and the winner is………
Update 14:50 CET
Magnus Carlsen and Dominguez Perez agree on a draw. A nice game by both, which you could follow on the main page of Chessdom.com. One more time happy birthday to Magnus! We will enjoy his game tomorrow again with live comments.
Update 14:50 CET
Cheparinov has closed the game 1-0. He had serious advantage and a strong attack on the queen side finished off the game. You can find the live analysis on the Chess World Cup general page
Update 14:35 CET
The better, but not decisive position that Ivanchuk has made him go from having big advantage on time to having just a few seconds on the clock.
Update 14:30 CET
Mecieja – Sasikiran 1/2 – 1/2. Grishuk – Bareev 1/2 – 1/2. Rublevky – Svidler 1/2 – 1/2. Time trouble had an immediate effect, equal positions agreed on a draw.
Update 14:20 CET
Meceija 1 min for 12 moves, Bareev and Grischuk 5 mins for 5 moves, Tomashevsky 3 mins for 3 moves. In any case the positions ae not so complicated, so time rtouble should not be decisive.
Update 14:10 CET
Kamsky is doing good after a fantastic combination on the queenside. Georgiev is in serious trouble and he is losing material.
Update 14:05 CET
Nisipeanu’s positon is not promising, he has a pawn less and 5 minutes for 15 moves.
Update 14:00 CET
A pawn advantage for Wang against Bu, but opposite color bishops will bring the game to a draw. Cheparinov and Mamedyarov are creating a real show on the board. Karjakin and Bacrot agree on a draw after the French manages to equalize the position. Meceija is with 5 minutes for 15 moves.
Update 13:45 CET
Nisipeanu exchange knights on move 22 with Ivanchuk. It was better for him to make some waiting moves. Malakhov and Akopian continue in an equal position.
Update 13:40 CET
Serious time trouble is coming for Meceija. He has 10 minutes for 16 moves. However, he has slight advantage and should not have problem holding at least a draw.
Update 13:36 CET
The first result of the day comes quite late, which is a good news for the chess fans. Fressinet and Alekseev divide the point and leave the match open for tomorrow.
Update 13:30 CET
Georgiev’s king is safe on h8. We might expect a counter attack from him. Jakovenko and Almansi are still equal.
Update 13:20 CET
Zhao easily pushed away the attempt of Adams. Let’s see if the spider has another plan. Meanwhile Meceija is in a similar situation, although he has a pawn more.
Update 13:10 CET
Threat is stronger than execution. Magnus now has to take on e5 and hope for the best. 21.Nxf7!? Rxf7 22.Qf5 Nh8! and black is holding. Follow the game live now here
Update 12:59 CET
Onischuk survived the attack of Shirov! Probably a premature Nh4 by Shirov deprived him of winning attack. It is difficult to find a continuation in the game Adams – Zhou, will it be the first draw of the day?
Update 12:45 CET
Nisipeanu and Bacrot are going into time trouble with 20 mins for 20 moves. Both have slightly worse positions. Bu is in a similar situation, but in an equal position.
Update 12:35 CET
Karjakin is solving his development problems and there is little or no compensation for the pawn Bacrot gave earlier in the game. Macieja is a pawn up as well, but it is difficult to find a plan in such a position.
Update 12:33 CET
Kamsky is going for the victory! 18. h4 shows his desire to walk away with full point. Will Georgiev allow it? Malakhov and Akopian continue drifting through an equal game. The pawns on the queenside may play an important role later on.
Update 12:30 CET
The white knight of f6 is complicating the game for Alekseev. He will have to chace it away with 15… Nf4 or 15… Ng8. Kamsky will also have to chace away a knight by 18. c3, although he can leave this task for a later stage of the game.
Update 12:15 CET
Georgiev and kamsky engaged into the tactical fight we expected to see. It is a promissing game. At the same time Shirov has a good position against Onischuk after 17. Bxf7
Update 12:05 CET
Meceija and Sasikiran exchange queens with which the situation for the Polish GM is becoming favorable. Karjakin continues to have a pawn more in exchange for space advantage. Adams is hesitating on a rook exchange.
Update 12:00 CET
Difficult position for Onischuk with black against Shirov. Onischuk’s king will remain open and the mobility on the queenside is restricted for now.
Update 11:50 CET
Karjakin is almost a clear pawn up against Bacrot, however, he is a bit behind in the development. Should he solve this, he will be in a good position to attack for the victory. Nisipeanu is doing very well with black against Ivanchuk and even has a slight advantage.
Update 11:45 CET
Meceija is having space advantage against Sasikiran and probably will materialize it soon. The openness of Adams’ king might become a serious weakness soon.
