Dominguez and Xiong Join So in Round Four

After Wednesday’s dramatic tiebreak round, Leinier Dominguez and Jeffery Xiong join Wesley So as the three American players advancing to the fourth round of the 2019 FIDE World Cup beginning Friday.

Wesley So (photo Kiriill Merkuryev)

So had today off, winning his third round mini-match against Santosh Gujrathi Vidit in regulation play. His grinding 93 move victory with White in the first leg of the match allowed him to advance with a draw in Tuesday’s second leg.


Following two draws in classical chess, Jeffery Xiong took the fight to second seed Anish Giri in the tiebreaks, finally prevailing in the quick round (G/10+10) after some absolute slugfests of games.



Leiner Dominguez and Wang Hao went into the blitz portion of their playoff, where Dominguez finally defeated the Chinese player 1.5-0.5 (4.5-3.5 overall) to move on to round four. The two traded wins in both the G/25 and G/10 mini-matches before Dominguez conjured this win from a drawn position in the first blitz game.

He then wrangled his way to a perpetual, while desperately short of time, to win the mini-match and advance.

Thursday is a rest day, and the event resumes Friday at 6am EDT when So meets Nikita Vitiugov, Dominguez faces Alexander Grischuk, and Xiong is paired with Jan-Kryzsztof Duda.

Here are the complete pairings:

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

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