Ding and Radjabov Advance to World Cup Finals

Ding Liren and Teimour Radjabov will meet in the finals of the 2019 FIDE World Cup beginning Monday at 6am EDT. Radjabov defeated Maxime-Vachier Lagrave in the second game of their semi-final mini-match to advance by a score of 1.5-0.5, while Ding had to go to the tiebreak round against Yu Yangyi, winning by a final score of 2.5-1.5.

Radjabov advanced on Friday after Vachier-Lagrave made an error in the opening, giving Radjabov a long-lasting initiative that eventually bore fruit.

Saturday’s decisive game in the Ding-Yu match was a fantastic fight, especially when one realizes that most of the key decisions were made quickly given the rapid time control. IM John Watson unpacks all of the hidden ideas and themes in his notes to Ding-Yu, written exclusively for CLO.

With their victories, both Ding and Radjabov have secured seats in the 2020 Candidates Tournament, although it is unclear as to whether Radjabov (who has been described as “semi-retired”) will accept his bid, as this video interview shows.

Vachier-Lagrave and Yu will meet in a match to determine the 3rd place finisher, also beginning Monday. Like the Ding-Radjabov match, theirs will be played over four classical games followed by a tiebreak round if necessary.

Live coverage will be available at the FIDE YouTube Channel.

FIDE World Cup Quick links

2019 World Cup Official Webpage

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