Round 3 Game 1: Bu Xiangzhi defeats Carlsen, Kovalyov loses by forfeit

32 players came to the playing venue today to compete in the third round of the World Cup in Tbilisi. 10 minutes before the start of the games the Chief Arbiter Tomasz Delega asked GM Anton Kovalyov to observe the dress code set out in the regulations and requested that he change his shorts accordingly [...]

Round 2 Tie-breaks

The second round tie-breaks started with 22 matches on the 8th of September at 3 pm local time. After two rapid games 14 encounters were over and Ding Liren, David Navara, Yuriy Kuzubov, S.P. Sethuraman, Alexander Onischuk, Wang Hao, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Evgeniy Najer, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, Li Chao and Bu [...]

Manuchar Machaidze: Chess players regard me as one of them

Legendary Georgian football player and chess enthusiast Manuchar Machaidze came to support the strong Georgian chess player Baadur Jobava on Round 1 tie-break games. Mr. Manuchar, today you came here to support Baadur Jobava. Do you know him personally? No, he belongs to a different, younger generation. We have not interacted. We know that you [...]

Round 2 Game 1: Anton Kovalyov defeats Vishy Anand

32 participants of the World Cup returned today to the venue to play the first games of the second round. Only 7 games were decisive, while 25 finished in a draw. Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexey Dreev, David Navara won against Ivan Cheparinov, in two Russian derbies Vladimir Kramnik and Vladimir Fedoseev won against Anton Demchenko [...]

Top seeds advanced to the round two, while 22 matches will be decided on tie-breaks

The second games of the first round were played in Tbilisi on 4th of September. The majority of the top seeds proceeded to the second round by defeating much lower rated opponents. 42 players won their matches after two classical games: Carlsen Magnus (NOR), So Wesley (USA), Caruana Fabiano (USA), Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), Aronian Levon [...]