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Morozevich & Polgar Start With Losses at FIDE World Cup

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  • on 11/08/13 14:41.

On Sunday the 2013 FIDE World Cup started in Tromsø, Norway. The first round saw a number of upsets, e.g. Alexander Morozevich losing to Bator Sambuev (2530) of Canada and Judit Polgar going down against Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez (2612, Cuba). The second game of the first round will be played on Monday, and all matches that end in 1-1 will be decided in tiebreaks on Tuesday.

The World Cup was officially opened on Saturday night at Tromsø University. One of the people on stage was 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov, who is the ambassador for the tournament. Earlier that day, the chess legend had been involved in a number of friendly chess activities, including a street simul.


The opening ceremony included a performance by the Norwegian singer Elle Márjá Eira. Below is a video produced by ChessVibes which combines Eira singing with a guitarist, and parts from an interview with the tournament's executive director, Børge Robertsen.

ChessVibes also spoke with two top GMs and let's embed these interviews as well. Michael Adams comments upon his recent victory in Dortmund:

Peter Svidler won the previous World Cup, in 2011 in Khanty-Mansiysk. At the start of the interview he is asked what it takes to win a World Cup:

At Tromsø's Scandic Hotel, the first day of the World Cup started with a 15-minute delay. The round should have started at 3pm local time, but right at that moment the Chief Arbiter announced that it would start at 3.15 instead. The reason? Many players were not at their board yet, but instead queueing before the entrance to the playing hall, where they all needed to undergo a security check! The zero-tolerance rule is in effect at the tournament, but nobody wants to start a World Cup with dozens of forfeits...

After the delay, the players all stood up and together with the arbiters, officials and spectators they held one minute of silence in memory of their colleague Igor Kurnosov, who tragically died only a few days ago. 

And then the tournament finally started, with 126 players from all over the world, on 63 boards. Not 64, because GM Ahmed Adly of Egypt was not allowed to travel to Tromsø, and so his opponent Alexander Moiseenko starts with three rest days.


Besides two quick draws (Zvjaginsev-Swiercz in 12 moves and Lupulescu-Sasikiran in 19) the round saw many big fights. Let's look at a few, in board order.

Top seed Levon Aronian's opening against Mikhail Markov of Kyrgyzstan wasn't too impressive, and for a moment it looked like Black was better in the ending, but eventually the Armenian pulled it off.


Fabiano Caruana nicely outplayed his opponent in an ending:

Essam El Gindy of Egypt came close to beating Cuba's top GM Leinier Dominguez, the winner of the Thessaloniki Grand Prix. 31.Qf6 wins on the spot; instead the Eyptian grandmaster even lost.

The biggest upset was Alexander Morozevich's loss to Bator Sambuev of Canada, who successfully created chaos on the board - often the best chance against a much stronger opponent. With his last move before the time control, Morozevich goes from better to worse (he should have played 40...Bxe4 41.Qxe4 Rd5).


A number of strong players started with draws, for instance Gata Kamsky, Wang Hao, Michael Adams, Vassily Ivanchuk and Teimour Radjabov. The interesting pairing Alexei Shirov vs. Hou Yifan also saw a draw in the first game; the Chinese demonstrated how important it is to have basic endgame knowledge.

Judit Polgar suffered a loss and so she needs to win with white tomorrow to stay in the tournament.


Ray Robson won an excellent game against the higher rated Andrey Volokitin:


The tournament website is providing daily live coverage by Susan Polgar & Lawrence Trent, and this show will be put up in segments on the videos page. At the time of writing there is a nice bit with Anna Ushenina and Peter Svidler. Here's the video and that game:

