World Cup Knockout 2019

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:15 pm

MVL through after winning a game he looked to be losing for a while
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by John McKenna » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:00 pm

Steven DuCharme wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:48 am
Go MVL & Yu
MVL got through then and Yu-Vitiugov going to Armageddon.
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:18 pm

And the chess going to pot.
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:24 pm

John McKenna wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Steven DuCharme wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:48 am
Go MVL & Yu
MVL got through then and Yu-Vitiugov going to Armageddon.
Yu through, but not altogether smoothly!

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:28 pm

A pity for Aronian but both players seem likeable and one of these players has perhaps played enough Candidates', while the other hasn't played one.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by John McKenna » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:26 pm

'Thus, Armageddon was the only resource left to put an end to the match. Vitiugov had the white pieces and saw how his opponent inexplicably gave away two pawns as early as move 9. The Russian had a winning position by move 17, but... " (Chessbase News)

I'm not the only spectator to be confused by this ramified event - Yu had white and Vitiugov black in their round 5.9 decider.
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:18 pm

Interesting then we have Ding v Yu meaning at least 1 Chinese player in the Candidates with Ding almost certain to get the rating spot regardless

I would like to see MVL beat Radjabov to qualify too
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:39 am

Final few moves in Yu-Vitiugov

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:50 am

Semi-finals, or more importantly Candidates qualifiers, underway

Ding, Liren vs Yu, Yangyi


Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime vs Radjabov, Teimour
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:11 pm

Both games drawn
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:18 am

Something looks to have gone wrong for MVL in Game 2. After 11 moves he is worse and his body language suggests he's out of his prep.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:41 am

Radjabov, Teimour vs Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Mick Norris » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:42 am

Yu, Yangyi vs Ding, Liren looks familiar

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:01 pm

Yu-Ding drawn.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:47 pm

I hate to criticize MVL as he is a lot better than me, and I may be talking complete rubbish, but Nxc3 doesn't look the principled move, and allowing e5 doesn't look great.

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