The Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromso, Norway, presented the chess fans with multiple surprises right from the start.
Chessdom warned about the rising star of the Chinese youngster Wei Yi (here, here, and here). Being just 105th seeded out of 128 players, Wei Yi showed spirit in round 1 defeating the 24th seeded and proven top Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi. The total score of the match is 1,5-0,5 after a draw in the first game and a win with black for Wei Yi in the second game.
Judit Polgar, the strongest female player in the history of chess, lost out on a number of winning chances, drew against Cuban GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz and lost the match.
One of Vietnam’s stars Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son eliminated the Olympic Champion with Armenia Vladimir Akopian. Winning the first game with white and holding to a draw in the second, provides Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son with a ticket for round 2. He will meet Darini Pouria or Dmitry Andreikin.
Joining the surprising elimination was Russian GM Daniil Dubov who managed to outplay experienced and higher rated Ukrainian GM Sergey Fedorchuk. In the battel of the young talents, Wesley So defeated the World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov after a win with white and draw with black.
The participants of the upcoming Women’s World Championship match Hou Yifan and Anna Ushenina are doing well so far. Anna Ushenina defeated Peter Svidler in his favorite Gruenfeld and Hou Yifan drew the second game against Alexei Shirov. The reigning and former Women’s World Champions will proceed to the playoff stage tomorrow.
Among the top seeded players, Aronian, Kramnik, Caruana, Vitiugov, Gelfand, Navara, Mamedyarov, Le Quang Liem, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Grischuk, Karjakin, Eljanov, Jakovenko, Wang Hao, Malakhov, Fressinet, Giri, Bacrot, Vachier-Lagrave, Ivanchuk, Nakamura, and Ponomariov are qualified for round 2.
Round 2 known pairings
Levon Aronian – Igor Lysyj
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – Maxim Matlakov
Le Quang Liem – Francisco Vallejo Pons
Dmitry Jakovenko – Pavel Eljanov
Vladimir Malakhov – Laurent Fressinet
Boris Gelfand – Anton Filippov
Étienne Bacrot – Alexander Moiseenko
Leinier Domínguez Pérez – Alexander Onischuk
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suárez
Vassily Ivanchuk – Ray Robson
Ruslan Ponomariov – Daniil Dubov
28 matches were undecided after two games at the classical time control and 56 players will continue to fight at 15:00 CET on August 13. You can follow the games live with analysis here.
Russian GM Alexander Morozevich taking a walk as Norwegian GM and former football
player Simen Agdestein arrives by bike. Both players lost their first games, but Morozevich
managed to equalize the score after losing the first game to force a playoff.
Judit Polgar and her husband walking before the second game. She got very good
chances to win the game and equalize the score but unfortunately let
her advantage slip in a queen endgame.
All the players are checked before they enter the playing hall.
Ukrainian GM Alexander Areshchenko is ready to be checked.
Russians Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk confidently won their first matches with a 2-0 scoreline.
Rising star from Russia GM Daniil Dubov defeated GM Sergey Fedorchuk 2-0 as well.
GM Michael Adams made a second draw against Wan Yunguo of China .
The strongest Chinese GM Wang Hao outplayed his compatriot Liu Qingnan.
An unexpectedly quick elimination for Ukrainian GM Andrei Volokitin.
Ian Nepomniachtchi is knocked out by…
…14-year-old Chinese GM Yi Wei, who pointed out during the press-conference that
this was his biggest success so far.
Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk outplayed Polish IM Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who upset him with a
draw the day before.
World Chess Cup 2013 results round 1 game 2
|Ipatov, Alexander||TUR||2584||1/2 – 1/2||So, Wesley||PHI||2710|
|Fressinet, Laurent||FRA||2708||1/2 – 1/2||Christiansen, Larry M||USA||2584|
|Felgaer, Ruben||ARG||2586||1/2 – 1/2||Riazantsev, Alexander||RUS||2700|
|Vallejo Pons, Francisco||ESP||2706||1 – 0||Flores, Diego||ARG||2578|
|Brunello, Sabino||ITA||2607||0 – 1||Eljanov, Pavel||UKR||2702|
|Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||POL||2701||1/2 – 1/2||Fier, Alexandr||BRA||2595|
|Adly, Ahmed||EGY||2594||0 – 1 w/o||Moiseenko, Alexander||UKR||2699|
|Movsesian, Sergei||ARM||2699||1/2 – 1/2||Hammer, Jon Ludvig||NOR||2605|
|Hou, Yifan||CHN||2609||1/2 – 1/2||Shirov, Alexei||LAT||2696|
|Polgar, Judit||HUN||2696||1/2 – 1/2||Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo||CUB||2609|
|Kravtsiv, Martyn||UKR||2607||1 – 0||Jobava, Baadur||GEO||2696|
|Akopian, Vladimir||ARM||2691||1/2 – 1/2||Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son||VIE||2625|
|Najer, Evgeniy||RUS||2626||1/2 – 1/2||Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||CUB||2698|
|Volokitin, Andrei||UKR||2688||0 – 1||Robson, Ray||USA||2623|
|Postny, Evgeny||ISR||2628||1/2 – 1/2||Li, Chao b||CHN||2693|
|Ragger, Markus||AUT||2680||1 – 0||Popov, Ivan||RUS||2644|
|Leitao, Rafael||BRA||2632||1/2 – 1/2||Inarkiev, Ernesto||RUS||2693|
|Granda Zuniga, Julio E||PER||2664||1/2 – 1/2||Melkumyan, Hrant||ARM||2632|
|Negi, Parimarjan||IND||2643||0 – 1||Kryvoruchko, Yuriy||UKR||2678|
|Bologan, Viktor||MDA||2672||1/2 – 1/2||Hracek, Zbynek||CZE||2635|
|Azarov, Sergei||BLR||2636||1/2 – 1/2||Dreev, Aleksey||RUS||2668|
|Fedorchuk, Sergey A.||UKR||2669||0 – 1||Dubov, Daniil||RUS||2624|
|Iturrizaga, Eduardo||VEN||2660||1/2 – 1/2||Onischuk, Alexander||USA||2667|
|Matlakov, Maxim||RUS||2676||1 – 0||Smeets, Jan||NED||2623|
|Jones, Gawain C B||ENG||2645||1/2 – 1/2||Shimanov, Aleksandr||RUS||2655|
|Romanov, Evgeny||RUS||2651||0 – 1||Filippov, Anton||UZB||2630|
|Amin, Bassem||EGY||2652||0 – 1||Safarli, Eltaj||AZE||2660|
|Sasikiran, Krishnan||IND||2660||1/2 – 1/2||Lupulescu, Constantin||ROU||2634|
|Swiercz, Dariusz||POL||2654||1/2 – 1/2||Zvjaginsev, Vadim||RUS||2659|
|Khismatullin, Denis||RUS||2653||1/2 – 1/2||Kobalia, Mikhail||RUS||2651|
|Beliavsky, Alexander G||SLO||2651||1/2 – 1/2||Yu, Yangyi||CHN||2662|
|Lysyj, Igor||RUS||2648||1/2 – 1/2||Istratescu, Andrei||FRA||2646|
Photos and information by Anastasia Karlovich, Susan Polgar, and Paul Truong