9/15/2019 – Hikaru Nakamura and Ernesto Inarkiev were knocked out by nominally weaker players — Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Xu Xiangyu respectively — after game two of the second round at the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. Besides these two underdogs, fifteen other participants secured their place in round three. Meanwhile, Wei Yi and Eltaj Safarli bounced back with wins after having lost on Friday to reach the tiebreaks. | Photo: FIDE
Round 2, Tiebreaks
The FIDE World Cup is taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk. It is a seven-round knock-out event for 128 players, with a total prize fund of US$ 1.6 million and a first prize of US$ 110,000. The matches consist of two classical games with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move. The finals consist of four classical games. Full schedule.
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Five days in
Nine out of eleven players that had kicked off round two with a win made the most of their early lead by drawing game two and reaching the round-of-32. Eight others won after having drawn on Friday, while only Wei Yi and Eltaj Safarli tied the scores in their match-ups after having lost game one. Remarkably, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sergey Karjakin and Jan-Krzysztof Duda scored 2:0 wins after having gone through the first round without needing tiebreaks.
The story of the day, though, was Hikaru Nakamura’s elimination, who could not recuperate from a painful loss against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. Also surprising was Xu Xiangyu’s victory over Ernesto Inarkiev — no less than 116 Elo points separate the contenders’ ratings.
In the meantime, the attack of the youth continues in Siberia, as Alireza Firouzja defeated Daniil Dubov in an exceptional effort to attain a place in round three and Andrey Esipenko drew a second game against Peter Svidler to reach the tiebreaks. On the other hand, the youngest of all still in contention, Nihal Sarin, had everything on hand to get a draw and a ticket to the next round, but surprisingly blundered the game away against Eltaj Safarli — the 15-year-old will play a tiebreaker round for the first time in Khanty-Mansiysk.
FIDE Press release
The opening ceremony of the FIDE World Cup took place in the Arts Center for Gifted Children of the North on September 9.
It started with a chess-themed laser show followed by “Heart of taiga” dance performance with the colourful introduction of countries participating in the event.
The protocol part of the ceremony started with speeches by Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov and FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.
Pavel Kolobkov, Russian Minister of Sport, greeted everyone in the capital of Ugra and wished the participants of the World Cup exciting games and brilliant victories.
“I am happy that Russia got the right to carry out such a significant event, thus making Khanty-Mansiysk a chess capital of the world. I wish everyone a good contest, and may the strongest win”, said the Minister.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, speaking on behalf of the International Chess Federation, congratulated the players on the start of the World Cup, and thanked the organizers – Government of Ugra and Governor Natalya Komarova – for hosting such an important tournament.
Arkady Dvorkovich: “We are all familiar with a wonderful chess tradition of Ugra, the region that organized almost all the most important chess tournaments, including the Olympiad. It is wonderful that this region develops chess for everyone regardless of occupation or age. Still, everybody loves to watch games of the strongest players, and the strongest players are present here tonight. I wish you excellent play and best of luck, and declare the 2019 FIDE World Cup open!”
Mr Dvorkovich also announced that on September 8 FIDE Presidential Board approved a bid for the 2020 Candidates Tournament from Yekaterinburg and Russian Chess Federation.
For the drawing of lots, Ding Liren, the highest-rated player of the tournament, was assisted by Chief Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan two actors dressed as chess kings. The Chinese grandmaster picked a black piece. Therefore, all players with odd numbers will be playing Black in the first game of the first rounds.
Ding Liren drew a black piece at the opening ceremony | Photo: FIDE
The protocol part was followed by an art show by the Art Center for Gifted Children of North, “Grotesque” Theater of Plastic Arts and Pantomime, “Light It” modern dance studio, and Youth Theater. The evening was concluded by the Million Voices song performed by White and Black chess queens.
A press briefing with Natalya Komarova, Pavel Kolobkov, and Arkady Dvorkovich took place after the conclusion of the opening ceremony.
Natalya Komarova, Governor of Ugra: “In chess community, FIDE World Cup is strongly associated with Khanty-Mansiysk. Four out of nine World Cups were carried out in Ugra, and today we are starting the fifth one. One can safely call Khanty-Mansiysk home of this tournament. The organizers do their best to make our guests feel at home.
The World Cup is not only a major sporting event but also an opportunity to experience being a part of a large and close-knit chess family. Ugra and chess are inseparable. We wish to present the exciting world of chess to thousands of Ugra people. By 2024 we want 55% of them engaged in various sports activities, in accordance with the national project “Sport is the way of life”.