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I hope you guys are enjoying and following every bit of the world cup, because we at Chess Heights are following with great interest. Firstly, we would like to take you through how the 2015 world cup began and its progress so far.
The world cup commenced on the 10th of September 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan and will end by 5th of October .With a total of 128 players carefully selected from all over the world including six African representatives among whom was our own IM Dapo Adu. Also several top players all over the world which makes the World Cup the strongest large tournament in the chess year.
The world cup consists of seven rounds and a total of two classical games per round with which the finalist will qualify for the 2016 candidate tournament. Some of the big names that participated in the tournament were Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin, Wang Hao, Peter Svidler, Levon Aronian, Alexander Areshchenko, Yuri Vovk, Wei Yi, Ding Liren, Wesley So, Le Quang Liem, Maxime Lagrave, Peter Leko, Anish Giri, Caruana Fabiano, Hou Yifan, Sergey Karjakin, Dmitry Andreiken, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Michael Adams, Ian Nepommachtchi, Nakamura and so more.
In the round one, most of the top players took their stand easily defeating the underdogs with very few upsets. Nigerian IM Dapo Adu was kicked out in the first round by Topalov and several other GM’s won their games as expected. Top names that made it through the second round were GM’s such as Topalov, Svidler, Areshchenko, Wei Yi, Ding Liren, Wesley So, Le Quang, Lagrave, Radoslaw, Giri, Fabiano, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Dmitry, Jakovenko, Adams, Dominguez, Nepomniachtchi, Nakamura.
In round three players that proceeded to the fourth round were Peter Svidler, Wei Yi, Maxime Lagrave, Giri, Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Pavel Eljanov, Hikura Nakamura. The fourth round results were as follows, GM Peter Svidler defeated Topalov winning through checkmate in the first and drawing the second although having a winning position. Wei Yi defeated Ding Liren. In the game, Wei Yi after losing his first game had a surprising comeback and ended up progressing to the next round after a series of draws and a win. Anish Giri defeated Radowslaw with a 3-1 lead. Maxime Vachier secured a win against Wesley So. In just the first two classical games GM Lagrave sent So out with a win in their second game. Meanwhile the H-Bomb Nakamura defeated Adams. Pavel Eljanov who has been so impressive in this World Cup sent Jakovenko home drawing three games and winning the last. Mamedyarov defeated Fabiano Caruana and in the final match of the round Sergey Karjakin defeated Dmitry Andreikin
The round five which started today recorded an easy draw on all three boards between Peter Svidler and Wei Yi, Lagrave and Giri and Mamediarov and Kajakin . On the fourth board Pavel Eljanov won brilliantly against the H-Bomb Nakamura having the only win in the first classical game of the round.