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🏆 World Cup (2015)

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Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Peter Leko, Gata Kamsky, Yu Yangyi, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Wei Yi, Wang Hao, Nikita Vitiugov, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Le Quang Liem, Maxim Matlakov, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladislav Artemiev, Samuel Shankland, Alexander Moiseenko, Andrei Volokitin, Ni Hua, Anton Korobov, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Areshchenko, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Denis Khismatullin, Ivan Cheparinov, Sergei Zhigalko, Maxim Rodshtein, Alexander Motylev, Rauf Mamedov, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko, Gabriel Sargissian, Romain Edouard, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Igor Lysyj, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Baskaran Adhiban, Ivan Saric, Yifan Hou, David Anton Guijarro, Parham Maghsoodloo, Ray Robson, Hrant Melkumyan, Mateusz Bartel, A R Saleh Salem, Sanan Sjugirov, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Csaba Balogh, Zhou Jianchao, Gadir Guseinov, Alexander Ipatov, Sandro Mareco, Anton Kovalyov, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Ivan Popov, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Constantin Lupulescu, Samuel Sevian, Ivan Bukavshin, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Viorel Iordachescu, Robert Kempinski, Rinat Jumabayev, Zhao Jun, Milos Perunovic plus 28 more players. Chess Event Description
World Cup (2015)

Official site: See also Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2015.

The 2015 FIDE World Cup, held from 11 September - 5 October in Fairmont Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan, featured 128 players in a series of knockout matches. The early rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. The final was a match of four 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 and $262,000 in total.

Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. The tiebreaks consisted of two 25 min + 10-sec increment Rapid games, then if needed two additional 10 + 10 games, two 5 + 3 Blitz games, and finally a single Armageddon game, where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counted as a win for Black. (2)

On way to the final, Sergey Karjakin knocked out Ermes Espinosa Veloz, Alexander Onischuk, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Andreikin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the quarterfinal, and Pavel Eljanov in the semifinal. Peter Svidler knocked out Emre Can, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Teimour Radjabov, Veselin Topalov, Wei Yi in the quarterfinal, and Anish Giri in the semifinal. The final match started 1 October. After 2-2 in the Classical games and 2-2 in the Rapid tiebreaks, Karjakin won both Blitz games:

Classical Tiebreaks 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2762 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 6 Peter Svidler (RUS) 2727 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4

Karjakin and Svidler qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2016) tournament.

(1) TWIC,
(2) Chess24,

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 433  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A H T dos Santos Fier vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½742015World CupC53 Giuoco Piano
2. Ivanchuk vs A Adly 1-0662015World CupB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
3. Radjabov vs S Sevian ½-½672015World CupD85 Grunfeld
4. Karjakin vs E Espinosa 1-0552015World CupC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
5. T Krnan vs Ding Liren 0-1652015World CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. S Shankland vs Ivan Popov 1-0402015World CupB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
7. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs R Kempinski 1-0312015World CupB08 Pirc, Classical
8. Akobian vs V Laznicka  ½-½372015World CupE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Nisipeanu vs D Anton Guijarro  1-0412015World CupC03 French, Tarrasch
10. R Edouard vs Smirin 0-1372015World CupC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Kamsky vs H Melkumyan 0-1472015World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
12. V Artemiev vs Ganguly 1-0262015World CupE12 Queen's Indian
13. Robson vs Y Vovk 0-1372015World CupC11 French
14. I Cheparinov vs A Ipatov  ½-½432015World CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. D Solak vs A Korobov 0-1512015World CupC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
16. Zhao Jun vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½372015World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Lu Shanglei vs A Moiseenko  1-0362015World CupB30 Sicilian
18. A R Saleh Salem vs Wei Yi 0-1542015World CupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. Navara vs T Nabaty  ½-½572015World CupD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. R Jumabayev vs Eljanov 0-1662015World CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Gelfand vs C Henriquez Villagra ½-½722015World CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Grischuk vs Y Atabayev ½-½792015World CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. S Zhigalko vs I Bukavshin ½-½642015World CupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. R Mamedov vs E Najer  1-0632015World CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. E Safarli vs C Balogh  ½-½512015World CupA20 English
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  alexmagnus: Still, it becomes unanswered, why the KO competitions suddenly stopped being won by underdogs once they were downgraded from world championships to just candidate qualifiers.
Oct-06-15  Shams: <alexmagnus> How could the answer be anything but "small sample size"?
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  alexmagnus: <How could the answer be anything but "small sample size"?>

Thing is, both samples are small. But while of 5 editions of KO world championships, three were won by players seed below 16 (Khalifman 36, Ponomariov 19, Kasimdzhanov 28), <no one> of the six KO world cups was won by someone seed even close to this (lowest are Kamsky 2007 and Karjakin 2015, both as 11th seeds, and both with close-to-WC past achievemnts).

