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soupman_2
25-07-2017, 04:22 AM
Participants in 2017 Fide World Cup to be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 2-27 September, have been announced. Anton Smirnov is playing! https://www.chess.com/news/view/magnus-carlsen-to-play-fide-world-cup-1400 Ah, how well we remember Zong Yuan Zhao facing off against Magnus Carlsen in the 2007 Fide World Cup. Great boost for the local game to see Aussies on the world stage.

Kevin Bonham
25-07-2017, 10:35 AM
Amazing that the event this year is so strong; normally the top few players skip it. What a coup for FIDE and the organisers if they all show up.

Anton is seeded 12th from the bottom, so it looks like he is playing Giri.

Kevin Bonham
07-08-2017, 10:45 PM
Presumably the seeding order has changed based on ratings changes. Anton is playing Karjakin!

http://www.fide.com/images/stories/NEWS_2017/FIDE_News/World_Cup_2017/World_Cup_2017_tree.pdf

Ian Rout
08-08-2017, 04:18 PM
Presumably the seeding order has changed based on ratings changes. Anton is playing Karjakin!

http://www.fide.com/images/stories/NEWS_2017/FIDE_News/World_Cup_2017/World_Cup_2017_tree.pdfIs this now set in concrete - so it won't be changed for the September ratings, or if someone withdraws the replacement will just be a straight substitution into the gap?

Kevin Bonham
08-08-2017, 06:52 PM
Is this now set in concrete - so it won't be changed for the September ratings, or if someone withdraws the replacement will just be a straight substitution into the gap?

Regulations here http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/WorldCup2017Regulations.pdf

Under 3.3.4 I believe that if a player now withdraws the opponent gets a walkover into the next round. This is what happened in the Women's World Champs after a player passed away.

Ian Rout
18-08-2017, 04:16 PM
One betting site (the only one that I can see with odds up so far) has Magnus at 2/1 - not sure how attractive this is in a 128-horse race where you can be eliminated by one loss, which can be in blitz, or even a draw if it's Armageddon. Kramnik, Mamedyrov and Nakamura are on the second line at 6/1 and Karjakin is a bit down the order on 15/1. Anton is 2500/1.

I was less successful in finding information on media. chess24 lists it on their broadcast schedule but that's in a document dated 2 April, and I can't see anything about Agon's plans. It may be just that I'm not looking in the right places seeing it's only a couple of weeks away - has anybody seen anything?

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2017, 07:56 PM
If I've got this right round 1 game 1 starts 9 pm Sunday AEST.

Kevin Bonham
30-08-2017, 08:05 PM
Poll Added

Same rules as last time - must vote for no more than three to be eligible. Last voter(s) standing win.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2017, 05:53 PM
Official site https://tbilisi2017.fide.com/

Pairings https://tbilisi2017.fide.com/2017/09/02/844/ Looks like Anton is actually white game 1.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2017, 07:47 PM
Live site broadcast is now counting down to 9:30 so there may be a broadcast delay.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2017, 09:14 PM
No delay, it is live now.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2017, 09:26 PM
(White to play 13) Karjakin has had this before with black, against Nakamura.

MichaelBaron
03-09-2017, 11:36 PM
Great result by Anton! Now Karjakin will feel more pressure in game 2.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2017, 11:45 PM
Good job. Comfortable draw without having to work too much for it.

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2017, 11:53 PM
Upset: Wei Yi skittled by Canadian GM Sambuev

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Bb4 5.g3 0-0 6.Bg2 dxc4 7.0-0 Nc6 8.a3 Be7 9.e4 Na5 10.Be3 Rb8 11.Qe2 b5 12.Rad1 Bb7 13.Ne5 a6 14.g4 Ne8 15.d5 exd5 16.Nxd5 Nd6 17.g5 Bxd5 18.Rxd5 c6 19.Rdd1 Qc7 20.Qh5 g6 21.Qh6 Nxe4 22.Nd7 Nd6 23.Bh3 Rfd8 24.Rd4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
04-09-2017, 12:28 AM
Smirnov - Karjakin

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bf4 dxc4 6.e3 b5 7.Nxb5 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Nd5 9.a3 Nxc3 10.Qd2 Nd5 11.axb4 Nxf4 12.exf4 Bb7 13.Be2 0-0 14.0-0 Nb6 15.Rfd1 Qd6 16.Ne5 a6 17.Rac1 Rfb8 18.Nxc4 Nxc4 19.Rxc4 Bd5 20.Rc5 Rb6 21.Rdc1 c6 22.Bc4 h6 23.Bxd5 exd5 24.g3 Qd7 25.b5 axb5 26.Re1 Rba6 27.Rc3 Ra1 28.Rce3 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Re8 30.Rxe8+ 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
04-09-2017, 12:39 AM
Andreikin, who did very well in one of these things not so long ago, appears to be losing with white to Russian GM Goganov (2567).

Another upset: Harikrishna has lost game 1.

Kevin Bonham
04-09-2017, 10:57 AM
Eljanov loses won position with white against Lenderman with two horrible blunders in three moves.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.Bg5 dxc4 8.Qxc4 b6 9.Rc1 Ba6 10.Qa4 Qd7 11.Qxd7 Nbxd7 12.Bxf6 Nxf6 13.e3 Bxf1 14.Kxf1 Rfc8 15.Rc6 Nd5 16.Nf3 Ne7 17.Rc2 f6 18.Ke2 Kf7 19.Rhc1 c6 20.Ne1 Ke8 21.Nd3 Kd7 22.g4 g5 23.h4 h6 24.Rh1 Rh8 25.e4 Ng6 26.h5 Ne7 27.Ke3 Rhf8 28.f3 a5 29.Rhc1 Ra7 30.Rc3 Rg8 31.b3 Rf8 32.Nb2 Re8 33.Nc4 Ra6 34.Kf2 Rd8 35.Rd3 Ke8 36.e5 f5 37.Nd6+ Kf8 38.d5 cxd5 39.Rc7 b5 40.Nxb5 Rc6 41.Nd4 Rxc7 42.Nxe6+ Kf7 43.Nxc7 d4 44.Nb5 Rd5 45.e6+ Kf6 46.Nxd4 Rd6 47.b4 axb4 48.axb4 f4 49.b5 Ke5 50.Rd2 Kf6 51.Ke1 Nd5 52.Re2?? Ne3 53.e7 Kf7 54.Rd2?? [54.Rxe3 will still draw] 54...Rxd4 55.Rb2 Rd7 56.b6 Rb7 57.Ke2 Nd5 0-1

Kevin Bonham
04-09-2017, 11:19 PM
Karjakin - Smirnov

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 Nf6 5.0-0 c6 6.b3 0-0 7.Bb2 Bf5 8.c4 Qb6 Rare move 9.Nbd2 Rd8 Novelty 10.Nh4 Be6 11.Qc2 Na6 12.Rac1 Rac8 13.Qb1 Ne4 14.Bxe4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Bxd4 16.Bxd4 Qxd4 17.Rfd1 Qg7 18.Ng5 Qf6 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.Qb2 Rd6 21.Rd2 1/2-1/2

Off to tiebreaks!

bundys_bro
04-09-2017, 11:34 PM
Very happy for Anton terrific result regardless of the tiebreak. Comfortable draws in both games.

Kevin Bonham
04-09-2017, 11:45 PM
Andreikin, who did very well in one of these things not so long ago, appears to be losing with white to Russian GM Goganov (2567).

Andreikin saved that one somehow and has gone to playoffs.

MichaelBaron
05-09-2017, 12:16 AM
Great result! Looks like a simple game where white played not too ambitiously, but the fact that Anton managed to keep his cool against the WC contestant is a great indicator of his level of play. While Karjakin likes speed chess...i think in rapid play - there could potentially be even more chances for Anton.

Garrett
05-09-2017, 02:57 AM
Well done Anton.

Andy009
05-09-2017, 07:30 AM
Congrats Anton!Managed the defense minister Karjakin well so far!

Ian Rout
05-09-2017, 09:58 AM
Great result for Anton, and good to see Karjakin showing respect.

Apparently two of the first-round losers, Harikrishna and Wei Yi, bounced back to take their matches to tie-breaks, so Eljanov is the only high-profile casualty to date. Wei Yi will have to be careful in the blitz as his opponent is likely to have something up his sleeve.

MichaelBaron
05-09-2017, 10:34 AM
Anton vs Karjakin is all over the Russian media: https://www.gazeta.ru/sport/2017/09/04/a_10874192.shtml

Metro
05-09-2017, 02:09 PM
https://images.chesscomfiles.com/uploads/v1/images_users/tiny_mce/PeterDoggers/phpr3mlHN.jpeg

StokesyRedcliff
05-09-2017, 07:58 PM
Go Anton! We are all so proud of your efforts back home here in Australia! I now owe you at least two $1 scratchies next time I see you!

Desmond
05-09-2017, 08:15 PM
Go Anton!

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2017, 10:08 PM
Karjakin - Smirnov tiebreak game 1

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.c4 c6 9.Re1 Bf5 10.Qb3 Na6 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Nc3 Nb4 13.Bxe4 dxe4 14.Nxe4 Be6 15.Qd1 Rc8 16.Bg5 Qd7 17.Re2 f6 18.Nxd6 Qxd6 19.Bf4 Qd7 20.a3 Nc6 21.Rc1 Bd5 22.Rd2 Rfe8 23.h3 Bxf3 24.gxf3 Qxh3 25.d5 Ne5 26.Rxc8 Qxc8 27.d6 Qd7 28.Kg2 Ng6 29.Bg3 Nf8 30.Rc2 Ne6 31.Qd5 Kf8 32.Qf5 Rc8 33.Rc7 Rxc7 34.dxc7 h6 35.Qc2 Qc8 36.Qd3 Kf7 37.Qd5 g5 38.a4 h5 39.b4 h4 40.Bd6 b6 41.a5 bxa5 42.bxa5 a6 43.Qb3 Ke8 44.Qa4+ Kf7 45.Qc4 Ke8 46.Qc6+ Kf7 47.Kh2 Nd4 48.Qd5+ Ne6 49.Qf5 Qd7 50.Kg1 Qc8 51.Be5 Ke7 52.Qh7+ Ke8 53.Bd6 1-0

StokesyRedcliff
05-09-2017, 11:09 PM
A great fight by young Anton against the super GM!

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2017, 11:47 PM
Never really in the hunt in game 2. Attempts to create something only played into Karjakin's hands.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 cxd4 6.Qxd4 exd5 7.e4 Nc6 8.Bb5 dxe4 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.Ng5 Be6 11.0-0 Bb4 12.Ncxe4 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Ke7 14.Be3 Rhd8 15.a3 Nd4 16.axb4 Nxb5 17.Bc5+ Kd7 18.Rfd1+ Ke8 19.Re1 b6 20.Be3 h6 21.Nc3 Nd6 22.Bf4 Kf8 23.Bxd6+ Rxd6 24.h3 Rd7 25.b5 Rc8 26.Ra4 Rc4 27.Rea1 Rxa4 28.Rxa4 Ke7 29.Kf1 Kd6 30.Re4 Rc7 31.Ke2 Rc4 32.Re3 Rb4 33.Rd3+ Kc5 34.Rd2 Rd4 35.Rc2 Kb4 36.Ke3 Rd7 37.Ne2 Kxb5 38.Nd4+ Kb4 39.Rc3 a5 40.Nc2+ Kb5 41.Nd4+ Ka6 42.f4 a4 43.g4 b5 44.Rc5 Bc4 45.g5 hxg5 46.Rxg5 f6 47.Rc5 Ka5 48.Rc8 Kb4 49.Rb8 Re7+ 50.Kf3 Kc5 51.Nc2 Bd5+ 52.Kf2 Re4 53.Rc8+ Bc6 54.f5 b4 55.Rc7 Rc4 56.Ne3 Rf4+ 57.Ke2 a3 58.bxa3 bxa3 59.Rxg7 a2 60.Rg1 Bb5+ 61.Kd2 Rf2+ 62.Kc3 Bf1 0-1

Frank
06-09-2017, 12:18 AM
Go Anton! We are all so proud of your efforts back home here in Australia! I now owe you at least two $1 scratchies next time I see you!

By thus are the wealth of nations measured

Patrick Byrom
06-09-2017, 12:38 AM
A great fight by young Anton against the super GM!He didn't deserve to lose - he was probably equal or even slightly better for much of that game.

Frank
06-09-2017, 12:59 AM
He didn't deserve to lose - he was probably equal or even slightly better for much of that game.

Timewise, certainly, in Tie-Break 1.

Garrett
06-09-2017, 02:15 AM
Well done Anton, hope you had an amazing experience.

cheers - Garrett.

ER
06-09-2017, 05:55 AM
By thus are the wealth of nations measured
hi chief, didn't know they grow scratchies up there in QLD!! :P :D

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2017, 09:54 AM
I think the turning point of rapid 1 was the ...Ng6-f8-e6 maneuver which didn't turn out well. Prior to that it was an even enough position with a massive lead on the clock.

Vlad
06-09-2017, 10:35 AM
The turning point was taking on f3. After that only computer programs can think it is equal. For a human it is hard to hold. All white moves are obvious, while all black moves are difficult. Humans do not hold such positions.

MichaelBaron
06-09-2017, 12:18 PM
He didn't deserve to lose - he was probably equal or even slightly better for much of that game.

When you have to play for win against 2770 in a solid position where he would be satisfied with a draw (and in case of Karjakin - we know he has nerves of steel) - one has to try desperate measures.

Max Illingworth
06-09-2017, 01:59 PM
The turning point was taking on f3. After that only computer programs can think it is equal. For a human it is hard to hold. All white moves are obvious, while all black moves are difficult. Humans do not hold such positions.

Indeed, I'd drawn the same conclusion while watching the game live. Still, a very nice result for Anton to draw twice with Karjakin in classical! :clap:

MichaelBaron
06-09-2017, 04:56 PM
When you have to play for win against 2770 in a solid position where he would be satisfied with a draw (and in case of Karjakin - we know he has nerves of steel) - one has to try desperate measures.

Karjakin about Anton: ''He is a great talent and I expect to see him soon in super-tournaments''! - http://en.chessbase.com/post/fide-world-cup-2017-tiebreaks-nail-biting-chess-and-true-sportsmanship

ER
06-09-2017, 07:15 PM
Karjakin about Anton: ''He is a great talent and I expect to see him soon in super-tournaments''! - http://en.chessbase.com/post/fide-world-cup-2017-tiebreaks-nail-biting-chess-and-true-sportsmanship

well said Sergei! thanks for posting Michael! we are all proud of our Anton!