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Day 1 results

1 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 1 - 0 Markov, Mikhail KGZ 2304
2 G., Akash m IND 2340 0 - 1 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2796
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2784 1 - 0 Bwalya, Gillan f ZAM 2341
4 Bjelobrk, Igor m AUS 2341 0 - 1 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2785
5 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2772 1 - 0 Ali, Sebbar m MAR 2371
6 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2434 0 - 1 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2772
7 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2764 1 - 0 Rahman, Ziaur g BAN 2470
8 Lou, Yiping m CHN 2484 1/2 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741
9 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2775 1 - 0 Shoker, Samy m EGY 2489
10 El Gindy, Essam g EGY 2487 0 - 1 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2757
11 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2756 1 - 0 Hansen, Torbjorn Ringdal m NOR 2492
12 Liu, Qingnan m CHN 2500 1/2 Wang, Hao g CHN 2747
13 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2746 1 - 0 Ushenina, Anna g UKR 2500
14 Wan, Yunguo m CHN 2512 1/2 Adams, Michael g ENG 2740
15 Leko, Peter g HUN 2744 1 - 0 Johannessen, Leif Erlend g NOR 2519
16 Sambuev, Bator g CAN 2524 1 - 0 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2739
17 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2719 1 - 0 Holt, Conrad g USA 2539
18 Salem, A.R. Saleh g UAE 2556 0 - 1 Giri, Anish g NED 2737
19 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2731 1/2 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof m POL 2534
20 Cori, Jorge g PER 2569 1/2 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2733
21 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2716 1/2 Darini, Pouria g IRI 2535
22 Durarbayli, Vasif g AZE 2567 1/2 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2720
23 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2719 1 - 0 Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2546
24 Wei, Yi g CHN 2551 1/2 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2723
25 Navara, David g CZE 2715 1 - 0 Mareco, Sandro g ARG 2561
26 Agdestein, Simen g NOR 2567 0 - 1 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2714
27 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2710 1/2 Adhiban, B. g IND 2567
28 Paragua, Mark g PHI 2565 0 - 1 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2724
29 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2702 1 - 0 Barbosa, Oliver g PHI 2571
30 Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2574 0 - 1 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2709
31 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2707 1 - 0 Hansen, Eric g CAN 2584
32 Ramirez, Alejandro g USA 2588 1/2 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2706
33 So, Wesley g PHI 2710 1 - 0 Ipatov, Alexander g TUR 2584
34 Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2584 0 - 1 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2708
35 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2700 1/2 Felgaer, Ruben g ARG 2586
36 Flores, Diego g ARG 2578 0 - 1 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2706
37 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2702 1/2 Brunello, Sabino g ITA 2607
38 Fier, Alexandr g BRA 2595 1/2 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2701
39 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2699 1 - 0 w/o Adly, Ahmed g EGY 2594
40 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2605 1/2 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2699
41 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2696 1/2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2609
42 Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo g CUB 2609 1 - 0 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2696
43 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2696 1 - 0 Kravtsiv, Martyn g UKR 2607
44 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2625 1 - 0 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2691
45 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2698 1/2 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2626
46 Robson, Ray g USA 2623 1 - 0 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2688
47 Li, Chao b g CHN 2693 1/2 Postny, Evgeny g ISR 2628
48 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2644 1 - 0 Ragger, Markus g AUT 2680
49 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2693 1/2 Leitao, Rafael g BRA 2632
50 Melkumyan, Hrant g ARM 2632 1/2 Granda Zuniga, Julio E g PER 2664
51 Kryvoruchko, Yuriy g UKR 2678 0 - 1 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2643
52 Hracek, Zbynek g CZE 2635 1/2 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2672
53 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2668 1/2 Azarov, Sergei g BLR 2636
54 Dubov, Daniil g RUS 2624 1 - 0 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR 2669
55 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2667 1 - 0 Iturrizaga, Eduardo g VEN 2660
56 Smeets, Jan g NED 2623 1/2 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2676
57 Shimanov, Aleksandr g RUS 2655 1/2 Jones, Gawain C B g ENG 2645
58 Filippov, Anton g UZB 2630 1/2 Romanov, Evgeny g RUS 2651
59 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2660 0 - 1 Amin, Bassem g EGY 2652
60 Lupulescu, Constantin g ROU 2634 1/2 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2660
61 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2659 1/2 Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2654
62 Kobalia, Mikhail g RUS 2651 1/2 Khismatullin, Denis g RUS 2653
63 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2662 1/2 Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO 2651
64 Istratescu, Andrei g FRA 2646 0 - 1 Lysyj, Igor g RUS 2648

Held every two years, the World Cup is part of the World Championship cycle. The winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. The World Cup takes place August 10th-September 3rd in Tromsø, Norway. Photos by Paul Truong courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC.

Letto 7464 volte 15 commenti
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    Go Leko!

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    oh my God Sambuev checkmated a 2700+ GM, hahahahahaaaa this is sooo funny...lol ... poor morozevich

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    Svidler so very gentlemanly... "when she played b6 and then b5, I knew I could get a tempo".... normal language is "when she played b5, I knew she had no chance"

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    Our very own GM_GadFly (Alexander Ipatov) was taken to the cleaners by Wesley So! GM_GadFly has been playing simuls with 1200 to 1700 players here on chess.com and usually goes +8=2 or many times +10. So you don't want to mess around with Wesley So!

    This is my philosophy - when the guy who beats the guy, who beats the guy, who beats the guy who massacres you on the board - then you realize that you are a nobody in chess.

    Yes I am a patzer but I love the game:)

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    If you didn't play through Morozevich's loss, do it! what a fantastic game.

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    cool Cool

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    Go Gelfand

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    I think i have learnt a lot from Suarez rook ending against Polgar.

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    NM PauloCesarCosta

    Brilliant game GM Bator Sambuev (Canada)! I played against him here on chess.com! Congratulations and good luck in the second match!

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    Some errors in transmission on chessbomb.com.  I'm glad it is corrected here at chess.com!

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    @super12345:  The games actually start at 9 a.m. EDT, not EST.  I answered in daylight savings time because we're in daylight savings time right now.

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    I was fortunate enough to be watching the live video with sound when they interviewed Ray Robson upon the conclusion of his game.  Amazing!

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    9 a.m.

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    What time do the games start in EST?

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