FIDE World Cup 2017 LIVE: Aronian vs MVL, So vs Ding Liren

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9/17/2017 – We are into the semi-finals of World Cup 2017. Just one step away from identifying two players who would make it to the Candidates 2018. It's Aronian vs MVL and So vs Ding Liren. 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.


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Commentary by GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili

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[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2017.09.19"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D85"] [WhiteElo "2799"] [BlackElo "2789"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2017.09.03"] {If I had to choose someone between the two, it would be MVL. Not by a big margin, but I do think that this format somehow suits him better. But, and this is a big but, Levon with the white pieces is a very dangerous opening theoretician. He always has new ideas up his sleeve. MVL has to be careful.} 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} g6 {[%emt 0:00: 03]} 3. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:03] Of course, when it is MVL you can expect the Grunfeld.} 4. cxd5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nxd5 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 5. e4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nxc3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 6. bxc3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Bg7 {[%emt 0: 00:04]} 7. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:05]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 8. Rb1 $5 {[%emt 0:00:05] Whenever this move is played, I have a feeling that the players will blitz out their moves and will agree to a draw somewhere around the 30th move mark! Well, if Levon is playing at such an important moment in the tournament, he surely has something prepared.} O-O {[%emt 0:00:26]} 9. Be2 {[%emt 0:00:04]} cxd4 { [%emt 0:00:08]} 10. cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:06]} Qa5+ {[%emt 0:00:05]} 11. Bd2 { [%emt 0:00:06]} Qxa2 {[%emt 0:00:05] This pawn sacrifice which surely looks risky has been seen in nearly 1500 games before!} 12. O-O {[%emt 0:00:05]} Bg4 {[%emt 0:00:56]} 13. Be3 {[%emt 0:00:17]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:01:50]} 14. d5 {[%emt 0: 01:14]} Na5 {[%emt 0:00:19] Of course the players are still blitzing out their moves.} 15. Bg5 {[%emt 0:00:08]} b6 {[%emt 0:01:57]} 16. Bxe7 {[%emt 0:00:09]} Rfe8 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 17. d6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 18. Bb5 { [%emt 0:00:19]} Nxe7 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 19. h3 {[%emt 0:00:57]} (19. Bxe8 { has been seen in 10 games before this.} Rxe8 20. dxe7 Qa3 21. h3 Bxf3 22. Qxf3 Qxf3 {is an additional option that Black doesn't get in the main game.} (22... Qxe7 {transposes to the main game.})) 19... Bxf3 {[%emt 0:00:47]} 20. Qxf3 { [%emt 0:00:05] The knight is unusually trapped!} Qe6 {[%emt 0:00:12]} 21. Bxe8 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Rxe8 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 22. dxe7 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Qxe7 {[%emt 0: 02:13]} (22... Rxe7 23. Rfe1 Bd4 24. Rbd1 Qe5 25. Rd3 a5 26. Qd1 Bc5 27. Re2 Re6 28. g3 Rd6 29. Kg2 Rxd3 30. Qxd3 a4 31. Rd2 a3 32. Qc4 Kg7 33. Rd7 Qf6 34. f4 Qb2+ 35. Kf3 Qf2+ 36. Kg4 h5+ 37. Kh4 g5+ 38. fxg5 Kg6 39. Qc3 f6 40. Rd5 a2 41. Rf5 Qf4+ 42. gxf4 Bf2+ 43. Qg3 Bxg3+ 44. Kxg3 a1=Q 45. Rxf6+ Kg7 46. e5 b5 47. Kh4 b4 48. Kxh5 Qd1+ 49. Kh4 b3 50. e6 b2 51. Rf7+ Kg8 52. Rb7 b1=Q 53. Rxb1 Qxb1 54. Kg4 Qe4 {0-1 (54) Gelfand,B (2733)-Shirov,A (2699) Odessa 2007}) 23. Rfd1 {[%emt 0:00:19]} Bf8 {[%emt 0:00:21]} 24. Rbc1 {[%emt 0:05:34] The first new move of the game. And a good moment to take stock of things. What do you think is happening. Well we could just take into consideration that both near to 2800 players are playing at lightning speed and they are very well prepared, so it should be a draw. But if we keep this aside, I think it is an interesting position to analyze. The move Bf8, clearly points that Black would like to put his pawn on a5 and bishop on c5. Once he gets that he shouldn't really be worse. White's only chances are attached to his rooks penetrating into Black's position. I would say that the position is balanced with Black really having nothing much to worry.} (24. Rd4 Qe6 25. Qb3 Qxb3 26. Rxb3 Bc5 27. Ra4 a5 28. Kf1 Bb4 29. Rbxb4 axb4 30. Rxb4 Re6 31. Ke2 Kf8 32. Ke3 Rc6 33. f4 {1/2-1/2 (33) Shulman,Y (2617)-Svidler,P (2739) Ningbo 2011}) 24... Qxe4 { [%emt 0:09:22]} 25. Qc3 $5 {[%emt 0:02:38] A very interesting decision by Aronian. He realizes that exchanging the queen will in all probability lead to a draw, so he keeps the queen and his clock still shows 1:29:59, which means this is his preparation.} (25. Qxe4 Rxe4 26. Rd7 a5 27. Rc6 (27. Rcc7 Rf4 $1 28. g3 Rf6 29. Kg2 Bc5 $15) 27... a4 (27... Bc5 28. Rf6 Re1+ 29. Kh2 a4 30. Rfxf7 a3 31. Rg7+ Kf8 32. Rxh7 Ke8 $13) 28. Rxb6 a3 $11 {This shouldn't be anything for White, with the pawn so far advanced and defended by the bishop.}) 25... Qb4 {[%emt 0:13:57]} (25... Bc5 {would have been a good idea.} 26. Re1 Qc6 27. Rxe8+ Qxe8 $15) 26. Qa1 {[%emt 0:04:11]} Bc5 {[%emt 0:05:13]} (26... a5 {was possible, but MVL is trying to get some clarity in the position by creating threats.}) 27. Qxa7 {[%emt 0:01:22]} Qb2 {[%emt 0:00:17] The f2 pawn is not attacked and Rf1 will be met with Re2.} 28. Kh1 $1 {[%emt 0:01:07] A nice move by Levon. Now taking the f2 pawn will lead to a rook coming on f1 and attacking the f7 pawn.} Bxf2 {[%emt 0:09:20] Maxime is not really afraid of the rook coming to f1.} 29. Qb7 {[%emt 0:00:10]} (29. Rf1 {was also possible and White has some pressure, but nothing special.}) 29... Qe2 { [%emt 0:04:31]} 30. Rf1 {[%emt 0:00:09]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:00:19]} 31. Qc6 {[%emt 0: 01:34]} Bc5 32. Rce1 {The f7 point is defended by the rook. The b6 point, by the bishop, so in short there is no real problem for Black. Levon realized this and offered a draw.} 1/2-1/2 *

