Both Gold and Bronze medal matches ended 2-2 as players will head to playoff


Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Yu, Yangyi ½-½
FIDE World Cup 2019 - Bronze medal match game 4

1 e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 Bf5 9. O-O-O Qd7 10. Bc4 Bf6 11. Nd4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Bxd4 13. Qxd4 O-O 14. Rhe1 b6 15. Bd5 Rae8 16. Qc4 Be6 17. Bxe6 Rxe6 18. Rxe6 fxe6 19. Rd2 a5 20. a4 Rf6 21. b3 d5 22. Qe2 Rf5 23. Kb2 Qd6 24. h4 h6 25. Rd3 Re5 26. Qg4 Qe7 27. g3 Qf6 28. Rf3 Rf5 29. Rxf5 Qxf5 30. Qe2 Kf7 ½-½

Ding, Liren - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½
FIDE World Cup 2019 - Gold medal match game 4

1 c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Bc5 7. Nxe5 Nxc3 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. bxc3 Qd5 10. Nf3 Bh3 11. Qb3 Bg2 12. Qxd5 cxd5 13. Rg1 Bxf3 14. exf3 d4 15. Rb1 O-O-O 16. Rb5 Rhe8+ 17. Kd1 Bb6 18. cxd4 Bxd4 19. Rf1 Re6 20. Bb2 Ra6 21. Bxd4 Rxd4 22. Rb2 Rda4 23. Re1 Kd7 24. Rb8 Rxa2 25. Ree8 Ra1+ 26. Ke2 Re6+ 27. Rxe6 Kxe6 28. Re8+ Kf6 29. Rc8 Rc1 30. Ra8 Ra1 31. Rc8 Ke5 ½-½

The fourth games of the Final and the 3rd place match of the FIDE World Cup were played on October 3 in Khanty-Mansiysk. The playing venue was visited by Yury Yuzhakov, the Deputy Governor of Ugra, and FIDE Vice-President Mahir Mammedov.

Ding Liren and Teimour Radjabov played a variation of the English Opening, in which Black sacrifices a pawn, but obtains certain compensation due to an insecure position of the white king. The game quickly transposed to an endgame, where White's ruined pawn structure left him little chance of utilizing the extra material. Black regained a pawn in a rook ending and equalized the game fully. A draw was agreed on the 31st move.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Yu Yangyi once again played the Petrov’s Defense. According to the Frenchman, his position was better, however, he was unable to increase this advantage, and after multiple exchanges, the game equalized. The players agreed to a draw in a queen ending.

Thus, classical parts of both matches ended in a 2-2 tie, and the winners will be determined on tie-break on Friday, October 4.

In the first rapid game, Teimour Radjabov will have White against Ding Liren, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will have White against Yu Yangyi.

Text: Eteri Kublashvili

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