Khanty World Cup 3.1: Seven on the brink
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Khanty World Cup 3.1: Seven on the brink

Sergey Karjakin, Dmitry Andreikin, Harikrishna and Vidit are among the 7 players who must win on Tuesday or they’re out of the World Cup after losing to Nikita Vitiugov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Kirill Alekseenko and Wesley So in a bruising start to Round 3. It was a day of small edges being converted into wins, except in Xu Xiangyu-Grischuk, where the Chinese player’s dubious pawn grab led to what Grischuk called “a huge fight, a crazy game”. The 9 draws included Peter Svidler pulling off a great escape after blundering against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.




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  • Interviews Jul 31, 2016 | 11:37 AM 24

    Karjakin: “I didn’t feel very comfortable in Spain”

    Sergey Karjakin’s last individual tournament before his World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen didn’t go to plan. He failed to win a single game in the 2016 Bilbao Masters, and lost the first game and came close to losin...

  • Interviews Jul 27, 2016 | 5:36 PM 15

    Peter Svidler at 40

    On his 40th birthday Peter Svidler was in Almaty to play in the Eurasian Blitz Cup and gave an interview for the Kazakhstan edition of Esquire magazine. He talked about the life of a chess player, the phenomenon and likely conseq...

  • Interviews Jul 5, 2016 | 4:39 PM 22

    Dvoretsky on the influence of Carlsen & computers

    Mark Dvoretsky is the world’s best known chess coach and it’s a privilege for us that he’s going to be filming videos for us here at chess24 this week. In a recent interview the 68-year-old talked about how Magnus Carlsen has bee...

  • Interviews Jul 2, 2016 | 3:17 PM 49

    Gelfand on missing the Baku Olympiad

    Boris Gelfand will not play in the 2016 Olympiad in Baku, his first absence from the world’s top team event since he moved from Belarus to Israel in 1998. The reason is a dispute with the Israeli Chess Federation management, who ...

  • Interviews Jun 29, 2016 | 3:30 PM 8

    Wojtaszek: Carlsen’s moves “good enough rather than best”

    Radosław Wojtaszek is Poland’s no. 1 and one of the top 30 players in the world. The highlight of his career so far has been beating World Champion Magnus Carlsen and then world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana in the space of three rounds ...

  • Interviews Jun 28, 2016 | 11:09 AM 30

    Karjakin on his preparation for Carlsen

    Sergey Karjakin will take on Magnus Carlsen in the Bilbao Masters in two weeks’ time, though it’s of course just a dress rehearsal for the big one – the 2016 World Chess Championship match in New York this November. In a recent i...

  • Interviews May 20, 2016 | 6:03 PM 23

    Carlsen: "I think I'll enjoy chess to the day I'll die"

    This Friday Magnus Carlsen streamed a live Q&A session on Facebook, during which he answered fan questions read out by Play Magnus CEO Kate Murphy. The 28-minute interview saw Magnus talk about his rivalry with Hikaru Nakamura and A...

  • Interviews May 11, 2016 | 12:19 PM 10

    Andreikin: "I mainly work on chess alone"

    Dmitry Andreikin won the Hasselbacken Open last weekend with an unbeaten 7.5/9, but the 26-year-old Russian remains an enigma. Born in 1990, like Magnus Carlsen and so many other top players, and gifted enough to become World Jun...

  • Interviews Apr 11, 2016 | 12:27 PM 18

    Svidler: You can only envy Sergey's nervous system

    7-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler finished 4th in Moscow, but couldn’t hide his disappointment afterwards, telling sportsdaily.ru, “the only thing that means anything is first place”. In the interview Svidler also talks about...

  • Interviews Mar 31, 2016 | 7:52 PM 27

    Karjakin on his Candidates Tournament triumph

    Sergey Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Championship title after winning the Moscow Candidates Tournament by a full point. Since then he’s been swept up in a whirl of media appearances, including giving numer...

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