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Peter Svidler in FIDE World Cup Final, qualifies for Candidates Tournament

The return games of the 2015 FIDE World Cup Semifinals were completed in the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku.

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Previous reports: Round 1 pairingsRound 2 tie-breakRound 3 picturesque reportEljanov with six straight winsAndreikin defeats Kramnik in Russian derbyRound 4 started with 4 winsMamedyarov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vachier-Lagrave advanceGiri, Karjakin, Eljanov, Wei Yi qualify for 5th roundEljanov defeats NakamuraEljanov, Giri qualify for World Cup SemifinalSvidler and Karjakin qualify for FIDE World Cup Semifinal/ Semifinals started

Peter Svidler played a very solid game with white, never being in danger of getting worse position, eventually reaching a draw against Anish Giri to win the match, reach the World Cup final and qualify for the 2016 FIDE Candidates Tournament.

Svidler said this is one of the best results of his career.

Giri is still in position to qualify for the Candidates Tournament by average rating.

In the English opening Sergey Karjakin employed a new move (12.Nh4) but after black’s calm reply 13…Ng6 he swapped the knights and offered a draw. Pavel Eljanov said after the game that 14.Nf5 might have been a critical continuation.

The match Karjakin vs Eljanov is to be settled in quick-play on Tuesday afternoon.

The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.

The players are getting 100% of their prizes, not 80% as most are quoting. This is because the Organizers paid the FIDE share on top of the Prize Fund.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on

Photo gallery is available at

According to the Regulations (3.8 Tie-breaks), after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.
In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.

If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.










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