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Kevin Bonham
19-11-2009, 09:23 PM
This starts Saturday night 21 Nov our time. 128-player knockout. Six lots of 2-game matches with third day for tiebreak, then rest day, then four-game final, then tiebreaks if required.

It appears that Khanty-Mansiysk is only six hours behind us so the rounds will start at 9 pm our time (for those on daylight savings).

Winner qualifies for 2010 Candidates' Matches.

Top seeds based on rating at time of seeding are Gelfand, Gashimov, Svidler, Morozevich, Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Grischuk, Jakovenko, Wang Yue.

Of these Radjabov has the best chance of qualifying for the Candidates' Matches through the Grand Prix even if he doesn't win the World Cup, if the sixth and final event thereof is ever played. Gashimov, Ivanchuk, Wang Yue and Jakovenko also have some realistic chances through the Grand Prix route.

David Smerdon plays 15th seed Leinier Dominguez in round 1 of the World Cup.

peteryang
21-11-2009, 06:32 PM
go smerdon!

what time does the first start tonight in sydney?

im confused with daylight saving etc :P

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2009, 07:34 PM
go smerdon!

what time does the first start tonight in sydney?

im confused with daylight saving etc :P

You're on the same time as me, so should be 9 pm.

Whether the official site works remains to be seen. Not sure what other feeds there will be.

CameronD
21-11-2009, 07:35 PM
You're on the same time as me, so should be 9 pm.

Whether the official site works remains to be seen. Not sure what other feeds there will be.

ICC will be relaying some games

Denis_Jessop
21-11-2009, 07:54 PM
go smerdon!

what time does the first start tonight in sydney?

im confused with daylight saving etc :P

Games start at 3pm local time which, by my calculation is about 9pm our time. I'm looking at the Smerdon game on the website and there's no action yet. It seems from the website that every game will be transmitted live.

DJ

Davidflude
21-11-2009, 09:53 PM
Games start at 3pm local time which, by my calculation is about 9pm our time. I'm looking at the Smerdon game on the website and there's no action yet. It seems from the website that every game will be transmitted live.

DJ

The Smurf is black. It will be interesting to see how much the material I supplied him with helps.

Garvinator
21-11-2009, 09:54 PM
You're on the same time as me, so should be 9 pm.

Whether the official site works remains to be seen. Not sure what other feeds there will be.
You now have your answer ;)

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2009, 10:00 PM
Well this is what we have at the point where the transmitters decided it was all too hard:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Bh6+ 14.Be3 Bxe3+ 15.Qxe3 Qb6 16.Qxe7 Be6 17.Bd3 Qe3+ 18.Rd2 Rfe8 19.Qh4

and now the game viewer gives the nonsensical ...Qxf3 but I reckon ...Bxa2 was really played.

If so I found no games with 18...Rfe8 but two with 18...c5 which may well be inferior.

Sokolov,Andrei (2580) - Dunnington,Angus J (2390) [B76]
FRA-chT France (5), 03.04.1998

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Bh6+ 14.Be3 Bxe3+ 15.Qxe3 Qb6 16.Qxe7 Be6 17.Bd3 Qe3+ 18.Rd2 c5 19.Qh4 c4 20.Re1 Qc5 21.Rxe6 c3 22.bxc3 fxe6 23.Bc4 Qg1+ 24.Kb2 Qb6+ 25.Bb3 Kf7 26.Re2 Rae8 27.Qd4 Re7 28.h4 Qxd4 29.cxd4 1-0

and

Rodriguez Cespedes,Amador (2530) - Clavijo,Jorge Mario [B76]
Latin Cup Bogota (6), 1991

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Bh6+ 14.Be3 Bxe3+ 15.Qxe3 Qb6 16.Qxe7 Be6 17.Bd3 Qe3+ 18.Rd2 c5 19.Rhd1 Rad8 20.Qh4 c4 21.Re1 Qb6 22.Rxe6 fxe6 23.Qxc4 Qe3 24.Qe4 Qxe4 25.Bxe4 Rxd2 26.Kxd2 Kg7 27.c4 Kf6 28.Kc3 Ke5 29.c5 a5 30.b3 Rd8 31.a3 Rd1 32.Kc4 Ra1 33.b4 Rxa3 34.b5 Ra4+ 35.Kc3 Ra3+ 36.Kb2 Ra4 37.Kc3 Ra3+ 38.Kb2 Ra4 39.b6 Rc4 40.c6 Kd6 41.c7 g5 42.Kb3 Rc5 43.Bb7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2009, 11:21 PM
For those not following the usual farce, after a slow start the game viewers were running but with moves showing but no pieces on the board. Then it turned out many games (including Smerdon's) had blatant transmission errors, and shortly after that the whole transmission was apparently cancelled for the day because of technical issues (although not all sources are reporting this).

[EDIT: Have zapped some comments about lack of updates that originally appeared here since given the time control it is possible no games had actually finished at that time.]

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2009, 02:32 AM
Official site is now showing that Smerdon has drawn with black against Dominguez to become the first Australian to draw a black game in one of these knockout events. (Johansen drew his white game vs Gurevich but lost his black game convincingly.)

Smerdon will be white tomorrow night and it will be interesting to see what tack he takes.

Garrett
22-11-2009, 06:28 AM
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2
Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 Bh6+ 14. Be3
Bxe3+ 15. Qxe3 Qb6 16. Qxe7 Be6 17. Bd3 Qe3+ 18. Rd2 Rfe8 19. Qh4 Bxa2 20. Qf2
Qe5 21. Be4 Rab8 22. Qd4 Qa5 23. Rd3 Qg5+ 24. Rd2 Red8 25. Qc3 Rxd2 26. Qxd2
Qf6 27. c3 Rd8 28. Qe3 Qe5 29. g3 Bb3 30. Re1 Qa5 31. Bb1 Qa1 32. Qe7 Qa5 33.
Qe3 Qa1 34. Qe7 Qa5 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2009, 05:40 PM
Interesting to see the strength of influence of colour in the midfield pairings, bearing in mind that they use the system 1-128, 2-127 ... 64-65 etc.

In the top half of the draw the sixteen favourites who were white scored +11=5 (84%) and the fifteen favourites who were black (one result is missing, perhaps a forfeit) scored +8=6-1 (73%). Overall the favourites scored +19=11-1 (79%) while white scored +12=11-8 = 56%.

In the middle half of the draw where pairings are closer the sixteen favourites who were white scored +8=6-2 (69%) while the sixteen favourites who were black scored +1=9-6 (34%). Overall the favourites scored +9=15-8 (52%) while white scored +14=15-3 (67%).

The biggest upset was Movsesian (2718) losing to Yangyi Yu from China (2527), a c. 19 year old GM whose FIDE rating has increased over 300 points in the last two and a half years.

Since being white first in a two-game match is often considered advantageous, there are probably some players in the lower half of the top end who are effectively underdogs if they draw black for game one.

Kevin Bonham
22-11-2009, 11:37 PM
A notable difference this year is in the tiebreaks. Previously they have been two rapid, two blitz, then Armageddon blitz.

This year the tiebreaks are:

1. A four game rapid match. (25 mins + 10 seconds)

2. Up to five two-game blitz matches (5 mins + 3 seconds)

3. Armageddon blitz: white five mins, black four mins and draw odds, both players get 3 secs/move from move 60 onwards.

Garvinator
23-11-2009, 01:24 AM
[Event "World Chess Cup"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia"]
[Date "2009.11.21"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Smerdon, David"]
[Black "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "2525"]
[BlackElo "2719"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5. cxd4 e6 6. Nf3 b6 7. Nc3 Nxc3 8.
bxc3 Qc7 9. Bd2 Be7 10. Bd3 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Nxa6 12. Qe2 Nb8 13. c4 Qb7 14. O-O
O-O 15. a4 d6 16. Bb4 dxe5 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Nxe5 Nd7 19. a5 Nxe5 20. Qxe5 Rac8
21. axb6 axb6 22. Rfc1 Rc6 23. Rc3 Qb4 24. Rac1 Rd8 25. h3 g6 26. h4 Qd6 27.
Qe4 h5 28. g3 Rdc8 29. c5 bxc5 30. Rxc5 Rxc5 31. dxc5 Rxc5 32. Qa8+ Kg7 33.
Rxc5 Qxc5 34. Qa1+ Kh7 35. Qf6 Qf5 36. Qe7 Kg7 37. Qa7 Qe5 38. Qb6 Qe1+ 39. Kg2
Qe4+ 40. Kg1 Qe5 41. Qd8 Qd5 42. Qb6 g5 43. Qb2+ Kg6 44. hxg5 Qxg5 45. Qb8 Kg7
46. Qb2+ Qf6 47. Qb4 Qf5 48. Qc3+ Kh7 49. Qd4 Qg5 50. Qa7 Kg6 51. Qa8 Kg7 52.
Qe4 Qd5 53. Qf4 Kg6 54. Qb8 Qf5 55. Qg8+ Kf6 56. Qd8+ Kg7 57. Qd4+ e5 58. Qc5
Qg5 59. Kh2 h4 60. gxh4 Qxh4+ 61. Kg1 Qg4+ 62. Kf1 Qd4 63. Qe7 Qc4+ 64. Ke1 Qf4
65. Qc7 Kg6 66. Qd6+ Kg5 67. Qd8+ Kg4 68. Kf1 Qc1+ 69. Kg2 Qc6+ 70. Kg1 Qc1+
71. Kg2 Qg5 72. Qd7+ Kh4+ 73. Kf1 Qc1+ 74. Kg2 Qf4 75. Qd5 e4 76. Qd4 f6 77.
Qd8 Qg5+ 78. Kf1 Qb5+ 79. Kg2 Qg5+ 80. Kf1 f5 81. Qh8+ Qh5 82. Qe5 Qd1+ 83. Kg2
Qg4+ 84. Kf1 Kh3 85. Qh8+ Qh4 86. Qg7 Qf4 87. Qh8+ Kg4 88. Kg2 Qf3+ 89. Kg1 Qf4
90. Kg2 Qg5 91. Qh3+ Kf4+ 92. Kf1 Ke5 93. Qh8+ Qf6 94. Qxf6+ Kxf6 95. f3 Ke5
96. fxe4 Kxe4 97. Ke2 Kf4 98. Kf2 Kg4 99. Kg2 f4 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2009, 01:31 AM
Smerdon is the first Australian to ever make it to the tiebreak stage in round 1 of one of these things. He is also now the lowest rated player left in the event as everyone below him was eliminated.

The player above him, Yangyi Yu, drew game 2 with Movsesian and progressed in the biggest match upset. The other substantial upset I noticed was Xiangzhi Bu down to Pelletier after losing game 2.

Looks like nineteen matches going to playoffs and there is something odd going on with Sasikiran vs L'Ami who seem not to have played their first game until today.

Jesper Norgaard
23-11-2009, 05:40 AM
Smerdon is the first Australian to ever make it to the tiebreak stage in round 1 of one of these things. He is also now the lowest rated player left in the event as everyone below him was eliminated.

Congratulations to Smerdon for putting up so fierce resistance! Funny that his move 99.Kg2 put up the exact position I had just posted as giving Falcon a draw in a pawn endgame against me :)

Hope Smerdon will outsmart Dominguez in the Rapid games - I still have a grudge with Dominguez for winning the Blitz World Championship in Kazakhstan in 2008 winning several indeed very dubious positions on time. Of course they didn't use increments, but flat 5 minutes games. Probably I should go and see my shrink :)

Good to see we will have no games without increment in this WC, even the Armageddon games has increments after move 60. And only if 5 pairs of Blitz games are undecided (10 games in all). I think it is unlikely we will see an Armageddon game in the championship - yet again who would have predicted 56 games in the Karpov-Kasparov match?

michaelrichards
23-11-2009, 06:26 AM
didn't gary lane make it to round 2?

The Bennett
23-11-2009, 07:34 AM
I didn't think Gary Lane was playing was he?

Oepty
23-11-2009, 07:52 AM
didn't gary lane make it to round 2?

Yes Gary Lane made it to round 2 in 2005 after his first round opponent Vladimir Akopian didn't play. He lost in the second round to Baadar Jobava.
Scott

Igor_Goldenberg
23-11-2009, 09:42 AM
Good play by David. Good luck in tie-break!

Bill Gletsos
23-11-2009, 11:17 AM
... - yet again who would have predicted 56 games in the Karpov-Kasparov match?Their abandoned 1984 match was only 48 games.

queenant89
23-11-2009, 06:08 PM
Definately congrats are on order for Smurfs performances in the long play games.!! :) :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Any predictions on the openings that will be played tonight???

The Bennett
23-11-2009, 08:45 PM
Smerdon has drawn the first tie-break game, looking forward to seein what he does next game

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2009, 09:43 PM
Tiebreak game 1:

Smerdon,David (2525) - Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2719) [B22]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.3), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Bd7 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.Nc3 e6 12.0-0 Rd8 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Qf3 0-0 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Qxc6 Rxd4 18.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 19.Rxd1 Rc8 20.Qb5 h6 21.h3 Rc5 22.Qd3 Nd5 23.Nxd5 Rxd5 24.Qb3 Qc5 25.Rxd5 exd5 26.Qb8+ Kh7 27.Qe5 Qc4 28.b3 Qd3 29.Kh2 d4 30.Qd5 f5 31.f3 Kh8 32.Qa8+ Kh7 33.Qd5 Kh8 34.Qa8+ ½-½

The Bennett
23-11-2009, 09:49 PM
Kevin, the game you put up for tiebreak 1 was game 1 in the long time [ta, fixed now - KB]

The Bennett
23-11-2009, 09:53 PM
Smerdon has just drawn comfortably in the second tie break game, lets hope he has somethin special prepared as white

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2009, 09:59 PM
Second tiebreak game.

Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2719) - Smerdon,David (2525) [B78]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.4), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.Kb1 Re8 13.h4 h5 14.g4 hxg4 15.h5 Nxh5 16.Bh6 e6 17.Rdg1 Qf6 18.fxg4 Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Qg7 20.Qe3 Nf6 21.g5 Nh5 22.Ndb5 Bxb5 23.Nxb5 Red8 24.Qxa7 Nf3 25.Rg2 Qe5 26.Qe3 Ne1 27.Rxe1 Qxb5 28.c3 Qe5 29.a3 b5 30.Ka2 Kg7 31.Rf1 Rc7 32.Qf3 Ra8 33.Rh1 Rh8 34.Rd1 Rd8 35.Rh1 Rh8 36.Rd1 Rd8 37.Rh1 match tied 1-1 ½-½

Adamski
23-11-2009, 10:59 PM
Then it turned out many games (including Smerdon's) had blatant transmission errors.]Brave of Smurf to play the Dragon in 2 such important games. And a great result to draw twice with black against one of the World's best. Maybe a big upset is possible here!

