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Brian_Jones
23-11-2005, 09:19 AM
Australian IM Gary Lane left Sydney for Moscow last night (with trainer FM Lee Jones). Gary will represent Oceania in the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansysk, Western Siberia. He is due to play Armenian GM Akopian in the first round.

See www.fide.com for more information.

Rincewind
23-11-2005, 09:20 AM
Good luck, Gary. Tough draw playing Akopian in the first round.

four four two
25-11-2005, 11:39 AM
Hope they took a compass and some medical supplies... wouldnt want to get stuck in the middle of siberia. :lol:
Just how many connections will they need to get to Khanty-Mansysk? :hmm:
Is it a case of planes,trains and automobiles? :hmm:
Anyway best of luck,Akopian is a pretty tough opponent to get in the first round. Hopefully one day the ocenia qualifier will get someone who isnt a 2600+ player in the first round. ;)

Brian_Jones
26-11-2005, 07:56 AM
Qantas to London. British Airways to Moscow. 2 night stay in Moscow. Then 3 hour internal flight to KM. Temperature expected to be -40.

jenni
26-11-2005, 10:35 AM
Qantas to London. British Airways to Moscow. 2 night stay in Moscow. Then 3 hour internal flight to KM. Temperature expected to be -40.

Yuk! He's going to find Brisbane a bit of a change.....

Good luck to Gary (and I hope Lee enjoys the experience as well).

Kaitlin
26-11-2005, 11:19 AM
Khanty-Mansiysk.....The town is situated in the Western Siberia, on Irtysh river. <- isnt this the river that has the 80 km oil slick flowing down it and they are stopping the water supply for all the town that take their water from it. It was on the radio news yesterday. Maybe its a different river.

Anywho The World Chess Cup 2005 starts today - the 26/11... I think their 26th would be the same as our, maybe half a day difference. Arrh Opening Ceremony and Players Meeting is today - Games start tomorrow at 15:00

Garvinator
27-11-2005, 08:36 AM
I am curious.

I have had a look at the draw for round one, which I expected to find Lane/Akopian, but I dont see it in the official round 1 draw. Game 7 is not listed. Is this just a mistake, or is something else going on?

