FIDE World Cup 2017 LIVE: Ding and Aronian through to final!

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9/21/2017 – Rapid tiebreaks will decide both semifinal matches! Just one step away from identifying two players who would make it to the Candidates 2018. Games kick off at 13:00 CEST (7:00 AM EST) with live commentary from Tbilisi by GMs Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili and live updates by our reporters Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal.

Semifinals — Tiebreak

World Cup

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Games and commentary

 

Commentary by GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili


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Start of game one of semi-finals tiebreaks 

MVL vs Aronian, Game 1 (25'+10")

MVL came with a new idea in the same line that Levon employed in the second classical game. The Frenchman had made a deep study of White's ideas there and was able to outplay his Armenian opponent right from the opening until the end. A high quality game.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi"] [Date "2017.09.21"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2804"] [BlackElo "2802"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "127"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "k.o."] [EventCountry "GEO"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] 1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nc6 { [%emt 0:00:04]} 3. Bb5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} a6 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 4. Ba4 {[%emt 0:00: 00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 5. O-O {[%emt 0:00:01]} Be7 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 6. d3 { [%emt 0:00:02]} b5 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 7. Bb3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 8. a3 {[%emt 0:00:03]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:02]} 9. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bg4 { [%emt 0:00:02]} 10. Be3 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 11. Bxd4 { [%emt 0:00:01]} exd4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 12. Nd5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nxd5 {[%emt 0: 00:02]} 13. Bxd5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:00:02] The players repeat all their moves from the second classical game of yesterday.} 14. Bc6 $5 {[%emt 0: 00:02] This move was played by Alina Kaslinskaya and this move according to me is the only way in which White can deviate from what happened yesterday and not be dead equal.} Bf6 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 15. a4 {[%emt 0:00:26]} Bd7 {[%emt 0: 00:03]} (15... Rb8 {is also possible.}) 16. Bxd7 {[%emt 0:00:48]} Qxd7 { [%emt 0:00:02]} 17. Qd2 {[%emt 0:00:18]} Qc6 {[%emt 0:01:07]} 18. b3 {[%emt 0: 01:39] I think Maxime has analyzed this position in great depth, not move by move, but by understanding the plans in the position. He realizes that his knight is much more flexible and will use his kingside pawns to storm Black's kingside. But first he must stabilize the queenside.} Rfe8 {[%emt 0:00:54]} 19. Rfe1 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Qc5 {[%emt 0:01:28]} 20. g4 $5 {[%emt 0:02:17] The start of a nice kingside pawn offensive.