World Cup Final - Duda wins

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8/5/2021 – Sergey Karjakin and Jan-Krzysztof Duda drew their first game of the final at the FIDE World Cup in Sochi — Duda has the white pieces in game 2. Meanwhile, Vladimir Fedoseev (pictured) needs to win with black to level the score against Magnus Carlsen in the match for third place. Follow the action live with expert commentary starting at 14.00 CEST (12.00 UT, 08.00 ET). | Photo: David Llada

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Final and match for third place

For the first time, a Women’s World Cup is being played concurrently with the already traditional massive, biennial World Cup. The knockout events are held from July 10 to August 8 at the Gazprom Mountain Resort in Sochi. 

The two finalists of the open event will qualify for the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament, while the three best players of the women’s competition will get spots in the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament.

All matches consist of two classical games and, in case of a tie, a playoff that takes place on the third day. The tiebreak consists of two 25+10 rapid games followed, if needed, by two 10+10 ‘slow blitz’ games, then two 5+3 blitz games, and finally an Armageddon game, in which White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black.

Rounds start at 14.00 CEST (12.00 UT, 08.00 ET).

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Pairings and results: Open | Women’s

All games with computer analysis: Open | Women’s

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chessgod0 chessgod0 7/30/2021 05:00

Womens events go back nearly a century---long before any corporate sponsors.

The real reason womens' events exist is because women don't want to compete against men. When this changes, womens' events will cease to exist.
Keshava Keshava 7/30/2021 08:34
Some people here who are commenting about Women's chess are overlooking a simple fact about marketing. They have women-only events because sponsors support them - period. And if FIDE stopped promoting such events then another organization would crop up and benefit from their oversight. Same for all women's sports. Women (and many men) enjoy watching them and sponsors want their brand associated with things people like.
Leavenfish Leavenfish 7/30/2021 01:27
@Ajeeboo7. So? That's kind of like saying there would be no 'Super Welterweight or Middleweight Champion' in boxing....or no World Jr. or U 12 or...well, it goes on and on and...
Ajeeb007 Ajeeb007 7/29/2021 06:41
They have different titles for women and men because if women had to compete for the overall title there would be no woman world chess champion. A woman might win the world cup crap shoot and make it to the candidates but even the best women today aren't strong enough to compete against the best men. Judit Polgar was an outlier.
Ordinary Person Ordinary Person 7/29/2021 01:23
Well you can't please everyone!
Personally I enjoy the streams, Nigel, Miro and Almira...valuable insight is what commentating is all about, you've got that nailed dowm
Vidmar Vidmar 7/28/2021 10:41
Endless analysis and speculation isn't fun.
Would rather see Yasser or Sagar Shah, with more varied comments and stories.
SUSSILUTTAN222 SUSSILUTTAN222 7/27/2021 02:59
Fantatastic comments by both - you are the prototype for perfect commentators both of you.
Aighearach Aighearach 7/24/2021 10:20
The only reason Nigel Short lost to Kasparaov is that Kasparov made all those bad moves that surprised him. If he'd have been playing against himself he'd have won half the games, and drawn the other half.
Theochessman Theochessman 7/24/2021 07:50
Nigel Short is amazing. Too bad he is not playing himself.
Mel Griffin Mel Griffin 7/24/2021 04:30
Am I the only person who thinks that Nigel Short sounds like Sybil Fawlty? "Oh I know. I know. I know."
Nite Moves Nite Moves 7/24/2021 03:54
Why are there still separate events for Women and Men? Still having two divisions perpetuates the perception that Women are inferior to men and need this division to compete. Are men European socialists that afraid of losing to women? This is why there are two separate events, the rooster division and the chicken division.
Michael Jones Michael Jones 7/22/2021 07:26
Ajeeb007 - you mean because there's a chance a higher-rated player might lose to a lower one? If they do that's their problem. The WC produces more varied matchups than most tournaments where we just see the top 15-20 playing each other repeatedly. Over the last few days we've seen that there isn't as much difference as we might have thought between a player in the 2600-2650 bracket and one rated 2750-2800. It's the same format used by the tennis Grand Slams, which also often see high-ranked players losing in the early rounds - but no tennis fan suggests that makes it unsuitable as a means of determining who wins the biggest tournaments in the sport.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 7/20/2021 07:04
what a mate by Praggnanandha...
fixpont fixpont 7/19/2021 08:33
Ajeeb007: but in this way lower rated players or young players also have a chance to qualify and this is very important, every other way prefers long standing high ELO rating, i really like the multiple ways to reach the candidates
Ajeeb007 Ajeeb007 7/19/2021 07:29
Knockout tournaments are fun to watch and provide lots of excitement. However, the format isn't suitable for qualifying players for the candidates tournament because knockouts are just a crap shoot.
adbennet adbennet 7/19/2021 03:56
@TheDock - It was sarcasm aimed at algorithmy's comment.
TheDock TheDock 7/18/2021 05:31
@computerithmy Very strange comment in so many ways. First its not Men tournament its an open for both gender. Thank to both Polgar and Cramling decades ago. If a woman have high rating that qualifies they can play in the open. Women wc is of course onlye open for women. And playing agaisnt computers is just ridicilous. 2860 player against 3500 computer
Michael Jones Michael Jones 7/18/2021 03:39
@Valori.E: it's the board number. They're numbered according to seeding, so Carlsen's board is 2.1, Caruana's is 2.2 etc.
Valori.E Valori.E 7/17/2021 08:45
Hello, Can someone tell what the decimal mean? Ex: RND 2.57 etc. Thank you very much.
Michael Jones Michael Jones 7/16/2021 07:40
@FatGarry - Aronian didn't lose over the board, he withdrew due to illness.
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 7/16/2021 06:43
Well fought Padmini Rout!!
egeoba egeoba 7/16/2021 01:48
computerithmy I understand your upset but this is not a clever idea at all, is like Bolt running not with other athletes but against cars, motors or others like these, please try something else, be creative ...
computerithmy computerithmy 7/15/2021 08:14
I say cancel all these Men tournaments! They are major waste of time and money. Do not men beseech equality? Why don't they compete in chess engines tournaments against Fat Fritz, Stockfih & Komodo and show their skills? ;-P
FatGarry FatGarry 7/15/2021 05:38
Sorry Gents, but is it a two games match or direct elimination after one match only?
I saw Aronian lost the match... can't believe he is out already...
Theochessman Theochessman 7/15/2021 03:13
Indeed algorithmy. It's a shame women of 2000 Elo are Fide Masters. I believe 1900 is Women Candidate Master. LOL So most of my clubmates should be masters instead! haha
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 7/14/2021 08:02
I am surprised not to see Wesley So and Ding Liren there. This is a good opportunity to have a place for the next Candidates' run. 2 finalists are Candidates (or, if Magnus is a finalist, other finalist and third place).

Do we know why Wesley and Ding Liren chose to not participate?
algorithmy algorithmy 7/14/2021 12:40
I say cancel all these Women tournaments! They are major waste of time and money. Do not women beseech equality? Here it is!Why don't they compete in open tournaments and show their skills?
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/13/2021 11:25
Wow, just, wow. Excellent event, excellent games. This event reminds me about what's good in chess.