Saturday 1 October 2016

And then there were eight! 128 players started in the FIDE World Cup in Baku, but after four rounds most have been knocked out.

Published 27/09/2015 | 02:30

And then there were eight! 128 players started in the FIDE World Cup in Baku, but after four rounds most have been knocked out.

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Matches consist of two games (except for the final, which consists of four). It all wraps up on October 5, so there's still little over a week left.

The eight players who are still in the race are Peter Svidler (Russia), Wei Yi (China), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Anish Giri (The Netherlands).

The highest rated of them is Nakamura, who is currently the No 2 player in the world. But I think that 16-year old Wei Yi and 21-year old Anish Giri are the ones to watch out for!

This week I'd like to show one of Giri's wins from this tournament:

Giri - Wojtaszek

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6

3.e4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5

5.e5 Ne4 6.Nf3 Bf5

7.d4 Bb4 8.Bd2 Bxc3

9.Bxc3 0-0 10.Be2 c5

11.dxc5 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Be4

13.0-0 Nd7 14.Nd4 Nxc5

15.f3 Bg6 16.Nb5 Re8

17.f4 Be4?!

It was better to play 17...Ne4 18.Rc1 a6 19.Nd4 f6, with an unclear position.

18.Nd6 Re7

19.c4! dxc4 20.Bxc4 Bc6

21.Qc2 Ne6? 22.Rad1 Qb6+ 23.Kh1 g6 (D)

White's pieces dominate the board and Giri started a decisive attack:

24.f5! Nd4

25.Qd2 Nxf5 26.Rxf5! gxf5 27.Nxf5 1-0

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