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World Cup: Giri & Grischuk Eliminated

  • webmaster
  • on 19-08-13 13:16.

After another thrilling tiebreak day at the World Cup most favorites went through, but two big names had to leave Tromsø: Anish Giri of the Netherlands and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. Giri was defeated 1.5-0.5 in the rapid games by Peruvian grandmaster Julio Grand Zuniga, who, at 46, is playing stronger than ever. Grischuk lost with the same score to Le Quang Liem; in the second rapid game the Vietnamese grandmaster, who is the reigning World Blitz Champion, made no mistake and held a R vs. RN ending to a draw.

Grischuk was the favorite in his tiebreak match with Le, not only rating-wise but also after his heroic win on Sunday. The Russian grandmaster levelled the score after a 154-move fight, something that definitely brings some psychological advantage to the board. It was all the more impressive to see the Vietnamese GM outplaying his opponent with the Black in the first rapid game. 

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In the second rapid game Le, who took over the world blitz title from Grischuk earlier this year, defended a R vs. RN ending perfectly. Well, except for missing the stalemate trick 85.Rf4+!

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Julio Granda Zuniga's many chess fans must have been happy to see their hero advancing to round 4. The 46-year-old Peruvian grandmaster started the first rapid game in typical quiet, positional style, and kept a slight initiative throughout the game. Anish Giri should have been able to hold it, but one mistake (52...Re7? instead of 52...exf4) was enough and Granda grabbed his chance.

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Drawing the next with Black, Zuniga qualified for a mini-match against the rating favorite, Fabiano Caruana.

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On Facebook, Granda wrote:

"A special feeling overcoming the match with Giri after my initial misfortune. Something extraordinary is happening to me. I feel like my game has improved, although the requirement as you go is growing. Now to do some sports in the gym, try to sleep well and fight hard with Caruana. I take the opportunity here to thank once again so many signs of affection."

Caruana, on his turn, qualified by beating Vladimir Malakhov. It could have gone quite differently if the Russian GM had not missed a forced checkmate in five (on move 57) and another mate in seven (on move 59)...

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Caruana then won the second game convincingly.

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Vladimir Kramnik beat Alexander Areshchenko twice. Especially in the first game, it became clear how big the difference in playing strength was:

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Vassily Ivanchuk also won both games, against his compatriot Yuriy Kryvoruchko. With Black, Chucky played a model Rauzer Sicilian where White could never pose any threats to the enemy king. Don't miss Black's last move!

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Wei Yi, the 14-year-old grandmaster from China, again played very impressive chess. In the end he didn't make it against the reigning World Rapid Champion, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, but look at the first game. The young Chinese player basically refutes Mamedyarov's play and is simply better in the ending. 28...c6 was a one-move blunder that turned the tables, at least psychologically.

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Mamedyarov was again under some pressure in the second game (where Wei played the Evans Gambit!), but this time the Azerbaijani didn't make any serious mistakes and drew it.

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17-year-old Daniil Dubov of Russia was also eliminated in this round. He lost the first game, and Anton Korobov accepted a draw in a winning position in the second. Here's the first game, where, as it turns out, Dubov was winning for one moment (53...Rg1!).

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Alexey Dreev of Russia was eliminated by his compatriot Dmitry Andreikin, and the other all-Russian match Alexander Morozevich vs. Nikita Vitiugov started with many draws. Only in the second blitz game (5 minutes plus 3 seconds), Vitiugov blew a drawn rook ending at the very last moment; 57.Kf1! would have drawn the game.

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Pavel Eljanov was knocked out by Sergey Karjakin, who started with a loss. Can you find what was wrong with Karjakin's defense in the first rapid game?

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The pairings for round four, which starts Tuesday at 15:00 CET, are Tomashevsky - Morozevich, Kamsky - Mamedyarov, Le Quang Liem - Svidler, Karjakin - Andreikin, Caruana - Granda Zuniga, Gelfand - Vachier-Lagrave, Kramnik - Ivanchuk and Nakamura - Korobov.

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 3 Tiebreak Results

Name Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Karjakin, Sergey 2772 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 4.5
Eljanov, Pavel 2702 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 3.5
Morozevich, Alexander 2739 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
Vitiugov, Nikita 2719 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 3.5
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 4
Dreev, Aleksey 2668 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 2
Caruana, Fabiano 2796 ½ ½ 1 1 3
Malakhov, Vladimir 2707 ½ ½ 0 0 1
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 ½ ½ 1 1 3
Areshchenko, Alexander 2709 ½ ½ 0 0 1
Ivanchuk, Vassily 2731 ½ ½ 1 1 3
Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2678 ½ ½ 0 0 1
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2775 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
Wei, Yi 2551 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
Korobov, Anton 2720 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
Dubov, Daniil 2624 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
Le, Quang Liem 2702 1 0 1 ½ 2.5
Grischuk, Alexander 2785 0 1 0 ½ 1.5
Granda Zuniga, Julio E 2664 0 1 1 ½ 2.5
Giri, Anish 2737 1 0 0 ½ 1.5

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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  • 15 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

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    borealknight

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  • 15 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    Can't believe the title has not been fixed.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    mhisma

    Caruana was very lucky to escape from mate combination in first tie break match, Dreev suddenly lost in a winning position. That means the strong GM are also human,they sometimes made mistakes like us the mortals.

    Live coverage makes chess much more enjoyable

  • 15 maanden geleden

    MrMars

    i knew giri would be gone

  • 15 maanden geleden

    dancentino

    i missed sonofpearl's articles..Smile

  • 15 maanden geleden

    chris14122507

    The title should be Giri and Grischuk eliminated! Go Le Quang Liem. Great games!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

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  • 15 maanden geleden

    P_G_M

    As expected the final group of sixteen are all 2700+ Elite players with only one exception: Julio Granda Zuniga.

    Eleven players are from the top 20 in the live rating list and five from the top 10 (and this considering the fact that neither Carlsen and Anand played on this World Cup). Therefore, ELO rating correctly shows the strength of chess GM.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    Granda is not Grischuk.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    Change the title. This is a terrible mistake.

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Endbringer

    Hah, I saw the title and immediately scrolled down to comment but more than a few people beat me to it!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    PortusNargas

    Fix the title please!

  • 15 maanden geleden

    Appa

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  • 15 maanden geleden

    IM Kacparov

    Correct, a mistake in the title

  • 15 maanden geleden

    RybkaShredder

    I think you messed up the title. It should say Giri and Grischuk eliminated. Granda knocked out Giri

  • 15 maanden geleden

    cafestream

    Granda is not eliminated (yet) as of Aug 19..

    The author provides the correct details in the text, but the subject is misleading

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