Reports | October 15, 2012 11:04

St Petersburg and Tomsk lead in Eilat - a report on rounds 3 and 4

A plane landing in Eilat

Two teams won their first four matches at the European Club Cup in Eilat: Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation (Svidler, Dominguez, Vitiugov, Movsesian, Efimenko, Zvjaginsev, Matlakov and Khairullin) and Tomsk-400 (Ponomariov, Areshchenko, Bologan, Inarkiev, Kurnosov, Motylev and Khismatullin). The team from St Petersburg has a slightly better tiebreak at the moment. In the women's section Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo didn't spoil a match point yet.

A plane landing in Eilat | Photo © Vladimír Jagr

Event 28th European Club Cup for Men & 17th European Club Cup for Women | Chess-Results
Dates October 11th-17th, 2012
Location Eilat, Israel
System 6-player round robin
Players Top players include Radjabov, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Kamsky, Grischuk, Topalov, Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Svidler, Gelfand, Ponomariov, Dominguez, Leko, Wojtaszek, Jakovenko, Giri, Volokitin, Navara, Adams
Rate of play

90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Extra Players are not allowed to offer a draw before move 40. The zero tolerance rule for arriving at the board is in effect

 

Round 3

In the third round the Saint Petersburg Chess Club was the lucky team to be paired against their "neightbours" from Tampere, Finland. The huge rating difference would normally result in a 6-0 score, but the Finnish board one player managed to draw with the last World Cup winner. Or rather, Svidler managed not to win this game.

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Ashdod, the leaders on tiebreak, lost their first match: 2.5-3.5 against Tomsk-400. On board one Ponomariov beat his compatriot Ivanchuk, the two Ukrainians who faced each other ten years ago in a FIDE World Championship match. If we only count victories, after this game the score between these two players is 4-3 for Ivanchuk.

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Vassily Ivanchuk, with Loek van Wely behind him | Photo © Vladimír Jagr

German Champion Baden-Baden lost 2-4 to the all-Russian team Economist-SGSEU Saratov. Something went wrong with Etienne Bacrot's preparation in the Scotch, and Nepomniachtchi's simple combination did the rest.

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Economist-SGSEU Saratov's top boards Ian Nepomniachtchi & Dmitry Andreikin | Photo © Vladimír Jagr

One board lower Arkadij Naiditsch went down against Evgeny Alekseev.

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Ugra won against SHSM-64 and one of the crucial games was the following. It made clear once more that besides bringing fire on the board, Alexei Shirov is an expert in opposite-coloured bishop endings as well!

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SOCAR crushed the Oslo chess club 6-0, and Teimour Radjabov gave a good example on board one.

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SOCAR stars Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, captain Vladimir Tukmakov and Gata Kamsky | Photo © Vladimír Jagr

In the women's section the AVS team is playing with big names (Antoaneta Stefanova, Kateryna Lahno, Viktorija Cmilyte, Natalija Pogonina and Mariya Muzychuk) but started with two losses and one 2-2. Hou Yifan's team from Monaco won their third match in a row with a score of 2.5-1.5. In the third round, against Mika, the World Champion herself defeated Elina Danielian from a slightly better ending.

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Video broadcast by Chess.TV

Round 4

The top match in the fourth round was Economist-SGSEU Saratov vs Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation, in fact the only match between two 2700 teams. The difference in strength was small, as was reflected by draws on the first five boards. Vadim Zvjaginsev decided everything with what was his fourth win in Eilat:

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Cameras focusing on Andreikin (Saratov) vs Svidler (St Petersburg) | Photo © Anastasia Karlovich

Alexander Morozevich plays his first serious tournament after stepping out of Biel. As Saratov's last man standing, he missed the winning idea in a rook ending:

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Tomsk-400 is one of the leaders after four rounds | Photo © Anastasia Karlovich

Tomsk-400 and SOCAR had much easier pairings and both won their matches with 6-0 a score, against Tammer-Shakki and Schachgesellschaft Zürich respectively. The latter is playing with Artyom Timofeev on board one, but he faced Veselin Topalov and yes, the Bulgarian sac'ed an exchange:

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Topalov vs Timofeev, and next to him Yannick Pelletier | Photo © Anastasia Karlovich

In the match SHSM-64 vs Jutes of Kent, "Ginger GM" Simon Williams managed to beat none other than Boris Gelfand, using his favourite Classical Dutch. We can't think of a better advertisement for his Killer Dutch DVD!