} b4 {[%emt 0:00:54]} 21. Re2 {[%emt 0:01:43] } c6 {[%emt 0:01:27]} 22. Rae1 {[%emt 0:00:34]} g6 {[%emt 0:03:59]} 23. h4 Re6 24. Kg2 {[%emt 0:00:39]} Rce8 {[%emt 0:02:08]} 25. Ng5 {[%emt 0:01:22]} R6e7 { [%emt 0:00:45]} 26. f4 {[%emt 0:00:14] White is just building up the pressure.} a5 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 27. Nf3 $6 {[%emt 0:03:48]} (27. Kh1 $14 {Getting ready to transfer the rook to h-file and later play h5 was much better.}) 27... h5 $1 { [%emt 0:00:10]} ({If Black makes a waste move White's idea is} 27... Kh8 28. h5 $1 gxh5 29. g5 $16) 28. g5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 29. Rf1 { [%emt 0:00:04]} Qa7 {[%emt 0:00:41]} 30. Qe1 {[%emt 0:00:07]} c5 $6 {[%emt 0: 01:55] This is crucial waste of time.} (30... Qd7 $1 31. Qg3 d5 32. e5 c5 $11) (30... d5 $1 31. e5 Qd7 32. Qg3 c5 $11) 31. Qg3 {[%emt 0:00:58]} Qd7 {[%emt 0: 00:40]} 32. Qh3 $1 {[%emt 0:00:24] Now there is no d5.} Qc6 {[%emt 0:01:50]} ( 32... Qxh3+ 33. Kxh3 {White willbreakthrough with f5 at some point which will give him the advantage.} d5 34. Nd2 $16) 33. f5 {[%emt 0:02:32]} Ra7 {[%emt 0: 02:51]} (33... d5 $1 34. Nd2 dxe4 35. Nxe4 c4 $1 36. bxc4 Rxe4 37. Rxe4 Rxe4 38. dxe4 Qxe4+ 39. Qf3 Qxc2+ 40. Rf2 Qxc4 $13) 34. Nd2 {[%emt 0:02:37]} Rc7 { [%emt 0:00:49] Vachier-Lagrave,M (2804)-Aronian,L (2802) Tbilisi 2017 playchess.com [ChessBase]} 35. Qf3 {[%emt 0:00:34]} Ra7 {[%emt 0:02:40]} 36. Rfe1 {[%emt 0:01:14]} Qc7 {[%emt 0:01:05]} 37. Nc4 {[%emt 0:00:41]} Be5 { [%emt 0:00:06]} 38. Rf1 {[%emt 0:00:07]} Qd8 {[%emt 0:00:19]} 39. Ref2 { [%emt 0:00:37]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:28]} 40. Qf4 {[%emt 0:00:35] Vachier-Lagrave,M (2804)-Aronian,L (2802) Tbilisi 2017 playchess.com [ChessBase]} Rd7 {[%emt 0: 00:17]} 41. Kg1 {[%emt 0:00:33]} Kh7 {[%emt 0:00:38]} 42. Qg3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} Kg8 {[%emt 0:00:20]} 43. Rf3 {[%emt 0:00:15]} d5 {[%emt 0:01:54]} 44. exd5 { [%emt 0:00:14]} Rxd5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 45. f6 {[%emt 0:00:24]} Bf8 {[%emt 0:00: 03]} 46. Re1 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Rxe1+ {[%emt 0:01:05]} 47. Qxe1 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Bd6 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 48. Qe4 {[%emt 0:00:23]} Bc7 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 49. Rf2 { [%emt 0:00:08]} Qd7 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 50. Re2 {[%emt 0:00:16]} Kh7 {[%emt 0:00: 12]} 51. Qg2 $6 {[%emt 0:00:29]} (51. Qf3) 51... Qf5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 52. Re4 { [%emt 0:01:28]} Rd7 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 53. Qf1 $1 {[%emt 0:00:09]} Qd5 {[%emt 0: 00:06]} 54. Qf3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} Qb7 {[%emt 0:00:12]} 55. Kg2 {[%emt 0:00:23]} Qc8 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 56. Qe2 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Qb7 {[%emt 0:00:16]} 57. Kg1 { [%emt 0:00:02]} Qd5 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 58. Ne5 {[%emt 0:01:00]} Bxe5 {[%emt 0:00: 14]} 59. Rxe5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Qd6 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 60. Kg2 {[%emt 0:00:11]} Rd8 {[%emt 0:00:14]} 61. Qe4 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Rd7 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 62. Re7 { [%emt 0:00:17]} Qc7 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 63. Kh3 {[%emt 0:00:49]} Qc8 {[%emt 0:00: 04]} 64. Qe6 {[%emt 0:00:20] An excellet game by Maxime Vachier Lagrave} 1-0