The Bennett
23-11-2009, 11:57 PM
Smerdon once again draws in the third tie breaker match

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2009, 11:58 PM
Smerdon,David (2525) - Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2719) [B22]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.5), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]


1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Bd7 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.Nc3 e6 12.0-0 Rd8 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Qf3 0-0 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Qxc6 Rxd4 18.Rad1 Rc4 19.Qd6 Qb7 20.h3 Na4 21.Nxa4 Rxa4 22.Qd7 Qxd7 23.Rxd7 Rxa2 24.Rb7 g5 25.Rc1 Kg7 26.Rcc7 Kg6 27.b4 Rb2 28.b5 h5 29.g3 Rb4 30.Rc5 Ra4 31.Rc6 h4 32.Ra6 Rb4 33.gxh4 Rxh4 34.Kg2 Rb4 35.Raxa7 Rb3 36.b6 Rb2 37.Kg3 f6 38.Rg7+ Kf5 39.b7 Rb3+ 40.Kg2 e5 41.Ra8 Rxb7 42.Rxg5+ Kxg5 43.Rxf8 f5 44.Kg3 Rb3+ 45.Kg2 Kf4 46.Rh8 e4 47.Rh4+ Ke5 48.Rh8 Rb2 49.h4 Kf4 50.Re8 Kg4 51.Re5 Rb6 52.Ra5 f4 53.f3+ exf3+ 54.Kf2 Rb2+ 55.Kf1 Rb1+ 56.Kf2 Rb2+ 57.Kf1 f2 58.Ra3 Kxh4 59.Rc3 Kg4 60.Ra3 Rc2 61.Rb3 Rd2 62.Ra3 Kf5 63.Ra5+ Ke4 64.Ra4+ Ke3 65.Ra3+ Ke4 66.Ra4+ Kf3 67.Ra3+ Kg4 68.Rb3 f3 69.Rb4+ Kg3 70.Rg4+ match tied 1.5 to 1.5 ½-½

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2009, 01:14 AM
End of the road after a great effort to hold out so long against such a strong opponent:

Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2719) - Smerdon,David (2525) [B73]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.6), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.Rfd1 Rc8 11.f3 a6 12.a4 Ne5 13.Nd5 e6 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.b3 d5 16.f4 Nc6 17.e5 Bg7 18.Nxc6 Bxc6 19.Bd4 f6 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Qe3 Bxd4 22.Rxd4 Qf6 23.Re1 Kg7 24.Bd3 Rce8 25.g3 Kg8 26.Qe5 Qxe5 27.Rxe5 Kf7 28.h4 h5 29.Kf2 Kf6 30.Ke3 a5 31.c3 Rb8 32.c4 b6 33.cxd5 Bxd5 34.Bc4 Bxc4 35.bxc4 Rfd8 36.Rb5 Rxd4 37.Kxd4 Rd8+ 38.Kc3 Rd6 39.c5 bxc5 40.Rxc5 Rd1 41.Rxa5 Ra1 42.Kb2 Rg1 43.Rg5 Rg2+ 44.Kb3 Rg1 45.a5 Ra1 46.Kb4 Rb1+ 47.Kc5 Ke7 48.a6 Dominguez wins the match 2.5 to 1.5 1-0

It looks like 40...Rd5 held since white cannot actually enter the pawn ending.

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2009, 01:32 AM
Amusing endgame finish:

Baklan,Vladimir (2655) - Shabalov,Alexander (2606) [B90]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.6), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 a5 11.Kb1 a4 12.Nc1 a3 13.b3 Ra5 14.Bc4 Nbd7 15.Qd3 Nb6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.b4 Ra8 18.Nb3 Rc8 19.Nb5 Nc4 20.Bc1 d5 21.c3 Qe8 22.Nxa3 Qa4 23.exd5 Nxa3+ 24.Bxa3 Qxa3 25.dxe6 Rc6 26.Rhe1 Rfc8 27.Rc1 Rd8 28.Qe2 Nd5 29.Qxe5 Bf6 30.e7 Nxe7 31.Qa5 Qxa5 32.Nxa5 Rc7 33.a3 Nd5 34.c4 Nc3+ 35.Kc2 b6 36.Kb3 bxa5 37.Rxc3 Bxc3 38.Kxc3 Rcd7 39.bxa5 Rd3+ 40.Kb4 Rb8+ 41.Ka4 Rd6 42.Re5 Rc6 43.Rb5 Rbc8 44.c5 Kf8 45.Rb7 h5 46.h4 g6 47.g4 Ke8 48.gxh5 gxh5 49.Rh7 Kd8 50.Kb4 R8c7 51.Rxh5 Kc8 52.Kb5 Kb7 53.Rf5 Rd7 54.h5 Rd1 55.a6+ Kc7 56.Rf7+ Rd7 57.Rxd7+ Kxd7 58.a7 Rc8 59.Kb6 Rc6+ 60.Kb7 Rc7+ 61.Ka6 Rc8 62.Kb7 Rc7+ 63.Kb6 Rc6+ 64.Kb5 Rc8 65.Kb6 match 2-2 tied, blitz needed ½-½

Oh, and it might only happen one game in 4000 but you never know when you might need it:

Savchenko,Boris (2644) - Shulman,Yuri (2623) [D31]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.6), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.c4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7 11.bxc4 b4 12.Bb2 Nf6 13.Bd3 0-0 14.0-0 Nbd7 15.Qc2 Qc7 16.Rfc1 Rfc8 17.e4 e5 18.c5 exd4 19.Bxd4 h6 20.e5 Nd5 21.e6 fxe6 22.Bh7+ Kh8 23.Bxg7+ Kxg7 24.Qg6+ Kh8 25.Qxh6 Nf8 26.Bg6+ Nh7 27.c6 Bxc6 28.Bxh7 Qxh7 29.Qxe6 Nc3 30.Ng5 Bd5 31.Qg4 Rc4 32.f4 Rxf4 33.Qxf4 Ne2+ 34.Kf1 Nxf4 35.Nxh7 Kxh7 36.Rc5 Bxg2+ 37.Kg1 Be4 38.Rcxa5 Rxa5 39.Rxa5 b3 40.Rb5 Bc2 41.Kf2 Nd3+ 42.Ke3 b2 43.h4 b1Q 44.Rxb1 Bxb1 45.Ke4 Nc5+ 46.Ke5 Nd7+ 47.Ke6 Nf8+ 48.Kf6 Ng6 49.h5 Nh8 50.h6 Bc2 51.Kg5 Bb1 52.Kf6 Ba2 53.Kg5 Bb3 54.Kf6 Bc2 55.Kg5 Ba4 56.Kh5 Bb5 57.Kg5 Ba6 58.Kh5 Bb7 59.Kg5 Bc6 60.Kh5 Bd7 61.Kg5 Be8 62.Kf5 Bf7 63.Kf6 Bg8 64.Kg5 Bc4 65.Kh5 Bf1 66.Kg5 Bg2 67.Kh5 Nf7 68.Kg4 Be4 69.Kf4 Bg6 70.Kg4 Kxh6 71.Kf4 Kh5 72.Ke3 Kg4 73.Kd4 Kf4 74.Kd5 Bf5 75.Kd4 Be4 76.Kc5 Ke5 77.Kc4 Nd6+ 78.Kc3 Kd5 79.Kb4 Kd4 80.Kb3 Bd3 81.Kb2 Kc4 82.Kc1 Kc3 83.Kd1 Kd4 84.Kd2 Nc4+ 85.Ke1 Ke3 86.Kd1 Na3 87.Kc1 Bc4 88.Kb2 Nb5 89.Kc2 Ke2 90.Kc1 Bb3 91.Kb2 Ba4 92.Kc1 Kd3 93.Kb2 Kd2 94.Kb1 Nd4 95.Kb2 Nc2 96.Ka2 Kc3 97.Kb1 Bb3 98.Kc1 Ba2 99.Kd1 Nd4 100.Ke1 Kd3 101.Kf2 Ne2 0-1

Interestingly in the position where white resigns, 31 moves have been used up and it is #14.

Solo
24-11-2009, 01:48 AM
You did very well David, and we were all following in the shout box. Bad luck last game, but why not ...Rd5 instead of ...Rd1 ?

The Bennett
24-11-2009, 02:05 AM
A great effort anyway David, your openings were very solid, well done

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2009, 02:27 AM
Shulman's luck ran out in this blitz game:

Shulman,Yuri (2623) - Savchenko,Boris (2644) [D37]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.8), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.a3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nh5 9.0-0 Nxf4 10.exf4 b6 11.d5 exd5 12.Bxd5 Rb8 13.Nd4 Bd6 14.Nc6 Qf6 15.Nxb8 Nxb8 16.g3 Rd8 17.Qc2 Bf8 18.Rad1 Bg4 19.Rd2 Re8 20.Bg2 c6 21.Qc1 Be6 22.Re1 h6 23.Ne4 Qf5 24.Nd6 Bxd6 25.Rxd6 c5 26.Qb1 Qxb1 27.Rxb1 Bf5 28.Rbd1 Kf8 29.Rd8 Ke7 30.Rxe8+ Kxe8 31.h3 Ke7 32.g4 Bd7 33.Bd5 Ba4 34.Re1+ Kf8 35.Kg2 Na6 36.Kg3 Nc7 37.Bc4 Bc6 38.f5 a5 39.h4 f6 40.Kf4 b5 41.Be6 Be8 42.g5 Ke7 43.Ba2+ Kd6 44.Rd1+ Ke7 45.gxh6 gxh6 46.Rg1 c4 47.Rg7+ Kd6 48.Rh7 h5 49.Bb1 Nd5+ 50.Kg3 b4 51.axb4 axb4 52.Rb7 Bc6 53.Rh7 c3 54.bxc3 Nxc3 55.Bc2 Bd5 56.Rxh5 b3 57.Bxb3 Bxb3 58.f4 Ne4+ 59.Kh3 Ke7 60.Rh7+ Kf8 61.Rb7 Nf2+ 62.Kg3 Ne4+ 63.Kh2 Bd5 64.Rb5 Bc6 65.Rb6 Bd7 66.Rb8+ Ke7 67.Rb7 Nd6 68.Ra7 Nxf5 69.h5 Ke6 70.Kh3 Bb5 71.Rb7 Be2 72.Rb6+ Kf7 73.Rb7+ Kg8 74.Rb6 Kg7 75.Rc6 Bxh5 76.Rc5 Bg6 77.Kg4 Nh6+ 78.Kf3 Bf5 79.Rc7+ Kg6 80.Rc1 Bg4+ 81.Ke4 Bf5+ 82.Kf3 Bg4+ 83.Ke4 Bf5+ 84.Ke3 Ng4+ 85.Kf3 Nh6 86.Rg1+ Kf7 87.Ke3 Bg6 88.Kd4 Nf5+ 89.Kd5 Ne7+ 90.Kd6 Nf5+ 91.Kc5 Ne7 92.Re1 Nf5 93.Ra1 Bh7 94.Ra7+ Kg6 95.Kd5 Bg8+ 96.Ke4 Nd6+ 97.Kf3 Bd5+ 98.Kg4 Be6+ 99.Kg3 Ne4+ 100.Kf3 Nd6 101.Ra6 Bd5+ 102.Kg4 Nf5 103.Rb6 Be4 104.Rb8 Bd5 105.Rd8 Be6 106.Kf3 Bf7 107.Ke4 Be6 108.Rb8 Nd6+ 109.Kf3 Kf5 110.Rd8 Bd5+ 111.Ke3 Nc4+ 112.Kd4 Be6 113.Rf8 Nb6 114.Ke3 Nd5+ 115.Kf3 Nxf4 116.Rxf6+ Savchenko wins 1.5 to 0.5 ½-½

Garrett
24-11-2009, 06:32 AM
Congratulations David on a fine performance.

You've done Oceania proud.

Basil
24-11-2009, 08:02 AM
Is that it? Is that it? Is that piddling pawn the difference between a goat-herding 2700 pretty boy and a dead-set legend such as yourself? Hearty congratulations, David.

Carry on!

Phil Bourke
24-11-2009, 08:11 AM
Congrats David on a fantastic performance.

Desmond
24-11-2009, 08:16 AM
Well done David, very good performance.

Adamski
24-11-2009, 01:14 PM
End of the road after a great effort to hold out so long against such a strong opponent:

Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2719) - Smerdon,David (2525) [B73]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.6), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.Rfd1 Rc8 11.f3 a6 12.a4 Ne5 13.Nd5 e6 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.b3 d5 16.f4 Nc6 17.e5 Bg7 18.Nxc6 Bxc6 19.Bd4 f6 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Qe3 Bxd4 22.Rxd4 Qf6 23.Re1 Kg7 24.Bd3 Rce8 25.g3 Kg8 26.Qe5 Qxe5 27.Rxe5 Kf7 28.h4 h5 29.Kf2 Kf6 30.Ke3 a5 31.c3 Rb8 32.c4 b6 33.cxd5 Bxd5 34.Bc4 Bxc4 35.bxc4 Rfd8 36.Rb5 Rxd4 37.Kxd4 Rd8+ 38.Kc3 Rd6 39.c5 bxc5 40.Rxc5 Rd1 41.Rxa5 Ra1 42.Kb2 Rg1 43.Rg5 Rg2+ 44.Kb3 Rg1 45.a5 Ra1 46.Kb4 Rb1+ 47.Kc5 Ke7 48.a6 Dominguez wins the match 2.5 to 1.5 1-0

It looks like 40...Rd5 held since white cannot actually enter the pawn ending.Yes, this loss was not the fault of the opening. Dragon afficionados will be pleased to see Smurf holding a top GM 3 times out of 3 in that opening. Well done!

Igor_Goldenberg
24-11-2009, 01:52 PM
Well done, David!

queenant89
24-11-2009, 02:29 PM
Well done David in a great performance

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2009, 02:50 PM
The longest round 1 match was Akobian - Tregubov:

Normal 1-1 (Akobian wins game 1, Tregubov wins game 2)
Rapid 2-2 (Draw, Draw, Akobian, Tregubov)
Blitz1 1-1 (Tregubov, Akobian)
Blitz2 1-1 (Tregubov, Akobian)
I gave up on them and went to bed at this point
Blitz 3 1-1 (Tregubov, Akobian)
Blitz 4 1-1 (Tregubov, Akobian)
and having won four must-win blitz games to stay alive Akobian now got his act together and won both blitz games in Blitz 5. Had Tregubov won one of these they would have played the armageddon game.

Final score Akobian 9-7 Tregubov.

