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FIDE World Cup Tournament

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa17.5/29(+10 -4 =15)[games]
Nijat Abasov16.5/28(+10 -5 =13)[games]
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi15.5/27(+7 -3 =17)[games]
Fabiano Caruana15/22(+10 -2 =10)[games]
Magnus Carlsen14.5/20(+10 -1 =9)[games]
Vahap Sanal12/20(+8 -4 =8)[games]
Arjun Erigaisi12/21(+7 -4 =10)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk10/18(+4 -2 =12)[games]
Hao Wang9.5/17(+3 -1 =13)[games]
A R Saleh Salem9/14(+7 -3 =4)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi9/16(+4 -2 =10)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez9/14(+5 -1 =8)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov9/16(+4 -2 =10)[games]
Ferenc Berkes8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[games]
Rasmus Svane8.5/15(+3 -1 =11)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda8/14(+4 -2 =8)[games]
Dommaraju Gukesh8/12(+5 -1 =6)[games]
Bardiya Daneshvar8/15(+5 -4 =6)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo7.5/12(+5 -2 =5)[games]
Dimitrios Mastrovasilis7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Etienne Bacrot7.5/12(+4 -1 =7)[games]
Andrey Esipenko7.5/12(+4 -1 =7)[games]
Jaime Santos Latasa7.5/12(+4 -1 =7)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek7/12(+4 -2 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov7/12(+3 -1 =8)[games]
Mustafa Yilmaz7/12(+5 -3 =4)[games]
Nils Grandelius7/12(+3 -1 =8)[games]
Wesley So6.5/12(+2 -1 =9)[games]
Javokhir Sindarov6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Mateusz Bartel6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Gadir Guseinov6.5/12(+3 -2 =7)[games]
Matthias Bluebaum6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
(204 players total; 172 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
FIDE World Cup (2023)

Name: FIDE World Cup Event Date: Jul 29 - Aug 24, 2023 Site: Baku, Azerbaijan Format: 206-player Single Elimination tournament Time Control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

1/4 final 1/2 final Final Gukesh D 0 ½ - - - - - - - ½ <Carlsen, Magnus 1 ½ - - - - - - - 1½> <Carlsen, Magnus 1 ½ - - - - - - - 1½> Abasov, Nijat 0 ½ - - - - - - - ½ Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi ½ 0 - - - - - - - ½ <Abasov, Nijat ½ 1 - - - - - - - 1½> <Carlsen, Magnus ½ ½ 1 ½ - - - - - 2½> Praggnanandhaa R ½ ½ 0 ½ - - - - - 1½ Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½ 0 - - - - - - - ½ <Caruana, Fabiano ½ 1 - - - - - - - 1½> Caruana, Fabiano ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ - - 2½ <Praggnanandhaa R ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ - - 3½> <Praggnanandhaa R 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 1 5> Erigaisi Arjun 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 0 4

Official Website:

Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2023

Knockout Tree:

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 675  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Cheparinov vs Y Alhassadi 1-0562023FIDE World CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Nay Lin Tun vs Bacrot  0-1902023FIDE World CupE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
3. A R Saleh Salem vs A Abera  1-0502023FIDE World CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. R Jaiswal vs G Guseinov 0-1342023FIDE World CupA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Sindarov vs D C Rehan  1-0472023FIDE World CupC50 Giuoco Piano
6. D Beukes vs Saric  ½-½642023FIDE World CupB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. S L Narayanan vs P Oatlhotse  1-0372023FIDE World CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J Moussard vs H Nsubuga  ½-½1092023FIDE World CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. M Djabri vs Fressinet  0-1552023FIDE World CupD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. A Predke vs O Balogun  1-0302023FIDE World CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. A Karimov vs A Liang  0-1532023FIDE World CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Gledura vs E Orozbaev  1-0502023FIDE World CupA36 English
13. Zhang Yuanchen vs T D V Nguyen  0-1322023FIDE World CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. A Tari vs A El Jawich  1-0502023FIDE World CupA48 King's Indian
15. Malek Koniahli vs N Yakubboev  0-1652023FIDE World CupB08 Pirc, Classical
16. M Yilmaz vs C Mwali  1-0342023FIDE World CupA79 Benoni, Classical, 11.f3
17. Z Lim vs R Mamedov  0-1672023FIDE World CupE73 King's Indian
18. N Abasov vs R Makoto 1-0332023FIDE World CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. L Figueredo Losada vs V Durarbayli  ½-½432023FIDE World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. G Meier vs B Roselli Mailhe 1-0292023FIDE World CupA06 Reti Opening
21. M Tissir vs Kuzubov  0-1572023FIDE World CupC42 Petrov Defense
22. R Svane vs P Laohawirapap  1-0582023FIDE World CupE73 King's Indian
23. K Wageih vs M Ragger  ½-½862023FIDE World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
24. J B Bjerre vs B Al Qudaimi 1-0392023FIDE World CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. G Leiva vs A Demchenko  1-0822023FIDE World CupB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 675  PGN Download
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  Atterdag: Hi, <Rdb>. Regarding <mentality monsters> I think Carlsen could simply have meant the straight personal experience sitting opposite to those players. That they keep their cool, don't panic, don't lose their composure, when facing trouble or unexpected difficulties at the board.

