Ding and Radjabov Advance in World Cup; Xiong Eliminated

Jeffery Xiong’s Cinderella run has come to an end in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Xiong lost Tuesday to Teimour Radjabov in the second leg of their quarterfinal matchup, eliminating him from the 128 person knockout competition. Alexander Grischuk was also eliminated with his loss to top seed Ding Liren.

Radjabov and Ding thus advance to the semi-finals, which begin Thursday. They will be joined by the winners of the Aronian – Vachier-Lagrave and Yu Yangyi – Vitiugov playoffs held Wednesday.

After a somewhat rocky opening, Xiong appeared to have steadied the ship in the early middlegame. I checked the game on my phone before taking my daughter to preschool, and the position looked fairly equal. But Xiong took a few wrong turns, and by the time I had dropped her off, the game was over.

In notes written exclusively for CLO, IM John Watson deeply analyzes this critical game.

After the game Radjabov explained some of the nuances of his victory, despite his fears of being proven wrong by the computer!

Ding Liren was the second winner of the day, defeating Alexander Grischuk after the Russian erred in his customary time pressure.

The remaining two games were drawn. Aronian and Vachier-Lagrave drew a completely symmetrical position in 31 moves, while Yu Yangyi and Nikita Vitiugov may both have missed chances for decent advantages.

Ding will face the winner of the Yu – Vitiugov tiebreak in the semifinals, while Radjabov will be paired with the Aronian – MVL winner.

Wednesday’s playoffs start at 6am EDT, and live coverage is available at the FIDE YouTube Channel.

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