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World Cup (2015)

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Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ding Liren, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Peter Leko, Gata Kamsky, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wang Hao, David Navara, Yu Yangyi, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Andreikin, Wei Yi, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Moiseenko, Andrei Volokitin, Ni Hua, Le Quang Liem, Anton Korobov, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Areshchenko, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Denis Khismatullin, Ivan Cheparinov, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Ilya Smirin, Igor Kovalenko, Gabriel Sargissian, Maxim Matlakov, Romain Edouard, Alexander Onischuk, Igor Lysyj, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Eltaj Safarli, Baskaran Adhiban, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Rauf Mamedov, Yifan Hou, Vladimir Fedoseev, Evgeny Najer, Ivan Saric, Ray Robson, Samuel Shankland, Hrant Melkumyan, Mateusz Bartel, Vladislav Artemiev, David Anton Guijarro, Sanan Sjugirov, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Csaba Balogh, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Zhou Jianchao, Gadir Guseinov, Bassem Amin, Sandro Mareco, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Ivan Popov, Alexander Ipatov, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Ivan Bukavshin, Constantin Lupulescu, A R Saleh Salem, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Varuzhan Akobian, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Viorel Iordachescu, Tamir Nabaty, Anton Kovalyov, Robert Kempinski, Milos Perunovic, Dragan Solak, Ahmed Adly, Alexey Goganov, Zhao Jun, Yuri Vovk, Vasif Durarbayli, Wen Yang, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Lu Shanglei, Rinat Jumabayev, Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, Ante Brkic, Samuel Sevian, Babu M R Lalith, Federico Perez Ponsa, Parham Maghsoodloo, Pouya Idani, Ziaur Rahman, Emre Can, Mariya Muzychuk, Cristobal Henriquez Villagra, Ermes Espinosa Veloz, Max Illingworth, Ilia Iljiushenok, Michael Wiedenkeller, Yusup Atabayev, Tomas Krnan, Deysi Estela Cori Tello, Amir Zaibi, Arthur Ssegwanyi, Richmond Phiri, Oladapo Oluto Adu

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A H T dos Santos Fier vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½74 2015 World CupC53 Giuoco Piano
2. Ivanchuk vs A Adly 1-066 2015 World CupB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
3. Radjabov vs S Sevian ½-½67 2015 World CupD85 Grunfeld
4. Karjakin vs E Espinosa 1-055 2015 World CupC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
5. T Krnan vs Ding Liren 0-165 2015 World CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. S Shankland vs I Popov 1-040 2015 World CupB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
7. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs R Kempinski 1-031 2015 World CupB08 Pirc, Classical
8. Akobian vs V Laznicka  ½-½37 2015 World CupE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Nisipeanu vs D Anton Guijarro  1-041 2015 World CupC03 French, Tarrasch
10. R Edouard vs Smirin 0-137 2015 World CupC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Kamsky vs H Melkumyan 0-147 2015 World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
12. V Artemiev vs Ganguly 1-026 2015 World CupE12 Queen's Indian
13. Robson vs Y Vovk 0-137 2015 World CupC11 French
14. I Cheparinov vs A Ipatov  ½-½43 2015 World CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. D Solak vs A Korobov 0-151 2015 World CupC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
16. Zhao Jun vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½37 2015 World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Lu Shanglei vs A Moiseenko  1-036 2015 World CupB30 Sicilian
18. A R Saleh Salem vs Wei Yi 0-154 2015 World CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. Navara vs T Nabaty  ½-½57 2015 World CupD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. R Jumabayev vs Eljanov 0-166 2015 World CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Gelfand vs C Henriquez Villagra ½-½72 2015 World CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Grischuk vs Y Atabayev ½-½79 2015 World CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. S Zhigalko vs I Bukavshin ½-½64 2015 World CupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. R Mamedov vs E Najer  1-063 2015 World CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. E Safarli vs C Balogh  ½-½51 2015 World CupA20 English
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  alexmagnus: Still, it becomes unanswered, why the KO competitions suddenly stopped being won by underdogs once they were downgraded from world championships to just candidate qualifiers.
Oct-06-15  Shams: <alexmagnus> How could the answer be anything but "small sample size"?
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  alexmagnus: <How could the answer be anything but "small sample size"?>

Thing is, both samples are small. But while of 5 editions of KO world championships, three were won by players seed below 16 (Khalifman 36, Ponomariov 19, Kasimdzhanov 28), <no one> of the six KO world cups was won by someone seed even close to this (lowest are Kamsky 2007 and Karjakin 2015, both as 11th seeds, and both with close-to-WC past achievemnts).

