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🏆 World Cup (2017)

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Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Ding Liren, Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Yu Yangyi, Michael Adams, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wei Yi, Richard Rapport, Wang Hao, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Nikita Vitiugov, Le Quang Liem, Maxim Matlakov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Areshchenko, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Ivan Cheparinov, David Howell, Alexey Dreev, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Motylev, Maxim Rodshtein, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Vladislav Artemiev, Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov, Daniil Dubov, Baskaran Adhiban, Yifan Hou, Martyn Kravtsiv, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, David Anton Guijarro, Anton Demchenko, Hrant Melkumyan, Gawain Jones, Jeffery Xiong, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman, Kacper Piorun, Jorge Cori, Anton Kovalyov, Sandro Mareco, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Luka Lenic, Mikhael Mchedlishvili, Viktor Erdos, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Axel Bachmann Schiavo, Emilio Cordova, Murtas Muratovich Kazhgaleyev, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Matthias Bluebaum, Johann Hjartarson, Benjamin Bok, Alexey Goganov, Aleksandr Lenderman, Robert Hovhannisyan, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Levan Pantsulaia, Mikhail Antipov, Diego Flores, Samuel Sevian, Mladen Palac, Murali Karthikeyan, Aryan Tari, Julio Catalino Sadorra, Kaido Kulaots, Yusnel Bacallao Alonso, Deep Sengupta, Vitaly Kunin, Kirill Stupak, Jahongir Vakhidov, Nana Dzagnidze, Tsegmed Batchuluun, Bator Sambuev, Yuri Gonzalez Vidal, Helgi Dam Ziska, Leandro Krysa, Anton Smirnov, Felipe de Cresce El Debs, Amirreza Pourramezanali, Al Rakib Mollah Abdullah, Essam El Gindy, Mohamed Amine Haddouche, Li Tian Yeoh, Muhammad Khusenkhojaev, Guanchu Liu, Kenneth T Solomon, Changren Dai, Daniel J Cawdery, 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,

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Areshchenko vs A Demchenko 1-0762017World CupB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. Ding Liren vs M Haddouche 1-0462017World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
3. Li Tian Yeoh vs Anand 0-1662017World CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Grischuk vs E El Gindy 1-0472017World CupC24 Bishop's Opening
5. Changren Dai vs Kramnik 0-1512017World CupC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
6. A Bachmann vs Dreev 0-1412017World CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. K Piorun vs Yifan Hou  ½-½402017World CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
8. L Bruzon Batista vs D Anton Guijarro 1-0452017World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
9. D Dubov vs D G Fridman  ½-½362017World CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. R Rapport vs E Cordova 1-0332017World CupE01 Catalan, Closed
11. S Sevian vs Nisipeanu  ½-½212017World CupC42 Petrov Defense
12. A Tari vs D Howell  ½-½292017World CupC45 Scotch Game
13. E Inarkiev vs M Mchedlishvili 1-0292017World CupB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. D Sengupta vs Wang Hao  ½-½342017World CupC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Bu Xiangzhi vs D Flores 1-0232017World CupA04 Reti Opening
16. A Giri vs N Dzagnidze 1-0672017World CupA27 English, Three Knights System
17. Adams vs T Batchuluun  ½-½572017World CupC50 Giuoco Piano
18. Eljanov vs Lenderman 0-1572017World CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. J Cori vs G Jones 1-0972017World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
20. I V Kovalenko vs M Kravtsiv 0-1712017World CupC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
21. F Vallejo Pons vs M Karthikeyan 1-0642017World CupE10 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Li Chao vs L Krysa  ½-½1132017World CupD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. A Pourramezanali vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½712017World CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. L Lenic vs Fressinet  ½-½442017World CupD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Kuzubov vs S Zhigalko  ½-½542017World CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Sep-27-17  BOSTER: This is interesting episode from game Liren vs Aronian.

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Did Dingo see that the square h2 under threat, or not this is the Q? But he played here Rfe1 and after Qh4 Re8+,and if Rxe8 Rxe8+ Kg7 and Qg1+ protecting h2.But Aronian did not take the rook e8 and played Kg7.Being an artist Dingo should play Qg4+ and Rg1.

