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World Cup: Giri & Grischuk Eliminated

  • webmaster
  • on 2013.08.19. 13:16.

After another thrilling tiebreak day at the World Cup most favorites went through, but two big names had to leave Tromsø: Anish Giri of the Netherlands and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. Giri was defeated 1.5-0.5 in the rapid games by Peruvian grandmaster Julio Grand Zuniga, who, at 46, is playing stronger than ever. Grischuk lost with the same score to Le Quang Liem; in the second rapid game the Vietnamese grandmaster, who is the reigning World Blitz Champion, made no mistake and held a R vs. RN ending to a draw.

Grischuk was the favorite in his tiebreak match with Le, not only rating-wise but also after his heroic win on Sunday. The Russian grandmaster levelled the score after a 154-move fight, something that definitely brings some psychological advantage to the board. It was all the more impressive to see the Vietnamese GM outplaying his opponent with the Black in the first rapid game. 

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In the second rapid game Le, who took over the world blitz title from Grischuk earlier this year, defended a R vs. RN ending perfectly. Well, except for missing the stalemate trick 85.Rf4+!

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Julio Granda Zuniga's many chess fans must have been happy to see their hero advancing to round 4. The 46-year-old Peruvian grandmaster started the first rapid game in typical quiet, positional style, and kept a slight initiative throughout the game. Anish Giri should have been able to hold it, but one mistake (52...Re7? instead of 52...exf4) was enough and Granda grabbed his chance.

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Drawing the next with Black, Zuniga qualified for a mini-match against the rating favorite, Fabiano Caruana.

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On Facebook, Granda wrote:

"A special feeling overcoming the match with Giri after my initial misfortune. Something extraordinary is happening to me. I feel like my game has improved, although the requirement as you go is growing. Now to do some sports in the gym, try to sleep well and fight hard with Caruana. I take the opportunity here to thank once again so many signs of affection."

Caruana, on his turn, qualified by beating Vladimir Malakhov. It could have gone quite differently if the Russian GM had not missed a forced checkmate in five (on move 57) and another mate in seven (on move 59)...

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Caruana then won the second game convincingly.

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Vladimir Kramnik beat Alexander Areshchenko twice. Especially in the first game, it became clear how big the difference in playing strength was:

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Vassily Ivanchuk also won both games, against his compatriot Yuriy Kryvoruchko. With Black, Chucky played a model Rauzer Sicilian where White could never pose any threats to the enemy king. Don't miss Black's last move!

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Wei Yi, the 14-year-old grandmaster from China, again played very impressive chess. In the end he didn't make it against the reigning World Rapid Champion, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, but look at the first game. The young Chinese player basically refutes Mamedyarov's play and is simply better in the ending. 28...c6 was a one-move blunder that turned the tables, at least psychologically.

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Mamedyarov was again under some pressure in the second game (where Wei played the Evans Gambit!), but this time the Azerbaijani didn't make any serious mistakes and drew it.

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17-year-old Daniil Dubov of Russia was also eliminated in this round. He lost the first game, and Anton Korobov accepted a draw in a winning position in the second. Here's the first game, where, as it turns out, Dubov was winning for one moment (53...Rg1!).

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Alexey Dreev of Russia was eliminated by his compatriot Dmitry Andreikin, and the other all-Russian match Alexander Morozevich vs. Nikita Vitiugov started with many draws. Only in the second blitz game (5 minutes plus 3 seconds), Vitiugov blew a drawn rook ending at the very last moment; 57.Kf1! would have drawn the game.

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Pavel Eljanov was knocked out by Sergey Karjakin, who started with a loss. Can you find what was wrong with Karjakin's defense in the first rapid game?

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The pairings for round four, which starts Tuesday at 15:00 CET, are Tomashevsky - Morozevich, Kamsky - Mamedyarov, Le Quang Liem - Svidler, Karjakin - Andreikin, Caruana - Granda Zuniga, Gelfand - Vachier-Lagrave, Kramnik - Ivanchuk and Nakamura - Korobov.

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 3 Tiebreak Results

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Karjakin, Sergey 2772 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 4.5
Eljanov, Pavel 2702 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 3.5
Morozevich, Alexander 2739 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
Vitiugov, Nikita 2719 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 3.5
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 4
Dreev, Aleksey 2668 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 2
Caruana, Fabiano 2796 ½ ½ 1 1 3
Malakhov, Vladimir 2707 ½ ½ 0 0 1
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 ½ ½ 1 1 3
Areshchenko, Alexander 2709 ½ ½ 0 0 1
Ivanchuk, Vassily 2731 ½ ½ 1 1 3
Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2678 ½ ½ 0 0 1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2775 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
Wei, Yi 2551 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
Korobov, Anton 2720 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
Dubov, Daniil 2624 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
Le, Quang Liem 2702 1 0 1 ½ 2.5
Grischuk, Alexander 2785 0 1 0 ½ 1.5
Granda Zuniga, Julio E 2664 0 1 1 ½ 2.5
Giri, Anish 2737 1 0 0 ½ 1.5

Held every two years, the World Cup is part of the World Championship cycle. The winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. The World Cup takes place August 10th-September 3rd in Tromsø, Norway. Photos by Paul Truong courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC.