Vlad
06-09-2017, 09:33 PM
Thanks everybody for the support! Special thanks are to the Australian number one for having a two-day session with Anton before the World Cup!:clap::clap::clap:

This fight was truly a modern version of the fight between David and Goliath. Sergey arrived with an entourage, a number of professional chess players equiped with the most modern technology, ready to work for him day and night.

Anton, on the other hand, had trouble getting a permission from his shool to attend the World Cup. His physical education teacher said - "Again? You have just come back from America." His math teacher was also not particularly excited. She asked Anton - "Do you have a coach? How are you going to catch up??"

Anton arrived in Tbilisi with his grand father who has a very little idea about chess. When he saw the Karyakin's entourage he said - "There is no way in the world Anton will have any chance. It is time to pack up the luggage." He was extremely excited after the main part that finished with 2 draws. He was shouting - "We won! We made them!":)

Anyway, at the end of the day experience does matter and it is hard to replace 270 rating points by pure enthusiasm. Anton will have a short break and will play in a couple tournaments in Europe. Hopefully his efforts will be rewarded.;)

P.S. Also big thanks to Clive for helping Anton to write an English essay just before he left.:clap:

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2017, 12:40 AM
Anand - Kovalyov. Piece sac doesn't work and Anand must win with black.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 h5 9.Be2 Nbd7 10.0-0 Rc8 11.Qd2 b5 12.Rfd1 Nb6 13.Bxb6 Qxb6 14.a4 b4 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Bd7 17.a5 Qb7 18.Qe3 Be7 19.Qb6 Qxb6 20.axb6 Rb8 21.Rxa6 Bd8 22.b7 Ke7 23.Nc5 dxc5 24.d6+ Kf6 25.Bf3 Kf5 26.Bd5 e4 27.Re1 Bf6 28.Bxe4+ Kg5 29.Ra5 Bxb2 30.Rxc5+ Kf6 31.Re3 g6 32.Rf3+ Ke6 33.Rd3 Rhd8 34.Ra5 f5 35.Bf3 Bc3 36.h4 Kf6 37.g3 f4 38.Be4 Bf5 39.Bxf5 gxf5 40.Rb5 Ke6 41.Kf1 Rd7 42.gxf4 Rbxb7 43.Re3+ Kf6 0-1

Leonid Sandler
07-09-2017, 07:06 PM
Thanks everybody for the support! Special thanks are to the Australian number one for having a two-day session with Anton before the World Cup!:clap::clap::clap:

This fight was truly a modern version of the fight between David and Goliath. Sergey arrived with an entourage, a number of professional chess players equiped with the most modern technology, ready to work for him day and night.

Anton, on the other hand, had trouble getting a permission from his shool to attend the World Cup. His physical education teacher said - "Again? You have just come back from America." His math teacher was also not particularly excited. She asked Anton - "Do you have a coach? How are you going to catch up??"

Anton arrived in Tbilisi with his grand father who has a very little idea about chess. When he saw the Karyakin's entourage he said - "There is no way in the world Anton will have any chance. It is time to pack up the luggage." He was extremely excited after the main part that finished with 2 draws. He was shouting - "We won! We made them!":)

Anyway, at the end of the day experience does matter and it is hard to replace 270 rating points by pure enthusiasm. Anton will have a short break and will play in a couple tournaments in Europe. Hopefully his efforts will be rewarded.;)

P.S. Also big thanks to Clive for helping Anton to write an English essay just before he left.:clap:

Just published on Russian Radio SBS http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/russian/ru/content/russian-australian-anton-smirnov-youngest-chess-player-world-cup?language=ru

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2017, 09:56 PM
Kramnik's opponent Demchenko, needing a win with white to continue, for some reason takes a 10-move draw.

Ian Rout
08-09-2017, 09:45 AM
Kramnik's opponent Demchenko, needing a win with white to continue, for some reason takes a 10-move draw.It was mentioned somewhere that Demchenko was unwell.

Anand only the second-biggest casualty, Karjakin also out after being softened up in the earlier round.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2017, 10:19 AM
It was mentioned somewhere that Demchenko was unwell.

Yes, I see he mentioned it, although no specific symptoms other than exhaustion from the previous round were cited in what I've seen so far.

Juan Martin del Potro was unwell in the US Open but rallied to beat Thiem in five sets and then beat Federer in the next round. I've won two tournaments while so sick that I nearly pulled out before play started and only just decided to stay in and take it one game at a time.

Desmond
08-09-2017, 07:58 PM
One of my picks gone already (Karjakin). :(
BTW for the poll, Le Quang Liem and Adams also gone.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2017, 08:51 PM
There were no Armageddon games in round 1. Maybe we will get some tonight. :lol:

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2017, 09:09 PM
I wonder what Viktor Erdos's Erdos number is.

Rincewind
08-09-2017, 09:23 PM
I wonder what Viktor Erdos's Erdos number is.

There is no Viktor Erdos listed in MathSciNet.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2017, 09:36 PM
There is no Viktor Erdos listed in MathSciNet.

I've found some opening theory articles he's written but none of them were co-writes.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2017, 10:11 PM
Mamedyarov is no match for the awesome force of disaster that is being tipped by me in a poll. He loses a heavy piece ending against Kuzubov from a pawn up!

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bf4 dxc4 6.e3 b5 7.Nxb5 Bb4+ 8.Nc3 Nd5 9.a3 Nxc3 10.Qd2 Nd5 11.axb4 Nxf4 12.exf4 Bb7 13.Be2 Nb6 14.0-0 Qd6 15.Ra5 0-0 16.Rc5 Rfd8 17.Rd1 Na4 18.Ra5 Nb6 19.Ne5 Bd5 20.Rc5 Rab8 21.Ra1 Rb7 22.h4 h6 23.Ra6 Qe7 24.h5 Nd7 25.Nxd7 Rxd7 26.Ra3 Rd6 27.Bxc4 Bxc4 28.Rxc4 Rdb6 29.Ra4 Qd7 30.Ra5 Rb5 31.Qc3 Qd6 32.Rxb5 Rxb5 33.Rxc7 Qxf4 34.Rc5 Rb8 35.b5 Qe4 36.Re5 Qb1+ 37.Kh2 Qf1 38.Qc2 Rxb5 39.Rc5 Rb8 40.d5 exd5 41.Rxd5 Re8 42.Qf5 Qe2 43.g3 Qxb2 44.Rd7 Qa2 45.Kg2 a6 46.Rd6 Qc4 47.Kh2 Qb5 48.Qf3 a5 49.Rd5 Qc6 50.Qd3 a4 51.Rd6 Qc5 52.Kg2 Qxh5 53.Ra6 Qg4 54.Qb5 Qe4+ 55.Kg1 Ra8 0-1

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2017, 10:27 PM
Kravtsiv - Ding Liren

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 c5 8.0-0 cxd4 9.exd4 b6 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Rd1 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.Ne5 Nbd7 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.Bd2 Ne4 16.f3 Nxd2 17.Qxd2 Rac8 18.Bb3 Bd5 19.Qd3 Qc6 20.Rac1 Bc4 21.Bxc4 Qxc4 22.Rc2 Rfd8 23.Kf2 h5 24.Qxc4 Rxc4 25.Ke2 b5 26.f4 f6 27.Kd3 e5 28.fxe5 fxe5 29.Rb1 a6 30.Rbb2 exd4 31.cxd4 Rdxd4+ 32.Ke3 Re4+ 33.Kf3 Rf4+ 34.Ke3 Kh7 35.g3 Rfe4+ 36.Kf3 Rxc2 37.Rxc2 Ra4 38.h4 Kg6 39.Rc6+ Kf7 40.Rc7+ Kf6 41.Rc6+ Ke5 42.Rc5+ Kf6 43.Rc6+ Kf7 44.Rc7+ Kg6 45.Rc6+ Kh7 46.Rc2 g6 47.Ke3 Kg7 48.Rc7+ Kf6 49.Rc6+ Kf5 50.Rc5+ Ke6 51.Rc6+ Ke5 52.Rxg6 Ra3+ 53.Kd2 Rxa2+ 54.Kc3 Ke4 55.Rg5 Kf3 56.Rxh5 Kxg3 57.Rh8 Ra4 58.h5 Kg4 59.Kb3 Kg5 60.Kb2 Rh4 61.Ra8 Rb4+ 62.Kc3 Rc4+ 63.Kb3 Rc6 64.Rh8 Rh6 65.Rd8 Kxh5 66.Rd5+ Kg4 67.Kb4 Kf4 68.Rd1 Ke3 69.Kc5 Ke2 70.Rd4 Rh1 71.Rd6 Ra1 72.Rh6 Kd3 73.Kb4 Rb1+ 74.Ka5 Ra1+ 75.Kb4 Kd4 76.Rh4+ Ke5 77.Rh5+ Kf6 78.Rh6+ Kg5 79.Rd6 Ra4+ 80.Kb3 Kf5 81.Rh6 Ke5 82.Rg6 Kd5 83.Rf6 Kc5 84.Rh6 Ra1 85.Kb2 Ra4 86.Kb3 Rb4+ 87.Ka3 a5 88.Rh5+ Kd6 89.Rh6+ Ke5 90.Rh5+ Kf6 91.Rh6+ Kg5 92.Ra6 Ra4+ 93.Kb3 Kf5 94.Rh6 Rg4 95.Rb6 a4+ 96.Ka2 Rb4 97.Rh6 Rb3 98.Rh4 Ke5 99.Rg4 Kd5 100.Rh4 Kc5 101.Rh5+ Kb4 102.Rh4+ Ka5 103.Rh5 Rf3 104.Rg5 a3 105.Rg4 b4 106.Rh4 Rf2+ 107.Kb3 Rb2+ 108.Kc4 a2 109.Rh8 Rc2+ 110.Kb3 a1=N# 0-1

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2017, 11:53 PM
Kuzubov eliminates Mamedyarov brilliantly - having built a huge lead on the clock he spent all his 15 minutes on the clock correctly calculating that 34.Ng6+ is a draw and then played the rest of the game on an increment. He didn't claim a draw after that despite eight chances to do so as he knew it was drawn and was hoping Mamedyarov would find a way to lose, which duly happened.

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.e5 Nh5 8.Be3 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Qd2 Ng4 11.Bg1 Kh8 12.h3 Nf6 13.0-0-0 Nb4 14.g4 c6 15.Be2 Qa5 16.Bc4 b5 17.Bb3 Qc7 18.Ng5 d5 19.Ne2 a5 20.c3 a4 21.cxb4 axb3 22.a3 Ne4 23.Nxe4 dxe4 24.Bh2 Qb6 25.f5 gxf5 26.Be5 Bxe5 27.dxe5 c5 28.Kb1 fxg4 29.hxg4 Qg6 30.Nf4 Qxg4 31.Rhg1 e3 32.Qxe3 Qf5+ 33.Ka1 Be6 34.Ng6+ hxg6 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.Rxg6+ Kf7 37.Rg5 Rxa3+ 38.bxa3 b2+ 39.Kxb2 Qf2+ 40.Kc1 Qe3+ 41.Rd2 Qxa3+ 42.Kd1 Qa1+ 43.Kc2 Qa2+ 44.Kc1 Qa3+ 45.Kb1 Qxb4+ 46.Kc1 Qc3+ 47.Kb1 Qb4+ 48.Kc1 Qc4+ 49.Kb1 Qe4+ 50.Kb2 Qb4+ 51.Kc1 Qc3+ 52.Kb1 Qb3+ 53.Kc1 Qc4+ 54.Kb1 Qe4+ 55.Kb2 Qb4+ 56.Kc1 Qa3+ 57.Kb1 Qb3+ 58.Kc1 Qc3+ 59.Kb1 Qb3+ 60.Kc1 Qc4+ 61.Kb1 Qf1+ 62.Kb2 Bf5 63.e6+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
09-09-2017, 12:28 AM
Mamedyarov is no match for the awesome force of disaster that is being tipped by me in a poll.

I guess Carlsen has no chance then ;)

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2017, 02:21 AM
Blitz shocker: Andreikin loses two pawns up in the endgame to Matlakov.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3 Nd7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Nc4 f6 10.Nh4 Re8 11.Nf5 Bf8 12.f4 exf4 13.Bxf4 Nc5 14.Qg4 Bxf5 15.Qxf5 Ne6 16.Be3 b5 17.Na5 c5 18.a4 Nd4 19.Qf2 Ne6 20.Qf5 Nd4 21.Qf2 Ne6 22.e5 fxe5 23.Qf3 Qd7 24.Qe4 Nd4 25.Rf2 c4 26.dxc4 Bb4 27.Bxd4 exd4 28.Qc6 Qe7 29.Qd5+ Qe6 30.Nc6 Qxd5 31.cxd5 Bc5 32.b4 Bd6 33.g3 Rf8 34.axb5 axb5 35.Ra5 Rae8 36.Rxb5 Re1+ 37.Kg2 Rxf2+ 38.Kxf2 Rc1 39.Nxd4 Be5 40.Ke3 Re1+ 41.Kd2 Rf1 42.Nc6 Bd6 43.c4 Rf2+ 44.Kd3 Rxh2 45.c5 Bxg3 46.Rb7 h5 47.Ne7+ Kh7 48.d6 cxd6 49.c6 d5 50.Nf5 Be5 51.Re7 Rh3+ 52.Ke2 Bf6 53.Rd7 h4 54.b5 Rc3 55.c7 h3 56.Rxd5 Rxc7 57.Rd3 Rc2+ 58.Kf1 h2 59.Rh3+ Kg6 60.Ne3 Rb2 61.Ng4 Rb1+ 62.Kg2 Rg1+ 63.Kxh2 Rxg4 64.Rb3 Be5+ 65.Kh3 Kf5 66.b6 Rd4 67.b7 Rd8 68.Rf3+ Bf4 69.Rb3 g5 70.Rb5+ Be5 71.Rb6 g4+ 72.Kg2 Rd2+ 73.Kf1 Bb8 74.Rb5+ Ke4 75.Rb4+ Kf3 76.Rb3+ Kf4 77.Rb4+ Kg3 78.Rb3+ Kh2 79.Rb4 Rd1+ 80.Ke2 Rg1 81.Rd4 Rg2+ 82.Kd3 Kg3 83.Rd8 Bf4 84.Rf8 Rb2 85.Rxf4 Kxf4 0-1

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2017, 02:50 AM
Andreikin also misses a fairly obvious win of a piece in blitz 2 so he's out.

Desmond
09-09-2017, 04:24 AM
Radjabov out after being on the wrong side of 5 decisive games out of 8.

