World Cup 1.3: tremendous action in the tiebreaks

8/13/2013 – Gata Kamsky struggled against Lou Yiping, but managed to beat him in one accelerated rapid game; Peter Svidler was given a run for his money by Anna Ushenina, but in the end won both rapid games; Adams and Morozevich went through; Shirov lost his first rapid game but then won three against Hou Yifan; and Ramirez went all the way to the Armageddon before losing to Tomashevsky. Tiebreak 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 tiebreaks

In the following table, in the last column, we give the final scores of the matches that went into tiebreaks. Full results of the two rapid, two accelerated, two blitz and the armageddon are to be found on the official results page. Details of the most interesting encounters are provided in the photo section below. And naturally there is a JavaScript replay board for all the tiebreak games, together with video reports of the tiebreak games at the bottom of the page.

# Player Fed Rtng Player Fed Rtng G1 G2 + playoffs
1 Aronian, Levon ARM 2813 Markov, Mikhail KGZ 2304 1-0 1-0  
2 G., Akash IND 2340 Caruana, Fab. ITA 2796 0-1 1/2  
3 Kramnik, Vlad. RUS 2784 Bwalya, Gillan ZAM 2341 1-0 1-0  
4 Bjelobrk, Igor AUS 2341 Grischuk, Alex. RUS 2785 0-1 0-1  
5 Karjakin, Serg. RUS 2772 Ali, Sebbar MAR 2371 1-0 1/2  
6 Cori T., Deysi PER 2434 Nakamura, Hi. USA 2772 0-1 0-1  
7 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2764 Rahman, Ziaur BAN 2470 1-0 1/2  
8 Lou, Yiping CHN 2484 Kamsky, Gata USA 2741 1/2 1/2
2.5-3.5
9 Mamedyarov,S AZE 2775 Shoker, Samy EGY 2489 1-0 1/2  
10 El Gindy, Essam EGY 2487 Dominguez, L. CUB 2757 0-1 0-1  
11 Ponomariov, R UKR 2756 Hansen, Torbjorn NOR 2492 1-0 1/2  
12 Liu, Qingnan CHN 2500 Wang, Hao CHN 2747 1/2 0-1  
13 Svidler, Peter RUS 2746 Ushenina, Anna UKR 2500 1-0 0-1
3.0-1.0
14 Wan, Yunguo CHN 2512 Adams, Michael ENG 2740 1/2 1/2
1.5-2.5
15 Leko, Peter HUN 2744 Johannessen, Leif NOR 2519 1-0 1/2  
16 Sambuev, Bator CAN 2524 Morozevich, Alex. RUS 2739 1-0 0-1
1.5-2.5
17 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2719 Holt, Conrad USA 2539 1-0 1-0  
18 Salem, Saleh UAE 2556 Giri, Anish NED 2737 0-1 1/2  
19 Ivanchuk, V. UKR 2731 Duda, Jan POL 2534 1/2 1-0  
20 Cori, Jorge PER 2569 Radjabov, T. AZE 2733 1/2 1/2
2.5-3.5
21 Andreikin, D. RUS 2716 Darini, Pouria IRI 2535 1/2 1/2
2.5-1.5
22 Durarbayli, V. AZE 2567 Korobov, Anton UKR 2720 1/2 1/2
1.0-3.0
23 Vachier-La., M. FRA 2719 Shabalov, Alex. USA 2546 1-0 1-0  
24 Wei, Yi CHN 2551 Nepomniachtchi,I. RUS 2723 1/2 1-0  
25 Navara, David CZE 2715 Mareco, Sandro ARG 2561 1-0 1/2  
26 Agdestein, S. NOR 2567 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714 0-1 0-1  
27 Alekseev, E. RUS 2710 Adhiban, B. IND 2567 1/2 1/2
3.0-5.0
28 Paragua, Mark PHI 2565 Jakovenko, D. RUS 2724 0-1 0-1  
29 Le, Quang L. VIE 2702 Barbosa, Oliver PHI 2571 1-0 1-0  
30 Kaidanov, Greg. USA 2574 Areshchenko, A. UKR 2709 0-1 1/2  
31 Malakhov, V. RUS 2707 Hansen, Eric CAN 2584 1-0 1/2  
32 Ramirez, Alej. USA 2588 Tomashevsky, E. RUS 2706 1/2 1/2
4.0-5.0
33 So, Wesley PHI 2710 Ipatov, A. TUR 2584 1-0 1/2  
34 Christiansen, L. USA 2584 Fressinet, L. FRA 2708 0-1 1/2  
35 Riazantsev, A. RUS 2700 Felgaer, Ruben ARG 2586 1/2 1/2
2.5-3.5
36 Flores, Diego ARG 2578 Vallejo, F. ESP 2706 0-1 0-1  
37 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2702 Brunello, Sabino ITA 2607 1/2 1-0  
38 Fier, Alexandr BRA 2595 Wojtaszek, Rad. POL 2701 1/2 1/2
2.5-1.5
39 Moiseenko, A. UKR 2699 Adly, Ahmed EGY 2594 --- ---  
40 Hammer, Jon L. NOR 2605 Movsesian, S. ARM 2699 1/2 1/2
2.5-1.5
41 Shirov, Alexei LAT 2696 Hou, Yifan CHN 2609 1/2 1/2
4.0-2.0
42 Ortiz, Isan CUB 2609 Polgar, Judit HUN 2696 1-0 1/2  
43 Jobava, Baadur GEO 2696 Kravtsiv, Martyn UKR 2607 1-0 0-1
3.0-1.0
44 Nguyen, Ngoc VIE 2625 Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2691 1-0 1/2  
45 Bruzon, Lazaro CUB 2698 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2626 1/2 1/2
3.0-1.0
46 Robson, Ray USA 2623 Volokitin, Andrei UKR 2688 1-0 1-0  
47 Li, Chao CHN 2693 Postny, Evgeny ISR 2628 1/2 1/2
2.5-1.5
48 Popov, Ivan RUS 2644 Ragger, Markus AUT 2680 1-0 0-1
1.5-2.5
49 Inarkiev, E. RUS 2693 Leitao, Rafael BRA 2632 1/2 1/2
2.5-3.5
50 Melkumyan, H. ARM 2632 Granda, Julio PER 2664 1/2 1/2
4.0-5.0
51 Kryvoruchko, Y. UKR 2678 Negi, Parimarjan IND 2643 0-1 1-0
4.0-2.0
52 Hracek, Zbynek CZE 2635 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2672 1/2 1/2
2.5-3.5
53 Dreev, Aleksey RUS 2668 Azarov, Sergei BLR 2636 1/2 1/2
2.5-1.5
54 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2624 Fedorchuk, S. UKR 2669 1-0 1-0  
55 Onischuk, A. USA 2667 Iturrizaga, E. VEN 2660 1-0 1/2  
56 Smeets, Jan NED 2643 Matlakov, M. RUS 2676 1/2 0-1  
57 Shimanov, Alek. RUS 2623 Jones, Gawain ENG 2645 1/2 1/2
3.0-2.0
58 Filippov, Anton UZB 2630 Romanov, E. RUS 2651 1/2 1-0  
59 Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2660 Amin, Bassem EGY 2652 0-1 1-0
3.5-2.5
60 Lupulescu, C. ROU 2634 Sasikiran, K. IND 2660 1/2 1/2
1.5-2.5
61 Zvjaginsev, V. RUS 2659 Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2654 1/2 1/2
3.5-4.5
62 Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2651 Khismatullin, D. RUS 2653 1/2 1/2
2.5-1.5
63 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2662 Beliavsky, Alex. SLO 2651 1/2 1/2
3.0-1.0
64 Istratescu, A. FRA 2646 Lysyj, Igor RUS 2648 0-1 1/2  