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  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    arcesilai

    vabbe se la regina nera attacca in a3.............torre d3.........regina nera scacco in fondo........reg2...................suicidio della regina SUL CAVALLOg5....( torre in g3 risulta devastante per lapresa del cavallo in f6 e conseguente matto in h7)  torre nera in e8 '?  matto di alfiere inf7..........ciao fabiano...........stefaNO    

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    arcesilai

    bel rompicapo.............forte........o matto in f7 o in h7.........fooorte   ciao  fabiano

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    mastermind15937

    who will play in Candidates tournament if Kramnik goes to the final here? i know it is next by average rating but can't find this rating

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    albatrosses

    Ivanchuk's Sicilian was amazing. Too bad he lost to Kramnik today.

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    friendjonny

    @ pdrive

    Nakamura was born in Japan and moved to America when he was two years old. Is he American by birth because his mother was American?

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    Krestez

    I really thought Grischuk had a great chance of winning this. He's an excellent player, both in standard and blitz.

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    cimzowitsch

    Lets roll chucky..Cool

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    webmaster

    Apologies for the wrong title; webmaster is in the European time zone and noticed it way too late. Fixed now.

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    pdrive

    Nakamura is American by birth. Only Kamsky is naturalized. But he's lived in America long enough (more than half his life by now if I'm not wrong), and he's represented the USA for a long time.

    Congratulations to the other non-European players of course: Julio Granda & Le Quang Liem! Great play by both.

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    marklimpin

    Nakamura is japanese, kamsky is a russian, where are the american there?

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    kidpoolside

    Truely pathetic that this headline has not been changed by now. Yes, dancentino, son o pearl is missed.

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    Chess.com needs Live Chess960

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    Fourth Round:

    Tomashevsky - Morozevich

    Kamsky - Mamedyarov

    Le Quang Liem - Svidler

     

    Karjakin - Andreikin
    Caruana - Granda Zuniga
    Gelfand - Vachier-Lagrave
    Kramnik - Ivanchuk
    Nakamura - Korobov

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

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  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    Sahasrara

    Kramnik vs Karjakin in the final. 

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    yullian

    ow.. chess.com, you giving bad omen for Granda .. Frown

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    SummerStorm

    The guys who remain show their real class, including Granda. But, he's not the only 2600 remaining: there is also Korobov!

     

    I think the most amazing upset was Dubov over Ponomariov, but Wei over Nepomniachtchi was pretty grand and their continued great play against even Dreev & Mamedyarov shows they soon will be 2700s rather than low-to-middling 2600s.

     

    I'm very happy the Americans are still in there. Nakamura and Kamsky have had good pairings and they're playing well. Caruana was raised & learned chess in America, though he lives in Europe now. He's a bit less impressive, but still there.

     

    Morozevich and Caruana showed some cracks in this round, so I wouldn't be surprised to see them pushed out by Granda (could be another amazing upset if he beats Caruana) or Tomashevsky (he's been much steadier than Morozevich thus far).

     

    In recent tournaments Mamedyarov has been playing great, so I pick him as likely to beat Kamsky (53%-47%).

     

    Gelfand has been holding up great considering his age (as are Ivanchuk and Granda). I think there are some great youth vs. age matches and Vachier-Lagrave vs. Gelfand is one and Caruana vs Granda is the other.

    There are six (6) Russians and two or three Americans (depending on how you see Caruana) and two (2) Ukrainians leading the way with five (5) other countries having one player each. I'm betting a Russian or American wins. Right now Nakamura seems most likely of the Americans to get to the final. Of the Russians it's hard to be sure, but Svidler and Tomashevsky (he is Russian, isn't he?) seem most likely.

     

    There are a lot of great match-ups to come and I'm enjoying every bit of it. I mean, who didn't enjoy the Grischuk-Le match, all 150 moves of it?

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    chessmaster102

    Granda the last 2600 player left. After this he's sure to be one of if not the oldest liveing 2700+ there is 

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    chessmaster102

    Dreev really stuck it out with these guys

  • 14 hónap ezelőtt

    pastel-quang

    rat tu hao ve Le Quang Liem, Vietnam.

    LE Quang Liem, une grande fierté du Vietnam

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