18 July 2021

Round Two of FIDE World Cup is Over

Four Russian players have won their tie-breaks.

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

July 17, the tie-breakers of round two of FIDE World Cup finished at Krasnaya Polyana. They played 22 and 8 games in the open and in the women’s sections, respectively.

Jakhongir Vakhidov’s victory (Uzbekistan) over the much higher-rated Leinier Dominguez (USA) in the "25 + 10” time control games was rather unexpected.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Nijat Abasov, Vasif Durarbayli (all from Azerbaijan), Vladislav Artemiev, Daniil Dubov, Andrey Esipenko, Grigoriy Oparin (all from Russia), Salem Saleh (United Arab Emirates), Timur Gareyev (USA), Nils Grandelius (Sweden), Etienne Bacrot (France), Kiril Georgiev (North Macedonia), M. Amin Tabatabaei (Iran), Matthias Bluebaum (Germany), and Santosh Vidit (India) have also won their matches.

Bibisara Assaubayeva's victory over her compatriot Zhansaya Abdumalik (both from Kazakhstan) has come as unexpected. 

Having won their rapid games, Carissa Yip (USA), Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) and Gulnar Mammadova (Azerbaijan) have advanced to the next round.

One of the tournament favorites Alireza Firouzja (France) sensationally went down to Javokhir Sindarov (Uzbekistan) when it came to ten minutes’ format. Alexei Shirov (Spain), Jorge Cori (Peru), Samuel Sevian (USA) and Vladislav Kovalev (FIDE) have also defeated their opponents.

Pia Cramling (Sweden) outplayed Monika Socko (Poland) and Marie Sebag defeated Almira Skripchenko (both from France). 

Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany) has knocked out Nurgyul Salimova (Bulgaria) 1.5:0.5.

Two games reached the Armageddon. In the open tournament, Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria) defeated Rasmus Svane (Germany) as White, and Olga Badelka (Belarus) outplayed Ana Matnadze (Spain) in the women’s tournament.

Round three is scheduled on Sunday, July 18. Games start at 15:00 Moscow time. 



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