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2009, 07:41 PM
Pairings


1 0-0 Amonatov, Farrukh (TJK) * Gelfand, Boris (ISR) View
2 0-0 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) * Zhou, Jianchao (CHN) View
3 0-0 Nyback, Tomi (FIN) * Svidler, Peter (RUS) View
4 0-0 Morozevich, Alexander (RUS)* Laznicka, Viktor (CZE) View
5 0-0 Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS) * Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) View
6 0-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) * So, Wesley (PHI) View
7 0-0 Akobian, Varuzhan (USA) * Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) View
8 0-0 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) * Tkachiev, Vladislav (FRA) View
9 0-0 Sandipan, Chanda (IND) * Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) View
10 0-0 Wang, Yue (CHN) * Savchenko, Boris (RUS) View
11 0-0 Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) * Eljanov, Pavel (UKR) View
12 0-0 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR) * Timofeev, Artyom (RUS) View
13 0-0 Milov, Vadim (SUI) * Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE) View
14 0-0 Shirov, Alexei (ESP) * Fedorchuk, Sergey A. (UKR) View
15 0-0 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) * Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB) View
16 0-0 Yu, Yangyi (CHN) * Bartel, Mateusz (POL) View
17 0-0 Meier, Georg (GER) * Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA) View
18 0-0 Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS) * Fressinet, Laurent (FRA) View
19 0-0 Khalifman, Alexander (RUS)* Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS) View
20 0-0 Wang, Hao (CHN) * Ganguly, Surya Shekhar (IND) View
21 0-0 Shabalov, Alexander (USA) * Navara, David (CZE) View
22 0-0 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) * Smirin, Ilia (ISR) View
23 0-0 Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND) * Bacrot, Etienne (FRA) View
24 0-0 Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) * Areshchenko, Alexander (UKR) View
25 0-0 Iturrizaga, Eduardo (VEN) * Jobava, Baadur (GEO) View
26 0-0 Motylev, Alexander (RUS) * Najer, Evgeniy (RUS) View
27 0-0 Zhou, Weiqi (CHN) * Kamsky, Gata (USA) View
28 0-0 Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS) * Milos, Gilberto (BRA) View
29 0-0 Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) * Bologan, Viktor (MDA) View
30 0-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER) * Onischuk, Alexander (USA) View
31 0-0 Li, Chao b (CHN) * Pelletier, Yannick (SUI) View
32 0-0 Polgar, Judit (HUN) * Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROU)

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2009, 11:38 PM
Looks like there could be more upsets before the night is out -

Chucky could have taken a perpetual. He didn't want a draw. He didn't get one. :eek:

Ivanchuk,Vassily (2739) - So,Wesley (2640) [C01]
Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.1), 24.11.2009
[Robot 4]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Nge2 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.f3 Bh5 9.Nf4 Bg6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Bg5 c6 12.f4 Qb6 13.Na4 Qxd4+ 14.Kh1 Ne4 15.c3 Nf2+ 16.Rxf2 Qxf2 17.cxb4 f6 18.Qg4 fxg5 19.Qe6+ Kh8 20.Nc5 Qxb2 21.Qh3+ Kg8 22.Qe6+ Kh8 23.Rf1 Qf6 24.Qh3+ Kg8 25.g3 Re8 26.Nxb7 gxf4 27.Rxf4 Re1+ 28.Kg2 Qe6 29.Qxe6+ Rxe6 30.Nc5 Re7 31.b5 Nd7 32.Nxd7 Rxd7 33.bxc6 Rd6 34.Bb5 Re8 35.Rd4 Kf7 36.Rf4+ Ke6 37.Rg4 Ke5 38.Kf3 Rf6+ 39.Ke3 0-1

Nyback,Tomi (2628) - Svidler,Peter (2754) [D85]
Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.1), 24.11.2009
[Robot 4]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bg5 c5 8.Rc1 0-0 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Bg4 11.d5 Nd7 12.Be2 Nf6 13.h3 Bd7 14.Bd3 Qa5+ 15.Qd2 Qa4 16.Rc4 Qa3 17.0-0 Rac8 18.Rfc1 Rxc4 19.Rxc4 Bb5 20.Rc3 Qa5 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.e5 Bg7 23.Bxb5 Qxb5 24.Rc7 Rd8 25.Rxe7 Bf8 26.Rc7 Rxd5 27.Qf4 Rd1+ 28.Kh2 Rd7 29.Rc8 Re7 30.e6 Rxe6 31.Ng5 Re7 32.Nxh7 Kxh7 33.Rxf8 Kg7 34.Qh4 g5 35.Qh8+ Kg6 36.f4 Kf5 37.Rd8 f6 38.Rd6 Qb2 39.Qh5 Qe2 40.Rd5+ Kxf4 41.Qg6 1-0

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2009, 12:05 AM
Sakaev,Konstantin (2626) - Radjabov,Teimour (2748) [E90]
Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.1), 24.11.2009
[Robot 4]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.Nd2 Qe8 9.g3 f5 10.Be2 Nf6 11.g4 Na6 12.f3 Qe7 13.Nf1 Nc5 14.Qc2 Ne8 15.Be3 fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.fxe4 Qh4+ 18.Kd2 Nf6 19.Rh2 Bh6 20.Bxh6 Qxh6+ 21.Kc3 Bd7 22.Bd3 Qf4 23.Kb3 c6 24.Rf2 Qh6 25.Rf3 Kg7 26.Qg2 Qg5 27.Qd2 Qxd2 28.Nxd2 Rab8 29.a4 a5 30.Raf1 g5 31.R1f2 b6 32.Nf1 b5 33.axb5 cxb5 34.cxb5 Bxb5 35.Bxb5 Rxb5+ 36.Ka3 Rbb8 37.Ng3 Kg6 38.Nh5 1-0

Morozevich,Alexander (2750) - Laznicka,Viktor (2637) [C45]
Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.1), 24.11.2009
[Robot 4]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 bxc6 7.Nc3 d6 8.Qg3 Qg6 9.Bd2 Rb8 10.Bd3 Bd4 11.Ne2 Bxb2 12.Rb1 Rb6 13.0-0 Qxg3 14.hxg3 Ne7 15.Ba5 Ba3 16.Nc3 Be6 17.Na4 Kd7 18.f4 f6 19.e5 fxe5 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Rbd1 Bd6 22.Be2 Bf5 23.Rd2 Rb5 24.Bxb5 cxb5 25.Nc5+ Kc6 26.Nb3 Bg6 27.Bc3 Nf5 28.Rb1 Ne3 29.a4 a6 30.axb5+ axb5 31.Re2 Nc4 32.Ra1 Rb8 33.g4 b4 34.Be1 Rb5 35.Bg3 Rd5 36.Kh2 Na3 37.Rc1 Kb5 38.c3 Ka4 39.Rb2 Nc4 40.Ra1+ Kb5 41.Rba2 bxc3 42.Ra8 c2 43.Nc1 Rd1 44.Ne2 Rxa1 45.Rxa1 Nd2 46.Re1 Nb3 47.Nc3+ Kb4 0-1

Jesper Norgaard
25-11-2009, 09:44 AM
The famous grandmaster TOBLERONE:

http://www.chessvibes.com/plaatjes/worldcup09/r1.3/tka-liem.jpg

:lol: :owned: :rolleyes:

MichaelBaron
25-11-2009, 11:12 AM
It is were thrilling to see so many upsets occur in the 1st game of the second round

Metro
25-11-2009, 04:57 PM
http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/1st%20day/album/slides/_DSC7805.JPGhttp://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/1st%20day/album/slides/_DSC8008.JPG
http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/3rd%20day/album/slides/_DSC0357-1.jpg
http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/3rd%20day/album/slides/_DSC0358.jpghttp://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/3rd%20day/album/slides/_DSC0373-1.jpg http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/3rd%20day/album/slides/_DSC0486.jpg

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2009, 11:19 PM
After a pathetic display yesterday (pasted in 25 moves and clearly losing on the clock after 12-13 of those) Federchuk managed to get back off the canvas and equalise his match with Shirov:

Fedorchuk,Sergey A (2619) - Shirov,Alexei (2719) [C78]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.2), 24.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6 10.a5 Ba7 11.h3 0-0 12.Re1 h6 13.Be3 Ra8 14.Nbd2 Bb7 15.Bc2 Re8 16.d5 Ne7 17.b4 Bxe3 18.Rxe3 Nexd5 19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Re1 Nxc3 21.Qc1 e4 22.Ra3 Qf6 23.Re3 exf3 24.Raxc3 fxg2 25.Ne4 Qf4 26.Qe1 Re6 27.Rxc7 Rc8 28.Rxc8+ Bxc8 29.Bb3 d5 30.Bxd5 Re5 31.Nc3 1-0

Ivanchuk gone!

So,Wesley (2640) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2739) [D13]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.2), 24.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 a6 7.Rc1 Bf5 8.e3 e6 9.Qb3 Ra7 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.Bxe5 Nd7 12.Bg3 Be7 13.Be2 0-0 14.0-0 Qa8 15.Nb1 Rc8 16.Bd3 Bxd3 17.Qxd3 Rc6 18.Rc2 Nb6 19.Rfc1 Nc4 20.Nd2 Nxd2 21.Qxd2 a5 22.Qd3 a4 23.f3 Raa6 24.e4 Qd8 25.Rxc6 Rxc6 26.Rxc6 bxc6 27.Bf2 h5 28.Be3 Qa5 29.Kf2 h4 30.g4 h3 31.Kg3 Qe1+ 32.Kxh3 dxe4 33.Qxe4 Qf1+ 34.Kg3 Bd6+ 35.Bf4 Bb4 36.g5 Be1+ 37.Kg4 Qg2+ 38.Bg3 Bxg3 39.hxg3 Qxb2 40.Qxc6 Qxd4+ 41.f4 g6 42.Qc2 a3 43.Kf3 e5 44.fxe5 Qxe5 45.Qd3 Qb2 46.Qd5 So wins 1.5 to 0.5 ½-½

He missed 33...Qe2 which was apparently strong with loads of time on the clock.

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2009, 11:40 PM
Always great to see a Botvinnik! Here I am struggling to find what play white would have had after 23...Qxa2+ but from then on white had all the fun.

Bacrot,Etienne (2700) - Sasikiran,Krishnan (2664) [D44]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.2), 24.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Rg8 12.h4 Rxg5 13.hxg5 Nd5 14.g6 fxg6 15.Qg4 Qe7 16.Bg2 N7b6 17.Be4 Kd8 18.Qxg6 Bd7 19.Rh7 Qb4 20.Rb1 Nxc3 21.bxc3 Qxc3+ 22.Ke2 Qa3 23.Rbh1 Qb2+ 24.Kf3 Qc3+ 25.Ke2 Qb2+ 26.Kf3 Qxd4 27.Qf6+ Kc7 28.Qxe6 Kb8 29.Qf6 Bc5 30.R1h2 c3 31.Rxd7 Nxd7 32.Rh8+ Bf8 33.Rxf8+ Nxf8 34.Qxc6 Nd7 35.Qb7# Bacrot wins 2-0 1-0

Morozevich out 0-2!

Laznicka,Viktor (2637) - Morozevich,Alexander (2750) [A40]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.2), 24.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d5 e6 6.Bd3 Ne7 7.0-0 h6 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Be3 exd5 10.Nxd5 Nbc6 11.Qd2 g5 12.h3 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Ne7 14.Rae1 b6 15.b4 Rb8 16.Nh2 Ng6 17.Ng4 Bxg4 18.hxg4 Qd7 19.f3 Qa4 20.Rb1 Rfc8 21.Rfc1 Bd4 22.Bxd4 cxd4 23.Bf1 Qa3?? 24.Rc6 Rxc6 25.dxc6 Rc8 26.Rb3 Qa4 27.b5 Ne5 28.Rb4 Qa3 29.Rxd4 a6 30.Rxd6 axb5 31.Rd8+ Rxd8 32.Qxd8+ Kh7 33.c7 Qe3+ 34.Kh1 Qe1 35.c8=Q Qxf1+ 36.Kh2 Nxf3+ 37.Kg3 Qe1+ 38.Kxf3 Qf1+ 39.Ke3 Qg1+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
26-11-2009, 12:36 AM
Svidler recovers as the other stricken favourites fail:

Svidler,Peter (2754) - Nyback,Tomi (2628) [C88]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.2), 24.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a4 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nbd2 b4 13.c3 Rc8 14.Nf1 bxc3 15.bxc3 c4 16.Bg5 cxd3 17.Qxd3 Qc7 18.Ng3 g6 19.Rab1 Bc6 20.Bh6 Rfd8 21.Be3 Nd7 22.Qxa6 Nc5 23.Bxc5 dxc5 24.Bd5 Ra8 25.Qe2 Bxd5 26.exd5 Rxd5 27.Nxe5 Bf8 28.Ng4 Bg7 29.Ne4 Rdd8 30.Nef6+ Kh8 31.Ne8 Qf4 32.g3 Qf5 33.Nd6 Rxd6 34.Qe8+ Rxe8 35.Rxe8+ Bf8 36.Rxf8+ Kg7 37.Rbb8 Rd1+ 38.Kh2 Rh1+ 39.Kxh1 Qd5+ 40.Kg1 f5 41.Rfd8 match tied 1-1 tiebreak needed. 1-0

Kevin Bonham
26-11-2009, 01:22 AM
Radjabov missed a win with 53.Ka3 and was eliminated.

Radjabov,Teimour (2748) - Sakaev,Konstantin (2626) [D37]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.2), 24.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Qc2 c5 8.0-0-0 cxd4 9.Rxd4 Qa5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bd3 Nc5 12.Rd1 Be6 13.Ng5 Nxd3+ 14.Qxd3 g6 15.Ra4 Qb6 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Kb1 Nh5 18.g3 Rac8 19.Qb5 Qxb5 20.Nxb5 a6 21.Nd4 Kf7 22.Bh6 Rfe8 23.Nf3 Kg8 24.Ng5 Rc6 25.Rad4 Nf6 26.h3 e5 27.R4d2 e4 28.Rc2 Rxc2 29.Kxc2 Rc8+ 30.Kb3 Rc6 31.f3 Rb6+ 32.Kc2 Rc6+ 33.Kb1 b5 34.g4 Bf8 35.Bxf8 Kxf8 36.fxe4 Nxe4 37.Nxe4 dxe4 38.Rd4 Re6 39.h4 Ke7 40.Kc2 Re5 41.g5 a5 42.Kb3 Ke6 43.a4 Kf5 44.Rd7 Kg4 45.Rxh7 Rd5 46.Rh6 Rd3+ 47.Ka2 bxa4 48.Rxg6 Kxh4 49.Re6 Rxe3 50.g6 Kh3 51.g7 Rg3 52.Rxe4 Rxg7 53.Re5 Rb7 54.Rxa5 Rb4 55.Rg5 Kh4 56.Rg2 Rb3 57.Rc2 Kg5 58.Rc4 Kf5 59.Rxa4 Rb8 60.Rc4 Ra8+ 61.Kb3 Ke6 62.Rc5 Kd6 63.Rc4 Kd5 64.Kc3 Kd6 65.b3 Kd5 66.Kb4 Rb8+ 67.Ka3 Ra8+ 68.Ra4 Rb8 69.Rh4 Ra8+ 70.Ra4 Rb8 71.Rc4 Ra8+ 72.Kb2 Ra5 73.Rc8 Rc5 74.Rh8 Kc6 75.Ka3 Kb7 76.Ka4 Rg5 77.b4 Rf5 78.b5 Rf1 Sakaev wins 1.5 to 0.5 ½-½

Through to round three already: Gelfand, Gashimov, Laznicka, Sakaev, So, Grischuk, Jakovenko, Wang Yue, Mamedyarov, Yangyi Yu, Wang Hao, Bacrot, Jobava, Motylev, Kamsky, Naiditsch.

16 matches to tiebreaks tomorrow to determine the other 16 to make round three.

