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🏆 World Cup (2017)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Ding Liren, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Hao Wang, Yangyi Yu, Michael Adams, Richard Rapport, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Chao Li, Wei Yi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, David Navara, Nikita Vitiugov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Le Quang Liem, Maxim Matlakov, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladislav Artemiev, Xiangzhi Bu, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Areshchenko, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Ivan Cheparinov, Jeffery Xiong, David Howell, Aleksey Dreev, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Motylev, Maxim Rodshtein, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Boris Grachev, David Anton Guijarro, Igor Kovalenko, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Daniil Dubov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Baskaran Adhiban, Yifan Hou, Martyn Kravtsiv, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Anton Demchenko, Hrant Melkumyan, Gawain Jones, Varuzhan Akobian, Daniel Fridman, Kacper Piorun, Sandro Mareco, Anton Kovalyov, Jorge Cori, Truong Son Nguyen, Samuel Sevian, Luka Lenic, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Viktor Erdos, Axel Bachmann, Emilio Cordova, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Alexandr Fier, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Matthias Bluebaum, Robert Hovhannisyan, Johann Hjartarson, Benjamin Bok, Alexey Goganov, Aleksandr Lenderman, Aryan Tari, Dimitrios Mastrovasilis, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Levan Pantsulaia, Mikhail Antipov, Diego Flores, Mladen Palac, Murali Karthikeyan plus 27 more players. Chess Event Description
World Cup (2017)

The 2017 FIDE World Cup, held 3-27 September in Tbilisi, Georgia, featured 127 players (Yaroslav Zherebukh withdrawn) in a series of knockout matches. The early rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games when necessary. The final was a match of four games, plus tiebreak games. The two finalists would advance to the Candidates tournament next year. The prize fund was $1,600,000, with the winner taking home $120,000. Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with the addition of 30 seconds per move from move one. The tiebreaks consisted of two 25 min + 10-sec increment Rapid games, then if needed two 10+10 games, two 5+3 Blitz games, and finally an Armageddon game where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counted as a win for Black. Chief arbiter: Tomasz Delega. Deputy chief arbiters: Faig Gasanov and Ashot Vardapetyan.

On way to the final, Levon Aronian knocked out Daniel J Cawdery in Round 1, Yifan Hou in Round 2, Maxim Matlakov in Round 3, Daniil Dubov in Round 4, Vassily Ivanchuk in the quarterfinal and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the semifinal. Ding Liren beat Mohamed Amine Haddouche in Round 1, Martyn Kravtsiv in Round 2, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi in Round 3, Wang Hao in Round 4, Richard Rapport in the quarterfinal, and Wesley So in the semifinal. The final match started on 23 September. After 2-2 in the Classical games, Aronian won both Rapid games. Aronian and Ding Liren both qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2018) tournament.

Elo 1 2 3 4 1 2 Levon Aronian 2799 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4 Ding Liren 2777 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 2

World Champion Magnus Carlsen also participated, and it was asked if this was to try to eliminate future challengers. Carlsen was knocked out anyway in Round 3 by Bu Xiangzhi. Else, there was a dress code controversy after Round 2 involving Anton Kovalyov (who beat Viswanathan Anand in Round 2) and Zurab Alekseyevich Azmaiparashvili, the Chairman of the Appeals Committee. A take on the event by User: Sally Simpson can be found at

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 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 430  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs O Balogun 1-0392017World CupB06 Robatsch
2. M Khusenkhojaev vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½222017World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
3. Radjabov vs H Ziska ½-½152017World CupE90 King's Indian
4. Ivanchuk vs Kazhgaleyev  ½-½162017World CupA21 English
5. Jobava vs I Salgado Lopez  ½-½202017World CupD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
6. Xiong vs Motylev ½-½152017World CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. S Mareco vs Bluebaum ½-½222017World CupC11 French
8. G Liu vs Mamedyarov 0-1262017World CupC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
9. A Smirnov vs Karjakin  ½-½302017World CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. B Sambuev vs Wei Yi 1-0242017World CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. J Vakhidov vs Svidler 0-1302017World CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. V Kunin vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½282017World CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. M Antipov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½152017World CupA13 English
14. I Cheparinov vs D Mastrovasilis  1-0322017World CupD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
15. R Hovhannisyan vs M Rodshtein  ½-½232017World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
16. V S Gujrathi vs N Delgado Ramirez  ½-½322017World CupE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Ponomariov vs S P Sethuraman ½-½162017World CupC53 Giuoco Piano
18. T S Nguyen vs B Adhiban  ½-½152017World CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. J D Ruiz Castillo vs So 0-1592017World CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. Caruana vs K Solomon 1-0422017World CupC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Aronian vs D Cawdery 1-0392017World CupA16 English
22. Nakamura vs A Al-Rakib 1-0392017World CupA04 Reti Opening
23. Nepomniachtchi vs M Palac  ½-½352017World CupA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. Wojtaszek vs F de Cresce El Debs  1-0422017World CupE12 Queen's Indian
25. Y Gonzalez Vidal vs Harikrishna 1-0362017World CupC42 Petrov Defense
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Sep-28-17  jphamlore: That wasn't mere "sportswear" Ding Liren was wearing, especially the sport jackets. I suspect those were the jackets worn when China won two of its biggest events with Ding Liren on the open team: The 2014 Olympiad and the 2017 FIDE World Team Championship. Ding Liren was representing China with pride.
Sep-28-17  sonia91: <jphamlore: [...] China won two of its biggest events with Ding Liren on the open team: The 2014 Olympiad and the 2017 FIDE World Team Championship.> China first won the World Team Championship in 2015.
Sep-28-17  k009ris: Just to clarify:I don't blame the players for poor quality chess games, It's the organizers who impose short time controls, as they want to wrap up their events on time. But I think we all lose when the artistic element in chess becomes the least important.And take a look at the games from the last world championship:boring as hell, then a mistakes in rapid games ... But the worst idea I think is deciding top chess events by "armageddon" blitz, stupidest think I've ever heard of.Maybe they should try mixing classical chess and Fischerrandom in tie breaks..
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  WannaBe: I don't understand how short(er) time controls (which it really is not) affects finishing the event 'on time'.

