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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, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Wang Hao, Yu Yangyi, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wei Yi, Nikita Vitiugov, David Navara, Sergei Movsesian, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Evgeny Bareev, Le Quang Liem, Maxim Matlakov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladislav Artemiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Alireza Firouzja, Samuel Shankland, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Anton Korobov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Kirill Alekseenko, Luke McShane, Ivan Cheparinov, Jeffery Xiong, Maxim Rodshtein, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Ferenc Berkes, David Anton Guijarro, Igor Kovalenko, Bassem Amin, Igor Lysyj, Daniil Dubov, Eltaj Safarli, Tamir Nabaty, Baskaran Adhiban, Ivan Saric, Parham Maghsoodloo, Alexandr Predke, Andrey Esipenko, Nils Grandelius, Anton Demchenko, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Mateusz Bartel, Gawain Jones, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Sanan Sjugirov, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Abhijeet Gupta, Kacper Piorun, Sandro Mareco, Alexey Sarana, Nijat Abasov, Jorge Cori, Arman Pashikian, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Samuel Sevian, Sethuraman P Sethuraman, Grigoriy Oparin, Constantin Lupulescu, Emilio Cordova, Rinat Jumabayev, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Benjamin Gledura, Robert Hovhannisyan, Chithambaram V R Aravindh, Lu Shanglei, Benjamin Bok, Ahmed Adly, Aryan Tari, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Alan Pichot, M Amin Tabatabaei, Niclas Huschenbeth, Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan, Diego Flores plus 28 more players. Chess Event Description
World Cup (2019)

The 2019 FIDE World Cup was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 10 September to 4 October. The 128-player knockout tournament featured most of the world's best players. The total prize fund was $1.6 million, with $110,000 for the winner and $6,000 for first round losers. The two finalists would qualify for the Candidates tournament next year that would determine Magnus Carlsen 's next World Championship challenger. The format was six knockout rounds of 2-game Classical matches before a 4-game final. For the first time since 2011 there was also a 4-game match for 3rd place between the losing semifinalists. The time control was 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 was tied the players then played two 25-minute + 10-second increment Rapid games, then if necessary two 10+10 Rapid games, two 5+3 Blitz games, and an Armageddon game where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw qualified Black for the next round. Chief arbiter: Ashot Vardapetian.

On way to the final, Tejmour Radjabov eliminated Helgi Dam Ziska in Round 1, Sanan Sjugirov in Round 2, Daniil Yuffa in Round 3, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in Round 4, Jeffery Xiong in the quarterfinal and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the semifinal. Ding Liren eliminated Shaun Press in Round 1, Sergei Movsesian in Round 2, Alireza Firouzja in Round 3, Kirill Alekseenko in Round 4, Alexander Grischuk in the quarterfinal, and Yu Yangyi in the semifinal. The final match started on 30 September. After 2-2 in the Classical games and 2-2 in the Rapid, Radjabov won both Blitz games and became the surprise winner. Both players qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2020), but Radjabov withdrew from this (on 6 March 2020) and was replaced by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who beat Yu Yangyi in the match for 3rd place.

Classic Rapid Blitz Elo 1 2 3 4 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 Teimour Radjabov 2758 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 2 Ding Liren 2811 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 4

3 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2774 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 - - - - 4 4 Yu Yangyi 2763 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 - - - - 2

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Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2019

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 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 436  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs G Oparin  ½-½282019World CupC78 Ruy Lopez
2. S P Sethuraman vs T Nabaty 0-1442019World CupA21 English
3. Ponomariov vs A Esipenko 0-1552019World CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. N Huschenbeth vs Naiditsch 1-0392019World CupC18 French, Winawer
5. D Anton Guijarro vs S L Narayanan 1-0392019World CupA20 English
6. A Gupta vs A Korobov  ½-½372019World CupD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
7. McShane vs N Delgado Ramirez  ½-½522019World CupA04 Reti Opening
8. M Karthikeyan vs E Inarkiev  ½-½452019World CupC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
9. M Rodshtein vs M Bartel 1-0342019World CupA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
10. Sarin Nihal vs J Cori 1-0572019World CupB32 Sicilian
11. Gelfand vs Lu Shanglei  ½-½302019World CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. C Aravindh vs Adams  ½-½362019World CupE20 Nimzo-Indian
13. N Grandelius vs A Rakhmanov  ½-½292019World CupC42 Petrov Defense
14. D Flores vs G Jones 0-1332019World CupD85 Grunfeld
15. B Amin vs M A Tabatabaei  ½-½452019World CupC50 Giuoco Piano
16. V Fedoseev vs Ganguly 1-0432019World CupE46 Nimzo-Indian
17. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs K Alekseenko  ½-½302019World CupC45 Scotch Game
18. E Najer vs B Gledura  ½-½412019World CupD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
19. Kovalenko vs C Lupulescu 1-0542019World CupC02 French, Advance
20. R Hovhannisyan vs A Demchenko 0-1542019World CupC60 Ruy Lopez
21. A Sarana vs A Predke  ½-½762019World CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. M Chigaev vs P Maghsoodloo 0-1562019World CupC50 Giuoco Piano
23. Kasimdzhanov vs Bareev 1-0332019World CupC24 Bishop's Opening
24. N Abasov vs K Piorun  ½-½932019World CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. I Saric vs B Bok  ½-½522019World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
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Oct-09-19  Pedro Fernandez: Yeah, my great <KP>! I forgot it, thanks my friend!

PS. It will be that "The German" is touching me in my 39?

