Thursday, September 07, 2017

Fide World Chess Cup 2017 (Tbilisi, Georgia; Round 1)

So. vs. Castillo [final position]
(after 31.__Bd4; 1/2-1/2)
In this second game of Round 1, we see Wesley So and Julio Sadorra drawing with the respective opponents. Since So won against Castillo in their first encounter, he moves to the 2nd round without need of a tie-break. Unfortunately for Sadorra he leaves the tournament after getting knocked out by Matlakov in their first game.

We shall continue to monitor Wesley's performance in this event hopeful that he regains his form that catapulted him to  Super GM status.

This chess event  is slated from September 2 to 27 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The first prize winner pockets $120,000 from a total price fund of $1.6 million. But more importantly, the top two finishers in this event shall qualify in the 2018 Candidates of the World Championship Cycle 2016-2018.  Should the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his recent Challenger Sergey Karjakin reaches the final of this event, a match for 3rd and 4th place will be played.

128 players will play via a "knock- out format" of seven rounds according to the 2017 Fide World Chess Cup Regulations:

"Tournament format
There shall be six (6) rounds of matches comprising two (2) games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round, plus the final seventh (7th) round comprising of four (4) games.
Round 1: there shall be 128 players
Round 2: there shall be 64 players
Round 3: there shall be 32 players
Round 4: there shall be 16 players
Round 5: there shall be 8 players
Round 6: there shall be 4 players
Round 7: there shall be 2 players (or 4 players if a match is needed for 3rd place)

Time control

The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one.


If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colors, two (2) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move."

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