Kevin Bonham
26-11-2009, 11:16 PM
Fedorchuk downed 3-0 in rapids by Shirov, crashing out with this spectacular blunder:

Shirov,Alexei (2719) - Fedorchuk,Sergey A (2619) [B42]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.5), 26.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Be3 Bf6 8.c3 Nc6 9.N1d2 Nge7 10.Nc4 d5?? 11.Bb6! dxc4 12.Bxd8 cxd3 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.Qxd3 1-0

And another huge blunder in the same round!

Navara,David (2707) - Shabalov,Alexander (2606) [A46]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.5), 26.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b5 3.Bg5 Bb7 4.e3 a6 5.c4 Ne4 6.cxb5 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 axb5 8.Bxb5 c6 9.Qf3?? f6! 10.Nh3? Qb6! 11.Bc4 Qxb2 12.0-0 Qxa1 13.Nf4 g6 14.Qd1 Ba6 15.Bxa6 Nxa6 16.Qc2 Rb8 17.Nd3 Nb4 0-1

Kevin Bonham
27-11-2009, 02:51 AM
Polgar had to draw this in blitz to progress without further tiebreaks and did:

Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter (2677) - Polgar,Judit (2680) [B77]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (2.8), 26.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 d6 9.f3 a5 10.a4 Bd7 11.Qd2 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Be6 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 Nd7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Qd4+ Kg8 17.0-0 Qb6 18.Qxb6 Nxb6 19.Rfe1 Rfe8 20.Re4 Nd7 21.Bc4 Nc5 22.Re3 e5 23.dxe6 fxe6 24.Rae1 Kf7 25.Bb5 Re7 26.Rd1 d5 27.c4 Rd8 28.Rd4 b6 29.Kf2 Rd6 30.g4 g5 31.Kg3 Kf6 32.h4 h6 33.f4 gxf4+ 34.Rxf4+ Kg7 35.cxd5 Rxd5 36.b4 e5 37.Rc4 axb4 38.Rxb4 e4 39.Bc6 Rd3 40.Rxd3 exd3 41.Rd4 Re3+ 42.Kf4 Re1 43.Rd6 Rf1+ 44.Bf3 Ra1 45.Kf5 Rxa4 46.Rg6+ Kh7 47.Rxb6 Rd4 48.Rc6 Nd7 49.Rc7 d2 50.Ke6 h5 51.g5 Kg6 52.Rxd7 Rxh4 53.Rxd2 Kxg5 54.Ke5 Ra4 55.Rg2+ Kh6 56.Be4 h4 57.Kf4 h3 58.Rg3 h2 59.Rh3+ Kg7 60.Rxh2 Ra1 61.Ke5 Ra5+ 62.Bd5 Kg6 63.Rg2+ Kh5 64.Ke4 Kh6 65.Be6 Rg5 66.Ra2 Rb5 67.Kf4 Kg6 68.Rd2 Kf6 69.Bc4 Rb4 70.Rd4 Ra4 71.Ke4 Kg5 72.Rd5+ Kg4 73.Rc5 Ra1 74.Be6+ Kg3 75.Rg5+ Kf2 76.Bd5 Ra4+ 77.Kd3 Ra7 78.Rf5+ Kg3 79.Ke3 Ra3+ 80.Ke4 Ra4+ 81.Ke5 Ra5 82.Rg5+ Kh4 83.Rg8 Kh5 84.Rg1 Rb5 85.Ke4 Kh6 86.Bf7 Rg5 87.Rh1+ Kg7 88.Be6 Kf6 89.Bd7 Ke7 90.Rh7+ Kd6 91.Bf5 Rg1 92.Rd7+ Kc6 93.Rd3 Kc5 94.Rc3+ Kd6 95.Rd3+ Kc5 96.Rd5+ Kc6 97.Ke5 Re1+ 98.Be4 Kc7 99.Rc5+ Kb6 100.Rc2 Rg1 101.Bd5 Rg6 102.Be6 Kb5 103.Kd5 Rg5+ 104.Kd6 Kb4 105.Rb2+ Kc3 106.Rb3+ Kc2 107.Rf3 Kd2 108.Bd5 Ke2 109.Rh3 Kf2 110.Kc5 Rg3 111.Rh2+ Ke3 112.Rh4 Rg5 113.Kc4 Rg7 114.Re4+ Kf2 115.Kd3 Rg3+ 116.Kd4 Rg7 117.Rf4+ Kg3 118.Ke3 Ra7 119.Rb4 Ra3+ 120.Bb3 Ra7 121.Bc2 Re7+ 122.Be4 Ra7 123.Rb6 Ra3+ 124.Bd3 Kh3 125.Rb4 Rc3 126.Ke2 Kg3 127.Re4 Ra3 128.Re3+ Kf4 129.Rf3+ Ke5 130.Ke3 Ra1 131.Rf5+ Ke6 132.Kd4 Ra4+ 133.Ke3 Ra3 134.Rb5 Ra1 135.Kd4 Rd1 136.Rb3 Kd6 137.Rb6+ Kc7 138.Ke4 ½-½

Note because it is blitz the game went way over the 50 move rule before being drawn.

Kevin Bonham
27-11-2009, 02:23 PM
There is a lot of uncertainty about what happened in the Caruana-Dominguez match. The fourth rapid game was shown as a win for Caruana with black although in the position it was clearly impossible unless Dominguez had lost on time in a position that was at worst drawn. This result with Caruana winning 3.5-2.5 appears almost everywhere.

There is a different version here (http://www.radionuevitas.co.cu/web_english/news/deportes_261109_2.asp) which says the rapid match was drawn, then Caruana won blitz 1, then blitz 2 was drawn, and thus gives 3.5-2.5 as the margin for the tiebreaks.

About all that is clear is that all sources agree Caruana has advanced.

black
27-11-2009, 03:00 PM
The chessbase page has an article about Ivanchuk saying he no longer considers himself a professional player, and that he will likely stop trying to play at the top level. Says that he would not feel the same if he was beaten by a better prepared or stronger player, that So played badly, and that this is a sign he should stop.

He also refers to his failure to beat Kramnik in the Tal Memorial as another sign of his bad luck in chess, as well as the blitz tournament. He had a lot of "bad luck" there, hanging all of his pieces.

Has he said this kind of stuff before? He does seem to be a pretty emotional player.

Perhaps it is only thanks to our closet grandmaster that I am at all aware of Wesley So. In any case, his results have appeared strong enough to suppose that he'd only remain "unknown" at the top for a short time if he was still considered so. (He's mentioned as an unknown in the article, I think...)

Kevin Bonham
27-11-2009, 07:22 PM
Round 3:


1 Gelfand, Boris (ISR) * Polgar, Judit (HUN)
2 Li, Chao b (CHN) * Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
3 Svidler, Peter (RUS) * Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER)
4 Bologan, Viktor (MDA) * Laznicka, Viktor (CZE)
5 Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS) * Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS)
6 Kamsky, Gata (USA) * So, Wesley (PHI)
7 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) * Motylev, Alexander (RUS)
8 Jobava, Baadur (GEO) * Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
9 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) * Areshchenko, Alexander (UKR)
10 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA) * Wang, Yue (CHN)
11 Eljanov, Pavel (UKR) * Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)
12 Navara, David (CZE) * Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE) * Wang, Hao (CHN)
14 Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS) * Shirov, Alexei (ESP)
15 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) * Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)
16 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA) * Yu, Yangyi (CHN)

Tony Dowden
27-11-2009, 10:15 PM
Second tiebreak game.

Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2719) - Smerdon,David (2525) [B78]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (1.4), 23.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.Kb1 Re8 13.h4 h5 14.g4 hxg4 15.h5 Nxh5 16.Bh6 e6 17.Rdg1 Qf6 18.fxg4 Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Qg7 20.Qe3 Nf6 21.g5 Nh5 22.Ndb5 Bxb5 23.Nxb5 Red8 24.Qxa7 Nf3 25.Rg2 Qe5 26.Qe3 Ne1 27.Rxe1 Qxb5 28.c3 Qe5 29.a3 b5 30.Ka2 Kg7 31.Rf1 Rc7 32.Qf3 Ra8 33.Rh1 Rh8 34.Rd1 Rd8 35.Rh1 Rh8 36.Rd1 Rd8 37.Rh1 match tied 1-1 ½-½

Well done David! :clap: :clap: :clap: Have you (and David Flude?) spotted this short article praising your 26...Ne1! novelty? http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/play-the-dragon/#more-19209

Kevin Bonham
27-11-2009, 11:39 PM
Wesley So now defeats Kamsky with black!

Kamsky,Gata (2695) - So,Wesley (2640) [C11]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.1), 27.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qb6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bc5 10.Na4 Qa5+ 11.c3 Bxd4 12.Bxd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 b6 14.Be2 Ba6 15.Bd1 Qb5 16.b4 Rc8 17.Nb2 Qc6 18.Rc1 0-0 19.a4 Bc4 20.Bg4 Bb3 21.0-0 Bxa4 22.f5 Bb5 23.Rfe1 Rfe8 24.Re3 f6 25.fxe6 Nxe5 26.Bf5 g6 27.Bh3 Qd6 28.Rd1 Rcd8 29.Rd2 Qe7 30.Rf2 Nc6 31.Qd2 d4 32.Re4 dxc3 33.Qxc3 Rf8 34.g4 Rd6 35.Bg2 Ne5 36.g5 Rxe6 37.gxf6 Rfxf6 38.Rxf6 Qxf6 39.Re3 Bc6 40.Nd1 Qg5 41.Rg3 Qf4 42.Nf2 Bxg2 43.Kxg2 Nc4 44.Qd3 Ne3+ 45.Kg1 Nf5 46.Qd5 Qc1+ 47.Nd1 Kf7 48.Rc3 Qg5+ 49.Kf2 Qf4+ 50.Kg2 Qg4+ 51.Kf2 Qe2+ 52.Kg1 Qe1+ 53.Kg2 Kg7 0-1

MichaelBaron
28-11-2009, 09:31 AM
24...f6! - So keeps his cool again big guns!

BearDrinkingBeer
28-11-2009, 09:34 AM
Wesley So now defeats Kamsky with black!

Kamsky,Gata (2695) - So,Wesley (2640) [C11]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.1), 27.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qb6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bc5 10.Na4 Qa5+ 11.c3 Bxd4 12.Bxd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 b6 14.Be2 Ba6 15.Bd1 Qb5 16.b4 Rc8 17.Nb2 Qc6 18.Rc1 0-0 19.a4 Bc4 20.Bg4 Bb3 21.0-0 Bxa4 22.f5 Bb5 23.Rfe1 Rfe8 24.Re3 f6 25.fxe6 Nxe5 26.Bf5 g6 27.Bh3 Qd6 28.Rd1 Rcd8 29.Rd2 Qe7 30.Rf2 Nc6 31.Qd2 d4 32.Re4 dxc3 33.Qxc3 Rf8 34.g4 Rd6 35.Bg2 Ne5 36.g5 Rxe6 37.gxf6 Rfxf6 38.Rxf6 Qxf6 39.Re3 Bc6 40.Nd1 Qg5 41.Rg3 Qf4 42.Nf2 Bxg2 43.Kxg2 Nc4 44.Qd3 Ne3+ 45.Kg1 Nf5 46.Qd5 Qc1+ 47.Nd1 Kf7 48.Rc3 Qg5+ 49.Kf2 Qf4+ 50.Kg2 Qg4+ 51.Kf2 Qe2+ 52.Kg1 Qe1+ 53.Kg2 Kg7 0-1
This guy is brilliant!

He was born in 1993 and was only rated 2165 back in July 2005.

Kevin Bonham
28-11-2009, 11:12 PM
Tactic worth keeping an eye out for: Karjakin is assured of a promotion so he tosses a whole rook just to break up Navara's perpetual check threat.

Good comeback after an off day yesterday.

Karjakin,Sergey (2723) - Navara,David (2707) [C10]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.2), 27.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Be3 Nd5 8.Bd2 c5 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bxd7+ Qxd7 11.c4 Nb6 12.Rc1 Be7 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.b4 Be7 15.c5 Nd5 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.Qa4+ Kf8 18.Nd3 a6 19.0-0 Rd8 20.Qb3 h5 21.a4 h4 22.h3 Rh5 23.b5 Bg5 24.b6 Qb8 25.Bxg5 Rxg5 26.c6 bxc6 27.Rc5 e5 28.a5 Qd6 29.Rfc1 Ne7 30.Ne1 Rf5 31.Qc4 Rf4 32.Qxa6 Rxf2 33.Qd3 Qxd3 34.Nxd3 Ra2 35.Nxe5 Rdd2 36.R5c2 Rdxc2 37.Rxc2 Rxc2 38.b7 Rb2 39.Nd7+ Ke8 40.Nb6 Match tied 1-1 tiebreak needed 1-0

Kevin Bonham
28-11-2009, 11:35 PM
Polgar,Judit (2680) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [C24]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.2), 27.11.2009
[Robot 3]

In which Judit sacrifices many pawns and Boris panics and hides under his chair.

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Qe2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bb3 d6 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.c3 a5 9.a4 b5 10.Bc2 Ba6 11.axb5 cxb5 12.Nbd2 Qc7 13.d4 a4 14.Bd3 Rfb8 15.Nh4 g6 16.f4 exf4 17.Ndf3 Nh5 18.Bd2 Nb6 19.g4 fxg3 20.Ng5 Nc4 21.Nf5 Bxg5 22.Bxg5 f6 23.Bh4 gxh2+ 24.Qxh2 Rf8 25.Be2 gxf5 26.Bxh5 fxe4 27.Qf4 f5 28.Kh1 Kh8 29.Rg1 Rf7 30.Bxf7 Qxf7 31.Qh6 Rf8 32.Rg6 match tied 1-1 tiebreak needed. 1-0

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2009, 12:55 AM
The fairly unlikely lineup of Vitiugov, So, Ponomariov, Mamedyarov, Shirov and Vachier-Lagrave are the first six players through to the round of 16. Ten pairings to playoffs tomorrow. Gata Kamsky, winner of the previous World Cup and given an undeserved free ride to the Candidates Matches for no other reason, is out, though to what degree this reflects the vagaries of the format and to what degree his own lack of form is open to debate.

CameronD
29-11-2009, 01:01 AM
The fairly unlikely lineup of Vitiugov, So, Ponomariov, Mamedyarov, Shirov and Vachier-Lagrave are the first six players through to the round of 16. Ten pairings to playoffs tomorrow. Gata Kamsky, winner of the previous World Cup and given an undeserved free ride to the Candidates Matches for no other reason, is out, though to what degree this reflects the vagaries of the format and to what degree his own lack of form is open to debate.

I think the candicate prize is the only way for top players to care for this tournament, and winning such a gruelsome format should not be undervalued.

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2009, 01:30 AM
I think the candicate prize is the only way for top players to care for this tournament, and winning such a gruelsome format should not be undervalued.

Oh, I agree with that general sentiment and I think that putting the winner of the World Cup into the upcoming series of Candidates Matches is thoroughly justified.

But Kamsky is in that round of Candidates Matches because he is the loser of the Challenge Match with Topalov. And he got into that Challenge Match by winning the previous World Cup, which was two years ago now, and at the moment he isn't doing the slightest thing to justify being in the Candidates Matches. A flop in the GP, out in round three here, rated #41 in the world and now below 2700 ... He was already over-rewarded for the previous World Cup win with the direct Challenge Match.