Desmond
09-09-2017, 04:29 AM
Kravtsiv - Ding Liren

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 c5 8.0-0 cxd4 9.exd4 b6 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Rd1 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.Ne5 Nbd7 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.Bd2 Ne4 16.f3 Nxd2 17.Qxd2 Rac8 18.Bb3 Bd5 19.Qd3 Qc6 20.Rac1 Bc4 21.Bxc4 Qxc4 22.Rc2 Rfd8 23.Kf2 h5 24.Qxc4 Rxc4 25.Ke2 b5 26.f4 f6 27.Kd3 e5 28.fxe5 fxe5 29.Rb1 a6 30.Rbb2 exd4 31.cxd4 Rdxd4+ 32.Ke3 Re4+ 33.Kf3 Rf4+ 34.Ke3 Kh7 35.g3 Rfe4+ 36.Kf3 Rxc2 37.Rxc2 Ra4 38.h4 Kg6 39.Rc6+ Kf7 40.Rc7+ Kf6 41.Rc6+ Ke5 42.Rc5+ Kf6 43.Rc6+ Kf7 44.Rc7+ Kg6 45.Rc6+ Kh7 46.Rc2 g6 47.Ke3 Kg7 48.Rc7+ Kf6 49.Rc6+ Kf5 50.Rc5+ Ke6 51.Rc6+ Ke5 52.Rxg6 Ra3+ 53.Kd2 Rxa2+ 54.Kc3 Ke4 55.Rg5 Kf3 56.Rxh5 Kxg3 57.Rh8 Ra4 58.h5 Kg4 59.Kb3 Kg5 60.Kb2 Rh4 61.Ra8 Rb4+ 62.Kc3 Rc4+ 63.Kb3 Rc6 64.Rh8 Rh6 65.Rd8 Kxh5 66.Rd5+ Kg4 67.Kb4 Kf4 68.Rd1 Ke3 69.Kc5 Ke2 70.Rd4 Rh1 71.Rd6 Ra1 72.Rh6 Kd3 73.Kb4 Rb1+ 74.Ka5 Ra1+ 75.Kb4 Kd4 76.Rh4+ Ke5 77.Rh5+ Kf6 78.Rh6+ Kg5 79.Rd6 Ra4+ 80.Kb3 Kf5 81.Rh6 Ke5 82.Rg6 Kd5 83.Rf6 Kc5 84.Rh6 Ra1 85.Kb2 Ra4 86.Kb3 Rb4+ 87.Ka3 a5 88.Rh5+ Kd6 89.Rh6+ Ke5 90.Rh5+ Kf6 91.Rh6+ Kg5 92.Ra6 Ra4+ 93.Kb3 Kf5 94.Rh6 Rg4 95.Rb6 a4+ 96.Ka2 Rb4 97.Rh6 Rb3 98.Rh4 Ke5 99.Rg4 Kd5 100.Rh4 Kc5 101.Rh5+ Kb4 102.Rh4+ Ka5 103.Rh5 Rf3 104.Rg5 a3 105.Rg4 b4 106.Rh4 Rf2+ 107.Kb3 Rb2+ 108.Kc4 a2 109.Rh8 Rc2+ 110.Kb3 a1=N# 0-1

Very amusing with the King chasing down the rook repeatedly, and the finish.

Capablanca-Fan
09-09-2017, 06:14 AM
Very amusing with the King chasing down the rook repeatedly, and the finish.

Yes, always something elegant when underpromotion is the best move on the board.

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2017, 10:30 PM
Incident in Rodshtein - Kovalyov. Reports that Kovalyov turned up in shorts, told he was in breach of dress code, and to go and get changed, didn't return by 15 minutes after the start time and was defaulted.

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2017, 11:13 PM
Chessbase report: http://en.chessbase.com/post/the-shorts-episode-at-the-world-cup

Kevin Bonham
09-09-2017, 11:50 PM
Commentators now reporting that Kovalyov has withdrawn from the tournament.

Apparently he was also disputing what colour he had in the pairings.

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2017, 12:31 AM
Carlsen - Bu

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Bb3 d6 7.c3 Be6 8.Re1 Qd7 9.Nbd2 Rab8 10.Bc2 d5 11.h3 h6 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Rxe5 Bd6 15.Re1 Bxh3 16.gxh3 Qxh3 17.Nf1 Rbe8 18.d4 f5 19.Bb3 c6 20.f4 Kh7 21.Bxd5 cxd5 22.Re3 Rxe3 23.Bxe3 g5 24.Kf2 gxf4 25.Qf3 fxe3+ 26.Nxe3 Qh2+ 27.Kf1 Rg8 28.Qxf5+ Rg6 29.Ke1 h5 30.Kd1 Kh6 31.Nc2 h4 32.Ne1 h3 33.Nf3 Qg2 34.Ne1 Qg4+ 35.Qxg4 Rxg4 36.Nf3 Rg1+ 0-1

MichaelBaron
10-09-2017, 12:43 AM
Kovalev kicked out of the Cup..as he was wearing shorts :)

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2017, 12:45 AM
Kovalev kicked out of the Cup..as he was wearing shorts :)

Chief Arbiter just said that Kovalyov did not have anything else to wear instead!

Capablanca-Fan
10-09-2017, 02:24 AM
Chief Arbiter just said that Kovalyev did not have anything else to wear instead!

Kovalyov [as posted by Susan Polgar]: I wanted to wait a little till I calm down, but I'm tired of seeing lies everywhere. So here's what happened:

The issue were not the shorts but how I was treated. I came to the game and was approached by the arbiter asking me to change (first time). I told him that I don't have pants with me, and then I noticed that I was playing black instead of white, which came as a surprise for me and asked him to check that. He and the other arbiters checked and confirmed to me that I'm playing with black, we talked a little and everything was fine.

Then came Zurab, he was very agressive, yelling at me and using the racial slur "gypsy" to insult me, apart from mentioning several times that I will be punished by FIDE. I told him that I had asked before at the previous world cup if what I was wearing was OK and I was told by somebody from the organization that yes. Zurab, in a prepotent way, said he doesn't care, he's the organizer now. At this point I was really angry but tried not to do anything stupid, and asked him why he was so rude to me, and he said because I'm a gypsy.

So imagine this, the round is about to start, I'm being bullied by the organizer of the tournament, being assured that I will be punished by FIDE, yelled at and racially insulted. What would you do in my situation? I think many people would have punched this person in the face or at least insulted him. I decided to leave.
Worth pointing out, I didn't take any pants with me because I gained some weight and they were to tight. If the organization of the tournament would have warned me sooner I would have taken a cab to the mall and bought pants, without any problems whatsoever, but instead I was treated like garbage. I was too stressed out by the way I was treated and the threats of being punished by FIDE no matter what I do, so I choose to leave before I do anything stupid.

Another point worth pointing out, Zurab never asked me to go and change, the conversation consisted of threats, insults, and agressive behavior from Zurab. He was clearly provoking me.

I will not appeal anything. I am disgusted by this type of people. I don't want the money. I'm coming back home.

Capablanca-Fan
10-09-2017, 02:25 AM
Carlsen - Bu 0-1
The KB pick strikes again? ;)

Desmond
10-09-2017, 08:12 AM
Liren Ding dodged a bullet

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE World Cup"]
[Site "chess24.com"]
[Date "2017.09.09"]
[Round "18"]
[White "Ding, Liren"]
[Black "Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2771"]
[BlackElo "2702"]
[Board "11"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[WhiteCountry "CHN"]
[WhiteFideId "8603677"]
[WhiteEloChange "-1"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[BlackCountry "IND"]
[BlackFideId "5029465"]
[BlackEloChange "1"]

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nc7 7.a3 g6 8.h4 Bg4 9.d3 Bg7 10.Be3 Nd4 11.Bxd4 cxd4 12.Ne4 O-O 13.O-O b6 14.Rc1 Qd7 15.Nh2 Bf5 16.Ng5 Nd5 17.Qb3 Rfd8 18.g4 Be6 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.Rc2 Be5 21.Nf3 Bg7 22.g5 Qf5 23.Rfc1 Nf4 24.Bf1 h6 25.Rc7 Nd5 26.Rb7 hxg5 27.hxg5 Rdb8 [Eg 27... Qg4+ 28. Kh1 Be5 29. Nxe5 Qxg5 30. Qc4 Qxe5 31. Bg2 Nf4 32. e3 Ne2 33. Bf3 Nxc1 34. Qxc1 Rac8 35. Qd2 dxe3 36. Qxe3 Qxe3 37. fxe3 Rxd3 38. Kg2 Rc2+ 39. Kg3 Rxe3 40. Kf4] 28.Rxb8+ Rxb8 29.Bh3 Qxh3 30.Qxd5 Rc8 31.Rxc8+ Qxc8 32.Kg2 Qg4+ 33.Kf1 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 Qg4+ 35.Kf1 Qh3+ 36.Kg1 Qg4+ 37.Kh2 Qf4+ 38.Kg2 1/2-1/2

Ian Rout
10-09-2017, 12:00 PM
Kovalev kicked out of the Cup..as he was wearing shorts :)Amusing that the man responsible for interpreting the meaning of "dignified appearance" is the same man who spent two days assisting Senor Plod with his enquiries into a pitch invasion at the Calvia Olympiad.

http://en.chessbase.com/post/scandal-in-calvi-fide-vice-president-arrested

Vlad
10-09-2017, 12:19 PM
More amusing to me is that the whole idea to run the chess Olympiad 2019 (and the world cup) is to adverise Tbilisi as a great place to visit for tourists. Scandals are not very helpful in that matter. So Georgia is spending a lot of money and what do they achieve? Negative publicity!? :wall:

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2017, 01:55 PM
Posts moved offline

A post linking to Silvio Danailov's criticism of Zurab Azmaiparashvili has been moved offline for legal review (an entirely appropriate reply that quoted that post has also been moved offline with it). Some of the controversies involving Azmai are matters of public record but others are unproven and Danailov, who has himself been banned by FIDE for Code of Ethics breaches, is not a reliable source.

If we decide that linking to such material is OK we will restore the post.

If anyone wishes to discuss this they are welcome to do so in the Help and Feedback section only, not on this thread.

Bulldozer
10-09-2017, 03:17 PM
It looks like Anton Kovalyov didn't particularly like the comparison to a gypsy. O-o-okay. :)

Desmond
10-09-2017, 04:22 PM
Chief organiser himself looks like he's wearing sneakers, jeans and a cheap polo shirt. How to run a world cup on a sub-$20 clothing budget! Perhaps he might have been a sport and told Kavalev where to get some slacks for the price of a cup of coffee

https://images.chesscomfiles.com/uploads/v1/images_users/tiny_mce/PeterDoggers/phpSlQO8v.jpeg

Ian Rout
10-09-2017, 05:09 PM
Chief organiser himself looks like he's wearing sneakers, jeans and a cheap polo shirt. How to run a world cup on a sub-$20 clothing budget! Perhaps he might have been a sport and told Kavalev where to get some slacks for the price of a cup of coffee
]Photos and videos show many of the players dressed casually. In the report at chess.com Bu and Ding Liren, among others, are wearing jeans. Bu is also wearing a hoodie and Ding has a tee-shirt. In fairness Kovalyov does look like he's got a second job at a circus, but I don't see how he's worse than many others.

Navara has a suit and So some sort of casual jacket, while Aronian has a collared shirt (with two buttons undone).

Bulldozer
10-09-2017, 05:26 PM
while Aronian has a collared shirt (with two buttons undone).
Is it the main issue with his wearing? :)

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Kevin Bonham
10-09-2017, 05:58 PM
The FIDE dress code is not exactly the most explicit document ever seen. There was a much more explicit version being discussed as a proposal a few Congresses ago but it hasn't been formally adopted. If there was not a clear prohibition on shorts, it would have been more appropriate to give the player a strong warning to improve his clothing in future rounds.

Chess players (with some but not that many exceptions) really don't do dress code well unless it is very clearly spelled out. Chess administrators are no different. I was invited to a dinner in Baku which had a "formal" dress code and discovered that I had forgotten to pack any ties. This lead to a scramble in a taxi down to a Baku shopping mall to pick up a tie in time for the dinner. When I reached the dinner I found that about 50% of the males present were not wearing ties and some of them would have been scraping to pass muster as "neat casual".

Garvinator
10-09-2017, 08:50 PM
The FIDE dress code is not exactly the most explicit document ever seen. There was a much more explicit version being discussed as a proposal a few Congresses ago but it hasn't been formally adopted. If there was not a clear prohibition on shorts, it would have been more appropriate to give the player a strong warning to improve his clothing in future rounds.
I also wonder what announcement or directions were given at the players meeting before the opening ceremony/first round?

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2017, 08:52 PM
According to chess.com Azmai has agreed that he did tell Kovalyov he looked like a gypsy, but has denied he intended the term as a racial insult.

https://www.chess.com/news/view/dress-code-incident-at-world-cup-kovalyov-forfeits

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2017, 11:33 PM
Great mini-match this one.

Aronian - Matlakov

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bxc3 6.bxc3 0-0 7.d3 d6 8.Be2 Re8 9.e4 Ne7 10.Nh4 Ng6 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.0-0 c6 13.f4 b5 14.cxb5 cxb5 15.h3 Qb6+ 16.Kh2 Be6 17.a4 a6 18.Qb2 Nd7 19.Rb1 Rab8 20.axb5 axb5 21.Rf3 f6 22.f5 gxf5 23.exf5 Bd5 24.Rg3 Re7 25.Bh5 e4 26.d4 Bc4 27.Bf4 Ra8 28.Ra1 Rd8 29.Ra3 Nf8 30.Qa1 Bf7 31.Ra6 Qc7 32.Be2 Bc4 33.Bxc4+ Qxc4 34.Rxd6 Nd7 35.Qa7 Kf7 36.Qb7 Ke8 37.Re6 Rxe6 38.fxe6 Qxe6 39.Rxg7 e3 40.Qf3 1-0

Matlakov - Aronian

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Rb1 Be7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Bc4 Qc7 10.Qe2 a6 11.a4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bd7 13.0-0 Rc8 14.Bd3 Bxa4 15.d5 Nd7 16.e5 exd5 17.e6 Nf8 18.exf7+ Kxf7 19.Nd4 Bf6 20.Bxh7 Qe5 21.Rxb7+ Bd7 22.Qg4 Qxd4 23.Rxd7+ Nxd7 24.Qxd7+ Be7 25.Re1 Qe5 26.Bd2 Rd8 27.Qg4 1-0

What a comeback by Matlakov.