Oct-06-15  Shams: Again though, you seem to want an explanation beyond it just being a statistical anomaly. Do you think there is or could be one?
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  FSR: <HeMateMe: ... How does Norway "stand up to Putin," specifically? No discount ski passes for FSR officers?>

That is unconscionable! Filthy *&$^% Norwegian bastards!

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  HeMateMe: What could I have been thinking?
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  Dionysius1: As usual the official website has videos for every session except the very last. In this case at it doesnít have a video of the Blitz games. I think I can see how this happens: once the last game of the event has been played everybody goes home including the technical people. But if Iím right how unprofessional is that! Imagine the same happening in soccer or rugby recordings! As far as I was concerned the whole thing was a wonderfully presented event, but spoilt by the lack of a recording of the climactic moments. It all just left a nasty taste in my mouth: not sure I'll bother watching any more of these events.
Oct-07-15  sonia91: <Dionysius1> The video of the last day's blitz games is here (Video>Round>Final>Day 5):
Oct-07-15  Justin Flint:
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  Check It Out: booby fisher and Magnus!
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  plang: Not Eddie Fisher I hope
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  parmetd: Svidler was not able to become the first person to win the event twice.
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  wordfunph: "If every tournament was like the World Cup, I think I would be dead within 10 years."

- Hikaru Nakamura

Oct-09-15  dumbgai: World Cup winner loses rating points in World Cup.
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  alexmagnus: But not by underperformance. He lost 0.6 points, which means performing as well as expected. An underperformance would be a loss of 2.5 points or more.
Oct-09-15  dumbgai: <as well as expected>

Still an unusual case, then. Usually the tournament winner significantly overperforms. Svidler and Eljanov, for instance. The World Cup format is such that even a non-top-10 player can win without overperforming his rating.

Oct-09-15  Atking: <dumbgai> You have a point. Karjakin shows us that one could win World Cup without performing well. Chess is becoming a terrible sport, art and science relegated to a second or third stance. I will not be proud of that.
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  Absentee: <Atking: <dumbgai> You have a point. Karjakin shows us that one could win World Cup without performing well.>

He performed exactly as expected rating-wise in classical.

<Atking: Chess is becoming a terrible sport, art and science relegated to a second or third stance. I will not be proud of that.>

It's neither art nor science (or a sport, for that matter). But what does this have to do with how players perform?

Oct-10-15  Atking: <It's neither art nor science (or a sport, for that matter)> that is your point of view <Absentee> not mine. I like to see beautiful and logical games and not a series of drastic error to select a champion.

As for your first remark <dumbgai> has already answered <The World Cup format is such that even a non-top-10 player can win without overperforming his rating.> a point of view I explicitly share.

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  alexmagnus: For art, there is chess composition. For science, there are books. Chess <game> is for competition - and competition is all about errors. Without errors you cannot win, and without wind it makes not much sense to compete.

And there is no more beauty and logic in small errors than in big ones :-)

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  alexmagnus: Without wins, not without wind lol.
Oct-10-15  epistle: wind is air and without air you can't compete because you need to breathe to compete
Oct-10-15  Atking: <alexmagnus> One thing to say there is no perfect game and trying to win on counting an error from your opponent. To play a great game you need to build a plan by a logical approach and to transcend usual pattern be creative. "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." (For if Wind) that doesn't mean Tartakower wasn't trying to play both logically and creatively.
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  Sokrates: <Atking> I fully agree with your statements and notions. I am an old romantic fellow and my love for the game was never "win at any cost". Not to depict myself in a holy glance, but I have enjoyed my glorious defeats more than my lucky wins. I stopped playing in clubs many years ago because they are packed with people who don't actually love the game but use it to get rid of their personal complexes. When I saw a young man jump of joy because his opponent - in a totally winning position - blundered a piece - and he was cheered by his pals - I decided that wasn't for me.
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  moronovich: <and without wind it makes not much sense to compete.>

"If you can not take the smell in the kitchen...",you old fart :)

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