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In the Fifth Circle. GM Eljanov: "It's Already a Good Result, But I'll Try to Go As Far As Possible" "Both of the classical games saw balanced fights, - the winner recalls. - White pushed a little both times, but eventually those games finished in logical draws. And today, it was White again to put pressure in both rapid games. In the first encounter, my position was quite unpleasant, but it looks like I have defended well. After the opening of the second game, it seemed to me I gained some advantage - it is very hard to hold such a position with the white pawn on d6. I had a simple improvement plan, and everything went in the best possible way for me." 2015-09-22 more
Baku World Cup, 4.1: Shak keeps Azeri dream alive Shakhriyar Mamedyarov got a spontaneous round of applause from his fans after almost mating Fabiano Caruana in the kind of walkover you don’t often see at the highest level. Peter Svidler’s victory over Veselin Topalov wasn’t quite as smooth but he went one better – giving mate on the board. Hikaru Nakamura shrugged off any controversy to beat Mickey Adams while Ding Liren got the day’s fourth white win by outlasting Wei Yi in a mind-bogglingly strange encounter. 2015-09-21 more
World Cup 4.2: Giants sent home Three of the top-10 players in the World were sent home today as they lost their matches in Baku. Svidler knocked out Topalov, giving a draw in a probably winning position after the Bulgarian made a series of mistakes. Caruana was unable to win against Mamedyarov and the tournament is over for him. Wesley So was also elminated: a big mistake led to a difficult endgame that MVL converted. 2015-09-21 more
Baku 4.1: Eight battles, Four winners Already four players are in serious danger of going home: they must win tomorrow to keep their chances alive! In the Chinese derby, Ding Liren overtook Wei Yi. Nakamura outplayed Adams in fine positional style. After a series of mutual mistakes, Svidler checkmated Topalov. Finally, the news of the day for the Azerbaijanis is that Caruana was blown off the board by Mamedyarov! 2015-09-21 more
Peter Svidler: "On the Rest Day, I'll Try to Be As Much of a Vegetable As Possible" The rating favourite of the World Cup Veselin Topalov didn't manage to take a revenge in today's return game against Svidler. Hence he leaves the competition. 2015-09-21 more
Mamedyarov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vachier-Lagrave Reach Quarterfinals Today four players reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Cup: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. They eliminated Fabiano Caruana, Michael Adams, Veselin Topalov and Wesley So respectively. 2015-09-21 more
Baku World Cup, 3.3: Tiebreak trauma Reigning World Cup Champion Vladimir Kramnik was the big name casualty of Round 3 tiebreaks after paying a heavy price for failing to convert a winning advantage against Dmitry Andreikin. Otherwise it was a day of the favourites, with Topalov, Svidler, So, Vachier-Lagrave and Adams all going through. The spellbinding Nakamura-Nepomniachtchi match went all the way to Armageddon before the US player emerged victorious. Even that wasn't quite all, though, as Nepomniachtchi unsuccessfully appealed the result on the basis of his opponent's double-handed castling and other alleged infringements. 2015-09-20 more
Eight battles, tough predictions! by Sagar Shah 9/20/2015 – Our predictions in round three of the World Cup 2015 were a mixed bag - eleven out of the sixteen were correct. Some of the double edged forecasts which were accurate: Andreikin beating Kramnik, Jakovenko defeating Ivanchuk, Tomashevsky losing to Vachier-Lagrave, and Karjakin defeating Yu Yangyi. Now we are down to sixteen players and we continue with our ritual of predicting the outcomes of this extremely unpredictable format. 2015-09-20 more
Four White Wins At World Cup; Mamedyarov Pleases The Crowd Shakhriyar Mamedyarov received an applause from the audience for his crushing victory over Fabiano Caruana. Peter Svidler, Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren also started with wins at the FIDE World Cup today. 2015-09-20 more