FIDE World Cup R3.1: Dzagnidze, Mamedyarov, Yu In Trouble
Carissa Yip shocked Nana Dzagnidze on Sunday. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

FIDE World Cup R3.1: Dzagnidze, Mamedyarov, Yu In Trouble

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GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov needs to win on-demand in the third round's second game at the FIDE World Cup. The recent winner of the Superbet Chess Classic stumbled on Sunday vs. GM Haik Martirosyan. Other rating favorites who started with a loss include GM Nana Dzagnidze, who lost to IM Carissa Yip, and GM Yu Yangyi, who lost to GM Amin Tabatabaei.

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With 64 players left in the open and 32 in the women's section, the World Cup playing hall saw a huge change on Sunday. Almost all of the top players had survived so far, but some of them stumbled early in round three.

The biggest surprise of the round was Mamedyarov's quick loss to Martirosyan, who had turned 21 just four days earlier.

It was not just the result that surprised, but also the way Mamedyarov lost. From a rather comfortable position as Black out of the opening, he attacked f2 himself, which White could easily parry, and then apparently underestimated the pressure on his own weakness on f7:

Haik Martirosyan FIDE World Cup
A surprisingly easy win for Haik Martirosyan. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Three more 2700-grandmasters went down on the first day of round three. For starters, there was the Chinese player Yu, who was overrun by a powerful attack from Tabatabaei. He and GM Pouya Idani are the only Iranian-born players left, now that GM Alireza Firouzja and GM Parham Maghsoodloo are out.

Amin Tabatabaei FIDE World Cup
Amin Tabatabaei. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE.

Wijk aan Zee winner GM Jorden van Foreest is in danger of elimination as well after losing to five-time world champion in chess problem-solving GM Kacper Piorun. In an equal position, Van Foreest went wrong with the last move before the time control:

Jorden van Foreest 2021 FIDE World Cup
Jorden van Foreest, one of the players who needs a win. Photo: Anastasiya Korolkova/FIDE.

GM Jeffery Xiong was involved in one of the longest games of the tournament so far and ended up losing after 120 moves to GM Nils Grandelius.

The players ended up in one of the most difficult endgames that exist. It is enough to get completely bewildered when the tablebase points out that Black draws with a king on a2 but not on c4, which Xiong played. (This actually does follow a well-known rule that the king often is better being far away so that defensive checks don't lead to the trade of queens.)

GM Magnus Carlsen won his third game in the tournament. He beat his compatriot GM Aryan Tari, who played an excellent game but blundered shortly before the time control:

Carlsen vs. Tari 2021 FIDE World Cup
Carlsen vs. Tari. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

In another matchup between two compatriots, GM Vidit Gujrathi beat GM Baskaran Adhiban, who had prepared deeply but then simply blundered a pawn on move 19. Vidit wasn't sure about his technique in the remainder, saying: "I just tried to keep the game really simple."

After the unfortunate events in the previous round, GM Fabiano Caruana was happy to be back in the playing hall. He doesn't seem to have contracted the virus. "I was tested twice after the second match. I always felt fine. I never had any symptoms or anything," he said.

The American top grandmaster drew with the Kazakh GM Rinat Jumabayev but considered it a good result as he had the black pieces.

GM Daniil Dubov won one of the best games of the day against his compatriot GM Vladimir Malakhov. Our annotator GM Dejan Bojkov watched Dubov's press conference with GM Sergey Shipov and included their conclusions: Game of the Day Dejan Bojkov

Dubov Shipov World Cup
Dubov with Shipov at the press conference. Photo: Anastasiya Korolkova/FIDE.

The 15-year-old GM Praggnanandhaa R. defeated his 42-year-older opponent GM Michal Krasenkow and showed wonderful mature chess as he ground down his opponent in the endgame:

Praggnanandhaa Krasenkow Sochi 201
Praggnanandhaa vs. Krasenkow. Photo: Anastasiya Korolkova/FIDE.

