winner of the Candidates tournament will play in the World Championship Match against Magnus Carlsen. 22nd of September is a free day.

The final of the World Cup will be held in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi. Levon Aronian has White pieces in the first game which starts at 3 pm local time on 23rd of September.

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Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal


In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break.



Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his opponent was defending well.



In this position and one move earlier Ding Liren could have tried to break through with f5. It`s hard to say if the ending is winning but White has definitely more chances.



During the post-game interview Ding Liren said he missed Black’s idea 32…Nb8 and Nb6 and thought the position was drawish after that. However, there was an interesting tactical option, which he didn’t consider: 37.Rh8 Rc7 38. Rd8 Rc5 39.e5 f5 40. Rb8! And Black has to play 40…Rc8 immediately or after Rc3. White has better chances in the rook ending. Ding Liren chose 37.Rc6 instead and the game finished in a draw.

The matches are tied, and the outcome will be determined on tie-breaks on 21st of September.

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Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Εικόνες

Skakistiko - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 12:41


Το νησί της Μαργαρίτας είναι μια στεριά που σχηματίζει ο ποταμός Δούναβης, στο κέντρο της Βουδαπέστης. Ενώνεται με γέφυρα με την πόλη, καλύπτεται κυρίως από πάρκα και είναι δημοφιλής τόπος περιπάτου. Στις 29 Αυγούστου τη νύχτα, στο λέιζερ σόου σχηματίστηκε το πρόσωπο της Ουγγαρέζας Τζούντιτ Πόλγκαρ, της ισχυρότερης σκακίστριας της ιστορίας.


Το τελευταίο τεύχος του περιοδικού New Scientist, αρ. 3144, κυκλοφόρησε με αυτό το “σκακιστικό” εξώφυλλο. Δεν ξέρω αν γνωρίζουν καν τι είναι το σκάκι ο Κιμ Γιονγκ Ουν και ο Ντόναλντ Τραμπ και πολύ αμφιβάλλω, αλλά είναι αδύνατον να αποφευχθεί η αβάσταχτη κοινοτοπία της προτροπής να λύσουν τις διαφορές στη σκακιέρα.


Ο Βλαντίμιρ Κράμνικ, χτες το βράδυ, αντιδρά με πηγαίο γέλιο όταν βλέπει πως κληρώθηκε στον πρώτο γύρο του Όπεν της Νήσου του Μαν με τον Φαμπιάνο Καρουάνα. Το νο4 και το νο5 του κόσμου στην αρχή του τουρνουά, σε όπεν. Ο πρώτος γύρος προήλθε με τυχαία κλήρωση και αποτελεί πρωτοτυπία των διοργανωτών στο ελβετικό σύστημα, την οποία οι συμμετέχοντες αντιμετωπίζουν θετικά. Ο παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν παίζει το μεσημέρι στην πρώτη σκακιέρα με έναν Ισλανδό ερασιτέχνη σκακιστή του 2150. Σημειωτέον, πως ένας από τους διαιτητές της μικρής σκακιστικής κοινότητας του νησιού που εκτελούσε χρέη στη γραμματεία χτες για την επιβεβαίωση των συμμετοχών, δεν αναγνώρισε καθόλου τον Κάρλσεν, ρωτώντας τον όταν ήρθε η σειρά του, το όνομά του και τη χώρα του!


Οι σκακιστικές μεταδόσεις στις λατινικές χώρες είναι -κατά την παράδοση και άλλων αθλημάτων- φυσικά πολύ διαφορετικές (βίντεο).

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Isle of Man Chess 2017 LIVE!

Chessdom - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:24

Chess.com Isle of Man 2017 is going to take place 23 September to 1 October 2017 in Douglas, Isle of Man.

The event is an open tournament with an amazing field including Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand, Pavel Eljanov, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Zoltan Almasi, etc. Scroll down for the list of the top 100 participants in Isle of Man 2017, the list includes over 70 GMs and many more titled players.

The Chess.com Isle of Man 2017 is going to take place parallel to the 2017 World Chess Cup final between Ding Liren and Levon Aronian.

