Baku 1.TB - One Armageddon, One big Surprise

by Alejandro Ramirez
9/13/2015 – The big news of the day is definitely of the 18-year old Chilean prodigy, Cristobal Henrique Villagra, knocking out former World Cup winner Boris Gelfand in the tiebreakers. Another previous World Cup winner that will say good bye to Baku is Kasimdzhanov, who lost to Kovalyov. Only one match went to Armaggedon, as Sargissian barely edged out Bartel.

 

World Cup

10th September – 5th October

Baku, Azerbaijan

Round One - Tiebreaks

Tiebreaks are always a treat for the spectators. With the quick time controls and everything to play for, the games are aggressive, dangerous and unpredictable!

Some of the favorites cruised through their matches. Radjabov had no problems dispatching Sevian with a 2-0, neither did Tomashevsky over Rahman. Two players that we highlighted were rather lucky to make it to tiebreaks made the best with their chance: both Hou Yifan and Dominguez passed (over Leitao and Perez Ponsa, respectively).

The highest rated player to be eliminated is now Gelfand, who lost to the Chilean 18-year old prodigy.

[Event "FIDE World Chess Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2015.09.13"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2741"] [BlackElo "2511"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r4rk1/ppq2ppp/1n3n2/3p4/3Pp3/PQP1P2P/3BBPP1/RR4K1 b - - 0 17"] [PlyCount "53"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] 17... Rab8 18. a4 {An interesting situation. Black has the "pair of knights" against the pair of bishops, but he has decent chances because of the weakness on c4 and c3. If The game opens up, somehow, White will be better beyond doubt. } Nc4 19. Be1 Rfc8 20. Qa2 b6 21. Rb4 Qc6 22. Rab1 (22. Bxc4 dxc4 {doesn't help White as there would be a good anchor spot for the knight on d5.}) 22... Ne8 23. Bxc4 dxc4 24. f3 $6 {Perhaps feeling the pressure. This pawn sacrifice is dubious, with the idea of opening the bishop.} exf3 25. Bg3 Rb7 26. Be5 Re7 27. a5 bxa5 {Black simply takes all the pawns that come his way! White has some compensation, but two pawns are two pawns.} 28. Rb5 (28. Qxa5 fxg2 $17) 28... Qg6 29. Rxa5 Qd3 $1 {Making the queen very active and causing real headaches.} 30. Ra3 $6 (30. Bf4 $17) 30... f6 31. Bf4 g5 {Now it is simply over.} 32. Bg3 Rxe3 {Black has a decisive attack and is up two pawns.} 33. Re1 Re2 34. Rxe2 fxe2 35. Bf2 Qd1+ 36. Kh2 Qf1 37. Bg3 e1=Q 38. Bxe1 Qxe1 {Simple, Black is now up a piece and White has nothing to show for it.} 39. Rxa7 Qe6 40. Qb1 Rc7 41. Ra8 Re7 42. Qb4 Kg7 43. Rd8 Qe3 0-1

Lazaro Bruzon got a very nice gift:

[Event "FIDE World Chess Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2015.09.13"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Bruzon Batista, Lazaro"] [Black "Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi Vid"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A33"] [WhiteElo "2659"] [BlackElo "2651"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "2r5/5p2/p1r1p2p/4k1p1/2p1P3/3n1P1P/PP1R2P1/1R1N1K2 w - - 0 38"] [PlyCount "3"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] 38. Ne3 {The position is almost equal. White is solid and in the long run can attack c4, but he is very passive. Black is quite active but he doesn't have any immediate threats. After, for example, 38...h5 or 38...Rb8 the position is =.} Nf4 $4 {Running into mate in one! When was the last time you saw a 2650 GM do that? Well, actually it was Vidit himself who ran into a mate in one in the Lake Sevian tournament a couple of months ago.} 39. Ng4# { An abrupt ending. The Indian player did not recover psychologically and also lost the next game.} 1-0

Vidit also lost the next game to go down 2-0 in the rapids.

