Favourites Tumble In World Cup

Favourites Tumble In World Cup

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Four of the top rated players at the 2009 Chess World Cup faced grave danger after losing the first game of their second round matches yesterday, and only Peter Svidler managed to survive - for now.

Svidler won with White against Tomi Nyback to force a playoff tomorrow, but Alexander Morozevich, Teimour Radjabov (pictured) and Vassily Ivanchuk were all unceremoniously dumped out of the competition by lower rated opposition.

FIDE's 128-player KO competitions may not allow the cream to rise to the top, but they certainly provide upsets and excitement for chess fans.  Whoever wins the World Cup will, of course, be a great chess player; but they will also need some good fortune along the way.

None of this is meant to take anything away from Viktor Laznicka, Konstantin Sakaev and Wesley So.  Hearty congratulations to them on achieving their great upsets!

The full match scores for round 2 to date are shown below.  Exactly half of the matches were tied after the 2 regular time-control games and will therefore play-off tomorrow to decide the results. 

If you would like to look ahead, to predict who will meet who in future rounds, the best brackets can be found at Wikipedia, here.

1 Gelfand, Boris ISR 1.5-0.5 Amonatov, Farrukh TJK
2 Zhou, Jianchao CHN 0.5-1.5 Gashimov, Vugar AZE
3 Svidler, Peter RUS 1.0-1.0 Nyback, Tomi FIN
4 Laznicka, Viktor CZE 2.0-0.0 Morozevich, Alexander RUS
5 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 0.5-1.5 Sakaev, Konstantin RUS
6 So, Wesley PHI 1.5-0.5 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR
7 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1.0-1.0 Akobian, Varuzhan USA
8 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 0.5-1.5 Grischuk, Alexander RUS
9 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2.0-0.0 Sandipan, Chanda IND
10 Savchenko, Boris RUS 0.0-2.0 Wang, Yue CHN
11 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 1.0-1.0 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS
12 Timofeev, Artyom RUS 1.0-1.0 Karjakin, Sergey UKR
13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2.0-0.0 Milov, Vadim SUI
14 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. UKR 1.0-1.0 Shirov, Alexei ESP
15 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 1.0-1.0 Caruana, Fabiano ITA
16 Bartel, Mateusz POL 0.5-1.5 Yu, Yangyi CHN
17 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 1.0-1.0 Meier, Georg GER
18 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 1.0-1.0 Alekseev, Evgeny RUS
19 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 1.0-1.0 Khalifman, Alexander RUS
20 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 0.0-2.0 Wang, Hao CHN
21 Navara, David CZE 1.0-1.0 Shabalov, Alexander USA
22 Smirin, Ilia ISR 1.0-1.0 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS
23 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2.0-0.0 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND
24 Areshchenko, Alexander UKR 1.0-1.0 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS
25 Jobava, Baadur GEO 1.5-0.5 Iturrizaga, Eduardo VEN
26 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 0.5-1.5 Motylev, Alexander RUS
27 Kamsky, Gata USA 1.5-0.5 Zhou, Weiqi CHN
28 Milos, Gilberto BRA 1.0-1.0 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS
29 Bologan, Viktor MDA 1.0-1.0 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL
30 Onischuk, Alexander USA 0.5-1.5 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER
31 Pelletier, Yannick SUI 1.0-1.0 Li, Chao b CHN
32 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU 1.0-1.0 Polgar, Judit HUN






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