Reports | December 16, 2007 17:54

[lang_nl]Kamsky wint World Cup 2007 (update)[/lang_nl][lang_en]Kamsky wins World Cup 2007 (update)[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Artikel ge?ɬºpdatet met foto's en video's

Vandaag, na 23 dagen World Cup, is eindelijk de beslissing gevallen: Gata Kamsky heeft zojuist de laatste finalepartij tegen Alexei Shirov remise gespeeld en daarmee de match met 2,5-1,5 gewonnen. De lang geleden naar Amerka ge?ɬ´imigreerde Rus, die na een grote pauze in zijn carri?ɬ®re zich in een paar jaar tijd heeft teruggevochten naar de absolute wereldtop, won de wereldbeker, 120.000 dollar en het recht om Veselin Topalov uit te dagen. Absoluut een geweldige prestatie van de man die buitengewoon consistent het hele toernooi lang in grootse vorm was. Shirov, die eveneens kan terugkijken op een prachtig toernooi, gaat naar huis met 80,000 USD, een zwik ratingpunten (net als Kamsky) en waarschijnlijk de wens om lekker lang op vakantie te gaan. De fans waren op zijn hand, maar Ca?ɬØssa gunde hem weer geen match.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Article updatet with photos and videos

Today, after 23 days of the World Cup, it's now all decided: Gata Kamsky has just drawn the last game of the final against Alexei Shirov and thus he won the match 2.5-1.5. The player from Brooklyn, New York, who emigrated to the US a long time ago and who, after a long break in his chess career, fought himself back into the absolute world elite, and has now won the Cup, 120.000 USD and the right to challenge Veselin Topalov. Truly a wonderful result by the man who was in fantastic shape throughout the whole tournament. Shirov, who can also look back at a really great tournament, goes home with 80,000 USD, a bunch of rating points (just like Kamsky) and probably the desire to go on a long vacation now. The fans favoured him, but again, Ca?ɬØssa didn't grant him a match.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]In de eerste drie rondes won Kamsky van Ahmed Adly, Boris Avrukh en Kiril Georgiev, alledrie met een 1,5-0,5-score. Toen speelde hij zijn mini-match tegen Peter Svidler met 1-1 gelijk, om de Rus vervolgens met 1,5-0,5 in de rapids te verslaan. In de kwartfinales was Ponomariov Kamsky's slachtoffer en de halve finale betekende het einde voor Carlsen; beiden verloren 1,5-0,5 van Kamsky. Shirov ging met 2,5-1,5 ten onder in de finale van vier partijen en zo verloor Kamsky geen enkele van zijn zestien reguliere partijen en twee rapidpartijen!

Hier partij 4 met annotaties (de live coverage van vanmiddag):

[/lang_nl][lang_en]In the first three rounds, Kamsky beat Ahmed Adly, Boris Avrukh and Kiril Georgiev, all with the score 1.5-0.5. Then he drew his mini-match against Peter Svidler, to beat the Russian 1.5-0.5 in the rapids. In the quarterfinals Ponomariov was Kamsky's victim, and the semifinals it was the end for Carlsen, both losing 1.5-0,5 against Kamsky. Shirov went down 2,5-1,5 in the four-game final, and so Kamsky didn't lose once in his sixteen regular and two rapid games!

Here's game 4 with annotations (this afternoon's live coverage):


[lang_nl]Hier het complete schema vanaf ronde 3: Klik voor grotere versie:

De allerlaatste partij van de World Cup

Het gezichtspunt van een (nogal eenzame) toeschouwer

De daadwerkelijke World Cup...

...en hier in close-up[/lang_nl][lang_en]Here's the complete schedule as from round 3: Click for bigger version:

The very last game of the World Cup

A (pretty lonely) spectator's point a view

The actual World Cup...

...and here in close-up[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Foto's: Eugene Atarov

De organisatie zorgde ook voor video's. Tot nu toe zijn deze gepubliceerd:[/lang_nl][lang_en]Photos: Eugene Atarov

The tournament also produced videos. So far these were published:[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]RONDE 1[/lang_nl][lang_en]ROUND 1[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]RONDE 2[/lang_nl][lang_en]ROUND 2[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]RONDE 3[/lang_nl][lang_en]ROUND 3[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]RONDE 4[/lang_nl][lang_en]ROUND 4[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]RONDE 5[/lang_nl][lang_en]ROUND 5[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]RONDE 6[/lang_nl][lang_en]ROUND 6[/lang_en]

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Barnard's picture

Congratulations for your covering!

jeans's picture

I agree with Pieter.
The WorldCup-winner is close to challenging the WorldChampion, but finds Topalov on his path first.

Pieter's picture

"and the right to challenge Veselin Topalov"

I guess that's true, but it looks funny, challenging some former champion. Shouldn't it be "Topalov has the right to challenge the winner of the World Cup"?

arne's picture

@KingFaisal, you seem happier with your own prediction than with Kamsky's result ;-)

Felix's picture

Whe I read the first version I missed photos, but you seem to know what the fans want! :)

Btw., it's a shame that such an event takes place in Siberia, no spectators, no chessvibes videos (those videos from the organizers are not in "chessvibes quality"),... looking forward to corus :)

King Faisal's picture

Arne, you are probably right, my heart was beating for Shirov, his style is for sure more attractive!

Ajedrez en Castellano's picture

?Ǭ°Felicitaciones a Kamsky! Gran torneo y saludos para Shirov que tb. lo ha hecho bien. Pronto la partida en castellano en mi web.

King Faisal's picture

Bert, you are right, I forgot his knight manoeuvres! :-)

King Faisal's picture

I predicted after quarter finals that Kamsky would win world cup. (see chessvibes comments)

--Great player in tactics
--Very deep strategic understanding
--Original player in the opening
--He is highly motivated after his long abscence (thirsty for chess)
--and above all fantastic nerves!

whatch out for him in the future!

Durango Chess's picture

Hello people, where's the enthusiasm? An American just won the world cup!! Call the President, call the Mayor, call the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! This young man is well on the way to the world title, quite impressively, and we're all acting like impartial spectators, analysts and commentators. Not just here but on every chess site I visit. This is the WORLD CUP people! One of our own just WON it!! Yes, he's a bit of an odd duck, but if you're passionate enough about chess to be reading or posting here, then you're probably an odd duck too. Let's hear some quacking out there! He's OUR BOY from Brooklyn. Whoo HOOOO!!!! GO KAMSKY!!!! That was some BEAUTIFUL CHESS you just played.... YOU ROCK THE WORLD!!! Quack Quack KUACK!!!

Durango Chess's picture

PS -- fantastic coverage, Peter. You just won me over from ChessBase.

Felix's picture

Indeed, nice coverage. Thumbs up :)

Val?ɬ©ria's picture

Great coverage here. I loved it.

Bert de Bruut's picture

@KingFaisal, you forgot to mention the main reason Kamsky won: his excellent cavalery manoeuvres, particularly during the last two matches!

Frank's picture

Nice reports. A shame that this tournament is held in Siberia. the picture of the lonely observer in the empty supporters tribune says it all, move these tournaments to the populated world!

drunknknite's picture

During the world championship in Mexico Nakamura was on ICC commenting on the games from time to time. During this at some point he said that the best player in the US was he or Kamsky depending on the day. How do you feel about this statement? Does anyone here feel, as I do, that Nakamura has the potential in the coming years to eclipse Kamsky's achievements?

Lajos Arpad's picture

Durango Chess: Probably the sites werent't american.

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