Lu Shanglei defeated Moiseenko, rated almost 100 points higher, in the rapids

Hou Yifan's game in round two of the 25+10 against Leitao was a heart stopper, but she had everything under control!

[Event "FIDE World Chess Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2015.09.13"] [Round "1.4"] [White "Leitao, Rafael"] [Black "Hou, Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E46"] [WhiteElo "2632"] [BlackElo "2671"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [PlyCount "76"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nf4 c6 9. Bd3 Na6 10. O-O Nc7 11. f3 b6 12. Bd2 c5 13. Be1 Bb7 14. Qd2 c4 15. Bc2 b5 16. e4 a5 17. e5 Nd7 18. Nce2 {After winning the first game, Hou Yifan has to hold on the second to advance. However, her next move is risky to say the very least.} f6 19. e6 Nb6 20. Bf5 $1 {Leitao's hold in the position is very real. Qc2 is a huge threat. The commentators thought Yifan was done for, but never count out anyone in this tournament!} g6 {A practical chance...} 21. Nxg6 $6 (21. Bxg6 $1 hxg6 22. Nxg6 Kg7 23. Nef4 $1 $16 {and it's hard to find moves for Black, even though there isn't anything immediate. A possible follow up is Qe3 and Bd2, with strong threats.}) 21... hxg6 22. Qh6 gxf5 23. Qg6+ {A double piece sacrifice, but Leitao needs to win. Can he bring over his pieces?} Kh8 24. f4 {It seems that Rf3 is unstoppable and lethal, but the Chinese does not give up.} Qe8 $1 25. Qh6+ Kg8 26. Rf3 Nxe6 $1 {Somehow the knight comes to g5 to defend!} 27. Rg3+ Ng5 28. fxg5 fxg5 29. Bd2 Qc6 30. Qh5 g4 {Out of nowhere White's attack is starting to evaporate. Black only needs a draw so she allows several perpetuals, though with careful play Black might even be winning.} 31. Rf1 Qe8 32. Qh6 Rf6 33. Rxg4+ fxg4 34. Rxf6 Bxf6 35. Qxf6 Qxe2 36. Qg6+ Kh8 37. Qh6+ Kg8 38. Qg6+ Kh8 1/2-1/2

Hou Yifan is victorious and will face Mamedyarov next round

There is something about the World Cup and specifically the tiebreaks that makes the games very hard to predict. The quality isn't always the best, but the entertainment is thorough the roof. The following game had White easily winning, then perhaps drawing, back to winning out of nowhere!

