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Winning 2015 FIDE World Cup feels almost like euphoria — Russia’s Karyakin

October 05, 2015, 20:51 UTC+3 BAKU
Playing on Monday at the Fairmont Flame Towers hall in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, Karyakin managed to defeat in quick-play tie-breaks his compatriot Pyotr Svindler
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Russian chess player Sergey Koryakin

Russian chess player Sergey Koryakin

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BAKU, October 5. /TASS/. Russian chess player Sergey Karyakin, who on Monday won the 2015 FIFE (International Chess Federation) World Cup, told TASS that although he was dead-tired his current state of mind was close to euphoria.

Playing on Monday at the Fairmont Flame Towers hall in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, Karyakin managed to defeat in quick-play tie-breaks his compatriot Pyotr Svindler. After the games with the classical time control before the clash on Monday the result between the two players was even 2-2.

"To be honest, I do not even have the strength to talk," Karyakin said in an interview with TASS. "You all saw with your own eyes what had happened. If compared with the game of football, I was losing 0-10 after the classical time control part of the encounter."

"I do not know whether I was lucky or it was a sequence of consequences," Karyakin said. "I want to tell you honestly that my current mood is close to euphoria, although I am dead-tired. I am the owner of the [FIDE] World Cup and I will soon become a father! I am simply happy!"

A total of 128 grand masters took part in the 2015 FIDE World Cup in Azerbaijan’s Baku with 22 of them currently listed in the top 25 of the world’s rankings.

This year’s FIDE World Cup boasted a total sum of $1.6 million in prize money up for grabs, with the winner and the runner up packing home $96,000 and $64,000 respectively.

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