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Chess World Cup 2015

Stamps of Azerbaijan, 2015

The Chess World Cup 2015 was a 128-player single-elimination chess tournament held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 10 September to 5 October 2015.

Sergey Karjakin won the competition on tie-breaks after a four-game final against Peter Svidler. Both finalists qualified for the 2016 Candidates Tournament.

The winner of the Chess World Cup 2013, Vladimir Kramnik, was defeated by Dmitry Andreikin in the third round.

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FormatEdit

Matches consisted of two games (except for the final, which consisted of four). Players had 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 the start of the game. If a match was tied after the regular games, tie breaks were played the next day. The format for the tie breaks was as follows:

  • Two rapid games (25 minutes plus 10 seconds increment).
  • If the score was tied after two rapid games, two rapid games (10 minutes plus 10 seconds increment).
  • If the score was tied after four rapid games, the opponents play two blitz games (five minutes plus three seconds increment).
  • If the score was tied after a pair of blitz games, an armageddon game (in which a draw counts as a win for Black) was played. White had 5 minutes and Black had 4 minutes, with an increment of 3 seconds/move starting from move 61.

Prize moneyEdit

Round Prize Total
Round 1 64 × US $6,000 US $384,000
Round 2 32 × US $10,000 US $320,000
Round 3 16 × US $16,000 US $256,000
Round 4 8 × US $25,000 US $200,000
Round 5 4 × US $35,000 US $140,000
Round 6 2 × US $50,000 US $100,000
Runner-up US $80,000 US $80,000
Winner US $120,000 US $120,000
Total US $1,600,000

According to the regulations, and contrary to many elite tournaments even including the FIDE Grand Prix, all players had to pay their own expenses for travel.[1]

ParticipantsEdit

The qualified players[2] are seeded by their FIDE ratings of August 2015. Eighteen players qualified by rating.[3] All players are grandmasters unless indicated otherwise.

