Reports | August 31, 2011 0:42

World Cup R1.3: Eljanov, Motylev & Malakhov eliminated

Vladimir Malakhov, the big surprise of the previous World Cup, was eliminated in the round 1 tie-break on Tuesday by Ruben Felgaer of Argentina. Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov lost to countryman Yaroslav Zerebukh and Alexander Motylev of Russia is also out; he lost to Ukrainian Yuri Drozdovskij in the only match that finished with an Armageddon game.


General info

The 2011 FIDE World Cup is a 128-player knock-out taking place August 27-September 20 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. The tournament delivers three participants for the next Candidates tournament/matches, as part of the new World Championship cycle. Except for the final, all rounds have 2-game matches at the FIDE time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first move. In case of a 1-1 tie, on the third day of the round there's a tie-break with rapid games and if necessary blitz games and an Armageddon. More info here. Tournament bracket


Tie-breaks round 1

Tuesday was the first tie-break day in Khanty-Mansiysk and so we'll start this report by mentioning the regulations. A tie-break consists of 2 games (25 minutes + 10 seconds increment). In case of a 2-2 score, 2 more games will be played at 10 minutes + 10 seconds increment and then, if needed, 2 games of 5 minutes + 3 increment. If necessary, the tie-break will end with an Armageddon game with White getting 5 minutes and Black 4 and 3 seconds increment starting from move 61. In this game, a draw means the player behind the black pieces goes through. In their first rapid game, French GM Etienne Bacrot crushed the young American grandmaster Ray Robson in a Grünfeld. However, then Robson levelled the score, and it was nice to see he used the King's Gambit to do so! Then, Robson blundered heavily in a rook ending. Bacrot-Robson Khanty-Maksiysk, 2011 Diagram 0 Black lost after 87...h2?? 88. Rg6+ Kh3 89. Kf2 h1N+ 90. Kf3 Kh2 91. Rg7 1-0. Instead, 87... Kg2! 88. Rg6+ Kf1 is a textbook draw, pointed out by Robson after the game. This time another King's Gambit didn't do the trick for him, and so the young American is out.

Etienne Bacrot reaches round 2, but Ray Robson can leave Sibera with his head up high

Etienne Bacrot reaches round 2, but Ray Robson can leave Siberia with his head up high

Vallejo of Spain first defeated Jorge Cori with Black in a Benoni, using some flashy tactics. Then then used 1.c4 to play as solid as possible, and successfully achieved the desired draw. Vladimir Malakhov, who did so well in the previous World Cup, was eliminated by Ruben Felgaer of Argentina. Despite the fact that it only lasted two rapid games, this was one of the most dramatic mini-matches on Tuesday. In the first game, Felgaer blew a completely winning (namely: forced mate in nine!) ending, falling for a stalemate trick. Felgaer-Malakhov Khanty-Maksiysk, 2011 Diagram 1115. Nc6?! The natural 115. Kb6 is actually mate in nine, e.g. 115...Rb8+ 116. Rb7. 115... Rh5+ 116. Kb6 Rb5+ 117. Kc7 Rd5 Diagram 2118. Rh7?? 118. Re7 Rd7+ 119. Kb6 was still winning, like 118. Nb4 or 118. Nb8. 118... Rd7+! 119. Kxd7 draw. Then, Malakhov dropped a full queen in the next game. Malakhov-Felgaer Khanty-Maksiysk, 2011 Diagram 3 White is in trouble, but 25. Qc2?? e3+ finished things rather quickly.

