World Cup: Morozevich, Le, Karjakin, Gelfand Eliminated

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  • on 8/22/13, 1:09 PM.

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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  • 3 years ago


    I'm not sure how much the format helps the much weaker players get to the Candidates Tournament, since they'd have to win through all the way to the final in order to do that; but it hurts the stronger players, because it's so easy for them to lose matches this way, and makes it more likely that a medium-strength player will get to the final than it otherwise would be.

  • 3 years ago


    I see your point, but I'm not sure that having short matches benefit weaker players all that much.  Notable upsets in this tournament though.

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago



    Why not?  The top two players determine the Candidates qualifiers, the knockout between them determines the tournament winner. 

  • 3 years ago


    How can the top two players in a *knockout* tournament automatically qualify for the candidates tournament?

  • 3 years ago


    Maxime and Andreikin are natural born killers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 3 years ago


    yeah.. Andreikin is playing very strong too.. 2-0 in tiebreak against karjakin

  • 3 years ago


    Andreikin also has some strong momentum, I am not counting him out. 

  • 3 years ago


    Tomashevsky has some serious momentum! He may be spent after today's duel but  Im rooting for him at this point.  He has definitely overcome the most hurdles.  I have also been impressed with Gata's play, as well as Korobov, and would not be surprised if Kramnik or Caurana come through. I guess I have no idea what is going to happen!... but it sure is a fun tournament to witness! It is a shame that Ivanchuk had to meet Kramnik so early on.

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik plays very solid in this tournament so far, I expect an interesting game for him against Korobov who surely wants to create another big upset in this tournament.

    I also expect an epic battle between Caruana and MVL. They are both young and play wonderfully so far. If I am not wrong, MVL has small pluses in his record againts Caruana

  • 3 years ago


    I think Kramnik is very close to make it. He is by far the best playerin this event. Caruana is still too young to beat him.

  • 3 years ago


    i think Kramnik will get the win, oddly enough. i know people think Caruana will take this, but Kramnik's experience is key with these events. I think it will be the game changer. I will predict, however, Caruana making it to the final four easily.

  • 3 years ago


    Caruana will beat everyone.

  • 3 years ago


    Tomashevsky is a fighter! I hope he does well, though if Kamsky beats him, I won't be too upset.

  • 3 years ago


    For the first time that I can remember I'm rooting for Gata, not as the last US hope, but for Gata.  When he won the US Champs, he said that he was disappointed he won in that it should have been the "passing of the torch" (as he put it) and that he should have been the representative of the old generation losing to the new.  He also said that this was his last shot--that if he didn't win the title this time, he was hanging it up.  So maybe he is playing more relaxed, in that he figures his career is probably over soon one way or the other, and in going out he's going to "leave it on the field."  Good luck to him.

  • 3 years ago


    Prediction: Caruana - Svidler in the final round, with Caruana to win it all.

  • 3 years ago


    I was cheering Gelfand And Aronian on. Since they are gone I hope that Svidler or Kramnik will win

  • 3 years ago


    Upsets are inherent in the knockout format.  Compared to a Swiss System or Round Robin the opportunity to recover from an error is significantly smaller.

  • 3 years ago


    I wonder why the World Cup causes so many upsets? It's really rare to see Aronian or Nakamura lose like this.

  • 3 years ago


    Tomashevsky will win it all.

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