Three members of the Indonesian delegation on the 2021 FIDE World Cup have examined constructive for Covid-19. GM Fabiano Caruana was awarded a win when his opponent GM Susanto Megaranto‘s check end result was constructive. GM Levon Aronian forfeited his sport for having fever signs and introduced on Friday that he had withdrawn from the event.
Despite strong measures and clear regulations to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, the World Cup couldn’t avoid being hit by cases of Covid-19. Three members from Indonesia have now tested positive, affecting two matches.
GM and chess journalist Ian Rogers reports that Head of Delegation Kristianus Liem was recognized first. Earlier than the primary spherical, IM Mohamad Ervan received the unhealthy information as nicely and needed to forfeit his match with GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
The third was Megaranto, who discovered about his constructive check end result throughout his sport with Caruana, which was instantly stopped and declared a win for the American participant. Following procedures, each gamers have been instantly remoted.
With out mentioning his title, FIDE communicated by way of social media that Megaranto had been examined detrimental thrice in Sochi earlier than a fourth check got here out constructive. This check end result was alleged to arrive earlier than 13:00 p.m. native time however was delayed by just a few hours. FIDE is investigating why this occurred.
The participant who has been compelled to forfeit his sport immediately had been examined earlier than his journey, after which once more in Sochi on July tenth, July eleventh, and July 14th.
After three negatives, it was this final check the one which turned out to be constructive. [1/3]
— Worldwide Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) July 15, 2021
It isn’t instantly clear what the scenario is concerning the Caruana-Megaranto match. Based on Chess.com’s photographer Maria Emelianova, Megaranto will stay beneath medical supervision, and it isn’t recognized but whether or not the second sport will probably be performed. Caruana will take one other check on Friday. He’s exhibiting no signs however is self-isolating in his lodge room.
I hope Mr. Megaranto is feeling nicely – he gave the impression to be utterly advantageous through the sport, so the way in which the match ended was a really disagreeable shock. I will take a check tomorrow to find out if I used to be uncovered to covid and hopefully I can proceed the occasion after that.
— Fabiano Caruana (@FabianoCaruana) July 15, 2021
Megaranto was sporting a face masks through the sport; Caruana was not. Gamers are obliged to put on face masks in all public areas however not throughout a sport. Every day, the arbiters inform the gamers that handshakes will not be advisable, which may result in some confusion.
— Chess.com (@chesscom) July 16, 2021
Megaranto is the one Indonesian participant within the open part. The 2 feminine gamers from Indonesia, IM Irine Sukandar and IM Medina Warda Aulia, have not had signs and have not examined constructive. Sukandar has taken a whole lot of effort to substantiate that she would not have the virus.
It may be implied that I really like PCR exams a lot 😂 Taking one other one at Sochi-Adler airport now at 2am so the end result will probably be in time earlier than the sport tomorrow. Hopefully nonetheless detrimental 🙏 pic.twitter.com/yOqg5h4FIZ
— Irene Sukandar (@irene_sukandar) July 15, 2021
Sukandar has already confirmed that her final check was additionally detrimental.
Replace: The 2 feminine from Indonesia gamers will not proceed their event both:
Nonetheless, so as to not threat the protection of different gamers they’ve determined, in settlement with the organisation, to withdraw from the second sport of the second spherical. Because of this, their opponents, Harika Dronavalli and Valentina Gunina, will advance on to the third spherical.
— Worldwide Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) July 16, 2021
In the meantime, two-time winner Aronian did not even present up for his sport with GM Bobby Cheng (Australia). The Armenian grandmaster had some signs of fever earlier this week. Regardless that he felt nicely on Thursday, it was determined that he would not play so as to not threat the protection of different gamers. He has now introduced on Fb that he will not play anymore:
Alongside all of the Covid turmoil, the primary day of the second spherical noticed a whole lot of nice chess. Amongst many different prime grandmasters, World Champion Magnus Carlsen “entered the constructing” and beat Croatian grandmaster Sasa Martinovic, who was celebrating his thirtieth birthday.