Vladimir Malakhov: no nerves of steel this time

Vladimir Malakhov: no nerves of steel this time

Emil Sutovsky of Israel first drew a Grünfeld ending against Evgeny Vorobiov of Russia, and then started his white game aggressively. He sacrificed a pawn on the queenside, where the black king was situated, and this strategy paid off in the end. Gata Kamsky couldn't beat Diego Rafael di Berardino of Brazil with White in a Scheveningen. However, with Black the American grandmaster outplayed his opponent in his favourite Schlechter/Grünfeld hybrid. Russian GMs Alexei Bezgodov and Nikita Vitiugov drew their two rapid games, but then the higher rated of the two won both blitz games. In one of the big upsets of the third day, Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov was knocked out by his compatriot Yaroslav Zherebukh. Instead of winning on the spot, Eljanov blundered and lost the first game. Zherebukh-Eljanov Khanty-Maksiysk, 2011 Diagram 4 Instead of forcing resignation with 28... Qxb4! (29. Rxc1 Qf4+), Black got himself mated after 28... Rxd1?? 29. Qh8+ Nf8 30. Qxf8+ Kd7 31. Qd6+ Kc8 32. Qc6+ Kd8 33. Ba5+ Ke7 34. Qd6+ 1-0 In the next game Eljanov failed to win a knight ending with an extra pawn, and so he can pack his bags.

The young GM Yaroslav Zherebukh knocks out his higher rated compatriot Pavel Eljanov

The young GM Yaroslav Zherebukh knocks out his higher rated compatriot Pavel Eljanov

The many fans of Alexander Morozevich can be relieved, as the Russian GM, who did so well in his recent tournaments, reached the second round. He beat Stelios Halkias from Greece in both rapid games, rather convincingly.

Alexander Morozevich eliminates Stelios Halkias

Alexander Morozevich eliminates Stelios Halkias

Yuri Drozdovskij of Ukraine and Alexander Motylev of Russia drew their two rapid games, and then the rating favourite won the first blitz game with Black. Motylev must know about the famous M.Gurevich-Short game, but still went for the Exchange Variation against Drozdovskij's French. And like in 1990 at the Manila Interzonal, the strategy backfired and Black won. The two even quicker blitz games then ended in draws, which meant that an Armageddon game had to decide matters. Motylev drew Black, only needed a draw and even got a winning endgame, but then succumbed under the pressure and lost anyway.

Alexander Motylev is out, Yuri Drozdovskij goes through

Alexander Motylev (l.) is out, Yuri Drozdovskij goes through

Vladimir Potkin of Russia and Yuri Shulman of the USA started with two draws in the rapids, and one drawn blitz game. In the second, Potkin was slightly better the whole game and eventually won an instructive rook ending.

Potkin-Shulman - the Russian goes through

Potkin-Shulman - the Russian (r.) goes through

Peter Heine Nielsen got into the World Cup thanks to a wild card, after just missing out at the European Championship in Aix-les-Bains. After four draws, the Danish grandmaster profited from a huge blunder by Evgeny Postny of Israel in the first blitz game. Postny-Nielsen Khanty-Maksiysk, 2011 Diagram 542.h5?? Qxc2 Oops. In the next game, Postny one more time missed a clear win and lost again. Nielsen-Postny Khanty-Maksiysk, 2011 Diagram 6 Here 23... Qe5 picks up material. Instead, Black went 23... Qg6 and eventually lost.

Peter Heine Nielsen reaches round 2

Peter Heine Nielsen reaches round 2

Ni Hua of China and Ildar Khairullin of Russia drew both their rapid games. The Chinese GM then outplayed his opponent with Black to score the first win, and held a slightly worse ending to a draw with White. In the mini-match between Asian top talents Wesley So and Ding Liren, it was the more experienced Philippine player who won the first, and drew the second rapid game. In yet another mini-match between Russians, Igor Lysyj defeated Mikhail Kobalia twice in the rapids. In another mini-match two Cubans met: Lazaro Bruzon Batista eliminated his compatriot Yuniesky Quesada Perez. After three draws, Bruzon won the second blitz game with Black. French GM Sebastien Feller reached the second round. In his first rapid game against Moldav GM Viorel Iordachescu he held a worse rook ending to a draw, and then quickly reached a huge advantage in his white game. For Markus Ragger of Austria the first rapid game must have been quite disappointing. He had Evgeny Alekseev on the ropes, with rook and bishop vs. rook and knight and an extra pawn, but the strong Russian held it by the skin of his teeth. In the next game it was Alekseev to reach rook and bishop vs. rook and knight, but with three (!) extra pawns his task was easier.

