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Caruana, Li Chao, Nepomniachtchi Leave World Cup

One more top 10 player was knocked out of the FIDE World Cup today. Fabiano Caruana lost his second rapid game to Evgenyi Najer. Other small rating upsets were Richard Rapport beating Li Chao, and Baadur Jobava winning against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Half of the third round's matches saw a tiebreak today, and five of these were decided after two rapid games. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren, Richard Rapport, Evgeniy Najer, and Baadur Jobava had all qualified by then.

Out of the blue, Fabiano Caruana also got eliminated. | Photo: Chess.com/Maria Emelianova
Grischuk and Giri then decided matters in the 10+10 games, leaving only Aronian to win his 5+3 match. The players who leave after today are Alexander Lenderman, David Navara, S.P. Sethuraman, Maxim Matlakov, Fabiano Caruana, Li Chao, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Ian Nepomniachtchi. The latter already checked out of the hotel 20 minutes after blundering a rook vs Jobava.

Author: Peter Doggers, Chess.com
Source: https://www.chess.com/news/view/caruana-li-chao-nepomniachtchi-leave-world-cup

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