RussiaPolish player Jan-Krysztof Duda defeated host Sergey Karjakin 1.5-0.5 in the final to win the World Cup for the first time, in Sochi on August 5.

After holding the black piece and drawing Karjakin on August 4, Duda defeated the host opponent when holding the white piece on August 5. He used the power of the two vehicles on the open pillar, and the white statue to attack the castle. Karjakin asked to lose after 30 moves, making Duda the 10th player in history to win the World Cup.

Duda in the game against Karjakin on August 5.  Photo: FIDE

Duda in the game against Karjakin on August 5. Photo: FIDE

Duda received a reward of 110,000 USD, while Karjakin received 80,000 USD. These two players also won a place to attend Candidates 2022 – the tournament to choose the challenger to the Chess King.

Duda was born in 1998 in Krakow, Poland, but his father died when he was two years old. Duda’s mother’s business is still favorable to take him to international competitions from a young age. Duda became a Grandmaster at the age of 15. Four years later, he joined the Super Grandmasters team, with an Elo over 2,700. The World Cup was also Duda’s first major title, lifting him to 13th in the world with Elo 2,756.

The World Cup takes place every two years, since 2000. To date, only one person has successfully defended the title, Viswanathan Anand (India) in the first two tournaments.

The 2021 World Cup has a prize fund of nearly $1.9 million, including 206 knockout players. On the way to the championship, Duda defeated Guillermo Vazquez (Paraguay), Samuel Sevian (USA), Idani Pouya (Iran), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vidit Gujrathi (India), Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Karjakin . Duda’s career is increasingly promoted and the reward for him is the first time to attend Candidates.

Chess king Carlsen finished in third place, beating Vladimir Fedoseev 2-0 in the third-place match. Carlsen has yet to win the World Cup in his career, but still earns 8.4 Elo to maintain his number one position in the world. Carlsen with an Elo of 2,855, is also the only player with an Elo above 2,800.

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