Live games with analysis by the top three TCEC engines – Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini – is going to be daily here on Chessdom, as well as on Chess Arena online chess platform and for Android mobile phones on the ChessArena mobile phone application.

 

Title Surname Name Country Rating 1 GM Carlsen Magnus Norway 2827 2 GM Kramnik Vladimir Russia 2803 3 GM Caruana Fabiano United States 2799 4 GM Anand Viswanathan India 2794 5 GM Nakamura Hikaru United States 2781 6 GM Adams Michael England 2738 7 GM Gelfand Boris Israel 2737 8 GM Eljanov Pavel Ukraine 2734 9 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco Spain 2717 10 GM Almasi Zoltan Hungary 2707 11 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi India 2702 12 GM Naiditsch Arkadij Azerbaijan 2702 13 GM Howell David W L England 2701 14 GM Short Nigel D England 2698 15 GM Rodshtein Maxim Israel 2695 16 GM Sutovsky Emil Israel 2683 17 GM Leko Peter Hungary 2679 18 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam Uzbekistan 2676 19 GM Rapport Richard Hungary 2675 20 GM Movsesian Sergei Armenia 2671 21 GM Hou Yifan China 2670 22 GM Adhiban B. India 2670 23 GM Jones Gawain C B England 2668 24 GM Riazantsev Alexander Russia 2666 25 GM Akobian Varuzhan United States 2662 26 GM Fressinet Laurent France 2657 27 GM Grandelius Nils Sweden 2653 28 GM Granda Zuniga Julio Peru 2653 29 GM Sargissian Gabriel Armenia 2652 30 GM Xiong Jeffery United States 2633 31 GM Shirov Alexei Latvia 2630 32 GM Hansen Eric Canada 2629 33 GM Bok Benjamin Netherlands 2620 34 GM Sethuraman S.P. India 2617 35 GM L’Ami Erwin Netherlands 2611 36 GM Sokolov Ivan Netherlands 2603 37 GM Bogner Sebastian Switzerland 2599 38 GM Bindrich Falko Germany 2598 39 GM Huschenbeth Niclas Germany 2596 40 GM Svane Rasmus Germany 2595 41 GM Tregubov Pavel V. Russia 2589 42 GM Tari Aryan Norway 2588 43 GM Ju Wenjun China 2574 44 GM Aravindh Chithambaram VR. India 2573 45 GM Timman Jan Netherlands 2573 46 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan India 2568 47 GM Pichot Alan Argentina 2565 48 GM Lenderman Aleksandr United States 2565 49 GM Wagner Dennis Germany 2564 50 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel Romania 2559 51 GM Donchenko Alexander Germany 2559 52 GM Brunello Sabino Italy 2555 53 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra Russia 2552 54 GM Vishnu Prasanna V. India 2543 55 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag Brazil 2534 56 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade India 2532 57 GM Harika Dronavalli India 2528 58 GM Perelshteyn Eugene United States 2524 59 IM Lubbe Nikolas Germany 2515 60 IM Lampert Jonas Germany 2514 61 GM Olafsson Helgi Iceland 2512 62 IM Praggnanandhaa R. India 2500 63 IM Brown Michael William United States 2499 64 FM Sarin Nihal India 2483 65 GM Panchanathan Magesh Chandran India 2481 66 GM Khmelniker Ilya Israel 2480 67 IM Hambleton Aman Canada 2479 68 GM Salomon Johan Norway 2476 69 IM Batsiashvili Nino Georgia 2472 70 IM Zumsande Martin Germany 2471 71 IM Basso Pier Luigi Italy 2460 72 IM Visakh N.R. India 2458 73 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian Norway 2457 74 IM Paehtz Elisabeth Germany 2453 75 IM Esserman Marc United States 2453 76 GM Neelotpal Das India 2448 77 GM Ushenina Anna Ukraine 2445 78 IM Swayams Mishra India 2444 79 IM Yankelevich Lev Germany 2443 80 WGM Shvayger Yuliya Israel 2442 81 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur Iceland 2437 82 IM Gaponenko Inna Ukraine 2437 83 GM Kiewra Keaton F. United States 2433 84 IM Trent Lawrence England 2427 85 GM Sundararajan Kidambi India 2426 86 IM Zatonskih Anna United States 2424 87 Raja Harshit India 2423 88 FM Rakesh Kumar Jena India 2418 89 GM Arkell Keith C. England 2415 90 IM Wallace John-Paul Australia 2413 91 IM Degtiarev Evgeny Germany 2412 92 GM Tarjan James E. United States 2412 93 Arjun Kalyan India 2406 94 IM Cornette Deimante Lithuania 2404 95 IM Roberson Peter T. England 2403 96 IM Kojima Shinya Japan 2403 97 IM Eggleston David J England 2400 98 IM Harsha Bharathakoti India 2394 99 IM Houska Jovanka England 2393 100 Loos Roland Germany 2393
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World Youth Chess Championship 2017: Round 5

