Baku 2.TB: Only two upsets

by Alejandro Ramirez
9/16/2015 – It was a slugfest in many of the matches, and several were very close affairs, but at the end of the day out of the fifteen tiebreaks only two ended in victories for the underdog. Both Le Quang Liem (VIE) and Alexander Areschenko (UKR) triumphed over Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) and Levon Aronian (ARM) to go into round three. One of the matches made it all the way to Armageddon: Adams-Laznicka.

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World Cup

10th September – 5th October

Baku, Azerbaijan

Round Two - Game Two

Another fun day of chess in Baku, though if you were betting on rating you would have had a great time today! Out of the fifteen matches only two ended in victories for the lower rated player: the matches between Le Quang Liem and Nikita Vitiugov which favored the Vietnamese player after the rapids and the big upset of the day, Alexander Areschenko defeating Levon Aronian 2-0 also in the rapids.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.16"] [Round "2.26"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Areshchenko, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D86"] [WhiteElo "2765"] [BlackElo "2661"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/8/7p/1k6/p3N1n1/K7/8 w - - 0 67"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] 67. Nd5+ {Aronian is down two pawns, but he has not lost hope. Black has to part with the a-pawn if he wants to win, which only leaves him one pawn on the board. Can White capture it?} Kc4 $1 {Black is winning the endgame. Knights are particularly bad at catching h-pawns, as this game proves.} 68. Nf4 h4 69. Kxa3 Kd4 70. Kb2 Ke4 71. Nh3 Kf3 72. Kc3 Ne4+ 73. Kd4 Nf2 74. Ng1+ Kf4 75. Kd5 Nd1 76. Kd4 Nf2 77. Kd5 Kg4 78. Kd4 Nh3 79. Ne2 Kf3 80. Kd3 Kf2 81. Kd2 Ng5 82. Nf4 Kf3 83. Ne2 Kf2 84. Nf4 Kf3 85. Ne2 Nh3 $4 {The only mistake Areschenko made this game...} (85... Ne6 $1 $19) 86. Ke1 $4 (86. Nd4+ Ke4 87. Ne6 $1 $11) 86... Kg2 $1 {Now it is winning. The knight and the king can be pushed out of the h-pawn's path.} 87. Nd4 Ng5 88. Nf5 h3 89. Ne3+ Kf3 90. Nf1 Ne4 91. Nh2+ Kg2 92. Ng4 Nf6 93. Ne3+ Kg1 94. Nf1 Nh5 95. Ke2 Nf4+ 96. Ke1 Kg2 97. Ne3+ Kf3 98. Nf1 Nd3+ 99. Kd2 Kf2 100. Ne3 Ne5 101. Nd1+ Kf3 0-1

After this game the Armenian tried some whacky opening to complicate matters, but it was definitely not his style and he lost.

After three quick draws, Nakamura outclassed Shankland (above) in a rook endgame and won the match

Motylev stood no chance against Giri, who eliminated him. Grischuk and Fedoseev traded plenty of draws until finally Grischuk won a game and passed to round three.

Amin Bassem (above) is the only person from the African continent to ever make it to round two, but Jakovenko dashed his hopes of reaching round three. Karjakin split the rapids with Onischuk but the quick (10+10) was easily in favor of the Russian with a 2-0 score.

Laurent Fressinet exited the event as Ian Nepomniachtchi took him down. This leaves Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as the only Frenchman standing in the World Cup. We hope he won't be too lonely...

The top Azeris, Mamedyarov and Radjabov, are still alive and well, going to round three

The last female standing, Hou Yifan, was eliminated by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in rapids

Red Bull is supporting Nakamura everywhere!

The big upset of the round: Alexander Areschenko beat Levon Aronian (above)

Several matches were absolute slugfests. Both Wei Yi vs. Vovk and Nepomniachtchi vs. Fressinet went all the way to the blitz (5+3) playoff. Wei Yi was finally able to break the Ukrainian's defenses and passes to the next round. One match even made it all the way to Armageddon.

Daniel King shows the blitz game Vovk-Wei Yi

After trading blows for the first six games (all decisive games!) the players drew twice in the blitz. The Armageddon was a smashing victory for the English player:

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.16"] [Round "2.15"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Laznicka, Viktor"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B01"] [WhiteElo "2742"] [BlackElo "2676"] [PlyCount "53"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] [SourceDate "2015.02.07"] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Bd2 e6 7. Bc4 Bb4 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Nxd7 Nxd7 10. a3 Bxc3 11. Bxc3 Qb6 12. O-O O-O 13. d5 Rfd8 14. Qf3 Nf8 15. Rfe1 Bxc2 16. dxe6 fxe6 17. Qg3 Bg6 18. h4 Qc5 19. Ba2 Qe7 20. Re5 Rd3 21. f3 h5 22. Rae1 Qf7 23. Rxe6 Rxc3 24. bxc3 Kh8 25. R6e2 Qf6 26. Re5 c6 27. Qg5 1-0

If you are wondering how an almost 2700 player can play such a game, well I can answer that from experience. After six brutal games of chess in one day with your tournament life hanging on every one, nerves through the roof, and tired beyond belief, playing the Armageddon is just about the toughest thing one can do. It's even hard to see the pieces straight, let alone be able to find combinations or even calculate basic tactics. My own loss against Tomashevsky in 2013 was far worse, but even so it will not be a pleasant experience for Laznicka to go over such a demolition.

