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

1 2 3 4 1 2 1 2 1 2 Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2758 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 Ding Liren (CHN) 2811 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 4

Both qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2020) tournament. The bronze final match was won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Official site:

Previous edition: World Cup (2017)

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 436  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Sjugirov vs S Mareco 1-0442019World CupE15 Queen's Indian
2. A Pridorozhni vs Wang Hao  ½-½312019World CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
3. Bu Xiangzhi vs Xiangyu Xu  ½-½542019World CupA22 English
4. Le Quang Liem vs A G Aleksandrov 1-0362019World CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. D Andreikin vs K Mekhitarian 1-0382019World CupA37 English, Symmetrical
6. B Bellahcene vs Nakamura 0-1872019World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
7. E Ghaem Maghami vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½312019World CupD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
8. G Oparin vs Movsesian 0-1452019World CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. B Gledura vs E Najer 0-1372019World CupA09 Reti Opening
10. C Lupulescu vs I V Kovalenko 1-0572019World CupC45 Scotch Game
11. A Demchenko vs R Hovhannisyan  ½-½422019World CupA43 Old Benoni
12. S Shankland vs E Safarli  ½-½472019World CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. N Abdusattorov vs M Matlakov  ½-½512019World CupC78 Ruy Lopez
14. M Parligras vs Nisipeanu  ½-½262019World CupC11 French
15. V Fedoseev vs Ganguly  ½-½352019World CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. S P Sethuraman vs T Nabaty 0-1592019World CupD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. S L Narayanan vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½552019World CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. A Korobov vs A Gupta 0-1332019World CupA48 King's Indian
19. McShane vs N Delgado Ramirez 1-0572019World CupA13 English
20. Gelfand vs Lu Shanglei  ½-½352019World CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. Adams vs C Aravindh  ½-½392019World CupC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. M A Tabatabaei vs B Amin 1-0402019World CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. Nikita Petrov vs Tomashevsky  ½-½132019World CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Predke vs A Sarana  ½-½232019World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
25. P Maghsoodloo vs M Chigaev 1-0372019World CupA00 Uncommon Opening
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  Sally Simpson: ....not yet (see above) we do have this:

Isle of Man Masters (2018)

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?
Oct-09-19  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.
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