World Cup: Last U.S. Player Standing Knocked Out in Round 3

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Only one U.S. Player, Gata Kamsky (the last World Cup Winner), remained standing after Round 2.

In Round 3, Kamsky was defeated by the young Wesley So from the Phillippines.  Check out what he had to say about his loss…

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“Everything was decided in the first game. At one point I was hoping that I could win against this player with my experience, – But sadly, my opponent was not that easy to beat, as I was expecting.” – Gata Kamsky after the match.  Read the Gata Kamsky Interview on the Official Tournament Website – CLICK HERE.

WORLD CUP RESULTS for U.S. PLAYERS

ROUND 1 KNOCK OUTS

  • GM Ivanov, Alexander USA
  • GM Friedel, Joshua E USA
  • IM Robson, Ray USA
  • GM Hess, Robert USA
  • GM Ehlvest, Jaan USA
  • GM Shulman, Yuri USA

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Ray Robson Interview (Excerpt from Official Website)

“I am 15, – says Robson about himself. He looks much younger, one should say. – I live in Florida, East coast. My father taught me to play chess when I was 3. He did it because he needed a partner in game. I participated in my first tournament when I was 7. In 2007 I became an International master and just one month ago I became a Grandmaster.” (Read Entire Interview on Official Website – CLICK HERE)

ROUND 2 KNOCK OUTS

  • GM Onischuk, Alexander USA
  • GM Shabalov, Alexander USA  (KNOCKED OUT IN TIEBREAKS)
  • GM Akobian, Varuzhan USA (KNOCKED OUT IN TIEBREAKS)

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GM Akobian, Varuzhan Interview (Excerpt from Official Website)

“Your name is not very familiar to the chess fans. How happened that you, born in Armenia, represent the States?”

GM Akobian, Varuzhan: My family moved to the States for permanent residence in 2001. Since then I live there and train students in LA. At one point I got an invitation to represent their team and already played in two Olympiads. (Read Entire Interview on Official Website – CLICK HERE)

ROUND 3 KNOCK OUTS

  • GM Kamsky, Gata USA

Round 4, Game 1 begins tomorrow!  We will continue to bring you updates for this event which will run through Dec. 14th. Stay tuned!

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ABOUT THE WORLD CUP

There is a total of 128 players participating in the event. This is a knock-out elimination tournament which is a qualifier for the World Championship. In each round, the winners progress to the next round until the winner is announced at the end of Round 7 (review tournament format below). Last one standing wins…. Download Complete Tournament Regulations Here

World Cup Schedule

  • Nov. 20th: Opening Ceremony / Players Meeting
  • Nov. 21st: Round 1 – Game 1
  • Nov. 22nd: Round 1 – Game 2
  • Nov. 23rd: Tiebreaks
  • Nov. 24th: Round 2 – Game 1
  • Nov. 25th: Round 2 – Game 2
  • Nov. 26th: Tiebreaks
  • Nov. 27th: Round 3 – Game 1
  • Nov. 28th: Round 3 – Game 2
  • Nov. 29th: Tiebreaks
  • Nov. 30th: Round 4 – Game 1
  • Dec. 1st: Round 4 – Game 2
  • Dec. 2nd: Tiebreaks
  • Dec. 3rd: Round 5 – Game 1
  • Dec. 4th: Round 5 – Game 2
  • Dec. 5th: Tiebreaks
  • Dec. 6th: Round 6 – Game 1
  • Dec. 7th: Round 6 – Game 2
  • Dec. 8th: Tiebreaks
  • Dec. 9th: Free Day
  • Dec. 10th: Round 7 – Game 1
  • Dec. 11th: Round 7 – Game 2
  • Dec. 12th: Round 7 – Game 3
  • Dec. 13th: Round 7 – Game 4
  • Dec. 14th: Tiebreaks / Closing Ceremony
  • Dec. 15th: Departures

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