World Cup 2017
Needless to say I hadn’t made any other plans for September. Sometimes you just want to take time off after a disappointing event. An early exit is different. It just made me eager to play another event to try to bounce back, and I’m heading for Isle of Man Thursday! The Open event will be one of the strongest tournaments this year, and it is a welcome chance to play against the elite soon after World Cup.
Surprisingly more than half the elite was knocked out in R2 and R3, while the remaining top players have done very well also from R4 onwards. The semifinals feature Lagrave – Aronian and So – Ding. Many young players – Fedoseev, Rapport and Dubov to mention a few – created upsets, but in the end they all succumbed to the remaining elite players. In the ongoing semifinals the stakes are suddenly very high as the winners are secured a place in the 2018 Candidates.
I’d like to thank the Georgian organizers for staging the World Cup and for providing excellent conditions for me and my team!
My next event with Simonsen Vogt Wiig will be in Singapore on October 6th!