All matches of the first preliminary round are already history at the Chess World Cup 2013 in the Norwegian city Tromsø. All four female chess players were defeated in their first duel.
Judith Polgar and Devsi Cori with clear defeats in Tromsø
The best woman in the world of chess, Judith Polgar, has always played against men only and was therefore in a usual scenery in Norway. Already in round 1, the Hungarian had to pack her bags and resign. Seeded in position 42, Judith Polgar (Elo 2696) met Isan Ortiz Suarez (Elo 2609) in 87th seed for the first duel and was defeated. In the second game, she accomplished a draw which was not enough to qualify for any further matches at the contest. Therefore, the Cuban managed to move up to round 2 of the World Cup. Even more clear and less surprising was the defeat of Devsi Cori; the number 123 of the Cup from Peru (Elo 2434) lost both her duels to seed number 6 – Hikaru Nakamura (Elo 2772) from the United States.
Yifan Hou and Anna Ushenina in tie-breaks
Also, the two other women among the best chess players of the world were quickly out of competition at the Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø, but both at least made it to the tie-break. The Chinese Yifan Hou, seeded 88th at an Elo of 2609, achieved two draws against her male opponent Alexei Shirov (Elo 2696) in seed number 41. In the tie-break, the Latvian prevailed and thus ended the tournament for Yifan Hou. Anna Ushenina has also dropped out of the contest; the World Champion in the women’s division (Elo 2500) actually achieved a tie-break in the first round, but was the beat by Peter Svidler (Elo 2746) who started in seed number 13. At least, the Ukrainian won against the Russian in the second match, which still wasn’t helpful for Anna Ushenina in the end.
Several small surprises in round 1 of the World Cup
There were definitely no big surprises in round 1 of the Chess World Cup 2013 in Norway, but still there were a handful of small. One of them was Pourina Darini from Iran; in seed 108 and at al Elo of 2535 the Iranian surprisingly beat number 21, Dimitry Adreikin (Elo 2716) in a tie-break. Secondly, the Ukrainian Anton Korobov (Elo 2720) was unexpectedly defeated by Vasif Durarbayli (Elo 2567) from Azerbaijan after two draws in the tie-break. Also, the Chinese Wei Yi (105th/Elo 2551) and the Indian Baskaran Adhiban (102nd/Elo 2567) caused positive surprises.
Picture: wikipedia / Frank Hoppe
written by Michael, translated by Birthe