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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, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, 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, Evgeny Najer, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, 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, Anton Kovalyov, Sandro Mareco, Jorge Cori, 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, Benjamin Bok, Johann Hjartarson, Alexey Goganov, Robert Hovhannisyan, Aleksandr Lenderman, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Levan Pantsulaia, Mikhail Antipov, Diego Flores, Samuel Sevian, Mladen Palac, Murali Karthikeyan, Aryan Tari plus 27 more players. 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 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 68  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Guanchu Liu vs Mamedyarov 0-1262017World CupC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
2. I V Kovalenko vs M Kravtsiv 0-1712017World CupC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
3. Akobian vs A Kovalyov 0-1612017World CupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. B Bok vs V Artemiev 0-1602017World CupB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. L Pantsulaia vs J K Duda  0-1642017World CupD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
6. J C Sadorra vs M Matlakov 0-1472017World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. Eljanov vs Lenderman 0-1572017World CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Li Tian Yeoh vs Anand 0-1662017World CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. J Vakhidov vs Svidler 0-1302017World CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. J D Ruiz Castillo vs W So 0-1592017World CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. Hjartarson vs Navara  0-1402017World CupA10 English
12. A Bachmann vs Dreev 0-1412017World CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Changren Dai vs Kramnik 0-1512017World CupC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
14. S Zhigalko vs Kuzubov  0-1682017World CupD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. L Krysa vs Li Chao  0-1662017World CupD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. E El Gindy vs Grischuk  0-1602017World CupD90 Grunfeld
17. K Solomon vs Caruana 0-1512017World CupC70 Ruy Lopez
18. E Cordova vs R Rapport 0-1452017World CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. N Delgado Ramirez vs V S Gujrathi 0-1442017World CupC53 Giuoco Piano
20. D Flores vs Bu Xiangzhi  0-1392017World CupE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. H Ziska vs Radjabov 0-1322017World CupB30 Sicilian
22. D Cawdery vs Aronian 0-1392017World CupC45 Scotch Game
23. Al Rakib Mollah Abdullah vs Nakamura 0-1272017World CupD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
24. O Balogun vs Carlsen 0-1562017World CupA04 Reti Opening
25. Areshchenko vs A Demchenko  0-1542017World CupB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
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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
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  Sally Simpson: My take on the event.

Sep-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: <Of course White did not play 1. Qxb6 stalemate but 1.Qa6+ 1-0.>

<Sally> It's Qxb3

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  Sally Simpson: I was wondering when someone would notice that.


Thanks W.P.E. corrected.

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

at least 1 (one) reader ...

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  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.

Oct-01-17  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
Oct-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: It's a sad sad world.
Oct-02-17  Absentee: How do you pronounce "Cuaruano"?
Oct-02-17  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?
Oct-02-17  WorstPlayerEver:

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.

Oct-04-17  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.

Oct-04-17  beenthere240: Why are people puzzled about a US citizen exercising his second amendment rights?
Oct-04-17  beenthere240: And Aronian came close to losing to Hou in their first classical game.
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