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Isle of Man Chess 2017 LIVE!

Chessdom - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 10:24

Chess.com Isle of Man 2017 is going to take place 23 September to 1 October 2017 in Douglas, Isle of Man.

The event is an open tournament with an amazing field including Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand, Pavel Eljanov, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Zoltan Almasi, etc. Scroll down for the list of the top 100 participants in Isle of Man 2017, the list includes over 70 GMs and many more titled players.

The Chess.com Isle of Man 2017 is going to take place parallel to the 2017 World Chess Cup final between Ding Liren and Levon Aronian.

Live games with analysis by the top three TCEC engines – Stockfish, Komodo, and Houdini – is going to be daily here on Chessdom, as well as on Chess Arena online chess platform and for Android mobile phones on the ChessArena mobile phone application.

 

Title Surname Name Country Rating 1 GM Carlsen Magnus Norway 2827 2 GM Kramnik Vladimir Russia 2803 3 GM Caruana Fabiano United States 2799 4 GM Anand Viswanathan India 2794 5 GM Nakamura Hikaru United States 2781 6 GM Adams Michael England 2738 7 GM Gelfand Boris Israel 2737 8 GM Eljanov Pavel Ukraine 2734 9 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco Spain 2717 10 GM Almasi Zoltan Hungary 2707 11 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi India 2702 12 GM Naiditsch Arkadij Azerbaijan 2702 13 GM Howell David W L England 2701 14 GM Short Nigel D England 2698 15 GM Rodshtein Maxim Israel 2695 16 GM Sutovsky Emil Israel 2683 17 GM Leko Peter Hungary 2679 18 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam Uzbekistan 2676 19 GM Rapport Richard Hungary 2675 20 GM Movsesian Sergei Armenia 2671 21 GM Hou Yifan China 2670 22 GM Adhiban B. India 2670 23 GM Jones Gawain C B England 2668 24 GM Riazantsev Alexander Russia 2666 25 GM Akobian Varuzhan United States 2662 26 GM Fressinet Laurent France 2657 27 GM Grandelius Nils Sweden 2653 28 GM Granda Zuniga Julio Peru 2653 29 GM Sargissian Gabriel Armenia 2652 30 GM Xiong Jeffery United States 2633 31 GM Shirov Alexei Latvia 2630 32 GM Hansen Eric Canada 2629 33 GM Bok Benjamin Netherlands 2620 34 GM Sethuraman S.P. India 2617 35 GM L’Ami Erwin Netherlands 2611 36 GM Sokolov Ivan Netherlands 2603 37 GM Bogner Sebastian Switzerland 2599 38 GM Bindrich Falko Germany 2598 39 GM Huschenbeth Niclas Germany 2596 40 GM Svane Rasmus Germany 2595 41 GM Tregubov Pavel V. Russia 2589 42 GM Tari Aryan Norway 2588 43 GM Ju Wenjun China 2574 44 GM Aravindh Chithambaram VR. India 2573 45 GM Timman Jan Netherlands 2573 46 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan India 2568 47 GM Pichot Alan Argentina 2565 48 GM Lenderman Aleksandr United States 2565 49 GM Wagner Dennis Germany 2564 50 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel Romania 2559 51 GM Donchenko Alexander Germany 2559 52 GM Brunello Sabino Italy 2555 53 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra Russia 2552 54 GM Vishnu Prasanna V. India 2543 55 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag Brazil 2534 56 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade India 2532 57 GM Harika Dronavalli India 2528 58 GM Perelshteyn Eugene United States 2524 59 IM Lubbe Nikolas Germany 2515 60 IM Lampert Jonas Germany 2514 61 GM Olafsson Helgi Iceland 2512 62 IM Praggnanandhaa R. India 2500 63 IM Brown Michael William United States 2499 64 FM Sarin Nihal India 2483 65 GM Panchanathan Magesh Chandran India 2481 66 GM Khmelniker Ilya Israel 2480 67 IM Hambleton Aman Canada 2479 68 GM Salomon Johan Norway 2476 69 IM Batsiashvili Nino Georgia 2472 70 IM Zumsande Martin Germany 2471 71 IM Basso Pier Luigi Italy 2460 72 IM Visakh N.R. India 2458 73 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian Norway 2457 74 IM Paehtz Elisabeth Germany 2453 75 IM Esserman Marc United States 2453 76 GM Neelotpal Das India 2448 77 GM Ushenina Anna Ukraine 2445 78 IM Swayams Mishra India 2444 79 IM Yankelevich Lev Germany 2443 80 WGM Shvayger Yuliya Israel 2442 81 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur Iceland 2437 82 IM Gaponenko Inna Ukraine 2437 83 GM Kiewra Keaton F. United States 2433 84 IM Trent Lawrence England 2427 85 GM Sundararajan Kidambi India 2426 86 IM Zatonskih Anna United States 2424 87 Raja Harshit India 2423 88 FM Rakesh Kumar Jena India 2418 89 GM Arkell Keith C. England 2415 90 IM Wallace John-Paul Australia 2413 91 IM Degtiarev Evgeny Germany 2412 92 GM Tarjan James E. United States 2412 93 Arjun Kalyan India 2406 94 IM Cornette Deimante Lithuania 2404 95 IM Roberson Peter T. England 2403 96 IM Kojima Shinya Japan 2403 97 IM Eggleston David J England 2400 98 IM Harsha Bharathakoti India 2394 99 IM Houska Jovanka England 2393 100 Loos Roland Germany 2393
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FIDE World Cup: Ο τελικός τεσσάρων παρτίδων θα είναι Αρονιάν – Ντιγκ Λίρεν

Skakistiko - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:16


Η κλήρωση για τον Αρμαγεδδώνα στον ημιτελικό Αρονιάν – Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ έγινε με τον αρχαίο σπιτικό τρόπο “διάλεξε χέρι”. Έτσι, μετά από 8 παρτίδες κλασικού χρόνου, ράπιντ και μπλιτς όπου δεν αναδείχθηκε ο σκακιστής που θα προχωρούσε στον τελικό, ο Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ πήρε τα μαύρα κομμάτια, το οποίο σημαίνει ότι θα έπαιζε με 4 λεπτά χρόνο έναντι 5 λεπτών του λευκού Αρονιάν, αλλά στην ισοπαλία θα προχωρούσε εκείνος – με τα μαύρα και τα 4 λεπτά. Όμως ο Αρονιάν κέρδισε.

Συναρπαστική σκακιστικά ήταν η τρίτη ημέρα των ημιτελικών (η ημέρα των μπαράζ γρήγορου χρόνου) στο World Cup στη Γεωργία. Οι Αρονιάν και ΜΒΛ χρειάστηκε να φτάσουν στον Αρμαγεδδώνα για να βγει το ποιος θα περνούσε στον τελικό. Επικράτησε, στο φινάλε Βασίλισσας εναντίον Πύργου – που προέκυψε μετά από πολλές κινήσεις-  ο Αρμένιος gm. Είναι εξαιρετικά σπάνια συγκυρία πως το ίδιο φινάλε είχε βγει στη σκακιέρα πριν λίγη ώρα και στην 5η παρτίδα (ράπιντ) μεταξύ Σο – Ντιγκ Λίρεν, όπου ο Κινέζος σκακιστής με τη Βασίλισσα κέρδισε και πήρε κι αυτός την πρόκριση για τον τελικό. Μοναδικό καπρίτσιο των περιστάσεων!
* Τα δυο φινάλε ανέλυσε ο Στράτος Γρίβας και τα έστειλε και για το skakistiko χτες το βράδυ, το αρχείο pdf εδώ.

Στον τελικό τεσσάρων παρτίδων (από τους “128” και μέχρι τώρα οι συναντήσεις κανονικού χρόνου ήταν δυο) που η πρώτη παρτίδα θα παιχτεί αύριο Σάββατο 23/9, 2 μ.μ. ώρα Ελλάδας οι Αρονιάν (Αρμενία) και Ντιγκ Λίρεν (Κίνα) ξεκινούν με ίδιες περίπου πιθανότητες. Ίσως να έχει ένα μικρό προβάδισμα ο Αρονιάν λόγω της τεράστιας εμπειρίας του σε κορυφαίες διοργανώσεις, αλλά ο κύριος αγωνιστικός στόχος έχει επιτευχθεί και για τους δυο gm. Έχουν προκριθεί στους Διεκδικητές του 2018. Μάλιστα η συμμετοχή του Ντιγκ Λίρεν θα είναι η πρώτη στην ιστορία Κινέζου σκακιστή σε διεκδικητές παγκόσμιου τίτλου. Θα παίξουν τώρα για το κύπελλο και φυσικά για τα περισσότερα χρήματα που προσφέρει η πρώτη θέση στην Τιφλίδα.

Μερικά λινκ από τα κορυφαία διεθνή σκακιστικά σάιτ, με έμφαση στην τρίτη ημέρα των ημιτελικών με αναλυμένες παρτίδες, φωτογραφίες, παραλειπόμενα και παρουσίαση του επερχόμενου τελικού:

FIDE World Cup 2017: And then there were two! – chessbase
World Cup 2017: Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final – fide
World Cup Round 6 (semi-finals), Day 3 tiebreaks – the chess mind
Tbilisi World Cup, Semis 2: Tiebreaks it is! – chess24
FIDE World Cup 2017 – the week in chess (όπου στην απλούστερη μορφή μπορείτε να κατεβάσετε σε pgn ή να δείτε στη σκακιέρα του σάιτ όλες τις παρτίδες που έχουν παιχτεί από την πρώτη μέρα έως χτες)

Στο skakistiko κατά την ώρα των αγώνων υπάρχει πάνω πάνω παράθυρο ζωντανής μετάδοσης. Μπορείτε όμως να βλέπετε τις παρτίδες καλύτερα από το επίσημο σάιτ tbilisi2017.fide.com/ και από το chess24.com. Όλες οι προηγούμενες αναρτήσεις στο skakistiko για το FIDE World Cup εδώ


Τα συγχαρητήρια του Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ προς τον Αρονιάν (και) από τα κοινωνικά δίκτυα. Με καλοσύνη και χιούμορ.


– Τον είδαμε τον Βασίλη! Τριγύριζε στην αίθουσα. Το ανεβάζω στο fb αμέσως.


Σε βίντεο δεκατριών λεπτών ο Αρμαγεδδώνας Αρονιάν – ΜΒΛ.

