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Baku World Cup, SF 3: Tragic end for Eljanov After 423 World Cup games Sergey Karjakin has joined Peter Svidler in an all-Russian final, but only after surviving a thrilling tiebreak session against Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian man of the tournament so far had looked on the verge of forcing 5-minute games when his opponent spotted a draw by 3-fold repetition. The winner took all, with Karjakin also now in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, where he’ll try to improve on his second place finish behind Vishy Anand last year. 2015-09-29 more
Baku World Cup: Svidler scores in semis As the FIDE World Cup enters its final week, the four remaining players are now tantalizingly close to the two coveted Candidates spots. When you consider that a place in the final also comes with at least an extra $30,000 in prize money, you can see just how much is riding on each of these semifinal games. A loss with White is catastrophic. 2015-09-28 more
Baku Semis G2: Svidler in! Giri is a player that is very solid, and he rarely loses. However he was unable to show that he is also a super player in a must-win situation. Svidler gave him no chances, and as an expert pointed out, Giri was unable to "heat up water enough to even make tea". Svidler is in the finals and the candidates. Meanwhile in the other bracket, after a fourteen move draw they go to tiebreaks. 2015-09-28 more
World Cup tactics Starting with 128 players and hundreds of games, there has been a lot of great fighting chess with spectacular wins, catastrophic finishes, and naturally missed chances. Here is a preliminary selection of moments from the games, some easy, some hard, moves to find, avoid, and save. Can you do as well as these elite players? How many you can solve? 2015-09-27 more
Pavel Eljanov, World Cup standout Ukrainian veteran Pavel Eljanov has been one of the biggest surprises of this year's World Cup. He rocketed to six consecutive wins in the first three rounds, including a 2-0 blanking of seventh seed Alexander Grischuk, and most recently his quarterfinal upset of the fan favorite, Hikaru Nakamura. 2015-09-27 more
Baku World Cup: The Russians are coming! It took two rapid and two tense ten minute games, but when the clocks were stopped it was Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler who were all smiles. Both won with Black in the final game to clinch a spot in Sunday's semifinal round. The audience in the gallery swelled with local fans who turned out to support the last Azerbaijani standing, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, but it was not his day as he dropped both of the ten minute games versus Karjakin. 2015-09-27 more
World Cup: Predictions for the semifinals nly four players remain in the World Cup 2015: Anish Giri plays against Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin against Pavel Eljanov. In this article we talk about the route taken by these four players to the semi-finals, the statistics of their games, their best and their most lucky moments – and predict who will enter the finals. 2015-09-27 more
Peter Svidler Decides to Take Chances, Leads In the Match The first classical game of the semi-final match between Peter Svidler and Anish Giri finished in Russian GM's favor. Dutch GM resigned on 40th move, right after the time control. Svidler leads in the match which means Giri needs only win tomorrow. 2015-09-27 more
Baku World Cup, QF 2: Nakamura & MVL out Anish Giri is the last Top 10 seed standing in the 2015 World Cup after knocking out Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with a win in their second game. Hikaru Nakamura is also out, since he was unable to make any impact in a must-win game against Pavel Eljanov. The final two semifinalists will be known tomorrow, when Mamedyarov-Karjakin and Svidler-Wei Yi compete in tiebreaks. 2015-09-25 more