In 3rd round already, the number 2 of the FIDE Chess World Rankings had to admit defeat at the Chess World Cup 2013. Levon Aronian (Elo 2813) was the top-seeded player and is no longer part of the contest in Tromsø.
Levon Aronian defeated by Evgeny Tomashevsky
The 1st duel against Evgeny Tomashevsky (Elo 2706) already indicated the drop out for the Armenian at the Chess World Cup: The Russian, number 40 in world rankings, was able to decide the match against the top-seeded player to his
favor. In the 2nd duel, Aronian was able to obtain a draw only. Therefore, the expected winner and top-favorite for winning the prize dropped out with a point’s account of 0.5:1.5. At the same time, the role as favorite was passed down to several other players.
Many tie-breaks in 3rd round of the Chess World Cup 2013
However, there are many tie-breaks recorded on the score sheets of this event, as a majority of the games was not decided to anyone’s favor after two rounds. For this reason, the numbers 2 to 5 of the seeding list at the FIDE World Cup 2013 have to go into overtime in Tromsø. Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2796), number 3 in world rankings of the FIDE, achieved two draws against Vladimir Malakhov (Elo 2707) and therefore has to play a tie-break now. Just like Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2784) against Alexander Areshchenko (Elo 2709), Alexander Grischschuk (Elo 2785) against the Vietnamese Le (Elo 2702), and Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2772) against the Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov (Elo 2702). Overall, 16 duels of the 3rd round at the Chess World Cup have to be decided through tie-breaks.
14 year-old Yi Wei continues participation in Tromsø
Along with Evgeny Tomashevsky, five further players have made it to the last 16. Surprisingly, this is also the case for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Elo 2719) from France, who prevailed over the Cuban Leinier Dominguez (Elo 2757) in a much higher seed at 1.5:0.5 points. With an equal score, Peter Svidler (Elo 2746), Teimour Radjabov (Elo 2733), Boris Gelfand (Elo 2764), Alexander Moiseenko (Elo 2699), and Gata Kamsky (Elo 2741) outperformed Jon Ludvig Hammer (Elo 2605) in the 3rd round of the Chess World Cup 2013. With 2:0 points, however, Hikaru Nakamura (Elo 2772) won over the Indian Adhiban (Elo 2567). Still in the race is the 14 year-old Chinese Yi Wei (Elo 2551). He was able to achieve two draws against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and hopes for a success in the tie-break.
Picture: Boris Geldand
written by Michael, tranlated by Birthe