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FIDE World Cup R1.3: 14-Year-Old Murzin Through
Volodar Murzin will turn 15 on July 18. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE.

FIDE World Cup R1.3: 14-Year-Old Murzin Through

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Four days before turning 15, IM Volodar Murzin reached the second round of the 2021 FIDE World Cup. The Russian teenager is among the 128 players to start round two on Thursday, which includes the top 50 seeds, such as GM Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana.

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We're used to the playing field cut in half after each round in FIDE World Cups but this time it was different. As the International Chess Federation wanted to have more players participate, an extra round of 156 players was held, and the 78 winners are now joined by 50 seeded players for round two. The same was done in the women's tournament but with half those numbers. After three days of chess, we're now back to the original knockout of 128 players in the open and 64 in the women's section.

On Wednesday, 28 matches were decided in tiebreaks. The biggest upset was 14-year-old Murzin, who will turn 15 on July 18, eliminating GM Viorel Iordachescu (Moldavia), 30 years older than him. Murzin is from Nizhny Tagil, a town 125 km north of Yekaterinburg, Russia but now lives in Khimki, in the Moscow region. He is the 2018 European U12 champion and will face GM Vladislav Artemiev in the next round.

Both their classical games, two 25+10 games, and the first 10+10 game had ended in draws when the teenager struck in the second 10+10:

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Another IM-beating-GM case was IM Ravi Haria, who managed to knock out GM Vadim Zvjaginsev after all. We saw him winning on Monday and unnecessarily losing on Tuesday.

In the tiebreak, he won as White and then successfully held a rook endgame to a draw as Black. In round two, Haria will play GM Etienne Bacrot.

In an unfortunate pairing between two players from Egypt, the favorite of the two, GM Ahmed Adly, was knocked out by GM Hesham Abdelrahman, who struck with the black pieces in the second rapid game to set up a round-two match with GM Constantin Lupulescu:

Pairings round 2

Fed Player Rtg - Fed Player Rtg
GM Martinovic, Sasa 2548 - GM Carlsen, Magnus 2847
GM Caruana, Fabiano 2806 - GM Megaranto, Susanto 2550
GM Cheng, Bobby 2552 - GM Aronian, Levon 2782
GM Giri, Anish 2776 - GM Savchenko, Boris 2553
GM Perez Ponsa, Federico 2554 - GM Grischuk, Alexander 2778
GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2782 - GM Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag 2554
GM Moradiabadi, Elshan 2553 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2749
GM Firouzja, Alireza 2759 - GM Sindarov, Javokhir 2558
GM Vakhidov, Jakhongir 2534 - GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2758
GM Karjakin, Sergey 2757 - GM Vokhidov, Shamsiddin 2530
GM Quesada Perez, Yasser 2565 - GM Harikrishna, Pentala 2730
GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2738 - IM Vazquez, Guillermo 2527
GM Fier, Alexandr 2569 - GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2726
GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2724 - GM Can, Emre 2569
GM Plat, Vojtech 2525 - GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2724
GM Esipenko, Andrey 2716 - GM Nguyen, Thai Dai Van 2588
GM Gukesh, D 2578 - GM Dubov, Daniil 2714
GM Svidler, Peter 2714 - GM Salinas Herrera, Pablo 2514
GM Ivic, Velimir 2582 - GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2710
GM Xiong, Jeffery 2709 - GM Mikhalevski, Victor 2579
GM Iniyan, P 2506 - GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2706
GM Yu, Yangyi 2705 - GM Kadric, Denis 2564
IM Murzin, Volodar 2502 - GM Artemiev, Vladislav 2704
GM Amin, Bassem 2703 - GM Gabuzyan, Hovhannes 2587
IM Druska, Juraj 2493 - GM Van Foreest, Jorden 2688
GM Alekseenko, Kirill 2699 - GM Krasenkow, Michal 2591
GM Brkic, Ante 2592 - GM Kryvoruchko, Yuriy 2699
GM Maghsoodloo, Parham 2698 - GM Georgiev, Kiril 2594
GM Yakubboev, Nodirbek 2598 - GM Navara, David 2675
GM Fedoseev, Vladimir 2696 - GM Bachmann, Axel 2599
GM Jobava, Baadur 2603 - GM Shankland, Sam 2709
GM Matlakov, Maxim 2688 - GM Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn 2603
GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2605 - GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2691
GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2687 - GM Ivanisevic, Ivan 2606
GM Gareyev, Timur 2596 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2684
GM Predke, Alexandr 2683 - GM Durarbayli, Vasif 2625
GM Henriquez Villagra, Cristobal 2606 - GM Korobov, Anton 2683
GM Salem, A.R. Saleh 2682 - GM Indjic, Aleksandar 2607
GM Praggnanandhaa, R 2608 - GM Sargissian, Gabriel 2682
GM Ragger, Markus 2680 - GM Piorun, Kacper 2608
IM Haria, Ravi 2440 - GM Bacrot, Etienne 2678
GM Gelfand, Boris 2675 - GM Braun, Arik 2609
GM Tabatabaei, M. Amin 2613 - GM Berkes, Ferenc 2673
GM Anton Guijarro, David 2673 - GM Idani, Pouya 2614
GM Akobian, Varuzhan 2614 - GM Grandelius, Nils 2661
GM Bluebaum, Matthias 2669 - GM Erdos, Viktor 2614
GM Svane, Rasmus 2615 - GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2667
GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2666 - GM Vocaturo, Daniele 2617
GM Sargsyan, Shant 2626 - GM Abasov, Nijat 2656
GM Shirov, Alexei 2662 - GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav 2620
GM Nihal, Sarin 2620 - GM Sjugirov, Sanan 2661
GM Adhiban, B. 2660 - GM Delgado Ramirez, Neuris 2622
GM Bok, Benjamin 2624 - GM Sevian, Samuel 2647
GM Lupulescu, Constantin 2659 - GM Hesham, Abdelrahman 2397
GM Deac, Bogdan-Daniel 2639 - GM Oparin, Grigoriy 2654
GM Kuzubov, Yuriy 2653 - GM Ponkratov, Pavel 2629
GM Mareco, Sandro 2629 - GM Cori, Jorge 2652
GM Onischuk, Alexander 2649 - GM Paravyan, David 2625
GM Mustafa Yilmaz 2630 GM Haik Martirosyan 2632
GM Saric, Ivan 2653 - GM Pichot, Alan 2630
GM Abdusattorov, Nodirbek 2634 - GM Aravindh, Chithambaram VR. 2641
GM Sarana, Alexey 2640 - GM Kovalev, Vladislav 2637
GM Jumabayev, Rinat 2637 - GM Motylev, Alexander 2639
GM Tari, Aryan 2639 - GM Bareev, Evgeny 2638

