World Cup 2.2: fifteen matches still undecided

8/15/2013 – Caruana, Grischuk, Nakamura and Gelfand are through to round three, while Alexei Shirov was sensationally taken out by 14-year-old Chinese GM Wei Yi, as was Peter Leko by the Peruvian GM Julio Granda Zuniga. Gata Kamsky lost a traumatic game against Alexandr Shimanov, who thus equalised the score. Almost half the matches go into the tiebreaks on Friday. Round two game two report.

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The FIDE World Cup is a knockout, starting with 128 players, with two games (90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest, with 30 seconds increment) between pairs of players. The tiebreaks consist of two rapid games (25 min + 10 sec), then two accelerated games (10 min + 10 sec), and finally an Armageddon. The winner and the runner-up of the World Cup 2013 will qualify for the Candidates Tournament of the next World Championship cycle. The venue is the city of Tromsø, which lies in the northern-most region of Norway, almost 400 km inside the Arctic Circle. You can find all details and links to many ChessBase articles on Tromsø here. The World Cup starts on Sunday, August 11th and lasts until September 3rd (tiebreaks, closing ceremony). Each round lasts three days, while the final will consist of four classical games. Thursday August 29 is a free day. A detailed schedule can be found here.

Results of the second round second games

The news of the day was that Super-GM Alexei Shirov (above left) lost to a 14-year-old player and was knocked out of the World Cup. Chinese GM Wei Yi, the youngest participant in Tromsø, played imaginative, fearless chess and wound up in an ending where he had three pawns for a bishop (with a rook on each side). It was not easy but the kid, who is completely underrated at 2551, converted it smoothly to a win. He is through to the next round and faces the winner of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (9th seed!) vs Maxim Matlakov, a match that will be settled in the tiebreaks on Friday.

Top seeds Levon Aronian (right) drew his second games against Russian GM Igor Lysyj...

... and Vladimir Kramnik (left) failed to grind down Mikhail Kobalia, so both continue to the tiebreaks

Second seed Fabiano Caruana (left) drew against Yu Yangyi, enough to
propel him into the next round (and give him a rest day on Friday).

Gata Kamsky (above) lost to Alexandr Shimanov in a game fraught with incredible blunders
by both players, who now have to decide the outcome in the playoffs tomorrow.

"Yesterday I made a mistake on move 11, today I made one on move 10," said a wryly smiling Peter Leko (above left) in an interview with the match commentatory Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent. The former World Championship challenger from Hungary could only draw his second game against Peruvian GM Julio Granda Zuniga, so after a loss in round one Leko is out of the World Cup.

In his interview Alexander Morozevich (above right) explained that he had decided to play the King's Indian against Rafael Leitao because he did not know how to play just for a draw, only for a win.

Vassily Ivanchuk (above left) and Anish Giri both won (against Ray Robson and Li Chao) and proceed to the next round with a 2-0 score.

GM B Adhiban, who hails for Chennai, India, celebrated his 21st birthday with
a win against Brazilian GM Alexandr Fier, one that put him into round three.

17-year-old Daniil Dubov (right) forced former FIDE world champion
Ruslan Ponomariov into the tiebreaks with a second draw in this round

Go Norway! Jon Ludvig Hammer drew for a second time against David Navara
to take the higher-rated Czech GM into the tiebreaks on Friday

All results of round two

# Player Fed Rtng
G1
G2
Player Fed Rtng
1 Lysyj, Igor RUS 2648
½-½
½-½
Aronian, Levon ARM 2813
2 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2796
1-0
½-½
Yu, Yangyi CHN 2662
3 Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2651
½-½
½-½
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2784
4 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2785
1-0
½-½
Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2654
5 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2660
½-½
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2772
6 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2772
1-0
½-½
Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2660
7 Filippov, Anton UZB 2630
½-½
0-1
Gelfand, Boris ISR 2764
8 Kamsky, Gata USA 2741
1-0
0-1
Shimanov, A. RUS 2655
9 Matlakov, Maxim RUS 2676
½-½
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shak. AZE 2775
10 Dominguez, Leinier CUB 2757
1-0
½-½
Onischuk, Alex. USA 2667
11 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2624
½-½
½-½
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2756
12 Wang, Hao CHN 2747
½-½
½-½
Dreev, Aleksey RUS 2668
13 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2672
½-½
½-½
Svidler, Peter RUS 2746
14 Adams, Michael ENG 2740
½-½
½-½
Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR 2678
15 Granda, Julio PER 2664
1-0
½-½
Leko, Peter HUN 2744
16 Morozevich, Alex. RUS 2739
1-0
½-½
Leitao, Rafael BRA 2632
17 Ragger, Markus AUT 2680
½-½
0-1
Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2719
18 Giri, Anish NED 2737
1-0
1-0
Li, Chao CHN 2693
19 Robson, Ray USA 2623
0-1
0-1
Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2731
20 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2733
½-½
½-½
Bruzon, Lazaro CUB 2698
21 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong VIE 2625
½-½
0-1
Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2716
22 Korobov, Anton UKR 2720
1-0
0-1
Jobava, Baadur GEO 2696
23 Ortiz Suarez, Isan CUB 2609
0-1
0-1
Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 2719
24 Shirov, Alexei LAT 2696
½-½
0-1
Wei, Yi CHN 2551
25 Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR 2605
½-½
½-½
Navara, David CZE 2715
26 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714
½-½
½-½
Moiseenko, Alex. UKR 2699
27 Adhiban, B. IND 2567
½-½
1-0
Fier, Alexandr BRA 2595
28 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2724
½-½
0-1
Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2702
29 Vallejo, Francisco ESP 2706
½-½
½-½
Le, Quang Liem VIE 2702
30 Areshchenko, Alex. UKR 2709
½-½
1-0
Felgaer, Ruben ARG 2586
31 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2708
½-½
½-½
Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2707
32 Tomashevsky, E. RUS 2706
1-0
½-½
So, Wesley PHI 2710

Pictures provided by Paul Truong in Tromsø

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