20 July 2021

FIDE World Cup Brings More Surprises

Return games of round three finished in Sochi.

Photo: Anastasia Korolkova / FIDE
Photo: Anastasia Korolkova / FIDE

July 19, round three games of the Open and Women's FIDE World Cups finished in Sochi.

The tournament number two Fabiano Caruana’s (USA) going down as White to Rinat Jumabayev (Kazakhstan) has become the major upset of the round. The first game being a draw, the final score has become 1.5:0.5 in Jumabayev’s favour. The American GM, the 2018 world vice-champion, is out of the tournament.

Having won their matches, the world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Andreikin, Andrey Esipenko, Daniil Dubov, Vladimir Fedoseev (all - Russia), Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Kacper Piorun (both - Poland), Velimir Ivic (Serbia), Pentala Harikrishna (India), Vladislav Kovalev (FIDE), Vasif Durarbayli (Azerbaijan), Javokhir Sindarov (Uzbekistan), Ante Brkic (Croatia), Anton Korobov (Ukraine), and M. Amin Tabatabaei (Iran) have advanced to round four; the Iranian GM has knocked out one of the tournament favorites, China's representative Yu Yangyi.

In an incredibly intense battle Miсhal Krasenkow of Poland has defeated the Indian prodigy R. Praggnanandhaa to equalize the score. Jeffery Xiong managed to come back against Nils Grandelius. In the Indian derby, Adhiban – Vidit, the victory went to the white player: this match also goes into a tie-break. The Russian Pavel Ponkratov and the Azeri Shakhriyar Mamedyarov managed to win on demand over Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan and Haik Martirosyan of Armenia, respectively. 


Tie-break pairings:

Praggnanandhaa – Krasenkow

Grandelius – Xiong

Adhiban – Vidit

Giri – Abdusattorov

Amin – Bacrot 

Matlakov – Wojtaszek

Gelfand – Artemiev

Vachier-Lagrave – Paravyan

Svidler – Cheparinov

Tomashevsky – Idani

Vakhidov – Ponkratov  

Mamedyarov – Martirosyan

Shankland – Areshchenko 

Having scored victories in the women's tournament are Aleksandra Goryachkina, Kateryna Lagno, Alina Kashlinskaya, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina (all - Russia), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Tan Zhongyi (China), Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran), Nino Batsiashvili (Georgia), Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany), Dinara Saduakassova (Kazakhstan), and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria).

Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) managed to confuse her opponent Carissa Yip (USA) to achieve the coveted victory by resorting to an unorthodox opening approach. The game goes into a tie-breaker. Besides, yet another three matches go into tie-breakers as well. 

Tie-break pairings:

Muzychuk – Ushenina

Yip – Dzagnidze 

Garifullina – Shuvalova

Khotenashvili – Assaubayeva 


Two (2) tie-break games are played with time control of 25 minutes for each player + 10 seconds increment per move, beginning with move one. If the score is level, two games are played with time control of 10 minutes for each player + 10 seconds increment per move. If the score is still level, two games are played with time control of 5 minutes for each player + 3 seconds increment per move. If the score is still level, one Armageddon game is played. The player with the white pieces gets 5 minutes; the player with the black pieces gets 4 minutes with a draw favoring Black.



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