Update 11:28 CET
Interesting development in Dominguez Perez – Carlsen and Cheparinov – Mamedyarov. The two games are going through not very common, yet known lines. You can follow the development with detailed comments on the Chess World Cup general page
Update 11:28 CET
The World Cup was quite predictable in the first two rounds. Although it produced many exciting games, only four people with higher ratign lost their matches. Will round 3 produce a surprise?
Update 11:24 CET
Wang and Bu stormed through opening theory and are on move 15. A similar situation in Grischuk – Bareev. The players seem to know each other very well.
Update 11:20 CET
Georgiev and Kamsky engaged in a psuchological battle from the very beginning. Kamsky, with white, is takign his time on move 7 and has not moved for the last 15 minutes. Is this strategy or another time mismanagement by the N1 American?
Update 11:20 CET
Adams and Zhou quikly exchanged Queens and reduced material on the board. A rather open setup by Adams. The surprise until now, Mecieja, is cruising through the Slav defence against the Indian hope Krishnan Sasikiran.
Update 11:05 CET
Interesting opening choice for Ivanchuk and Nisipeanu – Blumenfeld gambit. Not many games betwwen the two players, with Ivanchuk leading the score with wins during Aeroflot 2005 and 2006.
Update 11:00 CET
Games started! Many Ruy Lopez games on the boards, one of them is in the game Dominguez Perez – Carlsen.
Update 10:15 CET
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Chess World Cup on Chessdom.com. Today’s featured game is dedicated to Magnus Carlsen who turns 17 today! Happy birthday Magnus, the Chessdom team wishes you all the best!
The game Carlsen – Dominguez Perez collected the most reader’s votes and will be commented live starting at 11:00 CET. Click here for live comments.
Pairings round 3
Ivanchuk, Vassily – Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Cheparinov, Ivan
Svidler, Peter – Rublevsky, Sergei
Aronian, Levon – Inarkiev, Ernesto
Shirov, Alexei – Onischuk, Alexander
Adams, Michael – Zhou, Jianchao
Kamsky, Gata – Georgiev, Kiril
Carlsen, Magnus – Dominguez Perez, Lenier
Akopian, Vladimir – Malakhov, Vladimir
Ponomariov, Ruslan – Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Jakovenko, Dmitry – Almasi, Zoltan
Grischuk, Alexander – Bareev, Evgeny
Alekseev, Evgeny – Fressinet, Laurent
Macieja, Bartlomiej – Sasikiran, Krishnan
Wang, Yue – Bu, Xiangzhi
Bacrot, Etienne – Karjakin, Sergey
Results round 2
2,5-1,5 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) – Galkin, Alexander (RUS)
0,5-1,5 Kozul, Zdenko (CRO) – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)
0-2 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) – Macieja, Bartlomiej (POL)
0,5-1,5 Gustafsson, Jan (GER) – Aronian, Levon (ARM)
1,5-0,5 Shirov, Alexei (ESP) – Shulman, Yuri (USA)
0-2 Pavasovic, Dusko (SLO) – Svidler, Peter (RUS)
1,5-0,5 Adams, Michael (ENG) – Gurevich, Mikhail (TUR)
0,5-1,5 Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS) – Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)
1,5-0,5 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) – Najer, Evgeniy (RUS)
1-3 Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER) – Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)
1,5-0,5 Kamsky, Gata (USA) – Avrukh, Boris (ISR)
0,5-1,5 Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan (IRI) – Akopian, Vladimir (ARM)
1,5-0,5 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) – Belov, Vladimir (RUS)
1,5-2,5 Wang, Hao (CHN) – Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
2,5-1,5 Wang, Yue (CHN) - Tiviakov, Sergei (NED)
0,5-1,5 Roiz, Michael (ISR) – Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
1,5-0,5 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR) – Zhang, Pengxiang (CHN)
2,5-3,5 Motylev, Alexander (RUS) – Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN)
0,5-1,5 Hossain Enamul (BAN) – Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS)
0-2 Socko, Bartosz (POL) – Almasi, Zoltan (HUN)
2,5-1,5 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) – Volkov, Sergey (RUS)
4-3 Georgiev, Kiril (BUL) – Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB)
1,5-0,5 Dominguez Perez, Lenier (CUB) – Baramidze, David (GER)
1,5-0,5 Bareev, Evgeny (RUS) – Van Wely, Loek (NED)
0,5-1,5 Nevednichy, Vladislav (ROU) – Fressinet, Laurent (FRA)
4-3 Zhou, Jianchao (CHN) – Volokitin, Andrei (UKR)
3,5-2,5 Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) - Navara, David (CZE)
0,5-1,5 Nikolic, Predrag (BIH) – Onischuk, Alexander (USA)
1,5-0,5 Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) – Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP)
4-2 Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND) – Zvjaginsev, Vadim (RUS)
3,5-2,5 Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) - Tkachiev, Vladislav (FRA)
2,5-1,5 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROU) - Zhao, Jun (CHN)