Reports | September 03, 2011 23:24

World Cup R3.1: Polgar beats Karjakin

Judit Polgar defeated top seed Sergei Karjakin on the first of the World Cup's third round. Vassily Ivanchuk lost his first game, with White against Emil Sutovsky. The other decisive results were Grischuk-Morozevich 1-0, Kamsky-Nepomniachtchi 1-0, Jakovenko-Jobava 1-0 and Dominguez-Lysyj 1-0.

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

Round 3.1

Logically, the rating differences in the third round are even smaller and so it wasn't surprising to see the drawing percentage going up even further. On the first day, only six out of sixteen games ended decisively. Judit Polgar inflicted the first loss upon rating favourite Sergey Karjakin. The Russian tried the Berlin Wall, and opening in which Polgar once defeated Garry Kasparov. Polgar-Karjakin Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011 Polgar-Karjakin White has just played the typical e5-e6 break and traded this pawn for the one on c7. Now her queen's bishop goes out hunting. 22. Bb8! a6 23. Ba7 Bd8 24. Nc3 Polgar-Karjakin24... Kf7 Deciding to give up a pawn. 24... Ne7 25. Na4 Nc8 seems to fail to 26. Bxb6 Nxb6 27. Nxb6 Bxb6 28. Rd6 Polgar-Karjakin However here 28... Bc8! 29. Rxb6 Kd7! threatens to trap the rook. After 30. b4! (or 30. a4 Kc7 31. a5 Rd8 32. Kf1 Rd1+ 33. Ke2 Ra1 34. b4 cxb4 35. Rxb4 Rxa5=) 30... Rh5! Black should be able to draw the ending. 25. Na4 b5 26. Nxc5 Bc8 27. cxb5 axb5 28. a4 bxa4 29. bxa4 Re8 30. Rb1 g5 31. Bb6 Be7 32. a5 Bxc5 33. Bxc5 Re6 34. Rb6 Ng7 35. Be3 Nf5 36. Rb8 Re8 37. Ra8 Polgar-Karjakin37... Bb7? After this it's clearly lost. Black should have tried 37... Nxe3 38. fxe3 Bb7 39. Ra7 Re7 40. a6 Bc6 41. Rxe7+ Kxe7 with some drawing chances. 38. Ra7 Re7 39. Bc5 Rd7 40. a6 Bc6 41. Rxd7+ Bxd7 42. Nd2! Polgar-Karjakin42... Ke6 The difference with the line starting with 37...Nxe3 is that here after 42... Ne7 43. Bxe7 Kxe7 White has 44. Ne4 Bc6 45. f3 Polgar-Karjakin and the knight prevents the black king from walking to the a-pawn and his kingside can't move. 43. Nc4 Bc6 44. Nb6 Nd6 45. Bxd6 Kxd6 46. a7 Kc7 47. a8=Q Bxa8 48. Nxa8+ Kb7 Polgar-Karjakin49. f4! 1-0

Our new nickname for Judit Polgar: 'endgame queen' - she's played wonderful endgames lately

Our new nickname for Judit Polgar: 'endgame queen' - she's played wonderful endgames lately

Another big gun stumbled: Vassily Ivanchuk. It was his first loss and it happened against Emil Sutovsky. Ivanchuk-Sutovsky Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011 Ivanchuk-Sutovsky35. Nxa3? White had to play 35. Bxf6+ Kxf6 36. Nxa3 but after 36... exf3! 37. Bxf3 Bxa3 38. Be4 Bb4 Black can still torture him for long. 35... Bc5+! A very annoying and in fact winning Zwischenzug. 36. Kc3 Bxa3+ 37. Bc4 37. Kb3 Rc1! 37... b5 38. Kb3 bxc4+ 39. Kxa3 c3 40. fxe4 Rb8 0-1

Emil Sutovsky thinking, his opponent Vassily Ivanchuk in the background

Emil Sutovsky thinking, his opponent Vassily Ivanchuk in the background (l.)

The game between Grischuk and Morozevich was a great clash, in which White went for a gambit line in the French. In the middlegame he won back the pawn and things were about equal, but towards the first time control Morozevich started to make mistakes. Playing the white pieces in a Grünfeld, Kamsky won an excellent, straight-forward game against Nepomniachtchi. Jakovenko won a wonderful ending against Jobava and Dominguez outplayed Lysyj in another Berlin Wall.

