23. 09. 2017
20 : 33
06 September 2017

Hrant Melkumyan and Robert Hovhannisyan lost tie-break and leave World Cup

The third day of the FIDE World Cup has finished and all the results of the first round are in. The remaining 22 matches continued with playoffs after two classical games.

According to the regulations of the World Cup tiebreaks two rapid games are played at a rate of 25 min+10 seconds. If the score is still tied two accelerated rapid games are played with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still deadlocked two blitz games are then played at 5 min + 3 sec. Finally, if a winner has still not been determined a sudden death Armageddon game takes place.

Hrant Melkumyan lost to Boris Grachev in a dramatic games. In both games of tie-break Melkumyan had big advantage, but first game ended in a draw, and in second Melkumyan blundered his bishop and lost. Robert Hovhannisyan was outplayed by Maxim Rodshtein.

13 players were eliminated after two rapid games and the majority of the rating favorites, including Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Etienne Bacrot,  Vassily Ivanchuk, Michael Adams,  and Francisco Vallejo Pons, advanced to the second round. American player, with Armenian roots Samuel Sevian was the only “underdog”, who defeated a bit higher rated opponent Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu at this stage. The youngest participant of the World Cup Anton Smirnov from Australia, who made 2 draws in the games with classical control against Sergey Karjakin, lost the first rapid game and did not manage to equalize the score in the second one.