FIDE - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:45


World Youth Chess Championship: Round 5

We have reached the halfway point of the World Youth Chess Championship that is being held in Montevideo, Uruguay. A free day splits the tournament in two. On Friday we play the last double round of the event, in order to continue with single rounds until the end of the schedule. We also attach some pictures of the activities that took place on the free day.



In the Open Under 18, the tournament is even more equal, with a shared lead between IM Alexandr Triapishko, IM Luca Moroni, FM Venkataraman Karthik, IM Florian Mesaros and IM Sebastian Mihajlov with 4 out of the 5 points in dispute.

In the Girls Under 18, the scenario is also unclear. The leaders are Yao Lan, FM Avramidou Anastasia, WIM Puertorriqueña Danitza Vázquez, WFM Teodora Injac and WIM Laura Unuk all with 4 points.

In the Open Under 16, those on top are George Stoleriu from Romania and FM Gonzalo Quirhuayo from Peru.



In the Girls Under 16, main favourite WIM Polina Shuvalova lost her direct encounter with WIM Annie Wang, making the American the sole leader of the tournament. She is followed by Russia’s Aleksandra Maltsevaskaya, with half a point less.

In the Open Under 14, FM Batsuren Dambasuren from Mongolia is clear first with 100%, with two competitors trailing by half a point. In the Girls Under 14, from the seven players that were sharing the first place, only WCM Jyothsna L (India) and FM Salimova Nurgyul (Bulgaria) stay on top.

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World Youth Chess Championship Montevideo 2017: Rounds 2 & 3

On 18th of September, a two rounds were played in the World Youth Chess Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay. There were plenty of fights in every game.

Until this moment many of the favourites have are doing well. However, there have also been a few surprises, mainly in the upper categories (under 18 for example, where many games have already been drawn). This makes it difficult yetto see clear candidates to win the title.



In the Open Under-18, the leader is Argentinian IM Pablo Acosta, who has scored 100%, followed by 9 players who have got half a point less, among whom is 2nd favourite, IM Alexandr Triapishko.

In the Girls Under-18, the top of the table is WIM Sakshi Chitlange, from India, with 3 points, trailed by half a point by 7 players.

In the Open Under-16, the main favorite, Russian FM Andrey Esipenko (2540) has 100%, but shares the lead with FM Artem Karpenko (Russia), FM Guha Mitrabha (India) and George Stoleriu (Romania).

In the Girls Under-16, the two favourites (both from Russian), WIM Polina Shuvalova and Aleksandra Maltsevskaya have won their first three games, as have FM Gabriela Antova (Bulgaria), WIM Annie Wang, and Sophie Morris-Suzuki (the last two from the USA).



In the Open Under-14, after the three first rounds the ones who are on top are Daniel Kopylov from Germany, Alexander Costello from the USA, and FM’s Batsuren Dambasuren from Mongolia and Dominik Horvath from Austria.

In the Girls under-14, five players share the first place: WFM Jishitha D (India), WCM Jyothsna L (India), FM Salimova Nurgyul (Bulgaria), WCM Mrudul Dehankar (India) y WFM Nurgali Nazerke (Kazakhstan).

The event continues today at 3 pm (-3 GMT) Montevideo time, with round 4.




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World Youth Chess Championship 2017: Round 1

After the opening ceremony, which took place on Saturday 16th of September, yesterday the World Youth Chess Championship started in Montevideo, Uruguay. It will last until the 26th of September.

