World Cup: Ivic stuns Andreikin, Carlsen advances

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
7/25/2021 – Two sets of tiebreaker rounds were enough to find a winner in all 12 matches that were played on Saturday at the World Cups in Sochi. The top seeds in both sections moved on to the next round, as Magnus Carlsen and Aleksandra Goryachkina got the better of Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Antoaneta Stefanova, respectively. A big upset was seen in the open, as Serbian GM Velimir Ivic knocked out Dmitry Andreikin. | Photo: Eric Rosen

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Five players moved on to the round-of-16 after knocking out their opponents in the first set of rapid tiebreakers on Saturday. In a massive upset, Serbian GM Velimir Ivic (2581) got the better of 2013 World Cup runner-up Dmitry Andreikin (2724) to secure a spot in the fifth round, where he will face an in-form Vladimir Fedoseev.

Ivic beat his higher-rated opponent with black in the first rapid encounter from a highly complicated ending.


As GM Karsten Müller shows below, White could have held a draw from this position, as his passed pawns can neutralize Black’s knight and passer on the a-file. Andreikin would have needed to be very precise, though!


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The playing hall during Saturday’s playoffs | Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova

Other matches that finished after two games in round-4’s playoffs:

  • Magnus Carlsen knocked out Radoslaw Wojtaszek
  • Etienne Bacrot knocked out Pavel Ponkratov
  • Alexander Grischuk knocked out Anton Korobov
  • Peter Svidler knocked out Nikita Vitiugov

The remaining matches were decided in the second set of tiebreakers (10-minute games with 10-second increments):

  • Andrey Esipenko knocked out Daniil Dubov
  • Vasif Durarbayli knocked out Nodirbek Abdusattorov
  • Sergey Karjakin knocked out Vladislav Artemiev

There were no draws in the match between Durarbayli and Abdusattorov, with the latter bouncing back in the classical phase and then grabbing the lead in the rapid tiebreakers — the young Uzbek found a good-looking mating attack with the white pieces.


Black resigned after 43.Ra8+ due to 43...Bxa8 44.Nc8+ Ka6 45.Rb6#.

Unfortunately for Abdusattorov, though, not only did Durarbayli won the next game on demand but also scored back-to-back victories in the 10-minute encounters to get a spot in the round-of-16.

GM Müller analysed Abdusattorov’s remarkable win.


Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Vasif Durarbayli

Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs Vasif Durarbayli | Photo: Anastasiia Korolkova

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As has been mostly the case throughout the women’s event, the rating favourites prevailed in Saturday’s playoffs:

  • Aleksandra Goryachkina knocked out Antoaneta Stefanova
  • Dinara Saduakassova knocked out Alina Kashlinskaya
  • Nana Dzagnidze knocked out Polina Shuvalova
  • Kateryna Lagno knocked out Bibisara Assaubayeva

Assuabayeva was the most surprising player that made it to the round-of-16 in the women’s category, but she had the tough task of facing Lagno. The Russian star won the first rapid tiebreaker with black — she converted her advantage into a win from a technical position in which she had the wrong rook’s pawn.


Despite having a large material advantage, converting this with black is not trivial at all. In fact, Lagno barely managed before the 50-move rule would have granted her young opponent a draw. GM Müller annotated the endgame.


Alexander Grischuk, Kateryna Lagno

Husband and wife — both Alexander Grischuk and Kateryna Lagno advanced to round 5 in Saturday’s tiebreakers | Photo: Eric Rosen

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Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.


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