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🏆 World Cup (2021) Chess Event Description
The 2021 FIDE World Cup was a 198-player knockout tournament held in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia 12 July to 5 August 2021, as part of the qualification for the World Championship 2022. The top two finishers other than the World Championship runner-up ( ... [more]

Player: Bassem Amin

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Amin vs H Gabuzyan  1-0392021World CupA37 English, Symmetrical
2. H Gabuzyan vs B Amin  ½-½492021World CupC45 Scotch Game
3. Bacrot vs B Amin  ½-½422021World CupC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
4. B Amin vs Bacrot  ½-½312021World CupA07 King's Indian Attack
5. B Amin vs Bacrot  ½-½652021World CupA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Bacrot vs B Amin  1-0602021World CupA05 Reti Opening
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  perfidious: <greed and death>, how dare you question the supreme wisdom of <hamhock>, opening theorist to the gods, who makes mere 2800-level players quail before him in awe?
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  offramp: It looked to me that Shankland was winning the long, difficult games, then losing the short fripperies.
Aug-03-21  greed and death: So Karjakin qualifies for the candidates. If Duda wins tomorrow (big Duda fan, so fingers crossed) he will as well. However, if he loses, am I correct in assuming that the winner of a Duda-Fedoseev match would get the second spot?
Aug-03-21  Nov8: Yes! Even Duda lost to Carlsen and beat Fedoseev next round he'll go candidates
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  alexmagnus: This is why I said from the beginning on that Carlsen's participation does not <really> affect the Candidates spots. The players MC eliminates before the semifinal have very little chance to get that far anyway, and a loss in the semifinal gives you a chance against another player.
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  saffuna: Duda advances to final with win over Carlsen in the second rapid game. He had the win (47...Rxa3 was a win according to stockfish), gave it away, then Carlsen messed up the bishop endgame. Both were playing with very little time.
Aug-03-21  AdolfoAugusto: Carlsen was playing well, ok, maybe he was playing in equal terms. I feel he was not that motivated, and hopefully we will see a different Carlsen when he face Nepo.
Aug-03-21  spingo: Carlsen didn't want to play Karjakin again.
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  alexmagnus: This makes Duda the first ever Polish Candidate.
Aug-03-21  greed and death: Reshevsky and Najdorf were both Candidates from Poland, but both were expats
Aug-03-21  nok: Nice final for the top event of 2021

K & D have clearly played the best chess here.

Aug-04-21  goodevans: Can't understand the quick draw from Karjakin's point of view. Aside from him having White, unlike Duda he'd already had a rest day yesterday so why did he want another one today?
Aug-04-21  Albertan: GM Dmitry Kryakvin analyzes the FIDE Semi-Finals:

Aug-04-21  Albertan: Carlsen in sacrifice mode crushes Fedoseev:

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  positionalgenius: <I can't stop. Pursing stupidity, I feel like a hamster on the wheel in the lab, chasing the cocaine packet.>

I see not much has changed here lol. Good to see everyone doing well.

I enjoyed this world cup greatly- especially the games between Carlsen and Esipenko. That's one to watch there.

Aug-05-21  Albertan: World Cup:Carlsen’s brilliance on display:

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  chancho: Congrats on Duda's winning of the World Cup.

Carlsen smashes Fedoseev again.

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  keypusher: Congratulations to Duda!
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  fabelhaft: <Nice final for the top event of 2021 K & D have clearly played the best chess here>

What about Candidates and title match? As for Karjakin playing clearly better than Carlsen, well, he scored +3 and lost two games while Carlsen scored +8. Much depends on not having a bad day during a tiebreak. But Duda was obviously a very worthy winner.

Aug-05-21  macer75: <But Duda was obviously a very worthy winner.>

Indeed. Worth noting that Duda didn't lose a single game, classical or rapid, and never had to go to blitz in the tiebreak.

Aug-05-21  not not: shame it was not a tournament format so russian boys could compete as a team of two or three

Nepo, now it's your turn, your turn to learn that Ball Dont Lie!

Aug-05-21  AdolfoAugusto: Does Carlsen have a problem with Fedoseev or he was just venting out & setting an example showing his positional technique? Usually the champ doesn't crush someone ego like that. And it was an slmost 2700 player that he mercilessly mowed aside.
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  alexmagnus: <and never had to go to blitz in the tiebreak.>

Not even to the "quick rapids". Karjakin never went to blitz either, but reached quick rapids. But as I pointed out before, it's very rare that the <winner> needs to play Blitz.

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  Dionysius1: <AdolfoAugusto> I wondered the same thing. I explained it to a non-chess friend as: Carlsen seems a friendly and well adjusted person, but when it comes to chess he does exactly what he thinks he needs to, not just to win tournaments and matches, but to teach himself about how chess works and develop himself.

"So he's ruthless then?" she asked me.

"Not so much ruthless," I said. "More that his objectives when competing are entirely about what he needs. I don't think he glories in hurting his opponents, but beating them is what he needs to do on his way to understanding chess better than anyone else ever has. And I think that's all he's interested in when he plays chess".

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  0ZeR0: <AdolfoAugusto>

Keep in mind this is Carlsen we're talking about. I would venture that very few people in the world have a greater sense of fighting spirit than him. And given the context that he just failed to reach a final, I think it would be an understatement to say he's upset with himself. Fedoseev likely never had a chance. Now whether this extends to an actual dislike of his opponents, who knows? There have been some great players in the past who would build up a dislike of their opponent in their minds eye before a match in order to stoke their own competitive flames. Korchnoi possibly comes to mind in this regard.

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