FIDE Chess World Cup 2021

Journey Ends for Ranindu

The National Chess Champion of Sri Lanka, Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage had to stop his World Cup Journey when he lost his second game as well to the Russian Grandmaster Operin Grigoriy (2654) in the 2nd Round. In the game of Sicilian Defence the GM sacrificed a pawn on 12th move and even exchanging the Queen also after two moves, but managed to get a favourable double rook ending for Black. Though Ranindu gave a good challenge in both games it seems that the Grandmaster with 450 FIDE Rating more than Ranindu was too strong for him. But we can keep our positive hopes towards the 1st GM with his courageous playing.
The FIDE Chess World Cup conducted by the International Chess Federation (FIDE), organized by the Russian Government and the Russian Chess Federation is in progress from 10th July to 8th August 2021 using the knocked out System. A total of 206 players were eligible to play the World cup where 50 top players are included after at the beginning of the 2nd round. So, a total of 128 players will play knocked out events in the 2nd round which will be started on the 16th of July 2021. Each round is consisted in two games with different colours with the same opponent. If the score is 1-1 the tie breaks will be played on the 3rd day. As tie breaks, two Rapid games of 15 minutes + 10 are played 1st. If still equal 1-1, two Blitz Games of 3 minutes+ 2 seconds will be played with either colour. If still ties one Armageddon game will be played giving 5 minutes to White and 4 minutes to Black where Black wins if the game is drawn.
So, the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlson and the rest of the top players will join the event from next round.
The organizer has offered a huge cash fund nearly 450 million Rupees where the FIDE World Cup Champion receives nearly Rs. 3,000,000/= in cash. Even the round 1 competitor is awarded nearly rupees 900,000/=.
White – CM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage (SRI) 2203
Black - GM Oparin Grigoriy (RUS) 2654
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.OOO Bd7 9.f3 Nd4 10.Qd4 Be7 11.Bf6 Bf6 12.Qd3 Qe7 13.e5 Qd6 14.ed6 Bc3 15.bc3 Rc8 16.c4 Ba4 17.Rd4 Kd7 18.Bd3 Rc5 19.Be4 Bf6 20.Bd3 g6 21.Be2 Rhc8 22.Rf4 f5 23.Rh4 h5 24.Rd1 Bd5 25.Rdd4 b5 26.cd5 Rc7 27.Kd1 e5 28.Rb4 Rc1 29.Kd2 R8c2 30.Kd3 Ra2 31.g4 Re1 32.gf5 gf5 33.Rh5 R1e2 34.Rf5 Kd6 35.Re4 Rd2 36.Kc3 Kc5 37.Rf8 Rc2 38.Kb3 Rb2 39.Ka3 a5 40.Rc8 Kd5 41.Rd8 Kc6 42.Rd2 Rd2 43.Re5 Rd3 44.Kb2 Rf3 45.Rh5 a4 46.Rh8 Kc5 47.Rh7 Kb4 48.Rh4 Ka5 49.Rh8 a6 50.Ka2 Ka4 0-1
Report By
Luxman Wijesuriya
President – CFSL
General Secretary – South Asian Chess Council
General Secretary – Commonwealth Chess Association
Vice – President Asian chess Federation
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