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World Cup (2013)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ruslan Ponomariov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Alexey Shirov, Wei Yi, Wang Hao, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Yu Yangyi, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Nikita Vitiugov, Le Quang Liem, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Baadur Jobava, Viktor Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Maxim Matlakov, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Anton Korobov, Alexander Areshchenko, Krishnan Sasikiran, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Riazantsev, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Denis Khismatullin, Vladimir Akopian, Alexey Dreev, Alexander Beliavsky, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Evgeny Najer, Alexander Onischuk, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Igor Lysyj, Markus Ragger, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Gregory Kaidanov, Eltaj Safarli, Baskaran Adhiban, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Yifan Hou, Bassem Amin, Ray Robson, Mikhail Kobalia, Hrant Melkumyan, Andrei Istratescu, Gawain Jones, Sergey Fedorchuk, Evgeny Postny, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Parimarjan Negi, Jan Smeets, Sergei Azarov, Daniil Dubov, Dariusz Swiercz, Martyn Kravtsiv, Sandro Mareco, Aleksandr Shimanov, Alexander Ipatov, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Evgeny Romanov, Ivan Popov, Constantin Lupulescu, A R Saleh Salem, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Anton Filippov, Zbynek Hracek, Alexander Shabalov, Jorge Cori, Simen Agdestein, Vasif Durarbayli, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Larry Mark Christiansen, Ruben Felgaer, Mark Paragua, Sabino Brunello, Eric Hansen, Diego Flores, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Oliver Barbosa, Conrad Holt, Ziaur Rahman, Bator Sambuev, Leif Erlend Johannessen, Pouria Darini, Essam El Gindy, Liu Qingnan, Samy Shoker, Wan Yunguo, Anna Ushenina, Torbjorn Ringdal Hansen, Lou Yiping, Deysi Estela Cori Tello, Mikhail Markov, Akash G, Igor Bjelobrk, Sebbar Ali, Gillan Bwalya

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 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 431  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dreev vs S Azarov ½-½902013World CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. A Istratescu vs I Lysyj 0-1602013World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
3. E Safarli vs B Amin 0-1482013World CupC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
4. A Filippov vs E Romanov  ½-½342013World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
5. A Shimanov vs G Jones  ½-½562013World CupA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
6. J Smeets vs M Matlakov  ½-½432013World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Onischuk vs E Iturrizaga 1-0392013World CupE15 Queen's Indian
8. Hracek vs Bologan  ½-½302013World CupA04 Reti Opening
9. L Bruzon Batista vs E Najer  ½-½342013World CupB44 Sicilian
10. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Akopian 1-0482013World CupA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
11. Jobava vs M Kravtsiv 1-0602013World CupA14 English
12. D Flores vs F Vallejo Pons 0-1342013World CupA20 English
13. A Riazantsev vs R Felgaer  ½-½402013World CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. L Christiansen vs Fressinet 0-1422013World CupC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. W So vs A Ipatov 1-0452013World CupC42 Petrov Defense
16. V Malakhov vs E Hansen 1-0402013World CupA05 Reti Opening
17. Karjakin vs S Ali 1-0542013World CupB01 Scandinavian
18. J L Hammer vs Movsesian ½-½572013World CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. Kaidanov vs Areshchenko 0-1912013World CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. Mamedyarov vs S Shoker 1-0282013World CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. H Melkumyan vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½662013World CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Shirov vs Yifan Hou ½-½832013World CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
23. A H T dos Santos Fier vs R Wojtaszek ½-½682013World CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. E El Gindy vs L Dominguez 0-1602013World CupD85 Grunfeld
25. M Paragua vs Jakovenko 0-1672013World CupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
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Sep-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: Rogge and nok get it... not sure why it is so hard for everyone else. Time has value - high value - he placed a higher value obviously because he wants to use the time to prepare for Anand and thus no monetary incentive above the match's money was guaranteed to him. It is pretty simple really. Do I think if fide or someone else offerred 5 million guaranteed for Carlsen to play regardless of result that he would play? I do.
Sep-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bureaucrat: <parmetd: Rogge and nok get it... not sure why it is so hard for everyone else.> Perhaps because you didn't say clearly that you were talking about a hypothetical fantasy prize fund.
Sep-05-13  messachess: "Obviously no point for Anand or Carlsen to participate." Well, it's chess. It's fun. There's the point.
Sep-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: FIDE has started bids for the Candidates Tournament 2014.

Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia has already sent its bid and it will be reviewed during the FIDE Congress in Tallinn in October. The Bulgarian chess Federation will probably send its official bid as well.

One player (with a rating of at least 2725 in the FIDE rating list of 1st July 2013) will be nominated by the Organizer.

Sep-07-13  devere: " The World Cup is about playing for two spots in the Candidates. Obviously no point for Anand or Carlsen to participate."

Also no point in Kramnik or Aronian participating, but they were required by FIDE rules to do so. Why not pass another silly rule and require the World Champion and challenger to also participate? There's no limit on silly rules, is there?

Sep-08-13  Blunderdome: <devere> There's a limit of five silly rules.
Sep-08-13  badest: <devere: " The World Cup is about playing for two spots in the Candidates. Obviously no point for Anand or Carlsen to participate."

Also no point in Kramnik or Aronian participating, but they were required by FIDE rules to do so. Why not pass another silly rule and require the World Champion and challenger to also participate? There's no limit on silly rules, is there?> Maybe this is triggered by the recent experience of Radja in the Candidates in London. (And it is still nice to see Kramnik and Aronian play)

Sep-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <Maybe this is triggered by the recent experience of Radja in the Candidates>

Hm? Radja was a wildcard player in the Candidates. If there could be any reaction to his performance, it would be scrapping the wildcard spot for some other qualifier.

Sep-08-13  devere: "(And it is still nice to see Kramnik and Aronian play)"

With Kramnik playing to help Karjakin qualify, the possibilities for corruption of the qualification process are obvious. It would have been better if the two qualifiers from the World Cup were Andreikin and the winner of a playoff between Lagrave and Tomashevsky, and Kramnik and Aronian qualified strictly by rating. At least then Kramnik and Aronian would have been playing only for themselves, not to help third parties qualify. But even then, any players knocked out by Kramnik or Aronian would have cause for complaint. The format of the world cup tournament is abominable!

Sep-08-13  Daisuki: <Blunderdome: <devere> There's a limit of five silly rules.>

Does this include or not include the silly rule limiting the number of silly rules? ;p

Sep-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Daisuki>: Yes-except when it doesn't!
Sep-09-13  Karpova: <devere: With Kramnik playing to help Karjakin qualify, the possibilities for corruption of the qualification process are obvious.>

An absurd accusation taken as a fact. As if Kramnik had not enough intrinsic motivation to win the event. The fact that he was obviously the strongest player participating becomes proof of his moral depravity. Should he have lost a match on purpose?

Sep-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Karpova>: Kramnik, of course, committed the mortal sin of not having that most upright of aides, Silvio Danailov, in his corner.

Now it falls to Kramnik to settle his karmic debt, else retribution will follow and eternal damnation will be his portion.

Sep-10-13  Karpova: <perfidious>

But there may be a way out for Kramnik as he only needed to reach the final to qualify via the World Cup.

So <devere>'s conspiracy theory

<Since Kramnik was under no pressure to do well, and was also motivated to help his friend Sergey Karjakin qualify by rating by qualifying himself through the World Cup instead of rating, it's no surprise that Kramnik played very well and won the World Cup.>* World Cup (2013)

<With Kramnik playing to help Karjakin qualify, the possibilities for corruption of the qualification process are obvious.> World Cup (2013)

is easily defeated as Kramnik needn't win the final and so it would have sufficed for him to allow fool's mate in 3 games of the final match.

* It's no surprise that he played well as he was under no pressure to do so!

Sep-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Karpova>: On the topic of conspiracy theories, think Kramnik's father was on the grassy knoll in Dallas, alongside Woody Harrelson's father?
Sep-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Karmic Kramnik
Sep-11-13  Karpova: <perfidious>

I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out that Vlad was Woody's father anymore!

---

Kavalek quotes Volodya: <"I am not ashamed of my play here," Kramnik summed up his performance. "Pretty good chess, no blunders.">

Link: http://www.chessbase.com/Home/TabId... (Kavalek in 'The Huffington Post')

Sep-15-13  devere: "An absurd accusation taken as a fact. As if Kramnik had not enough intrinsic motivation to win the event. The fact that he was obviously the strongest player participating becomes proof of his moral depravity. Should he have lost a match on purpose?"