Kevin Bonham
10-09-2017, 11:53 PM
A good example of why software should record draw offers:

Dubov - Artemiev. Dubov offers a draw in a very dodgy position. Artemiev plays on, loses the plot and loses. Very good post game interview by Dubov.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 h6 8.Bh4 Be7 9.Qf3 Nbd7 10.0-0-0 g5 11.fxg5 hxg5 12.Bg3 Qc7 13.Bb5 g4 14.Qe2 e5 15.Nf5 axb5 16.Nxb5 Qc6 17.Nbxd6+ Bxd6 18.Nxd6+ Kf8 19.a3 Ne8 20.Nf5 Ra4 21.Be1 Draw offered 21...Ndf6 22.Ng3 Nxe4 23.Rd8 Be6 24.Bb4+ Rxb4 25.axb4 Nxg3 26.Qxe5 Ke7 27.Rhd1 Rxh2 28.b5 Ne2+ 29.Kb1 Qc4 30.Rxe8+ Kxe8 31.Qb8+ Bc8 32.Qxh2 Nc3+ 33.bxc3 Qxb5+ 34.Kc1 Qg5+ 35.Rd2 Qa5 36.Rd4 Qg5+ 37.Kd1 Qf6 38.Qc7 Qf1+ 39.Kd2 Qxg2+ 40.Kc1 Qf1+ 41.Rd1 1-0

Kevin Bonham
11-09-2017, 12:06 AM
I guess Carlsen has no chance then ;)

My powers should not be underestimated. :lol:

Max Illingworth
11-09-2017, 12:08 AM
Carlsen just knocked out. Does anyone know a good trainer for accurate soothsaying?

Kevin Bonham
11-09-2017, 12:17 AM
I think Lovechess and holden_54 are the only posters with three players still in the tournament. Both picked So, Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave. So is through to round 4 and the other two are in playoffs tomorrow.

Kevin Bonham
11-09-2017, 12:39 AM
Fedoseev - Nakamura. Even super-GMs can lose the plot in the Four Knights! Nakamura spent 25 minutes on move 7.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Bc4 Bc5 6.d3 c6 7.Nxe5 0-0 8.Nxf7 Rxf7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Be3 Ne6 11.Bxc5 Nxc5 12.e5 Ne8 13.d4 Ne6 14.0-0 d6 15.f4 dxe5 16.fxe5+ Kg8 17.d5 cxd5 18.Nxd5 N8c7 19.c4 Bd7 20.Qg4 Nf8 21.Qf3 Ng6 22.Rad1 Ne6 23.h4 Nxh4 24.Qf7+ Kh8 25.Nf6 Qb6+ 26.Rf2 Ba4 27.Rd6 Ng5 28.Qe7 Nf5 29.Rxb6 Nxe7 30.Rxb7 Ng6 31.Nh5 Ne6 32.Rff7 Be8 33.Rxa7 Rd8 34.Rf1 Kg8 35.Ng3 h5 36.Nf5 Kh7 37.b4 h4 38.b5 Rd2 39.Nd6 h3 40.gxh3 Bd7 41.Rxd7 Ng5 42.Rf5 Nh4 43.Rxg7+ 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
11-09-2017, 12:48 AM
Matlakov - Aronian, with some (hugely) computer-assisted variations.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Rb1 Be7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Bc4 Qc7 10.Qe2 a6 11.a4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bd7 13.0-0 Rc8 14.Bd3 Bxa4 15.d5 Nd7 16.e5 exd5 17.e6 Nf8 18.exf7+ Kxf7 19.Nd4 [19.Re1! Bf6 20.Bxh7! Nxh7? (20... g6 21.Bh6) 21.Qe6+ Kf8 22.Ba3+] 19... Bf6 [19... Kg8 {=, 19. Re1 threatening the Be7 would not have given Black time for this retreat}] 20.Bxh7! Qe5 [20... Nxh7 21.Qe6+ Kf8 22. Ba3+ Be7 23. Rbc1 Bc6 24.Nxc6 bxc6 25. Rxc6! Qxc6? 26.Bxe7+ Ke8 27.Bd6+] [20... Bxd4 21. Qf3+ Ke7 22. Re1+ Ne6 23.Ba3+ Bc5 24.Qxd5 Qd6 25.Qg5+ Kd7 26. Bf5 Bxa3 27. Rxb7+ Rc7 28. Bxe6+ Kc6 29.Bd5+! Kd7 30.Qxg7+ Kd8 31. Rxc7 Qxc7 32. Qg8+ Kd7 33.Qg4+ Kd8 34. Qxa4 (threatening both mate on e8 and Bxa8)] 21.Rxb7+ Bd7 22.Qg4 Qxd4 23.Rxd7+ Nxd7 24.Qxd7+ Be7 25.Re1 [25. Bb2! Qxb2? 26. Qxd5+ Ke8 27. Bg6+] 25... Qe5 [25... Qf6 26.Ba3 Re8 27.Qxd5+] 26.Bd2 Rd8 27.Qg4 [27. Qg4 Qd6 28.Bb4! Qxb4 29. Qe6+ Ke8 30. Bg6+] 1-0

Ian Rout
11-09-2017, 10:04 AM
In addition to Carlsen, Kramnik and Nakamura going out, several big names have tie-breaks so statistically at least one more should lose.

Kasparov must be wishing he had a go here rather than St Louis.

Kevin Bonham
11-09-2017, 10:19 AM
Giri somehow survived. His position was bad for a very long time.

ER
11-09-2017, 10:54 AM
what a pity I missed my chance to enter the poll of his thread due to my overseas travelling.

my usual (suspect) favourites Alexander, Vassily and Peter are doing so good!

Well there's always a next time!

Garvinator
11-09-2017, 11:03 AM
My powers should not be underestimated. :lol:
You managed to get Magnus booed out of the building, well done :P

ChesSOS
11-09-2017, 12:08 PM
The dress code incident has been reported on the Sydney Morning Herald web site today, although I could not find it in the paper.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/chess-master-anton-kovalyov-storms-out-of-match-in-gypsy-shorts-row-20170911-gyetww.html


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Andrew Hardegen
11-09-2017, 10:14 PM
You managed to get Magnus booed out of the building, well done :P

There has been something spooky about Bu's performance, that's for sure.

Kevin Bonham
11-09-2017, 11:42 PM
Caruana out - mated by Najer in a lost position

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.Nbd2 Bb6 9.Nf1 Ng4 10.d4 exd4 11.h3 Nge5 12.Nxd4 0-0 13.Ng3 Nxd4 14.cxd4 Ba5+ 15.Kf1 Nc4 16.Kg1 c5 17.d5 f5 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Nxf5 Rxf5 20.Bc2 Rf7 21.Qe2 Qf8 22.Be4 Re8 23.f3 Qe7 24.Rb1 Qe5 25.b3 Nb6 26.Qd3 Bc3 27.Be3 c4 28.Qd1 Nd7 29.bxc4 Nf6 30.h4 Nxe4 31.fxe4 Qxe4 32.Rh3 bxc4 33.Rc1 Be5 34.Qa4 Rc8 35.Qxa6 Rff8 36.Qa4 Qxd5 37.Qc2 c3 38.Rd1 Qc4 39.h5 Ra8 40.Ra1 Rab8 41.Bc1 Qf1# 0-1

ER
11-09-2017, 11:59 PM
Caruana out - mated by Najer in a lost position



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.Nbd2 Bb6 9.Nf1 Ng4 10.d4 exd4 11.h3 Nge5 12.Nxd4 0-0 13.Ng3 Nxd4 14.cxd4 Ba5+ 15.Kf1 Nc4 16.Kg1 c5 17.d5 f5 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Nxf5 Rxf5 20.Bc2 Rf7 21.Qe2 Qf8 22.Be4 Re8 23.f3 Qe7 24.Rb1 Qe5 25.b3 Nb6 26.Qd3 Bc3 27.Be3 c4 28.Qd1 Nd7 29.bxc4 Nf6 30.h4 Nxe4 31.fxe4 Qxe4 32.Rh3 bxc4 33.Rc1 Be5 34.Qa4 Rc8 35.Qxa6 Rff8 36.Qa4 Qxd5 37.Qc2 c3 38.Rd1 Qc4 39.h5 Ra8 40.Ra1 Rab8 41.Bc1 Qf1# 0-1

fixed

Kevin Bonham
12-09-2017, 02:45 AM
Aronian through, wins a memorable match in blitz.

Still no Armageddon.

Kevin Bonham
13-09-2017, 12:07 AM
Statement from Azmai re the shorts incident:

https://tbilisi2017.fide.com/2017/09/11/zurab-azmaiparashvilis-statement/

He is saying Kovalyov wasn't told he had to change or forfeit. (He's also sort-of admitting that he said the wrong thing.)

Capablanca-Fan
13-09-2017, 12:25 AM
GM Kovalyov has since elaborated more about the incident (https://chessdailynews.com/more-clarification-from-gm-anton-kovalyov-about-tbilisi-world-cup-incident/):

Kevin Bonham
13-09-2017, 12:30 AM
Rodshtein - Fedoseev. Megablunder 35.Nc4??

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Bb4+ 5.Nd2 0-0 6.Ngf3 b6 7.0-0 Bb7 8.a3 Be7 9.b4 c5 10.bxc5 bxc5 11.Rb1 Qc8 12.Bb2 Nbd7 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Qc2 Nfe4 15.Rfc1 f6 16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.Nd4 f5 18.Nxe4 fxe4 19.Qc3 Rf7 20.Qe3 Qd7 21.Ba1 Raf8 22.f4 e5 23.fxe5 Qg4 24.Rf1 h5 25.h3 Qg6 26.Kh2 h4 27.g4 Bg5 28.Qc3 Rxf1 29.Rxf1 Rxf1 30.Bxf1 Qf7 31.Nf5 Ne6 32.Kg1 g6 33.Nd6 Qf4 34.Bg2 Bd8 35.Nc4 e3 36.Bxd5 Qf2+ 37.Kh1 Qf1+ 38.Kh2 Bg5 39.Bxe6+ Kg7 40.Qxe3 Bxe3 41.Nxe3 Qxa1 0-1

Kevin Bonham
13-09-2017, 12:50 AM
MVL - Grischuk craziness:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 h6 8.Re1 0-0 9.h3 a5 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.Bb5 Na7 12.d4 Nxb5 13.dxc5 Na7 14.b3 Re8 15.cxd6 Qxd6 16.Ba3 Qa6 17.b4 axb4 18.cxb4 b5 19.Bb2 Nc6 20.Nxe5 Nxb4 21.Re3 bxa4 22.Rg3 Red8 23.Qf3 Kh7 24.Ndc4 Nc2 25.Rxg7+ Kxg7 26.Nc6 Nd4 27.Nxd4 Bxc4 28.e5 Rg8 29.Nf5+ Kh7 30.Ne7 Rab8 31.exf6 Qb7 32.Qxb7 Rxb7 33.Nxg8 Rxb2 34.Rxa4 Kxg8 35.Rxc4 Rb6 36.Rxc7 Rxf6 37.Rc5 Kg7 38.g4 Rf3 39.Kg2 Ra3 40.f3 Ra2+ 41.Kg3 Ra3 42.h4 Rb3 43.h5 Ra3 44.Kf4 Ra4+ 45.Kf5 Ra3 46.f4 Rf3 47.Rc6 Rf1 48.g5 hxg5 49.h6+ Kh7 50.Kxg5 Rg1+ 51.Kf5 Rh1 52.Ke5 Rxh6 53.Rxh6+ Kxh6 54.Kf6 Kh5 55.Kxf7 Kg4 56.Ke6 Kxf4 1/2-1/2

MichaelBaron
13-09-2017, 01:00 AM
MVL - Grischuk craziness:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 h6 8.Re1 0-0 9.h3 a5 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.Bb5 Na7 12.d4 Nxb5 13.dxc5 Na7 14.b3 Re8 15.cxd6 Qxd6 16.Ba3 Qa6 17.b4 axb4 18.cxb4 b5 19.Bb2 Nc6 20.Nxe5 Nxb4 21.Re3 bxa4 22.Rg3 Red8 23.Qf3 Kh7 24.Ndc4 Nc2 25.Rxg7+ Kxg7 26.Nc6 Nd4 27.Nxd4 Bxc4 28.e5 Rg8 29.Nf5+ Kh7 30.Ne7 Rab8 31.exf6 Qb7 32.Qxb7 Rxb7 33.Nxg8 Rxb2 34.Rxa4 Kxg8 35.Rxc4 Rb6 36.Rxc7 Rxf6 37.Rc5 Kg7 38.g4 Rf3 39.Kg2 Ra3 40.f3 Ra2+ 41.Kg3 Ra3 42.h4 Rb3 43.h5 Ra3 44.Kf4 Ra4+ 45.Kf5 Ra3 46.f4 Rf3 47.Rc6 Rf1 48.g5 hxg5 49.h6+ Kh7 50.Kxg5 Rg1+ 51.Kf5 Rh1 52.Ke5 Rxh6 53.Rxh6+ Kxh6 54.Kf6 Kh5 55.Kxf7 Kg4 56.Ke6 Kxf4 1/2-1/

White's 48.g5 surprised me a lot!

Capablanca-Fan
13-09-2017, 02:40 AM
Susan Polgar on the ‘shorts’ incident, and she seems fair-minded:

Let's be problem solvers and not problem makers!

What took place at the Tbilisi World Cup between GMs Kovalyov and Azmaiparashvili was very very very unfortunate!!!

Yes, players "should" dress better. You have no disagreement from me in general. However, the FIDE rules should be clearer. Even something as simple as which player has white in 1st game of the next match is unclear and many players mixed this up over the past many World Cup. I think most will agree that there is room for improvement in many areas within our chess community.

Yes, the organizers "should" have been more sensitive, professional, and diplomatic. No sane person will disagree with this.

And yes, players "should NOT" be disturbed minutes before a "life or death" elimination game. Almost everything could be resolved after the game, privately and professionally.

When any organizer is wrong about any particular incident, we can address it objectively. But it is wrong not to appreciate, or simply ignore the good things any organizer has done. I have been behind the scene of a number of major events like Chess Olympiads, World Cups, and World Championships. It is hard to raise tens of millions of dollars. It is also hard to make sure that everything is perfect. So much stress and pressure and it is a thankless task.

Just because most people think that GM Azmaiparashvili was wrong in this incident (I am one of them), it does not mean that we cannot appreciate him and his staff for raising the money and organizing this World Cup and next Olympiad. I am not participating in either so I have no stake in this fight. But we have to be fair to all parties.

GM Kovalyov should and will be paid his prizes. I have zero doubt in this. The next Chess Olympiad will be in Tbilisi. I have zero doubt in that.

The question now is what can we do to put this episode behind us and put the focus back on this very exciting and important event. 2 of the remaining 16 players will go on to the Candidates Tournament with a shot to challenge Carlsen for the title.

