Round 3, game 1: eight decisive games

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In round three of the World Cup most of the top players were facing each other, but upsets were still possible.

By Anastasia Karlovich

The surprise of the day was the victory of Evgeny Tomashevsky with the black pieces over top seed Levon Aronian, while Vietnamese GM Le Quang Liem brought down Alexander Grischuk. The winners of the two previous World Cups, Peter Svidler and Boris Gelfand, outplayed Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Moiseenko respectively. Two of the youngest World Cup participants, Wei Yi and Daniil Dubov, drew their games against higher rated opponents. Morozevich and Granda Zuniga missed good winning chances in their games.


Video from Round 3 - Game 1

Results of Round 3 - Game 1

RANK

PLAYER

FED

RTG

RESULT

RANK

PLAYER

FED

RTG

1

Aronian, Levon

ARM

2813

0-1

32

Tomashevsky, Evgeny

RUS

2706

31

Malakhov, Vladimir

RUS

2707

1/2-1/2

2

Caruana, Fabiano

ITA

2796

3

Kramnik, Vladimir

RUS

2784

1/2-1/2

30

Areshchenko, Alexander

UKR

2709

29

Le, Quang Liem

VIE

2702

1-0

4

Grischuk, Alexander

RUS

2785

5

Karjakin, Sergey

RUS

2772

1/2-1/2

28

Eljanov, Pavel

UKR

2702

102

Adhiban, Baskaran

IND

2567

0-1

6

Nakamura, Hikaru

USA

2772

7

Gelfand, Boris

ISR

2764

1-0

39

Moiseenko, Alexander

UKR

2699

89

Hammer, Jon Ludvig

NOR

2605

0-1

8

Kamsky, Gata

USA

2741

9

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

AZE

2775

1/2-1/2

105

Wei, Yi

CHN

2551

23

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

FRA

2719

1-0

10

Dominguez Perez, Leinier

CUB

2757

75

Dubov, Daniil

RUS

2624

1/2-1/2

22

Korobov, Anton

UKR

2720

21

Andreikin, Dmitry

RUS

2716

1/2-1/2

53

Dreev, Aleksey

RUS

2668

13

Svidler, Peter

RUS

2746

1-0

20

Radjabov, Teimour

AZE

2733

19

Ivanchuk, Vassily

UKR

2731

1/2-1/2

51

Kryvoruchko, Yuriy

UKR

2678

50

Granda Zuniga, Julio

PER

2664

0-1

18

Giri, Anish

NED

2737

17

Vitiugov, Nikita

RUS

2719

1/2-1/2

16

Morozevich, Alexander

RUS

2739

ivanchuk

Vassily Ivanchuk sits alone before the round. In a few minutes all the chairs will be taken by spectators.

 01

Russian and Ukrainian players occupied more than half of the places in the playing hall (11 Russians and 6 Ukrainians) and many of them were playing each other. The game between Vassily Ivanchuk and Yuriy Kryvoruchko, who both live in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, finished peacefully quite quickly, as did the Russian derby Andreikin-Dreev.

02

Sergey Karjakin missed good chances in the endgame against his former compatriot Pavel Eljanov.

03

Peter Svidler and Jon Ludvig Hammer chatting before the games. “Playing e4, I thought I was king of the world, ready to sack something to kill Kamsky in style. I may have overestimated my position!” the Norwegian wrote on Twitter after the game. Hammer needs to win with Black tomorrow to equalize the score.

04

Peter Svidler commented on his game in the press-center: "I thought it was a nice game, but I think Radjabov played way below his usual standard.” The Russian player was surprised his opponent spent almost an hour on his move 9…Nd5.

05

Levon Aronian and Evgeny Tomashevsky came to the game in shirts of the same color…

06

…and European Champion Alexander Moiseenko made the same choice.

07

Evgeny Tomashevsky explained at the press conference that he tried to surprise Levon Aronian and chose an opening he had never played before in classical chess. Aronian offered a draw on the 22nd move, but Evgeny decided to continue the game as in his opinion Black could continue playing without risk. The Russian player managed to increase his advantage and showed good technique in the endgame. “It is one of the biggest victories in my career so far, but the match is not over yet,” said Tomashevsky.

08

Julio Granda Zuniga played very creatively today and slowly increased his advantage. Anish Giri had to hold the position but made a mistake on the 51st move, letting his opponent get a winning position. Things went wrong for Granda Zuniga when he most probably forgot to make the intermediate move 54.Qh8 and lost a piece after 54.axb5. A very painful loss for the Peruvian player!

09

“Morozevich doesn’t usually do things the easy way”, said Lawrence Trent while commenting on the game Vitiugov-Morozevich, and his prognosis was absolutely right. Alexander got a very good position with the black pieces against his compatriot and it seemed the black pawns were unstoppable. The evaluation of the position went to -4.5 according to Houdini. Nevertheless, after 60 moves and five hours of play the position became complicated once again and, playing only on increment, Vitiugov managed to find the only moves to make a draw.

10

American Hikaru Nakamura outplayed his opponent with Black in the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez.

11

Adhiban, a 21-year-old player from India, knocked out Alekseev and Fier in the previous rounds but lost against Hikaru Nakamura today.

12

Le Quang Liem speaks about the key moments in the game against Alexander Grischuk. The current World Blitz Champion managed to convert the game into a winning pawn endgame.

13

French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the press center to speak about his game with Cuban Dominguez, who declined a draw offer and lost.

14

One of the signs written anonymously on the window of the Press Center.

Time controls and rules

The time control for each two-game match is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. If the score is equal there are two rapid chess tiebreak games, played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move. If the score is still equal then two accelerated games will be played, with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still equal two more games will be played at 5 min + 3 sec. If the winner is still not determined then a final Armageddon game with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, with a 3 sec increment after move 60, will be played. In this game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).