[Event "FIDE World Chess Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2015.09.13"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Onischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Volokitin, Andrei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D73"] [WhiteElo "2662"] [BlackElo "2639"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Qa4+ Nc6 9. Ne5 Nxc3 10. bxc3 Bd7 11. Nxd7 Qxd7 12. Rb1 Rd8 13. Qb5 b6 14. e3 { Everything has gone right for White in this opening. He has the pair of bishops, is threatening c4, and Black's only resource drops the d5 pawn.} Na5 ( 14... O-O 15. c4 Na5 16. Qxd7 Rxd7 17. cxd5 $16) 15. Bxd5 $1 Qxb5 16. Rxb5 a6 17. Rxa5 $1 {White "sacrifices" the exchange, but his compensation is huge: Black will not be able to castle, White has practically two pawns for the exchange, and his pair of bishops will dominate.} bxa5 18. Bc6+ Kf8 19. Kd2 Rc8 20. Bb7 Rb8 21. Bxa6 h5 22. h4 e5 23. a4 exd4 24. exd4 Bh6+ 25. f4 $1 Kg7 26. Bb5 Rhd8 27. Kd3 Kg8 28. c4 {Black's rooks are completely dominated. This is basically over.} Bf8 29. Bd2 Bc5 30. d5 Ra8 31. Be3 Bb4 32. Bb6 Rdb8 33. Bd4 Rd8 34. Rb1 Rac8 35. Bc3 $4 {What a blunder! To do such a thing at the World Cup... but the game is not over!} (35. Rxb4 axb4 36. Bf6 $18 {is a computer solution.}) (35. Rb2 $18 {seems human to me, to follow up with Rc2.}) 35... Bxc3 36. Kxc3 Rxd5 {Now White is down the exchange. He still has a pawn, but winning chances are gone... or so one would think.} 37. Ba6 Rc7 38. Rb5 Rdc5 ( 38... Rd1 39. Rxa5 Rc1+ {should be a drawn endgame.}) 39. Rxc5 Rxc5 40. Kd4 Rc7 41. c5 Kf8 42. Kd5 Ke7 {White is very active, and should not be in danger, but Black is up the exchange after all.} 43. c6 Kd8 44. Kd6 Re7 (44... f5 $1 $11 { was important to give the rook more room} 45. Bc4 Ra7 46. Be6 Rc7 47. Bd7 Ra7 { and the bishop cannot attack the pawns.}) 45. Bc4 Rc7 (45... f5 $1) 46. f5 $1 { Now White is the one winning!} gxf5 47. Bd3 f4 48. gxf4 Re7 49. Bf5 Rc7 50. Bd7 $1 (50. Be4 $1 {was also good.}) 50... Ra7 51. f5 $1 Rc7 52. Kc5 Ke7 53. f6+ $1 Kd8 54. Kb6 Rxd7 55. cxd7 Kxd7 56. Kxa5 {The pawn endgame is easily winning.} Kc6 57. Kb4 Kb6 58. a5+ 1-0

Both Jakovenko and Grischuk passed, but they did so with incredible difficulties. Both were taken all the way down to the 5+3' blitz games, not something many people expected. Grischuk missed many wins before the blitz, while Jakovenko also had a chance to finish off his opponent:

[Event "FIDE World Chess Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku"] [Date "2015.09.13"] [Round "1.6"] [White "Jakovenko, Dmitry"] [Black "Iljiushenok, Ilia"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D10"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2491"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/1k1q2p1/2p4p/1pPp4/1N1PpQn1/1PK1P1P1/6P1/8 w - - 0 48"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [EventCountry "AZE"] 48. Qf1 {After a lot of maneuvering, the position on the board should be roughly equal. White has a subtle threat, and Iljiushenko misses it!} Qc7 ( 48... Kc7 49. Qa1 Qc8 $11) 49. Qa1 $1 {Now Black's position cannot be held. Qa6 is too strong.} Kc8 50. Qa8+ Kd7 51. Nxd5 $2 (51. Qf8 $1 Qxg3 52. Qf7+ Kc8 53. Qe8+ {takes all the pawns with check.}) 51... cxd5 52. Qxd5+ Kc8 53. Qe6+ Qd7 54. Qxe4 Kd8 (54... Nf6 55. Qa8+ Kc7 {should be a drawn endgame.}) 55. Qa8+ Ke7 56. e4 Nf2 $5 (56... Nf6 $1) 57. Qd5 Qxd5 58. exd5 {A bizarre endgame. A computer can usually navigate the complications, but humans living only on increment? not so much!} g5 $2 (58... Ne4+ 59. Kb4 Nd2 $1 60. Kxb5 Nxb3 $11) 59. Kb4 g4 60. Kxb5 Ne4 61. Kc6 Kd8 62. d6 (62. b4 $1 Nxg3 63. b5 Nf5 64. b6 $18) 62... Nxg3 63. Kd5 $2 (63. b4 Nf5 64. Kd5 Ne3+ (64... h5 65. b5 {is faster for White.})) 63... h5 64. b4 Ne2 $1 65. Ke4 h4 $1 66. Ke3 Nxd4 $1 {Now Black draws!} 67. Kf4 h3 68. gxh3 gxh3 69. Kg3 Kd7 70. Kxh3 Nf5 71. Kg4 Nxd6 { What a save!} 1/2-1/2

Grischuk took his sweet time to finally advance

Kasimdzhanov (above) was eliminated by Kovalyov, from Canada. Sutovsky in the post match asked Kovalyov, "So what were your expectations coming here?". Kovalyov replied, "I had booked a flight for tomorrow". Let's hope it was a flexible ticket!