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The team from St Petersburg has a slightly better tiebreak at the moment. In the women's section Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo didn't spoil a match point yet. After three 2.5-1.5 victories, without Hou Yifan they crushed Ashdod 4-0. The following ending was painful to see:

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European Club Cup 2012 | Open | Top results round 3

Bo. 26 Tammer-Shakki Rtg - 4 Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation Rtg ½ :5½
1/1 IM Karttunen, Mika 2445 - GM Svidler, Peter 2747 ½ - ½
1/2 IM Maki, Veijo 2383 - GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2734 0 - 1
1/3   Koykka, Pekka 2242 - GM Efimenko, Zahar 2689 0 - 1
1/4 FM Kytoniemi, Jyrki 2283 - GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2678 0 - 1
1/5 FM Penttinen, Jarkko 2258 - GM Matlakov, Maxim 2665 0 - 1
1/6   Lehtioksa, Jorma 2179 - GM Khairullin, Ildar 2639 0 - 1
Bo. 7 Tomsk-400 Rtg - 9 Ashdod Rtg 3½:2½
2/1 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2735 - GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771 1 - 0
2/2 GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2710 - GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724 ½ - ½
2/3 GM Bologan, Viktor 2695 - GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681 0 - 1
2/4 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2683 - GM Smirin, Ilia 2638 0 - 1
2/5 GM Kurnosov, Igor 2660 - GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611 1 - 0
2/6 GM Motylev, Alexander 2655 - GM Avrukh, Boris 2585 1 - 0
Bo. 6 OSG Baden-Baden e.V. Rtg - 3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg 2 : 4
3/1 GM Adams, Michael 2720 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2718 ½ - ½
3/2 GM Bacrot, Etienne 2705 - GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704 0 - 1
3/3 GM Naiditsch, Arkadij 2704 - GM Alekseev, Evgeny 2683 0 - 1
3/4 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2690 - GM Morozevich, Alexander 2758 ½ - ½
3/5 GM Nielsen, Peter Heine 2662 - GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2720 ½ - ½
3/6 GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2661 - GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700 ½ - ½
Bo. 5 Ugra Rtg - 2 SHSM-64 Rtg 3½:2½
4/1 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2732 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2736 ½ - ½
4/2 GM Shirov, Alexei 2718 - GM Leko, Peter 2734 1 - 0
4/3 GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2713 - GM Riazantsev, Alexander 2712 ½ - ½
4/4 GM Korobov, Anton 2705 - GM Grachev, Boris 2672 0 - 1
4/5 GM Rublevsky, Sergei 2693 - GM Najer, Evgeniy 2664 1 - 0
4/6 GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677 - GM Potkin, Vladimir 2663 ½ - ½
Bo. 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg - 25 Oslo Schakselskap Rtg 6 : 0
5/1 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792 - GM Johannessen, Leif Erlend 2520 1 - 0
5/2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2748 - IM Moen, Andreas 2377 1 - 0
5/3 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752 - FM Stubberud, Ornulf 2309 1 - 0
5/4 GM Kamsky, Gata 2755 -   Persson, Mats 2234 1 - 0
5/5 GM Safarli, Eltaj 2616 -   Hauge, Lars Oskar 2174 1 - 0
5/6 GM Guseinov, Gadir 2608 -   Mihajlov, Sebastian 2043 1 - 0
Bo. 22 Gambit Aseko-See Rtg - 8 G-Team Novy Bor Rtg ½ :5½
6/1 IM Arnaudov, G. Petar 2471 - GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733 ½ - ½
6/2 IM Mitkov, Marjan 2331 - GM Navara, David 2722 0 - 1
6/3 IM Dancevski, Orce 2389 - GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678 0 - 1
6/4 FM Stojcevski, Zoran 2325 - GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680 0 - 1
6/5 FM Andonovski, Ljubisa 2274 - GM Markos, Jan 2581 0 - 1
6/6 FM Dinev, Dejan 2348 - GM Cvek, Robert 2540 0 - 1

