Exciting round 1 at the Chess World Cup 2013

14-year-old Chinese GM Yi Wei, who pointed out during the press-conference that this was his biggest success so far

14-year-old Chinese GM Yi Wei, who pointed out during the press-conference that
this was his biggest success so far

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.

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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.

Photos opening ceremony (part 1) / Photos first day (part 1) / Photos round 1

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

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Photos and information by Anastasia Karlovich, Susan Polgar, and Paul Truong

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