World Cup: Morozevich, Le, Karjakin, Gelfand Eliminated

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  • on 22.08.13, 13:09.

In today's tiebreak of round 4 at the World Cup in Tromsø Alexander Morozevich, Le Quang Liem, Sergey Karjakin and Boris Gelfand were eliminated. Morozevich lost an epic battle to Evgeny Tomashevsky, who knocked out top seed Levon Aronian in the previous round. Le Quang Liem was defeated by Peter Svidler, Karjakin went down against Dmitry Andreikin and Gelfand lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. 

The amazing duel between Alexander Morozevich and Evgeny Tomashevsky is one that will be remembered for years. After two draws in the rapid games, first it was 36-year-old Morozevich, once ranked second in the world, who took the lead (this game had 10 minutes and 10 seconds per move), but not after surviving a terrible middlegame position. With a few seconds on the clock, Tomashevsky missed a smothered mate:

This meant that Tomashevsky had to win with black to stay in the tournament. He chose the Caro-Kann, Morozevich played the ultra-solid Exchange variation, and after 45 moves only rooks and queens were left. After lots of maneuvering and some pawn breaks, Tomashevsky was a pawn up in a queen ending and finally won after 169 moves!


And so two more games followed, at 5 minutes and 3 seconds per move. For each pair of games a new drawing of colors takes place, and Tomashevsky got black again. In another Caro-Kann, the 26-year-old GM won again:

And so the roles were reversed! Now Morozevich was in a must-win situation. In a super exciting last game, Tomashevsky got a big advantage at first, then Morozevich came back and both sides had three connected passed pawns. As it turned out, Tomashevsky's pawns were more dangerous as he could work with checkmate ideas. In the end he found a way to give perpetual check and went for it, because a draw was enough. Morozevich had to throw in the towel and accept the draw.

After the game Tomashevsky quickly found out that he had even missed a mate in one! He was just too tired and nervous to spot it, blinded by his own way of reaching the next round. As he joined commentators Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent, he said:

"I can't find moves. Er... words."


In another match between two Russian players, the lowest rated of the two surprisingly won both games. Dmitry Andreikin eliminated Sergey Karjakin, starting with a Torre Attack that was an attack indeed:

Joining the commentators, Hikaru Nakamura said that he was slightly surprised by Dmitry Andreikin's fairly risky choice of the Steinitz French for the next game. But it paid off: also as White Karjakin was just outplayed:


Peter Svidler won the previous World Cup and still has chances to become the first player to win two in a row, which would be an amazing achievement. After a draw in the first game, the grandmaster from St Petersburg struck in the second, winning a drawn ending that ended with him checkmating the Vietnamese grandmaster with bishop and knight! Black's decisive mistake seems to be 111...b4 where 111... Re1 112. d6 Kc6 113. Bf5 b4 114. Ke6 b3 115. d7 b2 116. d8Q b1Q draws.


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is one of three grandmasters representing France in this World Cup; Laurent Fressinet and Etienne Bacrot were eliminated earlier. Joining the commentary, Vachier-Lagrave said he had been lucky as he had "blundered" the move 22...Qg3 in the first game, which he managed to win anyway:

Vachier-Lagrave's next task was to hold his black game, and he succeeded after a tense fight:


The pairings for the fifth round, which starts Friday at 15:00 CET / 09:00 EDT are Kamsky - Tomashevsky, Svidler - Andreikin, Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave and Kramnik - Korobov.

FIDE World Cup 2013 | Round 4 Results

Match Rtg G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 Pts
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2706 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 4.5
Morozevich, Alexander 2739 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 0 ½ 3.5
Andreikin, Dmitry 2716 ½ ½ 1 1 3
Karjakin, Sergey 2772 ½ ½ 0 0 1
Svidler, Peter 2746 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5
Le, Quang Liem 2702 ½ ½ ½ 0 1.5
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2719 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
Gelfand, Boris 2764 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
Caruana, Fabiano 2796 1 1 2
Granda Zuniga, Julio E 2664 0 0 0
Kramnik, Vladimir 2784 1 ½ 1.5
Ivanchuk, Vassily 2731 0 ½ 0.5
Kamsky, Gata 2741 1 ½ 1.5
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2775 0 ½ 0.5
Korobov, Anton 2720 ½ 1 1.5
Nakamura, Hikaru 2772 ½ 0 0.5

Held every two years, the World Cup is part of the World Championship cycle. The winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. The World Cup takes place August 10th-September 3rd in Tromsø, Norway. Photos by Paul Truong courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC.

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  • vor 3 Jahre


    1500 vs. 2200 is hardly a reasonable comparison to 2700 vs. 2780.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Can someone explain to me, if the world championship is a two year cycle, why are candidates' tournaments being held in consecutive years, 2013 and 2014 ?