Alexander Morozevich went down against Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Morozevich went down against Alexander Grischuk

Games round 3.1


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FIDE World Cup 2011 | Round 3 results
Name G1 G2 R1 R2 r3 r4 B1 B2 SD Tot
Round 3 Match 01
Polgar, Judit (HUN) 1                 1.0
Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) 0                 0
Round 3 Match 02
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) 0                 0.0
Sutovsky, Emil (ISR) 1                 1
Round 3 Match 03
Zherebukh, Yaroslav (UKR) ½                 0.5
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 04
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) ½                 0.5
Efimenko, Zahar (UKR) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 05
Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS) ½                 0.5
Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 06
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) 1                 1.0
Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) 0                 0
Round 3 Match 07
Bacrot, Etienne (FRA) ½                 0.5
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 08
Kamsky, Gata (USA) 1                 1.0
Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS) 0                 0
Round 3 Match 09
Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) ½                 0.5
Svidler, Peter (RUS) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 10
Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) 1                 1.0
Jobava, Baadur (GEO) 0                 0
Round 3 Match 11
Potkin, Vladimir (RUS) ½                 0.5
Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 12
Parligras, Mircea-Emilian (ROU) ½                 0.5
Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 13
Le, Quang Liem (VIE) ½                 0.5
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 14
Navara, David (CZE) ½                 0.5
Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 15
Gupta, Abhijeet (IND) ½                 0.5
Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN) ½                 0.5
Round 3 Match 16
Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB) 1                 1.0
Lysyj, Igor (RUS) 0                 0

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Bende's picture

As I am a Hungarian as Polgár is... Go, Judit go!

Mauricio Valdés's picture

Chuky´s king wnet totally nuts!
Karjiakin got out played on The Berlin Defense!
Kudos for Polgar!

columbo's picture

enjoyed Grischuk game !

S3's picture

It was great. Now who was saying that Grischuk made a mockery of things??

gg's picture

Fans of Kramnik and Aronian.

Thomas's picture

Maybe also some Carlsen fans, who use Grischuk's strategy in Kazan as an argument to defend Magnus' decision to be absent there? Even though Grischuk was only present because Carlsen was absent ... .

Anyway, Grischuk may well decide one match at a time whether he primarily aims for rapid/blitz tiebreaks. Against Aronian and Kramnik, he was the (slight) underdog who thought that his chances might be relatively better at 'more random' faster time controls. Against Feller, he might have thought that these faster time controls favor the nominally stronger and more experienced player. Now against Morozevich, it's all unclear ... .
Moreover, it matters if you have white in the first or the second classical game. Today, a short draw with white wouldn't guarantee a tiebreak yet - it's possible to lose with the black pieces.

ablos's picture

Now Karjakin knows the name of that "some Filipino guy" is Wesley So. His having a hard time with So contributed to his loss to Polgar., albeit the round is still ongoing.

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Vito's picture

Especially since Moro made him play...

Johnny's picture

Polgar vs Karjakin is a fascinating game especially since both players are noted authorities on the Berlin defense (mainly for White!). Karjakin himself had just defeated Kramnik in a Berlin recently. Congratulations to Polgar on her success so far!

Remco G's picture

She also won by creating a passed pawn for white on the _queenside_. Huh?

Chess Fan's picture

OK, Judit had finally started playing like well, "Judit Polgar". It is not a joke to beat Karjakin NOW. I will put it in the same super category of beating Kasparov or Anand. Almost. As a chess fan, I am so happy as a chess fan to see Judit again play like the world greatest female chess player ever, that she is.

noyb's picture

Bravo Judit! Kasparov's going to slap his head after playing over than game and say "THAT'S how I should have beaten Kramnik in 2000!"

Szoker's picture

W o w

steven's picture

Does anyone have an idea why Moro offers a draw to Grischuk after 12 moves ?!?!?
Which knocks him out of the tournament...
He must be physically or mentally ill.

Al F's picture

Yes, this was a surprising disappointment, I'm used to thinking of the guy as great fighter.

Apropos great fighters: Ivanchuk bounced back mightily. I cross my fingers for him to reach the qualifying trio!

GM Bozo's picture

for rasing rating purpsoses maybe

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