Results round 3

Fed Player Rtg - Fed Player Rtg G1 G2 TB
GM Carlsen, Magnus 2847 - GM Tari, Aryan 2639 1-0 . .
GM Caruana, Fabiano 2806 - GM Jumabayev, Rinat 2637 ½-½ . .
GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2782 - GM Haik Martirosyan 2632 0-1 . .
GM Grischuk, Alexander 2778 - GM Pichot, Alan 2630 1-0 . .
GM Giri, Anish 2776 - GM Abdusattorov, Nodirbek 2634 ½-½ . .
GM Karjakin, Sergey 2757 - GM Oparin, Grigoriy 2654 1-0 . .
GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2749 - GM Paravyan, David 2625 ½-½ . .
GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2738 - GM Sevian, Samuel 2647 ½-½ . .
GM Harikrishna, Pentala 2730 - GM Lupulescu, Constantin 2659 1-0 . .
GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 2726 - GM Adhiban, B. 2660 1-0 . .
GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2724 - GM Nihal, Sarin 2620 1-0 . .
GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2724 - GM Shirov, Alexei 2662 1-0 . .
GM Esipenko, Andrey 2716 - GM Abasov, Nijat 2656 ½-½ . .
GM Svidler, Peter 2714 - GM Cheparinov, Ivan 2667 ½-½ . .
GM Dubov, Daniil 2714 - GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2666 1-0 . .
GM Xiong, Jeffery 2709 - GM Grandelius, Nils 2661 0-1 . .
GM Shankland, Sam 2709 - GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2687 ½-½ . .
GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2706 - GM Idani, Pouya 2614 ½-½ . .
GM Yu, Yangyi 2705 - GM Tabatabaei, M. Amin 2613 0-1 . .
GM Artemiev, Vladislav 2704 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2675 ½-½ . .
GM Amin, Bassem 2703 - GM Bacrot, Etienne 2678 ½-½ . .
GM Fedoseev, Vladimir 2696 - GM Gareyev, Timur 2596 1-0 . .
GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2691 - GM Matlakov, Maxim 2688 ½-½ . .
GM Van Foreest, Jorden 2688 - GM Piorun, Kacper 2608 0-1 . .
GM Korobov, Anton 2683 - GM Georgiev, Kiril 2594 1-0 . .
GM Salem, Saleh 2682 - GM Brkic, Ante 2592 0-1 . .
GM Navara, David 2675 - GM Durarbayli, Vasif 2625 ½-½ . .
GM Bluebaum, Matthias 2669 - GM Ivic, Velimir 2582 0-1 . .
GM Cori, Jorge 2652 - GM Sindarov, Javokhir 2558 ½-½ . .
GM Kovalev, Vladislav 2637 - GM Cheng, Bobby 2552 1-0 . .
GM Ponkratov, Pavel 2629 - GM Vakhidov, Jakhongir 2534 0-1 . .
GM Praggnanandhaa, R 2608 - GM Krasenkow, Michal 2591 1-0 . .

The only American player left in the women's section has a good chance to reach the round of 16. Yip was the only player to score an upset, beating the strong Georgian grandmaster Dzagnidze with the black pieces in a rather topsy-turvy game:

Carissa Yip FIDE World Cup
Carissa Yip. Photo: Eric Rosen/FIDE.

GM Valentina Gunina and GM Harika Dronavalli played each other after both had enjoyed two rest days. This was because their Indonesian opponents in the previous round voluntarily withdrew from the tournament when other members of the Indonesian delegation had tested positive for corona.

Gunina leads the match as she played a winning kingside attack:

Gunina vs. Harika. Photo: Anastasiya Korolkova/FIDE.
Gunina vs. Harika. Photo: Anastasiya Korolkova/FIDE.

Results round 3

Fed Player Rating Fed Player Rating G1 G2 TB
GM Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2596 - IM Badelka, Olga 2418 1-0 . .
GM Lagno, Kateryna 2559 - IM Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 2428 1-0 . .
GM Muzychuk, Mariya 2550 - GM Ushenina, Anna 2429 ½-½ . .
GM Muzychuk, Anna 2527 - IM Guichard, Pauline 2413 1-0 . .
GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2523 - IM Yip, Carissa 2430 0-1 . .
GM Harika, Dronavalli 2515 - GM Gunina, Valentina 2437 0-1 . .
GM Tan, Zhongyi 2511 - GM Sebag, Marie 2483 1-0 . .
IM Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat 2494 - IM Mammadzada, Gunay 2460 ½-½ . .
IM Shuvalova, Polina 2489 - WGM Garifullina, Leya 2390 ½-½ . .
IM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2488 - IM Galliamova, Alisa 2442 1-0 . .
GM Batsiashvili, Nino 2487 - WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 2403 1-0 . .
IM Saduakassova, Dinara 2483 - GM Danielian, Elina 2407 ½-½ . .
GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2472 - GM Cramling, Pia 2459 1-0 . .
GM Khotenashvili, Bela 2471 - IM Assaubayeva, Bibisara 2389 ½-½ . .
WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2469 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2463 ½-½ . .
IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 2466 - IM Mammadova, Gulnar 2385 ½-½ . .

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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