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🏆 World Cup (2019)

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Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Pentala Harikrishna, Yu Yangyi, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Wang Hao, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Nikita Vitiugov, Le Quang Liem, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Maxim Matlakov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Samuel Shankland, Anton Korobov, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Ivan Cheparinov, Luke McShane, Maxim Rodshtein, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Ferenc Berkes, Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko, Vladislav Artemiev, Bassem Amin, Igor Lysyj, Daniil Dubov, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Ivan Saric, Baskaran Adhiban, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Anton Demchenko, David Anton Guijarro, Mateusz Bartel, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Gawain Jones, Jeffery Xiong, Sanan Sjugirov, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Nils Grandelius, Abhijeet Gupta, Kacper Piorun, Sandro Mareco, Jorge Cori, Arman Pashikian, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Constantin Lupulescu, Emilio Cordova, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Lu Shanglei, Ahmed Adly, Benjamin Bok, Robert Hovhannisyan, Parham Maghsoodloo, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Kirill Alekseenko, Benjamin Gledura, Diego Flores, Grigoriy Oparin, Rinat Jumabayev, Samuel Sevian, Nijat Abasov, Chithambaram V R Aravindh, Murali Karthikeyan, Aryan Tari, Alexandr Predke, M Amin Tabatabaei, Niclas Huschenbeth, Andrey Esipenko, Nikita Petrov, Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian, Alexey Sarana, Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan plus 28 more players. Chess Event Description
World Cup (2019)

The 2019 FIDE World Cup is taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 10 September to 4 October. The 128-player knockout tournament features most of the world's best players. The total prize fund is $1.6 million, with $110,000 for the winner and $6,000 for first round losers. The finalists will qualify for the World Championship Candidates (2020) tournament that determines Magnus Carlsen's next World Championship challenger.

The format is six knockout rounds of 2-game classical matches before a 4-game final. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If the score is tied the players then play two 25-minute + 10-second increment rapid games, then two 10+10 games, then two 5+3 and, finally, Armageddon, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw qualifies Black for the next round. (1)

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Previous edition: World Cup (2017)

(1) chess24

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 331  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Sjugirov vs S Mareco 1-0442019World CupE15 Queen's Indian
2. A Pridorozhni vs Wang Hao  ½-½312019World CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
3. Bu Xiangzhi vs Xiangyu Xu  ½-½542019World CupA22 English
4. Le Quang Liem vs A G Aleksandrov 1-0362019World CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. D Andreikin vs K Mekhitarian 1-0382019World CupA37 English, Symmetrical
6. B Bellahcene vs Nakamura 0-1872019World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
7. E Ghaem Maghami vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½312019World CupD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
8. G Oparin vs Movsesian 0-1452019World CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. B Gledura vs E Najer  0-1372019World CupA09 Reti Opening
10. C Lupulescu vs I V Kovalenko  1-0572019World CupC45 Scotch Game
11. A Demchenko vs R Hovhannisyan  ½-½422019World CupA43 Old Benoni
12. S Shankland vs E Safarli  ½-½472019World CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. N Abdusattorov vs M Matlakov  ½-½512019World CupC78 Ruy Lopez
14. M Parligras vs Nisipeanu  ½-½262019World CupC11 French
15. V Fedoseev vs Ganguly  ½-½352019World CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. S P Sethuraman vs T Nabaty  0-1592019World CupD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. S L Narayanan vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½552019World CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. A Korobov vs A Gupta 0-1332019World CupA48 King's Indian
19. McShane vs N Delgado Ramirez  1-0572019World CupA13 English
20. Gelfand vs Lu Shanglei  ½-½352019World CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. Adams vs C Aravindh  ½-½392019World CupC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. M A Tabatabaei vs B Amin 1-0402019World CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. Nikita Petrov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½132019World CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Predke vs A Sarana  ½-½232019World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
25. P Maghsoodloo vs M Chigaev  1-0372019World CupA00 Uncommon Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-17-19  BUNA: India sent the second largest delegetion to this world cup - 10 players. Non of them survived the third round and no one cares. Strange.
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  MissScarlett: Who sent the largest delegation? If it's the Chinese, don't bother replying.
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  diceman: <Sally Simpson: ***

At least he has the sweetener of $16,000 in his appropriate FIDE approved suit jacket.>

That's why dress codes are good.
$16,000 in Bermuda shorts doesn't sound right.

Sep-17-19  csmath: Russia.
Sep-17-19  Otoy: Russia sent the largest delegation to this World Cup, 26 of them. Three have thus far moved on to the fourth round.
Sep-17-19  Otoy: If the master got eliminated and his second advances, would their roles be reversed?
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  MissScarlett: The Russians are fixing world chess again, it seems.
Sep-17-19  Otoy: <That's why dress codes are good. $16,000 in Bermuda shorts doesn't sound right.> that case, let's just ignore what's in the brain. Let him with the most elegant suit take home the trophy and the top prize.

I thought chess competition is about outwitting the rest intellect-wise. If the person appears just wearing condom, he's got to be kicked out.

Sep-17-19  csmath: Strange fixing they are doing, letting one mediocre player eliminates the best one they have.
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  MissScarlett: cs = commie stooge?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

The largest delegation came from FIDE who sent 80 officials.

Actually 81 if we count Ding's first round opponent, Shaun Press who is an International Arbiter.

(a new ploy by FIDE that one - sneaking an official into the players pool so they have a mole in the pack to hear what the players are saying about them. )


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  diceman: <Sally Simpson: ***

The largest delegation came from FIDE>

800 pages of dress code regulations?