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave speaks about his game with Levon Aronian - "I just didn't understand what was going on!"

Wesley So vs Ding Liren

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2017"] [Site "Tbilisi GEO"] [Date "2017.09.19"] [Round "6.1"] [White "So, Wesley"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "*"] [ECO "C50"] [WhiteElo "2810"] [BlackElo "2777"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "43"] [EventDate "2017.09.03"] 1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:12] Black goes for the solid 1...e5 in response to e4. In such important encounters, it makes sense not to go for Najdorfs and Caro Kanns!} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 3. Bc4 { [%emt 0:00:00] Wesley plays the Giuoco Piano.} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:22] Ding is not afraid of the move Ng5!? Usually we see top players reaching the main lines of Giuoco Piano through 3...Bc5 move order.} 4. d3 {[%emt 0:00:14]} Bc5 {[%emt 0: 00:10]} 5. c3 {[%emt 0:00:56]} d6 {[%emt 0:02:56]} 6. O-O {[%emt 0:00:35]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:06]} 7. Re1 {[%emt 0:01:15]} a5 {[%emt 0:00:47] The first person to play this move has been Boris Spassky in 1989. Later Eljanov and l'Ami have played it in 2016. The idea is to make a luft for the dark squared bishop, but at the same time prevent queenside expanstion by White. This does weaken the b5 square though.} 8. Nbd2 {[%emt 0:07:05] Wesley has a good seven minute think and makes this move.} Be6 {[%emt 0:03:36]} 9. Bb5 {[%emt 0:05:15] The square b5 was weakened, so White makes use of it. We are already in virgin territory.} Qb8 $5 {[%emt 0:01:08] What an interesting idea by Ding Liren, taking a leaf out of the book of Akiba Rubinstein, who made a similar manoeuvre against Janowski in Karlsbad 1907. The queen will come to a7 and put more pressure on the a7-f2 diagonal.} 10. Nf1 {[%emt 0:17:51]} Qa7 {[%emt 0:01: 31]} 11. Be3 {[%emt 0:08:03] Wesley knows this is not the most ambitious approach, but the bishops had to be exchanged.The one on c5 was too strong.} Bxe3 {[%emt 0:02:10]} 12. Nxe3 {[%emt 0:01:06]} Ne7 {[%emt 0:00:12] Black is preparing c6 and if possible also d5.} 13. a4 {[%emt 0:02:06]} Ng6 {[%emt 0:07: 09]} (13... c6 14. Bc4 d5 15. exd5 cxd5 16. Bb5 {And there can be some pressure on the e5 pawn in the future.}) 14. Bc4 {[%emt 0:04:06]} Bxc4 { [%emt 0:05:25]} 15. Nxc4 {[%emt 0:00:06] Such positions are deceptive. One might feel that they are equal and perhaps they are. But one lapse in concentration and things can start going wrong pretty quickly. Mainly I would say White has the chances here if he can engineer the d4 break.} Qa6 {[%emt 0: 00:49]} 16. g3 {[%emt 0:04:33] Stopping Nf4 jump.} Rfe8 {[%emt 0:01:49]} 17. Qb3 {[%emt 0:00:55]} Nf8 {[%emt 0:03:58]} 18. Qb5 {[%emt 0:05:50]} Qxb5 { [%emt 0:08:59]} 19. axb5 {[%emt 0:00:04]} b6 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 20. Ra3 {[%emt 0: 01:55]} Ne6 {[%emt 0:02:18]} 21. Ne3 {[%emt 0:00:44]} Nc5 {[%emt 0:05:32]} 22. c4 {[%emt 0:00:11]} *

Wesley So turning his chair, Levon Aronian's preparation, MVL's Grunfeld, Ding Liren's calm demeanour. Live update from the World Cup 2017 in Tbilisi.

Look at Aronian's clock! They have played 23 moves and he has seven minutes more than what they started off with!

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Previous encounters:

16 games: 2 wins for Wesley So, 2 wins for Ding Liren with 12 draws

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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 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 2 hours ago
Where is GM Ivan skolov