Games round 1.3 (tie-break)

 
 

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FIDE World Cup 2011 | Round 1 Results
Name G1 G2 R1 R2 r3 r4 B1 B2 SD Tot
Round 1 Match 01                    
Kaabi, Mejdi (TUN) 0 0               0
Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 02                    
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) 1 1               2
Steel, Henry Robert (RSA) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 03                    
Ibrahim, Hatim (EGY) 0 0               0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 04                    
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) 1 ½               1.5
Gwaze, Robert (ZIM) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 05                    
Hansen, Eric (CAN) 0 0               0
Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 06                    
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) 1 ½               1.5
Genba, Vladimir (RUS) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 07                    
De La Paz Perdomo, Frank (CUB) 0 0               0
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 08                    
Kamsky, Gata (USA) 1 0 ½ 1           2.5
Di Berardino, Diego Rafae (BRA) 0 1 ½ 0           1.5
Round 1 Match 09                    
Lima, Darcy (BRA) ½ 0               0.5
Svidler, Peter (RUS) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 10                    
Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) 1 1               2
Salem, A.R. Saleh (UAE) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 11                    
Bezgodov, Alexei (RUS) ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0       2
Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS) ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1       4
Round 1 Match 12                    
Almasi, Zoltan (HUN) 1 1               2
El Gindy, Essam (EGY) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 13                    
Cori, Jorge (PER) 0 1 0 ½           1.5
Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP) 1 0 1 ½           2.5
Round 1 Match 14                    
Navara, David (CZE) 1 1               2
Kabanov, Nikolai (RUS) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 15                    
Rahman, Ziaur (BAN) ½ 0               0.5
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 16                    
Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB) 1 ½               1.5
Moradiabadi, Elshan (IRI) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 17                    
Ivanov, Alexander (USA) 1 1               2
Wang, Hao (CHN) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 18                    
Leko, Peter (HUN) 0 ½               0.5
Shankland, Samuel L (USA) 1 ½               1.5
Round 1 Match 19                    
Esen, Baris (TUR) ½ 0               0.5
Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 20                    
Le, Quang Liem (VIE) 1 ½               1.5
Megaranto, Susanto (INA) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 21                    
Paragua, Mark (PHI) 0 ½               0.5
Adams, Michael (ENG) 1 ½               1.5
Round 1 Match 22                    
Shirov, Alexei (ESP) 1 ½               1.5
Leon Hoyos, Manuel (MEX) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 23                    
Guliyev, Namig (AZE) 0 0               0
Jobava, Baadur (GEO) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 24                    
Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) 1 ½               1.5
Pridorozhni, Aleksei (RUS) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 25                    
Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynal (CUB) 0 0               0
Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 26                    
Bacrot, Etienne (FRA) ½ ½ 1 0 1 1       4
Robson, Ray (USA) ½ ½ 0 1 0 0       2
Round 1 Match 27                    
Fier, Alexandr (BRA) 1 ½               1.5
Wang, Yue (CHN) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 28                    
Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS) 1 1               2
Zhao, Zong-Yuan (AUS) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 29                    
Babula, Vlastimil (CZE) ½ 0               0.5
Efimenko, Zahar (UKR) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 30                    
Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) ½ ½ ½ 0           1.5
Felgaer, Ruben (ARG) ½ ½ ½ 1           2.5
Round 1 Match 31                    
Vorobiov, Evgeny E. (RUS) ½ ½ ½ 0           1.5
Sutovsky, Emil (ISR) ½ ½ ½ 1           2.5
Round 1 Match 32                    
Movsesian, Sergei (ARM) 1 1               2
Hou, Yifan (CHN) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 33                    