Wesley So vs Ding Liren, Game 1 (25'+10")

It was a fantastically well played game by Ding Liren. He was better from the opening and kept a huge advantage. But Wesley did not give up. If Ding would have kept his nerves he would have surely won, but he was not able to and So managed to wriggle out with the half point.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi"] [Date "2017.09.21"] [Round "6.3"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A13"] [WhiteElo "2792"] [BlackElo "2771"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "135"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "k.o."] [EventCountry "GEO"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] 1. c4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} e6 { [%emt 0:00:03]} 3. g3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 4. Bg2 {[%emt 0:00: 01]} dxc4 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 5. O-O {[%emt 0:00:04]} a6 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 6. a4 { [%emt 0:01:46]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:19]} 7. Qc2 $6 {[%emt 0:01:15]} (7. Na3 { is much more common and much better.}) 7... Na5 {[%emt 0:01:13]} ({It could have been stronger to continue with} 7... e5 $1 8. Qxc4 Be6 9. Qc2 e4 $15) 8. Na3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} Qd5 {[%emt 0:04:39]} (8... Nb3 9. Rb1 $14) 9. Rd1 { [%emt 0:02:56] White is looking to break the position with d3 and take advantage of the queen on d5.} (9. Ne1 Qc5 10. d4 cxd3 11. Qxd3 $44) 9... Bd7 { [%emt 0:00:08]} 10. d4 {[%emt 0:01:29]} (10. d3 Nb3 11. Rb1 Bxa4 $15) 10... Qf5 {[%emt 0:04:07]} 11. Bd2 {[%emt 0:03:17]} (11. Ne5 $5 Qxc2 12. Nxc2 Nd5 13. Ne3 Nxe3 14. Bxe3 Bd6 $15) 11... Qxc2 {[%emt 0:01:52]} 12. Nxc2 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Nb3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 13. Ra2 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bc6 $1 {[%emt 0:00:10] The bishop will be well placed on d5. Ding places it on the important diagonal before White can play Ne5.} 14. Ne5 {[%emt 0:01:10]} Bd5 {[%emt 0:00:24]} 15. Bc3 {[%emt 0:01:14]} c5 $1 {[%emt 0:02:17]} 16. a5 {[%emt 0:01:07]} Rc8 { [%emt 0:00:44] All very simple and strong move.} 17. Ra4 $6 {[%emt 0:04:46]} ( 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Na1 $5 $15) 17... cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 18. Nxd4 {[%emt 0:00: 57] Very alert and not making any mistakes.} Nc5 $1 {[%emt 0:01:34]} 19. Raa1 { [%emt 0:00:00]} (19. Ra2 Nfe4 $17) 19... Nce4 {[%emt 0:00:24]} 20. Bxe4 { [%emt 0:00:02]} Nxe4 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 21. f3 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nxc3 {[%emt 0:00: 17]} 22. bxc3 {[%emt 0:00:01] Black has not only the bishop pair, but also an extra pawn. He is clearly better.} f6 {[%emt 0:00:45]} 23. Ng4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bc5 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 24. Kf1 {[%emt 0:00:37]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:00:32]} 25. Rab1 { [%emt 0:00:39]} Rhd8 {[%emt 0:01:21]} 26. e4 {[%emt 0:03:20]} Bxd4 {[%emt 0:00: 02]} 27. cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bc6 $17 {[%emt 0:00:09] The bishop comes to b5 and defends everything.} 28. Rb4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bb5 {[%emt 0:00:25]} 29. Ne3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} c3+ {[%emt 0:00:20]} 30. Kf2 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Rc6 {[%emt 0:01: 02]} 31. Nc2 {[%emt 0:00:37]} (31. Rc1 $15) 31... Rdc8 {[%emt 0:00:27]} 32. Na3 $2 {[%emt 0:00:44] A bad oversight by Wesley.