The women's section saw just one upset as the American WGM Jennifer Yu (2289) eliminated IM Klaudia Kulon (2363) of Poland by winning both rapid games with remarkable ease. Here's the first:

Jennifer Yu chess world cup 2021
Jennifer Yu will play IM Dinara Saduakassova in round two. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE.

WGM Shahenda Wafa (2106) from Egypt put up a great fight against the French WGM and commentator Almira Skripchenko (2411). She actually won the first rapid game, but Skripchenko came back and then won both 10+10 games.

Here's Skripchenko's must-win in the second rapid game:

Almira Skripchenko FIDE World Cup
Almira Skripchenko. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE.

Round 2 pairings

Fed Player Rating - Fed Player Rating
GM Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2596 - WGM Tokhirjonova, Gulrukhbegim 2320
IM Badelka, Olga 2418 - IM Matnadze, Ana 2421
WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2469 - IM Kulkarni Bhakti 2391
WGM Maltsevskaya, Aleksandra 2382 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2463
IM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2488 - IM Ordaz Valdes, Lisandra Teresa 2369
GM Hoang, Thanh Trang 2404 - IM Galliamova, Alisa 2442
IM Bulmaga, Irina 2413 - GM Danielian, Elina 2407
WGM Yu, Jennifer 2289 - IM Saduakassova, Dinara 2483
GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2523 - GM Peng, Zhaoqin 2358
IM Buksa, Nataliya 2413 - IM Yip, Carissa 2430
WGM Girya, Olga 2448 - WGM Garifullina, Leya 2390
WIM Munkhzul, Turmunkh 2278 - IM Shuvalova, Polina 2489
IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2470 - IM Mammadova, Gulnar 2385
IM Salimova, Nurgyul 2395 - IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2466
IM Atalik, Ekaterina 2433 - IM Guichard, Pauline 2413
WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 2352 - GM Muzychuk, Anna 2527
GM Muzychuk, Mariya 2550 - IM Gaponenko, Inna 2357
IM Cyfka, Karina 2417 - GM Ushenina, Anna 2429
GM Cramling, Pia 2459 - GM Socko, Monika 2393
WGM Cori T., Deysi 2388 - GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2472
GM Batsiashvili, Nino 2487 - IM Tsolakidou, Stavroula 2389
WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2403 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2446
GM Gunina, Valentina 2437 - IM Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 2413
IM Aulia, Medina Warda 2360 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2515
GM Tan, Zhongyi 2511 - WGM Yildiz Kadioglu, Betul Cemre 2362
IM Skripchenko, Almira 2411 - GM Sebag, Marie 2483
IM Mammadzada, Gunay 2460 - IM Unuk, Laura 2407
IM Padmini, Rout 2370 - IM Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 2494
GM Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2505 - IM Assaubayeva, Bibisara 2389
WGM Vaishali R 2393 - GM Khotenashvili, Bela 2471
IM Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 2428 - IM Osmak, Iulija 2418
WGM Injac, Teodora 2370 - GM Lagno, Kateryna 2559

The FIDE World Cup takes place in the Galaxy Leisure Complex in Sochi, Russia until August 6, 2021. Each round consists of two classical games and, if necessary, a rapid/blitz tiebreak on the third day. Starting from round two, the Open section has 128 players and the women's section 64.


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