European Club Cup 2012 | Women | Results round 3

Bo. 2 AVS Rtg - 8 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg 2 : 2
1/1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493 - GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 ½ - ½
1/2 GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 - IM Gunina, Valentina 2514 0 - 1
1/3 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 ½ - ½
1/4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474 - IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 1 - 0
Bo. 3 Mika Rtg - 1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg 1½:2½
2/1 GM Danielian, Elina 2476 - GM Hou, Yifan 2605 0 - 1
2/2 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 - GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 ½ - ½
2/3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 - GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 ½ - ½
2/4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 - GM Cramling, Pia 2514 ½ - ½
Bo. 4 Ashdod Rtg - 7 Ugra Rtg 2 : 2
3/1 IM Klinova, Masha 2324 - WGM Girya, Olga 2454 ½ - ½
3/2 IM Borsuk, Angela 2260 - IM Romanko, Marina 2365 ½ - ½
3/3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 - WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 ½ - ½
3/4 WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 - WIM Bezgodova, Maria 2177 ½ - ½
Bo. 5 Chigorin Club Rtg - 6 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg 3 : 1
4/1 IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 - WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 ½ - ½
4/2 WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 -   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 1 - 0
4/3 WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 -   Federovski, Adi 1829 1 - 0
4/4   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 -   Lahav, Michal 1732 ½ - ½

European Club Cup 2012 | Open | Top results round 4

Bo. 3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov Rtg - 4 Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation Rtg 2½:3½
1/1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2718 - GM Svidler, Peter 2747 ½ - ½
1/2 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2704 - GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2734 ½ - ½
1/3 GM Morozevich, Alexander 2758 - GM Vitiugov, Nikita 2691 ½ - ½
1/4 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2720 - GM Movsesian, Sergei 2699 ½ - ½
1/5 GM Moiseenko, Alexander 2700 - GM Efimenko, Zahar 2689 ½ - ½
1/6 GM Lysyj, Igor 2628 - GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 2678 0 - 1
Bo. 7 Tomsk-400 Rtg - 26 Tammer-Shakki Rtg 6 : 0
2/1 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan 2735 - IM Karttunen, Mika 2445 1 - 0
2/2 GM Areshchenko, Alexander 2710 - IM Maki, Veijo 2383 1 - 0
2/3 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 2683 -   Koykka, Pekka 2242 1 - 0
2/4 GM Kurnosov, Igor 2660 - FM Penttinen, Jarkko 2258 1 - 0
2/5 GM Motylev, Alexander 2655 -   Natri, Antero 2219 1 - 0
2/6 GM Khismatullin, Denis 2638 -   Lehtioksa, Jorma 2179 1 - 0
Bo. 15 Schachgesellschaft Zürich Rtg - 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg 0 : 6
3/1 GM Timofeev, Artyom 2631 - GM Topalov, Veselin 2751 0 - 1
3/2 GM Pelletier, Yannick 2601 - GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752 0 - 1
3/3 GM Brunner, Lucas 2448 - GM Kamsky, Gata 2755 0 - 1
3/4 GM Vogt, Lothar 2397 - GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685 0 - 1
3/5 FM Goldstern, Filip 2334 - GM Safarli, Eltaj 2616 0 - 1
3/6 FM Friedrich, Norbert 2302 - GM Guseinov, Gadir 2608 0 - 1
Bo. 17 Vesnianka Gran Rtg - 5 Ugra Rtg 2 : 4
4/1 GM Zhigalko, Andrey 2582 - GM Malakhov, Vladimir 2713 0 - 1
4/2 GM Teterev, Vitaly 2529 - GM Korobov, Anton 2705 0 - 1
4/3 IM Kovalev, Vladislav 2473 - GM Rublevsky, Sergei 2693 ½ - ½
4/4 IM Gorovets, Andrey 2459 - GM Dreev, Aleksey 2677 1 - 0
4/5 IM Mochalov, Evgeny V 2403 - GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei 2539 ½ - ½
4/6   Oblamski, Vladimir 2114 - GM Kabanov, Nikolai 2482 0 - 1
Bo. 8 G-Team Novy Bor Rtg - 10 Beer Sheba Rtg 3½:2½
5/1 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2733 - GM Roiz, Michael 2618 ½ - ½
5/2 GM Navara, David 2722 - GM Rodshtein, Maxim 2616 0 - 1
5/3 GM Laznicka, Viktor 2678 - GM Huzman, Alexander 2591 ½ - ½
5/4 GM Sasikiran, Krishnan 2680 - GM Nabaty, Tamir 2586 1 - 0
5/5 GM Bartel, Mateusz 2635 - GM Postny, Evgeny 2647 ½ - ½
5/6 GM Hracek, Zbynek 2612 - GM Greenfeld, Alon 2559 1 - 0
Bo. 9 Ashdod Rtg - 14 Siroki Brijeg Rtg 4 : 2
6/1 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771 - GM Palac, Mladen 2600 1 - 0
6/2 GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724 - GM Brkic, Ante 2575 1 - 0
6/3 GM Smirin, Ilia 2638 - GM Kurajica, Bojan 2558 0 - 1
6/4 GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611 - GM Dizdarevic, Emir 2491 ½ - ½
6/5 GM Avrukh, Boris 2585 - IM Bogut, Zeljko 2441 1 - 0
6/6 GM Kogan, Artur 2583 - WFM Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra 2270 ½ - ½