Wang Hao won his rapid game with black to eliminate Perunovic

Sargissian won the only Armaggedon of the day against Bartel. Well he drew, but that is the
same thing with this format as long as you are playing Black!

Stay tuned as we will later on bring the preview of the most important matches of Round Two. Below you can find all of Round One pairings and results, as well as all of Round Two brackets!

All Round 1 TB Games

Round One Pairings

Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
V. Topalov (BUL) 2816
1
1
             
2.0
O. Adu (NGR) 2241
0
0
             
0.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ivan Bukavshin (RUS) 2656
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Sergei Zhigalko (BLR) 2657
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Lu Shanglei (CHN) 2599
1
0
1
½
         
2.5
Alexander Moiseenko (UKR) 2692
0
1
0
½
         
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Wang Hao (CHN) 2712
1
0
½
1
         
2.5
Milos Perunovic (SRB) 2614
0
1
½
0
         
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Can Emre (TUR) 2531
0
½
             
0.5
Peter Svidler (RUS) 2727
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (GER) 2678
1
½
             
1.5
David Anton Guijarro (ESP) 2628
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2738
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Samuel Sevian (USA) 2556
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Romain Edouard (FRA) 2630
0
½
             
0.5
Ilia Smirin (ISR) 2655
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Tomas Krnan (CAN) 2440
0
½
             
0.5
Ding Liren (CHN) 2782
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS) 2660
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Yuniesky Quesada Perez (CUB) 2643
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
David Navara (CZE) 2728
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Tamir Nabaty (ISR) 2597
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Gadir Guseinov (AZE) 2634
1
0
1
1
         
3.0
Maxim Matlakov (RUS) 2689
0
1
0
0
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Levon Aronian (ARM) 2765
1
1
             
2
Michael Wiedenkeller (LUX) 2453
0
0
             
0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Denis Khismatullin (RUS) 2651
0
½
             
0.5
Alexander Areschenko (UKR) 2661
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Salem A.R. Saleh (UAE) 2610
0
½
             
0.5
Wei Yi (CHN) 2734
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ray Robson (USA) 2680
0
½
             
0.5
Yuri Vovk (UKR) 2628
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Arthur Ssegwanyi (UGA) 2357
½
0
             
0.5
Anish Giri (NED) 2793
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Alexander Motylev (RUS) 2649
½
½
½
½
½
½
½
1
 
4.5
Boris Grachev (RUS) 2649
½
½
½
½
½
½
½
0
 
3.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Peter Leko (HUN) 2707
1
½
             
1.5
Aleksey Goganov (RUS) 2603
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Wen Yang (CHN) 2620
1
½
             
0.5
Igor Kovalenko (LAT) 2699
0
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2741
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
C. Henrique Villagra (CHI) 2511
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Alexandr Fier (BRA) 2624
½
0
             
0.5
Julio Granda (PER) 2667
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Babuk M.R. Lalith (IND) 2557
½
0
             
0.5
Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL) 2741
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Vladislav Artemiev (RUS) 2675
1
½
             
1.5
Surya Shekhar Ganguly (IND) 2652
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Wesley So (USA) 2773
1
1
             
2.0
Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI) 2447
0
0
             
0.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Balogh Csaba (HUN) 2657
½
½
½
½
1
½
     
3.5
Eltaj Safarli (AZE) 2659
½
½
½
½
0
½
     
2.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) 2601
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 2725
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2697
½
1
             
