Tbilisi World Cup Semis 1: So close
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Tbilisi World Cup Semis 1: So close

Wesley So came within a whisker of beating Ding Liren in the first game of their World Cup semifinal but was ultimately unable to convert his positional edge into a full point. That means it’s advantage Ding Liren as he has the white pieces on Wednesday, a situation shared by MVL, who scored an effortless draw with Black after following Peter Svidler’s advice for 24 moves. Levon Aronian claimed simply to have blundered a pawn and what followed looked like a bluff, but the position was resilient enough for events to end peacefully.

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  • Reports Sep 14, 2017 | 8:51 AM 7

    Tbilisi World Cup 4.2: Chucky & Lev meet in QF

    Vassily Ivanchuk and Levon Aronian meet in a mouth-watering quarterfinal on Friday after knocking out Anish Giri and Daniil Dubov respectively in Round 4 of the FIDE World Cup in Tbilisi. The only other player to make it through ...

  • Reports Sep 13, 2017 | 12:30 AM 7

    Tbilisi World Cup 4.1: Ivanchuk & Fedoseev strike

    Vassily Ivanchuk now has the scalp of Anish Giri to hang alongside that of Vladimir Kramnik after a topsy-turvy encounter suddenly crystallised into a simple endgame win for the maverick Ukrainian. Vladimir Fedoseev was the other...

  • Reports Sep 12, 2017 | 10:32 AM 5

    Tbilisi World Cup R3 Tiebreaks: Fabiano crashes out

    No. 3 seed Fabiano Caruana suffered the ignominy of blundering mate-in-1 as his World Cup hopes were crushed by Evgeny Najer in Round 3 tiebreaks. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Li Chao also lost to lower-rated opponents, though you coul...

  • Reports Sep 11, 2017 | 9:04 AM 16

    Tbilisi WC 3.2: Carlsen, Kramnik & Naka all out

    Magnus Carlsen was knocked out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup by Bu Xiangzhi on Sunday as a brutal day’s action also saw Vladimir Kramnik beaten by Vassily Ivanchuk and Hikaru Nakamura fall to a crushing attack from Vladimir Fedoseev...

  • Reports Sep 10, 2017 | 8:58 AM 50

    Tbilisi WC R3.1: Carlsen loses | Kovalyov quits

    World Champion Magnus Carlsen was sensationally beaten by Bu Xiangzhi on Saturday and must now win on demand with the black pieces on Sunday to remain in the 2017 World Cup. It’s hard to imagine a World Cup story that could eclip...

  • Reports Sep 9, 2017 | 10:43 AM 12

    Tbilisi World Cup R2: Tiebreak highlights

    World no. 6 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov lost both 25-minute tiebreaks against unheralded Yuriy Kuzubov to join Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin in suffering an early Round 2 exit from the 2017 FIDE World Cup. The tiebreak carnage also e...

  • Reports Sep 8, 2017 | 8:54 AM 16

    Tbilisi World Cup 2.2: Anand & Karjakin out

    Magnus Carlsen’s World Championship challengers, Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin, have been knocked out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Round 2. Vishy was unable to beat Anton Kovalyov on demand, while Sergey forgot a move in a sha...

  • Reports Sep 7, 2017 | 8:07 AM 4

    Tbilisi World Cup 2.1: Anand brilliancy backfires

    Vishy Anand lost to Anton Kovalyov after going for a stunning but flawed piece sacrifice and now faces elimination from the 2017 World Cup unless he can win with the black pieces on Thursday. Avoiding such a predicament perhaps e...

  • Reports Sep 6, 2017 | 7:24 AM 4

    Tbilisi World Cup R1 TB: Stars show no mercy

    18-year-old Aryan Tari beating 40th seed David Howell was the biggest “shock” of the FIDE World Cup Round 1 tiebreaks, and while there were also upset losses for Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Bassem Amin the real story was that the ...

  • Reports Sep 5, 2017 | 8:52 AM 6

    Tbilisi World Cup, 1.2: Revenge of the favourites

    Wei Yi, Harikrishna and Vladimir Fedoseev all showed that ratings don’t lie as they won on demand with the white pieces to join 41 more players in Tuesday’s tiebreaks! 42 players are already out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup, with P...


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