European Club Cup 2012 | Women | Results round 4

Bo. 8 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg - 6 Rishon Le-Zion Rtg 3½: ½
1/1 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 - WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 1 - 0
1/2 IM Gunina, Valentina 2514 -   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 1 - 0
1/3 WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 -   Vardi, Shlomit 2010 1 - 0
1/4 IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 -   Federovski, Adi 1829 ½ - ½
Bo. 7 Ugra Rtg - 5 Chigorin Club Rtg 2½:1½
2/1 WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 ½ - ½
2/2 WGM Girya, Olga 2454 - WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 ½ - ½
2/3 IM Romanko, Marina 2365 - WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 ½ - ½
2/4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 -   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 1 - 0
Bo. 1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg - 4 Ashdod Rtg 4 : 0
3/1 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 - IM Borsuk, Angela 2260 1 - 0
3/2 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 - WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 1 - 0
3/3 GM Cramling, Pia 2514 - WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 1 - 0
3/4 IM Skripchenko, Almira 2437 - WFM Dotan, Valeria 2064 1 - 0
Bo. 2 AVS Rtg - 3 Mika Rtg 1½:2½
4/1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493 - GM Danielian, Elina 2476 ½ - ½
4/2 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 ½ - ½
4/3 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 ½ - ½
4/4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 0 - 1

European Club Cup 2012 | Open | Round 4 standings

Rk. SNo Team Games + = - TB1 TB2
1 4 Saint-Petersburg Chess Federation 4 4 0 0 8 229,3
2 7 Tomsk-400 4 4 0 0 8 203,3
3 9 Ashdod 4 3 0 1 6 221,5
4 3 Economist-SGSEU Saratov 4 3 0 1 6 221,3
5 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan 4 3 0 1 6 191,8
6 5 Ugra 4 3 0 1 6 191,3
7 8 G-Team Novy Bor 4 3 0 1 6 181
8 12 Gros Xake Taldea 4 3 0 1 6 154,3
9 19 Hapoel Kfar Saba 4 3 0 1 6 141,5
10 6 OSG Baden-Baden e.V. 4 2 1 1 5 187,5
11 2 SHSM-64 4 2 1 1 5 183,8
12 10 Beer Sheba 4 2 0 2 4 156,8
13 18 Team Viking 4 2 0 2 4 150,5
14 17 Vesnianka Gran 4 2 0 2 4 147
15 14 Siroki Brijeg 4 2 0 2 4 124,5
16 16 Eynatten 4 2 0 2 4 122,8
17 15 Schachgesellschaft Zürich 4 2 0 2 4 107,3
18 27 Amay 4 2 0 2 4 104,3
19 30 White Rose 4 2 0 2 4 96,3
20 22 Gambit Aseko-See 4 2 0 2 4 94,8
21 21 Perfect 4 2 0 2 4 92,5
22 26 Tammer-Shakki 4 2 0 2 4 92,5
23 13 Rishon Le-Zion 4 2 0 2 4 90
24 23 Club d'Echecs Genève 4 1 1 2 3 130,5
25 28 Ladia Minsk 4 1 1 2 3 94,5
26 24 De Stukkenjagers 4 1 0 3 2 107,3
27 11 Obiettive Risarcimento 4 1 0 3 2 91,5
28 34 Shakkivelhot 4 1 0 3 2 91,5
29 20 Petach Tikva 4 1 0 3 2 90,5
30 29 Jutes of Kent 4 1 0 3 2 84,5
31 25 Oslo Schakselskap 4 1 0 3 2 78,8
32 33 Chess Club Expik 4 0 1 3 1 78
33 32 C.E. de Monte Carlo 4 0 1 3 1 53,5
34 31 Soss 4 0 0 4 0 63,3

European Club Cup 2012 | Women | Round 4 standings

Rk. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo *   4     8 90 11,5
2 Ugra   * 2     7 72,5 9,5
3 Ashdod 0 2 *       3 5 49,5 7,5
4 SHSM-Nashe Nasledie     *   2 2 4 58,5 9
5 Mika     *   3 4 58,3 8,5
6 Chigorin Club   2   *   3 3 54 8
7 AVS   2   *   1 62,3 6,5
8 Rishon Le-Zion     1 ½ 1 1   * 0 28,5 3,5

Source: Chess-Results

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, 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.

