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🏆 World Cup (2017)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ding Liren, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Michael Adams, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wei Yi, Richard Rapport, Wang Hao, Yu Yangyi, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Nikita Vitiugov, Le Quang Liem, Maxim Matlakov, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Alexander Areshchenko, Laurent Fressinet, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Ivan Cheparinov, David Howell, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexey Dreev, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Igor Kovalenko, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Yuri Kuzubov, Vladislav Artemiev, Baskaran Adhiban, Yifan Hou, Daniil Dubov, David Anton Guijarro, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Hrant Melkumyan, Martyn Kravtsiv, Gawain Jones, Jeffery Xiong, Varuzhan Akobian, Daniel Fridman, Kacper Piorun, Anton Kovalyov, Sandro Mareco, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Anton Demchenko, Jorge Cori, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Luka Lenic, Viktor Erdos, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, Emilio Cordova, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Matthias Bluebaum, Johann Hjartarson, Alexey Goganov, Aleksandr Lenderman, Robert Hovhannisyan, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Levan Pantsulaia, Samuel Sevian, Mladen Palac, Benjamin Bok, Julio Catalino Sadorra, Diego Flores, Kaido Kulaots, Aryan Tari, Deep Sengupta, Vitaly Kunin, Yusnel Bacallao Alonso, Kirill Stupak, Mikhail Antipov, Jahongir Vakhidov, Murali Karthikeyan, Nana Dzagnidze, Tsegmed Batchuluun, Bator Sambuev, Yuri Gonzalez Vidal, Helgi Dam Ziska, Leandro Krysa, Amirreza Pourramezanali, Felipe de Cresce El Debs, Al Rakib Mollah Abdullah, Essam El Gindy, Mohamed Amine Haddouche, Anton Smirnov, Li Tian Yeoh, Muhammad Khusenkhojaev, Guanchu Liu, Kenneth T Solomon, Daniel J Cawdery, Changren Dai, Joshua Daniel Ruiz Castillo, Oluwafemi Balogun Chess Event Description
World Cup (2017)

Official site: See also Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2017.

The 2017 FIDE World Cup, held 3-27 September in Tbilisi, Georgia, featured 128 players in a series of knockout matches. The early rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games when necessary. The final was a match of four games, and two Rapid tiebreak games. (1) The finalists would advance to the Candidates tournament next year. The prize fund was $1,600,000, with the winner taking home $120,000 from the final. (2) Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one. The tiebreaks consisted of two 25 min + 10-sec increment Rapid games, then if needed two 10 + 10 games, two 5 + 3 Blitz games, and finally an Armageddon game, where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counted as a win for Black. (1, 2) Chief arbiter: Tomasz Delega. (3)

On way to the final, Levon Aronian knocked out Daniel J Cawdery, Yifan Hou, Maxim Matlakov, Daniil Dubov, Vassily Ivanchuk in the quarterfinal, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the semifinal. Ding Liren knocked out Mohamed Amine Haddouche, Martyn Kravtsiv, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Wang Hao, Richard Rapport in the quarterfinal, and Wesley So in the semifinal. The final match started 23 September. After 2-2 in the Classical games, Aronian won both Rapid games:

1 2 3 4 1 2 Levon Aronian (ARM) 2799 1 1 4 Ding Liren (CHN) 2777 0 0 2

Aronian and Ding Liren qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2018) tournament.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen also participated, and it was asked if this was to try to eliminate future challengers. Carlsen was knocked out anyway in Round 3 by Bu Xiangzhi. Else, there was a dress code controversy before Round 3 involving Anton Kovalyov (who knocked out Viswanathan Anand in Round 2) and Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the Chairman of the Appeals Committee. A take on the event by User: Sally Simpson can be found at

(1) Chess24,
(2) FIDE,
(3) FIDE,

 page 2 of 18; games 26-50 of 430  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. B Grachev vs H Melkumyan  ½-½472017World CupD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
27. Akobian vs A Kovalyov 0-1612017World CupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
28. B Amin vs V Erdos  ½-½572017World CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
29. B Bok vs V Artemiev 0-1602017World CupB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
30. D Andreikin vs A Goganov  ½-½652017World CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
31. E Najer vs A Aleksandrov  1-0512017World CupC53 Giuoco Piano
32. J C Sadorra vs M Matlakov 0-1472017World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
33. A H T dos Santos Fier vs Bacrot ½-½302017World CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
34. L Pantsulaia vs J Duda  0-1642017World CupD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
35. M Antipov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½152017World CupA13 English
36. V Kunin vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½282017World CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
37. J Vakhidov vs Svidler 0-1302017World CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
38. B Sambuev vs Wei Yi 1-0242017World CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
39. A Smirnov vs Karjakin  ½-½302017World CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
40. Guanchu Liu vs Mamedyarov 0-1262017World CupC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
41. S Mareco vs M Bluebaum  ½-½222017World CupC11 French
42. J Xiong vs Motylev ½-½152017World CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
43. Jobava vs I Salgado Lopez  ½-½202017World CupD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
44. Ivanchuk vs M Kazhgaleyev  ½-½162017World CupA21 English
45. Radjabov vs H Ziska ½-½152017World CupE90 King's Indian
46. M Khusenkhojaev vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½222017World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
47. Carlsen vs O Balogun 1-0392017World CupB06 Robatsch
48. I Cheparinov vs D Mastrovasilis  1-0322017World CupD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
49. R Hovhannisyan vs M Rodshtein  ½-½232017World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
50. Kulaots vs N Vitiugov  ½-½352017World CupB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
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Sep-28-17  jphamlore: That wasn't mere "sportswear" Ding Liren was wearing, especially the sport jackets. I suspect those were the jackets worn when China won two of its biggest events with Ding Liren on the open team: The 2014 Olympiad and the 2017 FIDE World Team Championship. Ding Liren was representing China with pride.
Sep-28-17  sonia91: <jphamlore: [...] China won two of its biggest events with Ding Liren on the open team: The 2014 Olympiad and the 2017 FIDE World Team Championship.> China first won the World Team Championship in 2015.
Sep-28-17  k009ris: Just to clarify:I don't blame the players for poor quality chess games, It's the organizers who impose short time controls, as they want to wrap up their events on time. But I think we all lose when the artistic element in chess becomes the least important.And take a look at the games from the last world championship:boring as hell, then a mistakes in rapid games ... But the worst idea I think is deciding top chess events by "armageddon" blitz, stupidest think I've ever heard of.Maybe they should try mixing classical chess and Fischerrandom in tie breaks..
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  WannaBe: I don't understand how short(er) time controls (which it really is not) affects finishing the event 'on time'.

