World Cup Knockout 2019

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:13 pm

I did manage to work it out by a process of elimination; white clearly hadn't opened 1.e4 or 1.d4, so it was probably an English, with the c3 pawn being the original b-pawn.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:43 am

Pete Doggers report

References to the wildcard regulations and to Martin Bennedik's excellent spreadsheet :D plus a bit of chess
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Roger Lancaster » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:20 pm

First two rapidplay games drawn - Ding looked to have acquired a significant advantage in the first but it vanished as both players found themselves short of time. Instant reactions are always risky but the second game looked less dramatic.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:49 pm

MVL wins both games to finish 3rd
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:37 pm

Plausibly the more important result of the two
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:12 pm

Possibly

Radjabov wins the first blitz game, with black, after drawing the two rapids and two 10 minute games
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Roger Lancaster » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:36 pm

Radjabov 2-0 in 5+3 games

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:01 pm

He has to play in the Candidates now, surely?
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Post by Mick Norris » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:09 pm

I hope so
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:39 pm

Though MVL doesn't
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:43 pm

Every winner of the World Cup was born in the Soviet Union:

2005 - Levon Aronian
2007 - Gata Kamsky
2009 - Boris Gelfand
2011 - Peter Svidler
2013 - Vladimir Kramnik
2015 - Sergey Karjakin
2017 - Levon Aronian
2019 - Teimour Radjabov

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:44 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:09 pm
I hope so
You think he might duck the opportunity? I doubt it.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:46 pm

I agree, but the possibility is there.
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:21 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:39 pm
Though MVL doesn't
Of course, he *should* be the wildcard if he doesn't otherwise qualify.
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:10 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:21 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:39 pm
Though MVL doesn't
Of course, he *should* be the wildcard if he doesn't otherwise qualify.
As stated here https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/ ... hallengers Nepo or Grischuk will be the obvious choice if not qualifying normally, otherwise it could be a toss-up between MVL and Mamedyarov.

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