Kramnik did nothing wrong, but FIDE's faulty qualification system makes wrong doing possible. Suppose as some clever person has already pointed out Kramnik qualifying in the world cup would have caused Topalev to qualify by rating? What do you think would have happened then? LOL The world cup is an abominable mess that FIDE ought to overhaul.

Sep-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: Summary of Winners of FIDE successive Mini-Match KO Format Tournaments

When it was called the FIDE World Chess Championship:

1999 Khalifman

2000 Anand

2002 Ponomariov

2004 Kasimdzhanov

When it was called the FIDE World Cup:

2000 Anand

2002 Anand

2005 Aronian

2007 Kamsky

2009 Gelfand

2011 Svidler

2013 Kramnik

Sep-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: Summary of how the top 10 seeds did in Chess World Cup 2013 terms of rating performance:

1. Aronian

+0.8 +0.8 -2.2 -2.2 -6.5 -1.5 = -10.8

2. Caruana

+0.8 −4.2 +3.2 −1.8 −1.2 −1.2 +3.2 +3.2 −1.1 −1.1 = -0.2

3. Kramnik

+0.8 +0.8 −1.8 −1.8 −1.0 −1.0 +4.3 −0.7 +4.1 −0.9 −0.9 −0.9 +4.1 −0.9 −0.9 −0.9 = +2.4

4. Grischuk

+0.8 +0.8 +3.2 −1.8 −6.1 +3.9 = +0.8

5. Karjakin

+0.8 −4.2 −1.5 −1.5 −1.0 −1.0 −0.8 −0.8 = -10

6. Nakamura

+1.2 +1.2 +3.5 −1.5 +2.4 +2.4 −0.7 −5.7 = +2.8

7. Gelfand

+1.5 −3.5 −1.8 +3.2 +4.1 −0.9 −0.6 −0.6 = +1.4

8. Kamsky

−3.2 −3.2 +3.8 −6.2 +3.2 −1.8 +5.5 +0.5 −0.5 −5.5 = -7.4

9. Mamedyarov

+1.6 −3.4 −1.4 −1.4 −2.8 −2.8 −5.5 −0.5 = -16.2

10. Domínguez

+1.7 +1.7 +3.8 −1.2 −5.5 −0.5 = 0

Sep-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: Issues concerning the World Cup format:

1. Luck.

2. Grischuk strategy.

3. Why use quick games to determine qualification for the classical title.

4. Fatigue.

Possible Solutions:

Instead of the Format of Consecutive Mini-Matches and Quick Game Tie Breakers, return to the

<Swiss System Tournament>,

or

<Two or three round robin tournaments>

from which top placers qualify into the Candidates.

In effect this is going back to the old Interzonals formats, although it does not necessarily mean abolishing the Grand Prix as an alternative way into the Candidates. The Grand Prix in effect acts as a seeding via rating and wild card system, given that is what sponsors and chess fans enamored with ratings want.

(Personally I would rather do without the Grand Prix.)

Sep-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: Critique Regarding Seeding Through Rating into the Candidates of 4 Top Rated Players And The World Cup 2013 <The Radjabov Scenario>

(Also see http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/r.... For Elo ratings, see the FIDE rating site.)

Caruana
2013-Jul 2796
2013-Jun 2774
2013-May 2774
2013-Apr 2772
2013-Mar 2760
2013-Feb 2757
2013-Jan 2781
2012-Dec 2782
2012-Nov 2786
2012-Oct 2772
2012-Sep 2773
2012-Aug 2773
Average 33300/ 12 = 2775

Karjakin
2013-Jul 2776
2013-Jun 2782
2013-May 2767
2013-Apr 2786
2013-Mar 2786
2013-Feb 2786
2013-Jan 2780
2012-Dec 2775
2012-Nov 2775
2012-Oct 2780
2012-Sep 2778
2012-Aug 2785
Average: 33356/ 12 = 2779.57

Grischuk
2013-Jul 2780
2013-Jun 2779
2013-May 2779
2013-Apr 2764
2013-Mar 2764
2013-Feb 2764
2013-Jan 2764
2012-Dec 2764
2012-Nov 2764
2012-Oct 2752
2012-Sep 2754
2012-Aug 2763
Average: 33191/ 12 = 2765.91