Oct-06-15  Shams: Again though, you seem to want an explanation beyond it just being a statistical anomaly. Do you think there is or could be one?
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  FSR: <HeMateMe: ... How does Norway "stand up to Putin," specifically? No discount ski passes for FSR officers?>

That is unconscionable! Filthy *&$^% Norwegian bastards!

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  HeMateMe: What could I have been thinking?
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  Dionysius1: As usual the official website has videos for every session except the very last. In this case at it doesnít have a video of the Blitz games. I think I can see how this happens: once the last game of the event has been played everybody goes home including the technical people. But if Iím right how unprofessional is that! Imagine the same happening in soccer or rugby recordings! As far as I was concerned the whole thing was a wonderfully presented event, but spoilt by the lack of a recording of the climactic moments. It all just left a nasty taste in my mouth: not sure I'll bother watching any more of these events.
Oct-07-15  sonia91: <Dionysius1> The video of the last day's blitz games is here (Video>Round>Final>Day 5):
Oct-07-15  Justin Flint:
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  Check It Out: booby fisher and Magnus!
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  plang: Not Eddie Fisher I hope
Oct-07-15  parmetd: Svidler was not able to become the first person to win the event twice.
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  wordfunph: "If every tournament was like the World Cup, I think I would be dead within 10 years."

- Hikaru Nakamura

Oct-09-15  dumbgai: World Cup winner loses rating points in World Cup.
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  alexmagnus: But not by underperformance. He lost 0.6 points, which means performing as well as expected. An underperformance would be a loss of 2.5 points or more.
Oct-09-15  dumbgai: <as well as expected>

Still an unusual case, then. Usually the tournament winner significantly overperforms. Svidler and Eljanov, for instance. The World Cup format is such that even a non-top-10 player can win without overperforming his rating.

Oct-09-15  Atking: <dumbgai> You have a point. Karjakin shows us that one could win World Cup without performing well. Chess is becoming a terrible sport, art and science relegated to a second or third stance. I will not be proud of that.
Oct-10-15  Absentee: <Atking: <dumbgai> You have a point. Karjakin shows us that one could win World Cup without performing well.>

He performed exactly as expected rating-wise in classical.

<Atking: Chess is becoming a terrible sport, art and science relegated to a second or third stance. I will not be proud of that.>

It's neither art nor science (or a sport, for that matter). But what does this have to do with how players perform?

Oct-10-15  Atking: <It's neither art nor science (or a sport, for that matter)> that is your point of view <Absentee> not mine. I like to see beautiful and logical games and not a series of drastic error to select a champion.

As for your first remark <dumbgai> has already answered <The World Cup format is such that even a non-top-10 player can win without overperforming his rating.> a point of view I explicitly share.

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  alexmagnus: For art, there is chess composition. For science, there are books. Chess <game> is for competition - and competition is all about errors. Without errors you cannot win, and without wind it makes not much sense to compete.

And there is no more beauty and logic in small errors than in big ones :-)

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  alexmagnus: Without wins, not without wind lol.
Oct-10-15  epistle: wind is air and without air you can't compete because you need to breathe to compete
Oct-10-15  Atking: <alexmagnus> One thing to say there is no perfect game and trying to win on counting an error from your opponent. To play a great game you need to build a plan by a logical approach and to transcend usual pattern be creative. "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." (For if Wind) that doesn't mean Tartakower wasn't trying to play both logically and creatively.
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  Sokrates: <Atking> I fully agree with your statements and notions. I am an old romantic fellow and my love for the game was never "win at any cost". Not to depict myself in a holy glance, but I have enjoyed my glorious defeats more than my lucky wins. I stopped playing in clubs many years ago because they are packed with people who don't actually love the game but use it to get rid of their personal complexes. When I saw a young man jump of joy because his opponent - in a totally winning position - blundered a piece - and he was cheered by his pals - I decided that wasn't for me.
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  moronovich: <and without wind it makes not much sense to compete.>

"If you can not take the smell in the kitchen...",you old fart :)

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