Now you can go ahead and attack me for being "too diplomatic" :D It is time for the chess community to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Chess players are trained to be problem solvers. Let's fix the problems and not add more fuel into the fire [emojis].

MichaelBaron
13-09-2017, 06:02 PM
Susan Polgar on the ‘shorts’ incident, and she seems fair-minded:

Let's be problem solvers and not problem makers!

What took place at the Tbilisi World Cup between GMs Kovalyov and Azmaiparashvili was very very very unfortunate!!!

Yes, players "should" dress better. You have no disagreement from me in general. However, the FIDE rules should be clearer. Even something as simple as which player has white in 1st game of the next match is unclear and many players mixed this up over the past many World Cup. I think most will agree that there is room for improvement in many areas within our chess community.

Yes, the organizers "should" have been more sensitive, professional, and diplomatic. No sane person will disagree with this.

And yes, players "should NOT" be disturbed minutes before a "life or death" elimination game. Almost everything could be resolved after the game, privately and professionally.

When any organizer is wrong about any particular incident, we can address it objectively. But it is wrong not to appreciate, or simply ignore the good things any organizer has done. I have been behind the scene of a number of major events like Chess Olympiads, World Cups, and World Championships. It is hard to raise tens of millions of dollars. It is also hard to make sure that everything is perfect. So much stress and pressure and it is a thankless task.

Just because most people think that GM Azmaiparashvili was wrong in this incident (I am one of them), it does not mean that we cannot appreciate him and his staff for raising the money and organizing this World Cup and next Olympiad. I am not participating in either so I have no stake in this fight. But we have to be fair to all parties.

GM Kovalyov should and will be paid his prizes. I have zero doubt in this. The next Chess Olympiad will be in Tbilisi. I have zero doubt in that.

The question now is what can we do to put this episode behind us and put the focus back on this very exciting and important event. 2 of the remaining 16 players will go on to the Candidates Tournament with a shot to challenge Carlsen for the title.

Now you can go ahead and attack me for being "too diplomatic" :D It is time for the chess community to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Chess players are trained to be problem solvers. Let's fix the problems and not add more fuel into the fire [emojis].


She is pursuing her business goals rather than being ''too diplomatic''!

Desmond
13-09-2017, 07:46 PM
Chucky slays Giri, leaving the latter with a must win it to stay in it

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE World Cup"]
[Site "chess24.com"]
[Date "2017.09.12"]
[Round "26"]
[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2727"]
[BlackElo "2777"]
[Board "4"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[WhiteCountry "UKR"]
[WhiteFideId "14100010"]
[WhiteEloChange "6"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[BlackCountry "NED"]
[BlackFideId "24116068"]
[BlackEloChange "-6"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Nxd7 Bxd7 7.O-O Bd6 8.Qh5 Qf6 9.Be3 O-O-O 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Qe6 12.Rfe1 f6 13.Bd2 Qg8 14.Rab1 Kb8 15.h3 b6 16.Ba6 g5 17.Qf3 g4 18.hxg4 Bxg4 19.Qxf6 Rf8 20.Qh4 h5 21.Bg5 Rh7 22.Re3 Bc8 23.Bxc8 Kxc8 24.Rbe1 Qg6 25.Be7 Bxe7 26.Rxe7 Qxc2 27.Qg3 Rxe7 28.Rxe7 Qc1+ 29.Kh2 Qf4 30.f3 a5 31.Re5 Qf7 32.Qh3+ Kb7 33.Rxh5 a4 34.Rh7 Qf4+ 35.Qg3 a3 36.Qxf4 Rxf4 37.Re7 Rf6 38.Re3 Rh6+ 39.Kg1 Ka6 40.f4 c5 41.f5 1-0

Andrew Hardegen
13-09-2017, 11:43 PM
Rodshtein - Fedoseev. Megablunder 35.Nc4??


In a tournament like this it is to a player's advantage to have an occasional rest day. On the other hand, 3 successive rest days might actually be quite detrimental.

Kevin Bonham
14-09-2017, 12:34 AM
In a tournament like this it is to a player's advantage to have an occasional rest day. On the other hand, 3 successive rest days might actually be quite detrimental.

Indeed. He fought back very nicely from the disaster with black to win his game with a pawn sacrifice for a winning ending, and so that match goes to playoffs tomorrow.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Ne5 Bxg2 10.Kxg2 c5 11.Be3 Bxe5 12.dxe5 Qc7 13.Bd2 Nc6 14.Bc3 0-0-0 15.f4 h5 16.e3 g5 17.Kf2 h4 18.g4 gxf4 19.exf4 d6 20.exd6 Rxd6 21.Qf3 Rhd8 22.Kg1 Rd3 23.Qe4 h3 24.Rae1 Kb7 25.Re3 f5 26.gxf5 Rxe3 27.Qxe3 exf5 28.Qxh3 Rg8+ 29.Kh1 Nd4 30.Bxd4 Qc6+ 31.Qf3 cxd4 32.Qxc6+ Kxc6 33.Rg1 Re8 34.b4 b5 35.c5 Kd5 36.Rg7 d3 37.Rd7+ Kc4 38.Kg2 Kc3 39.h4 d2 0-1

Kevin Bonham
14-09-2017, 12:42 AM
Ivanchuk eliminates Giri. He was winning and took a more or less forcing draw.

Kevin Bonham
14-09-2017, 11:41 PM
Quarter finals will be

Svidler vs winner of Vachier-Lagrave - Grischuk
Ivanchuk - Aronian
So - Fedoseev
Rapport - Ding Liren

Kevin Bonham
15-09-2017, 12:34 AM
MVL nice win against Grischuk in first 10-minute game

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 a6 7.a4 h6 8.Re1 0-0 9.h3 a5 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.Bb5 Ne7 12.d4 exd4 13.Nxd4 Bd7 14.Nf1 Ng6 15.Ng3 Re8 16.Bc4 c6 17.Be3 Qc7 18.Ba2 Re5 19.Qc2 Rae8 20.Nf3 R5e7 21.Bxc5 dxc5 22.Rad1 Bc8 23.Bc4 Qf4 24.Qd2 Be6 25.Bxe6 Rxe6 26.Qxf4 Nxf4 27.e5 N6d5 28.Ne4 Rg6 29.Nh4 Rge6 30.Nd6 Rb8 31.g3 Nxh3+ 32.Kg2 Ng5 33.f4 Nh7 34.f5 Re7 35.c4 Nc7 36.e6 fxe6 37.Ng6 Rd7 38.fxe6 Rdd8 39.Ne7+ Kf8 40.Nxc6 Rxd6 41.Nxb8 Ke7 42.Rxd6 Kxd6 43.Rd1+ Kxe6 44.Rd7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
15-09-2017, 01:56 AM
MVL through - Grischuk fails to win won endgame

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d3 Nge7 5.g3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bg2 Nc7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nd2 0-0 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Qa4 Rb8 12.Nc4 Rb4 13.Qa5 f6 14.b3 Bh3 15.Re1 Qb8 16.Ba3 Rb5 17.Nxb5 cxb5 18.Ne3 Qb7 19.f3 b4 20.Bb2 Na6 21.g4 h5 22.a3 Bd8 23.Qa4 hxg4 24.axb4 Nxb4 25.Qxa7 Qxa7 26.Rxa7 gxf3 27.Kf2 fxe2 28.Kxe2 Be6 29.Bc3 Bxb3 30.Rb1 Bf7 31.Bxb4 cxb4 32.Rxb4 f5 33.Rb8 e4 34.Raa8 exd3+ 35.Kxd3 Be7 36.Nxf5 Bg6 37.Rxf8+ Bxf8 38.Ke4 Kf7 39.Ke5 Bxf5 40.Kxf5 g6+ 41.Kg5 Bc5 42.Kh6 Be3+ 43.Kh7 g5 44.Kh6 Bf4 45.Ra2 g4+ 46.Kh5 g3 47.h3 Be3 48.Kg4 Bf2 49.Kf3 Kg6 50.Ra5 Kh6 51.Rb5 Kg6 52.Rd5 Kh6 53.Re5 Kg6 54.Rb5 Kh6 55.Rb4 Kg5 56.Rg4+ Kh6 57.Ke4 Be1 58.Kf5 Bf2 59.Rg6+ Kh7 60.Kf6 Bd4+ 61.Kf7 Bf2 62.Kf6 Bd4+ 63.Kf5 Bf2 64.h4? [example tablebase line 64.Rg5 Be1 65.Rg4 Kh6 66.Rh4+ Kg7 67.Re4 Bf2 68.Re6 Kh7 69.Rg6 Kh8 70.Rg4 Kh7 71.Kf6 Be1 72.Rh4+ Kg8 73.Re4 Bf2 74.Kg6 Kf8 75.Re2 Bd4 76.h4 Bg7 77.h5 etc winning] 64...Be1 65.h5 Bf2 66.Kf4 Be1 67.Kf3 Bf2 68.Ke2 Kh8 69.Kf3 Kh7 70.Kf4 Be1 71.Kg4 Bf2 72.Kf5 Be1 73.Kf4 Bf2 74.Ke5 Be1 75.Kf6 Bf2 76.Kf5 Be1 77.Kg5 Bf2 78.Kf5 Be1 79.Ke4 Bf2 80.Kf3 Be1 81.Re6 Bf2 82.h6 Bc5 83.Kxg3 Bf8 84.Kg4 Bxh6 85.Kf5 Bd2 86.Kf6 Kh6 87.Rc6 Kh5 88.Kf5 Kh4 89.Rc2 Be3 90.Re2 Bb6 91.Re6 Bc7 92.Rc6 Bb8 93.Rc3 Bg3 94.Rxg3 draw

MichaelBaron
15-09-2017, 10:40 AM
MVL through - Grischuk fails to win won endgame

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d3 Nge7 5.g3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bg2 Nc7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nd2 0-0 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Qa4 Rb8 12.Nc4 Rb4 13.Qa5 f6 14.b3 Bh3 15.Re1 Qb8 16.Ba3 Rb5 17.Nxb5 cxb5 18.Ne3 Qb7 19.f3 b4 20.Bb2 Na6 21.g4 h5 22.a3 Bd8 23.Qa4 hxg4 24.axb4 Nxb4 25.Qxa7 Qxa7 26.Rxa7 gxf3 27.Kf2 fxe2 28.Kxe2 Be6 29.Bc3 Bxb3 30.Rb1 Bf7 31.Bxb4 cxb4 32.Rxb4 f5 33.Rb8 e4 34.Raa8 exd3+ 35.Kxd3 Be7 36.Nxf5 Bg6 37.Rxf8+ Bxf8 38.Ke4 Kf7 39.Ke5 Bxf5 40.Kxf5 g6+ 41.Kg5 Bc5 42.Kh6 Be3+ 43.Kh7 g5 44.Kh6 Bf4 45.Ra2 g4+ 46.Kh5 g3 47.h3 Be3 48.Kg4 Bf2 49.Kf3 Kg6 50.Ra5 Kh6 51.Rb5 Kg6 52.Rd5 Kh6 53.Re5 Kg6 54.Rb5 Kh6 55.Rb4 Kg5 56.Rg4+ Kh6 57.Ke4 Be1 58.Kf5 Bf2 59.Rg6+ Kh7 60.Kf6 Bd4+ 61.Kf7 Bf2 62.Kf6 Bd4+ 63.Kf5 Bf2 64.h4? [example tablebase line 64.Rg5 Be1 65.Rg4 Kh6 66.Rh4+ Kg7 67.Re4 Bf2 68.Re6 Kh7 69.Rg6 Kh8 70.Rg4 Kh7 71.Kf6 Be1 72.Rh4+ Kg8 73.Re4 Bf2 74.Kg6 Kf8 75.Re2 Bd4 76.h4 Bg7 77.h5 etc winning] 64...Be1 65.h5 Bf2 66.Kf4 Be1 67.Kf3 Bf2 68.Ke2 Kh8 69.Kf3 Kh7 70.Kf4 Be1 71.Kg4 Bf2 72.Kf5 Be1 73.Kf4 Bf2 74.Ke5 Be1 75.Kf6 Bf2 76.Kf5 Be1 77.Kg5 Bf2 78.Kf5 Be1 79.Ke4 Bf2 80.Kf3 Be1 81.Re6 Bf2 82.h6 Bc5 83.Kxg3 Bf8 84.Kg4 Bxh6 85.Kf5 Bd2 86.Kf6 Kh6 87.Rc6 Kh5 88.Kf5 Kh4 89.Rc2 Be3 90.Re2 Bb6 91.Re6 Bc7 92.Rc6 Bb8 93.Rc3 Bg3 94.Rxg3 draw

I did not like 82.h6 - I had a feeling that with the pawns on it was either winning ..or at least much better winning chances.

Kevin Bonham
15-09-2017, 08:39 PM
I did not like 82.h6 - I had a feeling that with the pawns on it was either winning ..or at least much better winning chances.

It was a tablebase draw from 64.h4? onwards although there were more practical chances with pawns kept on. It is hardly the sort of ending even a super-GM can work out perfectly at five seconds a move! Watching the game I thought it was still a win for several moves after it had ceased to be.

Kevin Bonham
15-09-2017, 11:23 PM
Ivanchuk stuffs up the opening, spends 43 minutes on move 10 and is cleaned up by Aronian in 24 moves.

1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 dxc4 4.Qa4+ c6 5.Qxc4 b5 6.Qc2 Bb7 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Nc3 Rc8 9.0-0 a6 10.d4 c5 11.d5 exd5 12.Nh4 Ndf6 13.Rd1 g6 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.e4 Bg7 16.exd5 Nf6 17.Qe2+ Kf8 18.a4 b4 19.Be3 Qd6 20.Rac1 Nd7 21.Nf3 h6 22.Nd2 Kg8 23.Ne4 Qf8 24.d6 1-0

Kevin Bonham
17-09-2017, 12:28 AM
Ding Liren through. Said Rapport's ...a6 was a strange move and he decided to try to push through his advantage. Said 17.e5 was an important move.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Bd2 Bf6 9.Re1 a6 10.Ne5 Nxc3 11.Bxc3 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 d6 13.Ng4 Be7 14.e4 b5 15.Qe2 bxc4 16.d5 Qc8 17.e5 exd5 18.exd6 cxd6 19.Qxe7 d4 20.Qe4 Qc6 21.Bxd4 f5 22.Qxc6 Nxc6 23.Ne3 Nxd4 24.Rad1 f4 25.Rxd4 fxe3 26.Rxe3 Rab8 27.Re2 c3 28.bxc3 Rb6 29.Rb4 Rxb4 30.cxb4 Rb8 31.Rb2 Kf7 32.Kf3 Ke6 33.Ke4 d5+ 34.Kd3 Kd6 35.a4 Rb7 36.f4 h5 37.b5 axb5 38.axb5 Kc5 39.Rc2+ Kxb5 40.Kd4 Rf7 41.Kxd5 1-0

MVL vs Svidler to playoffs.