A similar situation happened with Kasimdzhanov who won one of these things in the day when FIDE was foolish enough to call them world championships, and for that was not only seeded straight into the eight-player FIDE WC after that (which is reasonable) but then also got a free ride into the Candidates' Matches of the cycle afterwards.

Carl Gorka
29-11-2009, 08:15 PM
Judit Polgar showing how to liven things up against the boring old Petroff:D

Carl Gorka
29-11-2009, 08:22 PM
Judit Polgar showing how to liven things up against the boring old Petroff:D

Gelfand is amazing, he always seems to have confidence in his position and defends excellently. I'm really enjoying this match the most of all so far, a dogged defender against a high class hacker:D

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2009, 08:42 PM
She's having another hack at his kingside in the first rapid tonight but so far he seems a bit more awake to this one than he was last night and she seems to be running out of pieces.

Carl Gorka
29-11-2009, 08:43 PM
She's having another hack at his kingside in the first rapid tonight but so far he seems a bit more awake to this one than he was last night and she seems to be running out of pieces.

Gelfand has this one under control now :(

Carl Gorka
29-11-2009, 08:47 PM
How about the first Svidler-Naiditsch game....what a romp:lol:

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2009, 08:56 PM
This one was rather messy:

Jakovenko,Dmitry (2736) - Areshchenko,Alexander (2664) [B90]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.3), 29.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Qd2 Be7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.f4 b5 11.f5 Bc4 12.g4 Nxg4 13.Rg1 Nxe3 14.Qxe3 Qb6 15.Qg3 Nf6 16.Qxg7 Rg8 17.Qxg8+ Nxg8 18.Rxg8+ Bf8 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.Nd5 Qd8 21.Nd2 Rc8 22.Rh8 h6? Fatal waste of time apparently 23.Rg1 Qh4 24.c3 Rb8 25.Rgg8 1-0

Carl Gorka
29-11-2009, 09:00 PM
This one was rather messy:

Jakovenko,Dmitry (2736) - Areshchenko,Alexander (2664) [B90]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.3), 29.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Qd2 Be7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.f4 b5 11.f5 Bc4 12.g4 Nxg4 13.Rg1 Nxe3 14.Qxe3 Qb6 15.Qg3 Nf6 16.Qxg7 Rg8 17.Qxg8+ Nxg8 18.Rxg8+ Bf8 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.Nd5 Qd8 21.Nd2 Rc8 22.Rh8 h6? Fatal waste of time apparently 23.Rg1 Qh4 24.c3 Rb8 25.Rgg8 1-0

Excellent....typical hack you'd see in your local club tourney:D

Aaron Guthrie
29-11-2009, 09:04 PM
This one was rather messy:

Jakovenko,Dmitry (2736) - Areshchenko,Alexander (2664) [B90]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.3), 29.11.2009
[Robot 3]25...Qe1+ 26.Kc2 Rxb2+ looks like it gets a draw to me. (Maybe not- Kxb2 Qxd2+ Ka3 Qc1+ Ka4 Qc2+ Ka5 Qxa2+ Kb6 Qf2+ Kxa6! Qa2+ Kb5!)

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2009, 09:12 PM
25...Qe1+ 26.Kc2 Rxb2+ looks like it gets a draw to me.

Looks like it only almost does. White king runs b2-a3-a4-a5-b6 and black runs out of effective checks and has mate threats to contend with.

Kevin Bonham
30-11-2009, 01:21 AM
The big news from the rapid tiebreaks was that Li Chao b and Wang Yue both forfeited rapid 2 for being away from the board at the start of the game. They had both drawn rapid 1 with black. They both then lost rapid 3 with black, rather badly, perhaps on account of the forfeit, and were eliminated. So instead of having two white games to score 1.5/2 (and perhaps they would not have lost blitz 3 without the forfeit) they were out.

Naiditsch needed a draw with white to eliminate Svidler in the fourth rapid but got way too short of time and went down in a rather odd game.

Naiditsch,Arkadij (2689) - Svidler,Peter (2754) [B06]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (3.6), 29.11.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.h4 h6 6.Qd2 b5 7.f3 Nd7 8.0-0-0 Nb6 9.Nh3 Nf6 10.Nf4 Nfd7 11.Ncd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 Nb6 13.Bd3 Bb7 14.Bxg6 fxg6 15.Ne6 Qd7 16.Qd3 Can't white take the bishop and get away with it here? 16...Kf7 17.h5 gxh5 18.Qf5+ Kg8 19.Qg6 Rh7 20.Bxh6 Qe8 21.Qg5 Qf7 22.Bxg7 Rxg7 23.Nxg7 Qxg7 24.Qxh5 Nxd5 25.Rh4 Nf6 26.Qf5 Bc8 27.Qf4 Bd7 28.Rdh1 Rf8 29.g4 c6 30.Rh6 Nh5 31.Qd2 Nf4 32.Qh2 Qg5 33.Kb1 Kf7 34.Re1 Nd5 35.Rh5 Qf6 36.g5 Qxd4?? 37.g6+? [37.Rh4 wins as all queen moves either lose Q or get mated so black has to toss material] 37...Ke8 38.Rh7 Qf6 39.Qg1 c5 40.a3? [40.g7 Rg8 41.Rh8] 40...Bf5 41.Rh6 Rg8 42.g7?? Qxh6 match tied 2-2 blitz needed 0-1

Kevin Bonham
30-11-2009, 02:06 AM
Naiditsch was probably still annoyed about that one; either that or he is not much chop at blitz. In any case Svidler and Grischuk won through very easily in blitz tonight, 2-0. Jobava lost blitz 2 in 16 moves!

Pairings for the round of 16 with seedings:

Gelfand (1) vs Vachier-Lagrave (17)
Grischuk (8) vs Jakovenko (9)
Laznicka (61) vs Mamedyarov (13)
Vitiugov (28) vs Karjakin (12)
Gashimov (2) vs Caruana (50)
Ponomariov (7) vs Bacrot (23)
Svidler (3) vs Shirov (14)
So (59) vs Malakhov (22)

Oepty
30-11-2009, 05:34 AM
Poor Naiditsch really blew it. I went to bed before the last rapid expecting him to go through as he had been playing really well.
Scott

Ian Rout
30-11-2009, 10:45 AM
The big news from the rapid tiebreaks was that Li Chao b and Wang Yue both forfeited rapid 2 for being away from the board at the start of the game.
According to Chess Today they were out having a smoke.

Kevin Bonham
30-11-2009, 01:10 PM
According to Chess Today they were out having a smoke.

Yes I saw this noted on the Playchess server at the time too. It is now reported on the Playchess site that they were just two minutes late.

The Playchess article (http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5947) about this says that Li Chao only took up smoking at this event to keep Wang Yue company!

So remember folks: Smoking kills your world cup chances.

The Playchess article incorrectly reports that Gelfand and Polgar drew rapid 3. Had they done so they would have had to play rapid 4.

Denis_Jessop
30-11-2009, 04:32 PM
From the official website:


Wang YUE and Li CHAO: "WE ARE NOT GOING TO QUIT SMOKING"

The Chinese Grandmasters Wang Yue and Li Chao are leaving the Cup because of their late appearance for the second games of tie-breaks of Round 3. The reason of being late is ridiculous: they were smoking and did not know that the game had already started.

- How happened that you missed the start of the game?

- I don't know what happened, - replies disappointed Wang Yue. – We were smoking with Li Chao and some fellow told us: “Guys, I think you are late for your game”. Of course we rushed into the playing hall . But it was already too late .

- What did you feel at that moment?

- I did not understand what happened, - says Wang Yue. But he also added: - Ok, these are the rules, I cannot break them. I was shocked . It seemed that the world has stopped .

- Did you try to speak with the Arbiter?

- Sure, we spoke with the Chief Arbiter, - again Wang Yue. – He said: “These are the regulations, we should follow them. The decision is final and nothing can be changed. You should take it, go and prepare for the next game. I think it was a wise advice.”

- Was the decision fair to your mind?

Yes, this was correct and fair decision. The only decision that could be taken. We cannot do anything . We just need to accept it . In China at all chess tournaments a big screen with the information about the tournament is used. A player can go to the toilet, to smoke or to do something else. But thanks to this screen he always knows how much time he has before the start of the game. Here there is no screen. But we hope that they will use it in future. Most of all I feel pity for Li Chao: he started smoking here, in Khanty to join my smoking company.

- Perhaps now it is a good reason to quit smoking? Less chances to get into a trouble and more chances to be healthy.

- I don't think so… After such a shock you only think to take a long smoke!

- How are you going to recover?

- Nothing special… We will have rest, tomorrow a long trip back home, - says Wang Yue.
- Most probably I will read carefully the regulations of the Cup! – sarcastically added Li Chao.

DJ

Metro
30-11-2009, 05:55 PM
http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/29.11.2009/album/slides/DSCN9418.JPG

Metro
30-11-2009, 05:58 PM
http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/26.11.2009/album/slides/_DSC3790.jpg
Who is wearing Aussie jacket?

Kevin Bonham
01-12-2009, 01:30 AM
Shirov loses to Svidler in a disappointingly one-sided game and tomorrow has to win with black.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Rc1 Rd8 12.Bf4 Be5 13.Bg3 Bxg3 14.hxg3 e5 15.Bd5 Be6 16.dxe5 Bxd5 17.exd5 Nxe5 18.c4 a6 19.Re1 b5 20.cxb5 axb5 21.Nc3 c4 22.Qd4 Nd3 23.Ne4 Qa7 24.Nf6+ Kh8 25.Qh4 Kg7 26.Re3 Rd6 27.Rf3 h6 28.Ne4 Rxd5 29.Qf6+ Kg8 30.Rc3 Ne5 31.Rf4 Qxa2 32.Kh2 Qe2 33.Qh4 Ra6 34.g4 g5 35.Nxg5 hxg5 36.Qxg5+ Rg6 0-1

Laznicka also lost with white, to Mamedyarov whose PR must be astronomical by now, while all other games were drawn, some of them complete fizzers and others interesting.

Kevin Bonham
02-12-2009, 01:44 AM
Mamedyarov, Svidler, Karjakin through and the other five pairs can come back tomorrow.

Pono and Bacrot reached a drawn knight and rook pawn + knight ending, but Bacrot's 64th was a mistake (...Ke6 or ...Ng4 were draws). Pono then did a nice job of holding onto a won position for a long time despite being very short of time but erred on move 82 (Kg7 not Kf7 wins).

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Bacrot,Etienne (2700) [D12]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (4.2), 01.12.2009
[Robot 4]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qb3 Qc7 7.Bd2 e6 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.0-0 Bd6 10.Bb4 0-0 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Nbd2 Nd7 13.Rfc1 Rfc8 14.Qa3 Bxb4 15.Qxb4 Bg4 16.Rc2 Rab8 17.Qa3 Qb6 18.b3 Bxf3 19.Nxf3 Qb4 20.Qxa7 Rb7 21.Qa6 c5 22.dxc5 Rxc5 23.Rac1 h6 24.h3 Rbc7 25.a3 Qxb3 26.Rxc5 Rxc5 27.Rxc5 Qb1+ 28.Qf1 Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Nxc5 30.Ke2 Kf8 31.Ne5 Ke7 32.Nd3 Ne4 33.Kd1 Kd6 34.f3 Nc3+ 35.Kc2 Na4 36.Kb3 Nb6 37.a4 f5 38.Kb4 Nc4 39.e4 fxe4 40.fxe4 g5 41.exd5 Kxd5 42.Kc3 e5 43.Nb4+ Kc5 44.Na6+ Kd5 45.Nc7+ Kc5 46.Kd3 Nb2+ 47.Ke4 Nxa4 48.Kxe5 Nb2 49.Ne6+ Kc4 50.Kf5 Kd5 51.Ng7 Nd3 52.Nh5 Ne1 53.g3 Kd4 54.Kg6 Nd3 55.Kxh6 Nf2 56.h4 gxh4 57.gxh4 Ng4+ 58.Kg7 Ke5 59.Ng3 Nf6 60.Kg6 Nd5 61.Kg7 Nf6 62.Kf7 Ng4 63.Ne2 Nf6 64.Kg6 Nd5 65.h5 Ne7+ 66.Kg7 Nf5+ 67.Kf7 Nh6+ 68.Kg6 Nf5 69.Ng3 Nh4+ 70.Kg7 Nf3 71.h6 Ng5 72.Ne2 Ne6+ 73.Kf7 Ng5+ 74.Kg6 Ne6 75.Nc3 Nf8+ 76.Kf7 Nh7 77.Kg7 Ng5 78.Ne2 Ne6+ 79.Kf7 Ng5+ 80.Kg6 Ne6 81.Ng1 Nf8+ 82.Kf7 Kf5 83.Nf3 Nh7 84.Kg7 Nf6 85.Nd4+ Kg5 86.Ne6+ Kh5 87.Nc7 Kg5 88.Nd5 Ne8+ 89.Kh7 Nd6 90.Nc3 Nf7 91.Ne4+ Kf4 92.Kg7 Nxh6 93.Kxh6 Kxe4 ½-½

Brian_Jones
02-12-2009, 09:11 AM
http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/26.11.2009/album/slides/_DSC3790.jpg
Who is wearing Aussie jacket?

This is my friend Joey - the Filipino GM Rogelio Antonio Jnr (who played in the SIO in 2008!)

Kevin Bonham
03-12-2009, 02:24 AM
Quarter finals will be:

Gelfand (1) vs Jakovenko (9)
Mamedyarov (13) vs Karjakin (12)
Gashimov (2) vs Ponomariov (7)
Svidler (3) vs Malakhov (22)

Only the regular suspects left now except for Malakhov who is a bit of an outsider for this stage of business, but who beat the higher-seeded Eljanov and benefited from So getting rid of Kamsky and Ivanchuk. Malakhov has won seven rapid tiebreak games in a row so Svidler might want to mop him up in regulation in case it gets ugly.

Caruana and So got thrashed in the rapids, Pono finally got rid of Bacrot in the final rapid, and Gelfand did the same (convincingly) to Vachier-Lagrave in the second blitz.

A spectacular end of the line for Grischuk against Jakovenko. In this must-win blitz endgame (basically played at 3 seconds per move since they were both down to the increment) he went from a completely won position to being #2ed in only six moves!

