World Cup 1.2: Polgar, Nepo out, Ushenina still in

8/12/2013 – The big upsets of this round: Judit Polgar drew her game against Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz and was knocked out, while Anna Ushenina beat Peter Svidler to equalise and stay in the World Cup. Ian Nepomniachtchi was knocked out by 14-year-old Wei Yi. Alexander Morozevich fought back against Bator Sambuev and forced the Canadian GM into the tiebreaks. Round one 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 first round second game

There were are some noteworthy results in this round:

  • The top seeds (1–12) went through comfortable, except Gata Kamsky, who drew again against Chinese IM Lou Yiping and has to play tiebreaks;
  • 13th seed Peter Svidler lost against women's world champion Anna Ushenina and goes into the tiebreaks with her;
  • Chinese IM Wan Yunguo drew his second game against GM Michael Adams = tiebreaks;
  • Alexander Morozevich beat Bator Sambuev to force a tiebreak;
  • Radjabov, Andreikin, Korobov, and Alekseev again conceded draws and play tiebreaks;
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi lost to 105th seed Wei Yi and is knocked out;
  • Evgeny Tomashevsky drew Alejandro Ramirez, who is 118 point below him;
  • Alexei Shirov drew again against Chinese GM Hou Yifan and goes into the tiebreak with her;
  • Judit Polgar drew her game against Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz and is knocked out.
  • Alejandro Ramirez drew Evgeny Tomashevsky to force a tiebreak;
  • Ray Robson beat Andrei Volokitin for a second time to progress to round two.
#. Rnk Player Ti. Fed Rtng G1 G2 Rnk Player Ti. Fed Rtng
1 1 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 1-0 1-0 128 Markov, Mikhail   KGZ 2304
2 127 G., Akash m IND 2340 0-1 1/2 2 Caruana, Fab. g ITA 2796
3 3 Kramnik, Vlad. g RUS 2784 1-0 1-0 126 Bwalya, Gillan f ZAM 2341
4 125 Bjelobrk, Igor m AUS 2341 0-1 0-1 4 Grischuk, Alex. g RUS 2785
5 5 Karjakin, Serg. g RUS 2772 1-0 1/2 124 Ali, Sebbar m MAR 2371
6 123 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2434 0-1 0-1 6 Nakamura, Hi. g USA 2772
7 7 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2764 1-0 1/2 122 Rahman, Ziaur g BAN 2470
8 121 Lou, Yiping m CHN 2484 1/2 1/2 8 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741
9 9 Mamedyarov,S g AZE 2775 1-0 1/2 120 Shoker, Samy m EGY 2489
10 119 El Gindy, Essam g EGY 2487 0-1 0-1 10 Dominguez, L. g CUB 2757
11 11 Ponomariov, R g UKR 2756 1-0 1/2 118 Hansen, Torbjorn m NOR 2492
12 117 Liu, Qingnan m CHN 2500 1/2 0-1 12 Wang, Hao g CHN 2747
13 13 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2746 1-0 0-1 116 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2500
14 115 Wan, Yunguo m CHN 2512 1/2 1/2 14 Adams, Michael g ENG 2740
15 15 Leko, Peter g HUN 2744 1-0 1/2 114 Johannessen, Leif g NOR 2519
16 113 Sambuev, Bator g CAN 2524 1-0 0-1 16 Morozevich, Alex. g RUS 2739
17 17 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2719 1-0 1-0 112 Holt, Conrad g USA 2539
18 111 Salem, Saleh g UAE 2556 0-1 1/2 18 Giri, Anish g NED 2737
19 19 Ivanchuk, V. g UKR 2731 1/2 1-0 110 Duda, Jan m POL 2534
20 109 Cori, Jorge g PER 2569 1/2 1/2 20 Radjabov, T. g AZE 2733
21 21 Andreikin, D. g RUS 2716 1/2 1/2 108 Darini, Pouria g IRI 2535
22 107 Durarbayli, V. g AZE 2567 1/2 1/2 22 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2720
23 23 Vachier-La., M. g FRA 2719 1-0 1-0 106 Shabalov, Alex. g USA 2546
