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World Chess Cup Last 16 Preview

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013
by GM Daniel Gormally

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The standard of the World Chess Cup, which is going on at the moment, is quite astonishing. Even in blitz very few mistakes are being made. Today Alexander Morozevich came through his match against Nikita Vitiugov, which could only be described as a brutal encounter.

The final blitz game was of a much higher level than you would find in most classical time  controls; Vitiugov's stubborn resistance finally cracked when he allowed a mating net in a rook and pawn ending. It is rare that you see both players "in the zone" as they call it at the same time, but that certainly was the case there.

Anyway here is my rough preview of tomorrow's last of 16 ties:

Tomashevsky- Morozevich

This is bound to be a tough tie as "the professor" Toma, has just had the result of his life by putting out top seed and pre-tournament favourite Levon Aronian. However I think there is something of the eagles about Morozevich in this event and he is now my tip to go on and win the whole thing.

Win for Morozevich.


Also a tough tie with seemingly little between these players on paper. However Kamsky is an extremely difficult player to beat in a match situation, and I think he'll just about edge it.

Win for Kamsky.

Le Quang Liem-Svidler

Although on paper Svidler should be the favourite I'm not so sure. In fact I was very impressed by the calmness of Liem during his match against Grischuk and I feel he could give Svidler some serious problems as well. I'm going for a minor upset here.

Win for Quang Liem.


Karjakin will be desperate to get to the latter stages here, as the winner (both finalists - is sure to get a place in the Candidates.  Really Sergey will want a pop at a big money match with Magnus. For my money he's just about favourite to get past the tough Andrekin.

Win for Karjakin.

Caruana- Granda Zuniga

Granda has been the sensation of the event, upsetting the young Dutch star Giri. Granda has a reputation in chess for someone who is immensely talented but knows little theory. However he is really up against it here against Caruana. I believe that the Italian will emerge over the next 2-3 years to be the one to challenge Carlsen, and while the heart says Julio, the head most definitely says Fabio.

Win for Caruana.

Gelfand- Vachier-Lagrave

Vachier has been one of the revelations of the event so far, very easily winning all of his matches, and I think he can pull off a bit of an upset here by putting out the old war horse Gelfand.

Big booming Boris relishes taking on the "computer generation" and surely the game where Vachier is White against Gelfand's Najdorf will be very interesting. However I have to give the vote to the Frenchman here- he has played the more impressive chess of the two to this point, in my opinion.

Win for Vachier-Lagrave

Kramnik- Ivanchuk

This is a humdinger of a tie. The rumble in Tromso, the thriller in vanilla, however you like to call it... but I'm going to plump for Kramnik.

Interesting that Kramnik claims he has done no special preparation for this event, as he is already qualifed for the Candidates on rating and only had to show up to ensure his participation in that event. He claims he hasn't done any... I'm not so sure. Although he has struggled to put away his opposition so far he has rarely been in trouble in any of the games, and I think he'll just play on Chucky's inevitable time trouble and ultimately come through.

Win for Kramnik.


These two players have been coming along very quietly with very little attention on them so far. The normally explosive Naka has been carefully avoiding the headlines, and has smoothly got to this stage. However he'll have his hands full with Korobov, who has looked good so far and in general is one of the most improved players around, over the last 3/4 years.

But the vote must go to the American here as his brand of ultra- aggressive tactical chess should just be too much for Korobov. Naka has yet to be taken to the tie-breaks but I doubt he'll be too worried if he is- he is a speed chess player par excellence.

Win for Nakamura.

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1. Written by Peter on 02:01 20 2013 .
Tomashevsky-Morozevich: Moro is brilliant, but Tomashevsky is more consistent and much harder to beat. I would pick Evgeny.  
Mamedyarov is performing very well lately and is the World Rapid Chess Champion. My vote goes to him against Kamsky. 
Le can't beat both Svidler and Grischuk. Imho, Alexander and Peter are better players than Quang Liem. My money is on Svidler.  
Gelfand-Vachier-Lagrave: very hard to say. Coin flip.  
Agree on the other pairs.

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