  1.   Veselin Topalov (BUL), 2816 (R)
  2.   Hikaru Nakamura (USA), 2814 (R)
  3.   Fabiano Caruana (USA), 2808 (R)
  4.   Anish Giri (NED), 2793 (R)
  5.   Wesley So (USA), 2779 (R)
  6.   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS), 2777 (WC)
  7.   Alexander Grischuk (RUS), 2771 (R)
  8.   Ding Liren (CHN), 2770 (R)
  9.   Levon Aronian (ARM), 2765 (R)
  10.   Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS), 2759 (E14)
  11.   Sergey Karjakin (RUS), 2753 (R)
  12.   Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS), 2747 (WC)
  13.   Boris Gelfand (ISR), 2741 (R)
  14.   Pentala Harikrishna (IND), 2740 (R)
  15.   Michael Adams (ENG), 2740 (R)
  16.   Peter Svidler (RUS), 2739 (R)
  17.   Teimour Radjabov (AZE), 2738 (ON)
  18.   Leinier Domínguez (CUB), 2736 (R)
  19.   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE), 2735 (R)
  20.   Radosław Wojtaszek (POL), 2733 (E14)
  21.   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), 2731 (WC)
  22.   Yu Yangyi (CHN), 2726 (J13)
  23.   Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR), 2726 (R)
  24.   Wei Yi (CHN), 2725 (Z3.5)
  25.   David Navara (CZE), 2724 (E14)
  26.   Pavel Eljanov (UKR), 2723 (E14)
  27.   Dmitry Andreikin (RUS), 2720 (WC)
  28.   Nikita Vitiugov (RUS), 2719 (R)
  29.   Peter Leko (HUN), 2714 (R)
  30.   Ni Hua (CHN), 2713 (AS14)
  31.   Laurent Fressinet (FRA), 2710 (E14)
  32.   Alexander Moiseenko (UKR), 2710 (E15)
  33.   Wang Hao (CHN), 2705 (R)
  34.   Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS), 2705 (E15)
  35.   Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB), 2704 (AS14)
  36.   Igor Kovalenko (LAT), 2702 (PN)
  37.   Le Quang Liem (VIE), 2699 (Z3.3)
  38.   Anton Korobov (UKR), 2699 (E15)
  39.   Ivan Cheparinov (BUL), 2690 (E14)
  40.   Maxim Matlakov (RUS), 2689 (E15)
  41.   Ray Robson (USA), 2680 (Z2.1)
  42.   Maxim Rodshtein (ISR), 2678 (E15)
  43.   Igor Lysyj (RUS), 2673 (E14)
  44.   Gabriel Sargissian (ARM), 2673 (E14)
  45.   Vladislav Artemiev (RUS), 2671 (E14)
  46.   Hou Yifan (CHN), 2671 (PN)
  47.   Gata Kamsky (USA), 2670 (Z2.1)
  48.   Ilia Smirin (ISR), 2669 (E14)
  49.   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (GER), 2667 (E15)
  50.   Viktor Laznicka (CZE), 2665 (E15)
  51.   Sanan Sjugirov (RUS), 2664 (E15)
  52.   Julio Granda (PER), 2663 (AM14)
  53.   Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (VIE), 2662 (Z3.3)
  54.   Alexander Onischuk (USA), 2662 (Z2.1)
  55.   Ivan Šarić (CRO), 2661 (E14)
  56.   Alexander Areshchenko (UKR), 2661 (E14)
  57.   Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS), 2660 (PN)
  58.   Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS), 2659 (E14)
  59.   Lázaro Bruzón (CUB), 2659 (Z2.3)
  60.   Csaba Balogh (HUN), 2659 (E14)
  61.   Alexander Motylev (RUS), 2658 (E14)
  62.   Evgeniy Najer (RUS), 2658 (E15)
  63.   Sam Shankland (USA), 2655 (AM14)