Adams keeps the English hopes alive!

We will be bringing you the pairings as well as the highlights of the next match ups later today, by Sagar Shah.

All Round 2 TB Games

Round Two Pairings

Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
V. Topalov (BUL) 2816
½
1
             
1.5
Sergei Zhigalko (BLR) 2657
½
0
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Lu Shanglei (CHN) 2599
1
½
             
1.5
Hao Wang (CHN) 2712
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Peter Svidler (RUS) 2727
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
LiviuDieter Nisipeanu (GER) 2678
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2738
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Ilia Smirin (ISR) 2655
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Ding Liren (CHN) 2782
1
½
             
1.5
Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS) 2660
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
David Navara (CZE) 2728
0
½
             
0.5
Gadir Guseinov (AZE) 2634
1
½
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Levon Aronian (ARM) 2765
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Alexander Areschenko (UKR) 2661
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Wei Yi (CHN) 2734
1
0
½
½
1
0
1
½
 
4.5
Yuri Vovk (UKR) 2628
0
1
½
½
0
1
0
½
 
3.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Anish Giri (NED) 2793
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
Alexander Motylev (RUS) 2649
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Peter Leko (HUN) 2707
½
1
             
1.5
Wen Yang (CHN) 2620
½
0
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Julio Granda (PER) 2667
1
½
              2.0
Cristobal Henriquez Villagra 2511
0
½
              1.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL) 2741
1
½
             
1.5
Vladislav Artemiev (RUS) 2675
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Wesley So (USA) 2773
1
1
             
2.0
Csaba Balogh (HUN) 2657
0
0
             
0.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 2725
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2697
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Evgeny Tomashevsky(RUS) 2758
½
½
½
½
1
½
     
3.5
Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen (VIE) 2634
½
½
½
½
0
½
     
2.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
M. Vachier-Lagrave 2744
½
1
             
1.5
Gabriel Sargissian (ARM) 2679
½
0
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2814
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
Samuel Shankland (USA) 2656
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Laurent Fressinet (FRA) 2702
½
½
½
½
½
½
½
0
 
3.5
Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 2705
½
½
½
½
½
½
½
1
 
4.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Michael Adams (ENG) 2742
0
1
1
0
1
0
½
½
1
5.0
Viktor Laznicka (CZE) 2676
1
0
0
1
0
1
½
½
0
4.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Lenier Dominguez (CUB) 2732
1
½
             
1.5
Hrant Melkumyan (ARM) 2622
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2771
½
½
½
½
½
1
     
2.5
Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 2674
½
½
½
½
½
0
     
3.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2717
1
1
             
2.0
Alexander Ipatov (TUR) 2625
0
0
             
0.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 2491
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
Amin Bassem (EGY) 2636
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 2726
1
½
             
1.5
Maxim Rodshtein (ISR) 2673
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Fabiano Caruana (USA) 2808
1
½
             
1.5
Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 2657
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Sandro Mareco (ARG) 2599
½
0
             
0.5
Anton Kovalyov (CAN) 2616
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
P. Harikrishna 2737
½
0
             
0.5
S.P. Sethuraman 2640
½
1
             
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
S. Mamedyarov (AZE) 2736
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
Hou Yifan (CHN) 2671
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2777
1
½
             
1.5
Lazaro Batista Bruzon (CUB) 2659
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) 2720
1
½
             
1.5
Anton Korobov (UKR) 2700
0
½
             
0.5
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Sergei Karjakin (RUS) 2762
0
1
½
½
1
1
     
4.0
Alexander Onischuk (USA) 2662
1
0
½
½
0
0
     
2.0
Player Rtg
G1
G2
G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9
Pts
Yu Yangyi (CHN) 2721
½
½
½
½
½
1
     
3.5
Igor Lysyj (RUS) 2671
½
½
½
½
½
0
     
2.5

 

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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thorcy thorcy 9/17/2015 02:47
Le Queng Liam's game is not an update dude..you need to really learn or know what an underdog means..if you are saying by rating, it is only a mere 30-50 points gap...
Logos Logos 9/17/2015 01:35
Amazing round. No matter what is going on on the board, Adams always seems poised. This included the Armageddon game. Impressive.
gmwdim gmwdim 9/17/2015 12:09
The match between Wei and Vovk was crazy, attacking and counterattacking in every game.
Salimu Salimu 9/16/2015 11:26
Very good coverage and much appreciated
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