Two playing rooms are being used, one with most of the boards in the Ball Room of Sheraton Hotel, and the other on the 25th floor, where the first 6 boards of each category are broadcast on the Internet. Overall, more than 400 players from around the world are taking part in the competition.

In the first round, there were some setbacks for the top players. In the Under 14, the most spectacular result was achieved by the Ecuatorian Juan Wong (1728) who defeated Kazybek Nogerbek (2358), seeded number 4. In the Under 18, Dmitrij Kollars (2500) drew with Mauro Sica (2178), Alexander Triapishko (2500) drew with Kundu Kaustuv (2176) y José Martínez Alcántara (2462) couldn't beat Xaver Dill (2162), among other results. In the same way, favorite of the Under 18 Girls Alexandra Obolentseva (2364) was held by Jasmin-Denise Schloffer (1993).

The tournament continues today 9:30 hs (-3 GMT) Montevideo hour, with round two.

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FIDE World Cup: Ο τελικός τεσσάρων παρτίδων θα είναι Αρονιάν – Ντιγκ Λίρεν

Skakistiko - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:16


Η κλήρωση για τον Αρμαγεδδώνα στον ημιτελικό Αρονιάν – Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ έγινε με τον αρχαίο σπιτικό τρόπο “διάλεξε χέρι”. Έτσι, μετά από 8 παρτίδες κλασικού χρόνου, ράπιντ και μπλιτς όπου δεν αναδείχθηκε ο σκακιστής που θα προχωρούσε στον τελικό, ο Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ πήρε τα μαύρα κομμάτια, το οποίο σημαίνει ότι θα έπαιζε με 4 λεπτά χρόνο έναντι 5 λεπτών του λευκού Αρονιάν, αλλά στην ισοπαλία θα προχωρούσε εκείνος – με τα μαύρα και τα 4 λεπτά. Όμως ο Αρονιάν κέρδισε.

Συναρπαστική σκακιστικά ήταν η τρίτη ημέρα των ημιτελικών (η ημέρα των μπαράζ γρήγορου χρόνου) στο World Cup στη Γεωργία. Οι Αρονιάν και ΜΒΛ χρειάστηκε να φτάσουν στον Αρμαγεδδώνα για να βγει το ποιος θα περνούσε στον τελικό. Επικράτησε, στο φινάλε Βασίλισσας εναντίον Πύργου – που προέκυψε μετά από πολλές κινήσεις-  ο Αρμένιος gm. Είναι εξαιρετικά σπάνια συγκυρία πως το ίδιο φινάλε είχε βγει στη σκακιέρα πριν λίγη ώρα και στην 5η παρτίδα (ράπιντ) μεταξύ Σο – Ντιγκ Λίρεν, όπου ο Κινέζος σκακιστής με τη Βασίλισσα κέρδισε και πήρε κι αυτός την πρόκριση για τον τελικό. Μοναδικό καπρίτσιο των περιστάσεων!
* Τα δυο φινάλε ανέλυσε ο Στράτος Γρίβας και τα έστειλε και για το skakistiko χτες το βράδυ, το αρχείο pdf εδώ.

Στον τελικό τεσσάρων παρτίδων (από τους “128” και μέχρι τώρα οι συναντήσεις κανονικού χρόνου ήταν δυο) που η πρώτη παρτίδα θα παιχτεί αύριο Σάββατο 23/9, 2 μ.μ. ώρα Ελλάδας οι Αρονιάν (Αρμενία) και Ντιγκ Λίρεν (Κίνα) ξεκινούν με ίδιες περίπου πιθανότητες. Ίσως να έχει ένα μικρό προβάδισμα ο Αρονιάν λόγω της τεράστιας εμπειρίας του σε κορυφαίες διοργανώσεις, αλλά ο κύριος αγωνιστικός στόχος έχει επιτευχθεί και για τους δυο gm. Έχουν προκριθεί στους Διεκδικητές του 2018. Μάλιστα η συμμετοχή του Ντιγκ Λίρεν θα είναι η πρώτη στην ιστορία Κινέζου σκακιστή σε διεκδικητές παγκόσμιου τίτλου. Θα παίξουν τώρα για το κύπελλο και φυσικά για τα περισσότερα χρήματα που προσφέρει η πρώτη θέση στην Τιφλίδα.

