Navara, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, Wojtaszek Early Victims At FIDE Chess World Cup


David Navara, Arkadij NaiditschRuslan Ponomariov and Radek Wojtaszek are the biggest names that have to leave the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk after just two days of play. Thursday will see tiebreaks in 23 of the 64 matches.

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GMs Yasser Seirawan, Eric Hansen and Aman Hambleton are covering the tournament each day on their channel Twitch.tv/Chessbrah. Play starts at 3 p.m. local time, which is 12:00 (noon) CEST, 6 a.m. Eastern and 3 a.m. Pacific.

None of the rating favorites that started with a loss managed to win on demand. Radek Wojtasek was the highest rated player that didn’t even make it to the tiebreaks of the first round, as he faced a young Norwegian grandmaster who happened to be in great shape.

It didn’t help that Wojtaszek got caught in a sharp line of the Sicilian Najdorf where White sacrifices an exchange and the most Black can hope for is a draw.

Christiansen Wojtaszek 2019 FIDE World Cup
Daniil Dubov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are much interested in the sharp Najdorf played in Christiansen vs. Wojtaszek. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

It’s unclear whether it was part of the “Magnus effect” mentioned yesterday, but Johan-Sebastian Christiansen wasn’t even happy with that draw and decided to just beat his world-class opponent another time.

It’s hard not to be a fan of a player who comes up with a quote like this: “I needed a draw but still I played some crazy variation because to play boring is not my style really.”

FIDE’s interview with Christiansen.

Two other players who had beaten higher rated opponents on the first day, Nihal Sarin and Niclas Huschenbeth, scored impressive wins yet again versus Jorge Cori and Arkadij Naiditsch. After winning the first game, Andrey Esipenko held the draw against a “World Cup gangster,” Svidler’s nickname for Ruslan Ponomariov. The latter didn’t have a very pleasant experience after his first game.

Czech number one David Navara had started with a draw, but an unexpected loss in the second game sent him home early as well. 22-year-old Russian GM Daniil Yuffa came up with a strong pawn push in the center, and Navara might have missed the main point behind it.

After that he was looking at a positional disaster. Without a g-pawn, White couldn’t fight the beast on f5.

Navara Yuffa 2019 FIDE World Cup
Unlike earlier World Cups, David Navara has to leave early. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Of the top nine seeds, eight won their matches 2-0: Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Leinier Dominguez and Alexander Grischuk. Sixth seed Levon Aronian, who escaped with a draw yesterday, won convincingly as Black on day two.

The top seed won very quickly this time:

Colombian GM Alder Escobar had Dominguez on the ropes in his white game and almost forced a tiebreak:

Alder Forero Dominguez 2019 FIDE World Cup
Alder Escobar got close to beating Leinier Dominguez on day two. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

The upset of the day was 37-year-old Iranian GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami winning on demand against 25-year-old top grandmaster Yu Yangyi in a marathon game. A truly great performance by Ghaem Maghami that lasted 132 moves.

Yu Yangyi 2019 FIDE World Cup
Yu Yangyi slipped, and now needs to play a tiebreak. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Four other players managed to win on demand to take their match to tiebreaks: Naranyan S.L. vs. David AntonSethuraman S.P. vs. Tamir Nabaty, Shekhar Ganguly vs. Vladimir Fedoseev and Constantin Lupulescu vs. Igor Kovalenko.

Below Yu, the highest rated player that went to playoffs was Hikaru Nakamura. Following his draw in the first game, he split the point even quicker in the next (after just 16 moves), probably happy to show his quickplay skills against 21-year-old Bilel Bellahcene of Algeria.

Stage 2019 FIDE World Cup
The top boards are played on a separate stage. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

It was a good day for Iranian chess. Besides Ghaem Maghami’s win, there was Alireza Firouzja who got his desired draw to advance, and Parham Maghsoodloo who won one of the most exciting games of the day against Russia’s Maksim Chigaev to make 2-0.

Maghsoodloo Chigaev 2019 FIDE World Cup
Strong attacking play by Parham Maghsoodloo. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

From the longest we go to one of the shortest games of the day. Much earlier, after starting with a draw, Peter Svidler of Russia had won an attractive miniature against 19-year-old Cuban GM Carlos Daniel Albornoz

It was not without any hiccups, because after the game people told him that 11.Nc3 is preferred these days over what he played. “It probably is advisable to know some openings,” Svidler said. He called Black’s 13…f5 a “very large present” after which he proved himself to be the strongest calculator of the two.

Svidler with GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko going through his game.

In another example of a strong GM outcalculating his opponent, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov used different knight forks to beat 20-year-old IM Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo of Madagascar.