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  PawnSac: I was on a work related road trip for a few days and was not able to stay with the games, but in review this evening and especially after watching the closing ceremony, i must say the following..

1. I am very impressed with Ding's performance in this match, and impressed with his ability to go toe to toe with Levon. At classical time he proved to be a world class player who in future years will be a serious contender and candidate for WWC.

2. The rapid win for Levon is not surprising considering his experience, but it easily could have gone the other way.

3. Levon was my personal favorite, but that means little because the bottom line is... may the best chess GM win.

4. Ding was very meek and acknowledged Levon's superiority, but Levon was a little lucky and won by a nose.

5. I greatly appreciated Levon's complementary attitude toward Ding stating that he played great chess (especially in game 4) and his comment that it takes a lot of luck to win the "cup" also does not diminish Ding's ability.

6. He was also gracious toward the Georgian hosts.

7. Both players were perfect gentlemen, and great representatives of what i consider the true and honorable chess spirit.

A wonderful match, and great results.
Best wishes to both finalists.

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  PawnSac: < devere: ... I think that MVL, who was just one good move away from knocking out Aronian, had a more impressive world cup performance than Ding. The format of the world cup only allows one to say that the victor deserved their victory, not that the loser of the finals had the second best performance. That is an inescapable flaw of the knockout format. >

I strongly agree. In fact, tho in the finals i favored Levon, I was very disappointed that he and MVL were paired in the SEMIfinals, as MVL was my overall favorite. I would have preferred he and Levon were paired in the finals.

Sep-27-17  Arconax: I hope MVL qualifies through the Grand Prix cycle. He is truly a great player. He is not afraid of entering sharp, complicated positions given his impressive ability to calculate accurately.
Sep-27-17  jphamlore: No one other than MVL and Radjabov is going to be taking the Palma de Mallorca FIDE Grand Prix all that seriously. MVL should win it and qualify for Candidates 2018. And I think Aronian is going to lend a hand to his friend MVL by defeating Radjabov.
Sep-27-17  markz: <devere: <Check It Out: <devere: The real runner-up of the 2017 world cup is MVL.> No, Ding is the real runner up. He earned his way to the final fair and square.> My point isn't that Ding did anything wrong. It is that there is an intrinsically random nature to a knockout tournament, and the pairings determine in which round all but the winner will be knocked out. As a result rewarding the losing finalist with a candidates tournament slot doesn't make much sense to me.

It is clear to me that if Aronian hadn't played at all, MVL would have been the 2017 world cup champion.>

Nonsense! Can you explain why in Grand Prix 2017, Ding got 240 GP points, MVL only got 211 points, Aronian ONLY got 18 points?

Sep-27-17  SirRuthless: 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.
Sep-27-17  jphamlore: Aronian like Anand might be one of those fortunate players whose game is improved by getting married.

Whatever were the troubles Aronian was having a couple of years ago seemed to artificially depress his true rapid rating from what should probably always be around 2850.

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  dunkenchess: Aronian, it is.
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  moronovich: <Willber G: I wonder how many of those criticising the "blunders" were sneaking a peak at the computer evaluations during the game?>

Well,that is patzers consolation ;) / ):

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  perfidious: <Willber G: I wonder how many of those criticising the "blunders" were sneaking a peak at the computer evaluations during the game?>

Long and short of it is: none, of course!

We are surrounded by titans who are so generous as to regale us with all this free insight as they offer up criticisms of top players, so long as they do not have to venture beyond the realm of their software.

Sep-28-17  WorstPlayerEver:

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  anilrinsesmare: Congratulations to GM Levon Aronian, a well-deserved win. Also to GM Ding Liren for putting up a good fight.

3 Candidates spot filled:

1. Karjakin
2. Aronian
3. Ding

Sep-28-17  sonia91: Ding Liren at the closing cerimony: "Thank you organizers for allowing me to wear sportswear"

Video by ChessBase India:

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
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