24 105 Wei, Yi g CHN 2551 1/2 1-0 24 Nepomniachtchi,I. g RUS 2723
25 25 Navara, David g CZE 2715 1-0 1/2 104 Mareco, Sandro g ARG 2561
26 103 Agdestein, S. g NOR 2567 0-1 0-1 26 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2714
27 27 Alekseev, E. g RUS 2710 1/2 1/2 102 Adhiban, B. g IND 2567
28 101 Paragua, Mark g PHI 2565 0-1 0-1 28 Jakovenko, D. g RUS 2724
29 29 Le, Quang L. g VIE 2702 1-0 1-0 100 Barbosa, Oliver g PHI 2571
30 99 Kaidanov, Greg. g USA 2574 0-1 1/2 30 Areshchenko, A. g UKR 2709
31 31 Malakhov, V. g RUS 2707 1-0 1/2 98 Hansen, Eric g CAN 2584
32 97 Ramirez, Alej. g USA 2588 1/2 1/2 32 Tomashevsky, E. g RUS 2706
33 33 So, Wesley g PHI 2710 1-0 1/2 96 Ipatov, A. g TUR 2584
34 95 Christiansen, L. g USA 2584 0-1 1/2 34 Fressinet, L. g FRA 2708
35 35 Riazantsev, A. g RUS 2700 1/2 1/2 94 Felgaer, Ruben g ARG 2586
36 93 Flores, Diego g ARG 2578 0-1 0-1 36 Vallejo, F. g ESP 2706
37 37 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2702 1/2 1-0 92 Brunello, Sabino g ITA 2607
38 91 Fier, Alexandr g BRA 2595 1/2 1/2 38 Wojtaszek, Rad. g POL 2701
39 39 Moiseenko, A. g UKR 2699 --- --- 90 Adly, Ahmed g EGY 2594
40 89 Hammer, Jon L. g NOR 2605 1/2 1/2 40 Movsesian, S. g ARM 2699
41 41 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2696 1/2 1/2 88 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2609
42 87 Ortiz, Isan g CUB 2609 1-0 1/2 42 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2696
43 43 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2696 1-0 0-1 86 Kravtsiv, Martyn g UKR 2607
44 85 Nguyen, Ngoc g VIE 2625 1-0 1/2 44 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2691
45 45 Bruzon, Lazaro g CUB 2698 1/2 1/2 84 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2626
46 83 Robson, Ray g USA 2623 1-0 1-0 46 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2688
47 47 Li, Chao b g CHN 2693 1/2 1/2 82 Postny, Evgeny g ISR 2628
48 81 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2644 1-0 0-1 48 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2680
49 49 Inarkiev, E. g RUS 2693 1/2 1/2 80 Leitao, Rafael g BRA 2632
50 79 Melkumyan, H. g ARM 2632 1/2 1/2 50 Granda, Julio g PER 2664
51 51 Kryvoruchko, Y. g UKR 2678 0-1 1-0 78 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2643
52 77 Hracek, Zbynek g CZE 2635 1/2 1/2 52 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2672
53 53 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2668 1/2 1/2 76 Azarov, Sergei g BLR 2636
54 75 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2624 1-0 1-0 54 Fedorchuk, S. g UKR 2669
55 55 Onischuk, A. g USA 2667 1-0 1/2 74 Iturrizaga, E. g VEN 2660
56 73 Smeets, Jan g NED 2643 1/2 0-1 56 Matlakov, M. g RUS 2676
57 57 Shimanov, Alek. g RUS 2623 1/2 1/2 72 Jones, Gawain g ENG 2645
58 71 Filippov, Anton g UZB 2630 1/2 1-0 58 Romanov, E. g RUS 2651
59 59 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2660 0-1 1-0 70 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2652
60 69 Lupulescu, C. g ROU 2634 1/2 1/2 60 Sasikiran, K. g IND 2660
61 61 Zvjaginsev, V. g RUS 2659 1/2 1/2 68 Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2654
62 67 Kobalia, Mikhail g RUS 2651 1/2 1/2 62 Khismatullin, D. g RUS 2653
63 63 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2662 1/2 1/2 66 Beliavsky, Alex. g SLO 2651
64 65 Istratescu, A. g FRA 2646 0-1 1/2 64 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2648

