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🏆 World Cup (2019)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, 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, David Navara, Sergei Movsesian, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, Le Quang Liem, 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, Jorge Cori, Sandro Mareco, 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, Rinat Jumabayev, Diego Flores, Grigoriy Oparin, Samuel Sevian, Nijat Abasov, Murali Karthikeyan, Chithambaram V R Aravindh, 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)

Official site:

Previous edition: World Cup (2017)

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 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 379  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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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
In fact, it is not unusual to have player A outrate player B while player B has a better head-to-head record versus player A over a given period of time.

A few often-mentioned examples: Korchnoi vs Keres, Fischer vs Geller, Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi.

The reason this can happen is that ratings are a 1-dimensional model of a multi-dimensional thing.

Player A's complete set of skills may produce better results overall than player B's (so A has higher rating) at the same time as player B might have a decisive edge over player A in some particular skill (so B has better head-to-head results).

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  al wazir: <beatgiant: In fact, it is not unusual to have player A outrate player B while player B has a better head-to-head record versus player A over a given period of time. A few often-mentioned examples: Korchnoi vs Keres, Fischer vs Geller, Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi.>

In games included in <>'s database, Keres beat Korchnoi 4 to 1, with 12 draws. To me that doesn't look like clear superiority. The database apparently does not include a rating for Keres. Elo rating were not adopted universally until 1970.

Geller's record against Fischer was 5 wins, 4 losses, and 2 draws, an even less impressive show of "dominance." Their last game was played in 1970. At that time neither had a FIDE rating.

In classical games Nepomniachtchi has beaten Carlsen 4 to 1, with 6 draws, but overall Carlsen is ahead, 6 to 4. Nepomniachtchi's highest rating is 2767; Carlsen's is 2882.

Of course you're rescued by the weasel words "over a given period of time."

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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
Yes, it would take a bit of work to unearth the most convincing example where A > B > C > A.

But, the basic idea isn't rocket science. It's just like person A might have a higher credit score than person B, while person B has a better record of paying off his library fines than person A. Or person A might have a higher grade point average than person B, while person B has done better in math classes than person A.

If you look at previous World Cups, for example, Bu Xiangzhi famously eliminated Carlsen in 2017.

Sep-11-19  Lambda: Speaking as a member of the public, if I discover a chess event has a dress code, the impression I get is that it's being run by a load of bigots.
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  Count Wedgemore: <wtpy: He might be my pick for chess player I most want to have a beer with.>

If I was younger I'd like to have a beer with Ju Wenjun. Several actually.

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  Count Wedgemore: <wtpy: There are a number of Republican presidents I like, just none in the last 60 years>

I'm not surprised you like Eisenhower. My comment was an allusion to a famous campaign slogan for Ike:

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  Diademas: <wtpy: He [Svidler] might be my pick for chess player I most want to have a beer with.>

Grischuk all the way. Svidler and Ivanchuk tied for a distant second.

Sep-11-19  WorstPlayerEver: Ha. Another tournament where Carlsen will be the head of Jut.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

The dress code is now a FIDE rule. I think it's a hang up from the 2017 event where a Canadian lad turned up in Bermuda shorts and was called a gypsy.

It seems to be being followed. This wonderful picture from round one could be mistaken for the start of the national arm wrestling championship.


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  Sokrates: Great picture, thanks Geoff! Made me LOL. It is, of course, a step too far, and I think "a formal suit" is such a step.

Why shouldn't they be allowed to wear a decent monochrome sweater or shirt, perhaps feeling more comfortable? We have seen that in other great tournaments and it should be an option.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Svidler, Ding Liren and Jeff Xiong all registered very quick wins. Nakamura took a 16 move draw to settle this in the speed chess section.

The Peter Svidler game v Albornoz Cabrera, shows us what we are missing when these top guys get their teeth into a weaker player.

A sharp tactical battle with Peter seeing that little bit further.

White (Svidler) to play move 21.

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  Tabanus: Now if only Christiansen can find 25.Nc6! vs Wojtaszek it will be 2-0.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Meanwhile over at Board one Shaun Press set Ding Liren a Queen winning trap.

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Black played 17...0-0 and if 18.Qxd7 then 18...Rd8.

Sadly there a wee flaw in that and if the times at Time Bomb are accurate it took Ding 12 seconds to play his next move after Black castled and Black resigned.


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  diceman: <MissScarlett:

Almost four weeks of the dulcet tones of Miroshnichenko and Yermolinsky to look forward to.>

Miroshnichenko cracks me up.
When he says "move" he sounds like the Peter Sellers version of Inspector Clouseau.

Sep-11-19  siggemannen: Can we haz the games, <chessgames>?
Sep-11-19  paavoh: < I might get in with my traditional dress. A stolen hotel dressing gown, a can of beer, 3 days stubble, flip flops and a lopsided grin>

So, it was you at the Great Wide Open in Myrtle Beach last year, wasn't it?

Sep-11-19  LameJokes:

Thanks Sally.

Organically produced, bio-degradable and Eco-friendly dresses might be preferable instead.

Sep-11-19  paavoh: Wojtaczek, Navara, Ponomariov and Grandelius are out already; thought they would last a bit longer.
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  parmetd: Nothing wrong with a dress code so long as it's established before the tournament... not 10 minutes before round 3.
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  Diademas: Wojtaszek - Christiansen 0:2(!!)
Sep-11-19  LameJokes:

I agree about dress code. When they have something decent on their minds, that could be welcome. Not blanket insistence on suit.

I like world cup format being exciting. Only two spots are determined here. Not a big problem really.

Event organizers always get local commentators of their choice. We don't have much choice anyway. With 128-player field, most prospective ones are playing instead of commentating.

Sep-11-19  waustad: My traditional Summer attire is shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. A wise man in my presence once said, “They say to dress like what you want to be, but I want to be retired.”
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  AylerKupp: <<parmetd> Nothing wrong with a dress code so long as it's established before the tournament... not 10 minutes before round 3.>

The dress code, whether you agree with it or not, has been published in and this has been out for a long time. The fact that someone might not have bothered to read them until 10 minutes before the start of round 3 is not a valid excuse for not following them.

And there has been a FIDE dress code since 2013 ( although that seems to be more relaxed than the 2019 World Cup dress code (e.g. no insistence on suits) and goes into it in more detail. The World Cup would have done themselves a service by simply indicating that the participants needed to adhere to the FIDE dress code and citing a reference rather than attempting to "simplify" it by inventing a dress code of their own. Besides, they could have deflected any criticism of their decision by citing the need to adhere to the FIDE dress code.

Sep-11-19  jphamlore: <AylerKupp: And there has been a FIDE dress code since 2013 ( although that seems to be more relaxed than the 2019 World Cup dress code (e.g. no insistence on suits) and goes into it in more detail.>

For good reason FIDE should not insist on business suits for chess players: There have been some very good teams such as China's Olympiad winning one

that wore team sports jackets not business suits. By the way, that blue sports jacket I believe was the one that Ding Liren wore for his decisive tiebreaker match with Wesley So in the 2017 World Cup to qualify for Candidates.

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  me to play: Some interesting 2nd round matches...Dubov-Firouzja, Karjakin-Sevian, Maghsoodloo-Aronian.
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