* O Ντάνιελ Κινγκ αναλύει δυο ισόπαλες παρτίδες των ημιτελικών – διάρκεια 17 λεπτά: εδώ

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World Cup 2017: Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final

FIDE - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:58



Ding Liren and Levon Aronian proceed to the final


The semifinal tie-breaks started with 2 matches on the 21st of September at 3 pm local time.


Ding Liren-Wesley So

In the first rapid game Ding Liren had absolutely winning position against Wesley So.



In the current position White Knight is pinned and Black does not need to force anything but can improve the position of his King. Ding Liren let his opponent to regroup his pieces and Wesley So managed to survive.



Ding Liren and his coach could not hide their disappointment after the first rapid game.

The Chinese Grandmaster felt frustrated after the first game and was surprised when So accepted his draw offer after 9 moves in the second rapid game. He thought Black had already slightly better position and So could have tried to use his psychological advantage.

During the long break Ding Liren came back to his room and prepared first for the second game with 10min+10sec time control in case if he needs to win on demand and only after that he checked some lines with Black for the first game. The Chinese Grandmaster defeated the American in the first game and it was Wesley So who had to equalize the score. In the second game Ding Liren played very confidently and didn’t give his opponent any chance to play for victory. After 46 moves the game finished in a draw and Wesley So was eliminated from the World Cup.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronian

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave outplayed Levon Aronian in the first rapid game.



Qe6! The final position looks really nice.



Levon Aronian won the second game game on demand and their match went to the games with 10min+10sec time control which finished also in a draw. The fate of the match was not decided in blitz as well. The evaluation in the first blitz game changed two times from winning for Levon, to winning for Maxime until the game eventually finished in a draw. The French Grandmaster was pressing in the second game but it finished in a draw too.

The first “sudden death” game of the World Cup became a reality.
Levon had White pieces and 5 minutes in the last game of this dramatic match and had to win the game, while Maxime had 4 minutes and would win the match in case of a draw. “You have to be lucky. There are no recipes!” commented Levon Aronian on his victory in Armageddon. He also added it would be a disaster for him to be eliminated on the Independence Day of Armenia.

Ding Liren and Levon Aronian will play in the final of the World Cup. Both of them have qualified for the FIDE Candidates tournament which will take place on March 2018. The winner of the Candidates tournament will play in the World Championship Match against Magnus Carlsen. 22nd of September is a free day.

The final of the World Cup will be held in the Biltmore Hotel in Tbilisi. Levon Aronian has White pieces in the first game which starts at 3 pm local time on 23rd of September.

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Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal


In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break.



Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his opponent was defending well.



In this position and one move earlier Ding Liren could have tried to break through with f5. It`s hard to say if the ending is winning but White has definitely more chances.



During the post-game interview Ding Liren said he missed Black’s idea 32…Nb8 and Nb6 and thought the position was drawish after that. However, there was an interesting tactical option, which he didn’t consider: 37.Rh8 Rc7 38. Rd8 Rc5 39.e5 f5 40. Rb8! And Black has to play 40…Rc8 immediately or after Rc3. White has better chances in the rook ending. Ding Liren chose 37.Rc6 instead and the game finished in a draw.

The matches are tied, and the outcome will be determined on tie-breaks on 21st of September.

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Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Καπαμπλάνκα σε κόμικ

Skakistiko - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:59


Ποτέ μην εμπιστεύεσαι τον καλλιτέχνη. Να εμπιστεύεσαι τον μύθο.
Ντ.Χ.Λόρενς

Σε μια παλιά δημοσίευση για τον έρωτα στα χρόνια της χολέρας αναφερθήκαμε, σε ένα σημείο, στο πόσο συχνά ανακαλύπτουμε τη σκιά του θρυλικού Κουβανού παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή στην λόγια και στην λαϊκή παράδοση των πληθυσμών της Λατινικής Αμερικής. «… Εκείνη θυμόταν να τον λένε Τορεμολίνος, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα ονομαζόταν Καπαμπλάνκα.»
Παρακάτω, βλέπετε το εξώφυλλο, καθώς και την πρώτη και την τελευταία σελίδα τεύχους αφιερωμένου στον Χοσέ Ραούλ Καπαμπλάνκα με υπότιτλο εξωφύλλου «Capablanca la máquina de jugar ajedrez» (Καπαμπλάνκα – η σκακιστική μηχανή). Προέρχεται από εικονογραφημένη κουβανέζικη περιοδική έκδοση (από Ediciones de Colores), άγνωστης χρονολογίας. Ο καλλιτέχνης βιογραφεί τον Καπαμπλάνκα μέσα από κόμικ:

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FIDE sends condolences to the Mexican Chess Federation

FIDE - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:24



Mr. M. Ramirez Barajas
President
Chess Federation of Mexico



Dear Mario,

The FIDE family is with you and the people of Mexico in these days of sorrow and losses.

Please accept the deepest sympathy on the occasion of the two earthquakes which have so tragic consequences as we wish you and the chess family alongside all those who have lost their dear ones and have suffered, the moral strength and best of luck for the future.

Yours sincerely
Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President


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Σκακιστικές ιστορίες των social media – μέρος 1

Skakistiko - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:02

Σε περιοδική βάση θα κάνω μια πρόχειρη επιλογή από δημόσια ποστ που δημοσιεύουν γνωστοί παίκτες και παράγοντες του σκακιού στα σόσιαλ μύδια (μίντια στα ελληνικά).
Κρατώντας μια ισορροπία στο υλικό ανάμεσα στις δημοσιεύσεις που έχουν μεγαλύτερο σκακιστικοπολιτικό ή σκακιστικοαγωνιστικό ενδιαφέρον και σε δημοσιεύσεις που απλώς είναι χαριτωμένες.
Τα πιο σημαντικά από τα tweet και τα ποστ στο facebook τα εντοπίζει συνήθως ο Μέτοικος και τα σχολιάζει στην καρτέλα “Εξωτερικό”. Εδώ, σε αυτή τη σειρά αναρτήσεων, ό,τι ακόμη υποπίπτει στην αντίληψη, και πάντα δημοσιεύσεις με δημόσιο χαρακτήρα, ανοιχτές σε όλους, οι αναρτήσεις  (στο fb, το twitter λειτουργεί αλλιώς) όταν έχουν κοινό “friends only” δεν αφορούν το υλικό αυτής της σειράς των ποστ στο skakistiko. Μια (πρόχειρη) επιλογή σαν πρώτο μέρος:

Για το World Cup της Τιφλίδας ο Π. Ντόγκερς σχολιάζει:
ChessVibes (13/9): Πόσο δύσκολο ήταν το φινάλε Αρονιάν – Ντούμποβ; Και οι δυο παίκτες έκαναν 10(!) λάθη κατά τις tablebases που το καθένα στοίχιζε μισό βαθμό. Τόσο δύσκολο, μα τόσο, ήταν.

Πάντα καλός φίλος του Χάμερ, ο Κάρλσεν:
Μagnus Carlsen (5/9): Ο καλύτερος τρόπος για να περάσει κανείς την ελεύθερη ημέρα (σσ. εννοεί στο World Cup, πριν αποκλειστεί). Tweet και φωτογραφία εδώ

Anish Giri (4/9): Ο 11 μηνών Ντανιέλ στην αίθουσα αγώνων για να δει τον μπαμπά του.
Επίσης ο Γκίρι ταξιδεύοντας για την Τιφλίδα, συμπτωματικά επιβιβάστηκε από την πύλη του αεροδρομίου Ε4.
Οι δυο φωτό εδώ

Οι Ινδοί έχουν πάντα καλά λόγια για τον συμπατριώτη τους Β. Ανάντ και φυσικά τίποτα δεν άλλαξε μετά τον πρόωρο αποκλεισμό του από το World Cup:
ChessBase India (18/9): Οι καλές καινοτομίες στα ανοίγματα θέλουν καλούς παίχτες – και το αντίστροφο. Για αυτό η ομάδα των Βίσι και Π-Χ Νίλσεν ήταν τόσο δυνατή. (Στη συνέχεια παρατίθεται λινκ όπου ο Νίλσεν θυμάται την καινοτομία 17…γ5! που έπαιξε ο Ανάντ στο Μεξικό το 2007 εναντίον του Αρονιάν εδώ)

Ο Καρουάνα έχει φτάσει ήδη εδώ και δυο μέρες στη νήσο του Μαν:
Fabiano Caruana (19/9): Ξανά στη Νήσο του Μαν! Ελπίζοντας να επαναλάβω την περσινή επιτυχία. Tweet και φωτογραφία εδώ

Ο Κασπάροβ είναι ενεργότατος στο twitter και σχεδόν όλα τα πρόσφατά του ποστ έχουν να κάνουν με θέματα διεθνούς πολιτικής, που ίσως είναι υλικό άλλης ανάρτησης. Θεωρεί τον Τραμπ τον χειρότερο πρόεδρο των ΗΠΑ και παγκόσμια απειλή. Λίγα τα σκακιστικά tweet του αυτή την εποχή, επέλεξα ένα:
Garry Kasparov (20/9)
retweet του Alex Oliveira: Οι εξυπνότερες (σκακιστικές) μηχανές κάνουν εξυπνότερους ανθρώπους.

Hikaru Nakamura (28/8): Χαιρετισμούς από τη γενέτειρα της Δημοκρατίας. (Ο Νακαμούρα, λίγο πριν αρχίσει το World Cup, στον Παρθενώνα, instagram εδώ – το λινκ είχε βάλει ο Μέτοικος, όταν ήταν επίκαιρο, στην καρτέλα Τουρνουά στην Ελλάδα).

Susan Polgar (20/9): Η Σούζαν Πόλγκαρ λέει ότι βασανιζόταν από αϋπνία χτες και έγραψε ένα σκακιστικό ποίημα, που δεν ξέρω αν κρίνεται παραπέρα….εδώ

Teimour Radjabov (20/9): Ο Αζέρος γκρανμέτρ ριτουϊτάρει πως δεν έχει βρεθεί διοργανωτής για τα παγκόσμια Ράπιντ και Μπλιτς και η διοργάνωση κινδυνεύει να ματαιωθεί. Το επισημαίνει στο λογαριασμό του και ο Μάικλ Άνταμς.

