World Cup 3.2: Aronian out, Grischuk equalises

8/18/2013 – Top seed Levon Aronian missed close to winning chances to eventually draw against Evgeny Tomashevsky and drop out of the World Cup. Vladimir Kramnik missed a number of wins in the endgame to draw Alexander Areshchenko, while Alexander Grischuk turned a drawn position against Le Quang Liem into a win and force a tiebreak. Full report with pictures.

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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.

Round three game two report

In Evgeny Tomashevsky vs Levon Aronian White sacrificed a knight for the attack (19.Nxh7!?), but Aronian defended well and after a misstep had a near-winning position. Tragically for his fans, he returned the favor with 24...gxf5?? and a draw meant he was out.

The young Dutchman Anish Giri (right) only needed a draw to get through, but the great Peruvian fighter Julio Granda Zuniga outplayed him with black and found a brilliant tactic to end it all: 45...Nbxa5!!

Leinier Dominguez - Vachier : Things might have gotten quite dicey for Maxime Vachier Lagrave had Leinier Dominguez played 34.Kd2, but the opportunity was missed and the French GM is through to the next phase.

Alexander Morozevich, who had missed clear wins in the first game, today conceded a
mysterious 13-move draw with white, and obviously puts his hopes in the rapid tiebreaks.

The 14-year-old grandmaster Wei Yi (right) held the top ten player Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to a second draw and will now have his chances in the tiebreaks. Mamedyarov is a superb rapid player, but fast time controls often favor the young.

Gata Kamsky played a Four Knights Scotch and held Jon Ludvig Hammer to a 26-move draw.
This means that Kamsky is through to round four.

Peter Svidler held Teimour Radjabov to draw in a fantastically complex Symmetrical
English in which Svidler was a rook down. This game is worth a closer look:

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"] [Site "Tromso NOR"] [Date "2013.08.18"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A15"] [WhiteElo "2733"] [BlackElo "2746"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2013.08.11"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. g3 c5 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. h4 ({ Relevant:} 7. O-O Bg7 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 9. d3 O-O 10. Be3 Bd7 11. Nd4 Qd6 12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. Bxc6 Qxc6 14. Rc1 Qe6 15. Rxc5 Qxa2 16. Rb5 Qa6 17. Qb3 b6 18. Rb4 Rfb8 19. Rc1 Rc8 20. Rxc8+ Rxc8 21. Qd5 Rb8 22. Bf4 Qb7 23. Rb5 e6 24. Qb3 Rc8 25. Ra5 Rb8 26. Rb5 Rc8 {1/2-1/2 (26) Malakhov,V (2712)-Nielsen,P (2665) Konya 2012}) 7... h6 8. O-O Bg7 9. Nxd5 Qxd5 10. d3 O-O $146 11. Be3 Qh5 12. Rc1 b6 13. d4 Rd8 14. Nd2 cxd4 15. Bf4 d3 16. Re1 {[#]} Nd4 {This rook sacrifice is sound - we have it on the highest possible authority, human and machine.} 17. Bxa8 Bg4 18. f3 dxe2 19. Qa4 Rxa8 20. fxg4 Qxg4 21. Kg2 Rd8 22. Bc7 Rd7 23. Rc4 Qf5 24. Qxa7 Nc2 25. Rxe2 Ne3+ 26. Kh2 Nxc4 27. Nxc4 Qc5 28. b3 Rxc7 29. Qxb6 Qxb6 30. Nxb6 e6 31. Nc4 Bd4 32. Rc2 e5 33. b4 e4 34. a4 f5 35. a5 Rb7 36. Rd2 e3 37. Rxd4 e2 38. Rd8+ Kf7 39. Nd6+ Kf6 40. Rf8+ {This draw means that Svidler is through to the next round.} 1/2-1/2

Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik had great chances in the endgame against Alexander
Areshchenko, but missed the best moves time and time again. The draw means a tiebreak.

The longest game of the day, between Alexander Grischuk and Le Quang Liem ...

...which went to 154 moves and was ultimately won by Grischuk (with Granda kibitzing)

Interesting: at move 105 (48 minutes into Part 4 of the live coverage below) commentator Lawrence Trent asked viewers to predict how long the game would last. His own prediction: 158 move. Off by four, but certainly a sign of precognitive abilities.

Pictures provided by Paul Truong in Tromsø

All results of the third round games

Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Aronian, Levon 2813
0
½
              0.5
Tomashevsky, E. 2706
1
½
              1.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Malakhov, Vladimir 2707
½
½
              1.0
Caruana, Fabiano 2796
½
½
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784
½
½
              1.0
Areshchenko, Alex. 2709
½
½
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Le, Quang Liem 2702
1
0
              1.0
Grischuk, Alexander 2785
0
1
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Karjakin, Sergey 2772
½
½
              1.0
Eljanov, Pavel 2702
½
½
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Adhiban, B. 2567
0
0
              0.0
Nakamura, Hikaru 2772
1
1
              2.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Gelfand, Boris 2764
1
½
              1.5
Moiseenko, Alex. 2699
0
½
              0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2605
0
½
              0.5
Kamsky, Gata 2741
1
½
              1.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Mamedyarov, S. 2775
½
½
              1.0
Wei, Yi 2551
½
½
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Vachier-Lagrave, M 2719
1
½
              1.5
Dominguez Perez, L. 2757
0
½
              0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Dubov, Daniil 2624
½
½
              1.0
Korobov, Anton 2720
½
½
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716
½
½
              1.0
Dreev, Aleksey 2668
½
½
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Svidler, Peter 2746
1
½
              1.5
Radjabov, Teimour 2733
0
½
              0.5
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Ivanchuk, Vassily 2731
½
½
              1.0
Kryvoruchko, Y. 2678
½
½
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Granda, Julio 2664
0
1
              1.0
Giri, Anish 2737
1
0
              1.0
Player Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Vitiugov, Nikita 2719
½
½
              1.0
Morozevich, Alex. 2739
½
½
              1.0

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