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World Cup 2019 Rd.4.2: Vitiugov, Yangyi and MVL advance to the Quarter-finals

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/09/2019

Nikita Vitiugov of Russia and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France drew their respective games to advance to the quarter-finals of FIDE World Cup 2019. Along with them, Yu Yangyi of China also confirmed a spot in the quarter-finals by beating Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia. Jan Kryzysztof Duda of Poland suffered his first loss of the tournament against Jeffrey Xiong of USA. They along with eight other players will play their respective tie-breaker matches today to determine who will advance to the quarter-finals. Photo: Official site

Nepomniachtchi, Svidler and So gets knocked out

Round 4 results

Kirill and Ding will have to play tie-breakers as their mini-match did not yield a decisive result | Photo: Official site

Ding made the dubious choice of going for a rook by giving up two minor piece in Italian Game which resulted in a bad position for the Chinese ace.

Kirill - Ding

Ding went for 13...dxc3 here

Ding managed to liquidate into a bishop and knight vs. rook ending where he managed to hold a draw.

Duda suffered his first loss of the tournament against Jeffery Xiong | Photo: Official site

Jeffery Xiong talks about making a comeback, his preparation and more | Video: FIDE

Xiong - Duda

Duda blundered here with 20...Rc6. Find out why it is a mistake

Soon after the queen exchange with 21.Qxd6 Rxd6, White got all his pieces in complete domination with 22.Nc5 Rb8 23.Re7 Kf8 24.Rde1 and it was all over for Black.

The Najdorf expert MVL scored an easy draw against Peter Svidler to book a place at the quarter-finals | Photo: Official site

Nikita Vitiugov has been absolutely unstoppable in this tournament | Photo: Official site

Yu Yangyi becomes the first Chinese player to advance to the quarter finals in FIDE World Cup 2019 | Photo: Official site
Yu Yangyi talks about his win and more | Video: FIDE

Yangyi - Nepomniachtchi

White just played 24.Rf3 threatening the bishop. Where should black retreat his bishop?

Nepomiachtchi miscalculated the forthcoming danger on the kingside and retreated the bishop to a5. Yangyi played the obvious 25.Re6 and soon after that Nepo's kingside broke like a house of cards.

Aronian and Liem made a short draw in just 30 moves | Photo: Official site

Radjabov made a grandmaster draw with compatriot Mamedyarov | Photo: Official site

Grischuk suffered his first loss of the tournament and he will have to play tie-breakers | Photo: Official site
Leinier Dominguez Perez talks about his game against Grischuk and more | Video: FIDE

Dominguez Perez - Grischuk

Grischuk had a momentary lapse in concentration and made a mistake with 24...0-0

Dominguez Perez was in a must-win situation, so he pounced into the opportunity and played 25.Nxe5

After a few moves, Grischuk made an irrevocable blunder 28...Nxg2

Grischuk should have continued with 28...h3 but his inaccurate sacrificed spelled doom for him, it was just a matter of time before he lost the game, when he needed just a draw to advance to the quarter-finals.

Watch the Live Stream of round 4.2


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