Nigel Short (18/9): Ο Σορτ, πάντα εμπρηστικός στην αντίθεση που έχει με τη ΦΙΝΤΕ γράφει πως κακώς νοιαζόμαστε για το ποιος θα προκριθεί από τα τουρνουά της Διεθνούς Ομοσπονδίας. Πιστεύει πως όλες τις θέσεις πρέπει να τις επιλέξει ο Κιρσάν. Ή ο Μάκρο, εδώ

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Both matches are tied after two games of 1/2 final

FIDE - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:40



Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal


In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break.



Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his opponent was defending well.



In this position and one move earlier Ding Liren could have tried to break through with f5. It`s hard to say if the ending is winning but White has definitely more chances.



During the post-game interview Ding Liren said he missed Black’s idea 32…Nb8 and Nb6 and thought the position was drawish after that. However, there was an interesting tactical option, which he didn’t consider: 37.Rh8 Rc7 38. Rd8 Rc5 39.e5 f5 40. Rb8! And Black has to play 40…Rc8 immediately or after Rc3. White has better chances in the rook ending. Ding Liren chose 37.Rc6 instead and the game finished in a draw.

The matches are tied, and the outcome will be determined on tie-breaks on 21st of September.

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Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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World Youth Chess Championship 2017: Round 3

FIDE - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:45


World Youth Chess Championship Montevideo 2017: Rounds 2 & 3

On 18th of September, a two rounds were played in the World Youth Chess Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay. There were plenty of fights in every game.

Until this moment many of the favourites have are doing well. However, there have also been a few surprises, mainly in the upper categories (under 18 for example, where many games have already been drawn). This makes it difficult yetto see clear candidates to win the title.



In the Open Under-18, the leader is Argentinian IM Pablo Acosta, who has scored 100%, followed by 9 players who have got half a point less, among whom is 2nd favourite, IM Alexandr Triapishko.

In the Girls Under-18, the top of the table is WIM Sakshi Chitlange, from India, with 3 points, trailed by half a point by 7 players.

In the Open Under-16, the main favorite, Russian FM Andrey Esipenko (2540) has 100%, but shares the lead with FM Artem Karpenko (Russia), FM Guha Mitrabha (India) and George Stoleriu (Romania).

In the Girls Under-16, the two favourites (both from Russian), WIM Polina Shuvalova and Aleksandra Maltsevskaya have won their first three games, as have FM Gabriela Antova (Bulgaria), WIM Annie Wang, and Sophie Morris-Suzuki (the last two from the USA).



In the Open Under-14, after the three first rounds the ones who are on top are Daniel Kopylov from Germany, Alexander Costello from the USA, and FM’s Batsuren Dambasuren from Mongolia and Dominik Horvath from Austria.

In the Girls under-14, five players share the first place: WFM Jishitha D (India), WCM Jyothsna L (India), FM Salimova Nurgyul (Bulgaria), WCM Mrudul Dehankar (India) y WFM Nurgali Nazerke (Kazakhstan).

The event continues today at 3 pm (-3 GMT) Montevideo time, with round 4.




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World Youth Chess Championship 2017: Round 1

After the opening ceremony, which took place on Saturday 16th of September, yesterday the World Youth Chess Championship started in Montevideo, Uruguay. It will last until the 26th of September.

Two playing rooms are being used, one with most of the boards in the Ball Room of Sheraton Hotel, and the other on the 25th floor, where the first 6 boards of each category are broadcast on the Internet. Overall, more than 400 players from around the world are taking part in the competition.

In the first round, there were some setbacks for the top players. In the Under 14, the most spectacular result was achieved by the Ecuatorian Juan Wong (1728) who defeated Kazybek Nogerbek (2358), seeded number 4. In the Under 18, Dmitrij Kollars (2500) drew with Mauro Sica (2178), Alexander Triapishko (2500) drew with Kundu Kaustuv (2176) y José Martínez Alcántara (2462) couldn't beat Xaver Dill (2162), among other results. In the same way, favorite of the Under 18 Girls Alexandra Obolentseva (2364) was held by Jasmin-Denise Schloffer (1993).

The tournament continues today 9:30 hs (-3 GMT) Montevideo hour, with round two.

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ΕΥΡΩΠΑΪΚΗ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΑ ΑΘΛΗΤΙΣΜΟΥ 2017 BEACTIVE

Ε.Σ.Ο. - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:25

Η Ελληνική Σκακιστική Ομοσπονδία συμμετέχει στις αθλητικές δράσεις που θα διεξαχθούν από 23 έως 30/9/2017 σε εθνικό, τοπικό και περιφερειακό επίπεδο στο πλαίσιο της Ευρωπαϊκής  Εβδομάδας Αθλητισμού 2017 #BEACTIVE που διοργανώνεται υπό την αιγίδα της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής σε συνεργασία με την Γενική Γραμματεία Αθλητισμού.

Οι σκακιστικές εκδηλώσεις, που έχουν ενταχθεί στο πρόγραμμα χρονολογικά είναι οι εξής:

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την Ευρωπαϊκή  Εβδομάδα Αθλητισμού 2017 #BEACTIVE στην ιστοσελίδα της Γ.Γ.Α.: http://gss.gov.gr/beactivehellas

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Isle of Man International 2017

Skakistiko - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:02


Πετώντας από την Τιφλίδα: μια σύντομη στάση για τα παντελόνια στο Όσλο και από εκεί στη Νήσο του Μαν (φωτ. chess.com)

Είναι ένα λοφώδες νησί 80.000 κατοίκων στην Ιρλανδική Θάλασσα, με μεγαλιθικά μνημεία, κτήση του βρετανικού στέμματος από το 1765. Πήρε το όνομά του από το αρχαίο φύλο των Μανξ και η κελτική κουλτούρα, παρά την σημειούμενη υποχώρηση της τοπικής γλώσσας, παραμένει ζωντανή.
Το Σάββατο 23 Σεπτεμβρίου αρχίζει το Όπεν της Νήσου του Μαν και θα διαρκέσει έως την 1η Οκτωβρίου. Τα υψηλά χρηματικά έπαθλα και η καλή παράδοση που έχουν δημιουργήσει τα προηγούμενα τουρνουά προσελκύουν γκρανμέτρ κορυφής. Φέτος, στον όμιλο Masters (ελβετικό 9 γύρων), μετέχουν ανάμεσα στους άλλους ο παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν (Νορβηγία, 2827), ο πρώην παγκ. πρωταθλητής Βλαντίμιρ Κράμνικ (Ρωσία, 2803), ο Φαμπιάνο Καρουάνα (ΗΠΑ, 2799), ο πρώην παγκ. πρωταθλητής Βισβανάθαν Ανάντ (Ινδία, 2794), ο Χικαρού Νακαμούρα (ΗΠΑ, 2781), ο Μάικλ Άνταμς (Αγγλία, 2738), ο Μπορίς Γκέλφαντ (Ισραήλ, 2737). Πολλοί ισχυροί αποκλεισμένοι από το World Cup, λοιπόν. Συνολικά, μετράμε 70 gm. Προς το τέλος του καταλόγου συμμετοχόντων στο Masters, υπάρχουν και αρκετοί ερασιτέχνες σκακιστές, γύρω στο 2000-2150 έλο καθώς και παίκτες από την σκακιστική κοινότητα του νησιού. Τα συνολικά χρηματικά βραβεία είναι περίπου 133.000 στερλίνες. Ταυτόχρονα θα διεξάγονται αγώνες και για δυο ασθενείς ομίλους, το Major και το Minor.

Η ονομασία του τουρνουά είναι chess.com Isle of Man International και όπως είναι εύλογο, το γιγαντιαίο πόρταλ του σκακιού (και ονλάιν παιχνιδιού) chess.com θα έχει τον πρώτο λόγο στις απευθείας μεταδόσεις και θα προσφέρει τον πάντα ευχάριστο σχολιασμό του Σ. Γουίλιαμς.
Το επίσημο σάιτ με πολλές πληροφορίες: iominternationalchess.com

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Two draws in the first day of the semifinal

FIDE - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:19



Two draws in the first day of the semifinal


The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September.

Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China).



Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in Grunfeld which both of them obviously knew very well and played pretty fast.



Surprisingly, Levon Aronian played 24.Rbc1 and left his pawn on e4 undefended. After the game the Armenian Grandmaster admitted he simply blundered a pawn but even though the position remained balanced. Few moves later players agreed on a draw.



Wesley So was pressing the most of the game against Ding Liren. The Chinese Grandmaster offered him a draw on the 14th move but Wesley decided to play “a few more moves”. After queens exchange he got a pleasant position and the game continued. Wesley could not figure out if he had a chance to win a-pawn and decided to break through on the King’s side. The American Grandmaster was not sure if he chose the right moment to play 38.g5, as according to his estimation, his opponent got enough counterplay to make a draw.



Wesley So considered 41.Rb3 but he thought it was still drawish after 41…ab 42. gf gf 43.Kc3 or 43.Rg7. He was sure Black had enough counterplay on the second rank. However, it seems Rb3 was the best chance for Wesley So to continue the game, as Ding Liren has to play very precisely. 43 Rg7 Rh2 44.Rc3 Ra2 45.Rc7 Kd8! (45.Kb8 loses) 46. Rc6 Rab2 was one of the possible lines.

The second game of semi-final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 20th of September.

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Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Ένας Ευρωπαίος γιατρός στη σκακιστική Αθήνα του 1940

Skakistiko - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:55

Στη φωτογραφία βλέπετε τη σελίδα 155 του Tidskrift for Schack, τεύχος Σεπτεμβρίου 1940. Το περιοδικό της Σουηδικής Σκακιστικής Ομοσπονδίας κυκλοφορεί συνεχώς από το 1895 μέχρι και σήμερα, 122 χρόνια, είναι ένα από τα μακροβιότερα του κόσμου. Τις σελ. 155-156 του 9/1940 μου τις έστειλε ο Βαγγέλης Βιδάλης, που ξεφύλλιζε παλιά τεύχη του TfS και έπεσε σε ένα άρθρο με αναφορά στη σκακιστική Ελλάδα εκείνων των χρόνων.

