September 9th-October 4th, 2019
||IND||Yuri Gonzalez Vidal||
|6||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||
||RUS||Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son||
||CHN||Miguel Santos Ruiz||
||IND||David Antón Guijarro||
||IND||Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli||
|32||Sergio Duran Vega||
|36||Jose Eduardo Martinez||
||RUS||Carlos Daniel Albornoz||
||RUS||Le Quang Liem||
|48||Essam El Gindy||
|54||Neuris Delgado Ramirez||
|56||Helgi Dam Ziska||
|60||Cristobal Henriquez Villagra||
|64||Mohammad Fahad Rahman||
September 10-12, 2019
Wojtaszek upset… Nihal shines
Commentators marvel at World Cup because the diversity of players and the various formats in each match. Indeed there are the unknown players who qualified from their zonal tournaments getting a chance to share the stage with the world’s elite. Then there are those rising stars looking to supplant the veterans. Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan was the youngest in the field at 14. That led to a quip by Lawrence Trent…
Jan: "Abdusattorov is out, so Nihal Sarin is now the youngest in the event"
Lawrence: "No, he's not, it's Jeffery"
Jan: "Jeffery is like 3 years older"
Lawrence: "No, it's definitely Jeffery. He's the Xiongest in the event" 🙂 #Boom #FIDEWorldCup
— chess24.com (@chess24com) September 12, 2019
Radoslaw Wojtaszek was the first big name to have an early exit after losing to Norway’s Johan-Sebastian Christiansen 2-0. Christiansen was overcome with joy after the result.
Never in my wildest dreams would I believe that I would beat such a world class player with 2-0. Extremely proud of myself and very happy! Now I'm looking forward to more fighting chess. I'll be playing Kirill Alekseenko (2671) in round 2. #FIDEWorldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/viurRaeL85
— Johan-Sebastian Christiansen (@GMJSChr) September 11, 2019
Bu Xiangzhi was another victim losing in tiebreaks to 20-year old countryman Yu Xiangzhi. Bu has enjoyed a wonderful career and he will soon make way for the cadre of rising Chinese yet to arrive on the professional circuit. There was another exchange between Trent and Jan Gustafsson on the dangers of playing in the Chinese League among unrated players. “Not good for your Elo rating,” was the moral of the story.
Perhaps the sensation of the round was the Nihal Sarin who won convincingly over Jorge Cori of Peru. His first game achieved plaudits from legendary players and the comparisons to Anatoly Karpov were commonplace.
Boy wonder Nihal Sarin ?? scored an emphatic victory over higher ranked & Peruvian, Jorge Cori ?? in round 1 of the 2019 #FIDEWorldCup@NihalSarin got a nice edge and converted with computeresque precision to bring home the point.
— Chess.com – India (@chesscom_in) September 10, 2019
There has been a lot made of the Indian talents Sarin (15), Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (14) and Dommaraju Gukesh (13). There has been quite a bit of attention given to the recent push to develop Indian talent. Most recently a group of young Indian prodigies attended a camp conducted by Vladimir Kramnik and hosted by ChessBase. Sagar Shah of ChessBase India was on the scene. With Viswanathan Anand also lending his leadership, India will be looking to improve its #4 position in the world.
There were 28 Russians starting this event and they had their own young talents including 17-year old Andrey Esipenko winning over former FIDE champion Ruslan Ponomariov. There was a controversy involving doping tests. Ponomariov was upset because the test took a couple of hours and did not allow him time to prepare for his next game which he lost badly. Dr. Marape Marape, Chairman of FIDE Medical Commission spoke on the matter to clarify.
Not too many upsets in the first round, but Levon Aronian nearly dropped his first game against Essam El-Gindy of Egypt before holding on to draw. He would win the next game and move on. As far as smaller federations, those from Asia, Latin America and Africa did not fare well. The balance of power has shifted eastward, but the transition has been gradual.
Of course the Asian powerhouses China (#3) and India (#4) will go deep in the tournament, but chess is still in transformation and perhaps one day there will be a singular talent to come from an obscure country. Before Magnus Carlsen rise, Norway was not exactly a world power in chess and is still not a world power. However, it shows that one can rise if given the right opportunities and the World Cup is one such event.
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