World Cup 3.1: Aronian, Grischuk shocked

8/17/2013 – Top seed Levon Aronian, playing white, was outplayed in a Dutch Defence by Evgeny Tomashevsky, who won the full point in 58 moves; Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem beat Alexander Grischuk in a K+6 pawns ending. Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Gata Kamsky and Peter Svidler all won their first games of the round. Round three game one report, with results and games.

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.

Preparing for round three, with the tables, seats for spectators and board transmissions

Levon Aronian, playing white, found himself in an unsatisfactory position against the Dutch Defence
of Evgeny Tomashevsky, who ouplayed the top seed and won the full point in 58 moves.

Le Quang Liem (above) beat Alexander Grischuk in a K+6 pawns ending and took the full point.

Hikaru Nakamura, playing black, did not give 21-year-old Indian GM B. Adhiban any
chances in an Exchange Ruy Lopez, chalking up the full point after 42 moves

The game between last year's World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand and Ukrainian GM Alexander Moiseenko, 65 points below him on the rating scale, was decided in an instructive endgame which our ChessBase Magazine columnist Karsten has annotated for us.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.17"] [Round "3.7"] [White "Gelfand, Boris"] [Black "Moiseenko, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D38"] [Annotator "Mueller,Karsten"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. e3 O-O 9. Be2 dxc4 10. O-O Bd6 11. Qxc4 e5 12. d5 Nd8 13. Rac1 Qe7 14. Nb5 Bf5 15. Nxd6 cxd6 16. Nd2 f6 17. Qc7 Rf7 18. Qxe7 Rxe7 19. Rc3 Rc8 20. Rxc8 Bxc8 21. Rc1 Bd7 22. Ne4 Nf7 {A knight in the corner Bishop and knight are usually stronger than a rook:} 23. Bh5 $1 {Hitting the Achilles heel d6 is even better than} (23. Rc7 Kf8 24. Rxb7 Bf5 25. Rb8+ Re8 26. Rxe8+ Kxe8 27. Nc3 {which should also be winning in the long run.}) 23... Be8 24. Rc8 Kh7 (24... Kf8 $6 { runs into} 25. Bxf7 Kxf7 26. Nxd6+ Kf8 27. e4 $18) 25. Rxe8 $1 Rxe8 26. Bxf7 Rc8 27. g4 $1 {Gelfand grabs space.} Rc2 {Moiseenko gives the d-pawn, when White's passed pawn will decide the day.} ({But} 27... Rd8 28. h4 {is so passive that Black must be lost as well of course.}) 28. Nxd6 Rxb2 29. Be6 Rxa2 $6 30. Nf7 (30. Nxb7 Rb2 31. Bc8 Kg8 32. d6 {wins as well.}) 30... Rd2 31. d6 Kg6 (31... Kg8 32. Nd8+ Kf8 33. Nxb7 Ke8 34. Kf1 a5 35. Bf5 a4 36. Ke1 Rd5 37. Be4 $18) 32. e4 a5 33. Bd5 (33. Bd5 Rxd5 34. Nh8+ $1 {Gelfand's beautiful point. Moving the knight strongly to the corner always makes a strong impression.} Kh7 35. exd5 $18) 1-0

Gata Kamsky (right), playing black, chose the Dutch Defence (Leningrad System)
to snatch the full point from local boy Jon Ludvig Hammer in 40 moves

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had to concede a 23-move draw to 14-year-old Chinese GM Wei Yi
in a Classical Nimzo Indian when his novelty (on move 14) failed to convince

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave punished Leinier Dominguez' Sicilian Najdorf with a 50-move victory

Peter Svidler (above) easily beat Teimour Radjabov (left, fetching a refreshment) –
Teimour played the King's Indian and lost in 32 moves

Julio Granda Zuniga (right) botched a probably winning position against
Anish Giri on move 54 and had to instantly resign

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.17"] [Round "3.15"] [White "Granda Zuniga, Julio E"] [Black "Giri, Anish"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A15"] [PlyCount "108"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. d4 Be7 6. Bg5 c6 7. e3 Bf5 8. Nd2 $146 (8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Qc2 Re8 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 {1/2-1/2 (12) Morozevich,A (2751)-Ivanchuk,V (2703) Biel 2009}) 8... O-O 9. Be2 Nbd7 10. g4 Be6 11. Bf4 c5 12. O-O cxd4 13. exd4 Qb6 14. Nb3 a5 15. a4 Rac8 16. Rc1 Nb8 17. Nb5 Na6 18. f3 Rxc1 19. Qxc1 Rc8 20. Qd2 Bb4 21. Qd3 Ne8 22. Rc1 Rxc1+ 23. Nxc1 Qc6 24. Qd1 Nac7 25. Na2 Be7 26. Qd2 Qb6 27. Nac3 h6 28. Kg2 Na6 29. Bg3 Qd8 30. f4 g6 31. Qe3 Ng7 32. h3 Nb4 33. Bf3 h5 34. Qe2 Qd7 35. Nd1 hxg4 36. hxg4 Qc6 37. Be1 b6 38. Ne3 Qd7 39. Qd2 Ne8 40. Qe2 Ng7 41. Bd2 Nc6 42. Kf1 Bb4 43. Bc3 Bxc3 44. bxc3 Ne7 45. Ke1 Qc8 46. Kd2 Qb8 47. Ng2 f6 48. Kc2 Kf7 49. Kb2 Bd7 50. Ne3 Bc6 51. Qg2 Bxb5 $2 {Not a wise decision by the young Dutch GM. } 52. Bxd5+ Ke8 ({or} 52... Nxd5 53. Qxd5+ Kf8 54. axb5 {with a pawn and a clear advantage for White.}) 53. Qh2 {Threatening 54.Qh8+ and 55.Qxb8} Qd6 {[#] } 54. axb5 $4 ({FIRST} 54. Qh8+ Kd7 {then} 55. axb5 {is probably still winning for White, because if} Nxd5 {White can take back:} 56. Qxg7+) 54... Nxd5 { Simply picking up a piece for nothing.} 0-1