} (32. Rc1 $17 {And Black is clearly better, but White has some drawing chances.}) 32... c2 $1 33. Rc1 Bd3 $1 {[%emt 0:00:17]} 34. Rxb7+ {[%emt 0:00:19]} R6c7 {[%emt 0:00:41]} 35. Rb2 { [%emt 0:00:27]} (35. Rxc7+ Rxc7 36. Ke3 Rc3 $19) 35... Rc3 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 36. Ra2 {[%emt 0:00:00]} f5 $1 {[%emt 0:01:56]} (36... g5 {with the idea of g4 is also very powerful.}) 37. e5 {[%emt 0:01:00]} g5 {[%emt 0:00:22]} (37... Rd8 38. Ke3 Be4+ 39. Ke2 Bxf3+ 40. Kd2 Rb3 41. Nxc2 Be4 $19) 38. Ke1 {[%emt 0:00: 12]} f4 $1 $19 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 39. Kd2 {[%emt 0:00:24]} Bf5 $6 {[%emt 0:00:04] } (39... fxg3 40. hxg3 h5 $19 {was the easiest way to win. The simple point being that White has absolutely no moves. He cannot take the pawn on c2 because the h-pawn just queens.}) 40. gxf4 {[%emt 0:00:23]} gxf4 {[%emt 0:00: 02]} 41. Nxc2 {[%emt 0:00:04]} R8c4 {[%emt 0:02:07]} (41... Rxf3 $19) 42. Rb2 { [%emt 0:00:07]} Rxf3 $2 {[%emt 0:00:04] Ding Liren chooses the most inappropriate moment to take on f3.} (42... Rc7 43. Ra2 Kf7 {Black just keeps the position and White is at loss for moves.} (43... Rxf3 {is also fine now.}) 44. Rb2 Rxf3) 43. Rb7+ $1 {[%emt 0:00:41]} Ke8 {[%emt 0:00:13]} 44. Nb4 $1 { [%emt 0:00:27] With two powerful moves, White has activated his position.} Rxd4+ {[%emt 0:00:24]} (44... Rf2+ 45. Ke1 $11) 45. Ke2 {[%emt 0:00:06]} Re3+ { [%emt 0:00:04]} 46. Kf1 {[%emt 0:00:40]} Be4 $2 {[%emt 0:00:05]} (46... Rxe5 47. Nc6 Bd3+ 48. Kg1 Rg5+ $17) 47. Rg7 $1 {[%emt 0:00:29] Of course Wesley is a machine! He defends amazingly. Black has lost all his advantage now and a mate is threatened on c8.} Kf8 {[%emt 0:00:21]} 48. Ra7 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Rd8 { [%emt 0:00:16]} 49. Nxa6 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bd3+ {[%emt 0:00:16]} 50. Kg1 { [%emt 0:00:13]} Rxe5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 51. Rd1 $2 {[%emt 0:00:23]} (51. Nc5 $11) 51... Rxa5 {[%emt 0:00:16]} 52. Nc7 {[%emt 0:00:14]} Rxa7 {[%emt 0:00:42]} 53. Nxe6+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:00:13]} 54. Nxd8 {[%emt 0:00:03]} Bb5 { [%emt 0:00:07] Once again Black has some chances to push.} 55. Rb1 $1 {[%emt 0: 00:24]} Bd7 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 56. Nb7 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Ra2 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 57. Nc5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Bc6 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 58. Nd3 {[%emt 0:00:13]} Rg2+ { [%emt 0:00:04]} 59. Kf1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} f3 {[%emt 0:01:02]} 60. Rb6 {[%emt 0: 00:32]} Bd5 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 61. Rb4 {[%emt 0:00:24] With very little time on clock, Wesley So defends with great ingenuity.} Rxh2 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 62. Ne1 { [%emt 0:00:15]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:00:14]} 63. Rf4 $1 {[%emt 0:00:03]} Rh1+ {[%emt 0: 00:30]} 64. Kf2 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Rh2+ {[%emt 0:00:01]} 65. Kg3 {[%emt 0:00:10]} Re2 {[%emt 0:00:24]} 66. Nxf3 {[%emt 0:00:03]} Re3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 67. Kf2 { [%emt 0:00:01]} Rxf3+ {[%emt 0:00:01]} 68. Rxf3 {[%emt 0:00:00] What an escape for the American grandmaster.} 1/2-1/2