Jakovenko - Grischuk

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.c3 Nf6 7.d3 Nd7 8.Nbd2 e6 9.Re1 Be7 10.Qa4 Qc7 11.e5 Bh5 12.exd6 Bxd6 13.Qh4 Nf6 14.Ng5 Be7 15.Nge4 Bg6 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Qc4 Rd8 18.Ne4 Rd5 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.d4 cxd4 21.cxd4 Rg8 22.g3 h5 23.Qc3 h4 24.Bf4 Qb6 25.Rac1 Kd7 26.b3 hxg3 27.fxg3 Qxd4+ 28.Qxd4 Rxd4 29.Red1 Rxd1+ 30.Rxd1+ Kc8 31.Kf2 Be4 32.h4 Rh8 33.b4 a6 34.a3 Bd5 35.Be3 Kd7 36.Rd2 e5 37.Rc2 f5 38.Rc5 Kd6 39.Ra5 Bc4 40.Rc5 Bb5 41.Bd2 f6 42.Rc1 Ke6 43.Be3 f4 44.gxf4 Rxh4 45.fxe5 fxe5 46.Rg1 Kf5 47.Bc5 Rc4 48.Rg3 Rc2+ 49.Ke1 Ra2 50.Rf3+ Ke4 51.Re3+ Kf4 52.Rc3 e4 53.Be3+ Kf3 54.Bc1+ Kg2 55.Re3?? [55.Bf4 is fine] 55...Bd3 56.Kd1 Ra1 [56...Kf2 wins since black threatens mate with the bishop and therefore wins the exchange with a completely won position] 57.Kd2 Ra2+?? [57...Kf2 wins by winning the exchange] 58.Kd1?? [58.Ke1! may just hold on] 58...Rf2?? [58...Kf2 again wins the exchange and wins!] 59.Bd2 Rf5 60.Be1 Rd5 61.Kd2 Rd4 62.Rg3+ This is most likely drawn now anyway but now it is the black king that puts itself in trouble: 62...Kf1?? [62...Kh2=] 63.Ke3! Rd5?? [And now it is black who must lose by throwing the exchange: 63...Bb5 64.Kxd4 Kxe1 and white should win though a draw would do him fine anyway] 64.Bf2 with mate to follow 1-0

Desmond
03-12-2009, 09:47 AM
^ ouch

Denis_Jessop
03-12-2009, 09:55 AM
My prediction for the final is at least one player ending in "ov"

The All-seeing seer :D :hmm:

(DJ)

Oepty
03-12-2009, 05:04 PM
Malakhov has won seven rapid tiebreak games in a row so Svidler might want to mop him up in regulation in case it gets ugly.


It is eight rapids in a row. I stated 7 games last night in the shoutbox before the third rapid if that is what you remembered
Scott

Oepty
03-12-2009, 05:13 PM
My prediction for the final is at least one player ending in "ov"

The All-seeing seer :D :hmm:

(DJ)

I think a Gelfand - Svidler final is a strong possibility, although I would like to see Karjakin win the whole thing.
Scott

Kevin Bonham
03-12-2009, 11:28 PM
Svidler hacked by Malakhov, finishing in style with an underpromotion. (If black queens instead of knighting he gets mated, but the knight comes with check.)

Svidler,Peter (2754) - Malakhov,Vladimir (2706) [D15]
World Chess Cup 1/4-final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (5.1), 03.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.e3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.Bd3 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Bg7 10.g4 e5 11.Qg3 Nfd7 12.Ne2 Qe7 13.0-0 h5 14.f3 Nf8 15.a4 b4 16.Bd2 a5 17.e4 dxe4 18.Bxe4 Ne6 19.Rae1 h4 20.Qf2 0-0 21.f4 exd4 22.f5 Nxc5 23.Bb1 d3 24.Nc1 Qd6 25.Ba2 Bd4 26.Be3 Ne4 27.Qxh4 g5 28.Qh5 d2 29.f6 Qxf6 30.Bxd4 Qxd4+ 31.Kg2 dxe1=N+ 0-1

Kevin Bonham
04-12-2009, 12:39 AM
After being the form player of the tournament thus far Mamedyarov struggled against Karjakin for much of the game and just when it looked like he might hold there was a massive endgame blunder. He wasn't that short of time when it happened either.

Karjakin,Sergey (2723) - Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2719) [C83]
World Chess Cup 1/4-final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (5.1), 03.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 Be7 11.Bc2 d4 12.Nb3 d3 13.Bb1 Nxb3 14.axb3 Bf5 15.b4 0-0 16.Re1 Qd5 17.h3 Rfd8 18.g4 Be6 19.Re3 h5 20.Qxd3 Qxd3 21.Bxd3 hxg4 22.hxg4 Bd5 23.Bc2 Bxf3 24.Rxf3 Nxe5 25.Rh3 g6 26.g5 Re8 27.Bf4 Bf8 28.Re3 Bd6 29.Bb3 Nc4 30.Bxc4 Bxf4 31.Rf3 Bh2+ 32.Kxh2 bxc4 33.Rf4 Re5 34.Rxc4 Rxg5 35.Ra5 Rxa5 36.bxa5 Ra7 37.Kg3 Kf8 38.Kf4 Ke7 39.b4 Kd7 40.Ke5 Rb7 41.Rd4+ Kc8 42.Kf6 Rb5 43.Rf4 Rd5 44.Kxf7 g5 45.Rf6 Rd3 46.c4 Rd4 47.c5 Rxb4 48.c6 Kd8 49.Rf5 Rb2?? [I am not sure if 49...g4 draws but it certainly looks OK] 50.f4! and suddenly nothing works for black, he is losing a pawn and white's pawn will be unstoppable 50...Rf2 51.Rd5+ Kc8 52.Ke7 1-0

Oepty
04-12-2009, 05:22 AM
I think a Gelfand - Svidler final is a strong possibility, although I would like to see Karjakin win the whole thing.
Scott

Not anymore- Malakhov looks like making sure Denis' prediction comes true.
Scott

Vlad
04-12-2009, 05:40 AM
Malakhov is my man! I remember him from when he was a kid about 15 years ago, he was playing chess in the same club I was going to. He was quite promising but... he decided to go to the Moscow State University and obviously that stopped his progress...

He was always in a group that would just miss out on invitations to super tournaments. 2690-2700 and Russian, that is not good enough...:doh:

What is important for this tournament is that he is not very different in strength from other 7 but... He is hungry... He is extremely hungry to succed and that makes a huge difference.

My guess is that either Malakhov or Karyakin will win the World Cup.

I am also hoping Yakovenko will do well, he is another graduate from the Moscow State University.

Garvinator
04-12-2009, 04:14 PM
CameronD, I see you are doing well at the World Cup ;) or is it your look alike :uhoh:

Vlad
04-12-2009, 11:29 PM
Closet GM should definitely translate these two reports. Some funny bits about So and other Philippines.:) There is a funny comparison of Caruano and So. GM Antonio was called "a chessplayer of unknown qualification".:)

http://tal.russiachess.org/content/view/4164/401/

http://tal.russiachess.org/content/view/4184/401/

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2009, 02:09 AM
All draws today, with the two pairs who drew yesterday both drawing in just 15 moves, so Karjakin is through to the semis and will play the winner of Gelfand-Jakovenko, and Malakhov is through to the semis and will play the winner of Gashimov-Ponomariov. Denis's prediction is a guaranteed winner already with the only non -ov in that part of the draw eliminated tonight. :)

Vlad
05-12-2009, 08:57 AM
In a press conference (after he beats Kamsky in the first game) So goes:

I have two problems. The first one is that I need to survive the winter in Syberia. -30 is just too much for me and it will probably be even colder in December...

The host: No, it will be a bit warmer soon.

So: Great news, the first problem is solved. However, I still have the second problem, I need to be able to travel from Russia. I am still little.

The host: he is under 18.

So: I am still little. This is why I keep a couple of buddies here. Chess part I will manage myself, I do not need them for that. I need them in everyday life (like help me with the food, etc). Also they will be helpful when I will be departing Russia.

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2009, 09:19 PM
Gashimov had Pono in big trouble in the first rapid tiebreak but was basically down to the increment and in this condition allowed some counterplay then blundered fatally.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gashimov,Vugar (2758) [A38]
World Chess Cup 1/4-final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (5.3), 05.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 d6 6.a3 Bg7 7.Rb1 a5 8.0-0 0-0 9.d3 h6 10.Bd2 Be6 11.Qa4 Bd7 12.Rfc1 Nd4 13.Qd1 Nxf3+ 14.Bxf3 Bc6 15.b4 Bxf3 16.exf3 axb4 17.axb4 b6 18.f4 Ra3 19.Nb5 Ra2 20.Be3 Qd7 21.Rc2 Ra4 22.bxc5 dxc5 23.Rcb2 Ra6 24.Rb3 Ng4 25.Bd2 h5 26.h3 Nh6 27.Kg2 Nf5 28.g4 hxg4 29.hxg4 Nh6 30.Kg3 Ra2 31.Be3 f5 32.g5 Ng4 33.Qf3 e6 34.Rh1 Rfa8 35.Nc3 Bxc3 36.Rxc3 R8a3 37.Rxa3 Rxa3 38.Rb1 Nxe3 39.Rxb6 Nf1+ 40.Kg2 Nd2 41.Qe2 Rxd3 42.Qe5 Kh7 43.Qxc5 Ne4 44.Qb4 Qf7 45.c5 Rd7 46.c6 Rc7 47.Rb7 e5 48.Rxc7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2009, 11:33 PM
Gelfand and Ponomariov won their quarter-final tiebreaks very easily so it's

Gelfand (1) vs Karjakin (12)
Ponomariov (7) vs Malakhov (22)

ER
06-12-2009, 08:14 AM
Denis's prediction is still alive

My prediction for the final is at least one player ending in "ov"

but we missed the opportunity of having two ovs in the final... Now we 'll have one for sure! I hope none tells me to ... ov! :P

Vlad
06-12-2009, 12:53 PM
The composition of the semi-final is interesting

Both Russia and Ukraine have 1.5 players.
Israel has 1 player, who was born and trained in USSR.

Kevin Bonham
06-12-2009, 05:50 PM
Denis's prediction is still alive

Actually Denis's prediction was confirmed as a definite success (barring mutual expulsions or something like that) the moment Svidler was eliminated since that left three "ov"s contesting one final position ensuring there would be at least one "ov" in the final. I mentioned this a few posts up.

ER
06-12-2009, 07:30 PM
Actually Denis's prediction was confirmed as a definite success (barring mutual expulsions or something like that) the moment Svidler was eliminated since that left three "ov"s contesting one final position ensuring there would be at least one "ov" in the final. I mentioned this a few posts up.

yep!

Kevin Bonham
06-12-2009, 11:31 PM
A huge blow to Karjakin's chances with Gelfand beating him with black, meaning he needs to defeat Gelfand with black himself tomorrow to stay in the running.

A fascinating game; in a seemingly quiet position Gelfand cut loose with a piece sacrifice offer 11...Ra6 (!? at least but exact evaluation pending ;) ). Karjakin declined presumably thinking it too risky but then found himself marginally worse and soon got sucked into the time-trouble spiral. Given the attack black eventually got white must have wished he had material to show for it.

Karjakin,Sergey (2723) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [C55]
World Chess Cup semifinal Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (6.1), 06.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Bb3 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.h3 a5 9.a4 Nd4 10.Nxd4 exd4 11.Re1 Ra6 12.Qh5 Nb4 13.Na3 Rg6 14.Bf4 b6 15.Qf3 Be6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Qe4 Bd6 18.Bxd6 cxd6 19.Qxd4 Qg5 20.g3 Qf5 21.g4 h5 22.Re4 d5 23.Kh2 Qf3 24.Ree1 hxg4 25.Qe3 gxh3 26.Qxf3 Rxf3 27.Rg1 Rxf2+ 28.Kxh3 Rxg1 29.Rxg1 Nxc2 30.Nb5 Rf3+ 31.Kg4 Rxd3 32.Nd6 Ne3+ 33.Kf4 Nc4 0-1

Pono had an edge for much of the other game but wasn't able to do enough with it and the endgame fizzled.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Malakhov,Vladimir (2706) [D15]
World Chess Cup semifinal Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (6.1), 06.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6 8.Bf4 Nh5 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bd2 Nhf6 11.Qc2 Qc7 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nf6 15.Qc2 Be6 16.Ne5 Nd7 17.Bf4 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Qa5+ 19.Qc3 Qxc3+ 20.bxc3 Bf5 21.0-0-0 0-0-0 22.Be2 f6 23.Bg3 e5 24.Rhe1 Be7 25.Kb2 Rd7 26.dxe5 Bxc5 27.exf6 gxf6 28.Bh5 Rxd1 29.Rxd1 Rd8 30.Bf4 Rxd1 31.Bxd1 Bf8 32.g4 Be6 33.h4 b5 34.h5 Kd7 35.Be3 c5 36.Bf3 Kc7 37.Bf4+ Kb6 38.Be3 Kc7 39.Bf4+ Kb6 40.Be3 ½-½

Kevin Bonham
07-12-2009, 10:29 PM
Karjakin walloped by Gelfand in game two, Gelfand through to final

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Be2 Bb7 11.Rd1 Qc7 12.Bd2 e5 13.Rac1 a6 14.b4 Rfe8 15.Bd3 Bxb4 16.Ng5 h6 17.Nxb5 axb5 18.Bh7+ Kf8 19.Bxb4+ c5 20.dxc5 Bc6 21.Be4 Nb8 22.Nh7+ Nxh7 23.Bxh7 g6 24.Rd6 Re7 25.h4 h5 26.Bxg6 fxg6 27.Qxg6 Rxa2 28.Rcd1 Rf7 29.Qh6+ Rg7 30.Qf6+ Kg8 31.Rd8+ Kh7 32.Qf5+ Rg6 33.Qxh5+ Rh6 34.Qf5+ Gelfand wins 2-0 1-0

Kevin Bonham
07-12-2009, 11:15 PM
Malakhov-Ponomariov drawn so they will have playoffs tomorrow night while Gelfand has a day off.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bd2 0-0 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Qe7 9.g3 e5 10.d5 e4 11.Ng5 Ne5 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 f5 14.Qe3 f4 15.gxf4 Rxf4 16.0-0-0 Qf7 17.Rg1 Rxf2 18.Bxe5 dxe5 19.Qxe5 Bd7 20.Qd4 g6 21.e4 Qf4+ 22.Kb1 Re8 23.Bd3 Rxh2 24.c5 Qe5 25.Qb4 b6 26.c6 Bc8 27.Bc2 Kg7 match tied 1-1, tiebreak Tuesday 11:00 ½-½

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2009, 01:06 AM
Thought I'd look up some head-to-head results for the remaining players.

Ponomariov and [EDIT:Malakhov] have played once before their current match, and drawn.

Gelfand and Malakhov have played twice (one normal one rapid) with Gelfand winning both.

Gelfand and Ponomariov have played ten times at normal time controls with Ponomariov leading +2=8-0. (Ponomariov also leads Gelfand at blitz +4=1-1.)

Vlad
08-12-2009, 11:06 AM
Which one is wrong?

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2009, 12:14 PM
I don't guarantee the above to be complete, so corrections welcome.

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2009, 05:35 PM
Looks like at least some of the Gelfand-Pono games I included in the +2=8 were rapids not explicitly flagged as such in the databases. One of Pono's wins was Cap d'Agde which is a rapid tournament and Gelfand says they have only had 4 or 5 draws (I presume he means at "normal" time controls).

Vlad
08-12-2009, 08:35 PM
Which one is wrong?