Μερικά λινκ από τα κορυφαία διεθνή σκακιστικά σάιτ, με έμφαση στην τρίτη ημέρα των ημιτελικών με αναλυμένες παρτίδες, φωτογραφίες, παραλειπόμενα και παρουσίαση του επερχόμενου τελικού:

FIDE World Cup 2017: And then there were two! – chessbase
World Cup 2017: Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final – fide
World Cup Round 6 (semi-finals), Day 3 tiebreaks – the chess mind
Tbilisi World Cup, Semis 2: Tiebreaks it is! – chess24
FIDE World Cup 2017 – the week in chess (όπου στην απλούστερη μορφή μπορείτε να κατεβάσετε σε pgn ή να δείτε στη σκακιέρα του σάιτ όλες τις παρτίδες που έχουν παιχτεί από την πρώτη μέρα έως χτες)

Στο skakistiko κατά την ώρα των αγώνων υπάρχει πάνω πάνω παράθυρο ζωντανής μετάδοσης. Μπορείτε όμως να βλέπετε τις παρτίδες καλύτερα από το επίσημο σάιτ tbilisi2017.fide.com/ και από το chess24.com. Όλες οι προηγούμενες αναρτήσεις στο skakistiko για το FIDE World Cup εδώ


Τα συγχαρητήρια του Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ προς τον Αρονιάν (και) από τα κοινωνικά δίκτυα. Με καλοσύνη και χιούμορ.


– Τον είδαμε τον Βασίλη! Τριγύριζε στην αίθουσα. Το ανεβάζω στο fb αμέσως.


Σε βίντεο δεκατριών λεπτών ο Αρμαγεδδώνας Αρονιάν – ΜΒΛ.

* O Ντάνιελ Κινγκ αναλύει δυο ισόπαλες παρτίδες των ημιτελικών – διάρκεια 17 λεπτά: εδώ

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World Cup 2017: Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final

FIDE - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:58



Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final


The semifinal tie-breaks started with 2 matches on the 21st of September at 3 pm local time.


Ding Liren-Wesley So

In the first rapid game Ding Liren had absolutely winning position against Wesley So.



In the current position White Knight is pinned and Black does not need to force anything but can improve the position of his King. Ding Liren let his opponent to regroup his pieces and Wesley So managed to survive.



Ding Liren and his coach could not hide their disappointment after the first rapid game.

The Chinese Grandmaster felt frustrated after the first game and was surprised when So accepted his draw offer after 9 moves in the second rapid game. He thought Black had already slightly better position and So could have tried to use his psychological advantage.

During the long break Ding Liren came back to his room and prepared first for the second game with 10min+10sec time control in case if he needs to win on demand and only after that he checked some lines with Black for the first game. The Chinese Grandmaster defeated the American in the first game and it was Wesley So who had to equalize the score. In the second game Ding Liren played very confidently and didn’t give his opponent any chance to play for victory. After 46 moves the game finished in a draw and Wesley So was eliminated from the World Cup.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave outplayed Levon Aronian in the first rapid game.



Qe6! The final position looks really nice.



Levon Aronian won the second game game on demand and their match went to the games with 10min+10sec time control which finished also in a draw. The fate of the match was not decided in blitz as well. The evaluation in the first blitz game changed two times from winning for Levon, to winning for Maxime until the game eventually finished in a draw. The French Grandmaster was pressing in the second game but it finished in a draw too.

The first “sudden death” game of the World Cup became a reality.
Levon had White pieces and 5 minutes in the last game of this dramatic match and had to win the game, while Maxime had 4 minutes and would win the match in case of a draw. “You have to be lucky. There are no recipes!” commented Levon Aronian on his victory in Armageddon. He also added it would be a disaster for him to be eliminated on the Independence Day of Armenia.

Ding Liren and Levon Aronian will play in the final of the World Cup. Both of them have qualified for the FIDE Candidates tournament which will take place on March 2018. The winner of the Candidates tournament will play in the World Championship Match against Magnus Carlsen. 22nd of September is a free day.