One game a day, third day for tie-break.

How would (longer/shorter) time control affect the finish of the event? Would a game require 26 hours to finish?

Time control was 90 minutes for 40-moves and 30 minutes (each move +30s)

40 moves + 30s per move would give you 90 minutes + 20 minutes = 110 minutes, it's only 10 minutes less than 2 hours per side.

Longest game was 130 moves which works out to be 3 hours and 5 minutes, I doubt both players sat there for 6 hours and 10 minutes. Probably plenty of time left on the clock when the game ended.

One of the shorter game was 7 moves. (Maybe you can blame the organizers for this game, too.)

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  perfidious: <sirgormless: I'd love to see the guys screaming "blunderfest" give live commentary on a GM game with no engine help for a 2600+ GM audience. I'd pay to watch the GMs struggle to keep gfrom laughing at the poor fool who thought he could tell them what's going on without deep and mostly concrete justification.>

This once, we are in complete agreement--that would doubtless prove highly amusing.

Sep-28-17  The Kings Domain: Imagine if Kovalyov made it to the finals and won. The tournament was a farce.
Sep-28-17  qkxwsm: funny how all aronian lost rating in all three categories despite winning the tournament
Sep-29-17  MadFaqirOfSwat: Better than losing points and not winning
Sep-30-17  Sally Simpson: My take on the event.

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  WorstPlayerEver: <Of course White did not play 1. Qxb6 stalemate but 1.Qa6+ 1-0.>

<Sally> It's Qxb3

Sep-30-17  Sally Simpson: I was wondering when someone would notice that.


Thanks W.P.E. corrected.

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  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson: I was wondering when someone would notice that....>

at least 1 (one) reader ...

Oct-01-17  Sally Simpson: Hi J.B.


My one reader. I love him. It's taken him over 700 reads since Thursday to spot my...ahem... deliberate mistake. He's slacking.

I've been told some scan it quickly to make sure I have not panned one of their games or exposed their opening trap.

One guy there has pulled off the Blackburne Shilling trap Muhlock vs B Kostic, 1911 over 100 times! You can imagine the message I got when I warned everyone.

I also advise falling for the trap with this line.

F Adeyemi vs Z Ahmadov, 2008

That was my 257th one. (I get is it a blog or column?) It's meant to keep me out of mischief on here and the other handful of other sites I haunt....but somehow it has not.

I always seem to be to in S*** with someone, the only thing that varies is the depth.

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  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson: Hi J.B.


My one reader. I love him. ...

I always seem to be to in S*** with someone, the only thing that varies is the depth.>

My piece of advice: Adopt the fellow and share. Sharing is caring

Oct-02-17  JustAnotherMaster: the GREATEST just one his 29th SUPER Tournament.......he has done more by the age of 26!!!! Yes Twety Six then SO will EVER accomplish, or Kramnik,Anand,Cuaruano, Karpov, Notvinnik, Tal, Fischer....So lmao that loser will never amount to the garbage that the phillipines accept from the USA every year for a few hundred dollars!,, hahahaha
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  WorstPlayerEver: It's a sad sad world.
Oct-02-17  Absentee: How do you pronounce "Cuaruano"?
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  WorstPlayerEver: I praise the day when Fabi will introduce his correct name to Yasser.
Oct-02-17  Absentee: And why is he congratulating Carlsen on the World Cup page? Is he mocking the world champion?
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The prize to pay when you are surrounded by crookz.

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  MissScarlett: Nobody can say Azmai looks like a gypsy. That's a nice whistle.
Oct-03-17  Chessinfinite: From the Guardian news -
"Theresa May said the UK could not understand US gun laws.". has every other leader in puzzlement.

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  Petrosianic: <JustAnotherMaster: the GREATEST just one [sic] his 29th SUPER Tournament.......>

Isle of Man was not a Super Tournament.

And Karpov won over 150 International Tournaments, so Carlsen still has a way to go.

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  beenthere240: Why are people puzzled about a US citizen exercising his second amendment rights?
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  beenthere240: And Aronian came close to losing to Hou in their first classical game.
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