2021 FIDE World Cup: FINALS

2021 World Chess Cup
July 12th-August 6th, 2021
(Sochi, Russia)
MATCH PAIRINGS (FINALS, 3rd Place)
1 Karjakin, Sergey
RUS
½-½
Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
POL
2 Fedoseev, Vladimir
RUS
0-1
Carlsen, Magnus
NOR
Official Brackets

Finals (Open, 3rd place), Game 1

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Karjakin-Duda are “Quick Draw McGraw”… Carlsen bashes Fedoseev

Both Sergey Karjakin and Jan-Krzysztof Duda seem content for a “feeling out” process, but there are only two games. Both were following a game from the Tata Steel featuring Magnus Carlsen and Duda. Karjakin had prepped for that game, but got an unexpected response from Duda. He decided to bail out when he found himself out of prep after 17 moves. It was disappointing, but both may be content with going to tiebreaks. Here was the reaction from the third-place participants.


After an inventive exchange sacrifice, black pieces are swarming while white’s queen helplessly watches the invasion.

Yes, the Fedoseev-Carlsen game would be far more interesting. The game started out as a King’s Indian, but the Russian went 3.h4!? Despite this shock, the fans were in for another, 16…f4!? 17.Bxf4 Bd7 18.Nd1 Rxf4! This exchange sacrifice would have as compensation control of the dark squares. The black bishop bore into the kingside while after 25…b5!? the black queen broke down the door on the queenside.

The white queen was hemmed in (g1, g2, h1) looking on helplessly. In the diagrammed position, black is all over white like a cheap suit. By the time white could give the exchange back, black had gotten a tight grip on the position. All Fedoseev could do is shuffle his pieces around on a few squares. He resigned in a miserable position. In the interview, he discussed the game and also the loss to Duda. Very revealing!


Video by FIDE Chess

Games (Open)


Video by FIDE Chess

Critical Links: official site, YouTube, Twitter #FIDEWorldCup2021, Results

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  1. 2021 World Chess Cup
    July 12th-August 6th, 2021
    (Sochi, Russia)
    MATCH PAIRINGS (FINALS, 3rd Place)
    1 Karjakin, Sergey
    RUS
    ½-1½
    Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
    POL
    2 Fedoseev, Vladimir
    RUS
    0-2
    Carlsen, Magnus
    NOR
    Official Brackets

    Finals (Open, 3rd place), Game 2

    Thursday, 4 August 2021

    Jan-Krzysztof Duda wins World Cup!


    Video by FIDE Chess

    Games (Open)


    Video by FIDE Chess

    Critical Links: official site, YouTube, Twitter #FIDEWorldCup2021, Results

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