The final of the World Cup will be held in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi. Levon Aronian has White pieces in the first game which starts at 3 pm local time on 23rd of September.

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Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal


In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break.



Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his opponent was defending well.



In this position and one move earlier Ding Liren could have tried to break through with f5. It`s hard to say if the ending is winning but White has definitely more chances.



During the post-game interview Ding Liren said he missed Black’s idea 32…Nb8 and Nb6 and thought the position was drawish after that. However, there was an interesting tactical option, which he didn’t consider: 37.Rh8 Rc7 38. Rd8 Rc5 39.e5 f5 40. Rb8! And Black has to play 40…Rc8 immediately or after Rc3. White has better chances in the rook ending. Ding Liren chose 37.Rc6 instead and the game finished in a draw.

The matches are tied, and the outcome will be determined on tie-breaks on 21st of September.

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Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Καπαμπλάνκα σε κόμικ

Skakistiko - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:59


Ποτέ μην εμπιστεύεσαι τον καλλιτέχνη. Να εμπιστεύεσαι τον μύθο.
Ντ.Χ.Λόρενς

Σε μια παλιά δημοσίευση για τον έρωτα στα χρόνια της χολέρας αναφερθήκαμε, σε ένα σημείο, στο πόσο συχνά ανακαλύπτουμε τη σκιά του θρυλικού Κουβανού παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή στην λόγια και στην λαϊκή παράδοση των πληθυσμών της Λατινικής Αμερικής. «… Εκείνη θυμόταν να τον λένε Τορεμολίνος, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα ονομαζόταν Καπαμπλάνκα.»
Παρακάτω, βλέπετε το εξώφυλλο, καθώς και την πρώτη και την τελευταία σελίδα τεύχους αφιερωμένου στον Χοσέ Ραούλ Καπαμπλάνκα με υπότιτλο εξωφύλλου «Capablanca la máquina de jugar ajedrez» (Καπαμπλάνκα – η σκακιστική μηχανή). Προέρχεται από εικονογραφημένη κουβανέζικη περιοδική έκδοση (από Ediciones de Colores), άγνωστης χρονολογίας. Ο καλλιτέχνης βιογραφεί τον Καπαμπλάνκα μέσα από κόμικ:

(ανάρτηση αρχείου)

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FIDE sends condolences to the Mexican Chess Federation

FIDE - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:24



Mr. M. Ramirez Barajas
President
Chess Federation of Mexico



Dear Mario,

The FIDE family is with you and the people of Mexico in these days of sorrow and losses.

Please accept the deepest sympathy on the occasion of the two earthquakes which have so tragic consequences as we wish you and the chess family alongside all those who have lost their dear ones and have suffered, the moral strength and best of luck for the future.

Yours sincerely
Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President


FIDE sends condolences to the Mexican Chess Federation (pdf)
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Σκακιστικές ιστορίες των social media – μέρος 1

Skakistiko - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:02

Σε περιοδική βάση θα κάνω μια πρόχειρη επιλογή από δημόσια ποστ που δημοσιεύουν γνωστοί παίκτες και παράγοντες του σκακιού στα σόσιαλ μύδια (μίντια στα ελληνικά).
Κρατώντας μια ισορροπία στο υλικό ανάμεσα στις δημοσιεύσεις που έχουν μεγαλύτερο σκακιστικοπολιτικό ή σκακιστικοαγωνιστικό ενδιαφέρον και σε δημοσιεύσεις που απλώς είναι χαριτωμένες.
Τα πιο σημαντικά από τα tweet και τα ποστ στο facebook τα εντοπίζει συνήθως ο Μέτοικος και τα σχολιάζει στην καρτέλα “Εξωτερικό”. Εδώ, σε αυτή τη σειρά αναρτήσεων, ό,τι ακόμη υποπίπτει στην αντίληψη, και πάντα δημοσιεύσεις με δημόσιο χαρακτήρα, ανοιχτές σε όλους, οι αναρτήσεις  (στο fb, το twitter λειτουργεί αλλιώς) όταν έχουν κοινό “friends only” δεν αφορούν το υλικό αυτής της σειράς των ποστ στο skakistiko. Μια (πρόχειρη) επιλογή σαν πρώτο μέρος:

Για το World Cup της Τιφλίδας ο Π. Ντόγκερς σχολιάζει:
ChessVibes (13/9): Πόσο δύσκολο ήταν το φινάλε Αρονιάν – Ντούμποβ; Και οι δυο παίκτες έκαναν 10(!) λάθη κατά τις tablebases που το καθένα στοίχιζε μισό βαθμό. Τόσο δύσκολο, μα τόσο, ήταν.