Κανείς από τους δυο μας δεν γνωρίζει σουηδικά αλλά σκέφτηκα πως ίσως μπορεί να βοηθήσει ένα ocr του άρθρου (οπτική αναγνώριση χαρακτήρων και μετατροπή σε αρχείου κειμένου) και στη συνέχεια ένα αυτόματο ονλάιν εργαλείο να μεταφράσει το κείμενο στα αγγλικά. Οι αυτόματες μεταφράσεις προς στα ελληνικά από περιφερειακές γλώσσες πηγής συνήθως βγαίνουν πολύ κακές, αλλά προς τα αγγλικά οι τεχνικές βελτιώνονται συνεχώς και ταχύτατα. Ακολούθησα τη διαδικασία που δεν είναι ιδιαίτερα δύσκολη, όλα γίνονται ονλάιν χωρίς να χρειάζεται να έχει κανείς εγκατεστημένες εφαρμογές, και το αποτέλεσμα που βγήκε θαρρώ πως έχει ιστορικό ενδιαφέρον.

Την ανταπόκριση για το TfS στέλνει κάποιος Hermann Reitzer ο οποίος βρισκόταν στην Αθήνα το 1940 και σύμφωνα από μια μόνο πηγή που βρήκα για αυτόν στο διαδίκτυο ήταν γιατρός. Επίσης πρέπει να ήταν Ελβετός και όχι Σουηδός αλλά δεν παραξενεύει η συνεργασία με το σουηδικό περιοδικό διότι το TfS είχε μεγάλο κύρος στην εποχή του διεθνώς και πολλούς συνδρομητές από άλλες χώρες. Η στήλη του περιοδικού για τα προβλήματα και οι διαγωνισμοί σύνθεσης που διοργάνωνε είναι γνωστοί και σήμερα στους φίλους του καλλιτεχνικού σκακιού. Αναφορά για τον Hermann Reitzer υπάρχει στο Θεσσαλικό Ημερολόγιο, 24ος Τόμος, σελ. 7, Λάρισα 1993: Ασχολήθηκε με την αναζήτηση του τάφου του Ιπποκράτη, πίστεψε πως βρήκε ευρήματα και έγραψε σχετικά στην ιατρική επιθεώρηση Schweizerischer Medizinische Wochenschrift 35, 1940.

Παραλείπω την εισαγωγή όπου ο Reitzer στην παράδοση της ρομαντικής προσέγγισης του Διαφωτισμού προς την κλασσική Ελλάδα αποδίδει αυθαίρετα την καταγωγή του σκακιού στους Έλληνες. Στη συνέχεια ο συγγραφέας του άρθρου γράφει πως το σκάκι στην Ελλάδα έως το 1927 παιζόταν μόνο σε ιδιωτικούς κύκλους αλλά εκείνη τη χρονιά ιδρύθηκε σύλλογος, που προσέλκυσε σκακιστές που ενδιαφέρονταν περισσότερο για το παιχνίδι και έτσι το 1931 έγινε κάτι σαν πανελλήνιο πρωτάθλημα. Η Ελλάδα, γράφει, δεν ανήκει στις τάξεις της ΦΙΝΤΕ, αλλά η σύνδεση με τη διεθνή ομοσπονδία θα γίνει σύντομα, ακόμα και τιμής ένεκεν, “διότι η Ελλάδα ανακάλυψε το σκάκι”.

Ο Reitzer γράφει (το 1940) πως η σκακιστική κίνηση στην Αθήνα είναι αξιόλογη και υπάρχουν πολλοί υπολογίσιμοι παίκτες. Το 1935 διοργανώθηκε τουρνουά με πρωτοβουλία του καθηγητή Πολιτικής Οικονομίας Γεωργίου Χαριτάκη όπου μετείχαν “εκατοντάδες παίκτες”. Ο προσδιορισμός εκατοντάδες με παραξένεψε πολύ για την σκακιστική προπολεμική κίνηση της Αθήνας και έλεγξα τη μετάφραση σε 3-4 πηγές, επιμένει ο συγγραφέας πως ήταν εκατοντάδες. Ακόμα πιο εντυπωσιακή είναι η πληροφορία πως οι αγώνες είχαν γίνει με το ελβετικό σύστημα! Πρώιμες μορφές του ελβετικού είχαν εφαρμοστεί σε σκακιστικά τουρνουά στην Ελβετία από το 1895. Ένας Ελβετός λοιπόν είδε λοιπόν το σύστημα ζευγαρώματος της χώρας του και στην Αθήνα, πριν ακόμα το υιοθετήσουν οι Αμερικάνοι (πρώτη φορά στο Τέξας το 1942) και μετέπειτα όλος ο πλανήτης. Οι καλύτεροι έπαιξαν σε πουλ 14 ατόμων όπου νικητής με απόλυτο σκορ ήταν ο Φρυγανάς (που εντυπωσίαζε και με τα μπλάϊντ σιμουλτανέ όπως ξέρουμε – πέθανε στην Ισπανία τη δεκαετία του 90). Ακολούθησαν ο Λ. Καλοθής και ο Μ. Κουθίλου (L. Kalothis, M. Kouthilou, δεν ξέρω τα ονόματα, αγνοώ αν είναι σωστή η μεταγραφή του Ελβετού συντάκτη). Συμπληρώνει ο Reitzer πως ο Σταύρος Φρυγανάς έχει γράψει ένα πλουσιότατο λήμμα αναφοράς για το ζατρίκιο σε ελληνική εγκυκλοπαίδεια (αγνοώ σε ποια).

Ο συντάκτης μνημονεύει επίσης ως ισχυρούς παίκτες τον υφυπουργό Άμυνας Ν. Παπαδήμα, τον δήμαρχο Αθήνας Κ. Κοτζιά, τον προβληματιστή και σκακιστικό εκδότη Ι. Χατζηαργύρη, τους Γ. Παπαγεωργίου, Δ. Παπαντωνίου, Λ. Ιατρίδη (δεν είναι ο Σταύρος Ιατρίδης; δεν ξέρω), και τον μονίμως διαμένοντα στη Γερμανία και Ελβετία Α. Ντουρούτη, σκακιστή που διακρίνεται σε αγώνες αλληλογραφίας.
Ισχυρίζεται πως ο πρωθυπουργός Ιωάννης Μεταξάς είναι φίλος του σκακιού και πως το σκάκι εντάσσεται στις δραστηριότητες της νεολαίας του Μεταξά, της ΕΟΝ. Ακολουθούν μερικές κολακείες για τον δικτάτορα και στο τέλος, ο Reitzer καταλήγει πως σε κάθε επέτειο της 4ης Αυγούστου διοργανώνονται μαζικοί σκακιστικοί αγώνες και πως το “ευγενές παιχνίδι” το βλέπει η κυβέρνηση με μεγάλη συμπάθεια. Η Κάισσα έχει να περιμένει πολλά από την Ελλάδα.

Το τεύχος 9/1940 του Tidskrift for Schack μπορείτε να το βρείτε στο αρχείο της Σουηδικής Σκακιστικής Ομοσπονδίας εδώ όπως και όλα τα παλιότερα τεύχη του ιστορικού περιοδικού.

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World Youth Chess Championship 2017: Round 1

FIDE - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 21:18



After the opening ceremony, which took place on Saturday 16th of September, yesterday the World Youth Chess Championship started in Montevideo, Uruguay. It will last until the 26th of September.

Two playing rooms are being used, one with most of the boards in the Ball Room of Sheraton Hotel, and the other on the 25th floor, where the first 6 boards of each category are broadcast on the Internet. Overall, more than 400 players from around the world are taking part in the competition.

In the first round, there were some setbacks for the top players. In the Under 14, the most spectacular result was achieved by the Ecuatorian Juan Wong (1728) who defeated Kazybek Nogerbek (2358), seeded number 4. In the Under 18, Dmitrij Kollars (2500) drew with Mauro Sica (2178), Alexander Triapishko (2500) drew with Kundu Kaustuv (2176) y José Martínez Alcántara (2462) couldn't beat Xaver Dill (2162), among other results. In the same way, favorite of the Under 18 Girls Alexandra Obolentseva (2364) was held by Jasmin-Denise Schloffer (1993).

The tournament continues today 9:30 hs (-3 GMT) Montevideo hour, with round two.

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 5 Tie-breaks

FIDE - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:22



Round 5 Tie-breaks: MVL defeats Svidler


The fifth tie-break of the World Cup was played in Hualing Hotel on September 17. Only two players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler returned to the venue to determine the fourth semi-finalist. The first rapid game ended in a draw and Vachier-Lagrave won the second one.



In the first rapid game Maxime got substantial advantage but could not make it work. He pressed as much as he could but the Russian Grandmaster defended precisely and made a draw.



70…Ng4! and after 71.Kg4 Re4 72. Rf8 Kh7 73. Rf8 Kh7 74. Kg4 Re4 75.Rf4 Rf4 White has no chances to win.

In the second rapid game Peter Svidler went for the same line which happened in the first classical game of the match. In a post-match interview Maxime called it more or less dubious one. He was happy to find a move 21…Kc7 which stopped all threats of White and few moves later he got a pleasant endgame. He felt Peter could have defended better but admitted that with knight on e3 his position should be dominant.



September 18 is the tournament’s free day. The first game of the semi-finals will be played on 19th of September.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Levon Aronian, Wesley So will face Ding Liren.

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Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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FIDE World Chess Cup: Αρονιάν – Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ και Σο – Ντιγκ Λίρεν στα ημιτελικά

Skakistiko - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:09

Με το εντυπωσιακό χαμήλωμα του μέσου όρου ηλικίας στο σκάκι κορυφής, στις αίθουσες των μεγάλων αγώνων θαρρείς πως βρίσκεσαι σε φοιτητική εκδήλωση. Ο 24χρονος Βέσλεϊ Σο (δεξιά) πριν δέκα χρόνια και κάτι δεν υπήρχε καν στο google. Αλλά και τώρα που υπάρχει, η αναζήτηση είναι αδύνατη χωρίς πρόσθετες παραμέτρους σκακιστικών όρων, λόγω του διγράμματου επιθέτου του. Πέρασε στα ημιτελικά αποκλείοντας τον Ρώσο Φεντοσέεβ (αριστ.).
Ο Λέβον Αρονιάν, χωρίς βέβαια να είναι μεγάλος (γεν. 1982),  είναι ο μοναδικός εκπρόσωπος που συνεχίζει στο World Cup, μιας γενιάς που τα πρώτα τρυφερά σκακιστικά βήματα οι αρχάριοι τα έκαναν χωρίς υπολογιστή. Οι υπόλοιποι τρεις που συνεχίζουν (από τους 128 που ξεκίνησαν) είναι ο Μαξίμ Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ, ο Ντιγκ Λίρεν και ο Βέσλεϊ Σο, κατά μέσο όρο δέκα χρόνια νεότεροι.

