World Champion Magnus Carlsen made it to the fifth spherical of the FIDE World Cup on Saturday as he defeated GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek within the second sport of the round-four tiebreak. A stunning title among the many remaining 16 is 18-year-old GM Velimir Ivic, who knocked out GM Dmitry Andreikin. Within the girls’s part, all (speedy) ranking favorites received their tiebreaks.
Each within the open and ladies’s sections, half of the round-four matches wanted to be determined in tiebreaks. Nonetheless, it was a comparatively quick day of tiebreaks the place not one of the matches went to the blitz stage.
Carlsen was one of many gamers who solely wanted two video games to undergo. Whereas he did not survive spherical 4 on the 2017 World Cup and could not convert promising positions in his two classical video games, the world champion made a great impression within the speedy.
Carlsen, who did admit that he was a bit nervous for these tiebreaks, began with a cushty draw as Black vs. Wojtaszek after which outplayed his opponent as White.
Placing the knight on the rim on transfer 18 was a mistake, in keeping with Carlsen: “At the least virtually talking then it is very arduous to carry.”
Carlsen’s opponent in spherical 5 is an fascinating one: GM Andrey Esipenko, the 19-year-old Russian grandmaster whom he misplaced to at Wijk aan Zee this yr. It was the primary 10+10 sport the place Esipenko made the distinction vs. his compatriot GM Daniil Dubov.
Esipenko is one in all 5 Russian gamers who made it to the ultimate 16 and two of them are former World Cup winners. GM Peter Svidler, who received 10 years in the past in Khanty-Mansiysk, beat his former second and fellow townsman in St. Petersburg GM Nikita Vitiugov, who performed an fascinating novelty within the Sicilian that was performed the day earlier than in Carlsen-Wojtaszek.
In 2015, Svidler misplaced a dramatic World Cup remaining to GM Sergey Karjakin, who went on to win the 2016 Candidates and qualify for a world title match with Carlsen. Karjakin knocked out GM Vladislav Artemiev, regardless of beginning with a loss within the first speedy sport. After coming again, he received a pleasant endgame within the first 10+10:
One other former World Cup finalist from Russia did not make it to the subsequent spherical. Andreikin surprisingly misplaced each video games to the revelation of the event thus far, Ilic. As was identified on Twitter, this participant’s full title reminds of one other, fairly well-known Serbian grandmaster: GM Dragoljub Velimirovic.
Wait, Velimir Ivic is his full title? I assumed everybody was simply calling him by his final title, Velimirivic!
— Kostya Kavutskiy (@hellokostya) July 24, 2021
After spoiling a win the opposite day, Ivic instantly made up for it by profitable the primary speedy sport. The ultimate section was fairly thrilling in time hassle the place Andreikin continued taking part in a queen down as a result of there have been some stalemate concepts:
Annotations by GM Dejan Bojkov shall be added quickly.
A really preventing match was GM Vasif Durarbayli vs. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who performed a complete of six video games towards one another and drew none. It was Abdusattorov who took the lead within the speedy video games, however Durarbayli got here again after which received each 10+10 video games.
This is Durarbayli’s must-win within the second 25+10 sport:
Outcomes spherical 4 tiebreaks
|GM Carlsen, Magnus||2847||–||GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||2691||½-½||½-½||1½-½|
|GM Grischuk, Alexander||2778||–||GM Korobov, Anton||2683||½-½||½-½||1½-½|
|GM Karjakin, Sergey||2757||–||GM Artemiev, Vladislav||2704||½-½||½-½||2½-1½|
|GM Andreikin, Dmitry||2724||–||GM Ivic, Velimir||2582||½-½||½-½||0-2|
|GM Vitiugov, Nikita||2724||–||GM Svidler, Peter||2714||½-½||½-½||½-1½|
|GM Esipenko, Andrey||2716||–||GM Dubov, Daniil||2714||½-½||½-½||2½-1½|
|GM Bacrot, Etienne||2678||–||GM Ponkratov, Pavel||2629||1-0||0-1||1½-½|
|GM Durarbayli, Vasif||2625||–||GM Abdusattorov, Nodirbek||2634||1-0||0-1||3-1|
The 8 gamers to achieve the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Cup will earn the precise to take part within the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix Collection, taking one other shot on the qualification for the Candidates event.
— Worldwide Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) July 24, 2021
There have been no surprises within the girls’s event, the place three clear ranking favorites received convincingly and a really shut match rating-wise, between IMs Alina Kashlinskaya and IM Dinara Saduakassova, was received by the Kazakh participant.
One other participant from Kazakhstan, the proficient 17-year-old IM Bibisara Assaubayeva, leaves the World Cup after dropping to GM Kateryna Lagno. This match was determined within the first speedy sport, the place shortly earlier than the top Assaubayeva missed an opportunity to play for stalemate and proceed the sport.
Outcomes spherical 4 tiebreaks
|GM Goryachkina, Aleksandra||2596||–||GM Stefanova, Antoaneta||2463||0-1||1-0||2-0|
|GM Lagno, Kateryna||2559||–||IM Assaubayeva, Bibisara||2389||½-½||½-½||1½-½|
|GM Dzagnidze, Nana||2523||–||IM Shuvalova, Polina||2489||0-1||1-0||2½-1½|
|IM Kashlinskaya, Alina||2488||–||IM Saduakassova, Dinara||2483||½-½||½-½||1-3|
The FIDE World Cup takes place within the Galaxy Leisure Complicated in Sochi, Russia, till August 6, 2021. Every spherical consists of two classical video games and, if needed, a speedy/blitz tiebreak on the third day. The Open part started spherical two with 128 gamers and the ladies’s part, 64.