  64.   Ivan Bukavshin (RUS), 2655 (E15)
  65.   Sergei Zhigalko (BLR), 2654 (E14)
  66.   Ivan Popov (RUS), 2653 (E15)
  67.   Rauf Mamedov (AZE), 2651 (ON)
  68.   Boris Grachev (RUS), 2649 (E15)
  69.   Eltaj Safarli (AZE), 2644 (ON)
  70.   Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (IND), 2644 (AS15)
  71.   Baskaran Adhiban (IND), 2643 (AS14)
  72.   Yuniesky Quezada (CUB), 2643 (AM15)
  73.   Denis Khismatullin (RUS), 2642 (E15)
  74.   Bassem Amin (EGY), 2640 (AF)
  75.   Andrei Volokitin (UKR), 2639 (E15)
  76.   Robert Kempinski (POL), 2637 (E15)
  77.   Alexandr Fier (BRA), 2636 (Z2.4)
  78.   S. P. Sethuraman (IND), 2635 (Z3.7)
  79.   Varuzhan Akobian (USA), 2635 (Z2.1)
  80.   David Anton Guijarro (ESP), 2635 (E14)
  81.   Romain Édouard (FRA), 2634 (ACP)
  82.   Hrant Melkumyan (ARM), 2633 (E14)
  83.   Rafael Leitão (BRA), 2632 (AM14)
  84.   Surya Shekhar Ganguly (IND), 2631 (AS15)
  85.   Mateusz Bartel (POL), 2631 (E15)
  86.   Constantin Lupulescu (ROU), 2626 (E14)
  87.   Eduardo Iturrizaga (VEN), 2625 (AM15)
  88.   Yuri Vovk (UKR), 2624 (E15)
  89.   Gadir Guseinov (AZE), 2624 (PN)
  90.   Alexander Ipatov (TUR), 2622 (E15)
  91.   Dragan Solak (TUR), 2622 (E14)
  92.   Vasif Durarbayli (AZE), 2621 (ON)
  93.   Wen Yang (CHN), 2618 (AS14)
  94.   Zhao Jun (CHN), 2616 (Z3.5)
  95.   Anton Kovalyov (CAN), 2616 (AM15)
  96.   Milos Perunović (SRB), 2614 (E14)
  97.   Ante Brkić  (CRO), 2607 (E15)
  98.   Lu Shanglei (CHN), 2607 (J14)
  99.   Sandro Mareco (ARG), 2605 (Z2.5)
  100.   Aleksey Goganov (RUS), 2603 (E15)
  101.   Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM), 2601 (E14)
  102.   Zhou Jianchao (CHN), 2600 (AS15)
  103.   Rinat Jumabayev (KAZ), 2600 (Z3.4)
  104.   Tamir Nabaty (ISR), 2595 (E15)
  105.   Salem A. R. Saleh (UAE), 2595 (AS14)
  106.   Ahmed Adly (EGY), 2591 (AF)
  107.   Viorel Iordachescu (MDA), 2589 (E14)
  108.   Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suárez (CUB), 2577 (AM14)
  109.   M.R. Lalith Babu (IND), 2570 (AS15)
  110.   Pouya Idani (IRI), 2568 (Z3.1)
  111.   Federico Perez Ponsa (ARG), 2563 (AM15)
  112.   Samuel Sevian (USA), 2553 (Z2.1)
  113.   Emre Can (TUR), 2547 (E15)
  114.   Mariya Muzychuk (UKR), 2528 (WWC)
  115.   Max Illingworth, IM (AUS), 2514 (Z3.6)
  116.   Cristobal Henriquez Villagra, IM (CHI), 2511 (Z2.5)
  117.   Ziaur Rahman (BAN), 2509 (Z3.2)
  118.   Ermes Espinoza Veloz, FM (CUB), 2495 (Z2.3)
  119.   Ilia Iljiushenok, IM (RUS), 2491 (E15)
  120.   Michael Wiedenkeller, IM (LUX), 2453 (PN)
  121.   Tomas Krnan, IM (CAN), 2436 (Z2.2)
  122.   Yusup Atabayev, IM (TKM), 2428 (Z3.4)
  123.   Deysi Cori, WGM (PER), 2421 (Z2.4)
  124.   Parham Maghsoodloo, untitled (IRI), 2416 (AS15)
  125.   Arthur Ssegwanyi, IM (UGA), 2357 (Z4.2)
  126.   Amir Zaibi, FM (TUN), 2330 (Z4.1)
  127.   Richmond Phiri, IM (ZAM), 2291 (Z4.3)
  128.   Oladapo Adu, IM (NGR), 2241 (Z4.4)