Start of 25'+10" game two

Aronian vs MVL, Game 2 (25'+10")

This was simply a brilliant win by Levon Aronian who played fearlessly and showed his true strength. With this win he equalized the score and took the game into the 10'+10" tiebreaks.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi"] [Date "2017.09.21"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A50"] [WhiteElo "2802"] [BlackElo "2804"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "k.o."] [EventCountry "GEO"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] {This was a brilliant game by the Armenian.} 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 { [%emt 0:00:10]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:10]} g6 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 3. f3 {[%emt 0:00: 10] When Anand was in a must win situation against Gelfand in the World Championship 2012, he too played the f3 variation. There cannot be a better choice. White gets an attacking double-edged position, just what the doctor ordered.} c5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 4. d5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 5. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:10]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 6. e4 {[%emt 0:00:10]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:10] } 7. Nge2 {[%emt 0:00:10]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:10]} 8. Ng3 {[%emt 0:00:10] The game has transposed into a Benoni/Saemisch King's Indian.} a6 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 9. a4 {[%emt 0:00:10]} h5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 10. Bg5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} Qc7 { [%emt 0:00:10]} 11. Qd2 {[%emt 0:00:10]} exd5 {[%emt 0:01:02]} 12. cxd5 { [%emt 0:00:01]} Nh7 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 13. Bh6 {[%emt 0:00:02]} h4 {[%emt 0:00: 07]} 14. Bxg7 {[%emt 0:00:45]} Kxg7 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 15. Bc4 $3 {[%emt 0:00:01] A brilliant move by Levon Aronian sacrificing a piece and getting a very dangerous attack.} hxg3 {[%emt 0:00:16]} 16. hxg3 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Rh8 { [%emt 0:00:01] The only move.} 17. e5 $5 {[%emt 0:00:32]} (17. Qh6+ Kg8 $13) 17... Qe7 {[%emt 0:00:48]} (17... dxe5 18. d6 $18) 18. O-O-O {[%emt 0:01:02]} Nd7 {[%emt 0:00:31]} 19. exd6 {[%emt 0:01:05]} Qxd6 {[%emt 0:01:19]} 20. Ne4 { [%emt 0:01:54]} Qe5 {[%emt 0:01:08]} (20... Qf8 $5 21. g4 $40) 21. d6 {[%emt 0: 01:09]} g5 {[%emt 0:00:33]} 22. Rhe1 {[%emt 0:01:29]} b5 {[%emt 0:02:56]} 23. Bd5 {[%emt 0:01:07]} Rb8 {[%emt 0:01:05]} 24. f4 {[%emt 0:01:37]} Qd4 $4 { [%emt 0:00:06]} (24... Qf5 {was the only way to keep the game going, but White is just better after} 25. Nxg5 $16) 25. Qe2 $1 Qb4 26. Qh5 {The f7 point cannot be defended and Maxime resigned. A great win for Levon.} 1-0

Final moments of Aronian winnning his game against MVL

Ding Liren vs Wesley So, Game 2 (25'+10")

I think Ding Liren made a very smart decision here. He was completely shaken after he had missed the win in game one. Instead of gambling away his chances when he was mentally unstable, he made a nine move draw with the white pieces, got an hour to relax and fight in 10' + 10" format.
 

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi"] [Date "2017.09.21"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Ding, Liren"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D39"] [WhiteElo "2771"] [BlackElo "2792"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "17"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [EventType "k.o."] [EventCountry "GEO"] [SourceTitle "playchess.com"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceQuality "1"] [TimeControl "1500+10"] 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:03]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:01]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:01]} e6 {[%emt 0: 00:01]} 3. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} Bb4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 5. Bg5 {[%emt 0:00:01]} dxc4 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 6. a3 {[%emt 0: 00:59]} Bxc3+ {[%emt 0:00:13]} 7. bxc3 {[%emt 0:00:01]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 8. e3 {[%emt 0:00:36]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:02] Over here Ding Liren started to think for quite some time. Aronian has played this position with white and has gone for the move exd4. Ding Liren decided this was a good opportunity to just call it a day, recover from the shock of the previous round and get ready for the 10'+10'' tiebreaks. Hence, he offered a draw.} 9. Bxf6 {[%emt 0:02:12]} 1/2-1/2

10'+10" rapid, game one

This is what modern chess is all about: loads of opening theory!

What happened during the first 10'+10" game. Take a look at this hyperlapse video.

Wesley So in a must win situation tries the Benoni but not successful

Aronian vs MVL, 5'+3" blitz, game 1

Aronian thinks he has made a blunder, but actually he is winning! Can you spot the winning move.