This spherical included a bunch of good attacking video games. The primary winner of the day was Indian GM Baskaran Adhiban, who beat his opponent from Paraguay with a pleasant closing contact:
One of many absolute prime grandmasters from the Nineties and 2000s, GM Alexei Shirov (Spain), joined the get together within the second spherical as nicely and performed a classic Shirov sport in opposition to U.S. GM Yaroslav Zherebukh. The latter had celebrated his twenty eighth birthday the day earlier than with out the necessity to play tiebreaks; he had overwhelmed GM Evgenios Ioannidis within the classical video games.
Talking of former prime grandmasters, we noticed GM Vishy Anand doing nicely in Zagreb final week (who, by the way in which, is main 1.5-0.5 in a four-game No Castling match with GM Vladimir Kramnik in Dortmund!). The opponent of Anand within the 2012 World Championship match, GM Boris Gelfand (Israel), additionally received a pleasant sport:
There weren’t too many upsets, though a whole lot of lower-rated gamers held prime grandmasters to attracts. They included IM Volodar Murzin vs. GM Vladislav Artemiev and three younger Uzbek gamers: GM Jakhongir Vakhidov vs. Leinier Dominguez, GM Nodirbek Yakubboev vs. GM David Navara, and GM Javokhir Sindarov vs. Alireza Firouzja, who’s enjoying his first event beneath the French flag.
Two gamers from Spain, GM David Anton and GM Paco Vallejo, each misplaced to lower-rated opponents. The latter performed a typical piece sac within the French however confronted very robust resistance because the 18-year-old Serbian GM Velimir Ivic solved his issues tactically:
Again to the theme of crude assaults on the king, we noticed two good Rf6 strikes on sooner or later. First, there was GM Sandro Mareco of Argentina beating Peru’s GM Jorge Cori, the place 28.Rf6 was the prettiest amongst a number of profitable strikes:
Outcomes spherical 2
|GM Martinovic, Sasa||2548||–||GM Carlsen, Magnus||2847||0-1||.||.|
|GM Caruana, Fabiano||2806||–||GM Megaranto, Susanto||2550||1-0*||.||.|
|GM Cheng, Bobby||2552||–||GM Aronian, Levon||2782||1-0*||.||.|
|GM Giri, Anish||2776||–||GM Savchenko, Boris||2553||1-0||.||.|
|GM Perez Ponsa, Federico||2554||–||GM Grischuk, Alexander||2778||½-½||.||.|
|GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar||2782||–||GM Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag||2554||½-½||.||.|
|GM Moradiabadi, Elshan||2553||–||GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||2749||½-½||.||.|
|GM Firouzja, Alireza||2759||–||GM Sindarov, Javokhir||2558||½-½||.||.|
|GM Vakhidov, Jakhongir||2534||–||GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier||2758||½-½||.||.|
|GM Karjakin, Sergey||2757||–||GM Vokhidov, Shamsiddin||2530||1-0||.||.|
|GM Quesada Perez, Yasser||2565||–||GM Harikrishna, Pentala||2730||½-½||.||.|
|GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof||2738||–||IM Vazquez, Guillermo||2527||1-0||.||.|
|GM Fier, Alexandr||2569||–||GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi||2726||½-½||.||.|
|GM Andreikin, Dmitry||2724||–||GM Can, Emre||2569||1-0||.||.|
|GM Plat, Vojtech||2525||–||GM Vitiugov, Nikita||2724||½-½||.||.|
|GM Esipenko, Andrey||2716||–||GM Nguyen, Thai Dai Van||2588||½-½||.||.|
|GM Gukesh, D||2578||–||GM Dubov, Daniil||2714||½-½||.||.|