Rakotomaharo 2019 FIDE World Cup
The player with arguably the most beautiful name has to leave the tournament: Fy Antenaina Rakotomaharo of Madagascar. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

FIDE World Cup | Round 1 results


































































Seed Fed Title Player

Seed Fed Title Player G1 G2 TB
1 GM Ding Liren 128 FM Press 1-0 1-0 .
2 GM Giri 127 FM Mohammad 1-0 1-0 .
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave 126 IM Anwuli 1-0 1-0 .
4 GM So 125 IM Duran 1-0 1-0 .
5 GM Nepomniachtchi 124

Gan-Erdene 1-0 1-0 .
6 GM Aronian 123 GM El Gindy ½-½ 1-0 .
7 GM Mamedyarov 122 IM Rakotomaharo 1-0 1-0 .
8 GM Dominguez 121 GM Escobar 1-0 1-0 .
9 GM Grischuk 120 IM Pultinevicius 1-0 1-0 .
10 GM Radjabov 119 GM Ziska 1-0 ½-½ .
11 GM Artemiev 118 GM Iljiushenok ½-½ 1-0 .
12 GM Yu Yangyi 117 GM Ghaem Maghami 1-0 0-1 .
13 GM Karjakin 116 GM Megaranto 1-0 1-0 .
14 GM Nakamura 115 GM Bellahcene ½-½ ½-½ .
15 GM Andreikin 114 GM Mekhitarian ½-½ ½-½ .
16 GM Wojtaszek 113 GM Christiansen 0-1 0-1 .
17 GM Harikrishna 112 GM Gonzalez  1-0 1-0 .
18 GM Duda 111 GM Henriquez 1-0 ½-½ .
19 GM Svidler 110 GM Albornoz ½-½ 1-0 .
20 GM Vitiugov 109 GM Urkedal ½-½ 1-0 .
21 GM Wei Yi 108 GM Santos ½-½ 1-0 .
22 GM Le 107 GM Aleksandrov ½-½ ½-½ .
23 GM Navara 106 GM Yuffa ½-½ 0-1 .
24 GM Bu Xiangzhi 105 GM Xu Xiangyu ½-½ ½-½ .
25 GM Wang Hao 104 GM Pridorozhni ½-½ ½-½ .
26 GM Shankland 103 GM Safarli ½-½ ½-½ .
27 GM Matlakov 102 GM Abdusattorov ½-½ ½-½ .
28 GM Tomashevsky 101 GM Petrov ½-½ ½-½ .
29 GM Vidit 100 GM Pichot ½-½ 1-0 .
30 GM Jakovenko 99 GM Martinez 1-0 1-0 .
31 GM Xiong 98 GM Lysyj 1-0 1-0 .
32 GM Firouzja 97 GM Pashikian 1-0 ½-½ .
33 GM Dubov 96 GM Cordova 1-0 ½-½ .
34 GM Amin 95 GM Tabatabaei ½-½ ½-½ .
35 GM Jones 94 GM Flores 1-0 ½-½ .
36 GM Grandelius 93 GM Rakhmanov ½-½ 0-1 .
37 GM Adams 92 GM Aravindh ½-½ ½-½ .
38 GM Gelfand 91 GM Lu Shanglei ½-½ ½-½ .
39 GM Cori 90 GM Nihal 0-1 0-1 .
40 GM Rodshtein 89 GM Bartel 1-0 ½-½ .
41 GM Inarkiev 88 GM Karthikeyan Mrali ½-½ 1-0 .
42 GM McShane 87 GM Delgado ½-½ ½-½ .
43 GM Korobov 86 GM Gupta ½-½ ½-½ .
44 GM Anton 85 GM Narayanan 1-0 0-1 .
45 GM Naiditsch 84 GM Huschenbeth 0-1 0-1 .
46 GM Ponomariov 83 GM Esipenko 0-1 ½-½ .
47 GM Nabaty 82 GM Sethuraman 1-0 0-1 .
48 GM Fedoseev 81 GM Ganguly 1-0 0-1 .
49 GM Alekseenko 80 GM Nguyen ½-½ 1-0 .
50 GM Berkes 79 GM Jumabayev ½-½ 0-1 .
51 GM Nisipeanu 78 GM Parligras ½-½ ½-½ .
52 GM Sevian 77 GM Tari 1-0 ½-½ .
53 GM Adhiban 76 GM Iturrizaga 1-0 ½-½ .
54 GM Cheparinov 75 GM Adly 1-0 ½-½ .
55 GM Sjugirov 74 GM Mareco ½-½ ½-½ .
56 GM Saric 73 GM Bok ½-½ ½-½ .
57 GM Piorun 72 GM Abasov ½-½ ½-½ .
58 GM Kasimdzhanov 71 GM Bareev 1-0 ½-½ .
59 GM Maghsoodloo 70 GM Chigaev 1-0 1-0 .
60 GM Sarana 69 GM Predke ½-½ ½-½ .
61 GM Demchenko 68 GM Hovhannisyan 1-0 ½-½ .
62 GM Kovalenko 67 GM Lupulescu 1-0 0-1 .
63 GM Gledura 66 GM Najer ½-½ 0-1 .
64 GM Movsesian 65 GM Oparin ½-½ 1-0 .

The FIDE World Cup takes place Sept. 9-Oct 4 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Each round consists of two classical games and a tiebreak on the third day. The final consists of four classical games. Both finalists will qualify for the 2020 Candidates’ Tournament. The total prize fund is $1.6 million (1.45 million euros). Sept. 19 and 29 are rest days. You can find more background info in our preview article.


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