Πάντα καλός φίλος του Χάμερ, ο Κάρλσεν:
Μagnus Carlsen (5/9): Ο καλύτερος τρόπος για να περάσει κανείς την ελεύθερη ημέρα (σσ. εννοεί στο World Cup, πριν αποκλειστεί). Tweet και φωτογραφία εδώ

Anish Giri (4/9): Ο 11 μηνών Ντανιέλ στην αίθουσα αγώνων για να δει τον μπαμπά του.
Επίσης ο Γκίρι ταξιδεύοντας για την Τιφλίδα, συμπτωματικά επιβιβάστηκε από την πύλη του αεροδρομίου Ε4.
Οι δυο φωτό εδώ

Οι Ινδοί έχουν πάντα καλά λόγια για τον συμπατριώτη τους Β. Ανάντ και φυσικά τίποτα δεν άλλαξε μετά τον πρόωρο αποκλεισμό του από το World Cup:
ChessBase India (18/9): Οι καλές καινοτομίες στα ανοίγματα θέλουν καλούς παίχτες – και το αντίστροφο. Για αυτό η ομάδα των Βίσι και Π-Χ Νίλσεν ήταν τόσο δυνατή. (Στη συνέχεια παρατίθεται λινκ όπου ο Νίλσεν θυμάται την καινοτομία 17…γ5! που έπαιξε ο Ανάντ στο Μεξικό το 2007 εναντίον του Αρονιάν εδώ)

Ο Καρουάνα έχει φτάσει ήδη εδώ και δυο μέρες στη νήσο του Μαν:
Fabiano Caruana (19/9): Ξανά στη Νήσο του Μαν! Ελπίζοντας να επαναλάβω την περσινή επιτυχία. Tweet και φωτογραφία εδώ

Ο Κασπάροβ είναι ενεργότατος στο twitter και σχεδόν όλα τα πρόσφατά του ποστ έχουν να κάνουν με θέματα διεθνούς πολιτικής, που ίσως είναι υλικό άλλης ανάρτησης. Θεωρεί τον Τραμπ τον χειρότερο πρόεδρο των ΗΠΑ και παγκόσμια απειλή. Λίγα τα σκακιστικά tweet του αυτή την εποχή, επέλεξα ένα:
Garry Kasparov (20/9)
retweet του Alex Oliveira: Οι εξυπνότερες (σκακιστικές) μηχανές κάνουν εξυπνότερους ανθρώπους.

Hikaru Nakamura (28/8): Χαιρετισμούς από τη γενέτειρα της Δημοκρατίας. (Ο Νακαμούρα, λίγο πριν αρχίσει το World Cup, στον Παρθενώνα, instagram εδώ – το λινκ είχε βάλει ο Μέτοικος, όταν ήταν επίκαιρο, στην καρτέλα Τουρνουά στην Ελλάδα).

Susan Polgar (20/9): Η Σούζαν Πόλγκαρ λέει ότι βασανιζόταν από αϋπνία χτες και έγραψε ένα σκακιστικό ποίημα, που δεν ξέρω αν κρίνεται παραπέρα….εδώ

Teimour Radjabov (20/9): Ο Αζέρος γκρανμέτρ ριτουϊτάρει πως δεν έχει βρεθεί διοργανωτής για τα παγκόσμια Ράπιντ και Μπλιτς και η διοργάνωση κινδυνεύει να ματαιωθεί. Το επισημαίνει στο λογαριασμό του και ο Μάικλ Άνταμς.