1.5
Vasif Durarbayli (AZE) 2618
½
0
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ziaur Rahman (BAN) 2500
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS) 2758
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen (VIE) 2634
1
½
             
1.5
Robert Kempinski (POL) 2637
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2744
1
½
             
1.5
Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez (CUB) 2577
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Mateusz Bartel (POL) 2623
½
½
½
½
0
1
½
½
½
4.5
Gabriel Sargissisan (ARM) 2679
½
½
½
½
1
0
½
½
½
4.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Richmond Phiri (ZAM) 2252
0
0
             
0.0
Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2814
1
1
             
2.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Samuel Shankland (USA) 2656
1
½
             
1.5
Ivan Popov (RUS) 2661
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Laurent Fresinet (FRA) 2702
½
½
1
0
         
3.0
Ante Brkic (CRO) 2597
½
½
0
1
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Zhao Jun (CHN) 2621
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2705
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Michael Adams (ENG) 2742
½
1
             
1.5
Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) 2528
½
0
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Varuzhan Akobian (USA) 2635
½
0
             
0.5
Viktor Laznicka (CZE) 2676
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Federico Perez Ponsa (ARG) 2563
1
0
½
0
         
1.5
Lenier Dominguez Perez (CUB) 2732
0
1
½
1
         
2.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Gata Kamsky (USA) 2691
0
½
             
0.5
Hrant Melkumyan (ARM) 2622
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2771
½
½
½
½
½
½
1
1
 
5.0
Yusup Atabayev (TKM) 2448
½
½
½
½
½
½
0
0
 
3.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 2674
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
B. Adhiban (IND) 2659
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ) 2606
0
0
             
0.0
Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2717
1
1
             
2.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ivan Cheparinov (BUL) 2681
½
0
             
0.5
Alexander Ipatov (TUR) 2625
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ilia Iljiushenok (RUS) 2491
½
½
0
1
½
½
0
0
 
3.0
Alexander Ipatov (RUS) 2749
½
½
1
0
½
½
1
1
 
5.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ivan Saric (CRO) 2678
0
0
             
0.0
Amin Bassem (EGY) 2636
1
1
             
2.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 2726
1
½
             
1.5
Ahmed Adly (EGY) 2596
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (VEN)  
½
0
             
0.5
Maxim Rodshtein  
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Fabiano Caruana (USA) 2808
1
1
             
2.0
Amir Zaibi (TUN) 2303
0
0
              0.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 2657
1
½
             
1.5
Evgeniy Najer (RUS) 2658
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Sandro Mareco (ARG) 2599
1
½
             
1.5
Hua Ni (CHN) 2704
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) 2704
½
½
½
½
½
½
½
0
 
3.5
Anton Kovalyov (CAN) 2616
½
½
½
½
½
½
½
1
 
4.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Max Illingworth (AUS) 2517
0
½
             
0.5
P. Harikrishna (IND) 2737
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Sanan Sjugirov (RUS) 2664
0
0
             
0
S.P. Sethuraman (IND) 2640
1
1
             
2
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2736
1
½
             
1.5
Pouya Idani (IRI) 2569
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Rafael Leitao (BRA) 2671
½
½
0
½
          1.5
Hou Yifan (CHN) 2632
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Deysi Cori T. (PER) 2419
0
0
             
0.0
Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2777
1
1
             
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Lazaro Bruzon (CUB) 2659
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (IND) 2651
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) 2720
1
½
             
1.5
Jianchao Zhou (CHN) 2606
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Dragan Solak (TUR) 2631
0
½
             
0.5
Anton Korobov (UKR) 2700
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2762
1
1
             
2.0
Ermes Espinosa Veloz (CUB) 2495
0
0
             
0.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Andrei Volokitin (UKR) 2639
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
Alexander Onischuk (USA) 2662
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Viorel Iordachescu (MDA) 2583
0
0
             