Gata Kamsky (above right) was shaking his head when he drew both rapid games against young Chinese IM Lou Yiping – in spite of at least one "won" position. The American took the first accelerated game and drew the second to proceed to the second round.

Peter Svidler won the first rapid game, but almost blew it in the second, when Anna Ushenina had a chance to win just before the end (38.Rc4!+–). Instead she blundered (with 38.Rf1) and got mated three moves later. Svidler was in round two.

Alexei Shirov was served a shock when opponent Hou Yifan won the first rapid game. Shirov equalised with a brilliant effort in the second, and then went on to win both accelerated games. Still: a very brave effort by the 19-year-old Chinese GM, who will play for the Women's World Championship later this year.

Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan vs GM Julio E Granda Zuniga of Peru was one of the games that went all the way to the Armageddon: each player won and lost a rapid, an accelerated and a blitz game. In the Armageddon Granda had black and only needed a draw. But he won the game and proceeds to the next round.

Another cliff-hanger: Alejandro Ramirez and Evgeny Tomashevsky drew their classical and rapid games. Tomashevsky won the first 10+10 game, but Ramirez struck back in the second with the black pieces. He then went on to win the first blitz game, but lost the second. In the Armageddon he had black, but lost his queen for a rook and knight and had to resign in the end. Tomashevsky is in the next round.

After drawing both classical games Peruvian GM Jorge Cori won his first rapid game against Super-GM Teimour Radjabov, then lost the second. He did not appear in time for the third, accelerated game and was forfeited. It was rumoured that it was a misunderstanding – Jorge speaks virtually no English. The second accelerated game was drawn, so Radjabov advances – in spite of a protest launched by the South American.

Jorge Cori's appeal rejected

Armenian GM Sergei Movsesian lost his first rapid game to Jon Ludvig Hammer and drew the second. That enthralled the local public: at least one Norwegian GM had advanced to the second round (Agdestein, Hansen and Johannessen had been knocked out in the regular games).

Indian GM B. Adhiban, rated 2567, won the first rapid game against Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev, 2710. He lost the second, and drew both 10+10 games. Adhiban went on to win both the blitz tiebreakers and was through to the second round. Probably the biggest upset of the day.

Russian GM Vadim Zvjaginsev was knocked out in the second blitz game by 19-year-old Polish GM Dariusz Swiercz. Correct us if we are wrong, but with the exception of Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Hou Yifan and the defaulted Jorge Cori all the U20 players appear to have made it to the second round.

Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov knocked out British hopeful Gawain Jones in the second 10+10 minute game – all previous games had been drawn.

Argentinian GM Ruben Felgaer, left, drew his regular and rapid games against Russian GM Alexander Riazantsev, 114 points above him on the rating scale. Felgaer won the first accelerated game and drew the second to advance to the second round.

Pictures provided by Paul Truong in Tromsø

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