Reports | November 14, 2012 1:06

Ivanchuk wins Kings Tournament after rapid tie-break

Vassily Ivanchuk - Veselin Topalov

Bucharest - Both games ended in a draw in the sixth and final round on Tuesday, leaving Veselin Topalov and Vassily Ivanchuk tied with 3.5/6.

A two-game rapid match was played to break the tie, won by Ivanchuk, who qualifies for the next Bilbao Masters Final, and re-enters the Top 10.

Ivanchuk and Topalov, Round 6 | Photos by Macauley Peterson, more here

Event Kings Tournament | PGN via TWIC
Dates November 7th-13th, 2012
Location Bucharest, Romania
System 4-player double round robin
Players Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
Rate of play

120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 61.

Extra No draw offers allowed before move 30

 

Round 6 Report

by GM Dorian Rogozenco

The last round in Bucharest didn’t establish the winner, since the leaders’ encounter Ivanchuk-Topalov finished in a draw after a short, but interesting game, marked by the fight for the initiative. Everything ended with a small combination from Ivanchuk which led to perpetual.

Nisipeanu, with white against Caruana, played the apparently harmless Four Knights Variation and achieved a promising position. The Italian had to sac a pawn in order to free himself from White’s pressure. The Romanian Grandmaster overestimated his chances and instead of slowly improving the position with an extra pawn, he started direct actions, but failed to increase the initiative and in the end the position only simplified. Soon the players agreed to a draw.

Thus, after the final round Topalov and Ivanchuk shared the victory with 3.5 points, followed by Caruana, 3 points and Nisipeanu, 2 points.

The tie-break match to establish the winner of the tournament consisted of two rapid games with the following time-control: 15 minutes for each player per game with increment of 3 seconds per move. In the first game something quite unusual happened: being a pawn up in a simple endgame with large advantage, Veselin Topalov lost on time. In the second game Ivanchuk with White didn’t have problems to keep his leading position and thus having won the rapid match with a score of 1,5-0,5 Ivanchuk became the winner of the 6th edition of Kings Tournament.

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Kings Tournament 2012 | Pairings & results

Round 1   7 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
1 GM Topalov Veselin 2769 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 4
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 1-0 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 3
Round 2   8 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 ½-½ GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 3
1 GM Topalov Veselin 2769 ½-½ GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 2
Round 3   9 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 4
3 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 ½-½ GM Topalov Veselin 2769 1
Round 4   11 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 ½-½ GM Topalov Veselin 2769 1
3 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 ½-½ GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 2
Round 5   12 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 ½-½ GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 2
1 GM Topalov Veselin 2769 1-0 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 3
Round 6   13 November 2012       14:30 CET    
SNr   Name Elo     Name Elo SNr
3 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2668 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 4
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2763 ½-½ GM Topalov Veselin 2769 1

Kings Tournament 2012 | Final standings

 

 

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Comments

redivivo's picture

The tiebreak once again showed how ludicrous it is with this way to decide things.

Anonymous's picture

I agree, it's a good way to decide on the Bilbao ticket only. Such a short tournament is bound to be a little random anyway, Caruana was very close to finish first as well if he hadn't spoiled some promising positions. All in all still deserved winners and the last round draw between Chucky and Topa was great fun.

RG13's picture

How else should they decide who qualifies for the Bilbao Masters Final?

redivivo's picture

Coin toss? Roulette wheel? Tiddlywinks?

RG13's picture

A two game rapid match is definitely unsatisfying but I think a coin toss would actually be worse.

Thomas's picture

Yep, they needed a sole official winner and Bilbao qualifier - even if they may end up inviting both Ivanchuk and Topalov (provided that Topalov is interested, he had declined several Bilbao invitations).
What's the near future of the Grand Slam? Tata Steel will take place, will there be another edition of the Kings Tournament at its usual spot in late spring to early summer 2013? Will there be a revival of Nanjing, Linares and/or MTel?

"Ivanchuk ... re-enters the Top 10" - true for the time being and for the forthcoming December 2012 list. But on the live rating list, both Mamedyarov and Kamsky could overtake him already after the first round of the Tashkent Grand Prix starting in a week.

Bob's picture

Hooray for Ivanchuk!

spirit 74's picture

That was a disappointing final report :(

boardgame's picture

Did you see you the words "MORE LATER..." ?

Anonymous's picture

final standing
1.Ivanchuk
2.topalov

Leon's picture

It's sad to see all those empty seats in a tournament like this. Ivanchuk is very popular,charismatic and very creative player,Topalov is an ex-world champion,Caruana is having a great year and also you have the local hero Nisipeanu. I understand that the first line-up with Carlsen,Radjabov,etc.etc. was stronger but this second group was at least for me ok to catch more public. It's hard to see it from a sponsor's point of view how to support chess with empty venues like in this tournament.

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