Nigel Short (18/9): Ο Σορτ, πάντα εμπρηστικός στην αντίθεση που έχει με τη ΦΙΝΤΕ γράφει πως κακώς νοιαζόμαστε για το ποιος θα προκριθεί από τα τουρνουά της Διεθνούς Ομοσπονδίας. Πιστεύει πως όλες τις θέσεις πρέπει να τις επιλέξει ο Κιρσάν. Ή ο Μάκρο, εδώ

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Both matches are tied after two games of 1/2 final

FIDE - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:40



Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal


In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break.



Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his opponent was defending well.



In this position and one move earlier Ding Liren could have tried to break through with f5. It`s hard to say if the ending is winning but White has definitely more chances.



During the post-game interview Ding Liren said he missed Black’s idea 32…Nb8 and Nb6 and thought the position was drawish after that. However, there was an interesting tactical option, which he didn’t consider: 37.Rh8 Rc7 38. Rd8 Rc5 39.e5 f5 40. Rb8! And Black has to play 40…Rc8 immediately or after Rc3. White has better chances in the rook ending. Ding Liren chose 37.Rc6 instead and the game finished in a draw.

The matches are tied, and the outcome will be determined on tie-breaks on 21st of September.

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Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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World Youth Chess Championship 2017: Round 3

FIDE - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:45


World Youth Chess Championship Montevideo 2017: Rounds 2 & 3

On 18th of September, a two rounds were played in the World Youth Chess Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay. There were plenty of fights in every game.

Until this moment many of the favourites have are doing well. However, there have also been a few surprises, mainly in the upper categories (under 18 for example, where many games have already been drawn). This makes it difficult yetto see clear candidates to win the title.



In the Open Under-18, the leader is Argentinian IM Pablo Acosta, who has scored 100%, followed by 9 players who have got half a point less, among whom is 2nd favourite, IM Alexandr Triapishko.

In the Girls Under-18, the top of the table is WIM Sakshi Chitlange, from India, with 3 points, trailed by half a point by 7 players.

In the Open Under-16, the main favorite, Russian FM Andrey Esipenko (2540) has 100%, but shares the lead with FM Artem Karpenko (Russia), FM Guha Mitrabha (India) and George Stoleriu (Romania).

In the Girls Under-16, the two favourites (both from Russian), WIM Polina Shuvalova and Aleksandra Maltsevskaya have won their first three games, as have FM Gabriela Antova (Bulgaria), WIM Annie Wang, and Sophie Morris-Suzuki (the last two from the USA).



In the Open Under-14, after the three first rounds the ones who are on top are Daniel Kopylov from Germany, Alexander Costello from the USA, and FM’s Batsuren Dambasuren from Mongolia and Dominik Horvath from Austria.

In the Girls under-14, five players share the first place: WFM Jishitha D (India), WCM Jyothsna L (India), FM Salimova Nurgyul (Bulgaria), WCM Mrudul Dehankar (India) y WFM Nurgali Nazerke (Kazakhstan).

The event continues today at 3 pm (-3 GMT) Montevideo time, with round 4.




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World Youth Chess Championship 2017: Round 1

After the opening ceremony, which took place on Saturday 16th of September, yesterday the World Youth Chess Championship started in Montevideo, Uruguay. It will last until the 26th of September.

Two playing rooms are being used, one with most of the boards in the Ball Room of Sheraton Hotel, and the other on the 25th floor, where the first 6 boards of each category are broadcast on the Internet. Overall, more than 400 players from around the world are taking part in the competition.

In the first round, there were some setbacks for the top players. In the Under 14, the most spectacular result was achieved by the Ecuatorian Juan Wong (1728) who defeated Kazybek Nogerbek (2358), seeded number 4. In the Under 18, Dmitrij Kollars (2500) drew with Mauro Sica (2178), Alexander Triapishko (2500) drew with Kundu Kaustuv (2176) y José Martínez Alcántara (2462) couldn't beat Xaver Dill (2162), among other results. In the same way, favorite of the Under 18 Girls Alexandra Obolentseva (2364) was held by Jasmin-Denise Schloffer (1993).

The tournament continues today 9:30 hs (-3 GMT) Montevideo hour, with round two.

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