Στην προημιτελική φάση, στις παρτίδες κανονικού χρόνου ο Σο απέκλεισε τον Φεντοσέεβ, ο Ντιγκ Λίρεν τον Ράπορτ, ο Αρονιάν τον Ιβαντσούκ,  ενώ στα μπαράζ ο Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ πέρασε τον Σβίντλερ. Τη Δευτέρα 18 Σεπτεμβρίου, στις 2 μ.μ. ώρα Ελλάδας, αρχίζουν οι πρώτες παρτίδες των ημιτελικών: Αρονιάν – Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ και Σο – Ντιγκ Λίρεν. Οι δυο σκακιστές που θα προκριθούν στον τελικό αποκτούν απευθείας δικαίωμα συμμετοχής στο Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών του 2018.§

Στο skakistiko κατά την ώρα των αγώνων υπάρχει πάνω πάνω παράθυρο ζωντανής μετάδοσης. Μπορείτε όμως να βλέπετε τις παρτίδες καλύτερα από το επίσημο σάιτ tbilisi2017.fide.com/ και από το chess24.com. Όλες οι προηγούμενες αναρτήσεις στο skakistiko για το FIDE World Cup εδώ

Μερικές καινούργιες αναρτήσεις από διεθνή σάιτ, για τους αγώνες
* Tbilisi World Cup, QF 2: So, Ding & Aronian in semis (chess24.com)
* World Cup Round 5, Day 2 (The Chess Mind)
* FIDE World Cup 2017: Aronian, So, Ding are in the semi-finals (chessbase)

Η πρώτη παρτίδα Αρονιάν – Ιβαντσούκ στην προημιτελική φάση με ανάλυση του Ντέγιαν Μπόικοβ για το chess.com:

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE World Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.09.15"] [Round "32.4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [Annotator "Bojkov, Dejan"] [BlackElo "2727"] [Blackclock "0:11:19"] [ECO "A13"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [WhiteElo "2802"] [Whiteclock "0:59:11"] 1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 dxc4 4.Qa4+ c6 5.Qxc4 b5 6.Qc2 Bb7 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Nc3 Rc8 9.O-O a6 { Ivanchuk is consistently preparing the c6-c5 advance, but neglects the kingside development. } 10.d4 { Ivanchuk sank into deep thought and played the next principled move after fourty-two minute of thought! } 10...c5 { “I think he understood that it does not work, but since his whole set-up was designed for this advance he decided to go for it.” (Aronian) The other options lead to comfortable advantage for White: } 11.d5 $1 { Naturally, Aronian is happy to open up the game. } 11...exd5 ( { Things will be even easier for White without the black bishop. For example: } 11...Bxd5 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.Rd1 Ngf6 14.e4 dxe4 15.Ne5 Qc7 16.Nxd7 Nxd7 17.Bf4 Qa7 18.Bh3 { and White wins. } ) 12.Nh4 { Surprisingly, all this had been played before. Now Ivanchuk comes with a novelty, but hardly a good one. } 12...Ndf6 $146 13.Rd1 g6 ( 13...b4 { would simply force White what he wants to do } 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.e4 ) ( { The obvious defense } 13...Ne7 { blocks the kingside and White has big attack after } 14.Bg5 ( 14.Nxd5 $5 ) 14...Qb6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.e4 $1 ( { Or advantage after } 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 Bxd5 18.Rxd5 ) ) 14.Nxd5 { Of course. The black king would be exposed. } 14...Nxd5 15.e4 ( { It is better to keep more pieces into the attack, although } 15.Bxd5 Bxd5 16.e4 { is also much better for White. } ) 15...Bg7 16.exd5 Nf6 { Black is one move short to castle. } 17.Qe2+ { Keeps the rook behind the pawn. } ( 17.Re1+ Kf8 18.Be3 { is also big advantage for White. } ) 17...Kf8 ( 17...Qe7 $2 { drops a piece after } 18.Qxe7+ Kxe7 19.d6+ ) 18.a4 { Making use of the fact that the black pieces are unprepared. } 18...b4 ( { Or else the queenside is desperately weak- } 18...bxa4 19.d6 Bxg2 20.Nxg2 ) 19.Be3 { White’s play is very straightforward and easy. 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Τα τελευταία λεπτά της δεύτερης παρτίδας Ιβαντσούκ – Αρονιάν, όπου ο Αρονιάν με την ισοπαλία, και έχοντας κερδίσει με τα λευκά, προχώρησε στην επόμενη φάση των τεσσάρων:

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Ο Εξορκιστής

Skakistiko - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:08

(ανάρτηση αρχείου). Μια μικρή σκακιέρα (κάτω αριστερά), σε σκηνή της ταινίας-γεγονότος του 1973 “ο Εξορκιστής”. Βραβευμένη με δυο Όσκαρ, είναι εμπνευσμένη από το ομώνυμο μυθιστόρημα του Γουίλιαμ Πίτερ Μπλάτυ (William Peter Blatty), και αφορά την κατάληψη ενός κοριτσιού από δαιμονικό πνεύμα και τις απεγνωσμένες προσπάθειες της μητέρας της για να τη σώσει μέσω εξορκισμών από διάφορους ιερείς.
Η θρυλική σκηνή του αυνανισμού με το σταυρό, πέρα από τον προφανή σκοπό της (να σοκάρει δηλαδή), αποτελεί ίσως το χαρακτηριστικότερο παράδειγμα αυτών που κατά βάθος θέλουν να μας πουν σκηνοθέτης και συγγραφέας: η μικρή Ρέγκαν έχει “δαιμονιστεί” από τα στερεότυπα, τις απαγορεύσεις και τα “πρέπει” που τις επιβάλλει η ρωμαιοκαθολική εκκλησία, σύμφωνα με τις αυστηρές αρχές της οποίας έχει ανατραφεί. Κατά το σενάριο, ο ένας από τους δυο ιερείς που έχουν αναλάβει τον εξορκισμό είναι ελληνικής καταγωγής.
Την ταινία ακολούθησαν αρκετές συνέχειες και πρίκουελ, καμιά όμως από αυτές δεν είχε ανάλογη επιτυχία.

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Έναρξη-δηλώσεις συμμετοχής στο Διασυλλογικό Πρωτάθλημα Παίδων-Κορασίδων Κρήτης 2017

Ε.Σ.Σ.Κ. - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:56

Έγγραφο της ΕΣΣΚ για την έναρξη της διοργάνωσης του Διασυλλογικού Πρωταθλήματος Παίδων-Κορασίδων Κρήτης 2017. Η διοργάνωση θα γίνεθι σε 2 γεωγραφικούς ομίλους, Ανατολικής καιΔυτικής Κρήτης. Από το κάθε Πρωτάθλημα οι 2 πρώτοι θα προκριθούν για την τελική φάση (FINAL 4) της διοργάνωσης. Η ομάδα που θα πρωτεύσει θα αναδειχθεί Πρωταθλήτρια Κρήτης 2017 και θα συμμετέχει στο πανελλήνιο Πρωτάθλημα Παίδων-Κορασίδων 2017, που θα γίνει από 13-17 Δεκεμβρίου 2017.

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FIDE World Cup 2017: Round 5 Game 2

FIDE - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 20:41



Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal


The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks.



Ding Liren became the first semifinalist of the World Cup after his victory over Richard Rapport in the second game. The Chinese Grandmaster was prepared in the opening until 9.Re1. In a post-game interview he called Black’s 9…a6 as a very strange move: “Perhaps the idea behind this move was to wait until I play 10.Qc2 and to take my bishop on d2 after. I realized what his plan was and played 10.Ne5. I think he should have played 12…c5 instead of 12…d6 which is too passive.“



“17.e5 is a critical moment of the game and I spent a lot of time there. I didn`t calculate 18…cd as I thought I was winning after 20.Qe4 immediately but missed his answer Qc6. Fortunately the position was still much better for me and I could play very simply. The rook endgame was very unpleasant for him,“ explained Ding Liren.



Levon Aronian held Vassily Ivanchuk for a draw and won the match. The Ukrainian tried hard to equalize the score on demand but was never close to do so. “Such games are always tense. I knew I had to have the intensity to pass through”, said the winner of the match.



It seemed the game So – Fedoseev will finish relatively quickly in a draw as many pieces were traded right after the opening and the position looked rather simple. According to Wesley So, his opponent started to play too aggressively and after 21…g5 he found the idea h4 and felt he had better position after that. The American Grandmaster transferred the game into the rook&bishop ending and tried to figure out how to break through. Under the time pressure he realized the bishop ending should be winning for him and was happy to convert his advantage into the full point.

Wesley So will face Ding Liren in the semifinal, while Levon Aronian will play with the winner of the match Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

The tie-break between Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will take place in the Hualing Hotel on 17th of September.

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Round 5 Game 1: Aronian defeats Ivanchuk


The Quarterfinals of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on the 15th of September. Eight players continue their quest for the places in the final. They are to play short two-game matches with the classical time control. If the match is tied 1-1, it is continued on the tie-break with quicker time controls.

The only decisive game happened in the match Aronian-Ivanchuk. Playing White the Armenian Grandmaster was better prepared in the opening and his opponent realized he is in trouble already after move 10.



The Ukrainian spent 42 minutes on his move 10…c5 and finally played it. In a post-game interview Aronian called this critical move as a bit suicidal.



According to Aronian, by that moment Ivanchuk realized he misplayed the opening because Black is not able to play c5. If Ivanchuk doesn’t play c5 he was planning to continue with Ne5, Rd1, Bg5 with very pleasant position for White. It would have been more practical for Black to proceed with passive 10…Nf6 but It was principal decision as Black has done everything to play c5 and if he doesn’t play it he is still in trouble.

Black’s position was getting worse and after 24 moves Vassily Ivanchuk decided to resign.



The games Fedoseev-So and Rapport-Ding Liren finished peacefully rather quickly.



Peter Svidler managed to get a pleasant advantage with White against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave but the French Grandmaster was defending precisely and after three hours of play the game also finished in a draw.

The second game of quarterfinals will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 16th of September. Vassily Ivanchuk needs to win on demand with white pieces against Levon Aronian if he wants to continue the match on tie-breaks.

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Round 4 Tie-breaks


The fourth round tie-breaks started with 5 matches on the 14th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 4 encounters were over.



