Both matches are tied after two games of the semifinal

In the return game of the semifinal clash Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave agreed for a draw after 19 moves and extended the match to the tie-break. Playing White Ding Liren got better position out of the opening against Wesley So. After queens exchange the Chinese Grandmaster slowly tried to increase the advantage but his [...]

Two draws in the first day of the semifinal

The semifinal matches of the World Cup started in the Hualing Hotel on 19th of September. Four players continue competing in the World Cup: Levon Aronian (Armenia) had white pieces against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), while Wesley So (USA) played with White against Ding Liren (China). Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave followed the theoretical line in [...]

Round 5 Game 2: Aronian, So and Ding proceed to the semifinal

The second games of the World Cup Quarterfinals were played on September 16. After the tense fights Vassily Ivanchuk, Richard Rapport and Vladimir Fedoseev leave the tournament. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler made a draw in the second game as well as in the previous one and extended the match to the tie-breaks. Ding Liren [...]