Reports | May 08, 2009 20:17

FIDE World takes early lead against Azerbaijan

President's CupThe FIDE World team (with Anand, Kramnik, Shirov and Karjakin) is leading by a point againt Azerbaijan (with Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Guseinov and Gashimov) after two rounds of the President's Cup in Baku. The coverage on the official website has been disappointing so far and even the games are not yet available and / or incomplete.

Last year the President’s Cup was a strong open in Baku, held directly after the 1st FIDE Grand Prix. This year a completely different event is organized to honour national leader Heydar Aliyev. The 2009 President’s Cup, from May 7th to 9th, is a rapid match (Scheveningen system) between the strongest players of Azerbaijan (Teimour Radjabov, Vugar Gashimov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Gadir Guseinov - Rauf Mamedov is also listed but hasn't played yet) against a “FIDE World” team with World Champion Viswanathan Anand, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, 2007 World Cup runner-up Alexei Shirov and 2009 Corus winner Sergey Karjakin.

Although it's not the same as the Soviet team, who played several matches against "ROW" (Rest of the World) in the 70s and 80s (Mig has a nice wrap-up of previous matches like these), Azerbaijan is cleary a strong force. Currently the country is fifth in the world, behind Russia, China, Ukraine and Israel.

And indeed, in the first round the Azeri GMs started sucessfully with three draws and a victory by Mamedyarov over Shirov in his favourite 3.f3 Gr?ºnfeld. However, the second round FIDE World struck back with wins by Anand (against Gashimov) and Shirov (against Guseinov).

Round 1

Mamedyarov, S
1-0
Shirov, A
Radjabov, T
¬?-¬?
Anand, V
Karjakin, S
¬?-¬?
Guseinov, G
Kramnik, V
¬?-¬?
Gashimov, V

Round 2

Mamedyarov, S
¬?-¬?
Karjakin, S
Anand, V
1-0
Gashimov, V
Radjabov, T
¬?-¬?
Kramnik, V
Shirov, A
1-0
Guseinov, G



Unfortunately not all games are available, at least complete, yet. We've tried to reach the organizers and we'll update this article as soon as possible.

Games rounds 1-2

Anand wins Chess Oscar

The Fascinated WandererDuring the opening ceremony of the President's Cup, Vishy Anand received the 2008 Chess Oscar. The winner is always selected by a poll of chess experts and journalists across the world. The award comprises a bronze statuette titled The Fascinated Wanderer. The award had its genesis in 1967 with journalists accredited at chess events voting for the best grandmaster.

The awards were given away uninterrupted until the year 1988. The award resumed in 1995. Since then, it has been coordinated by the Russian chess magazine 64. Previous winners: Larsen (1967), Spassky (1968, 1969), Fischer (1970, 1971, 1972), Karpov (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977), Kortchnoi (1978), Karpov (1979, 1980, 1981), Kasparov (1982, 1983), Karpov (1984), Kasparov (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 1996), Anand (1997, 1998), Kasparov (1999), Kramnik (2000), Kasparov (2001, 2002), Anand (2003, 2004), Topalov (2005), Kramnik (2006), Anand (2007, 2008).

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vaughn's picture

the transmition is just awful.how can you demand for more chess fans if you are not able to put some moves on the internet!

ebutaljib's picture

Official site is useless. I can understand that technological glitches can make broadcasting impossible (specially blitz and rapid), but why aren't the games published afterwards on the official site? They are not even publishing the results!!! And why on earth didn't they post the schedule (who is playing whom in each round) in advance??? It's just lame, and it's actually anti-propaganda for chess.

Players are playing just for themselves now, and for few local spectators. Rest of the world has nothing from this event.

Pitty, it could have been an interesting event.

Marlowe's picture

What do you expect? FIDE....is involved. And when that happens, well...shit happens all the time! Disgraceful web presence/presentation for the claim that such an event makes. Incompetents breed.

Thomas's picture

Ebutaljib, there is still some hope that the results, and "even" the games, will be published (at the official site or elsewhere?) AFTER the event ... and even in hindsight it would be or become interesting :)

ebutaljib's picture

Yes, yes, it will be really interesting to visit the official site in one month to get informed who won. And it will be even more interesting in one year when the games are published :p

Jonas's picture

That's a shame it's such a great event and such a poor organization and promotion of the event.

GG's picture

I guess the reason is that Azerbaijan is in the top ten of the most corrupted countries in the world. The organizers have defalcated.

Thomas's picture

For some (but not all) games the German Chessbase site somehow managed to find out which openings were played ... but what to think about, for example, Karjakin-Radjabov?
1.e4 c5 2.Sf3 e6 3.g3 Sc6 4.Lg2 Sf6 5.De2 d6 6.0-0 Le7 7.c3 0-0 8.d4 d5 9.e5 Sd7 10.h4 a5 1-0

Jimge's picture

Whis the Swedish wonderboy Carlson not playing?

ebutaljib's picture

Wonders are happening in Baku. All the games are now available on the website!!!

P.S.: I know that there is a Swedish chess player named Carlson, but I never heard someone to call him a wonderboy.

Thomas's picture

GM Pontus Carlsson (born 1982, ELO 2496) takes two 's' ... . Or does Jimge mean FM Mats Carlson (born 1958, rated 2260)? Never heard of him before, but he is on the FIDE rating list (with an inactivity flag) :)

ebutaljib's picture

I have no idea about which Swede he is talking about. He must know more than we do ;)

Alexander's picture

Do not feed the troll.

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