Round 1 Game 1
match match
score White Result Black
1 0-0 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) * Sibriaev, Aleksandr (RUS)
2 0-0 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA) * Chumfwa, Stanley (ZAM)
3 0-0 Aronian, Levon (ARM) * Frhat, Ali (EGY)
4 0-0 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) * Needleman, Gaston (ARG)
5 0-0 Gelfand, Boris (ISR) * Kobese, Watu (RSA)
6 0-0 Shirov, Alexei (ESP) * Kuderinov, Kiril (KAZ)
8 0-0 Radjabov, Teimur (AZE) * Flores, Diego (ARG)
9 0-0 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) * Ahmed, Adly (EGY)
10 0-0 Tiviakov, Sergei (NED) * Belkhodja, Slim (TUN)
11 0-0 Sokolov, Ivan (NED) * Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL)
12 0-0 Dreev, Alexey (RUS) * Charbonneau, Pascal (CAN)
13 0-0 Kamsky, Gata (USA) * Zhao, Yun (CHN)
14 0-0 Bologan, Viorel (MDA) * Matamoros, Carlos (ECU)
15 0-0 Lautier, Joel (FRA) * Pridorozhni, Aleksei (RUS)
16 0-0 Bruzon, Lazaro (CUB) * Kabanov, Nikolai (RUS)
17 0-0 Bareev, Evgeny (RUS) * Rodrigo, Vasquez (CHI)
18 0-0 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE) * Ibraev, Nurlan (KAZ)
19 0-0 Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP) * Li, Shilong (CHN)
20 0-0 Smirin, Ilia (ISR) * Arencibia, Walter (CUB)
21 0-0 Harikrishna, Pentala (IND) * Yu, Shaoteng (CHN)
22 0-0 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) * Wang, Hao (CHN)
23 0-0 Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS) * Lima, Darcy Gustavo (BRA)
24 0-0 Volokitin, Andrei (UKR) * Cao, Sang (HUN)
25 0-0 Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR) * Kuzubov, Yuriy (UKR)
26 0-0 Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND) * Iljushin, Alexei (RUS)
27 0-0 Eljanov, Pavel (UKR) * Kudrin, Sergey (USA)
28 0-0 Nakamura, Hikaru (USA) * Ganguly, Surya Sekar (IND)
29 0-0 Zvjaginsev, Vadim (RUS) * Shulman, Yuri (USA)
30 0-0 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR) * Balogh, Csaba (HUN)
31 0-0 Timofeev, Artyom (RUS) * Agrest, Evgenij (SWE)
32 0-0 Azmaiparashvili, Zurab (GEO) * Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)
33 0-0 Krasenkow, Michal (POL) * Ammonatov, Farrukh (TJK)
34 0-0 Sutovsky, Emil (ISR) * Hamdouchi, Hichem (MAR)
35 0-0 Areshchenko, Alexander (UKR) * Stripunsky, Alexander (USA)
36 0-0 Khalifman, Alexander (RUS) * Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS)
37 0-0 Milov, Vadim (SUI) * Pantsulaia, Levan (GEO)
38 0-0 Gurevich, Mikhail (TUR) * Markus, Robert (SCG)
39 0-0 Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) * Dao, Thien Hai (VIE)
40 0-0 Van Wely, Loek (NED) * Minasian, Artashes (ARM)
41 0-0 Ye, Jiangchuan (CHN) * Xu, Jun (CHN)
42 0-0 Izoria, Zviad (GEO) * Erenburg, Sergey (ISR)
43 0-0 Navara, David (CZE) * Nikolic, Predrag (BIH)
44 0-0 Vescovi, Giovanni (BRA) * Adianto, Utut (INA)
45 0-0 Asrian, Karen (ARM) * Wang, Yue (CHN)
46 0-0 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) * Leitao, Rafael (BRA)
47 0-0 Najer, Evgeniy (RUS) * Ghaem, Maghami Ehsan (IRI)
48 0-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER) * Kotsur, Pavel (KAZ)
49 0-0 Onischuk, Alexander (USA) * Popov, Valerij (RUS)
50 0-0 Granda, Julio (PER) * Ivanov, Alexander (USA)
51 0-0 Efimenko, Zahar (UKR) * Macieja, Bartlomiej (POL)
52 0-0 Smirnov, Pavel (RUS) * Bocharov, Dmitry (RUS)
53 0-0 Movsesian, Sergei (SVK) * Paragua, Mark (PHI)
54 0-0 Kobalia, Mikhail (RUS) * Zhang, Zhong (CHN)
55 0-0 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij (UKR) * Korneev, Oleg (RUS)
56 0-0 Motylev, Alexander (RUS) * Roiz, Michael (ISR)
57 0-0 Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS) * Kazhgaleyev, Murtas (KAZ)
58 0-0 Beliavsky, Alexander G (SLO) * Jobava, Baadur (GEO)
59 0-0 Kotronias, Vasilios (GRE) * Ni, Hua (CHN)
60 0-0 Felgaer, Ruben (ARG) * Kaidanov, Gregory S (USA)
61 0-0 Istratescu, Andrei (ROM) * Ftacnik, Lubomir (SVK)
62 0-0 Milos, Gilberto (BRA) * Sadvakasov, Darmen (KAZ)
63 0-0 Kempinski, Robert (POL) * Vaganian, Rafael A (ARM)
64 0-0 Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) * Fedorov, Alexei (BLR)

Garvinator
27-11-2005, 08:38 AM
Khanty-Mansiysk.....The town is situated in the Western Siberia, on Irtysh river. <- isnt this the river that has the 80 km oil slick flowing down it and they are stopping the water supply for all the town that take their water from it. It was on the radio news yesterday. Maybe its a different river.

no it is not, the river that has been poisoned is actually in China, but flows into russia downstream.

Saying that, considering fide's record on tournaments, something going wrong like that would be just par for the course ;) :(

shaun
27-11-2005, 07:13 PM
Gary Lane is into Rd 2 after Akopian failed to show up. It was too late to add a reserve or do a redraw so Gary won in a walkover. Why Akopian failed to show isn't clear at the moment.
(Source: Gary himself via Brian Jones)

auriga
27-11-2005, 10:02 PM
Gary Lane is into Rd 2 after Akopian failed to show up. It was too late to add a reserve or do a redraw so Gary won in a walkover. Why Akopian failed to show isn't clear at the moment.
(Source: Gary himself via Brian Jones)

akopian had a medical problem and so informed the organisers beforehand
he was unable to go.

