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World Cup 2019 – Quality Chess Quiz – The Answers

The World Cup ended a week or so back, so it’s time for results of our Quiz. Sorry for the delay – we were busy finishing books.

Below are what we believe to be the correct answers to all the questions. Before we assess your entries, and then declare a winner, let’s check that all the answers below are true. Any disagreements or ambiguities? The only debate I know about is Question 17, where Vitiugov and Grischuk were both knocked out in the Quarterfinals, but it seems to me that Vitiugov went further, as he lasted to the Armageddon stage.

  1. What will the most common opening move be in Round 1 (excluding playoffs)?
    1.e4
  2. Predict the score: Lu Shanglei – Boris Gelfand (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  3. Predict the score: Eltaj Safarli – Sam Shankland (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  4. Who will win the World Cup?
    Teimour Radjabov
  5. How many top seeds (1-64) will be knocked out in Round 1
    15
  6. How many Round 2 matches will end in Armageddon Blitz?
    1
  7. Predict the four semi-finalists. (2 points per correct answer)
    Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Teimour Radjabov
  8. Which round will Gawain Jones reach?
    2
  9. How many 1-1 draws will Anish Giri have (excluding playoffs)?
    2
  10. How many Black wins will there be in Round 4 (excluding playoffs)?
    0
  11. Predict the score: Jorge Cori – Nihal Sarin (excluding playoffs)
    0-2
  12. Predict the score: Michael Adams – Aravindh Chithambaram (excluding playoffs)
    1-1
  13. Predict the score: Baskaran Adhiban – Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (excluding playoffs)
    1.5-0.5
  14. How many Indians will there be in Round 3?
    2
  15. Who will be the youngest quarter finalist?
    Jeffery Xiong
  16. How many USA players will make it to the 4th round?
    3
  17. Which home player (Russian) will go furthest?
    Nikita Vitiugov (quarterfinal Armageddon)
  18. Which country will have the most players in the third round?
    Russia
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  1. October 20th, 2019 at 10:30 | #1

    Don’t think got a single question right 🙂

  2. HJM
    October 31st, 2019 at 07:35 | #2

    All answers look fine, although unfortunately very different to my predictions…

  3. Rodney
    November 2nd, 2019 at 11:21 | #3

    I’m to lazy to go through and check all of the answers and am happy to accept the answers above as the judges final decision – I agree with the answer to question 17, though it will cost me a point.

    My guesses earned me a respectable 6 points – I suspect the winning score could be quite low. Just a pity for my score that Ding lost the final, Xiong bet Duda and Grishuck didn’t make it to the armageddon game.

  4. JJRR
    November 2nd, 2019 at 13:22 | #4

    I think I had 11 correct answers. When are we going to know the winner?

  5. JB
    November 3rd, 2019 at 22:58 | #5

    Hi
    any word on the winner yet? My best score yet with 9 (doesn’t say much) but doubt that will be in the top 50. Be good to know the winning score too

    Thanks for another quiz though!

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