|GM Svidler, Peter||2714||–||GM Salinas Herrera, Pablo||2514||½-½||.||.|
|GM Ivic, Velimir||2582||–||GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco||2710||1-0||.||.|
|GM Xiong, Jeffery||2709||–||GM Mikhalevski, Victor||2579||½-½||.||.|
|GM Iniyan, P||2506||–||GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny||2706||0-1||.||.|
|GM Yu, Yangyi||2705||–||GM Kadric, Denis||2564||1-0||.||.|
|IM Murzin, Volodar||2502||–||GM Artemiev, Vladislav||2704||½-½||.||.|
|GM Amin, Bassem||2703||–||GM Gabuzyan, Hovhannes||2587||1-0||.||.|
|IM Druska, Juraj||2493||–||GM Van Foreest, Jorden||2688||0-1||.||.|
|GM Alekseenko, Kirill||2699||–||GM Krasenkow, Michal||2591||½-½||.||.|
|GM Brkic, Ante||2592||–||GM Kryvoruchko, Yuriy||2699||1-0||.||.|
|GM Maghsoodloo, Parham||2698||–||GM Georgiev, Kiril||2594||½-½||.||.|
|GM Yakubboev, Nodirbek||2598||–||GM Navara, David||2675||½-½||.||.|
|GM Fedoseev, Vladimir||2696||–||GM Bachmann, Axel||2599||1-0||.||.|
|GM Jobava, Baadur||2603||–||GM Shankland, Sam||2709||½-½||.||.|
|GM Matlakov, Maxim||2688||–||GM Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn||2603||0-1||.||.|
|GM Alekseev, Evgeny||2605||–||GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||2691||½-½||.||.|
|GM Areshchenko, Alexander||2687||–||GM Ivanisevic, Ivan||2606||1-0||.||.|
|GM Gareyev, Timur||2596||–||GM Jakovenko, Dmitry||2684||½-½||.||.|
|GM Predke, Alexandr||2683||–||GM Durarbayli, Vasif||2625||½-½||.||.|
|GM Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal||2606||–||GM Korobov, Anton||2683||0-1||.||.|
|GM Salem, A.R. Saleh||2682||–||GM Indjic, Aleksandar||2607||1-0||.||.|
|GM Praggnanandhaa, R||2608||–||GM Sargissian, Gabriel||2682||1-0||.||.|
|GM Ragger, Markus||2680||–||GM Piorun, Kacper||2608||½-½||.||.|
|IM Haria, Ravi||2440||–||GM Bacrot, Etienne||2678||0-1||.||.|
|GM Gelfand, Boris||2675||–||GM Braun, Arik||2609||1-0||.||.|
|GM Tabatabaei, M. Amin||2613||–||GM Berkes, Ferenc||2673||½-½||.||.|
|GM Anton Guijarro, David||2673||–||GM Idani, Pouya||2614||0-1||.||.|
|GM Akobian, Varuzhan||2614||–||GM Grandelius, Nils||2661||½-½||.||.|
|GM Bluebaum, Matthias||2669||–||GM Erdos, Viktor||2614||½-½||.||.|
|GM Svane, Rasmus||2615||–||GM Cheparinov, Ivan||2667||0-1||.||.|
|GM Malakhov, Vladimir||2666||–||GM Vocaturo, Daniele||2617||1-0||.||.|
|GM Sargsyan, Shant||2626||–||GM Abasov, Nijat||2656||½-½||.||.|
|GM Shirov, Alexei||2662||–||GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav||2620||1-0||.||.|
|GM Nihal, Sarin||2620||–||GM Sjugirov, Sanan||2661||½-½||.||.|
|GM Adhiban, B.||2660||–||GM Delgado Ramirez, Neuris||2622||1-0||.||.|
|GM Bok, Benjamin||2624||–||GM Sevian, Samuel||2647||1-0||.||.|
|GM Lupulescu, Constantin||2659||–||GM Hesham, Abdelrahman||2397||1-0||.||.|
|GM Deac, Bogdan-Daniel||2639||–||GM Oparin, Grigoriy||2654||½-½||.||.|
|GM Kuzubov, Yuriy||2653||–||GM Ponkratov, Pavel||2629||½-½||.||.|
|GM Mareco, Sandro||2629||–||GM Cori, Jorge||2652||1-0||.||.|
|GM Onischuk, Alexander||2649||–||GM Paravyan, David||2625||0-1||.||.|
|GM Mustafa Yilmaz||2630||–||GM Haik Martirosyan||2632||0-1||.||.|
|GM Saric, Ivan||2653||–||GM Pichot, Alan||2630||½-½||.||.|
|GM Abdusattorov, Nodirbek||2634||–||GM Aravindh, Chithambaram VR.||2641||½-½||.||.|
|GM Sarana, Alexey||2640||–||GM Kovalev, Vladislav||2637||½-½||.||.|
|GM Jumabayev, Rinat||2637||–||GM Motylev, Alexander||2639||½-½||.||.|