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  AylerKupp: <<beatgiant> Sorry to seem like I'm continuing to roll over the dead cat but I think that you misunderstood me and I just wanted to set the record straight:

1. I didn't think that the arbiter might have been enforcing local Georgian standards, I just think that was a possibility. As you said, he might have confused the Word Cup dress code with the European Championship dress code, that's another possibility. Yet another possibility is that he simply might have been reacting to some of his biases. His statement that he didn't call Kovalyov a gypsy but merely said that he "dressed like a gypsy" shows that he has some biases in this area. The only thing I think is clear is that the arbiter overreacted.

2. I don't think that Kovalyov needed to ask a second time whether the dress code allowed shorts, asking once was above and beyond what should have been required, I don't think that he would have gotten an answer no matter how many times he asked the question. And the answer that he might had gotten might have been a different than the opinion of the arbiter who made the judgment.

I came across this article shortly after the incident where it looks that no one from FIDE is willing to accept responsibility for the incident: It seems that they can't agree on anything other than "the ”Dress code is definitely really important for chess." but there doesn't seem to be any agreement on what the dress code is.

Subsequent to this incident a formal complaint to the FIDE Ethics Committee was filed by the Canadian Chess Federation but it was rejected because apparently Kovalyov was not willing to either attend the Ethics Committee meeting in person or participate via telecom. ( I love Kovalyov's reason for not wanting to do so: "So, to sum it up, I know that I'm not the brightest person, but I feel that I'm not stupid enough to testify against FIDE interests at a FIDE court."

To me that last statement justifies my rolling over a dead cat just a little bit more. :-)

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  HeMateMe: any chance So's notebook will show up on Yahoo Auctions or Ebay?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Diceman,

Being reading a bit more about the World Cup. Thought some of of it was a wind up but apparently it's true! on.

The chief arbiter is Ashot Vardapetian.

"Vardapetian announced some unpopular new rules for the World Cup, including that, although players would be forfeited for arriving even a second late, they could buy their way out of trouble by paying $500 to FIDE.

After more than 15 minutes there was no way back, even upon payment of more money."

"...Vardapetian announced: no t-shirts, no jeans, no sneakers and no “basketball caps”. Failing the dress code would mean that you would not be allowed to enter the playing hall."

"After the meeting, players approached Vardapetian with questions about whether their clothes were acceptable:

Vladimir Fedoseev’s stylish dark denim trousers – no, Parham Maghsoodloo’s padded vest – probably no. “It’s not my decision – these are FIDE rules,” was Vardapetian’s answer to every query."

"...when Fedoseev played Harikrishna it was the Indian GM who incurred the interest of Vardapetian, being told that the jacket he had on the back of his chair would have to be handed to the arbiter and only returned at the end of the game - or, according to Vardapetian, if Pentala Harikrishna became cold."

Good reading: enjoy.


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  beatgiant: <AylerKupp>
If we believe their own testimony, the arbiters made an instant ruling about shorts as soon as they saw them, which is pretty close to the original statement <Nothing wrong with a dress code so long as it's established before the tournament... not 10 minutes before round 3.>

How about asking before the event? Azmaiparashvili is on record saying he would have answered and told Kovalyov that shorts were prohibited, but I don't have the exact quote handy at this moment.

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  alexmagnus: <How about asking before the event? Azmaiparashvili is on record saying he would have answered and told Kovalyov that shorts were prohibited>

Kovalyov wore shorts in the first two rounds too, no? The entire short-gate was just a badly veiled revenge for beating Anand.

Sep-18-19  utssb: Grischuk vs Xiangyu Xu, 2019

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Nice game by Grischy - position could be a Medium puzzle.

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  parmetd: Agrees <alexmagnus> in addition shorts weren't prohibited by the player contract or dress code but jeans were. Btw the dress code applies to the organizera and arbiters. Azmai wore jeans everyday which were explicitly forbidden.
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  beatgiant: <alexmagnus>
There's a well-known photo of Azmaiparashvili <himself> wearing less than full-length pants in an earlier round of the 2017 World Cup

although it does look a little longer than what Kovalyov was wearing. The Canadian Chess Federation pointed this out in one of their letters to FIDE.

<parmetd> Is it true jeans were prohibited? I don't see that in the official dress code, so what's the source?

Sep-18-19  WorstPlayerEver: My take is that Azmai got a 'message' himself because of his appearance and therefore did the same thing on Kova.
Sep-18-19  Pedro Fernandez: <<Simpson>: When North Korea knocked out Italy in the 1966 World Cup...> But my dear <Sally>, such a fact must have been a national catastrophe! Are you sure about that? as that was 53 years ago, I think you weren't born yet, or you were a baby.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

A top FIDE official stating there was no dress code two years ago.

in the link I gave above there is a quote from chief arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan;

"...the Canadian Grandmaster Anton Kovalyov was thrown out of the playing hall at the start of the third round by FIDE official Zurab Azmaiparashvili for breaching a non-existent dress code by wearing the half length shorts he had worn to every previous game.

To retrospectively justify Azmaiparashvili’s actions, a formal dress code was introduced by FIDE."


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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Pedro,

just google: 'italian team pelted by tomatoes.' and you will find many references.

I was 15 in 1966, a great time to be a teenager the 60's The Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Dylan...and no dress code at chess events.


Sep-18-19  WorstPlayerEver: <Pedro Fernandez>

No, I was a baby in '66.

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