Radjabov Wins FIDE Chess World Cup 2019.
Radjabov Wins FIDE Chess World Cup 2019.

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. The advantage passed from one player to another a few times, yet the game ended in a draw. The second encounter took a calmer course and quickly reached the peaceful outcome.

In the first 10-minute game Radjabov got an advantage as Black in the English Opening, but Ding Liren managed to survive. In the second 10-minute game the opponents also preferred not to break lances and shook hands on the 30th move.  

In the first blitz game, Radjabov outplayed his opponent in a minor piece ending with Black, although Ding Liren did not fully exploit the defensive potential of his position. 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, who becomes the winner of the 2019 FIDE World Cup.

“I can’t even feel anything at the moment. It is extreme exhaustion. I am just happy with the last two games in which I was able to outplay him in the fast part, where the hands were moving,” told Teimour after the victory.

In the 3rd place match, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave celebrated a convincing victory in the first game, playing White. Yu Yangyi 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.  (fide.com)


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