The FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship is ready for its final day. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and final are to be played on Sunday with GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi and GM Anton Korobov still in the competition to help their team to clinch the first-ever corporate championship.
The games of the FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship can be found on our live events platform. Commentary on the finals will be available on Chess.com/tv starting from 7 a.m. Pacific / 16:00 CET.
Round 4-6 were played on Saturday. The qualifying teams are SBER, Grenke Bank, Morgan Stanley Hungary, Sberbank Trade Union, ERG, Emphie Solutions, Anahuac, and PT Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok.
Only in two pools, the top seed failed to qualify for the knockout phase. In Pool East E, the French team BCG Gamma, with former women’s world champion Mariya Muzychuk on top board, came seventh. Instead, the Kazakh company ERG, headed by GM Anuar Ismagambetov, won the group.
Their individual clash took place in round four and both players could have won their game, which eventually ended in a draw. Luckily for Muzuchuk, this wasn’t decisive for the team result as ERG won their games on the other three boards.
In Pool West A, top seed Microsoft Redmond, with GM Francesco Rambaldi on board one, came second behind the Mexican team Anahuac, playing without a grandmaster but having five titled players available nonetheless. Anahuac only lost two games out of 24.
GM Magnus Carlsen‘s Kindred was the 12th seed in Pool East D and also tied for 12th place. The world champion finished with 3/3 and scored 5.5/6 in total (for his draw with Korobov see yesterday’s report). Jasper Tambini (2040) scored a fine 5/6 on board two, but two lower-rated players on boards three and four could only set a combined score of 3/12.
Below are the final standings (top 6) for all groups. Full results and standings are available at Chess-results.
Pool East A
Pool East B
Pool East C
|1||1||Morgan Stanley Hungary||6||0||0||19,5||12|
Pool East D
|1||1||Sberbank Trade Union||6||0||0||19,5||12|
|6||6||Home Credit International Moravia||5||0||1||15,0||10|
Pool East E
|4||7||Tata Consultancy Services Chennai||4||1||1||16,0||9|
Pool East F
|2||5||State Bank of Mongolia||5||1||0||18,5||11|
|4||12||Tata Consultancy Services Bangalore||4||2||0||15,5||10|
Pool West A
Pool West B
|1||1||PT Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok||6||0||0||20,5||12|
|2||4||Deloitte New York||4||0||2||17,5||8|
The pairings for the quarterfinals are as follows. The games begin at 7 a.m. Pacific / 16:00 CET.
There was no entry fee of any kind for this competition. However, FIDE has organized a fundraiser in cooperation with the platform Softgiving, and participating companies are encouraged to donate to one of three social projects currently developed by FIDE: Chess in Education programs for underprivileged children, Chess for People with Disabilities, and FIDE Veterans Support Program. If you also want to contribute, you can through this link:
At the end of the event, the team that has donated the most funds for those charity causes will be invited to the FIDE World Championship Match 2021, taking place at Dubai World Expo in late 2021, with accommodation expenses covered for three nights and VIP tickets to attend three rounds of the match.