World Cup: Nepomniachtchi & Polgar Sent Packing

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  • on 12.08.2013, 14:37.

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Judit Polgar were both eliminated on the second day of the FIDE World Cup. Nepomniachtchi lost to the youngest grandmaster in the world, Wei Yi of China, while Polgar drew with Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, who won the first game. Peter Svidler surprisingly lost game 2 to Women's World Champion Anna Ushenina, who thus secured a playoff, like Alexander Morozevich, who won the second game against Bator Sambuev convincingly.

After the two classical games of the first round, the seven top seeded players have qualified for round 2: Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura and Boris Gelfand. Not all elite players had an easy time; Caruana and Karjakin couldn't beat their 2300 opponents in the second game, and Grischuk was clearly worse for quite a while against Igor Bjelobrk of Australia:

Boris Gelfand won the first game, but almost lost the second. His 21...fxg4 was a huge mistake, and he ended up with two rooks vs. a queen but a pawn down and an open king. White was surely winning at some point, but in the end the Israeli could avoid the loss.

Gata Kamsky is the highest rated player to score 1-1. His opponent Lou Yiping, one of several relatively unkown Chinese talents, managed to draw both games. 

Ruslan Ponomariov was the first 2700 player to reach the second round. After the game ChessVibes spoke with the former FIDE World Champion:

Peter Svidler didn't lose a single game at the 2011 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, but in his second game against Anna Ushenina it suddenly went horribly wrong. In a very theoretical Grünfeld, Black should be fine after 28...Bxf2+ but instead Svidler blundered heavily.


ChessVibes spoke with Ushenina, who tells about both the first and the second game, and also looks forward to the tiebreak on Tuesday.

Wan Yunguo is another Chinese talent who managed to draw both games against a 2700 player: Dortmund winner Michael Adams. Alexander Morozevich also played 1-1, as he levelled the score after his surprising loss yesterday.

Peter Leko looking at Alexander Morozevich making a move

Anish Giri won his first game with Black, and then had no trouble "not losing the second". Here's another interview by ChessVibes:

Ian Nepomniachtchi's elimination was the biggest upset in this first round. He was simply outplayed by Wei Yi, who only became a grandmaster in February this year and who seems to have a bright future ahead of him:


Larry Christiansen had exellent chances to level the score in his match with Laurent Fressinet, but the American grandmaster mixed up the move order. First 27...cxb2 and then 28...Rxf2 would have won for Black.

Hou Yifan managed to draw both games with Alexei Shirov, and so they will also have to play the tiebreak on Tuesday.


Judit Polgar, however, is already knocked out. She failed to win against Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez of Cuba. According to the computer, both 36.Rh4 and 61.Kb6 would have won for White.


Ray Robson played the higher rated Andrey Volokitin of Ukraine, but the 18-year-old American grandmaster duly won both games! Here are both, followed by an interview:

Of the 32 matches in round 2, only 11 are known already: Aronian-Lysyj, Mamedyarov-Matlakov, Le Quang Liem-Vallejo Pons, Jakovenko-Eljanov, Malakhov-Fressinet, Gelfand-Filippov, Bacrot-Moiseenko, Dominguez-Onischuk, Vachier-Lagrave-Ortiz Suarez, Ivanchuk-Robson and Ponomariov-Dubov. 28 matches were undecided after two games at the classical time control and so 56 players will continue the fight at 3 p.m. local time on August 13th.

