Fabiano Caruana sensationally KNOCKED OUT of the World Cup by World number 124!

Fabiano Caruana became a surprise casualty of the 3rd round in the World Cup when he lost to World no 124 Rinat Jumabayev.

Fabiano drew the first game with the white pieces and one wouldn’t expect the World no 2 to lose a game in the Queen’s Gambit Declined. Jumabayev however had other ideas!

The third round of the World Cup concludes tomorrow with tiebreaks.


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.[1] 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.

Prize money
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
Total 1,892,500


[Event “FIDE World Cup 2021”]
[Date “2021.07.19”]
[Round “3.2”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Jumabayev, Rinat”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2806”]
[BlackElo “2637”]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. Qc2 Be7 7. e3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 Nh5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nge2 g6 11. O-O O-O 12. Rae1 Ndf6 13. Nc1 Be6 14. f3 b6 15. Qf2 c5 16. Qh4 Qd8 17. g4 Ng7 18. N1e2 Rb8 19. a4 c4 20. Bc2 a6 21. Nf4 b5 22. axb5 axb5 23. b4 cxb3 24. Bxb3 b4 25. Nce2 Bc8 26. Ng3 Ba6 27. g5 Bxf1 28. Rxf1 Nfe8 29. Nxd5 Rb5 30. Qe4 Qxg5 31. f4 Qd8 32. f5 Nf6 33. Nxf6+ Qxf6 34. fxg6 Qxg6 35. Bxf7+ Qxf7 36. Rxf7 Rxf7 37. Qd3 Rg5 38. Kg2 Nf5 39. e4 Nh4+ 40. Kh3 Ng6 41. Qc4 h5 42. Kg2 h4 43. Kh3 hxg3 44. hxg3 Kg7 45. Qxb4 Rf3 46. Qb7+ Kh6
47. Qb8 Re3 48. d5 Rxe4 49. d6 Rd4 50. Qb2 Rxd6 51. Qc3 Rdd5 52. Qe3 Ra5 53. Kg2 Re5 54. Qd4 Rd5 55. Qe3 Rd3 56. Qe1 Nf4+ 57. Kf2 Rgxg3 58. Qe4 Rg2+ 0-1

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