Carlsen (and we, the spectators) experienced the opposite in his match vs. Nepomniachtchi. We saw Nepo restlessly moving to and fro the board, looking like a nerve wreck.

Chessplayers, even at the highest levels, are humans after all, and they act according to their personality. Your quote talks about football. I recall Björn Borg in the very old days having the same stoneface regardsless of being in a winning or losing position.

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  perfidious: <Atterdag....Chessplayers, even at the highest levels, are humans after all, and they act according to their personality. Your quote talks about football. I recall Björn Borg in the very old days having the same stoneface regardsless of being in a winning or losing position.>

Kramnik had noted Nepo's weakness of being able to sustain his level for only so long before reverting to type and punting his chances; this we saw in the aforementioned bout with Carlsen, staying close until Carlsen turned the works on him.

Spassky, and Keres before him, personified the impassive mien which concealed their deadly instincts at the board. One sign of weakness and it was all up with you. In poker, I have seen this when sitting across the table from great players as well.

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  Atterdag: Interesting, <perfidious>. Perhaps there is more to this. You could have a poker-face and yet play moves revealing that you are in fact panic-stricken. And the opposite. I have personally seen a player or two acting like they were desperate, out of their mind, just to fool their opponent. Among other old tricks, well described in chess literature.
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  Teyss: Hi metatron2,

Thanks for the "cheating list" (should I say "name and shame"?), even if we don't have a background: what was the nature of the offense, how serious, for how long, with what consequences? You could say I'm nitpicking to brush off your argument, yet I'll plead guilty to the first charge and not the second: it does prove your point about cheating history.

BTW did you see the rest of the list? Cheparniov, Fedoseev, Onischuk, etc. Amazing and quite pathetic actually: why do such prominent GMs feel compelled to cheat online? Beat me.

Re. the now historical 23.Be4, as you see I delegated the answers to my technical advisor <Sally Simpson> (Geoff, thanks for your useful posts).

You understood my point about the level of suspicion, saves me the time to explain in this very busy week and I appreciate we can understand each other even if we don't always agree.

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  perfidious: <Atterdag>, in poker those are known as reverse tells and angle-shooting, the latter of which denotes actions which are within the rules but of questionable ethics.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Atterdag,

<I have personally seen a player or two acting like they were desperate, out of their mind, just to fool their opponent.>

One of the most famous being Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1952

Gligoric writes;

" I managed to find a good move and Najdorf, as if in a trance, sat down, played his move offering me a pawn and then at once slapped his forehead as if realising he had just made a 'blunder'.

I naively fell into the trap and, being in time pressure, grabbed the pawn [39...Nxe4??] after which Najdorf grabbed - a whole piece. Even the conservative Paul Keres , who watched the whole scenario, couldn't stop himself from laughing..."

Kasparov with his pulling faces, shocked looks and grimaces was often thought to have used this to put his opponents off but it was noticed when he played Deep Blue he did exactly the same...of course v a computer such antics are lost so it was just his thing, he could not help it.

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  eternaloptimist: <Check It Out> those r some great choices for ur favorite tournaments! I agree that it’s nice to watch some tourneys that don’t hv just the best players in the world. It’s nice to c some NMs, FMs & IMs compete also. So tata is ur favorite. It is 😎 how they hv the challengers tourney & masters tourney & that whoever wins the challengers moves into the masters the following year! I also like blitz & rapid tourneys! U don’t hv to wait as long for them to make moves so that’s nice. Btw feel free to kibitz in my forum whenever u want to. I’ve been wanting to kibitz w/ people about chess books but it seems like it’s difficult to find people on CG that want to do that. Although on Facebook it’s not difficult. <TD> made a kibitz about chess books ~2 months ago in my forum
Aug-30-23  Rdb: A very interesting article on gukesh with some interesting quotes

< even for someone who makes precise decisions for a living, it wasn’t easy to give up on academics. “It was a difficult decision to come to terms with,” his mother, a microbiologist, told Open in Chennai last year. “He doesn’t have time for anything but chess and sleep—he even forgets to eat at times.” His father, who quit his medical practice to be his constant companion—and travel agent—said Gukesh’s competitive spirit was entirely his own.>

Aug-30-23  Rdb: Mother of praggu - <legend and her son >

<It wasn't just his strategic prowess that became the talking point, but also his mother's unwavering support and presence that added an endearing touch to the event. Throughout the tournament, the image of this dynamic duo – Praggnanandhaa and his mother – gained traction on social media, generating waves of enthusiasm.

