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Baku World Cup: Karjakin wins incredible final Sergey Karjakin has won the most extraordinary final you’ll ever witness to snatch the 2015 World Cup from Peter Svidler’s grasp. All ten games of the match were decisive, with swings, blunders and occasional outbreaks of fine chess combining to provide some wonderful entertainment, even if it’s unlikely to have won over many fans to the idea of deciding the World Championship this way.  It was both a “circus” and “heartbreaking” for Svidler, while Karjakin called it “probably my best result in my life” and dedicated his victory to Vugar Gashimov.

From 2:0 down and a move away from defeat, Sergey Karjakin went on to win the 2015 FIDE World Cup in an epic 6:4 final | photo: official website

We may have thought Karjakin’s amazing comeback from 2:0 down in the classical games was special, but that was just a gentle warm-up for the mayhem that followed in the tiebreak games. Sadly Jan Gustafsson can’t provide a video summary just now – he was busy travelling to Vienna for a simultaneous display by Magnus Carlsen on Tuesday – but let’s take a brief chronological glance through the games:

25-minute rapid, Game 1: Karjakin 1-0 Svidler

Peter Svidler’s experiment with passive defence with Black had ended in a debacle the day before, so in the first tiebreak game he got back to doing what he does best – playing active chess and happily sacrificing the odd pawn for the initiative. Soon he had a completely dominant position, but behind on the clock he failed to deliver a knockout blow - for instance