Kevin Bonham
17-09-2017, 01:50 AM
Aronian through (eventually).

Kevin Bonham
17-09-2017, 02:19 AM
Wesley is through to play Ding Liren

So - Fedoseev.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nbd2 Bf5 9.Re1 Nxd2 10.Qxd2 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 0-0 12.c3 Qd7 13.Bf4 a6 14.Re2 Rae8 15.Rae1 Bd8 16.Nd2 Rxe2 17.Qxe2 a5 18.Nb3 b6 19.Nc1 f6 20.a4 Ne7 21.Nd3 g5 22.Bc1 Ng6 23.b3 Be7 24.h4 gxh4 25.Nf4 Rf7 26.Qe6 Qxe6 27.Rxe6 Nxf4 28.Bxf4 Bd8 29.b4 Kg7 30.bxa5 bxa5 31.Ra6 c6 32.Rxc6 Kg6 33.Rc5 Rd7 34.f3 Kf5 35.Bd2 Ke6 36.Rc6+ Kf5 37.Be1 Kg5 38.Rc5 f5 39.Kh2 Kh5 40.Bf2 Rd6 41.Be3 Bb6 42.Rb5 Bd8 43.Bf4 Rd7 44.Be5 Kg5 45.Rc5 f4 46.Rc6 Kf5 47.Ra6 Kg5 48.Kh3 Kf5 49.Rc6 Kg5 50.Re6 Be7 51.Rc6 Bd8 52.Bd6 Kf5 53.Kh2 Rg7 54.Be5 Rd7 55.Rd6 Rxd6 56.Bxd6 Kg5 57.Kg1 Kf5 58.Kf2 Kg5 59.Kf1 Kf5 60.Ba3 Ke6 61.Ke2 Kf5 62.Bc1 Kg5 63.Kf1 Bc7 64.Bd2 Bd8 65.Be1 Kf5 66.Ke2 Ke6 67.Kd3 Kd7 68.c4 Kc6 69.Bc3 Bb6 70.Bb2 Bd8 71.Bc1 Bc7 72.Bd2 h5 73.Bc3 Bb6 74.Bb2 Bc7 75.Ba3 Bd8 76.Bf8 Bg5 77.Bg7 Kd6 78.Be5+ Kc6 79.Kc3 Bh6 80.Bf6 Bf8 81.Kd3 h3 82.gxh3 Bd6 83.Be5 1-0

Aronian plays the winner of MVL vs Svidler and was asked which one he would prefer to play and said "I hate them both!"

Good that whoever qualifies from here will be serious elite players, no 30 or 40 somethings in the world getting lucky in weak fields.

bundys_bro
17-09-2017, 12:36 PM
Who going the best in the poll then I know one still has 3 and I've got two anyone else got two??

Andrew Hardegen
17-09-2017, 02:26 PM
Who going the best in the poll then I know one still has 3 and I've got two anyone else got two??

If you click on the counts you can see which Chess Chat members voted for which players.

I counted 3 voters who still have 3 players remaining. I still have 2 -- one in each semi-final.

EDIT: Correction -- in fact there are only 2 voters (holden_54 and Lovechess) with 3 players remaining.

Patrick Byrom
17-09-2017, 07:01 PM
Good that whoever qualifies from here will be serious elite players, no 30 or 40 somethings in the world getting lucky in weak fields.Is the possibility of weak players getting lucky a defect of the system? I know it definitely happens in similarly structured knockouts (like tennis), but other systems - eg, the Rugby League Finals (also down to the final four) - are designed to avoid it.

Kevin Bonham
17-09-2017, 07:51 PM
Is the possibility of weak players getting lucky a defect of the system? I know it definitely happens in similarly structured knockouts (like tennis), but other systems - eg, the Rugby League Finals (also down to the final four) - are designed to avoid it.

Yes, having large numbers of short matches reduces the probability the best player will win to a low level. I suspect the change they made some time ago to pair 1-128, 2-127 etc instead of 1-65, 2-66 etc has helped to some degree. I understand with football codes the systems they use are also there to increase interest and motivation in the regular season games even when a team is already clearly going to make the finals.

I think it's an excellent system to determine some qualification spots; I just dislike using it to determine the whole title (as is still the case for each alternate title for the women's champs).

Garvinator
17-09-2017, 10:49 PM
Yes, having large numbers of short matches reduces the probability the best player will win to a low level. I suspect the change they made some time ago to pair 1-128, 2-127 etc instead of 1-65, 2-66 etc has helped to some degree.

When was this change made? I have always only known the KO system to be 1 v 128 etc and thought the tournament would be better if they used 1 v 65 etc and perhaps even re-seeded after each round.


I think it's an excellent system to determine some qualification spots; I just dislike using it to determine the whole title (as is still the case for each alternate title for the women's champs).
I think this format is an excellent format for the promotion of chess and getting players of different standards together and giving opportunities to some lesser players who would not ordinarily win.

It is a format that I would have liked to see have gained in popularity, but I feel that, at least in part because of FIDE's efforts of slapping the world championship title on this format, this has not helped.

Also, I am not sure whether the World Cup should be above the Grand Prix in the Qualification criteria. One seven round KO event is ranked higher than three out of four Swiss events points totalled together? Hmm

Bill Gletsos
17-09-2017, 11:57 PM
When was this change made? I have always only known the KO system to be 1 v 128 etc and thought the tournament would be better if they used 1 v 65 etc and perhaps even re-seeded after each round.It has only been the 128 player format since 2002.
In 1998 there were only 98 players - 68 in the first round and 28 seeded directly into the second round. Gelfand was directly seeded into the third round and Karpov directly into the final.
In 1999 and 2000 there were 100 players - 72 in the first round and 28 seeded directly into the second round. In round 1 seed 64 played seed 100.

MichaelBaron
18-09-2017, 12:28 AM
No Russians in the semifinals. On the other hand - 2 players of Asian origin (if we consider where So is from)! - it does reflect the chess boom in Asia.

Kevin Bonham
18-09-2017, 12:29 AM
Svidler out. He was the last player left who no one had picked in the poll. So Aronian vs Vachier-Lagrave and So vs Ding Liren, the winner of each mini-match is in the Candidates.


Also, I am not sure whether the World Cup should be above the Grand Prix in the Qualification criteria. One seven round KO event is ranked higher than three out of four Swiss events points totalled together? Hmm

I think that's for convenience given that the WC tends to finish before the others.

Kevin Bonham
18-09-2017, 12:33 AM
I hadn't realised 1-128 etc went all the way back to 2002 which meant that Kasimdzhanov won under that system.

Kevin Bonham
18-09-2017, 11:20 PM
Rest day today. I thought they just kept going til the rest day before the final!

Kevin Bonham
20-09-2017, 01:02 AM
Both draws but Ding looked pretty lucky to hold.

Kevin Bonham
20-09-2017, 11:13 PM
Aronian and MVL tiebreak tomorrow after another short draw.

MichaelBaron
21-09-2017, 05:24 PM
Both draws but Ding looked pretty lucky to hold.

White missed a good chance in game 2~!

Kevin Bonham
21-09-2017, 05:29 PM
White missed a good chance in game 2~!

Yes. They both should have won one and they both should have lost one, so I guess 1-1's a fair result.

Two Candidates will become known tonight! Excitement!

Desmond
21-09-2017, 09:01 PM
Game time! :)

Desmond
21-09-2017, 10:12 PM
MVL wins his won game in rapid 1, Liren only manages to draw his.

Kevin Bonham
21-09-2017, 10:40 PM
Big save by Wesley - quick draw in game 2 as a result

So - Ding

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.0-0 a6 6.a4 Nc6 7.Qc2 Na5 8.Na3 Qd5 9.Rd1 Bd7 10.d4 Qf5 11.Bd2 Qxc2 12.Nxc2 Nb3 13.Ra2 Bc6 14.Ne5 Bd5 15.Bc3 c5 16.a5 Rc8 17.Ra4 cxd4 18.Nxd4 Nc5 19.Raa1 Nce4 20.Bxe4 Nxe4 21.f3 Nxc3 22.bxc3 f6 23.Ng4 Bc5 24.Kf1 Ke7 25.Rab1 Rhd8 26.e4 Bxd4 27.cxd4 Bc6 28.Rb4 Bb5 29.Ne3 c3+ 30.Kf2 Rc6 31.Nc2 Rdc8 32.Na3 c2 33.Rc1 Bd3 34.Rxb7+ R6c7 35.Rb2 Rc3 36.Ra2 f5 37.e5 g5 38.Ke1 f4 39.Kd2 Bf5 40.gxf4 gxf4 41.Nxc2 R8c4 42.Rb2 Rxf3 43.Rb7+ Ke8 44.Nb4 Rxd4+ 45.Ke2 Re3+ 46.Kf1 Be4 47.Rg7 Kf8 48.Ra7 Rd8 49.Nxa6 Bd3+ 50.Kg1 Rxe5 51.Rd1 Rxa5 52.Nc7 Rxa7 53.Nxe6+ Ke7 54.Nxd8 Bb5 55.Rb1 Bd7 56.Nb7 Ra2 57.Nc5 Bc6 58.Nd3 Rg2+ 59.Kf1 f3 60.Rb6 Bd5 61.Rb4 Rxh2 62.Ne1 Ke6 63.Rf4 Rh1+ 64.Kf2 Rh2+ 65.Kg3 Re2 66.Nxf3 Re3 67.Kf2 Rxf3+ 68.Rxf3 draw

Kevin Bonham
21-09-2017, 11:05 PM
Oh wow - Aronian sacs a piece to level his match:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 e6 6.e4 Bg7 7.Nge2 0-0 8.Ng3 a6 9.a4 h5 10.Bg5 Qc7 11.Qd2 exd5 12.cxd5 Nh7 13.Bh6 h4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Bc4 hxg3 16.hxg3 Rh8 17.e5 Qe7 18.0-0-0 Nd7 19.exd6 Qxd6 20.Ne4 Qe5 21.d6 g5 22.Rhe1 b5 23.Bd5 Rb8 24.f4 Qd4 25.Qe2 Qb4 26.Qh5 1-0

Kevin Bonham
22-09-2017, 12:41 AM
So goes one down with white, must win with black.

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 Nf6 5.c4 c6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nbd2 a5 8.b3 a4 9.Bb2 Bf5 10.e3 Nbd7 11.Qe2 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.Qb5 Ra5 15.Qxb7 Nc5 16.Qb4 Nd3 17.Qd2 Rb5 18.Bc3 axb3 19.Ng5 b2 20.Rab1 Nxf2 21.Qxf2 Bxb1 22.Rxb1 e5 23.Nh3 exd4 24.exd4 Qc7 25.Qd2 Rfb8 26.Nf4 Qc4 27.Bxd5 Rxd5 28.Nxd5 Qxd5 29.Rxb2 Rc8 30.Rb3 h5 31.Bb2 Kh7 32.h3 Qe4 33.Qd3 Qe1+ 34.Qf1 Qd2 35.Qf2 Qd1+ 36.Qf1 Bxd4+ 37.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 38.Kh1 Qd5+ 39.Rf3 Rc3 40.Kg2 Qc6 41.h4 Kg8 42.a4 f6 43.a5 Kg7 44.a6 Rc2+ 45.Kg1 Rc1 46.Rxf6 Rxf1+ 47.Rxf1 Qxa6 48.Kg2 Qe2+ 49.Rf2 Qe4+ 50.Kh2 g5 51.hxg5 h4 52.Rf4 Qe2+ 53.Kh3 hxg3 54.Kxg3 Kg6 55.Rf2 Qe3+ 56.Kg2 Kxg5 57.Rf3 Qe2+ 58.Kg3 Qe1+ 59.Kg2 Kg4 60.Rf2 Qe4+ 61.Kh2 Kh4 62.Ra2 Qe5+ 63.Kg1 Qd4+ 64.Kh2 Qd6+ 65.Kg1 Qc5+ 66.Kh2 Qc7+ 67.Kg1 Qb6+ 68.Kg2 Qb7+ 69.Kh2 Qb8+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
22-09-2017, 01:26 AM
Ding Liren is a Candidate now, and he's also in the final.

Kevin Bonham
22-09-2017, 02:30 AM
In this blitz game Aronian was completely winning with white, then probably losing, then finally drew.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d5 5.Nb5 Na6 6.e3 0-0 7.h3 c6 8.Nc3 Nc7 9.Be2 Bf5 10.0-0 Rc8 11.Bh2 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.c3 Re8 14.Qb3 Rb8 15.Ne5 Bf5 16.Rfd1 Be6 17.Rac1 Qc8 18.c4 Ra8 19.cxd5 Bxd5 20.Qa3 f6 21.Nd3 e5 22.dxe5 fxe5 23.Nc5 b6 24.e4 Bf7 25.Nd7 c5 26.Qc3 Re7 27.Bxe5 Bxa2 28.Bxg7 Rxd7 29.Bh6 Be6 30.Qe5 Bb3 31.Rd3 Be6 32.Rcd1 Rf7 33.Bg5 Rf8 34.Bh6 Rf7 35.Bd2 Nb5 36.Be3 Qe8 37.R3d2 Nc7 38.Bg5 Bb3 39.Rd8 Bxd1 40.Rxa8 Qxa8 41.Bxd1 Qe8 42.Qc3 Qxe4 43.Bb3 Nd5 44.Qc1 Qd4 45.Kh1 b5 46.Be3 Nxe3 47.Bxf7+ Kxf7 48.fxe3 Qe5 49.Qf1+ Kg7 50.Qxb5 Qxe3 51.Qd7+ Kh6 52.Qxa7 Qe1+ 53.Kh2 Qe5+ 54.Kh1 c4 55.Qf2 Qe4 draw

Kevin Bonham
22-09-2017, 02:42 AM
Blitz 2 MVL - Aronian

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a3 0-0 9.Nc3 Na5 10.Ba2 Be6 11.b4 Bxa2 12.Rxa2 Nc6 13.Bg5 Nd7 14.Bd2 Nf6 15.Qb1 d5 16.Bg5 dxe4 17.dxe4 Qd6 18.Qb3 Nd4 19.Nxd4 exd4 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Ne2 Rfe8 22.Ng3 c5 23.bxc5 Qxc5 24.a4 h5 25.axb5 axb5 26.Rxa8 Rxa8 27.Rb1 Rc8 28.Qxb5 Qxb5 29.Rxb5 h4 30.Nf1 Rxc2 31.Rd5 Re2 32.h3 Rxe4 33.g4 Re8 34.Kg2 Rd8 35.Rxd8+ Bxd8 36.Kf3 g6 37.Ke4 Kg7 38.Nd2 Bb6 39.f4 Bc7 40.Nf3 d3 41.Kxd3