Equally traumatic was the game

It was a horribly frustrating start of round three for Alexander Morozevich: against Nikita Vitiugov he played the Rubinstein Variation of the Nimzo-Indian and by move 59 seemed just a few steps away from victory. But he allowed the opponent to put up a plausible defence and then blew it on move 73. In spite of continued efforts the game ended on move 96 in a stalemate draw.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.17"] [Round "3.16"] [White "Vitiugov, Nikita"] [Black "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E21"] [PlyCount "192"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. e3 Bb7 6. Bd3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. O-O O-O 9. Nd2 e5 10. e4 Nc6 11. Bb2 Re8 12. Re1 Na5 $146 13. Qc2 Ba6 14. Rad1 Qd7 15. Bf1 c5 16. g3 Re7 17. Bc1 h6 18. d5 Nh7 19. f3 Rb8 20. Re3 Qe8 21. Rde1 Nf6 22. Qd1 Qd7 23. h3 Nh5 24. Kh2 Rf8 25. h4 Bc8 26. Qc2 f6 27. Nb3 Nb7 28. Qf2 Qa4 29. Kg1 f5 30. exf5 Bxf5 31. Qh2 Bg6 32. f4 Nf6 33. Qe2 Bh5 34. Qg2 Ng4 35. R3e2 Ref7 36. Rb2 Nd8 37. Bd3 Re7 38. Rbe2 Rfe8 39. Rf1 e4 40. Rxe4 Rxe4 41. Bxe4 Qxc4 42. Bf3 Qxc3 43. Qd2 Qxd2 44. Nxd2 Nf6 45. Bg2 Bf7 46. Nc4 Nb7 47. Ne3 h5 48. Rd1 b5 49. Bf1 c4 50. a4 a6 51. axb5 axb5 52. Bd2 Nc5 53. Nf5 Nce4 54. Bb4 Rd8 55. Bg2 g6 56. Ne7+ Kf8 57. Nc6 Ra8 58. Bxe4 Nxe4 {This has to be completely winning for Black.} 59. Rd4 Nxg3 (59... Ra1+ 60. Kh2 c3 { seems to win on the spot.}) 60. Bxd6+ Ke8 61. Rd1 Ra2 62. Bb4 Ne2+ 63. Kf1 Ng3+ 64. Kg1 Rb2 65. Re1+ Ne2+ {This pottering around by Black has helped White back into the game.} 66. Kf1 Bxd5 67. Bc3 Rb1 68. Rxb1 Nxc3 69. Re1+ Kd7 70. Nb4 Kd6 71. Re5 Kc5 72. Na6+ Kd4 73. Ke1 Bc6 $2 (73... Be4 {is the move all our engines say was the last chance for Black to wrap up the game.}) 74. Nb4 Be4 75. Kd2 Nd5 76. Nc6+ Kc5 77. Rxe4 Kxc6 78. Re6+ Kc5 79. Rxg6 b4 80. f5 b3 81. f6 c3+ 82. Kc1 Nf4 83. Rg1 Kd6 84. Rf1 Nd3+ 85. Kd1 c2+ 86. Kd2 c1=Q+ 87. Rxc1 Nxc1 88. Kxc1 Ke6 89. Kb2 Kxf6 90. Kxb3 {and now anyone who can count to six can tell: the position is a draw.} Kf5 91. Kc2 Kg4 92. Kd2 Kxh4 93. Ke2 Kg3 94. Kf1 h4 95. Kg1 h3 96. Kh1 h2 1/2-1/2

All results of the third round first games

Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Aronian, Levon 2813
0
                0.0
Tomashevsky, E. 2706
1
                1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Malakhov, Vladimir 2707
½
                0.5
Caruana, Fabiano 2796
½
                0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784
½
                0.5
Areshchenko, Alex. 2709
½
                0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Le, Quang Liem 2702
1
                1.0
Grischuk, Alexander 2785
0
                0.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Karjakin, Sergey 2772
½
                0.5
Eljanov, Pavel 2702
½
                0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Adhiban, B. 2567
0
                0.0
Nakamura, Hikaru 2772
1
                1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Gelfand, Boris 2764
1
                1.0
Moiseenko, Alex. 2699
0
                0.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2605
0
                0.0
Kamsky, Gata 2741
1
                1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Mamedyarov, S. 2775
½
                0.5
Wei, Yi 2551
½
                0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Vachier-Lagrave, M 2719
1
                1.0
Dominguez Perez, L. 2757
0
                0.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Dubov, Daniil 2624
½
                0.5
Korobov, Anton 2720
½
                0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716
½
                0.5
Dreev, Aleksey 2668
½
                0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Svidler, Peter 2746
1
                1.0
Radjabov, Teimour 2733
0
                0.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Ivanchuk, Vassily 2731
½
                0.5
Kryvoruchko, Y. 2678
½
                0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Granda, Julio 2664
0
                0.0
Giri, Anish 2737
1
                1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Vitiugov, Nikita 2719
½
                0.5
Morozevich, Alex. 2739
½
                0.5

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