Qualification pathsEdit

CalendarEdit

Round Regular games Tiebreaks
Round 1 11–12 September 13 September
Round 2 14–15 September 16 September
Round 3 17–18 September 19 September
Round 4 20–21 September 22 September
Quarterfinals 23–24 September 25 September
Semifinals 27–28 September 29 September
Final 1–4 October 5 October

Results, Rounds 1–4Edit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
1   Veselin Topalov 2
128   Oladapo Adu 0
1   Veselin Topalov
65   Sergei Zhigalko ½
65   Sergei Zhigalko 3
64   Ivan Bukavshin 1
1   Veselin Topalov
97   Lu Shanglei
33   Wang Hao
96   Milos Perunović
33   Wang Hao ½
97   Lu Shanglei
97   Lu Shanglei
32   Alexander Moiseenko
1   Veselin Topalov ½
16   Peter Svidler
17   Teimour Radjabov 3
112   Samuel Sevian 1
17   Teimour Radjabov 3
48   Ilia Smirin 1
81   Romain Édouard ½
48   Ilia Smirin
17   Teimour Radjabov
16   Peter Svidler
49   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
80   David Antón Guijarro ½
49   Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
16   Peter Svidler
113   Emre Can ½
16   Peter Svidler

Section 2Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
9   Levon Aronian 2
120   Michael Wiedenkeller 0
9   Levon Aronian 1
56   Alexander Areshchenko 3
73   Denis Khismatullin ½
56   Alexander Areshchenko
56   Alexander Areshchenko ½
24   Wei Yi
41   Ray Robson ½
88   Yuri Vovk
88   Yuri Vovk
24   Wei Yi
105   Salem A. R. Saleh ½
24   Wei Yi
24   Wei Yi
8   Ding Liren
25   David Navara 3
104   Tamir Nabaty 1
25   David Navara ½
89   Gadir Guseinov
89   Gadir Guseinov 3
40   Maxim Matlakov 1
89   Gadir Guseinov ½
8   Ding Liren
57   Ernesto Inarkiev 3
72   Yuniesky Quezada 1
57   Ernesto Inarkiev ½
8   Ding Liren
121   Tomas Krnan ½
8   Ding Liren

Section 3Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
5   Wesley So 2
124   Parham Maghsoodloo 0
5   Wesley So 2
60   Csaba Balogh 0
69   Eltaj Safarli
60   Csaba Balogh
5   Wesley So
37   Le Quang Liem
37   Le Quang Liem
92   Vasif Durarbayli ½
37   Le Quang Liem
28   Nikita Vitiugov
101   Samvel Ter-Sahakyan 1
28   Nikita Vitiugov 3
5   Wesley So ½
21   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
21   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
108   Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suárez ½
21   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
44   Gabriel Sargissian ½
85   Mateusz Bartel
44   Gabriel Sargissian
21   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 4
12   Evgeny Tomashevsky 2
53   Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
76   Robert Kempinski ½
53   Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
12   Evgeny Tomashevsky
117   Ziaur Rahman 1
12   Evgeny Tomashevsky 3

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
13   Boris Gelfand
116   Cristóbal Henríquez Villagra
116   Cristóbal Henríquez Villagra 0
52   Julio Granda 2
77   Alexandr Fier ½
52   Julio Granda
52   Julio Granda ½
20   Radosław Wojtaszek
45   Vladislav Artemiev
84   Surya Shekhar Ganguly ½
45   Vladislav Artemiev ½
20   Radosław Wojtaszek
109   Lalith Babu ½
20   Radosław Wojtaszek
20   Radosław Wojtaszek 1
4   Anish Giri 3
29   Peter Leko
100   Aleksey Goganov ½
29   Peter Leko
93   Wen Yang ½
93   Wen Yang
36   Igor Kovalenko ½
29   Peter Leko ½
4   Anish Giri
61   Alexander Motylev
68   Boris Grachev
61   Alexander Motylev 1
4   Anish Giri 3
125   Arthur Ssegwanyi ½
4   Anish Giri

Section 5Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
3   Fabiano Caruana 2
126   Amir Zaibi 0
3   Fabiano Caruana
67   Rauf Mamedov ½
67   Rauf Mamedov
62   Evgeniy Najer ½
3   Fabiano Caruana
94   Anton Kovalyov ½
35   Rustam Kasimdzhanov
94   Anton Kovalyov
94   Anton Kovalyov
99   Sandro Mareco ½
99   Sandro Mareco
30   Ni Hua ½
3   Fabiano Caruana ½
19   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
19   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
110   Pouya Idani ½
19   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
46   Hou Yifan
83   Rafael Leitão
46   Hou Yifan
19   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
78   S. P. Sethuraman ½
51   Sanan Sjugirov 0
78   S. P. Sethuraman 2
78   S. P. Sethuraman
14   Pentala Harikrishna ½
115   Max Illingworth ½
14   Pentala Harikrishna