Max Illingworth
22-09-2017, 03:13 AM
Aronian-Vachier Lagrave, Armageddon game. Crazy finish to the game, it seems 54...Raa4! with the idea of ...Rh4/...Rg4/...Rh7 perpetuals (and blocking the Rf1 check securely) is the only way to draw, but that's very hard to see with seconds on the clock.
1.d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. Nb5 Na6 6. e3 O-O 7. h3 c6 8. Nc3
Nc7 9. Be2 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. Bh2 c5 12. a4 a5 13. Ne5 Nd7 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15.
Bg4 e6 16. Qd2 Bc6 17. b3 Rfc8 18. Ne2 cxd4 19. Nxd4 b5 20. axb5 Nxb5 21. c3
Nxd4 22. exd4 a4 23. b4 Bb5 24. Rfc1 a3 25. Be2 Qc6 26. Bxb5 Qxb5 27. Bd6 Rc6
28. Bc5 Rca6 29. Ra2 Qc4 30. Qe2 Qxe2 31. Rxe2 a2 32. Ra1 Ra3 33. Rc2 Bf8 34.
Kf1 e5 35. Bxf8 Kxf8 36. dxe5 Ke7 37. Ke2 Ke6 38. f4 d4 39. cxd4 Kd5 40. Rd2
Kc4 41. d5 Kxb4 42. d6 Kb3 43. Kf3 Kc3 44. Rf2 h5 45. Kg3 Kd4+ 46. Kh4 Kd5 47.
Kg5 Ke6 48. g4 hxg4 49. hxg4 R3a5 50. Re2 f6+ 51. Kxg6 Rg8+ 52. Kh6 Rxg4 53.
f5+ Kxf5 54. e6 Ra8 55. Rf1+ Rf4 56. Rxf4+ Kxf4 57. Rxa2 Rxa2 58. e7 Rd2 59.
e8=Q Rxd6 60. Qe7 Rd4 61. Qxf6+ Ke3 62. Kg5 Rd5+ 63. Kg4 Rd4+ 64. Kg3 Rd3 65.
Qe5+ Kd2+ 66. Kf2 Kc2 67. Qc5+ Rc3 68. Qf5+ Kb2 69. Ke2 Rc2+ 70. Kd3 Rc3+ 71.
Kd2 Rb3 72. Qe5+ Kb1 73. Qd4 Rh3 74. Qb6+ Ka1 75. Qf6+ Ka2 76. Qe6+ Rb3 77. Kc2
Ka1 78. Qa6+ 1-0

MichaelBaron
22-09-2017, 04:06 AM
At some point, looked like MVL was having a very comfortable position...but I guess he got too nervous.

Desmond
22-09-2017, 08:38 AM
Both of the deciding games were QvR endings.

Go Liren! :)

Capablanca-Fan
22-09-2017, 11:07 AM
Both of the deciding games were QvR endings.
I presume both super-GM winners have practised against computers.


Go Liren! :)
I prefer Aronian ;)

Kevin Bonham
22-09-2017, 11:28 AM
At some point, looked like MVL was having a very comfortable position...but I guess he got too nervous.

At one stage in the middlegame Aronian did not have much left of his one minute lead on the clock either.

MichaelBaron
22-09-2017, 05:03 PM
At one stage in the middlegame Aronian did not have much left of his one minute lead on the clock either.

Well, Qb3 instead of trading queens...and black is simply better in the endgame.

MichaelBaron
24-09-2017, 12:09 AM
Aronian missed a chance to play 29.f5! in Game 1 against Ding.

Kevin Bonham
24-09-2017, 12:22 AM
Aronian missed a chance to play 29.f5! in Game 1 against Ding.

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.e5 Ne4 6.Nf3 Bf5 7.Be2 d4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Bc4 Bd5 10.Qb3 Bxc4 11.Qxc4 Nc6 12.0-0 Qd7 13.d3 Qe6 14.Qxe6+ fxe6 15.Ng5 Kd7 16.f4 Be7 17.Ne4 Raf8 18.Bd2 g5 19.g3 Rhg8 20.Kh1 gxf4 21.gxf4 Rg6 22.Rac1 Rfg8 23.a3 a5 24.Rf3 b6 25.Rh3 R8g7 26.Ng3 Nd8 27.b4 axb4 28.axb4 b5 29.Kg2 [29.f5 exf5 30.Nxf5 Rf7 31.Nxd4] 29...Nc6 30.Rb1 Rf7 31.Rh5 Rg8 32.Rh6 Bf8 33.Rh3 Be7 34.Rh6 Bf8 35.Rh3 Be7 1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
24-09-2017, 08:44 AM
Stockfish on that Chess24 site says that 29.f5 exf5 30.Nxf5 Rf7 31.Nxd4 is equal after 31... Rg4 (~0.5)

Edit: analysis of this game by GM Dejan Bojkov (https://www.chess.com/news/view/aronian-can-t-crack-ding-in-world-cup-finals-game-1-9641) looks at the whole game as well as that critical line.

Desmond
24-09-2017, 09:57 AM
Ding Liren - Aronian
Alekhine Memorial 2013

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 e6 6. c5 Nbd7 7. b4 b6 8. Bb2 a5 9. a3 Be7 10. Bd3 O-O 11. O-O Ba6 12. Ne1 Bc4 13. Bxc4 dxc4 14. Qe2 Rb8 15. Ra2 b5 16. e4 Rb7 17. Nc2 Nb8 18. Raa1 Qc8 19. Rad1 Rd8 20. Bc1 Na6 21. Bf4 Rbd7 22. h3 Ne8 23. Qe3 Bf6 24. e5 Be7 25. Ne4 Nac7 26. Nd6 Qa8 27. Qg3 Nd5 28. Ne3 Nc3 29. Rde1 Bxd6 30. exd6 Ne4 31. Qh4 Nd2 32. Nd5 Nxf1 33. Nb6 Qa7 34. Rxf1 Nf6 35. Be5 Nd5 36. Nxd5 exd5 37. Bxg7 Kxg7 38. Qg5+ Kf8 39. Qf6 Kg8 40. Qg5+ Kf8 41. Qf6 Kg8 42. Re1 axb4 43. Re5 h6 44. Rh5 Qxa3 45. Qxh6 f6 46. Qxf6 1-0

Aronian - Ding Liren
Tata Steel 2015

1. c4 g6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. h3 e5 7. d5 Nh5 8. g3 f5 9. exf5 gxf5 10. Ng5 Qe8 11. c5 Nf6 12. Bb5 Qe7 13. g4 Na6 14. Ne6 Bxe6 15. dxe6 Nxc5 16. g5 Ne8 17. Nd5 Qxe6 18. b4 Ne4 19. Bxe8 Qxe8 20. f3 Ng3 21. Rg1 f4 22. Nxc7 Qe7 23. Qb3+ Kh8 24. Ne6 Rfe8 25. Nxg7 Kxg7 26. Bb2 Qxg5 27. Rd1 Rad8 28. Rd5 Qf5 29. Kd2 Qxh3 30. Kc1 Qf5 31. Bc3 h5 32. Kb2 h4 33. Qd1 h3 34. Qd2 Kf7 35. Re1 Qf6 36. Qc2 Nf5 37. Rd2 Rg8 38. Qe4 b6 39. Rh1 Rh8 40. Qb7+ Qe7 41. Qa6 Ng3 42. Rhh2 Rd7 43. Rc2 Rc7 44. Qd3 Qe6 45. Ka3 Nf5 46. Bd2 Rxc2 47. Qxc2 Nd4 48. Qd3 Qd5 49. Kb2 b5 50. Bc3 Qxf3 51. Qb1 Qg3 52. Rd2 h2 53. Bxd4 h1=Q 54. Qf5+ Ke7 55. Qc2 Qd5 0-1

Ding Liren vs Aronian
FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017)

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. d4 dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bf4 Bd6 11. Qc1 a5 12. Nc3 Na6 13. Bd2 Nb4 14. Qb1 Bxf3 15. Bxf3 c6 16. Rd1 Qe7 17. Ne4 Nxe4 18. Qxe4 Rfd8 19. Bc3 Rd7 20. Rd2 Qd8 21. Rad1 Be7 22. h4 Rb8 23. e3 Nd5 24. Qc2 Qc7 25. Kg2 g6 26. h5 Bf8 27. e4 Nb4 28. Qb3 c5 29. dxc5 Rxd2 30. Rxd2 Qxc5 31. Rd7 b5 32. axb5 Qxb5 33. Qd1 Nc6 34. Be2 Qb6 35. Bc4 Rb7 36. b3 Qa7 37. Rd6 Bxd6 38. Qxd6 Qb6 39. Qf4 Kf8 40. Bxe6 Nb4 41. Qf6 Nd3 42. Bd4 Qd6 43. Be3 Ne1+ 44. Kf1 1-0

Andrew Hardegen
24-09-2017, 10:59 PM
Diren Ling - Aronian
Alekhine Memorial 2013



Aronian - Diren Ling
Tata Steel 2015


Who is this Diren Ling? He seems a decent player.

MichaelBaron
25-09-2017, 12:22 AM
Who is this Diren Ling? He seems a decent player.

LOL....He has been to top 10 as recently as a couple of months ago and he is around 2770 now..so decent indeed :)

Andrew Hardegen
25-09-2017, 01:12 AM
LOL....He has been to top 10 as recently as a couple of months ago and he is around 2770 now..so decent indeed :)

Well I have heard of Ding Liren, lol. But road runner gave 3 wins over Aronian in his post -- only 1 of which was by Ding Liren. The other 2 were by Diren Ling. :)

Kevin Bonham
25-09-2017, 02:15 AM
Ding is a tough cookie. He saves another one he shouldn't have.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bg5 a5 11.Nc3 Na6 12.e3 Nb4 13.Rfd1 Nd7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.e4 Rfd8 16.Rd2 Nb6 17.Qe2 Be8 18.b3 c5 19.Qe3 Rac8 20.Rc1 c4 21.d5 Qc5 22.Qxc5 Rxc5 23.dxe6 Rxd2 24.Nxd2 fxe6 25.Bf1 cxb3 26.Nxb3 Rc7 27.Nxa5 Nxa4 28.Na2 Rxc1 29.Nxc1 Nc5 30.Ncb3 b6 31.Nxc5 bxa5 32.Bc4 a4 33.Kf1 a3 34.Nb3 Ba4 35.Nc1 Bc2 36.Ke2 Bxe4 37.Bxe6+ Kf8 38.Kd2 Ke7 39.Bb3 Nd5 40.Ne2 Kd6 41.f3 Bb1 42.Kc1 Bg6 43.Nd4 Nc7 44.Ne2 Kc5 45.Nf4 Bf5 46.g4 Bd7 47.g5 Nb5 48.Bg8 Bf5 49.Nh5 g6 50.Ng3 Bd3 51.Bxh7 Nd4 52.Ne4+ Kb4 53.Bg8 Nxf3 54.Nf6 Kc5 55.h3 Kd4 56.Ba2 Nxg5 57.h4 Ne4 58.Nd7 Nc5 59.Nf6 Ke5 60.Nd5 Bf5 61.Ne3 Nd3+ 62.Kc2 Nb4+ 63.Kb3 Nxa2 64.Kxa2 Ke4 65.Nc2 Kf4 66.Nd4 Kg4 67.Kxa3 Kxh4 68.Kb2 Kg3 69.Kc3 Kf2 70.Kd2 Bg4 71.Nc2 g5 72.Ne3 Be2 73.Nd5 Bg4 74.Nf6 Bf5 75.Kd1 1/2-1/2

MichaelBaron
25-09-2017, 11:36 AM
Ding is a tough cookie. He saves another one he shouldn't have.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bg5 a5 11.Nc3 Na6 12.e3 Nb4 13.Rfd1 Nd7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.e4 Rfd8 16.Rd2 Nb6 17.Qe2 Be8 18.b3 c5 19.Qe3 Rac8 20.Rc1 c4 21.d5 Qc5 22.Qxc5 Rxc5 23.dxe6 Rxd2 24.Nxd2 fxe6 25.Bf1 cxb3 26.Nxb3 Rc7 27.Nxa5 Nxa4 28.Na2 Rxc1 29.Nxc1 Nc5 30.Ncb3 b6 31.Nxc5 bxa5 32.Bc4 a4 33.Kf1 a3 34.Nb3 Ba4 35.Nc1 Bc2 36.Ke2 Bxe4 37.Bxe6+ Kf8 38.Kd2 Ke7 39.Bb3 Nd5 40.Ne2 Kd6 41.f3 Bb1 42.Kc1 Bg6 43.Nd4 Nc7 44.Ne2 Kc5 45.Nf4 Bf5 46.g4 Bd7 47.g5 Nb5 48.Bg8 Bf5 49.Nh5 g6 50.Ng3 Bd3 51.Bxh7 Nd4 52.Ne4+ Kb4 53.Bg8 Nxf3 54.Nf6 Kc5 55.h3 Kd4 56.Ba2 Nxg5 57.h4 Ne4 58.Nd7 Nc5 59.Nf6 Ke5 60.Nd5 Bf5 61.Ne3 Nd3+ 62.Kc2 Nb4+ 63.Kb3 Nxa2 64.Kxa2 Ke4 65.Nc2 Kf4 66.Nd4 Kg4 67.Kxa3 Kxh4 68.Kb2 Kg3 69.Kc3 Kf2 70.Kd2 Bg4 71.Nc2 g5 72.Ne3 Be2 73.Nd5 Bg4 74.Nf6 Bf5 75.Kd1 1/2-1/2

What I found even more amazing is how a Aronian managed to create winning chances in an endgame that looked like an easy draw despite black having an outside pass pawn. It must be really annoying to put so much effort into creating winning chances but not being able to convert advantage to a full point.