Leonid Sandler
27-11-2005, 10:23 PM
A few days ago I saw an interesting TV report about the place(KM).
They showed famous oil museum.Gary now have a few rest days and together with second Lee Jones they should attend this black gold museum for the future inspirations.

Axiom
27-11-2005, 10:29 PM
To Get The Good Oil Eh Leonid?

Leonid Sandler
27-11-2005, 10:57 PM
In the next round Gary will play against winner of a very interesting grudge match between young georgian internet blitzmeister B.Jobava and a few times former USSR champion and former candidate Alexander Beliavsky.Only a few months ago in the richest tournament in America Jobava beat Beliavsky and went on to win first prize $US 50000.At the moment (after 23 moves) Jobava has slight advantage but I think that Beliavsky should be able to hold position without too much trouble.

auriga
27-11-2005, 11:21 PM
yep, interesting struggle between jobava or beliavsky...
btw. it's began to snow and all the roads are completely blocked :(

Garvinator
28-11-2005, 10:05 AM
btw. it's began to snow and all the roads are completely blocked :(
now there is a complete shocker for middle of siberia ;)

Brian_Jones
28-11-2005, 11:30 AM
now there is a complete shocker for middle of siberia ;)

KM is in Western Siberia mate. Wait until you are sent to North-eastern Siberia! You Queenslanders would be more comfortable in KL not KM.

Brian_Jones
29-11-2005, 09:47 AM
A few photos

pballard
29-11-2005, 11:03 AM
Results and game scores at http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/twic.html

Interesting results so far. Top 14 boards have all gone through (apart from Akopian of course), but below there, quite a few of the lower seeds have forced their higher seeded opponents to a playoff. Not easy going for the wonderkids either: Nakimura (18? yo US champ) is out, while Karjakin (15?), Carlsen (15?) and Mamedyarov (not all that junior but coming off an impressive victory in the world junior champs) have all been forced to rapid playoffs.

arosar
29-11-2005, 11:37 AM
Of course, Paragua also made it into 2nd round by downing Movsesian. As noted in the blog, the entire RP nation is happy about this after having had our fellas getting spanked in the currently running SEAG.

AR

Vlad
29-11-2005, 01:57 PM
Results and game scores at http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/twic.html

Interesting results so far. Top 14 boards have all gone through (apart from Akopian of course), but below there, quite a few of the lower seeds have forced their higher seeded opponents to a playoff. Not easy going for the wonderkids either: Nakimura (18? yo US champ) is out, while Karjakin (15?), Carlsen (15?) and Mamedyarov (not all that junior but coming off an impressive victory in the world junior champs) have all been forced to rapid playoffs.

If you have noticed the way the draw has been made you would not be surprised about this.

pax
29-11-2005, 01:59 PM
If you have noticed the way the draw has been made you would not be surprised about this.

I guess it is 1-128 2-127 etc?

pballard
29-11-2005, 02:42 PM
If you have noticed the way the draw has been made you would not be surprised about this.

I'm not surprised that the top 14 seeds are all through (apart from Akopian's forfeit). But it is interesting how many between seeds 15 and 35 have not got through on the regular time limit games. Especially young players who one might expect to be underrated, such as Nakamura, Karjakin, and Mamedyarov. (I also mentioned Magnus Carlsen before, but I've just noticed that he's in the bottom half of the draw and so had a stronger opponent; so he's done well).

Then again, I guess it shows the limitations of a 2-game match.

pballard
29-11-2005, 02:55 PM
I guess it is 1-128 2-127 etc?

Yes.

four four two
29-11-2005, 03:20 PM
There is also the possibility that the "oldies" are giving the "juniors" a good run for their money.Being over 28 isnt a "death knell",and experience can be a valuable thing to have when you find yourself in the thick of it. ;)

pballard
29-11-2005, 03:57 PM
There is also the possibility that the "oldies" are giving the "juniors" a good run for their money.Being over 28 isnt a "death knell",and experience can be a valuable thing to have when you find yourself in the thick of it. ;)

I was thinking the same thing.

