The tiebreak, can Shankland overcome Karjakin? | FIDE World Cup Final Eight

Shankland and Karjakin went blow for blow in their match with the white pieces exchanging heavy blows….who was able to hold on?


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 “2021.07.29”]
[Round “6.2”]
[White “Duda, Jan-Krzysztof”]
[Black “Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2738”]
[BlackElo “2726”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. a4 Rb8 8. c3 d6 9. d4 Bb6 10. a5 Ba7 11. h3 Bb7 12. Be3 Nxe4 13. d5 Bxe3 14. dxc6 Nxf2 15. Qe2 Nxh3+ 16. Kh1 Nf2+ 17. Rxf2 Bxf2 18. Qxf2 Bxc6 19. Nxe5 Bxg2+ 20. Kg1 Qf6 21. Nxf7 Qxf2+ 22. Kxf2 Rf8 23. Kxg2 Rxf7 24. Bxf7+ Kxf7 25. Nd2 Re8 26. Rf1+ Kg6 27. Kf2 h5 28. Rg1+ Kf6 29. Kf3 g6 30. Ne4+ Kg7 31. Nf2 Rf8+ 32. Kg2 Re8 33. Nd3 g5 34. Nb4 Re2+ 35. Kh1 Rxb2 36. Ra1 c5 37. Nxa6 b4 38. Nxb4 cxb4 39. a6 bxc3 40. a7 c2 41. a8=Q Rb1+ 42. Kg2 c1=Q 43. Ra7+ Kf6 44. Qf8+ Ke5 45. Re7+ Kd5 46.
Qf3+ Kc5 47. Rc7+ Kb4 48. Qb7+ Ka5 49. Qa7+ Kb5 50. Qb8+ 1-0


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