One game a day, third day for tie-break.

How would (longer/shorter) time control affect the finish of the event? Would a game require 26 hours to finish?

Time control was 90 minutes for 40-moves and 30 minutes (each move +30s)

40 moves + 30s per move would give you 90 minutes + 20 minutes = 110 minutes, it's only 10 minutes less than 2 hours per side.

Longest game was 130 moves which works out to be 3 hours and 5 minutes, I doubt both players sat there for 6 hours and 10 minutes. Probably plenty of time left on the clock when the game ended.

One of the shorter game was 7 moves. (Maybe you can blame the organizers for this game, too.)

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  perfidious: <sirgormless: I'd love to see the guys screaming "blunderfest" give live commentary on a GM game with no engine help for a 2600+ GM audience. I'd pay to watch the GMs struggle to keep gfrom laughing at the poor fool who thought he could tell them what's going on without deep and mostly concrete justification.>

This once, we are in complete agreement--that would doubtless prove highly amusing.

Sep-28-17  The Kings Domain: Imagine if Kovalyov made it to the finals and won. The tournament was a farce.
Sep-28-17  qkxwsm: funny how all aronian lost rating in all three categories despite winning the tournament
Sep-29-17  MadFaqirOfSwat: Better than losing points and not winning
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  Sally Simpson: My take on the event.

Sep-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: <Of course White did not play 1. Qxb6 stalemate but 1.Qa6+ 1-0.>

<Sally> It's Qxb3

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  Sally Simpson: I was wondering when someone would notice that.


Thanks W.P.E. corrected.

Sep-30-17  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson: I was wondering when someone would notice that....>

at least 1 (one) reader ...

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  Sally Simpson: Hi J.B.


My one reader. I love him. It's taken him over 700 reads since Thursday to spot my...ahem... deliberate mistake. He's slacking.

I've been told some scan it quickly to make sure I have not panned one of their games or exposed their opening trap.

One guy there has pulled off the Blackburne Shilling trap Muhlock vs B Kostic, 1911 over 100 times! You can imagine the message I got when I warned everyone.

I also advise falling for the trap with this line.

F Adeyemi vs Z Ahmadov, 2008

That was my 257th one. (I get is it a blog or column?) It's meant to keep me out of mischief on here and the other handful of other sites I haunt....but somehow it has not.

I always seem to be to in S*** with someone, the only thing that varies is the depth.

Oct-01-17  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson: Hi J.B.


My one reader. I love him. ...

I always seem to be to in S*** with someone, the only thing that varies is the depth.>

My piece of advice: Adopt the fellow and share. Sharing is caring

Oct-02-17  JustAnotherMaster: the GREATEST just one his 29th SUPER Tournament.......he has done more by the age of 26!!!! Yes Twety Six then SO will EVER accomplish, or Kramnik,Anand,Cuaruano, Karpov, Notvinnik, Tal, Fischer....So lmao that loser will never amount to the garbage that the phillipines accept from the USA every year for a few hundred dollars!,, hahahaha
Oct-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: It's a sad sad world.
Oct-02-17  Absentee: How do you pronounce "Cuaruano"?
Oct-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: I praise the day when Fabi will introduce his correct name to Yasser.
Oct-02-17  Absentee: And why is he congratulating Carlsen on the World Cup page? Is he mocking the world champion?
Oct-02-17  WorstPlayerEver:

The prize to pay when you are surrounded by crookz.

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  MissScarlett: Nobody can say Azmai looks like a gypsy. That's a nice whistle.
Oct-03-17  Chessinfinite: From the Guardian news -
"Theresa May said the UK could not understand US gun laws.". has every other leader in puzzlement.

Oct-04-17  Petrosianic: <JustAnotherMaster: the GREATEST just one [sic] his 29th SUPER Tournament.......>

Isle of Man was not a Super Tournament.

And Karpov won over 150 International Tournaments, so Carlsen still has a way to go.

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  beenthere240: Why are people puzzled about a US citizen exercising his second amendment rights?
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  beenthere240: And Aronian came close to losing to Hou in their first classical game.
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