Sep 18, 2017

Tbilisi World Cup QF Tiebreaks

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is through to play a FIDE World Cup semifinal against Levon Aronian after knocking out Peter Svidler in the quarterfinal tiebreaks. Their rapid match was short and bitter for Peter, as he fell behind on the clock and on the board in both games. In the first with Black he managed to fight back and hold a draw, but in the second he was unable to put up much resistance. Maxime now faces Aronian after the first rest day and commented, “He has no reason to be afraid of anyone. I also have no reason to be afraid of anyone, so it should be a good match!”

Peter Svidler, meanwhile, can look back at another World Cup in which he exceeded pre-tournament expectations and played some fine games. It was, in fact, a repeat of his 2013 World Cup, when he also went out in the quarterfinal rapid tiebreaks after two draws in the classical games against Dmitry Andreikin. Although Peter has been a Candidates wildcard in the past it’s unlikely he’ll manage to play in the 2018 tournament in Berlin, but that might at least be good news when it comes to commentary!

Meanwhile in Tbilisi… the players, journalists, photographers, arbiters and, of course, chess fans finally have a rest day after 15 straight days of action. Then it gets really serious fast on Tuesday, when Aronian, MVL, Wesley So and Ding Liren are all just one step away from a place in the Candidates.

See more:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • The World Cup starts in 1 week – predictions?
  • World Cup special promotion
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.1: Wei Yi shocker
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.2: Revenge of the favourites
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1 Tiebreaks: Stars show no mercy
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.1: Anand brilliancy backfires
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.2: Anand and Karjakin out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2: Tiebreak highlights
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.1: Carlsen loses | Kovalyov quits
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.2: Carlsen, Kramnik and Naka out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3 Tiebreaks: Fabiano crashes out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4.1: Ivanchuk and Fedoseev strike
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4.2: Chucky & Lev meet in QF
  • Tbilisi World Cup 4 Tiebreaks: MVL KOs Grischuk
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF 1: Ivanchuk meltdown
  • Tbilisi World Cup QF 2: So, Ding & Aronian in semis
Sep 13, 2017

Tbilisi World Cup 4.1: Ivanchuk & Fedoseev strike

Vassily Ivanchuk now has the scalp of Anish Giri to hang alongside that of Vladimir Kramnik after a topsy-turvy encounter suddenly crystallised into a simple endgame win for the maverick Ukrainian. Vladimir Fedoseev was the other player to get off to a winning start, executing a beautiful win after Maxim Rodshtein lost his way in time trouble. There could easily have been more bloodshed, with MVL-Grischuk and Dubov-Aronian in particular so complex that even the world’s best players were groping in the dark.

See more:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • The World Cup starts in 1 week – predictions?
  • World Cup special promotion
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.1: Wei Yi shocker
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.2: Revenge of the favourites
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1 Tiebreaks: Stars show no mercy
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.1: Anand brilliancy backfires
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.2: Anand and Karjakin out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2: Tiebreak highlights
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.1: Carlsen loses | Kovalyov quits
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3.2: Carlsen, Kramnik and Naka out
  • Tbilisi World Cup 3 Tiebreaks: Fabiano crashes out
Sep 09, 2017

Tbilisi World Cup 2.2: Karjakin, Anand and Adams are out

Magnus Carlsen’s World Championship challengers, Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin, have been knocked out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Round 2. Vishy was unable to beat Anton Kovalyov on demand, while Sergey forgot a move in a sharp opening line and was ruthlessly put to the sword by Daniil Dubov. Mickey Adams was another casualty. Carlsen is through with the only perfect 4/4 score, where he’s joined by Vladimir Kramnik, who was stunned when Anton Demchenko offered a draw on move 10 of a must-win game. No less than 22 matches again go to tiebreaks on Friday.

Among the top players facing tiebreaks are more Top 10 stars such as Aronian, Caruana, Grischuk, So, Nakamura and Giri, with the cautious approach encouraged by the knockout format having led to widespread rating deflation!

The tiebreaks start at the same time as always on Friday, and you can watch all the action, with the option of 5 commentary streams in 4 languages, here on chess24 from 15:00 CEST onwards!

See more:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • The World Cup starts in 1 week – predictions?
  • World Cup special promotion
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.1: Wei Yi shocker
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1.2: Revenge of the favourites
  • Tbilisi World Cup 1 Tiebreaks: Stars show no mercy
  • Tbilisi World Cup 2.1: Anand brilliancy backfires