Georgian chess legends Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili as well as many chess fans came to support their local hero Baadur Jobava but his opponent Wesley So won the first game and claimed draw through threefold repetition in the second one to win the match.



Richard Rapport drew the first game and defeated Evgeniy Najer in the second one.



Two Russian players Peter Svidler and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches with 2:0 score. Maxim Rodstein had clear advantage in the second game. He was close to equalize the score in the match against Fedoseev for the second time but missed his chances.



Peter Svidler checkmated his opponent’s king on the middle of the board in the first game and Bu Xiangzhi didn’t manage to create real problems for the Russian in the second rapid game of the match.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk drew two rapid games and the match was decided with 10 min +10 sec time control. The French Grandmaster outplayed the Russian in the first game but Alexander was very close to equalize the score in the second encounter. After the end of the game both players agreed that White should have played 44.h3 in order not to allow Black to push their pawn on g3. After 94 moves the game finished in a draw and Alexander Grischuk was eliminated from the tournament.

8 players remain in the World Cup.

1/4 pairings: Aronian – Ivanchuk, So – Fedoseev, Ding Liren – Rapport, Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave.

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Round 4 Game 2: Vassily Ivanchuk, Levon Aronian and Ding Liren are in quarterfinals


The second games of the fourth round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi.

Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, the Chinese derby finished with a victory for higher rated Ding Liren, Levon Aronian outplayed Daniil Dubov.

Therefore, Aronian will play against Ivanchuk in the next round, while Ding Liren will know his opponent after the tie-break match between Najer and Rapport.



The games Grischuk-Vachier-Lagrave and Svidler-Bu finished relatively quickly and the fate of their matches will be decided tomorrow. The second games between So – Jobava and Rapport - Najer lasted longer but the outcome was the same – both matches will continue with tie-breaks too. Maxim Rodshtein struck back in the match against Vladimir Fedoseev after his loss in the first game.

After his victory in the previous game Vassily Ivanchuk had a winning position in the second encounter against Anish Giri. However, he decided to force a draw and became the first quarter finalist in the World Cup.



Ding Liren got a pleasant advantage against Wang Hao out of the opening. He transferred the game into a better ending and slowly outplayed his opponent.



In a post-match interview Levon Aronian was obviously not satisfied with his play and explained that he blundered the queen exchange in the opening and Black’s move 17...f6. His practical draw offer was declined by Daniil Dubov. Immediately after the Russian player missed a strong continuation 19...Rac8 and therefore his advantage.

Eventually they got into the endgame with an exchange up for White. Levon didn’t remember what was the right way to convert his advantage in the position, which he was analyzing a few years ago, but kept on trying and eventually succeeded in defeating his opponent on move 97.



Daniil Dubov missed the last chance to make a draw after 92. Rb2. 92…Ke5 93.Kf7 Kf4 94. Rb4 Kg4! 95. Re4 Kf3=

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Round 4 Game 1: Two decisive games


Only 16 out of 128 participants remained in the World Cup in Tbilisi. In the first game of the fourth round Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Anish Giri, while Vladimir Fedoseev outplayed Maxim Rodshtein. All other six games finished in a draw.



Anish Giri went for the position with opposite-side castling and both players seemed ready for a tough fight on both sides of the board. Ivanchuk’s 15.h3 was a dubious decision as it helped his opponent to advance his pawns and open g-file. However, the Dutch Grandmaster did not play precisely and let Ivanchuk to exchange a few pieces which converted the game into the winning ending for the Ukrainian.



The last move Qf4 was the crucial mistake from Anish Giri. Black had good chances to hold with queens on the board.



Playing Black Vladimir Fedoseev sacrificed a pawn in order to get more space for his pieces and fight for initiative. During a post-game interview he was not sure if he had enough compensation or not but he believed in Black’s position and felt it was not easy for Maxim to defend under the time pressure. White’s position collapsed after a big blunder 35.Nc4.



After 35…e3! 36. Bd5 Qf2 37.Kh1 Qf1 38.Kh2 Bg5 39. Be6 Kg7 White has to give up his queen not to get mated.



Levon Aronian missed a good chance to fight for a victory in the game against Daniil Dubov.



36.Ne8! leads to a force draw but this line could not work out if Levon took on b2 one move earlier (34…Rb2).



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Alexander Grischuk played a very interesting and sharp game which eventually finished in a draw. Alexander managed to surprise Maxime in the opening with a7-a6-a5 move order and Maxime felt he didn't get anything with White. The French Grandmaster decided to create an attack on the King's side but the Russian bravely chose the most principal lines and could have tried to keep material advantage and play for a victory after 28.e5.

The second game of 1/8 of the final will be played at 3 p.m. local time on 13 of September.

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Round 3 Tie-breaks: Caruana, Nepo leave the tournament


The third round tie-breaks started with 8 matches on the 11th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 5 encounters were over and Baadur Jobava, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the next round. To finish the game with a checkmate is a rare chance for top players but that is what happened in the Caruana-Najer encounter where by winning the second game the Russian Grandmaster eliminated one of the top seeds.



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first game against Alexander Lenderman and after some adventures made a draw in the second game.



After defeating Wei Yi Richard Rapport upset another Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao. The Hungarian Grandmaster won the first game and secured his place in the fourth round by offering a draw in a winning position.



The local hero Baadur Jobava won the third match today, after his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi blundered a rook in an unpleasant but definitely not lost position.



After two decisive games in rapid Anish Girl outplayed Sethuraman in both ‘10min+10sec’ encounters. In a post-match interview the Dutch Grandmaster noted that he was really lucky during this round: “It doesn’t matter who is strong or weak. You have to be lucky and it helps to have good nerves, but it’s not necessary. Just be lucky!”



Alexander Grischuk was in trouble in the first rapid game against David Navara but after two draws the winner was decided in “10min+10sec” games. After they drew the first game, the Russian Grandmaster dominated in the second encounter and managed to convert his advantage into a full point.



The match between Levon Aronian and Maxim Matlakov lasted 6 hours and finished the last. After two draws in rapid, Levon Aronian won the first “10min +10 sec” game but once again Maxim Matlakov equalized the score. The fate of the match was decided in blitz after the Armenian won the first game and drew the second one.

The matches of the 4 round: Svidler – Bu Xiangzhi, Vachier-Lagrave – Grischuk, Giri – Ivanchuk, Aronian – Dubov, So – Jobava, Fedoseev – Rodshtein, Najer – Rapport, Wang Hao – Ding Liren.

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Round 3 Game 2: Carlsen, Nakamura, Kramnik leave


World Champion Magnus Carlsen leaves the World Cup after he drew his second game against Bu Xiangzhi. In a must win situation he tried to find some resources to complicate the game but the Chinese Grandmaster sacrificed a rook to force a draw by a perpetual check. Vladimir Fedoseev defeated another top seed – Hikaru Nakamura, who most probably mixed something in the opening and was in trouble from the early stage of the game.



Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed his lifelong opponent Vladimir Kramnik. Back in 2013 it was Kramnik, who eliminated the Ukrainian player and later on became the winner of the World Cup. This time Vassily Ivanchuk proceeds to round 4 to play against Daniil Dubov. After a draw in the first game, Peter Svidler won the second encounter against Alexander Onischuk and will play against Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round. "It's difficult to be unhappy about this, frankly. Playing Magnus is interesting, but also difficult!" commented his next opponent Peter Svidler.



Daniil Dubov eliminated his compatriot Vladislav Artemiev by winning the second game.

After the victory in the previous encounter Wesley So made a draw against Francisco Vallejo Pons to secure his place in the tournament.

Yuri Kuzubov decided to exchange his piece for 3 pawns in the game against Wang Hao but it proved to be a dubious decision. After his victory over the Ukrainian Grandmaster Wang Hao proceeded to the 4th round.



Anton Kovalyov did not appear for the second game and Maxim Rodshtein advanced to the fourth round.

Maxim Matlakov equalized the score against Levon Aronian and the winner of the match will be determined on tie-break. In a post-game interview Russian player explained that during the game he was surprised by Levon`s choice 15.Nd7, which allowed him to get quite promising position.

The epic battle between Sethuraman and Giri finished in a draw after 78 moves of play. The Indian Grandmaster had winning position but Anish kept on looking for chances and managed to save the game.



8 tie-breaks will be played on 11th of September: Vachier-Lagrave - Lenderman, Li Chao - Rapport, Nepomniachtchi - Jobava, Caruana - Najer, Grischuk - Navara, Ding Liren - Vidit and Giri – Sethuraman, Matlakov – Aronian.

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Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi.

10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly but the Canadian Grandmaster explained he could not do it. The Chairman of the Organizing Committtee GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili had another conversation with the player after which Anton Kovalyov left the playing hall and did not come back for the game. After the maximum default time of 15 minutes the match arbiter stopped the clock and Kovalyov`s opponent Maxim Rodshtein won by forfeit.



World champion Magnus Carlsen surprisingly lost with White pieces against Bu Xiangzhi.

According to the Chinese Grandmaster, the sacrifice on h3 was tempting and he saw that after 17.Qf3 he had a perpetual check Bh2-Bg3. After 19…f5 he felt he had good chances to win the game. Magnus Carlsen has Black pieces in the second game and needs to strike back to equalize the score.

Fransisco Vallejo Pons chose an aggressive line in Caro Kann against Wesley So today. In the post-game interview the winner of the encounter Wesley So doubted the decision of his opponent to sacrifice an exchange. He was sure that after 20…Qb2 White has not enough compensation for the material.



Levon Aronian defeated Maxim Matlakov with White pieces. Armenian Grandmaster didn’t give any chances for counterplay for his opponent by playing on both sides of the board.

12 games finished in a draw today including the games Nepomniachtchi – Jobava, Najer – Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave – Lenderman, Nakamura – Fedoseev, Onischuk – Svidler, Artemiev – Dubov, Ivanchuk – Kramnik, Giri – Sethuraman, Ding Liren – Vidit, Li Chao – Rapport, Grischuk – Navara and Wang Hao – Kuzubov.

The second game of the third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time.



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The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu Xiangzhi went through to the next round.



A few rating favorites leave a tournament including former World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who lost to Yuriy Kuzubov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek who was eliminated by Alexander Onischuk and Pentala Harikrishna who was defeated by his compatriot S.P. Sethuraman.



