FIDE World Cup R4.3: Carlsen, Ivic Among Final 16
Carlsen and Korobov looking at the Andreikin-Ivic match. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

FIDE World Cup R4.3: Carlsen, Ivic Among Final 16

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen made it to the fifth round of the FIDE World Cup on Saturday as he defeated GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek in the second game of the round-four tiebreak. A surprising name among the final 16 is 18-year-old GM Velimir Ivic, who knocked out GM Dmitry Andreikin. In the women's section, all rapid rating favorites won their tiebreaks.

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Both in the open and women's sections, half of the round-four matches needed to be decided in tiebreaks. Nonetheless, it was a relatively short day of tiebreaks where no match went to the blitz stage.

Carlsen was one of the players who needed just two games to advance. While he didn't survive round four at the 2017 World Cup and couldn't convert promising positions in his two classical games, the world champion made a good impression in the rapid.

Carlsen Wojtaszek World Cup tiebreak 2021
Carlsen vs. Wojtaszek. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Carlsen, who did admit that he was a bit nervous for these tiebreaks, started with a comfortable draw as Black vs. Wojtaszek and then outplayed his opponent as White.

Putting the knight on the rim on move 18 was a mistake, according to Carlsen: "At least practically speaking, then it's very hard to hold."

Carlsen's opponent in round five is an interesting one: GM Andrey Esipenko, the 19-year-old Russian grandmaster whom he lost to at Wijk aan Zee this year. It was the first 10+10 game where Esipenko made the difference vs. his compatriot GM Daniil Dubov.

Esipenko Dubov FIDE World Cup 2021
Esipenko vs. Dubov. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Esipenko is one of five Russian players who has made it to the final 16 and two of them are former World Cup winners. GM Peter Svidler, who won 10 years ago in Khanty-Mansiysk, beat his former second and fellow St. Petersburg resident, GM Nikita Vitiugov, who played an interesting novelty in the Sicilian that was seen the day before in Carlsen-Wojtaszek.

In 2015, Svidler lost a dramatic World Cup final to GM Sergey Karjakin, who went on to win the 2016 Candidates and qualify for the world title match with Carlsen. On Saturday, Karjakin knocked out GM Vladislav Artemiev, despite starting with a loss in the first rapid game. After coming back, he won a nice endgame in the first 10+10:

Artemiev Karjakin 2021 FIDE World Cup
Artemiev resigns the second rapid game. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Another former World Cup finalist from Russia didn't make it to the next round. Andreikin surprisingly lost both games to the surprise of the tournament so far, Ivic. As was pointed out on Twitter, this player's full name reminds of another, quite famous Serbian grandmaster: GM Dragoljub Velimirovic.

Velimir Ivic 2021 FIDE World Cup
Velimir Ivic. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

After spoiling a win the other day, Ivic immediately made up for it by winning the first rapid game. The final phase was quite exciting in time trouble where Andreikin continued playing a queen down because there were some stalemate possibilities: Game of the Day Dejan Bojkov

Ivic Andreikin FIDE World Cup
Ivic vs. Andreikin. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

An intensely fighting match was GM Vasif Durarbayli vs. GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who had played a total of six games against each other and had drawn none. It was Abdusattorov who took the lead in the rapid games, but Durarbayli came back and then won both 10+10 games.

Here's Durarbayli's must-win in the second 25+10 game:

Durarbayli Abdusattorov 2021 FIDE World Cup
Durarbayli vs. Abdusattorov. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Results round 4 tiebreaks

Fed Player Rtg - Fed Player Rtg G1 G2 TB
GM Carlsen, Magnus 2847 - GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2691 ½-½ ½-½ 1½-½
GM Grischuk, Alexander 2778 - GM Korobov, Anton 2683 ½-½ ½-½ 1½-½
GM Karjakin, Sergey 2757 - GM Artemiev, Vladislav 2704 ½-½ ½-½ 2½-1½
GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2724 - GM Ivic, Velimir 2582 ½-½ ½-½ 0-2
GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2724 - GM Svidler, Peter 2714 ½-½ ½-½ ½-1½
GM Esipenko, Andrey 2716 - GM Dubov, Daniil 2714 ½-½ ½-½ 2½-1½
GM Bacrot, Etienne 2678 - GM Ponkratov, Pavel 2629 1-0 0-1 1½-½
GM Durarbayli, Vasif 2625 - GM Abdusattorov, Nodirbek 2634 1-0 0-1 3-1

There were no surprises in the women's tournament, where three clear rating favorites won convincingly. A very close match, with regard to ratings, between IM Alina Kashlinskaya and IM Dinara Saduakassova was won by the Kazakh player.

Another player from Kazakhstan, the talented 17-year-old IM Bibisara Assaubayeva, leaves the World Cup after losing to GM Kateryna Lagno. This match was decided in the first rapid game, where shortly before the end Assaubayeva missed a chance to play for stalemate and continued the game.

Results round 4 tiebreaks

Fed Player Rating Fed Player Rating G1 G2 TB
GM Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2596 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2463 0-1 1-0 2-0
GM Lagno, Kateryna 2559 - IM Assaubayeva, Bibisara 2389 ½-½ ½-½ 1½-½
GM Dzagnidze, Nana 2523 - IM Shuvalova, Polina 2489 0-1 1-0 2½-1½
IM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2488 - IM Saduakassova, Dinara 2483 ½-½ ½-½ 1-3

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. The Open section began round two with 128 players and the women's section, 64.

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