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 1 results

1 Aronian, Levon Markov, Mikhail 1-0 1-0 2-0 Aronian
2 G., Akash Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 ½-½ ½-1½ Caruana
3 Kramnik, Vladimir Bwalya, Gillan 1-0 1-0 2-0 Kramnik
4 Bjelobrk, Igor Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 0-1 0-2 Grischuk
5 Karjakin, Sergey Ali, Sebbar 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Karjakin
6 Cori T., Deysi Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 0-1 0-2 Nakamura
7 Gelfand, Boris Rahman, Ziaur 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Gelfand
8 Lou, Yiping Kamsky, Gata ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
9 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar Shoker, Samy 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Mamedyarov
10 El Gindy, Essam Dominguez Perez, Leinier 0-1 0-1 0-2 Dominguez
11 Ponomariov, Ruslan Hansen, Torbjorn Ringdal 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Ponomariov
12 Liu, Qingnan Wang Hao ½-½ 0-1 ½-1½ Wang
13 Svidler, Peter Ushenina, Anna 1-0 0-1 1-1
14 Wan, Yunguo Adams, Michael ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
15 Leko, Peter Johannessen, Leif Erlend 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Leko
16 Sambuev, Bator Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 0-1 1-1
17 Vitiugov, Nikita Holt, Conrad 1-0 1-0 2-0 Vitiugov
18 Salem, A.R. Saleh Giri, Anish 0-1 ½-½ ½-1½ Giri
19 Ivanchuk, Vassily Duda, Jan-Krzysztof ½-½ 1-0 1½-½ Ivanchuk
20 Cori, Jorge Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
21 Andreikin, Dmitry Darini, Pouria ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
22 Durarbayli, Vasif Korobov, Anton ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
23 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime Shabalov, Alexander 1-0 1-0 2-0 Vachier-Lagrave
24 Wei Yi Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 1-0 1½-½ Wei
25 Navara, David Mareco, Sandro 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Navara
26 Agdestein, Simen Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 0-1 0-2 Bacrot
27 Alekseev, Evgeny Adhiban, B. ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
28 Paragua, Mark Jakovenko, Dmitry 0-1 0-1 0-2 Jakovenko
29 Le Quang Liem Barbosa, Oliver 1-0 1-0 2-0 Le
30 Kaidanov, Gregory S Areshchenko, Alexander 0-1 ½-½ ½-1½ Areshchenko
31 Malakhov, Vladimir Hansen, Eric 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Malakhov
32 Ramirez, Alejandro Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
33 So, Wesley Ipatov, Alexander 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ So
34 Christiansen, Larry M Fressinet, Laurent 0-1 ½-½ ½-1½ Fressinet
35 Riazantsev, Alexander Felgaer, Ruben ½-½ ½-½ 1-1 Felgaer
36 Flores, Diego Vallejo Pons, Francisco 0-1 0-1 0-2 Vallejo
37 Eljanov, Pavel Brunello, Sabino ½-½ 1-0 1½-½ Eljanov
38 Fier, Alexandr Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
39 Moiseenko, Alexander Adly, Ahmed 1-0 w/o 1-0 w/o 2-0 Moiseenko
40 Hammer, Jon Ludvig Movsesian, Sergei ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
41 Shirov, Alexei Hou, Yifan ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
42 Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo Polgar, Judit 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Ortiz Suarez
43 Jobava, Baadur Kravtsiv, Martyn 1-0 0-1 1-1
44 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son Akopian, Vladimir 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Nguyen
45 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro Najer, Evgeniy ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
46 Robson, Ray Volokitin, Andrei 1-0 1-0 2-0 Robson
47 Li, Chao b Postny, Evgeny ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
48 Popov, Ivan Ragger, Markus 1-0 0-1 1-1
49 Inarkiev, Ernesto Leitao, Rafael ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
50 Melkumyan, Hrant Granda Zuniga, Julio E ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
51 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy Negi, Parimarjan 0-1 1-0 1-1
52 Hracek, Zbynek Bologan, Viktor ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
53 Dreev, Aleksey Azarov, Sergei ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
54 Dubov, Daniil Fedorchuk, Sergey A. 1-0 1-0 2-0 Dubov
55 Onischuk, Alexander Iturrizaga, Eduardo 1-0 ½-½ 1½-½ Onischuk
56 Smeets, Jan Matlakov, Maxim ½-½ 0-1 ½-1½ Matlakov
57 Shimanov, Aleksandr Jones, Gawain C B ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
58 Filippov, Anton Romanov, Evgeny ½-½ 1-0 1½-½ Filippov
59 Safarli, Eltaj Amin, Bassem 0-1 1-0 1-1
60 Lupulescu, Constantin Sasikiran, Krishnan ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
61 Zvjaginsev, Vadim Swiercz, Dariusz ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
62 Kobalia, Mikhail Khismatullin, Denis ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
63 Yu, Yangyi Beliavsky, Alexander G ½-½ ½-½ 1-1
64 Istratescu, Andrei Lysyj, Igor 0-1 ½-½ ½-1½ Lysyj

Held every two years, the World Cup is part of the World Championship cycle. The winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. The World Cup takes place August 10th-September 3rd in Tromsø, Norway. Photos by Paul Truong courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC.

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  • 3 lat temu


    Very_Ape: In Ushenina-Svidler, if black plays Kh6, white just takes the queen instead of the bishop.

  • 3 lat temu


    I think the articles are great with a focus on the chess where it belongs.

  • 3 lat temu


    who cares since ur blitz is very low and you dont even play bulletUndecided

  • 3 lat temu


    But i like & enjoy the article the way Webmaster write Cool

  • 3 lat temu


    where is sonofpearl? I dont like this guy articles sorry Undecided

  • 3 lat temu


    Bible-Believer, come on, conspiracy theories and paranoia are all very fine but seeing that this is a cup competition, where one mistake can mean you are out, and the field is BIG, it's remarkable how little suprises there actually are. 2700 loosing a game to 2600 player is hardly unheard of.

  • 3 lat temu


    I can't help but wonder if the security checks and pat downs for electronic devices aren't responsible for all the shockers and upsets at the World Cup. Maybe many players, even among the world's elite, have been using them and the security checks have leveled the playing field?

  • 3 lat temu


    good luck wesley!

  • 3 lat temu

    FM theMagicRat

    Interesting opening choice by Svidler in the first tiebreak game: King's Indian attack.

  • 3 lat temu


    I have nothing against Svidler, he's excellent player, but somehow I want to see Ushenina wins this tie-break. Wink

  • 3 lat temu

    FM theMagicRat

    @VERY_APE: She can't take the bishop immediately, but she can take the queen first :)

  • 3 lat temu


    In the game of Svidler againts Usinina ,

    somebody can explain the end,

    because of if kh6 queen can't take the bishop

  • 3 lat temu


    I'm rooting for wesley so but i like the chances of chinese player they almost dominating this tournament!!

  • 3 lat temu


    so proud of team china,great job!

  • 3 lat temu


    Paco Vallejo,  do not hesitate to ask me my sword if necessary.

  • 3 lat temu


    Great players; Good games, anyone can win the final amongst above players. I think so.

  • 3 lat temu


    Poor Judit! Cry

  • 3 lat temu


    Nice job by Robson moving in to the second round.  And a nice job by Ushenina staying alive and beating Svidler forcing a playoff.  

  • 3 lat temu


    Good luck Wesley!

  • 3 lat temu

    NM Petrosianic

    robson 2-0 v volokitin wow

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