World Cup Knockout 2019

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Chris Rice
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World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:25 pm

This 128 player tournament runs from 9 September - 2 October in Khanty Mansiysk. The Round 1 pairings are already up. Of the 64 matches, four ties immediately caught the eye.

Ding, Liren (China) v Shaun Press (PNG)
Gawain Jones v Diego Flores (ARG)
Michael Adams v Aravindh (IND)
Luke McShane v Delgado Ramirez (PAR)

No Carlsen or Caruana so Ding Liren is the nominal favourite at the moment being the world number three but in a KO, as we know, anything can happen and one bad move will throw you out. This format doesn't always produce great chess but they are usually very exciting.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:43 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:25 pm

Ding, Liren (China) v Shaun Press (PNG)
How did Shaun Press qualify?

Gary Lane has also made the trip to Siberia, but he's an IM.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:58 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:43 pm
How did Shaun Press qualify?
He came second in the Oceania Zonal, presumably the winner didn't take up his place.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:08 am

On qualifications, must admit I had no idea how Shaun qualified so thanks to Nick for clarifying. A couple of the world's most promising juniors, Sarin and Abdussattorov, were given wild cards to play:

Cori (Peru) v Sarin (IND)
Matlakov (RUS) v Abdussattorov (UZB)

Now on another matter there are three Israeli's in this tournament and Sutovsky has essentially stated this morning on social media that if anyone refuses to play them (all eyes of course on the three Iranians) then FIDE have adopted sanctions to deal with this. It's possible, but unlikely, in this tournament that such a match up will happen but it must happen at some point in a tournament in due course and then we'll see what the political fallout is, if FIDE decide to go ahead with sanctions, which has been discussed intensely on this forum previously.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by shaunpress » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:33 am

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:58 pm
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:43 pm
How did Shaun Press qualify?
He came second in the Oceania Zonal, presumably the winner didn't take up his place.
Nick is correct. GM Max Illingworth won the 2019 Zone 3.6 Zonal, and stated that he would play in the World Cup (as his last event before retiring from competitive chess). Up until a week ago I assumed that this was still the case, but was then informed he was not planning to attend. As the second place finisher in the Zonal, I was asked to go instead.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:44 am

shaunpress wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:33 am
Nick is correct. GM Max Illingworth won the 2019 Zone 3.6 Zonal, and stated that he would play in the World Cup (as his last event before retiring from competitive chess). Up until a week ago I assumed that this was still the case, but was then informed he was not planning to attend. As the second place finisher in the Zonal, I was asked to go instead.
I normally remain strictly neutral in relation to top level tournaments, particularly in respect of games involving Grand Chess Tour participants such as Ding Liren.

However, on this occasion I am going to stretch a point and wish you the best of luck.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:59 am

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:08 am
It's possible, but unlikely, in this tournament that such a match up will happen but it must happen at some point in a tournament in due course and then we'll see what the political fallout is
The Grand Swiss in October looks like a promising and high profile opportunity.

Nick Grey
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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by Nick Grey » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:07 pm

Good luck to Shaun and any forumnites playing or arbiting.

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by David Sedgwick » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:41 pm

Nick Grey wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:07 pm
Good luck to Shaun and any forumnites playing or arbiting.
The list of arbiters contains some familiar names and some unfamiliar ones (unfamiliar to me anyway), but no members of this Forum.

https://khantymansiysk2019.fide.com/en/ ... /arbiters/

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Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:48 pm

There is a possibility of Gelfand's playing an Iranian as early as round 3, but the Iranian in question would have to get out of Aronian's section of the draw.

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