One of the pictures, which is a selfie clicked by chess photographer Maria Emelianova, thanks to its endearing caption, has already garnered over 5.2 million views on Twitter (now X).

The photograph shows Emelianova along with Praggnanandhaa and his mother standing side by side while smiling for the camera.

Accompanying the image was a simple yet powerful caption that resonated deeply: "a moment with a legend and her son." Praggnanandhaa himself shared this post, writing "caption" along with a fire and heart emojis

Behind every successful man, there is a mother whose eyes light up with love and pride." wrote another>

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  Atterdag: <perfidious: ... within the rules but of questionable ethics.> Exactly. Undoubtedly, this kind of behavior divides players into those who think it's okay to use all means as long as they are formally legal and those who think it's deception and has nothing to do with the gameplay. Presupposing, of course, there is an intension behind it.

Hi, <Geoff>

Wonderful example of what we are talking about. I can imagine Najdorf would use such a trick - and Gligoric wouldn't.

Your reference to Kasparov is amusing. The incident with the touched piece vs. Judit P. tells a lot about him. Funny that such a fantastic player felt it necessary to use deceptive body language. IIRC Alekhine was also known to do it.

Perhaps the division also goes between players for which chess is all about winning, crushing the opponent mentally, and those who just love the game as an intellectual challenge and/or aesthetical joy. I definitely belong to the latter.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Atterdag,

<' intellectual challenge and/or aesthetical joy.>

I'm not too sure about that. The only people I see that applying to are problem and study composers. Next time you go to a tournament look at the faces before the T.C. says 'start White's clock.'

It is a sea of worried faces, none of them look like they are about to enjoy themselves or happy to there. Some look like they have just stepped onto the gallows.

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  Atterdag: Hi Geoff,

LOL to your last sentence - easily to picture.

You may be right, and I may belong to a very small minority, even if I never was a <problem and study> composer.

When I play, I play to win like anyone else - it is, after all, what chess is about. And of course, I like to win. However, my lack of competitive urge may be one of the reasons that I left tournament & club chess early in my life. I don't feel a need to prove myself through a game of chess - I have harvested that on other fields. To me chess is much more than a means to beat an opponent ... but I have already said that! :-)

Your observation is most certainly the most precise and generic.

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  MarcusBierce: All of this reputation destroying stuff is a good reminder. Don’t cheat. One never can be fully trusted again.
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  plang: ...also don't defeat players a lot stronger than you as you may not be given credit for the achievement...
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  perfidious: Not to mention the possibility of someone with money and juice impugning your reputation for good and all via innuendo.

I present an example of a poster who, for reasons best known to himself, chose to practise this at a humbler level:

E Bian vs J L Watson, 2020

No evidence, none whatever in the above post--merely the musings of a player who, it is clear, is not particularly strong to begin with, then heaps on the accusations with the fervour of a True Believer.

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  Atterdag: So well expressed, <plang> and <perfidious>. Danes are taught by Hans Christian Andersen that one small feather can be transmuted into five hen. Often, the feather doesn't even exist.
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  Diademas: And yet…
Sleeping on a pea can be very uncomfortable.
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  moronovich: But after a pee, sleeping can be very comfortable.
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  Diademas: As long as you find the way to the bathroom. 😉
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  fredthebear: Only a narcistic jerk like puffy would go out of his way to slag other members on the FIDE World Cup Tournament page. There is no limit to his contrived personal attacks, the depth of his hatred for people. What a shameless low life he is, constantly besmirching others anytime, anywhere, his #1 pastime.
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  perfidious: Guess I got a mite too close to the truth for someone's liking; the line of moralistic nonsense was, therefore, inevitable.
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  fredthebear: Truth??? I'll tell EVERYONE the truth. You're a narcistic liar through and through. It's what you do on these pages every day, and you're proud of it. You chose dishonesty as your moniker. You've likely never told the truth for an entire day in your adult life.
Sep-02-23  Everyone: <Everyone> is now really curious about the truth.
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  MarcusBierce: <plang: ...also don't defeat players a lot stronger than you as you may not be given credit for the achievement...>

Agree that Magnus was likely upset that he lost quite a few rating points on that game.

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  MarcusBierce: < Atterdag: So well expressed, <plang> and <perfidious>. Danes are taught by Hans Christian Andersen that one small feather can be transmuted into five hen. Often, the feather doesn't even exist.>

Yet who killed the goose laying those golden eggs?

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