World Cup 2.1: A great day for White

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8/14/2013 – The day came to a close with a fantastic score for the white players, including Dominguez's win over Onischuk and Julio Granda over Peter Leko. White won ten games to black's two, with the other twenty games ending in draws. Notable exceptions today were Ivanchuk's win over Robson and Vachier-Lagraeve's win over Isan Ortiz. Report of a fighting round.

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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 second round first games

Many rating favorites were able to convert their white pieces, while the top players held with black. This is obvious in the top boards as there was a "zigzag" between draws and white wins. There were no big upsets this round, probably the biggest surprises were the young Chinese player Wei Yi holding Shirov to a draw with black, and Julio Grande of Peru beating Peter Leko.

Note that we have left out the "Title" column: all players without exception are grandmasters.

#. Player Fed Rtng G1 G2 Player Fed Rtng
1 Lysyj, Igor RUS 2648 ½-½   Aronian, Levon ARM 2813
2 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2796 1-0   Yu, Yangyi CHN 2662
3 Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2651 ½-½   Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2784
4 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2785 1-0   Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2654
5 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2660 ½-½   Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2772
6 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2772 1-0   Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2660
7 Filippov, Anton UZB 2630 ½-½   Gelfand, Boris ISR 2764
8 Kamsky, Gata USA 2741 1-0   Shimanov, A. RUS 2655
9 Matlakov, Maxim RUS 2676 ½-½   Mamedyarov, Shak. AZE 2775
10 Dominguez Perez, L. CUB 2757 1-0   Onischuk, Alex. USA 2667
11 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2624 ½-½   Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2756
12 Wang, Hao CHN 2747 ½-½   Dreev, Aleksey RUS 2668
13 Bologan, Viktor MDA 2672 ½-½   Svidler, Peter RUS 2746
14 Adams, Michael ENG 2740 ½-½   Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR 2678
15 Granda, Julio PER 2664 1-0   Leko, Peter HUN 2744
16 Morozevich, Alex. RUS 2739 1-0   Leitao, Rafael BRA 2632
17 Ragger, Markus AUT 2680 ½-½   Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2719
18 Giri, Anish NED 2737 1-0   Li, Chao b CHN 2693
19 Robson, Ray USA 2623 0-1   Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2731
20 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2733 ½-½   Bruzon, Lazaro CUB 2698
21 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong VIE 2625 ½-½   Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2716
22 Korobov, Anton UKR 2720 1-0   Jobava, Baadur GEO 2696
23 Ortiz Suarez, Isan CUB 2609 0-1   Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 2719
24 Shirov, Alexei LAT 2696 ½-½   Wei, Yi CHN 2551
25 Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR 2605 ½-½   Navara, David CZE 2715
26 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2714 ½-½   Moiseenko, Alex. UKR 2699
27 Adhiban, B. IND 2567 ½-½   Fier, Alexandr BRA 2595
28 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2724 ½-½   Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2702
29 Vallejo, Francisco ESP 2706 ½-½   Le, Quang Liem VIE 2702
30 Areshchenko, Alex. UKR 2709 ½-½   Felgaer, Ruben ARG 2586
31 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2708 ½-½   Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2707
32 Tomashevsky, E. RUS 2706 1-0   So, Wesley PHI 2710

This match is to many a big surprise. In the previous tiebreaks, Fier eliminated Wojtaszek (2701) and Adhiban eliminated Alekseev (2710)

Lysyj gave a comfortable draw to Aronian, and will now have to at least hold with the black pieces himself. In the back is the big clock that counts down to the infamous Zero Tolerance rule.

Though Tomashevsky, nicknamed "the professor", had to go to Armageddon with Ramirez yesterday, he had no problem dispatching Wesley So in a nice technical game

Nakamura showed why he is one of the top players in the World today and smoothly cruised to victory against Safarli Eltaj

Ray Robson went 2-0 against Volokitin, but his compatriot Ivanchuk took revenge with the black pieces in game one of round two

Kramnik was just too solid today for Kobalia, who tried long and hard to push a position in which nothing was really happening

The commentary duo of Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent has kept the rounds accessible to every level of player despite the incredibly high level of intense chess that this tournament experiences. Here they are with Alexander Grischuk, who beat polish hope Swiercz.

Wei Yi has had no problems with Black - on round one he eliminated Nepomniatchi with that color and in round two he has held Shirov to an easy draw

Another Armageddon winner, Julio Granda, outplayed Leko in a relatively quiet English opening

Radjabov found no dent in Bruzon's Queen's Indian setup and had to concede a draw

"Sigh, how did I get myself into this position..."

"...yeah I know what you mean". Bologan-Svidler ended in a relatively peaceful draw.

Dominguez beat the ultra-solid Onischuk, while Mamedyarov held Matlakov to a half point

Pictures provided by Paul Truong in Tromsø

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