Section 6Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
11   Sergey Karjakin 2
118   Ernes Espinoza Veloz 0
11   Sergey Karjakin 4
54   Alexander Onischuk 2
75   Andrei Volokitin
54   Alexander Onischuk
11   Sergey Karjakin
22   Yu Yangyi ½
43   Igor Lysyj 4
86   Constantin Lupulescu 2
43   Igor Lysyj
22   Yu Yangyi
107   Viorel Iordăchescu 0
22   Yu Yangyi 2
11   Sergey Karjakin
27   Dmitry Andreikin
27   Dmitry Andreikin
102   Zhou Jianchao ½
27   Dmitry Andreikin
38   Anton Korobov ½
91   Dragan Solak ½
38   Anton Korobov
27   Dmitry Andreikin
6   Vladimir Kramnik
59   Lázaro Bruzón 3
70   Santosh Gujrathi Vidit 1
59   Lázaro Bruzón ½
6   Vladimir Kramnik
123   Deysi Cori 0
6   Vladimir Kramnik 2

Section 7Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
7   Alexander Grischuk 5
122   Yusup Atabayev 3
7   Alexander Grischuk
58   Vladimir Fedoseev
71   Baskaran Adhiban
58   Vladimir Fedoseev
7   Alexander Grischuk 0
26   Pavel Eljanov 2
39   Ivan Cheparinov ½
90   Alexander Ipatov
90   Alexander Ipatov 0
26   Pavel Eljanov 2
103   Rinat Jumabayev 0
26   Pavel Eljanov 2
26   Pavel Eljanov
10   Dmitry Jakovenko
23   Vassily Ivanchuk
106   Ahmed Adly ½
23   Vassily Ivanchuk
42   Maxim Rodshtein ½
87   Eduardo Iturrizaga ½
42   Maxim Rodshtein
23   Vassily Ivanchuk ½
10   Dmitry Jakovenko
55   Ivan Šarić 0
74   Bassem Amin 2
74   Bassem Amin
10   Dmitry Jakovenko
119   Ilia Iljiushenok 3
10   Dmitry Jakovenko 5

Section 8Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
15   Michael Adams
114   Mariya Muzychuk ½
15   Michael Adams 5
50   Viktor Laznicka 4
79   Varuzhan Akobian ½
50   Viktor Laznicka
15   Michael Adams 5
18   Leinier Domínguez 3
47   Gata Kamsky ½
82   Hrant Melkumyan
82   Hrant Melkumyan ½
18   Leinier Domínguez
111   Federico Pérez Ponsa
18   Leinier Domínguez
15   Michael Adams ½
2   Hikaru Nakamura
31   Laurent Fressinet 3
98   Ante Brkić 1
31   Laurent Fressinet
34   Ian Nepomniachtchi
95   Zhao Jun 1
34   Ian Nepomniachtchi 3
34   Ian Nepomniachtchi 4
2   Hikaru Nakamura 5
63   Sam Shankland
66   Ivan Popov ½
63   Sam Shankland
2   Hikaru Nakamura
127   Richmond Phiri 0
2   Hikaru Nakamura 2

Results, rounds 5–7Edit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (best of 4)
         
16   Peter Svidler
24   Wei Yi
16   Peter Svidler
4   Anish Giri ½
21   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½
4   Anish Giri
16   Peter Svidler 4
11   Sergey Karjakin 6
19   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2
11   Sergey Karjakin 4
11   Sergey Karjakin
26   Pavel Eljanov
26   Pavel Eljanov
2   Hikaru Nakamura ½

Final, 1–5 OctoberEdit

Seed Name Sep 2015 rating 1 2 3 4 R1 R2 r1 r2 B1 B2 Total
16   Peter Svidler (RUS) 2727 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
11   Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2762 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Regulations for the FIDE World Chess Cup 2015" (PDF). FIDE.
  2. ^ "PARTICIPANTS of the WORLD CUP 2015" (PDF). FIDE. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  3. ^ "World Cup 2015 - Average rating list". FIDE. 2015-01-08.

External linksEdit