Reread your post #110 and tell us which one is wrong?:)

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2009, 09:18 PM
Ah, I'd typed "Gelfand" instead of "Malakhov" in the first one. Took me a very long time to notice that. :doh:

Malakhov wins rapid 1 after Pono could not defend rook ending a pawn down.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Malakhov,Vladimir (2706) [D15]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (6.3), 08.12.2009
[Robot 4]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6 8.Qc2 g6 9.h3 Qc7 10.Bg5 Bg7 11.e3 e5 12.0-0-0 0-0 13.Bh4 exd4 14.exd4 b6 15.Bg3 Bh6+ 16.Kb1 Bf4 17.cxb6 Nxb6 18.Bxf4 Qxf4 19.Bd3 Qd6 20.Ka1 a5 21.Ne5 Ba6 22.Na4 Nxa4 23.Qxa4 Bxd3 24.Nxd3 Rfb8 25.Rc1 Rb5 26.Rc2 Nd7 27.Rc3 Nb6 28.Qc2 Nc4 29.a4 Rb6 30.b3 Rab8 31.bxc4 dxc4 32.Nc1 Qxd4 33.Na2 Rb3 34.Rc1 Qb6 35.Rxb3 cxb3 36.Qb2 bxa2 37.Qxb6 Rxb6 38.Kxa2 Kf8 39.Rc5 Ra6 40.Kb3 Ke7 41.Kc4 Kd6 42.f4 Ra7 43.Kd4 f5 44.Re5 Ra8 45.g4 Rf8 46.g5 Rb8 47.Rxa5 Rb4+ 48.Ke3 Rb3+ 49.Ke2 Rxh3 50.Ra7 Kd5 51.Re7 c5 52.a5 Ra3 53.Rxh7 Rxa5 54.Rg7 Ra6 55.Rf7 c4 56.Kd2 Ke4 57.Rf6 Ra2+ 58.Kd1 Kxf4 59.Rxg6 c3 60.Rg8 Rg2 61.g6 Kf3 62.g7 f4 63.Kc1 Rg6 64.Kc2 Kg3 65.Kxc3 f3 66.Kd4 0-1

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2009, 10:29 PM
Pono somehow wins from extremely bad position, ending Malakhov's run of nine rapid wins in a row.

Malakhov,Vladimir (2706) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [D85]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (6.4), 08.12.2009
[Robot 4]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.e3 0-0 8.Nf3 c5 9.dxc5 N6d7 10.Nd5 e5 11.Bg3 Nc6 12.Rc1 Nf6 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Bd3 e4 15.Bxe4 Qxb2 16.0-0 Be6 17.Bd6 Rfe8 18.Bd5 Qf6 19.Rb1 Na5 20.e4 Rac8 21.e5 Qf5 22.Rb4 Bxd5 23.Qxd5 Qe6 24.Qxe6 Rxe6 25.Rb5 b6 26.cxb6 axb6 27.Nd2 Nb7 28.Ne4 Nxd6 29.Nxd6 Ra8 30.f4 f6 31.f5 gxf5 32.Nxf5 fxe5 33.Rfb1 Bf8 34.R5b2 Bc5+ 35.Kh1 e4 36.Re2 Kf7 37.Rbe1 Ra4 38.g3 Kf6 39.Rf1 Ke5 40.Kg2 Rf6 41.g4 h5 42.h3 hxg4 43.hxg4 Rg6 44.Kh3 Ra3+ 45.Ng3 e3 46.Nf5 Rg8 47.Kg3 Rga8 48.Kf3 R8a4 49.Rfe1 Rf4+ 50.Kg3 Ke4 51.Rb1 Rf3+ 52.Kg2 Kf4 53.Rc1 Rf2+ 54.Rxf2+ exf2 55.Rc4+ Kg5 56.Nd4 Re3 57.a4 Re1 0-1

Kevin Bonham
08-12-2009, 11:42 PM
Pono too good in game 3:

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Malakhov,Vladimir (2706) [D27]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (6.5), 08.12.2009
[Robot 4]

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.Be2 dxc4 6.Bxc4 b5 7.Bb3 e6 8.0-0 Bb7 9.d4 c5 10.e4 Be7 11.e5 Ne4 12.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.Qe2 Bb7 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Ng5 Nc6 16.Qh5 g6 17.Qh6 Bf8 18.Qh3 Qc7 19.Rd1 Rd8 20.Be3 Bg7 21.Bxe6 fxe6 22.Nxe6 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Qf7 24.Nxg7+ Qxg7 25.Bc5 Qf7 26.e6 Qf5 27.Qxf5 gxf5 28.Rd7 Bc8 29.Rc7 Bxe6 30.Rxc6 Kf7 31.Rxa6 Rd8 32.h3 f4 33.a4 Rd5 34.b4 bxa4 35.Rxa4 f3 36.Ra3 fxg2 37.Kxg2 Rh5 38.Rf3+ Ke8 39.Rc3 Bd7 40.Re3+ Kd8 41.Be7+ Kc7 42.h4 Rf5 43.Kg3 Bc6 44.Bc5 h5 45.f4 Bb5 46.Re7+ Kc6 47.Rg7 Kd5 48.Kf3 Bd3 49.Rd7+ Kc4 50.Ke3 Bb1 51.Rd1 Bc2 52.Rc1 Kb3 53.Rxc2 1-0

Nice elimination sac at the end.

The Bennett
09-12-2009, 12:09 AM
Game 4 was just sad, I think Malakov was already pshychologically lost before he even got to the board, and after that performance he may as well be crying himself to sleep :( :(

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2009, 12:19 AM
Yes, rapid 4 was a joke with Malakhov playing very fast and Pono playing even faster, taking 22 moves to drop below his base time by which his position was totally won.

Malakhov,Vladimir (2706) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [E35]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (6.6), 08.12.2009
[Robot 4]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c5 7.Nf3 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Ne4 10.e3 Bf5 11.Bd3 c4 12.Bxe4 Bxe4 13.Qa4+ Nc6 14.Ne5 Bxg2 15.Nxc6 Bxc3+ 16.bxc3 Qd7 17.Rg1 Be4 18.Be5 Rg8 19.f3 Bd3 20.e4 Qxc6 21.Qa5 dxe4 22.Kf2 f6 23.Bg3 b6 24.Qb4 e3+ 25.Ke1 Qxf3 0-1

The Final: Gelfand v Ponomariov

Thought I'd have a look at how they got here, not that that means anything much:

Gelfand:

Rd 1: Beat Obodchuk 1.5-0.5.
Rd 2: Beat Amonatov 1.5-0.5
Rd 3: Beat Polgar in game one then hacked to bits by Polgar in game two; recovered to win rapids 2.5-0.5
Rd 4: Had a tough match against Vachier-Lagrave, having to go all the way to the first blitz match to get rid of him (1.5-0.5 in blitz).
Rd 5: 1-1 against Jakovenko in normal, crushed him 2.5-0.5 in rapids
Rd 6: Crushed Karjakin impressively 2-0

Ponomariov:

Rd 1: Beat El Gindy 1.5-0.5
Rd 2: Taken to tiebreak by Akobian, beat him by winning rapid 4 to take rapids 3-1
Rd 3: Beat Motylev 1.5-0.5
Rd 4: Taken to tiebreak by Bacrot after missing win in regulation, finally beating him in rapid 4 to take rapids 2.5-1.5
Rd 5: 1-1 against Gashimov in normal, beating him 2.5-0.5 in rapids but was losing rapid 1
Rd 6: 1-1 against Malakhov in normal, won rapids 3-1 but was losing rapid 2.

So Gelfand has been to three tiebreaks (including one blitz) while Pono has been to four but has not needed to go to blitz.

I think Pono has been a bit "luckier" to make the final and Gelfand apart from his loss to Polgar has been more reliable. But that all counts for nothing now.

Metro
09-12-2009, 03:00 AM
http://www.ugra-chess.ru/gal/04.12.2009/album/slides/_DSC0414.jpg

Desmond
09-12-2009, 08:25 AM
Pono somehow wins from extremely bad position, ending Malakhov's run of nine rapid wins in a row.

Malakhov,Vladimir (2706) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [D85]
World Chess Cup Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (6.4), 08.12.2009
[Robot 4]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.Bf4 Bg7 7.e3 0-0 8.Nf3 c5 9.dxc5 N6d7 10.Nd5 e5 11.Bg3 Nc6 12.Rc1 Nf6 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Bd3 e4 15.Bxe4 Qxb2 16.0-0 Be6 17.Bd6 Rfe8 18.Bd5 Qf6 19.Rb1 Na5 20.e4 Rac8 21.e5 Qf5 22.Rb4 Bxd5 23.Qxd5 Qe6 24.Qxe6 Rxe6 25.Rb5 b6 26.cxb6 axb6 27.Nd2 Nb7 28.Ne4 Nxd6 29.Nxd6 Ra8 30.f4 f6 31.f5 gxf5 32.Nxf5 fxe5 33.Rfb1 Bf8 34.R5b2 Bc5+ 35.Kh1 e4 36.Re2 Kf7 37.Rbe1 Ra4 38.g3 Kf6 39.Rf1 Ke5 40.Kg2 Rf6 41.g4 h5 42.h3 hxg4 43.hxg4 Rg6 44.Kh3 Ra3+ 45.Ng3 e3 46.Nf5 Rg8 47.Kg3 Rga8 48.Kf3 R8a4 49.Rfe1 Rf4+ 50.Kg3 Ke4 51.Rb1 Rf3+ 52.Kg2 Kf4 53.Rc1 Rf2+ 54.Rxf2+ exf2 55.Rc4+ Kg5 56.Nd4 Re3 57.a4 Re1 0-1Why resign here? Is there no hope after 58.Kxf2 eg 58...Re4 59.Rxc5+ bxc5 60.Ne6+

Capablanca-Fan
09-12-2009, 09:18 AM
Why resign here? Is there no hope after 58.Kxf2 eg 58...Re4 59.Rxc5+ bxc5 60.Ne6+
60... Rxe6 looks reasonable in response.

Capablanca-Fan
09-12-2009, 09:22 AM
Karjakin walloped by Gelfand in game two, Gelfand through to final

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5 10.Be2 Bb7 11.Rd1 Qc7 12.Bd2 e5 13.Rac1 a6 14.b4 Rfe8 15.Bd3 Bxb4 16.Ng5 h6 17.Nxb5 axb5 18.Bh7+ Kf8 19.Bxb4+ c5 20.dxc5 Bc6 21.Be4 Nb8 22.Nh7+ Nxh7 23.Bxh7 g6 24.Rd6 Re7 25.h4 h5 26.Bxg6 fxg6 27.Qxg6 Rxa2 28.Rcd1 Rf7 29.Qh6+ Rg7 30.Qf6+ Kg8 31.Rd8+ Kh7 32.Qf5+ Rg6 33.Qxh5+ Rh6 34.Qf5+ Gelfand wins 2-0 1-0
Now that was a great attack. Makes a change from games badly affected by the short time control.

Desmond
09-12-2009, 09:24 AM
60... Rxe6 looks reasonable in response.
thanks, missed that.

Kevin Bonham
10-12-2009, 11:13 PM
Game 1 of final was relatively dull.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [C42]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.1), 10.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.Re1 Re8 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bf4 Rac8 16.h3 h6 17.Qc1 Bf6 18.Qb2 Na5 19.Be5 Bxe5 20.Nxe5 c5 21.Bf3 Qd6 22.Rad1 b6 23.Qa2 Be6 24.d5 Bxh3 25.Nxf7 Rxe1+ 26.Rxe1 Kxf7 27.gxh3 Re8 28.Rxe8 Kxe8 29.Qe2+ Kd8 30.Qa6 Qg6+ 31.Bg2 Qb1+ 32.Kh2 Qf5 33.Qxa7 Qf4+ 34.Kg1 Qc1+ 35.Kh2 Qf4+ 36.Kg1 Qc1+ 37.Kh2 ½-½

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2009, 10:04 PM
...but was positively exciting compared to game 2:

Gelfand,Boris (2758) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [E08]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.2), 11.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 c6 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.Qc2 0-0 9.0-0 b6 10.Rd1 Bb7 11.Nc3 Nh5 12.Bc1 f5 13.b3 Rc8 14.Bb2 Bd6 15.e3 Qe7 16.Ne2 Nhf6 17.Nf4 Ne4 18.Qe2 Ndf6 19.Ne5 Rfd8 20.Rac1 c5 ½-½

In mitigation Gelfand was behind on time (27 mins to 56) at the time of the draw offer. The court recognises this and orders that only ripe tomatoes are to be thrown in this instance rather than rotten ones. :rolleyes:

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2009, 11:44 PM
Game 3 was a little more interesting. Eventually Pono got very short of time and forced a repetition just before the time control; I'm sceptical that white really has nothing better.

Gelfand can go for glory with white tomorrow night (or fail ingloriously and lose!) or they can go to the seemingly inevitable playoffs.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [D96]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.3), 12.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qc2 g6 5.Bf4 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Bg7 7.Nc3 Be6 8.Qd3 Nd5 9.Bg3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Qa5 11.e4 c5 12.Qb5+ Nc6 13.Qxa5 Nxa5 14.Bb5+ Bd7 15.Rb1 Rc8 16.Ke2 cxd4 17.cxd4 Bxb5+ 18.Rxb5 b6 19.Rd1 0-0 20.Rd5 Nc6 21.Rd7 Rfd8 22.Rxd8+ Nxd8 23.d5 Kf8 24.Nd4 Rc4 25.Ke3 Ke8 26.Nb5 Nb7 27.d6 exd6 28.Bxd6 a6 29.Nc7+ Kd7 30.Bg3+ Kc6 31.Nxa6 Ra4 32.Nb8+ Kb5 33.Rb1+ Kc4 34.Rc1+ Kb5 35.Rb1+ Kc4 36.Rc1+ Kb5 37.Rb1+ ½-½

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2009, 11:07 PM
Another draw. Gelfand was threatening to get a serious edge (drawing the weakness ...h5 with the threat of Nxh6 followed by opening the h-file with Ng5 forcing ...Bxg5 allowing hxg5) but after the slow 33.Qe3 it was clearly all going nowhere.

Gelfand,Boris (2758) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [E05]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.4), 13.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bf4 a5 11.Nc3 Na6 12.Ne5 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Nd5 14.Rad1 Nab4 15.Bc1 Nb6 16.Qb3 N4d5 17.Nb5 c6 18.Na3 Nb4 19.e4 Nd7 20.Nf3 Qb6 21.h4 Nf6 22.Bg5 h6 23.Nc4 Qd8 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Nce5 Qc7 26.Ng4 Be7 27.Qe3 h5 28.Nge5 Bf6 29.Qe2 g6 30.g4 hxg4 31.Nxg4 Qf4 32.Nxf6+ Qxf6 33.Qe3 Kg7 34.Rh1 Rh8 35.Rh3 match tied 2-2, tiebreak on Monday 11:00 ½-½

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2009, 11:51 PM
Didn't realise Pono's record in these knockouts was so outstanding until tonight. The last four he has competed in (2002 FFWC, 2005, 2007, 2009 World Cups) his results have been: first, second, beaten by eventual winner in 1/4-finals, and now he's in the final again. Given the degree of randomness created by the short matches and given that his seedings have been 19th, 9th, 14th and 7th that's quite a remarkable record. He did lose in a first-round upset in 2000 but he was only just 17 then and not yet at peak strength. (In 1999 aged 15 he took Topalov to the second set of tiebreaks before losing.)