Game 1 round-up show

Game 2 round-up show:

GM Danny King recaps game 2 of the semifinals

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Malcom Malcom 9/3/2017 09:32
I like your system of giving results... good idea!
nbeqo nbeqo 9/3/2017 09:40
How can you call Dreev's win an upset? Dreev is a legend in chess!
macauley macauley 9/4/2017 09:17
@nbeqo - Strictly on the basis of equal rating and winning with black. It's not an editorial judgement. But point taken that when players are more or less equal in rating the term has little meaning. But where else could this result go? In the "expected" table? Then it becomes subjective, whereas the point was to provide a comprehensive overview (also why no results are omitted).
Aighearach Aighearach 9/5/2017 10:10
Claiming that equal rating + black pieces makes a player an "underdog" is absurd, and the claim that it is not an editorial judgment is a falsehood.
treetown treetown 9/5/2017 11:17
The All Results table is confusing. Are the most recent games between players on the left hand side?
macauley macauley 9/6/2017 05:16
@treetown No recent games should be to the right. But this is a relatively new feature coming from the live.chessbase.com system, so feedback like this is most welcome. The advantage is that results will always be current on pageload.
bondsergey bondsergey 9/6/2017 08:44
Another young talent plays Karyakin. Sergey was very unlucky in the draw.
VVI VVI 9/7/2017 04:06
Anand is eliminated from the world cup in the 2nd round itself. That`s the first time in 10 years he will be out of the world championship or Candidates tournament.
VVI VVI 9/7/2017 04:09
what makes it tragic, is Anand`s opponent is a part time chess player.
KevinC KevinC 9/7/2017 07:58
Karjakin also out...big names.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 9/7/2017 11:22
Anand/Roman Reigns was defeated by Kovalyov/John Cena
Petrosianic Petrosianic 9/8/2017 04:12
The FIDE Lottery is generating even more random results than ever. I don't think we've ever seen two Top 10 players knocked out as early as Round 2.

They should eliminate this tournament and pick one candidate with a round of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
oldsalt7 oldsalt7 9/8/2017 06:16
Hou Yifan has become very strong in Classical chess. But she has some way to go in faster time controls. Judith is still Queen in that department. Hope to see a Chinese ( Ding? ) in the candidates.
BeachBum2 BeachBum2 9/8/2017 07:34
This tournament is fun to watch, with players actually somewhat forced to play to win!
The table with results is confusing though... for example,
Erdos 1/2, 0, 1/2, 1/2,
Svidler 1/2, 1, 1/2, 1/2,
I normally read left to right, but this seem to be right to left (first, classical games on the left)?
bonnie charles bonnie charles 9/8/2017 08:18
Artemiev,V 2692 1 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 4.5
Radjabov,T 2742 00 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 3.5
I have no idea about the whole system. It says the tiebreak games will have a time control of 25 minutes for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move. According to the table after the first two draws in classical format the next two games are played in rapid of two 25 mins games. The first game was a draw then Radjabov won so he should have won the match. Why did they continue to play? If it happened in a different way this tablebase is confusing and useless.
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 9/8/2017 10:12
It seems that I am not the only person to be completely lost with the list of results !!!
TMMM TMMM 9/9/2017 05:01
Exit Carlsen?!
koko48 koko48 9/10/2017 04:16
Sokolov is a great commentator, I love his analysis and sense of humor
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 9/10/2017 06:29
Kovalyov ousted for wearing shorts??!!
Zurab's a clown.
Next round, in protest, everyone wear shorts!
Fianshetto Fianshetto 9/10/2017 06:41
Carlsen learned a tough lesson .....As the world champion, it might not always be a good idea to play in the world cup...especially if you are used to playing only with a group of very familiar opponents as opposed to playing with the countless underrated players of the world... who still know how to swindle even the "world champion"...
koko48 koko48 9/10/2017 07:00
@Fianshetto I'm sure Carlsen knew going in, this format is a bit of a lottery. I applaud him for taking the risk and throwing his lot in with the "unwashed masses"....Especially because he had a lot more to lose than win, by playing
river77 river77 9/10/2017 07:20
My favourites are still running: Ivanchuk and Aronian!
anonimous anonimous 9/10/2017 09:26
"Live updates
During the round we will bring you regular updates — pictures, interviews, news.