Corrales Jimenez, Fidel (CUB) 0 0               0
Polgar, Judit (HUN) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 34                    
Fressinet, Laurent (FRA) 1 1               2
Jumabayev, Rinat (KAZ) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 35                    
Zherebukh, Yaroslav (UKR) ½ ½ 1 ½           2.5
Eljanov, Pavel (UKR) ½ ½ 0 ½           1.5
Round 1 Match 36                    
Berkes, Ferenc (HUN) 1 ½               1.5
Mareco, Sandro (ARG) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 37                    
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas (KAZ) ½ 0               0.5
Andreikin, Dmitry (RUS) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 38                    
Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) ½ ½ 1 1           3
Halkias, Stelios (GRE) ½ ½ 0 0           1
Round 1 Match 39                    
Filippov, Anton (UZB) 1 1               2
Zhigalko, Sergei (BLR) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 40                    
Riazantsev, Alexander (RUS) 1 ½               1.5
Bluvshtein, Mark (CAN) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 41                    
Drozdovskij, Yuri (UKR) ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 5
Motylev, Alexander (RUS) ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 4
Round 1 Match 42                    
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw (POL) 1 1               2
Pashikian, Arman (ARM) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 43                    
Shulman, Yuri (USA) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0       2.5
Potkin, Vladimir (RUS) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1       3.5
Round 1 Match 44                    
Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1   5
Postny, Evgeny (ISR) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0   3
Round 1 Match 45                    
Romanov, Evgeny (RUS) ½ 0               0.5
Grachev, Boris (RUS) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 46                    
Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) 1 ½               1.5
Salgado Lopez, Ivan (ESP) 0 ½               0.5
Round 1 Match 47                    
Gupta, Abhijeet (IND) ½ 1               1.5
Mamedov, Rauf (AZE) ½ 0               0.5
Round 1 Match 48                    
Kobalia, Mikhail (RUS) ½ ½ 0 0           1
Lysyj, Igor (RUS) ½ ½ 1 1           3
Round 1 Match 49                    
Socko, Bartosz (POL) 0 ½               0.5
Bologan, Viktor (MDA) 1 ½               1.5
Round 1 Match 50                    
Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN) 1 1               2
Adly, Ahmed (EGY) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 51                    
Ivanisevic, Ivan (SRB) ½ 0               0.5
Onischuk, Alexander (USA) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 52                    
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1       3.5
Quesada Perez, Yuniesky (CUB) ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0       2.5
Round 1 Match 53                    
Parligras, Mircea-Emilian (ROU) 1 1               2
Yu, Yangyi (CHN) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 54                    
Korobov, Anton (UKR) 1 1               2
Zhou, Jianchao (CHN) 0 0               0
Round 1 Match 55                    
Rodshtein, Maxim (ISR) 0 ½               0.5
Harikrishna, P. (IND) 1 ½               1.5
Round 1 Match 56                    
Li, Chao b (CHN) ½ 0               0.5
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son (VIE) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 57                    
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROU) 0 ½               0.5
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) 1 ½               1.5
Round 1 Match 58                    
Akopian, Vladimir (ARM) 0 0               0
Negi, Parimarjan (IND) 1 1               2
Round 1 Match 59                    
Iordachescu, Viorel (MDA) 1 0 ½ 0           1.5
Feller, Sebastien (FRA) 0 1 ½ 1           2.5
Round 1 Match 60                    
Timofeev, Artyom (RUS) ½ 0               0.5
Azarov, Sergei (BLR) ½ 1               1.5
Round 1 Match 61                    
Khairullin, Ildar (RUS) ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½       2.5
Ni, Hua (CHN) ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½       3.5
Round 1 Match 62                    
Fridman, Daniel (GER) ½ 1               1.5
Lupulescu, Constantin (ROU) ½ 0               0.5
Round 1 Match 63                    
Ragger, Markus (AUT) ½ ½ ½ 0           1.5
Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS) ½ ½ ½ 1           2.5
Round 1 Match 64                    
So, Wesley (PHI) ½ ½ 1 ½           2.5
Ding, Liren (CHN) ½ ½ 0 ½           1.5