(It also helps explain why Rogers and Johansen are still top of the tree here in Australia).

Leonid Sandler
30-11-2005, 10:19 PM
After 25 moves white in my opinion have slight advantage but Garys position is solid but time can be the factor...

Leonid Sandler
30-11-2005, 10:55 PM
Unfortunately in time trouble Gary could not hold the position.His knight on h6 was not able to match white dark squares bishop.

Leonid Sandler
01-12-2005, 09:15 PM
Hello all,
In highly teoretical line of Caro-Cann defence both players make a lot of well known moves.At the moment after 26 moves black do not have any serious problems.Draw is the most likely outcome.

Leonid Sandler
01-12-2005, 09:49 PM
Hello all,
Game 2 ended in a draw after repetition of position.B.Jobava advanced in the third round.

pax
04-12-2005, 06:00 AM
Carlsen beat Cheparinov with black. He's on quite a roll at the moment!

Gringo
05-12-2005, 12:24 AM
A pity that Magnus didn't manage at least a draw, but he's still in the running. A classy endgame win by Ponomariov. Shirov couldn't find any tactical tricks and is alas - kaput. I'm hoping Gata Kamsky can do well for purely nostalgic reasons. Here's a comment to wind the Jones's up "GO Jobava !!!!!!! :doh:

pax
06-12-2005, 06:32 AM
It's interesting that of the final 16, Magnus Carlsen (2570) is the only player left under 2600. In fact, he's the only player under 2648!

auriga
06-12-2005, 07:24 AM
It's interesting that of the final 16, Magnus Carlsen (2570) is the only player left under 2600. In fact, he's the only player under 2648!

it was magnus' 15th birthday the other day!

hope he can beat Bareev though seems that
Bareev is most of the russian's tip to win.

Gringo
06-12-2005, 09:01 PM
Magnus Carlsen and Bareev are having a cracker of a game, a take no prisoners style of game.

bunta
07-12-2005, 10:55 PM
Hows magnus carlsen doing? i get the feeling that he is stronger than 2570 with his rating, what do you guys think?

pax
07-12-2005, 11:07 PM
Hows magnus carlsen doing? i get the feeling that he is stronger than 2570 with his rating, what do you guys think?

FIDE ratings tend to lag ability quite a bit for improving players (ELO with K=10 is very slow), so it's certainly possible that he is stronger than his rating suggests. Carlsen made incredible improvement to get to 2580 about a year ago, but has dropped back a bit since. He seems to be back on the improvement track though, and will probably break 2600 on the next list.

Gringo
08-12-2005, 08:59 PM
In Magnus we are seeing a special talent arrive on the World chess Stage.

Gringo
11-12-2005, 07:34 AM
If they don't knock Ponomariov off before the endgame, it'll be a painful finish :eek: ( Magus shows his Class once more).

Vlad
11-12-2005, 08:24 AM
It looks like its is gonna be either Ponomarev or Grichuk. The second one is more exciting but probably less likely.

Rhubarb
12-12-2005, 11:03 PM
Pretty boring night at the World Cup semi-finals (was this some kind of players' protest at out tinpot dictator). Two thoughtless draws ... and yet, Gurevich is currently embarking on an ambitious sacrificial attack against Gelfand in the 5-8 placings. There is hope. :)

http://www.worldchesscup2005.com/round.asp

Of course, it's possible that Gurevich just blundered.

Vlad
12-12-2005, 11:22 PM
That looked like hara kiri to me.

Rhubarb
12-12-2005, 11:28 PM
That looked like hara kiri to me.
Afraid so.

btw Vlad, just noticed you in the Brizvegas field - see you there if not before.

pax
13-12-2005, 08:49 AM
Interesting that the final four are all within about 2 years in age (22-23), and all within 21 points in rating.

pax
21-12-2005, 08:01 AM
Prominent photo of Gary Lane and Lee Jones on chessbase today:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=2810

Dozy
21-12-2005, 09:57 AM
Prominent photo of Gary Lane and Lee Jones on chessbase today:

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=2810Thanks, Pax.

There was also a copy of Gary playing Jobava in the Round 2 pix. Both have been reproduced at http://www.rootyhillchess.org/gameWCP5frm.html

There are also about 115 games with the pix and story...