In one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament Adhiban-Nepomniachtchi Indian player missed another good chance to defeat his opponent in the first rapid game and after it ended in a draw, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed his opponent in the second game.

Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri won their ’10min+10sec’ matches.

Former Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan made 4 draws in classical and rapid games against Levon Aronian but lost 2:0 with `10 min+10sec` format.



The matches Andreikin-Matlakov and Radjabov-Artemiev were decided in blitz.

After 2 draws in rapid Maxim Matlakov defeated his opponent in 10+10 time control. However, the finalist of the World Cup 2013 Dmitry Andreikin managed to equalize the score. But already in the next blitz game he lost in an absolutely winning position and could not make a comeback after such a tough blow.



Teimour Radjabov lost the first rapid game but made a comeback by equalizing the score. He also outplayed his opponent in the first game with “10+10” time control. Suddenly, the tables were switched and in a must win situation Vladislav Artemiev defeated Teimour and then dominated in blitz.

Vladislav Artemiev and Maxim Matlakov qualified for 1/16.

The third round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on the 9th of September. 32 participants continue playing in the World Cup.

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Round 2 Game 2: Anand, Adams and Karjakin leave

The return games of the second round of the World Cup were completed in the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi. Despite the elimination of 64 players in the first round, tomorrow we are going to see the same number of tie-break matches as in the previous tie-break day - 22.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexei Dreev and is the only player, who won his match with 2:0 score in round 2.

From the other top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Valdimir Kramnik, who started the round by winning against lower rated players, preserved the advantage to advance to the next round. The opponent of Kramnik, Anton Demchenko surprisingly offered a draw after only 10 moves.

Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand didn’t manage to tie the score in the second game against Anton Kovalyov and has to leave the tournament.



Another notable result is a loss of the winner of the World Cup 2015 Sergey Karjakin to Daniil Dubov. Michael Adams was also eliminated after the round 2 by Maxime Rodstein, who outplayed him in the second game with black pieces.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, Aleksandr Lenderman, Santosh Vidit and Vladimir Fedoseev won their matches as well to qualify for the 3rd round.

Ivan Cheparinov won the second game against David Navara and equalized the score in the match which will be decided on tie-break.



Indian GM Adhiban had chances to finish the match against Ian Nepomniachtchi today but the fate of their encounter will be decided tomorrow as well as Li Chao - Sevian, Aronian - You Yifan, Najer - Vitiugov, Caruana - Lenic, Giri - Motylev, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Wang Hao - Gelfand, Grischuk - Cori, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Ding Liren - Kravtsiv and Mamedyarov – Kuzubov, Erdos - Svidler, Rapport - Wei Yi, Sо - Bluebaum, Nakamura - Bruzon, Andreikin - Matlakov, Ivanchuk - Duda, Radjabov - Artemiev, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi.

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Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw.



Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko and Ernesto Inarkiev accordingly, Boris Grachev lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Le Quang Liem lost to Vidit Santosh.

The biggest surprise of the second round was a victory of Anton Kovalyov from Canada over former World champion Viswanathan Anand. Indian player decided to sacrifice a piece in a better position 23.Nc5 but his opponent found a precise way to defend and kept his extra material. Vishy needs to win tomorrow with Black pieces to continue playing in the tournament.



The games Hou Yifan – Aronian, Motylev – Giri, Bacrot - Bu Xiangzhi, Karjakin - Dubov, Duda - Ivanchuk, Harikrishna - Sethuraman, Lenic - Caruana, Mamedyarov - Kuzubov, Matlakov - Andreikin, Sevian - Li Chao, Tari - Lenderman, Wei Yi - Rapport, Yu Yangyi - Jobava, Adhiban - Nepomniachcthi, Svidler - Erdos, Rodshtein - Adams, Bruzon - Nakamura, Tomashevsky - Vallejo Pons, Onischuk - Wojtaszek, Cori - Grischuk, So - Bluebaum, Kravtsiv - Ding Liren, Artemiev - Radjabov, Wang Hao - Gelfand and Vitiugov - Najer finished peacefully.

The second game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 7th of September.



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Round 1 Tie-Break Matches


The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.



13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot, Boris Grachev, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Maxim Rodshtein and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.



Aryan Tari, Daniil Dubov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban, Anton Demchenko, Luka Lenic were stronger with 10 min + 10 sec time control. Norvegian GM Aryan Tari defeated 2700+ GM David Howell from England by winning the last game after 5 draws in the previous encounters.


The last match of the round 1 between Georgian player Baadur Jobava and Ivan Salgado Lopez obviously attracted enormous attention of local spectators and was decided in blitz. Baadur outplayed his opponent in the 8th game and remains the only Georgian player, who managed to proceed to the next stage.

The second round of the FIDE World Cup starts at 3 p.m. local time on 6th of September. 64 participants will continue playing but same as before only half of them will advance to the next stage.


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Top seeds advance to round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September.

The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents.



42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon (ARM), Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE), Nakamura Hikaru (USA), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA), Grischuk Alexander (RUS), Anand Viswanathan (IND), Ding Liren (CHN), Giri Anish (NED), Svidler Peter (RUS), Wojtaszek Radoslaw (POL), Li Chao b (CHN), Radjabov Teimour (AZE), Le Quang Liem (VIE), Navara David (CZE) , Lenderman Aleksandr (USA), Gelfand Boris (ISR), Matlakov Maxim (RUS), Vitiugov Nikita (RUS), Bu Xiangzhi (CHN), Najer Evgeniy (RUS), Duda Jan-Krzysztof (POL), Wang Hao (CHN), Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS), Cheparinov Ivan (BUL), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), Artemiev Vladislav (RUS), Sethuraman S.P. (IND), Onischuk Alexander (USA), Rapport Richard (HUN), Motylev Alexander (RUS), Kravtsiv Martyn (UKR), Kovalyov Anton (CAN), Cori Jorge (PER), Bruzon Batista Lazaro (CUB), Kuzubov Yuriy (UKR), Hou Yifan (CHN), Bluebaum Matthias (GER), Dreev Aleksey (RUS).

Amin Bassem (EGY) lost his chance to win the match against Erdos Viktor (HUN) today after he missed a stalemate trick in a completely winning ending.



The biggest surprise of the round one was the elimination of the previous World Cup semifinalist Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian player had an absolutely winning position in the first game but after few mistakes he eventually lost. In a must win situation he tried to find some chances to complicate the position but his opponent Alexander Lenderman (USA) won also the second game. Another Ukrainian player and former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov also leaves the tournament after his loss against Sethuraman S.P. (IND).

Anton Demchenko, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pentala Harikrishna, Wei Yi and Murali Karthikeyan made comebacks by winning their second games and will continue to play tomorrow on tie-breaks.



44 players will return to the tournament hall on 5th of September to decide who will qualify for the next round.

According to the tournament regulations, after a new drawing of colours, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colours, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

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World Chess Cup started in Tbilisi, Georgia

Round 1 Game 1


The 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup began today at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia, with 128 of the world's top players fighting for the 1,6 million USD prize fund.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos made the first move in the game between the World champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR) and Oluwafemi Balogun (NGR).



According to the pairings, the favorites in the higher half of the draw met significantly lower rated opponents. The top seeds won their games relatively easily, but there were also surprising losses by rating favorites, including Wei Yi of China against Canadian Bator Sambuev, Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine against Alexander Lenderman of USA, Pentala Harikrishna of India against Cuban Grandmaster Yuri Gonzalez Vidal and Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia against Yusnel Bacallao Alonso of Cuba.



One of the favorites of the tournament and number second chess player in the world ranking Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France made a draw today. His opponent was International Master Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (TJK).



Another notable result is the draw in the game between Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the loser of the last World Championship and the youngest participant of the tournament, Anton Smirnov of Australia.



Alexander Onischuk moved to the second round without a fight. His opponent, Yaroslav Zherebukh (USA), was not able to leave his country and participate in the Chess World Cup because he was still waiting for his US Green Card. Today is Onischuk’s birthday and thus he received a nice present.

Tomorrow is the second game of the first round and the participants will be fighting hard to progress to the next round.

The organizers of the World Cup are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall. The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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ROUND 1 Game1 results



Magnus Carlsen chose White pieces at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup

The opening ceremony took place at the Funicular restaurant in Tbilisi on 2nd of September 2017. The players and guests were greeted by the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili, the ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Georgian Chess Federation George Giorgadze and the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.



The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili welcomed all the guests to Tbilisi:

“Dear guests, leaders of the international chess federation, organizers and participants of the Tbilisi World Chess Cup!

For the first time our country holds a tournament of such a high category, and Georgian chess players are deservedly proud of their past. Georgia chess faces a big challenge as there will be the World Chess Olympiad in 2018 in Batumi. We hope that everything will be held at the highest level. I wish all participants successful games.”



FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos delivered his opening speech:

“The FIDE World Cup 2017 is going to be an historical chess event as it is the toughest event we have in FIDE. The particpation of 15 top rated players, including the exceptional case of the World Champion himself, makes this event the strongest in history. In order to win such tournament you should be a good player, have a good form and be a great fighter. Nobody can be sure about his own result here and this is why I really admire the decision of the World champion Magnus Carlsen to participate in this tournament. He writes his own history and he gives a message how the World Champion should be. I thank him for playing here and for the promotion of chess and this important FIDE event.

Georgia is a great country with a huge chess history, especially because of their great women players with some of them being here with us today. I would like to thank the Minister of Sport of Georgia Tariel Khechikashvili for his support, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the President of Gerogian Chess Federation Giorgiy Georgadze and his people for the organization of the World Cup and the coming Olympiad.

Recently there were some political statements in media that could have hurt Georgian people. On behalf of FIDE I would like to apologise for this. We are one family in FIDE because we do not allow our chess community to be divided for political, religious or racial reasons. I would like to ensure Mr. Minister that we will continue keeping to this principle. “ At the end of the speech Mr. Makropoulos declared the World Cup Open.



The opening ceremony included dance and sung performances by the Georgian national ballet "Sukhishvili" and musical band “Ursa” and was enjoyed by the participants and guests of the tournament.



Chief Arbiter Delega then proceeded with the drawing of colors. He invited the top seed of the tournament, the World Champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway to pick one of the traditional Georgian wine vessel 'Kvevri'. Magnus Carlsen will play the first game of the match against Oluwafemi Balogun from Nigeria with the white pieces.



