Strongest nerves and mental toughness prevailed at 2019 World Cup
Tie-breaks of the FIDE World Cup Final and 3rd place match were played on October 4 in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Teimour Radjabov had White in the first rapid game. An advantage passed from one player to another a few times, yet the game ended in a draw. The second game took a calmer course and also ended peacefully.
In the first 10-minute game Radjabov got an advantage as Black, but Ding Liren managed to survive. The second 10-minute game also ended in a draw.
In the first blitz game Radjabov, playing Black, outplayed his opponent in a minor piece ending. In the return game, the Chinese grandmaster tried to mount a comeback but was eventually defeated as well.
Thus, the score in the Final is 6-4 in favor of Teimour Radjabov, and he becomes the winner of the 2019 FIDE World Cup.
In the 3rd place match, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave celebrated a convincing victory in the first game, playing White. The Chinese player was unable to alter the course of the match in the second game, losing as White in 24 moves. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave wins the bronze of the World Cup.
In an interview afterward, the Frenchman said he is very happy about his play in the rapid games. He is planning to get some rest and will play the 3rd leg of the FIDE Grand Prix in November.
Both finalists of the FIDE World Cup secured spots in the Candidates Tournament, which will take place in spring 2020 in Yekaterinburg. According to the regulations, the 3rd place finisher of the World Cup can also be included in the Candidates Tournament, if nominated by the organizer.
Total prize fund of the FIDE World Cup is $1,600,000. The winner received $110,000, the runner-up got $80,000.
Text: Eteri Kublashvili
Photos: Kirill Merkuryev