Kevin Bonham
26-09-2017, 12:07 AM
Game 3 draw

Aronian - Ding

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Qa4+ Bd7 6.Qxc4 c5 7.Ne5 Qc8 8.Qd3 Nc6 9.Nxd7 Nxd7 10.Qb3 Be7 11.Nc3 0-0 12.0-0 Rd8 13.d3 Nb6 14.Be3 Nd4 15.Bxd4 Rxd4 16.Rfc1 Rd7 17.a4 Qd8 18.a5 Nd5 19.Nxd5 exd5 20.d4 cxd4 21.Rc2 g6 22.Bh3 Rc7 23.Rac1 Rxc2 24.Rxc2 b6 25.Bg2 Rc8 26.Rxc8 Qxc8 27.Bxd5 Qf5 28.Qc4 bxa5 29.b3 d3 30.exd3 Bd8 31.Qe4 draw

Kevin Bonham
27-09-2017, 12:17 AM
Fourth draw in a row so playoffs tomorrow. Aronian was a pawn up for much of the game but difficult to make progress.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.Bxc4 c5 9.0-0 0-0 10.e5 Qd8 11.Ne4 cxd4 12.Qe2 Bd7 13.Rfd1 Nc6 14.Ng3 Bc5 15.a3 Ne7 16.Ne4 Bb6 17.Nxd4 Ng6 18.Qh5 Qh4 19.Qxh4 Nxh4 20.a4 Ng6 21.a5 Bxd4 22.Rxd4 Bc6 23.b4 Nxe5 24.b5 Bxe4 25.Rxe4 Nd7 26.Rd4 Nc5 27.Rad1 Rfc8 28.h4 Kf8 29.h5 Ke7 30.Rg4 Rg8 31.Be2 b6 32.Bf3 Rac8 33.axb6 axb6 34.Ra1 Rc7 35.Bc6 f5 36.Rg3 Kf7 37.Rd1 Ra7 38.Rg6 Ra3 39.g4 fxg4 40.Rxg4 Rh3 41.Be4 Nxe4 42.Rxe4 Rxh5 43.Rd7+ Kf6 44.Rd6 Re5 45.Rxe5 Kxe5 46.Rxb6 g5 47.Rb7 h5 48.b6 h4 49.Rf7 Rd8 50.b7 Rd1+ 51.Kg2 Rb1 52.f3 draw

Desmond
27-09-2017, 07:57 AM
LOL....He has been to top 10 as recently as a couple of months ago and he is around 2770 now..so decent indeed :)

And is back into 10th on the live list.

Max Illingworth
27-09-2017, 08:40 AM
I will be streaming live commentary of the tiebreak games tonight (9pm Sydney time) on Twitch (https://go.twitch.tv/gmmi). I'll also aim to stream through Youtube, though I am new to this so hopefully I can figure out how to do that today!

Desmond
27-09-2017, 09:58 PM
Aronian draws blood in the first rapid.

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE World Cup"]
[Site "chess24.com"]
[Date "2017.09.27"]
[Round "49"]
[White "Aronian, Levon"]
[Black "Ding, Liren"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Board "1"]
[WhiteElo "2802"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[WhiteCountry "ARM"]
[WhiteFideId "13300474"]
[WhiteEloChange "5"]
[BlackElo "2771"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[BlackCountry "CHN"]
[BlackFideId "8603677"]
[BlackEloChange "-5"]

1. c4 {[%clk 0:25:16]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:25:19]} 2. Nf3 {[%clk 0:25:23]} e6 {[%clk
0:25:27]} 3. Nc3 {[%clk 0:25:31]} d5 {[%clk 0:25:36]} 4. d4 {[%clk 0:25:40]} c6
{[%clk 0:25:45]} 5. Bg5 {[%clk 0:25:48]} h6 {[%clk 0:25:54]} 6. Bxf6 {[%clk
0:25:56]} Qxf6 {[%clk 0:26:02]} 7. Qb3 {[%clk 0:26:04]} Nd7 {[%clk 0:25:56]} 8.
e4 {[%clk 0:26:07]} dxe4 {[%clk 0:26:03]} 9. Nxe4 {[%clk 0:26:15]} Qf4 {[%clk
0:26:11]} 10. Bd3 {[%clk 0:26:19]} e5 {[%clk 0:26:14]} 11. O-O {[%clk 0:26:25]}
Be7 {[%clk 0:26:12]} 12. Rae1 {[%clk 0:26:31]} exd4 {[%clk 0:22:47]} 13. Bb1
{[%clk 0:26:33]} O-O {[%clk 0:22:10]} 14. Ng3 {[%clk 0:26:40]} Bd8 {[%clk
0:16:32]} 15. Qd3 {[%clk 0:26:14]} g6 {[%clk 0:16:36]} 16. h4 {[%clk 0:26:22]}
Nf6 {[%clk 0:11:55]} 17. h5 {[%clk 0:25:21]} g5 {[%clk 0:12:04]} 18. Ne5 {[%clk
0:22:21]} Ba5 {[%clk 0:07:36]} 19. Ng6 {[%clk 0:21:27]} Qd2 {[%clk 0:07:41]} 20.
Ne7+ {[%clk 0:15:34]} Kg7 {[%clk 0:07:26]} 21. Qb3 {[%clk 0:14:46]} Qf4 {[%clk
0:06:43]} 22. Rd1 {[%clk 0:13:42]} Bb6 {[%clk 0:05:37]} 23. Ngf5+ {[%clk
0:07:49]} Bxf5 {[%clk 0:05:45]} 24. Nxf5+ {[%clk 0:07:58]} Kh8 {[%clk 0:05:54]}
25. g3 {[%clk 0:08:06]} Qg4 {[%clk 0:02:33]} 26. Nxh6 {[%clk 0:08:12]} Qxh5
{[%clk 0:01:21]} 27. Kg2 {[%clk 0:08:05]} d3 {[%clk 0:01:27]} 28. Qc3 {[%clk
0:07:27]} Kg7 {[%clk 0:00:59]} 29. Nf5+ {[%clk 0:07:17]} Kg6 {[%clk 0:01:07]} 30.
Rh1 {[%clk 0:07:13]} 1-0

Desmond
27-09-2017, 11:11 PM
Aronian takes it out, after Ding looked like equalising the match around move 20 or so.

[Event "Tbilisi FIDE World Cup"]
[Site "chess24.com"]
[Date "2017.09.27"]
[Round "50"]
[White "Ding, Liren"]
[Black "Aronian, Levon"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Board "1"]
[WhiteElo "2771"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[WhiteCountry "CHN"]
[WhiteFideId "8603677"]
[WhiteEloChange "-5"]
[BlackElo "2802"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[BlackCountry "ARM"]
[BlackFideId "13300474"]
[BlackEloChange "5"]

1. d4 {[%clk 0:25:17]} Nf6 {[%clk 0:25:21]} 2. c4 {[%clk 0:25:27]} e6 {[%clk
0:25:28]} 3. Nf3 {[%clk 0:25:36]} d5 {[%clk 0:25:37]} 4. Nc3 {[%clk 0:25:44]} Bb4
{[%clk 0:25:40]} 5. cxd5 {[%clk 0:25:53]} exd5 {[%clk 0:25:48]} 6. Bf4 {[%clk
0:26:02]} c6 {[%clk 0:25:17]} 7. e3 {[%clk 0:26:03]} Bf5 {[%clk 0:25:17]} 8. Be2
{[%clk 0:26:03]} O-O {[%clk 0:25:12]} 9. O-O {[%clk 0:26:11]} Be7 {[%clk
0:25:19]} 10. Nh4 {[%clk 0:25:58]} Bg6 {[%clk 0:25:26]} 11. Nxg6 {[%clk 0:25:34]}
hxg6 {[%clk 0:25:24]} 12. Qb3 {[%clk 0:25:37]} Qb6 {[%clk 0:24:53]} 13. Qc2
{[%clk 0:25:45]} a5 {[%clk 0:24:19]} 14. g4 {[%clk 0:25:10]} Nbd7 {[%clk
0:23:01]} 15. g5 {[%clk 0:25:19]} Ne8 {[%clk 0:21:18]} 16. e4 {[%clk 0:25:27]}
dxe4 {[%clk 0:18:25]} 17. Nxe4 {[%clk 0:24:15]} Qd8 {[%clk 0:17:53]} 18. h4
{[%clk 0:23:19]} Nb6 {[%clk 0:18:00]} 19. Be5 {[%clk 0:21:21]} Nd5 {[%clk
0:17:11]} 20. Bg4 {[%clk 0:20:39]} Kh8 {[%clk 0:09:09]} 21. Rae1 {[%clk 0:19:20]}
Nef6 {[%clk 0:04:48]} 22. gxf6 {[%clk 0:15:39]} gxf6 {[%clk 0:04:56]} 23. Bh2
{[%clk 0:15:20]} f5 {[%clk 0:05:04]} 24. Bxf5 {[%clk 0:15:29]} gxf5 {[%clk
0:05:12]} 25. Qd1 {[%clk 0:15:08]} Rg8+ {[%clk 0:04:40]} 26. Kh1 {[%clk 0:15:13]}
Rg4 {[%clk 0:04:18]} 27. Ng3 {[%clk 0:13:54]} Rxh4 {[%clk 0:04:22]} 28. Nxf5
{[%clk 0:13:29]} Rh7 {[%clk 0:03:14]} 29. Nxe7 {[%clk 0:09:15]} Nxe7 {[%clk
0:03:22]} 30. Re5 {[%clk 0:09:24]} Nf5 {[%clk 0:02:04]} 31. Rfe1 {[%clk 0:04:57]}
Qh4 {[%clk 0:01:22]} 32. Re8+ {[%clk 0:01:46]} Kg7 {[%clk 0:01:30]} 33. Rg1+
{[%clk 0:01:54]} Kf6 {[%clk 0:01:39]} 0-1

Kevin Bonham
27-09-2017, 11:23 PM
theclosetgm @theclosetgm
2m

Congrats Aronian. Wins the #FIDEWorldCup and gets himself an Aussie missus. I hear he ties the knot in a few days.

MichaelBaron
28-09-2017, 11:00 AM
theclosetgm @theclosetgm
2m

Congrats Aronian. Wins the #FIDEWorldCup and gets himself an Aussie missus. I hear he ties the knot in a few days.

His information is correct. Getting married shortly!

Garvinator
11-10-2017, 11:09 PM
STATEMENT BY THE FIDE ETHICS COMMISSION IN REGARD TO THE KOVALYOV CASE

This statement is released on occasion of the meeting of the FIDE Ethics Commission (EC) in Antalya, Turkey on 9 October 2017. Its purpose is to make known the EC’s decision in case no. 2/2017 and the reasons for the decision in the light of the wide-spread interest in the matter.

On 9 September 2017 and shortly before the start of the third round of the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, an unfortunate altercation took place between the head of the organisers GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili (“the organiser”) and one of the players GM Anton Kovalyov of Canada (“the player”). This resulted in the decision by the player to withdraw from the tournament.

On 27 September 2017 the EC received a formal complaint against the organiser of alleged breaches of the FIDE Code of Ethics from the Chess Federation of Canada (CFC). The CFC asserted that it was acting “in and for itself and on behalf of GM Anton Kovalyov”. The complaint was not supported by any statement by the player.

The EC chairman requested from CFC a power of attorney or letter of authorisation under the signature of the player enabling the CFC to represent his interests. The CFC’s submissions were also sought on the issue of whether CFC in its own capacity enjoys standing to act as the complainant.

In addition, the EC chairman announced to the parties in terms of Rule 8 of the EC’s Procedural Rules that an oral public hearing was necessary and that such public hearing would take place at the FIDE Congress in Antalya on 12 October 2017.

Subsequently the CFC advised that the player is not willing to participate in the public hearing, whether by his personal appearance in Antalya or by way of video-conferencing. The player also failed to provide the CFC with written authority for the federation to represent him.

At the outset the EC wishes to make it clear that the decision of the player not to participate as a complainant in the proceedings before the EC is the player’s prerogative. No doubt GM Kovalyov has his reasons and his decision must be respected.

However, without authority from the player, it is not possible for his federation to proceed with the complaint on his behalf. Also, the standing of the CFC to act as the complainant in its own capacity, is dubious. It is required that a complainant must have a direct and personal interest which was adversely affected. CFC claims that the negative sentiment arising from this incident will prejudice its efforts in Canada to popularise the game and to find sponsors for future events. It is debatable whether this represents a sufficiently direct interest, but in the light of the further consideration mentioned hereafter, it is unnecessary for the EC to decide the issue of CFC’s locus standi and the issue is left open.

The major obstacle to this matter proceeding before the EC is the lack of a statement from the player as to what exactly transpired between him and the organiser and his unwillingness to give evidence in this regard at the hearing. One only has an idea of the player’s version from remarks made by him on facebook. This does not form part of the evidence before the EC. In any case, these remarks lack important details and do not constitute a reliable factual account on which the EC can be expected to make findings against the organiser. The EC cannot decide disciplinary matters on hearsay evidence or third party constructions as to what has happened. Although the EC is not a court of law and there is no requirement for sworn evidence, at the very least the EC must be satisfied that a truthful and factually accurate version has been placed before it.

The result is regrettably that the complaint by the CFC, raising important issues of general concern for the better functioning of FIDE, cannot be admitted for want of a prima facie case due a lack of reliable evidence. This is not a decision on the merits of the complaint.

However, it is obvious that the incident between the organiser and player has revealed a number of grey areas in tournament administration and every-one agrees that there is a need for greater regulation on matters such as the dress code for players and officials at different types of events, clarity regarding the responsible persons to enforce such regulations and the appropriate handling of a situation where a player is held to be in violation of the regulations. All of these aspects will receive attention in the meetings of various FIDE Commissions currently taking place here in Antalya.

Andrew Hardegen
12-10-2017, 12:28 AM
STATEMENT BY THE FIDE ETHICS COMMISSION IN REGARD TO THE KOVALYOV CASE

This statement is released on occasion of the meeting of the FIDE Ethics Commission (EC) in Antalya, Turkey on 9 October 2017. Its purpose is to make known the EC’s decision in case no. 2/2017 and the reasons for the decision in the light of the wide-spread interest in the matter.

...

However, it is obvious that the incident between the organiser and player has revealed a number of grey areas in tournament administration and every-one agrees that there is a need for greater regulation on matters such as the dress code for players and officials at different types of events, clarity regarding the responsible persons to enforce such regulations and the appropriate handling of a situation where a player is held to be in violation of the regulations. All of these aspects will receive attention in the meetings of various FIDE Commissions currently taking place here in Antalya.

The final paragraph seems a fair summary of the action that is required.

All in all, I enjoyed the event as a spectator and I can't recall any of the other players expressing any dis-satisfaction with the way it was run. My thanks go to Zurab and FIDE for organising and running it.

ER
14-10-2017, 09:09 PM
The final paragraph seems a fair summary of the action that is required.

All in all, I enjoyed the event as a spectator and I can't recall any of the other players expressing any dis-satisfaction with the way it was run. My thanks go to Zurab and FIDE for organising and running it.

I wholeheartedly agree!