After the end of the opening ceremony all the players came back to the official hotel and attended the technical meeting.

The organizers are FIDE, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, the Check In Georgia Sports, the Georgian Chess Federation, Organising Committee of The 2018 World Chess Olympiad and Tbilisi City Hall The title Sponsor is SOCAR.

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Ο δρόμος για τα FIDE World Chess Candidates 2018

Skakistiko - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:07

Ανακοινώθηκε την Δευτέρα πως το Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών 2018 (FIDE World Chess Candidates) γίνει στο Βερολίνο από τις 9 έως τις 28 Μαρτίου του προσεχούς έτους.

Ο Μ. Πέτερσον σε άρθρο του στην ιστοσελίδα της chessbase γράφει για τα πιθανά σενάρια που θα καθορίσουν την τελική σύνθεση του τουρνουά των διεκδικητών, των 8, το οποίο θα αναδείξει τον επόμενο αντίπαλο του Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν για τον τίτλο του παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή, τον Νοέμβριο του 2018.

Από τους 8 σκακιστές που θα παίξουν τον Μάρτιο, μονάχα ο ένας είναι γνωστός από τώρα: Ο Σεργκέι Καριάκιν (Ρωσία) ως ο προηγούμενος νικητής των Διεκδικητών και προηγούμενος αντίπαλος του Κάρλσεν για τον παγκόσμιο τίτλο.
Σύμφωνα με τους ειδικούς κανονισμούς της FIDE για το παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα οι άλλες 7 θέσεις στους Διεκδικητές θα καλυφτούν από:
Από τους 2 πρώτους νικητές του World Cup 2017 που ως γνωστόν διεξάγεται αυτές τις μέρες στην Τιφλίδα, πρωτεύουσα της Γεωργίας.
Από τους 2 σκακιστές που θα τερματίσουν πρώτοι στην συγκεντρωτική κατάταξη των World Chess Grand Prix.
Από τους 2 σκακιστές με τον υψηλότερο μέσο όρο διεθνούς έλο κατά το 2017.
Έναν σκακιστή που θα επιλεγεί από τους διοργανωτές (wild card). Θα είναι Γερμανός ή ο τόπος διεξαγωγής δεν έχει σημασία για την agon;

Στο World Cup συνεχίζουν 8 σκακιστές και προς το τέλος του μήνα θα γνωρίζουμε ποιοι θα είναι οι δυο σκακιστές που θα παίξουν στο τελικό τεσσάρων παρτίδων και οι οποίοι θα εξασφαλίσουν έτσι αυτόματα τη συμμετοχή τους στο Βερολίνο το 2018.

Τα Grand Prix είναι σειρά τεσσάρων τουρνουά από τα οποία τα τρία έχουν διεξαχθεί ήδη. Συμμετέχουν 24 σκακιστές (ο κάθε παίχτης έχει δικαίωμα να συμμετέχει σε 3 από τα 4 τουρνουά). Στη συγκεντρωτική βαθμολογία προηγούνται μέχρι τώρα ο Μαμεντιάροβ (Αζερμπαϊτζάν) και ο Γκριστσούκ (Ρωσία) αλλά έχοντας παίξει ήδη και στα 3 τουρνουά που είχαν δικαίωμα. Στην Πάλμα ντε Μαγιόρκα όπου θα γίνει τον Νοέμβριο το τελευταίο τουρνουά της σειράς των γκραν-πρι μπορούν να τους ξεπεράσουν οι Ρατζάποβ (Αζερμπαϊτζάν) και Ντιγκ Λίρεν (Κίνα) που ακολουθούν.

Από το κριτήριο του μέσου όρου έλο όλων των μηνών του 2017 τις περισσότερες πιθανότητες έχουν οι Σο (ΗΠΑ), Κράμνικ (Ρωσία) και Καρουάνα (ΗΠΑ).

Τέλος ο παίκτης που θα μετέχει με wild card θα παραμείνει για κάποιο καιρό μυστήριο. Σε σκακιστικά φόρουμ οι πιθανότεροι υποψήφιοι κατά τους σχολιαστές είναι ο Βασιέ-Λαγκράβ (αν δεν προκριθεί με άλλον τρόπο), ο Νακαμούρα (που δεν έχει τύχη συμμετοχής με τα άλλα κριτήρια), ο Ανάντ (σαν πρώην παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής και για αναγνώριση της προσφοράς του στο σκάκι επί δεκαετίες) ή ένας Γερμανός σκακιστής με την προϋπόθεση το έλο του να έχει περάσει το 2725 μια φορά κατά το 2017. Ο Αρονιάν θα πρέπει να προκριθεί από το World Cup ή το έλο, διότι θεωρείται απίθανο να πάρει wild card μιας και έχει συμμετάσχει άλλοτε με επιλογή της διοργάνωσης.

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Μέρες της Γιάσναγια Πολάνια

Skakistiko - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:21



Πάνω φωτογραφία: Ο Λέον Τολστόι, αριστερά, παίζει σκάκι με τον γιο του εκδότη του και φίλου του Βλαντιμίρ Τσέρτσκοβ. Δυστυχώς δεν γνωρίζουμε το μικρό όνομα του νεαρού, στη φωτογραφία που τράβηξε ο πατέρας του, στο κτήμα των Τολστόι στη Γιάσναγια Πολάνια το 1907,  όπου ο Ρώσος λογοτέχνης πέρασε σχεδόν όλη του τη ζωή.
Κάτω φωτογραφία: Με τη σειρά πάνω από τη σκακιέρα ο Λέον Τολστόι, η σύζυγός του Σοφία Αντρέγιεβνα Τολστάγια, και δυο γιοι του: ο Σεργκέι και ο Ίλια. Το τελευταίο πρόσωπο δεξιά δεν αναγνωρίζεται.
Υπάρχουν πέντε καταγραμμένες σκακιστικές παρτίδες του Ρώσου λογοτέχνη που μπορείτε, αν ενδιαφέρει, να δείτε εδώ

[…] Ο Γκόρκι, νέος, συνήθιζε να παρακολουθεί μυστικά τους ανθρώπους για να τους κάνει πρόσωπα των έργων του (κι ο Μπαλζάκ επίσης). Παρακολούθησε έτσι τον Τολστόι στο δάσος της Γιάσναγια Πολάνια. Ο Γέρος σταματά σε ένα ξέφωτο, μπροστά σε ένα βράχο λείο με μια σαύρα επάνω που τον κοίταζε. “Η καρδιά σου χτυπάει” λέει ο Τολστόι. “Ο ήλιος είναι ζεστός. Είσαι ευτυχισμένη” και ύστερα από μικρή σιωπή, μελαγχολικά: “Εγώ, όχι…” […]

[…] Μα το γράφει ο Τολστόι σε μια από εκείνες τις επιστολές του προς τον Μαχάτμα Γκάντι. Όταν έγινε οχτώ ετών, η μητέρα του τον αγκάλιασε σκληρά: “Έχεις μια παράξενη μορφή, μπορεί να μη βρεθεί ποτέ γυναίκα να σε ποθήσει με όλη της την ύπαρξη. Φρόντισε να γίνεις ένας σπουδαίος άνθρωπος, να μορφωθείς πολύ, να διηγείσαι ιστορίες που να γοητεύουν τους ανθρώπους […]

[…] Μόλις προ ολίγου είχαμε κόψει ένα μικρό δέντρο. Η περίεργη αυτή συνήθεια ακολουθούσε τα προγεύματα στους Γκόρκι. Εκείνος, φορώντας το μικρό ταταρικό του σκούφο, ξέκοβε στο απέραντο φόντο της Μαύρης Θάλασσας. Κι εξακολουθούσε να αναθυμάται τον Τολστόι, “το πνεύμα της ρούσικης γης”, όταν έφευγε και πήγαινε και μιλούσε με τα ζώα μέσα στο δάσος του, σαν ογδοντάρης Ορφέας […].

Ο Αντρέ Μαλρώ για τον Λέοντα Τολστόι στον πρώτο τόμο από τα Αντιαπομνημονεύματά του (μετάφραση: Αιμίλιος Χουρμούζιος, Πάπυρος, 1971).


*** Και λίγες δικές μου παλιότερες σκέψεις, με το ερέθισμα που είχα πάρει από την ανάγνωση του σύντομου αριστουργήματος “Ο θάνατος του Ιβάν Ίλιτς”:

Ο Γεράσιμος, ο μουζίκος. Καλλιτεχνική αποτύπωση της Λίλι Μπιουκάναν με σημείο την 58 μόλις σελίδων νουβέλα του Τολστόι “Ο Θάνατος του Ιβάν Ίλιτς”. Ενώ το όνομα του λογοτέχνη παραπέμπει αντακλαστικά στους θηριώδεις τίτλους όπως “Πόλεμος και Ειρήνη” και “Άννα Καρένινα”, η σύντομη και παραμελημένη στην εποχή της νουβέλα “Ο Θάνατος του Ιβάν Ίλιτς” ενέπνευσε στοχαστές όπως τον Χάιντιγκερ και τον Λεβινάς να ομολογήσουν, ο καθένας με διαφορετικό τρόπο έκφρασης, πως ο πυρήνας της σκέψης τους βρισκόταν ήδη γραμμένος από το 1886, σε αυτή την ταπεινή έκδοση του Τολστόι. “Τα έγραψε όλα πριν από μας”.

Πρόκειται για “μελέτη θανάτου” με λογοτεχνικό περίβλημα όπου διατυπώνονται με τελειότητα όλα σχεδόν τα αρχέγονης καταγωγής ερωτήματα που αφορούν τη σχέση του ανθρώπου με το θάνατο και η εσωτερική κρίση όταν το γεγονός δεν αφορά τον αυτοκράτορα της Ιαπωνίας, τον αγαπητό καθ’ όλα γείτονα ή μια είδηση στην εφημερίδα. Ο Τολστόι, όταν εξέδωσε τη νουβέλα, είχε περάσει ήδη στην προσωπική του “χριστιανική περίοδο”, αλλά σαν φιλοσοφική πρόκληση, τόσο χριστιανική βέβαια που κάποιοι που αρέσκονται σε σούπερ βολικές απλοϊκότητες τον κατατάσσουν αβασάνιστα σαν αναρχοχριστιανό ενώ η εκκλησία τον αφόρισε – δεν γνωρίζω αν έχει ανακληθεί ο αφορισμός μέχρι και σήμερα.

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