0.0
Yu Yangyi (CHN) 2721
1
1
             
2.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Igor Lysyj (RUS) 2671
½
½
½
½
1
1
     
4.0
Constantin Lupulescu (ROU) 2626
½
½
½
½
0
0
     
2.0

Next Round Pairings

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Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
V. Topalov (BUL) 2816
 
             
Sergei Zhigalko (BLR) 2657  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Shanglei Lu (CHN) 2599
 
             
Hao Wang (CHN) 2712
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Peter Svilder (RUS) 2727  
 
           
LiviuDieter Nisipeanu (GER) 2678
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2738
 
             
Ilia Smirin (ISR) 2655  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Ding Liren (CHN) 2782  
 
           
Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS) 2660
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
David Navara (CZE) 2728
 
             
Gadir Guseinov (AZE) 2634
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Levon Aronian (ARM) 2765
 
             
Alexander Areschenko (UKR) 2661  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Wei Yi (CHN) 2734  
 
           
Yuri Vovk (UKR) 2628  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Anish Giri (NED) 2793  
 
           
Alexander Motylev (RUS) 2649
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Peter Leko (HUN) 2707
 
             
Wen Yang (CHN) 2620
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Cristobal Henriquez Villagra (CHI) 2511  
 
           
Julio Granda Zuniga (PER) 2667  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL) 2741  
 
           
Vladislav Artemiev (RUS) 2675
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Wesley So (USA) 2773
 
             
Csaba Balogh (HUN) 2657
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 2725  
 
           
Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2697
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS) 2758  
 
           
Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen (VIE) 2634
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Maxime VachierLagrave (FRA) 2744
 
             
Gabriel Sargissian (ARM) 2679  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2814  
 
           
Samuel Shankland (USA) 2656
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Laurent Fressinet (FRA) 2702
 
             
Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2705  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Michael Adams (ENG) 2742
 
             
Viktor Laznicka (CZE) 2676  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Leiner Dominguez Perez (CUB) 2732  
 
           
Hrant Melkumyan (ARM) 2622  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2771
 
             
Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 2674
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2717  
 
           
Alexander Ipatov (TUR) 2625  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 2491  
 
           
Amin Bassem (EGY) 2636  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 2726
 
             
Maxim Rodshtein (ISR)    
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Fabiano Caruana (USA) 2808
 
             
Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 2657
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Sandro Mareco (ARG) 2599
 
             
Anton Kovalyov (CAN) 2616  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
P. Harikrishna 2737  
 
           
S.P. Sethuraman (IND) 2640  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2736
 
             
Hou Yifan (CHN) 2632  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2777  
 
           
Lazaro Batista Bruzon (CUB) 2659
 
             
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) 2720
 
             
Anton Korobov (UKR) 2700  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2762
 
             
Alexander Onischuk (USA) 2662  
 
           
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 Pts
Yu Yangyi (CHN) 2721  
 
           
Igor Lysyj (RUS) 2671
 
             

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scoobeedo scoobeedo 9/14/2015 10:20
In my opinion is it a insult for our beloved game "chess" to have the tie breaker "Armageddon" as the final game to decide a winner of a mini match.
And this in the WORLD CUP????????????????

Are you out of your mind, FIDE?????
It reminds me on Casino Games. Why can the players not play blitz games (white and black mini macths) until a winner is there? And if they need instead of one mini match with two games ... lets say 16 games, who cares???
But to eliminate a player who did not lose the match is a disgrace to any kind of sport!

Example:
Mister Bartel will have difficulties to explain his junior chess studentsin Poland that he lost a match without losing the match. He did even not lose the last game.

FIDE, since when you see our game as a casino game? Stop this "Armageddon".
You are practically manipulating the player to play risky because he must win. And that is psychological very bad. This is the first time in the history that the FIDE is dictating how a player have to play his game.
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