Stay tuned!"

Is this for real? I have been checking this article every day and there are NEVER live updates. Any sort of update, even just the basic results, are published hours and hours after the round is over.

I understand that the time difference between Georgia and India makes it hard for the author to indeed publish live updates, but if that's the case then he shouldn't advertise it. Chessbase is making a fool of themselves with these "reports".
koko48 koko48 9/10/2017 09:35
@anonimous The live stream is the live updates
Kilovs 2016 Kilovs 2016 9/10/2017 09:46
Go Wesley!!
libyantiger libyantiger 9/10/2017 10:06
fiansheto i am completely agree with you .....magnus is used to play certain level of chessers ....with whom he is very well prepared and he knows how they play and thier playing styles apart from the psychological edge he already have over the high class...i cant say carlsen play is not universal that can eliminate all sorts and styles but every now and then a player with fresh prospective can deprive him from being a champion at least for a day or 2
Fianshetto Fianshetto 9/10/2017 10:45
A 1st grade kid can speak better English than Zurab, may be FIDE should consider a change in the language skill requirements for an organizer/arbiter/director...oh wait sorry they can't they are too busy bullying chess players...
anuj shrivatri anuj shrivatri 9/11/2017 01:18
I thin So will win
oldsalt7 oldsalt7 9/11/2017 07:11
Are the anti cheating measures adequate for such an important event as the FIDE World Cup?. Surely a wolf or two can exist in sheep's clothing?
NimzoCapa NimzoCapa 9/11/2017 11:13
I think we may be reading a lot into a performance that loses Carlsen exactly one rating point.
libyantiger libyantiger 9/12/2017 06:12
time passes kings raise and fall......but chucky is chucky
oldsalt7 oldsalt7 9/12/2017 07:14
No disrespect to his opponents, but would surely love to see Chucky in the candidates.
truthadjustr truthadjustr 9/14/2017 03:51
Good win for Wesley So against Badur Jobava. But I am bit unsatisfied with the quality of his moves there, particular his Kf2,Ke2 waste.
Peter B Peter B 9/15/2017 02:32
Fedoseev and Rapport just playing for the rapids against So and Ding Liren. You can't blame them, but it shows how this format is no way to choose a world champion,
geraldsky geraldsky 9/17/2017 03:25
my prediction is Wesley So - MVL in the final
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 9/17/2017 09:54
Quarter finals - all players more rated than their opponents pass to the following round.

The lowest rated remaining player, on the 4 of the 168 at start, is Ding Liren, world #11 (live ratings Sept. 17). In the semi-final, we will have world #2 (Aronian) against world #3 (MVL) (live ratings Sept. 17). Wesley So is world #7 (live ratings, Sept. 17).

Still not statistically significant, but not that much against statistical expectations inferred from rating.

Nevertheless, any rating system can only reflect past history - not actual level in a real game over the board in real time. Full suspense.
Ayman gambit Ayman gambit 9/19/2017 01:52
Where is GM Ivan skolov
vlad88 vlad88 9/19/2017 04:52
Did Wesley miss Rh2? Should have taken the knight on b3 and play for two results. Now he has to force a draw...
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 9/20/2017 07:54
@Ayman, he went to play in the Isle of Man tournament.
Rod Plant Rod Plant 9/21/2017 03:55
Dear Sagar, I'm following every bit of your excellent coverage. As a reader with diminished hearing, I have one request - please get an external mike!

Listen to the difference in your volume (fine) and any of the interviewees. Today I'm in a cafe with background noise and I can't make out a word Levon (usually the clearest) or Maxime are saying. Ding is shyly quiet naturally but a lapel mike or even on the table would increase the technical quality of your work considerably.

Thanks for "hearing" me lol.