Americans on the Brink in Khanty-Mansiysk

UPDATED – all three games annotated by IM John Watson!

After yesterday’s Rest Day, the only one on the 2019 FIDE World Cup schedule, sixteen players returned to their boards today to play the first leg of their fourth round mini-matches.

The three Americans in the field – Leinier Dominguez, Wesley So, and Jeffery Xiong – all lost, which means that without wins tomorrow, their tournaments will end. The good news for all three players is that they will have the White pieces to make their stands.

Jeffery Xiong was the first to fall, losing in 42 moves to Jan-Kryzsztof Duda in a fiendishly complicated battle. International Master John Watson provides exclusive annotations of the game to CLO.

Nikita Vitiugov downed Wesley So in a game that dazzled the commentators and Twitterati.

Leinier Dominguez (Kiriill Merkuryev)

Perhaps the most tragic loss belonged to Leinier Dominguez, who worked his way to a drawn bishops of opposite colors ending, but made a critical error in his customary time trouble and lost to Alexander Grischuk.

Of the remaining five games, four were drawn, with the only other decisive result being Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s win over Peter Svidler.

Complete results for Round 4.1

Ding Liren – Alekseenko 1/2
Duda – Xiong 1-0
Vachier-Lagrave – Svidler 1-0
Vitiugov – So 1-0
Nepomniachtchi – Yu Yangyi  1/2
Le Quang Liem – Aronian  1/2
Mamedyarov – Radjabov 1/2
Grischuk – Dominguez 1-0

Pairings for Saturday’s Round 4.2

Alekseenko – Ding Liren
Xiong – Duda
Svidler – Vachier-Lagrave
So – Vitiugov
Yu Yangyi – Nepomniachtchi
Aronian – Le Quang Liem
Radjabov – Mamedyarov
Dominguez – Grischuk

Play resumes tomorrow at 6am EDT. Live coverage is available at the FIDE YouTube Channel.


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