GOTW3: 2017 World Cup - Rd1 tiebreak

The round 1 rapid tiebreaks were played today in Tibilisi. Most of the rating favourites advanced, including Wei Yi, who eliminated Canadian GM Bator Sambuev

Their two-game rapid match was anticlimactic: following two complex and exciting long games, Samubev blundered horribly on move 10 in the first game to leave himself in a must-win-against-a-2748-player in the second game. He didn't, and goes home after giving one of the Big Boys a scare for the second World Cup in a row -- recall that Bator beat Morozevich in their first game in 2015, before losing the tiebreak.

Both rapid games, with notes, can be reivewed in the player below.

photo: Sambuev and Yi at the start of their first rapid playoff game (Karlovich photo).

more photos: on the CFC Newsletter facebook page


ChessBase India post-match interview with Sambuev

Round 2 sees Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov as Black against Vishy Anand. 

 Live Games (7am EST)

The ChessBrahs (Eric Hansen, Robin van Kampen and Aman Hambleton in Montreal) + Yasser Seirawan (Seattle) are doing live commentary:


Official Site (GM Ivan Sokolov and guests, with HQ onsite video):




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