Radjabov
2013-Jul 2733
2013-Jun 2733
2013-May 2745
2013-Apr 2793
2013-Mar 2793
2013-Feb 2793
2013-Jan 2793
2012-Dec 2793
2012-Nov 2793
2012-Oct 2792
2012-Sep 2788
2012-Aug 2788
Average: 33337/ 12 = 2778.08

The above data shows:

Karjakin 2779.57 > Radjabov 2778.08 > Caruana 2775 > Grischuk 2765.91 This indicates that if Aronian and Kramnik get into the finals of the World Cup, Karjakin and Radjabov would qualify via ratings. If only one of either Aronian or Kramnik makes it, then only Karjakin would qualify via ratings. If Karjakin and either Aronian or Kramnik finish at the top, then the one of latter two who would not qualify in the World Cup would still qualify via ratings and so would Radjabov.

I would like to point out a peculiarity of Raja's data. In the period November 2012 to April 2013, his ELO rating stayed the same at 2793. According to http://ratings.fide.com/hist.phtml?..., Raja did not play in classical competitive events from December 2012 to April 2013, or 5 months.

April 2013 No Games
March 2013 No Games
February 2013 No Games
January 2013 No Games
December 2012 No Games

During this time span his ELO rating stayed at a whopping 2793. http://ratings.fide.com/id.phtml?ev...

2013-Apr 2793
2013-Mar 2793
2013-Feb 2793
2013-Jan 2793
2012-Dec 2793
2012-Nov 2793

This certainly affected the final calculation of the average because one has to multiply 2793 by 6. If one looks at the other players, they were mostly active and their ratings had typical ups and downs, for the nearly half a year that Raja was not and was registering his ceiling 2793 rating for several consecutive months. I believe this artificially skewed his average to the right.

This implies that one possible reason that allowed Raja to retain a high ELO rating for such a long time, sufficient to make him a potential Candidate via the seeding via rating criterion, was his 'semi-retirement'. I would like to point this out because this is one way that the seeding via rating criterion can be manipulated so as to get into the Candidates in as safe a manner as possible. I would like to emphasize that Raja may not have done this intentionally; I have heard comments he has had personal problems.

Sep-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: Possible Solutions to the <Radjabov Scenario>

Shelter417: Thinking about the whole qualification process for the next Candidates, I wonder if

1. <it would be best to wait a few months before selecting players based on rating.>

Think about it. If the two slots for rating weren't compiled until the END of 2013 (basically an average of each player's ratings this year), everyone would have had an incentive to do as well as they could in the World Cup or Grand Prix (I'm sure Aronian would have fought a bit harder had his place not been 100% assured). And that way people wouldn't be able to complain about situations such as Radjabov (sure, a player might still suffer a loss in form at the end of 2013 and still make the Candidates, but at least his performance from 18 months prior won't be a factor).

twinlark: Interesting idea. It is, isn't it. The <Radjabov scenario> should never arise again.

2. visayanbraindoctor: <I am also suggesting that FIDE makes it a requirement that a player that qualifies by rating has to play rated classical tournaments for at least 5 months of the allotted 6 months, and that no tournament should be spaced more than a month apart so that his rating is subject to changes every month. That would avoid the strategy of ceasing to play when a player suddenly gets an unusually high rating.>

Sep-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <visayanbraindoctor>

<twinlark: Interesting idea. It is, isn't it. The <Radjabov scenario> should never arise again.>

Yes, it seems better to me. FIDE has demonstrated that it can make changes quickly if it needs to. In the wake of the requirement for Candidates qualifying events to include the World Cup and the Grand Prix, such a change would be indicated, particularly after the Radjabov scenario surfaced (wwith due to respect to an out of form grandmaster).

Jan-25-15
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  SirRuthless: Or you could just end all the nonsense and send the active top 10 over a 18 month period adding any wildcard slots or WorldCup/GP slots afterward and increasing the field size, then holding Candidates over two legs. No reason why a player who lurks around 7th-10th in the world should miss out on Candidates so there can be room for someone who lurks around 20-30th but got hot for one event. Candidates is a culmination of high level chess over time and should be treated as such.
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