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Septimus's picture

Looks like they did. Results as follows (8:51 EST)

-Grischuk/Feller (Worse ending for Gris, but he should hold)
-Movesian/Polgar (draw)
-Kamsky/Kasim (should be full of fireworks!) (draw)
-Navaara/Onischuck (draw)
-Ivanchuk/Alekseev (Worse ending for Alekseev, but should be a draw)
-Shirov/Potkin (Shirov got crushed. 1-0)
-Fier/Moro (Moro won convincingly 0-1)

Septimus's picture

I'll be following these games:

-Grischuk/Feller
-Movesian/Polgar
-Kamsky/Kasim (should be full of fireworks!)
-Navaara/Onischuck
-Ivanchuk/Alekseev
-Shirov/Potkin
-Fier/Moro

Juan's picture

Onischuck is the only player of those above that I have seen in my life, so I root for him. Any way I don't really think his great positional skills will survive to the sharp tactics from Navara.

Septimus's picture

You are correct. I completely forgot about Akopian!

silvakov's picture

As far as I know Drozdovskij isn't russian either, he's ukranian. His FIDE card agrees with me, so I guess he didn't change federations like Karjakin...

Remco G's picture

Akopian didn't play, he broke his leg recently and had to withdraw, too late to be replaced.

Peter Doggers's picture

Thx, corrected.

Daaim Shabazz's picture

Yes... you're right. I heard the commentators talking about the match and mentioned about the extra material. Either way it's a disaster to fight for a draw after being totally lost. The queen lost was simply a serious lapse of attention. I think all of us have hung our queens at least once or twice. :-)

Septimus's picture

Surprising to see Akopian and Mamedov go down!

DrBigHands's picture

Felgaer is not a brazilian player, he's from Argentina. Congratulations! anyway

Arvin's picture

Malakhov's game against Felgaer (game 22) was a disaster for Malakhov. To lose in just 25 moves in the very first round was not good for him, considering his strong showing in the previous World Cup.

Daaim Shabazz's picture

Even worse was him tossing his queen! In the game before that, he could not convert with an extra knight and pawn. Something went wrong.

Thomas's picture

You mean the same game!? And before, Felgaer had the extra material.

BTW, this year's regulations are relatively gentle on the players, "only" four blitz games before Armaggedon. The previous edition had (always) four rapid games, and then up to ten blitz games before forcing a decision. The first-round encounter Tregubov-Akopian had gone almost all the way, final score 7-9 - as far as I remember, they played until well after midnight local time.

ablos's picture

Karjakin, approximately two years ago described Wesley So as "some Filipino guy". Now he is facing that guy. I am sure he will remember that guy.

Boot1bullet's picture

go go WESLEY So....

Burnett's picture

As I predicted earlier he is predestinate to become public "petit préféré".

choufleur's picture

Feller went trough, despite a lot of harsh criticism, and most people hoping for a quick elimination. Whatever did happen in the Olympiad last year (in the same place btw), one thing is sure : this guy has a strong character, and is quite talented.

Despicableme's picture

Congrats Felgaer!!!! ,very nice guy and great chess player.

adam's picture

Peter, it would be great if you could indicate ELOs in your tables--thanks in advance!

Peter Doggers's picture

Indeed, but I take them from here and especially in these early stages I'm not gonna add them manually. :-)

ed's picture

Fier vs Moro should potentially be full of fireworks if both players live up to their reputations!

Harish Srinivasan's picture

the rook endgame Bacrot-Robson can be seen at around time 16:53:00 at the english page of http://chess.ugrasport.com/

It would be nice to know the timing in the video of some of the other blunders.

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