Oepty
14-12-2009, 06:02 AM
Didn't realise Pono's record in these knockouts was so outstanding until tonight. The last four he has competed in (2002 FFWC, 2005, 2007, 2009 World Cups) his results have been: first, second, beaten by eventual winner in 1/4-finals, and now he's in the final again. Given the degree of randomness created by the short matches and given that his seedings have been 19th, 9th, 14th and 7th that's quite a remarkable record. He did lose in a first-round upset in 2000 but he was only just 17 then and not yet at peak strength. (In 1999 aged 15 he took Topalov to the second set of tiebreaks before losing.)

Knew had won of course but didn't know his other results were so good either - probably his best ever results.
Scott

Garvinator
14-12-2009, 01:56 PM
Didn't realise Pono's record in these knockouts was so outstanding until tonight. The last four he has competed in (2002 FFWC, 2005, 2007, 2009 World Cups) his results have been: first, second, beaten by eventual winner in 1/4-finals, and now he's in the final again. Given the degree of randomness created by the short matches and given that his seedings have been 19th, 9th, 14th and 7th that's quite a remarkable record. He did lose in a first-round upset in 2000 but he was only just 17 then and not yet at peak strength. (In 1999 aged 15 he took Topalov to the second set of tiebreaks before losing.)
I remember a comment on playchess a couple of rounds ago- it is an unwritten rule of these knockouts that Pono either wins or loses to the eventual winner. So the result of these tournaments are almost a foregone conclusion before they even start :owned:

Kevin Bonham
14-12-2009, 09:04 PM
Rapid 1 another draw:

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [D02]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.5), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c6 3.Bg2 Bg4 4.0-0 Nd7 5.d4 e6 6.Nbd2 Ngf6 7.Re1 Be7 8.e4 0-0 9.c3 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Rxe4 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Bg5 13.Re2 Bxc1 14.Rxc1 Nf6 15.Kg2 Qa5 16.Qb3 Qb6 17.Rce1 Rad8 18.Re5 Nd7 19.R5e3 Nf6 20.h4 Rd6 21.Re5 Nd7 22.R5e2 Nf6 23.Qc4 Rfd8 24.a4 Nd5 25.Be4 Nf6 26.Bc2 Rd5 27.Qb3 Qxb3 28.Bxb3 R5d6 29.f3 h5 30.Kh3 g6 31.Bc2 Kg7 32.g4 Rd5 33.Re5 Rxe5 34.dxe5 Nd5 35.Kg3 Nb6 36.Re2 Kh6 37.a5 Nc4 38.g5+ Kg7 39.Re4 b5 40.axb6 Nxb6 41.Re2 Kf8 42.Be4 c5 43.b4 cxb4 44.cxb4 Rd4 45.b5 Nd5 46.Rc2 Rb4 47.Rc8+ Ke7 48.Ra8 Rxb5 49.Rxa7+ Kf8 50.Ra8+ Kg7 51.Bxd5 ½-½

Kevin Bonham
14-12-2009, 10:25 PM
A win in rapid 2!

Gelfand,Boris (2758) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [E04]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.6), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.0-0 Nc6 7.dxc5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Nbd2 c3 10.bxc3 0-0 11.Ne1 Be7 12.Nd3 Nd5 13.Bb2 Nb6 14.Rab1 Na5 15.Ba1 Rd8 16.c4 Naxc4 17.Nxc4 Nxc4 18.Bxb7 Bxb7 19.Rxb7 Bf6 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.Rc1 Nd6 22.Re7 Nb5 23.a4 Kf8 24.Rb7 Nd6 25.Rbc7 Ne8 26.R7c5 Rab8 27.R1c4 f5 28.Kg2 Rb7 29.a5 Nd6 30.Rd4 Ke8 31.f3 Nb5 32.Rh4 Kf8 33.a6 Rb6 34.Rb4 Rd5 35.Rxd5 exd5 36.Nf4 Nc7 37.Rxb6 axb6 38.a7 d4 39.Nd5 Na8 40.Kf2 Ke8 41.e3 dxe3+ 42.Kxe3 Kd7 43.Nf6+ Ke7 44.Nxh7 f6 45.g4 b5 46.g5 fxg5 47.Nxg5 Kf6 48.f4 b4 49.Kd4 Nb6 50.Nf3 b3 51.Kc3 Ke6 52.h4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
14-12-2009, 11:50 PM
Lucky save by Gelfand in rapid 3. He was being outplayed and was a pawn down with no compensation when Pono played the relatively awful 28.Rc6? and lost the pawn back.

In time trouble, Gelfand went downhill from a nearly level position but then Pono missed a clear win after 51.Rh7+ and Gelfand escaped with a draw.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [D23]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.7), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bg4 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.e4 e6 8.Be3 Be7 9.Qb3 0-0 10.Be2 b5 11.Ne5 Bxe2 12.Nxc6 Qe8 13.Nxe2 Nxe4 14.Qxb5 Nb6 15.0-0 Nd5 16.Rac1 Bd6 17.Qd3 f5 18.f3 Nef6 19.Bf2 Nh5 20.Ne5 Rd8 21.Qa6 Nhf4 22.Nxf4 Nxf4 23.Be3 Nd5 24.Bg5 Bxe5 25.dxe5 Rd7 26.Bd2 Nc7 27.Qa5 Nd5 28.Rc6 Rb7 29.Rc2 Qb8 30.b3 Qxe5 31.Rfc1 h6 32.Kh1 Qd4 33.Qc5 Qxc5 34.Rxc5 Kf7 35.Kg1 Rd8 36.Kf1 Kf6 37.Ke2 g5 38.g3 Rd6 39.Rc6 Rbd7 40.Rxd6 Rxd6 41.Rc4 e5 42.a4 Ke6 43.Rc8 Rb6 44.Rh8 Kf7 45.Rh7+ Kg6 46.Rxa7 Rxb3 47.Ra6+ Kf7 48.Rd6 Nb6 49.Rxh6 f4 50.gxf4 gxf4 51.a5 Nc4 52.a6 Rb2 53.Kd3 Nxd2 54.a7 Ra2 55.Rh8 Nxf3 56.a8Q Rxa8 57.Rxa8 Nxh2 58.Ra6 f3 59.Ke3 e4 60.Ra1 Ke6 61.Rh1 Ng4+ 62.Kxe4 Nf2+ 63.Kxf3 Nxh1 64.Ke4 ½-½

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2009, 12:54 AM
Pono squares! Exciting game

Gelfand,Boris (2758) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [A43]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.8), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.Nf3 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.c4 c5 5.d5 e6 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 exd5 9.exd5 h6 10.h3 g5 11.Re1 Nd7 12.Ne4 Nf6 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Bd3 Kg7 15.Qc2 b5 16.cxb5 Nxd5 17.Bd2 Rb8 18.Rad1 a6 19.a4 axb5 20.axb5 Be6 21.Bc4 Re8 22.Bxg5 hxg5 23.Bxd5 Rxb5 24.b3 Bxd5 25.Rxe8 Bxb3 26.Qe4 d5 27.Qe2 Qd7 28.Re1 Bc4 29.Qe3 d4 30.Qc1 Bd3 31.Qa3 Bh7 32.Ra8 d3 33.Qc1 Qd5 34.Rae8 c4 35.Qa3 d2 36.Rd1 c3 37.Qf8+ Kg6 38.Rc8 Qb3 39.Rc6 Qxd1+ 40.Kh2 Qxf3 41.gxf3 d1=Q 0-1

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2009, 02:36 AM
Blitz 1 - Pono got demolished after neat 11.Nd5!

Gelfand,Boris (2758) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [B41]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.9), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.e4 Nf6 7.a3 b6 8.Be3 Bb7 9.f3 Nc6 10.Rc1 h5 11.Nd5 exd5 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Qe5 14.Kf2 Ne7 15.Qd2 Nxd5 16.Bg5 Ne7 17.Bc4 f6 18.Bf4 Qa5 19.b4 Qa4 20.Bb3 Qxa3 21.Ra1 1-0

Blitz 2 - Very exciting game curtailed suddenly as Gelfand loses with an odd-looking blunder

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [D23]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.10), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bg4 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.e4 Bxf3 8.gxf3 e5 9.Be3 Bd6 10.0-0-0 exd4 11.Bxd4 Qc7 12.Ne2 0-0 13.Qc2 b5 14.Kb1 Rfe8 15.Bh3 c5 16.Be3 Nb6 17.Bg5 Be5 18.Bc1 Nh5 19.Rhg1 Nc4 20.b3 Rab8 21.Rg5 g6 22.Rdg1 Kh8 23.f4 Bf6 24.Rxh5 gxh5 25.Ng3 Rg8 26.Rd1 Bd4 27.Nf5 Qb6 28.e5 Qg6 29.Ne7 Qxc2+ 30.Kxc2 Nb6 31.Nxg8 Rxg8 32.Be3 Rd8 33.b4 Nc4 34.bxc5 1-0

Blitz 3 looked headed for a draw but Pono lost the plot in the endgame

Gelfand,Boris (2758) - Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) [D20]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.11), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxc4 Nb6 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Be3 Nb4 8.Be4 f5 9.exf6 exf6 10.Nc3 f5 11.Bb1 N4d5 12.Nf3 Be7 13.0-0 0-0 14.Bd2 c6 15.Re1 Bf6 16.a3 Kh8 17.Bd3 Qd6 18.Qc2 g6 19.Bh6 Bg7 20.Qd2 Bd7 21.Ne5 Rad8 22.Re2 Bc8 23.Rae1 Nf6 24.Nf3 Rde8 25.Bf4 Qd8 26.Be5 Ng4 27.Bxg7+ Kxg7 28.h3 Nf6 29.Re5 Nbd7 30.Rxe8 Rxe8 31.Rxe8 Nxe8 32.d5 cxd5 33.Nxd5 Ndf6 34.Nxf6 Nxf6 35.Qc3 Be6 36.Bc2 Qc8 37.Nd4 Bd7 38.Qb4 Qe8 39.Nf3 Bc6 40.Nd4 Bd5 41.Bd3 b6 42.Nb5 Qd7 43.Qd4 a6 44.Nc3 Bb7 45.Qxb6 Bxg2 46.Bxa6 Bxh3 47.Qb7 f4 48.a4 Ne8 49.Qxd7+ Bxd7 50.Bb5 Bxb5 51.Nxb5 Nf6 52.Nc7 Nd7 53.a5 Nb8 54.a6 Nc6 55.b4 Na7 56.b5 Nc8 57.Nd5 Kf7 58.b6 1-0

Game 4. Pono going well until he sacs a pawn for no especially obvious reason.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [D23]
World Chess Cup Final Khanty-Mansiysk/Russia (7.12), 14.12.2009
[Robot 3]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.g3 e6 7.Bg2 Nbd7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Re1 h6 11.e4 Bh7 12.a3 Rc8 13.b4 a5 14.Bf4 Nh5 15.Bd2 Nhf6 16.Qb3 axb4 17.axb4 Qb6 18.b5 c5 19.e5 c4 20.Qa4 Nd5 21.Nxd5 exd5 22.Bh3 Qc7 23.b6 Nxb6 24.Qb5 Qc6 25.Ra5 c3 26.Bf4 Nc4 27.Qxc6 Rxc6 28.Rxd5 c2 29.Rb5 Rb6 30.Rxb6 Nxb6 31.Bc1 Bb4 32.Bd2 Nd5 33.e6 Re8 34.exf7+ Kxf7 35.Rc1 Bxd2 36.Nxd2 Nb4 37.Bf1 Rc8 38.Nb3 Na2 39.Ra1 c1=Q 40.Nxc1 Rxc1 41.Rxa2 Bd3 42.Rb2 Rxf1+ 43.Kg2 Ba6 44.d5 Rd1 0-1

Match over. Gelfand wins the World Cup and qualifies for the next round of Candidates Matches.

Garvinator
31-12-2009, 11:09 AM
Does anyone know where the 2011 version is going to be held?

Kevin Bonham
31-12-2009, 06:20 PM
I've seen some reports that say Tallin (Estonia).

Denis_Jessop
31-12-2009, 07:56 PM
I've seen some reports that say Tallin (Estonia).

The following is an extract from the Minutes of the 80th FIDE Congress held in October 2009;


5.11. World Cup 2011.
Annex 26 is letter from the Estonian Chess Federation.
Mr.B. Balgabaev visited Tallinn. He said that two days ago he spoke with Mr. Olde who told him that at the beginning of November there will be elections in the city of Tallinn and then they are ready to sign the contract with FIDE.

This is the Annex referred to:


World Chess Federation (FIDE) Dear Berik Balgabajev,
In 2007, the FIDE Presidential Board gave us the right to organize the 2011 World Cup Tournament in Tallinn. We are sincerely happy to have finally received the honorable task to organize such a prestigious chess tournament. The Estonian Chess Federation has cooperated with both the state and the city government of Tallinn since 2002 trying to receive the possibility to organize a Chess Olympiad in Estonia.Taking into consideration that 2016 marks the 100th birthday of our great legendary GM Paul Keres, that year appears predestined to hold this outstanding chess event in our country.
Regarding the organization of the 2011 World Cup chess tournament in Tallinn, we have been working continuously to find the best solutions and ways to guarantee a top level tournament, especially when taking the current economical situation into account.
We have received requests from your side to pay the deposit of 10.000 EUR in order to emphasize our determination to organize the 2011 World Cup tournament. Before paying out the deposit, we obtained an additional confirmation from the city of Tallinn, the Estonian state and from the Estonian Olympic Committee underlining that this event has the highest priority for the whole nation, and that we still have their support for organizing the World Cup in 2011.
We have received the draft of cooperation agreement previously from you and we are working on that. Since the format of the World Cup tournament has changed, as has the economical situation in the world, we are planning to send you a couple of minor suggestions, additions and appendixes to that agreement in the nearest future. Taking the Estonian high level of technology into consideration, we are interested in organizing some of the electronic service ourselves (including LIVE-transmissions).
We are in the process of establishing a special organization, which includes also representatives from the state and the city in order to organize the World Cup in 2011. We have received a confirmation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Estonia, Mr. Urmas Paet, who has agreed on being the representative from the state’s side. He also participated (then as our Minister of Culture) in promoting our attempt to hold the 2008 Olympiad at the FIDE Congress in 2004 in Calvia.
We are continuously and seriously eager and committed to organize the 2011 World Cup tournament in Tallinn, and we do have the support from the city of Tallinn and from the Estonian state.
I sincerely regret if any doubts have emerged from FIDE's side about our seriousness to organize the 2011 World Cup, and I hope that by promising to inform FIDE on regular terms about our daily actions in form of regular overviews I may sweep such doubts out of the way.
To start with, we will send you our detailed suggestions and additions to the cooperation agreement (as mentioned above) very soon. We sincerely hope that we can sign the contract already in the beginning of July 2009.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Carmen Kass President of the Estonian Chess Federation

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