Oct-09-19  Pedro Fernandez: Hey <AK>, did you know about this?:

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  AylerKupp: <<Absentee> This whole reasoning rests on about a dozen wild-ass assumptions.>

Well, I did say that "I can think of 2 reasons, although maybe neither of them is correct" :-)

<If you're lucky. If you're not, you get to choose between the rope and the cyanide pill.>

I guess I was lucky most of the time. But I do have some scar marks around my neck for those times when I was not.

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  AylerKupp: <<alexmagnus> Countries, like city names, often change. So it's sometimes important to not only be born in the right place but at the right time.

Which is just a segue to one of my favorite jokes, which I've told before: Robert James Fischer (kibitz #52353). It seems somehow related to this discussion because the name of this tournament, after all, is the "World Cup".

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  AylerKupp: <Pedro Fernandez> No, I did not! And having guitars in the orchestra is very unusual, I had not seen that before. But I miss the battleship though.
Oct-09-19  DirkMcCallahan: According to Wiki it seems as if MVL has already qualified for a potential wildcard slot, so my question here is more theoretical than anything, but what would happen if no player met FIDE's requirements for the wildcard? Is there any provision in the official rules for such a situation?
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  nok: <I'm some worried whether our great <Sokrates> is fine as he has long time without posting.>

Sokrates is tending to his young, working wife.

Gashimov Memorial (2019) (kibitz #485)

Oct-09-19  parmetd: <DirkMcCallahan.> That's literally impossible. Since being in the top ten qualifies you... If we assume Carlsen + 7 qualified candidates occupy the top ten... By definition there must be two eligible wild card nominations from this method alone before we look at the 2x runner up method.
Oct-09-19  Absentee: <AylerKupp: I guess I was lucky most of the time. But I do have some scar marks around my neck for those times when I was not.>

I doubt it. You can be lucky for a lifetime, but you can only be unlucky once.

Oct-09-19  LameJokes:

CG has created a new game page for Grand Swiss IoM (2019).

Surprisingly, no one is kibitzing over there. May be, we love World Cup more than anything else.

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  diceman: <LameJokes:

CG has created a new game page for Grand Swiss IoM (2019).

Surprisingly, no one is kibitzing over there. May be, we love World Cup more than anything else.>

I'm 100% certain off-topic posts will begin soon enough.

Oct-09-19  LameJokes:

<diceman: I'm 100% certain off-topic posts will begin soon enough.>

What do you do when the event hasn’t even begun? CG should allow 100% off-topic posts before and after the event.

In that case, we won’t mind 50% ceiling during the tournament.

BTW, I am ‘Le premier.’ I hope the post is somehow on-topic.

Oct-09-19  devere: <parmetd: <DirkMcCallahan.> That's literally impossible. Since being in the top ten qualifies you...>

That was my initial thought, but then I realized that the requirement is top ten by average rating plus participation in two world championship qualification events. For example, Anand is top ten, but is not eligible to be chosen as the wild card due to lack of participation. Grischuk is eligible, because while he is 12th in live rating he is 9th in average rating. I'm confident they will find someone to play!

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  beatgiant: <DirkMcCallahan> Correct me if I'm wrong (the rules are a bit confusing), but...

The rules allow the wildcard to go to the <highest non-qualifier> in the World Cup, Grand Swiss or Grand Prix. For one not to exist, it would have to mean that each of those events had at most 7 participants, all of whom qualified as non-wildcards.

Oct-09-19  fabelhaft: There is a possible outcome where for example MVL and Grischuk are the only eligible wild cards. For example Anand is in the top ten but not eligible due to lack of participation in qualifying events.
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  beatgiant: <DirkMcCallahan> Oh, there is one other condition, to qualify as a World Cup, Grand Swiss or Grand Prix runner-up, a person must play in at least two of these events. So it could happen that all of the runners-up played in only one of them, and all of the non-qualifying top 10 rated players also played in only one of them.

If that did happen, would they simply have only 7 players in the Candidates Tournament? That's what it seems from the rules. But in real life, I think enough players have played in two or more of the events to make that scenario impossible.

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  beatgiant: <fabelhaft>
I don't understand your scenario. Are you assuming that Grischuk is the runner-up from the Grand Prix and also the runner-up in the Grand Swiss?

If anyone else but Grischuk is the runner-up in the Grand Swiss, that person will be the third eligible wild card. Am I wrong?

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  beatgiant: <fabelhaft>
I suppose there could be only two eligible wildcards in case Grischuk is the runner-up in the Grand Prix and wins the Grand Swiss, and so Vachier-Lagrave and the runner-up in the Grand Swiss can be wildcards?
Oct-09-19  fabelhaft: <beatgiant>

It ought to be possible for MVL and Grischuk to occupy the ”closest to qualify” spots in all events, while Mamedyarov and Nepomniachtchi qualify from Grand Prix, and So from the Grand Swiss. But it won’t be easy to end up with such a situation.

Oct-09-19  WorstPlayerEver: In real sports you kinda know who's playing who.
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  diceman: <WorstPlayerEver:

In real sports you kinda know who's playing who.>

About an hour into round 1, we should be 95% sure who is in the Candidates.

Oct-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: <diceman>

I was talking about an easy-to-follow schedule, sorry for not being specific.

Oct-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: A knock-out tournament with 128 players is not preferable, because the playing field in chess is very limited in comparison to other sports.

In other words: 2 players end up in a hall which was, by intention, economically meant for 128 players in advance.

For instance: Wimbledon is a given venue; it does not matter if two players end up at court 1. The other courts are still there. In chess, however, the courts will eventually be reduced from 64 to 2.

A matter of managing logistics.

Oct-10-19  WorstPlayerEver: Correction: 4 players end up in a large hall.
Mar-26-20  Petrosianic: <What do you notice about first eight Fide World Champions?>

I notice that you left out 1958 and 1961, throwing your whole list off.

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