  • vor 3 Jahre


    This is a good format. Very exciting and decisive games are produced. I don't see the format benefiting one level of player over another. The winner eventually is someone who deserves to be in the candidates tourney. It is very difficult to be on the top after several rounds.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    This seeding debate is getting out of hand: Seeding is an approximate pre-selection process, based on chess ratings. Chess ratings are based on past tournament performance. Past TP is not a very strong indicator of present form. A 2700GM who decides to take 2yrs off and work with his coach will see his ratings plummet to 2600 after the 2yr layoff. But the guy might be in 2800 form when he gets back.

    Seeding is useful when working with large diviations which would overcome any other factor. When the diviations are small then other factors gain significant importance. Andreikin, for example, believed by many Russian GMs to be one of the most talented players, played blitz for several years and lost his rating, now he is back, rated 2720, but the guy could be 2790 if he had played proper tournaments during his blitz-krieg. Tomashevsky (2yr layoff), Korobov (the same), Le Quang a strong GM and world blitz champion (easily a 2750+GM)... and the list goes on.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    MindWalk wrote:

    "Because short series (two games) and speed chess increase the likelihood that the weaker player will win any given match, thereby increasing the likelihood that the finalists will not be the best two players--or two of the best four, or two of the best eight. But the Candidates Tournament should involve only the strongest players in the world."

    Example: At 1500, the probability of you beating a 2200 player is about 10%. Out of 10 games he wins 9. The probablility that you will beat him in a 2game match-up (at least 1.5 to 0.5) is less than 2%, so the shorter format doesn't mathematically alter your chances. This format doesn't lend itself to luck anymore more than a round robin.

    Any 2700GM on his A-game can beat any 2700GM on his B-game. The era of Fischer or Kasparovian dominance is over. The guys are simply much more solid. So you need luck to be in top form for the tournament, because anyone can beat anyone at this level.

  • vor 3 Jahre




  • vor 3 Jahre


    Ratings mean nothing! Winning means everything! The winning of the World Cup is truly the best

    Player in the world for that year. So who will be the worlds best player in 2013? My pick is kramnick!

  • vor 3 Jahre


    That is why this isn't the world championship, but the world cup. It just so happens to be one of those few major tournaments you advise having, in addition to selecting candidates by rating.


    And it is disrespectful to suggest that the world cup is nothing more than a crapshoot.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    amazing Caro-Kann..Foot in Mouth

  • vor 3 Jahre


    There is no disrespect to the world's twentieth-rated player to say that he shouldn't be the world champion. The world champion shouldn't be the winner of a crapshoot. He should be the world's best player, not the world's twentieth-best player.

    It would make sense for chess to have a few major tournaments, the way tennis and golf have, and then to choose candidates for the world championship based on rating and on results in major tournaments.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    "Knockout=no reason to draw."


    How? I can understand this from the first game onwards, but if you already have a win under your belt and require only a draw, why would you push for a win if it isn't strictly necessary?

  • vor 3 Jahre


    After Qxd8 black wins with Qxd4+ Kh1 Nf2+ Kg1 Nh3+ Kh1 Qg1+ Rxg1 Nf2#.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Can anyone point out the "missed" smothered-mate in the first game?

  • vor 3 Jahre


    "Fewer than half of the top 8 remain"

    Yes, but 3 of the top 8 remain, as well as the reigning champion, a player many perdicted to win as early as round 3, and a player who outplayed aronian and more great chess, etc.

    All 8 deserve to be here I would say, and it is disrespectful to suggest otherwise.


    On a side note, it makes me feel better about myself that Tomashevsky also misses mate in ones.

  • vor 3 Jahre

    NM NPaleveda

    Knockout=no reason to draw.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Kamsky is playing inspired chess and is in top form. He's no stranger to climbing over piles of worthy candidates. 

  • vor 3 Jahre


    2,3,8,13,21,22,23,32 is nothing like 1-8. Fewer than half of the top 8 remain. In a six-round Swiss tournament, would numbers 1 and 4-7 have no shot at making the top two after three of six rounds?

    Remember, my objection is to this sort of tournament's seeding two of the players for the World Championship cycle. We shouldn't end up with another World Champion Khalifman.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @Mindwalk - The 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 13th, 22nd, 23rd, 32nd, and 21st seeds are still left.

    2nd, 3rd, and 8th were expected to make it.

    13th seed is the reigning champion and also expected to do well.

    23rd is vachier-lagrave, who some are expecting to win the tournament with his great play, and definately should have made it to the top 8.

    Tomashevsky has been playing some great chess, outplaying Aronian at the board with black, and also in my opinion should be there.

    That leaves two people unexpected at the top, both seeded in the top 30, Korobov and Andreikin, and both great players. I don't see how this format has prevented some of the best players from making it through.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    why no games?

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I like the knockout format.  It forces you to beat your opponent, not just draw and wait for a weaker opponent.

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