Thorough checking of the players before they enter the playing hall...

... including a pat-down by female security personnel

This led to long waiting lines and delays in the start – but what you gonna do?

At last the second day of round one can start (with Caruana vs G. Akash in the foreground)

Alexei Shirov drew a second time against Chinese GM Hou Yifan

Parimarjan Negi (right) lost this game against Yuriy Kryvoruchko and goes into the tiebreak

The big shock of the day: Anna Ushenina beat Peter Svidler and forced a playoff

[Event "World Cup 2013"] [Site "?"] [Date "2013.08.12"] [Round "2.13"] [White "Ushenina, Anna"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2500"] [BlackElo "2746"] [Annotator "Efstratios Grivas"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:29:33"] [BlackClock "0:46:14"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 cxd4 10. cxd4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qxa2 12. O-O Bg4 13. Bg5 h6 14. Be3 Nc6 15. d5 Na5 16. Re1 Bxf3 ({The current FIDE Women's World Champion is a hard worker and she constantly proves it. Some 'experts' criticised the FIDE system when she won the title, but very few know her abilities... Here} 16... b6 17. Nd4 Bd7 18. Ra1 (18. Ba6 $1 $14) 18... Qb2 19. Rb1 Qa2 20. Ra1 Qb2 21. Rb1 Qa2 {1/2-1/2 Radjabov,T-Svidler,P London 2013, has been played quite recently. Obviously Svidler didn't wished to enter a theoretical discussion...} ) 17. Bxf3 Nc4 18. Bf4 e5 (18... g5 {weakens Black's position:} 19. Bg3 Be5 $6 (19... b6 $5 20. Re2 Qa5 21. Bg4 $14) 20. Rxb7 $16 {Esserman,M-Molner,M Saint Louis 2012.}) 19. dxe6 fxe6 20. Rxb7 $1 Rad8 (20... Rxf4 $2 {loses on the spot after} 21. Qd7 {.}) 21. Rd7 $1 ({An obvious and prepared novelty. Previously White tried} 21. Qc1 {but after} Bb2 $1 22. Rxb2 Nxb2 23. Bg3 Qa5 24. Rf1 Qd2 25. Qc6 Qd7 26. Qc1 Qd2 27. Qc6 Qd7 28. Qc1 Qd2 {Black was able to draw (1/2-1/ 2) in Morozevich,A-Nepomniachtchi,I Loo 2013.}) 21... Rxd7 22. Qxd7 Ne5 ({ Probably best. Again} 22... Rxf4 $2 {is not satisfactory:} 23. Qxe6+ Kh7 (23... Rf7 24. Rc1) 24. Rc1 Bd4 25. Qd7+ Bg7 26. Qd5 a5 27. Qxc4 (27. Rxc4 $2 Rxe4 $3 $19) 27... Qxc4 28. Rxc4 $16 {.}) 23. Bxe5 Bxe5 24. Rf1 $1 {Everything according to home-preparation! The threat is Bg4.} h5 $1 25. Be2 $1 {But it seems that there is another way to activate the bishop! Material is equal and the opposite coloured-bishops might help the draw, but as far as queens are on the board the black king remains quite weak...} Rf7 ({I think that Black should opt for} 25... a5 $1 26. Qc6 Bxh2+ 27. Kxh2 Qxe2 28. Qxe6+ Kg7 29. Qe5+ Kh6 30. Kg1 {. White retains a small advantage due to the weaker black king, but black should be able to hold.}) 26. Qc8+ Rf8 27. Qc6 Bd4 $6 ({Too optimistic! Again Black should opt for} 27... Bxh2+ 28. Kxh2 Qxe2 29. Qxe6+ Kg7 30. Qe5+ Kh6 31. Kg1 $14 {.}) 28. Bc4 Rxf2 $2 ({A clear blunder. Svidler had to go for for} 28... Bxf2+ 29. Kh1 Qa3 $1 {, when after} 30. Qd7 $1 {White has the upper-hand but still he would be very much into the game, but for no more than a draw in any case... His king remains rather weak and as it is well-known the opposite coloured-bishops always help the attack!}) 29. Qxe6+ Kh7 30. Qd7+ (30. Qd7+ {And as Black loses a piece after} Rf7+ 31. Qxd4 {, he resigned!}) 1-0

On the next table Michael Adams is forced into the playoffs by 115th seed Wan Yunguo of China

Our friend Alexander Ipatov, fresh from his adventures in South Africa, drew his
second game against Wesley So and, after the loss in round one, is knocked out

Gata Kamsky struggling against 121st seed IM Lou Yiping from China

18-year-old GM Ray Robson (left) knocked out the nominally stronger Andrei Volokitin 2-0

The third youngest participant, 17-year-old Russian GM Daniil Dubov, knocked out Sergey Fedorchuk 2-0

After a shock draw Vassily Ivanchuk won his second game against 15-year-old Polish IM Jan Duda

The youngest: 14-year-old Chinese GM Wei Yi beat Ian Nepomniachtchi with the
black pieces and eliminated the Russian Super-GM, rated 2723, from the World Cup

Another shocker: Judit Polgar knocked out by 87th seed Cuban GM Isan Ortiz

Our friend (we have many friends) Alejandro Ramirez, left, drew with a Slav against Evgeny Tomashevsky
and forced the Russian GM, who is 118 points above him on the rating scale, into the tiebreaks

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