Anish Giri became the latest victim of seemingly endless upsets by players from Uzbekistan. Nodirbek Abdusattorov is a very talented and composed young player from Uzbekistan whose limit seems sky high!
Today marked the end of the third round with tiebreaks.
FIDE WORLD CUP
The Chess World Cup 2021 is a 206-player single-elimination chess tournament that will take place in Sochi, Russia, from 12 July to 6 August 2021. It is the 9th edition of the Chess World Cup.
The top two finishers in the tournament, aside from World Champion Magnus Carlsen, will qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2022. The rest of the final eight qualify for the FIDE Grand Prix 2022, unless they are World Champion or qualify for the Candidates via another path.
In parallel with this open tournament, an inaugural women’s only version is being held.
The tournament will be an 8-round knockout event, with the top 50 seeds given a bye directly into the second round. The losers of the two semi-finals play a match for third place.
The top two finishers, aside from World Champion Magnus Carlsen, qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2022, which is a tournament to decide the next challenger for the World Championship. In addition, all quarter-finalists, who have not otherwise qualified for the Candidates, qualify for the FIDE Grand Prix 2022, giving them another chance to qualify for the Candidates.
Each round will consist of classical time limit games on the first two days, plus tie-breaks on the third day if required. The time limits are as follows:
Two classical time limit games: 90 minutes, plus a 30-minute increment on move 40, plus a 30-second increment per move from move 1, per player.
If the match is tied after the classical games, players play two rapid chess games, with 25 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move, per player.
If the match is still tied, players then play two rapid chess games, with 10 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move, per player.
If the match is still tied, players then play two more blitz games, with 5 minutes plus a 3-second increment per move, per player.
If the match is still tied, a single armageddon chess game is played to decide the match, with draw odds to Black, meaning White must win but Black only needs to draw or win, to win the match. The players draw lots and the winner of the draw chooses their color. White receives 5 minutes, Black receives 4 minutes, and each player receives an extra 2 seconds per move beginning at move 61.
Each round takes three days: two for classical time limit games and a third, if necessary, for tie-breaks. Rounds 1 to 3 run from July 12 to 20; July 21 is a rest day; Rounds 4 to 6 run from July 22 to 30; July 31 is a rest day, and the last two rounds run from August 1 to 6.
Play begins at 3.00 local time (1200 UT) on all days.
The total prize fund is US$1,892,500, with the first prize of US$110,000.
Prize money in US dollars
Round Prizes Total
Round 1 78 × 3,750 292,500
Round 2 64 × 6,000 384,000
Round 3 32 × 10,000 320,000
Round 4 16 × 16,000 256,000
Round 5 8 × 25,000 200,000
Round 6 4 × 35,000 140,000
4th place 1 × 50,000 50,000
3rd place 1 × 60,000 60,000
Runner-up 1 × 80,000 80,000
Winner 1 × 110,000 110,000
[Event “FIDE World Cup 2021”]
[White “Giri, Anish”]
[Black “Abdusattorov, Nodirbek”]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bb5 Qe7+ 7. Be2 Qc7 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Nb3 Bb6 10. O-O Nge7 11. Nfd4 O-O 12. Be3 a6 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Bxb6 Qxb6 15. Qd4 Qxd4 16. Nxd4 Rb8 17. Nb3 Bf5 18. Rfc1 a5 19. Rab1 a4 20. Nc5 Ra8 21. Bd3 Ra5 22. Bxf5 Nxf5 23. Nd7 Re8 24. c4 d4 25. b4 axb3 26. axb3 Ra2 27. Nc5 Ree2 28. Nd3 Nd6 29. Ra1 Ne4 30. Rxa2 Rxa2 31. Re1 f5 32. g4 Ng5 33. Kg2 fxg4 34. Kg3 Nf3 35. Re7 Rd2 36. Nf4 d3 37. Re3 h5 38. Nxh5 Rd1 39. Kxg4 Nxh2+ 40. Kf4 d2 41. Rd3 Nf1 0-1
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