|GM Tari, Aryan||2639||–||GM Bareev, Evgeny||2638||1-0||.||.|
That Rf6 theme is a pleasant bridge towards the ladies’s part, the place Ukrainian GM Anna Muzychuk‘s 36.Rf6 in opposition to WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (U.S.) seemed good as nicely. Nonetheless, in that case, the white participant had missed a mate in 5 simply earlier than and survived a shedding place:
GM Harika Dronavalli received a pleasant sport in opposition to the aforementioned Aulia from Indonesia:
Outcomes spherical 2
|GM Goryachkina, Aleksandra||2596||–||WGM Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim||2320||1-0||.||.|
|IM Badelka, Olga||2418||–||IM Matnadze, Ana||2421||½-½||.||.|
|WGM Pogonina, Natalija||2469||–||IM Kulkarni Bhakti||2391||½-½||.||.|
|WGM Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra||2382||–||GM Stefanova, Antoaneta||2463||½-½||.||.|
|IM Kashlinskaya, Alina||2488||–||IM Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa||2369||½-½||.||.|
|GM Hoang, Thanh Trang||2404||–||IM Galliamova, Alisa||2442||0-1||.||.|
|IM Bulmaga, Irina||2413||–||GM Danielian, Elina||2407||0-1||.||.|
|WGM Yu, Jennifer||2289||–||IM Saduakassova, Dinara||2483||0-1||.||.|
|GM Dzagnidze, Nana||2523||–||GM Peng, Zhaoqin||2358||1-0||.||.|
|IM Buksa, Nataliya||2413||–||IM Yip, Carissa||2430||0-1||.||.|
|WGM Girya, Olga||2448||–||WGM Garifullina, Leya||2390||½-½||.||.|
|WIM Munkhzul, Turmunkh||2278||–||IM Shuvalova, Polina||2489||0-1||.||.|
|IM Javakhishvili, Lela||2470||–||IM Mammadova, Gulnar||2385||½-½||.||.|
|IM Salimova, Nurgyul||2395||–||IM Paehtz, Elisabeth||2466||½-½||.||.|
|IM Atalik, Ekaterina||2433||–||IM Guichard, Pauline||2413||0-1||.||.|
|WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev||2352||–||GM Muzychuk, Anna||2527||0-1||.||.|
|GM Muzychuk, Mariya||2550||–||IM Gaponenko, Inna||2357||½-½||.||.|
|IM Cyfka, Karina||2417||–||GM Ushenina, Anna||2429||0-1||.||.|
|GM Cramling, Pia||2459||–||GM Socko, Monika||2393||½-½||.||.|
|WGM Cori T., Deysi||2388||–||GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra||2472||0-1||.||.|
|GM Batsiashvili, Nino||2487||–||IM Tsolakidou, Stavroula||2389||½-½||.||.|
|WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta||2403||–||IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia||2446||1-0||.||.|
|GM Gunina, Valentina||2437||–||IM Sukandar, Irine Kharisma||2413||1-0||.||.|
|IM Aulia, Medina Warda||2360||–||GM Harika, Dronavalli||2515||0-1||.||.|
|GM Tan, Zhongyi||2511||–||WGM Yildiz Kadioglu, Betul Cemre||2362||½-½||.||.|
|IM Skripchenko, Almira||2411||–||GM Sebag, Marie||2483||½-½||.||.|
|IM Mammadzada, Gunay||2460||–||IM Unuk, Laura||2407||½-½||.||.|
|IM Padmini, Rout||2370||–||IM Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat||2494||½-½||.||.|
|GM Abdumalik, Zhansaya||2505||–||IM Assaubayeva, Bibisara||2389||0-1||.||.|
|WGM Vaishali R||2393||–||GM Khotenashvili, Bela||2471||0-1||.||.|
|IM Munguntuul, Batkhuyag||2428||–||IM Osmak, Iulija||2418||1-0||.||.|
|WGM Injac, Teodora||2370||–||GM Lagno, Kateryna||2559||½-½||.||.|
The FIDE World Cup takes place within the Galaxy Leisure Advanced in Sochi, Russia, till August 6, 2021. Every spherical consists of two classical video games and, if crucial, a fast/blitz tiebreak on the third day. Ranging from spherical two, the Open part has 128 gamers and the ladies’s part, 64.