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redivivo's picture

I wonder if a title match participant the same year lost with white to a player rated below 2500 before?

Thomas's picture

One reason why it doesn't happen too often is that title match participants (and other world-top players) hardly play against such opponents - only in team events and even there they often take a break against weak opposition.

Somewhat similar: at the 2010 Olympiad Topalov lost against Canadian GM Bluvshtein (2583), albeit with the black pieces.

strana's picture

Carlsen lost in just 25 moves to Sjugirov ( who was not a 2600 player) in 2010. What Thomas said is absolutely true. Put these 2700s to play against 2400-2500 chinese or russian players and there would be much more results like that. It happens every year in Aeroflot, where many 2500s beat 2650-2700. Caruana, for example, suffered 2 defeats and shared 4-8 places in that russian tournament this year.

redivivo's picture

"Carlsen lost in just 25 moves to Sjugirov ( who was not a 2600 player) in 2010"

Sjugirov was 2627 (and white), and had beaten Svidler even faster in the Russian Superfinal the previous year (23 moves), so the difference is rather big between him and Williams after all.

Thomas's picture

An upset is an upset, it doesn't matter if the rating gap is 200 or 300 points, if the outsider has pulled another stunt before, or even if the nominally stronger player has white or black (if he is caught on unfamiliar territory out of the opening).

Two or three more examples coming to my mind: At the 2006 Olympiad, Anand (at the peak of his career) lost with black against Canadian GM Charbonneau (Elo 2510). This year at the European Championship, Giri lost against GM Holzke (2508) and FM Fodor (2482), he had white both times.

It can happen to anyone - currently not to Carlsen because he doesn't play such opposition: he skipped the Olympiad and hasn't played a single Bundesliga game for Baden-Baden the last three seasons.

redivivo's picture

Sjugirov was a bit special though, at 16-17 he was considered vastly underrated and scored several good results against top players. A bit like when Kasparov himself lost with white to Radjabov, who was lower rated than Sjugirov (while Kasparov was higher rated than Carlsen). Both winners were considered amazing talents that soon would be 2750, even if it this far happened much more in Radjabov's case than in Sjugirov's.

Williams in his mid thirties and still below 2500 is something else than Sjugirov and Radjabov, but showed that he still can play quite well. Gelfand was lost already well before move 30 even if some inaccuracies by Williams prolonged the game instead of finishing it with 27. ... Nxd4.

As far as classical surprises go there's also Huzman vs Kasparov in 2003, when Huzman was 2574 and still won in just 22 moves (as white), but such things do happen now and then, not that it makes them any less noteworthy.

strana's picture

Ok, I might be wrong when i said Sjugirov was not 2600. I chose this example just to show that even our hero, the boy who could easily beat both Karpov and Kasparov by 10-0 in a simul and playing with black pieces, can lost to a 17 year-old with about 200 less rating points in 25 moves. If it can happen to our hero, why not with Gelfand or Svidler?? Our second hero, Bobby Fischer, also had lost some games to very unknown players...

elgransenor1's picture

I think you'll find simon is not an average 2495 player. last year in the same competition he beat two 2700s, including elanjov. the reason is his rating is so low is that he doesn't always take lower-rated players seriously. but not many 2490 players would outplay gelfand with the black pieces, no matter how many opportunities they get.

Thomas's picture

Tomorrow Simon Williams will probably play Nakamura - could be interesting ... .

BTW today's round had several more upsets:
IM Boruchovski (2435) - GM Eljanov (2681) 1-0
Mindlin (2237) - GM Kogan (2583) 1-0
GM Baron (2454) - GM Riazantsev (2712) 1-0
Why should the very strongest players be "immune"?

Martin Matthiesen's picture

In 1983 Karpov lost with white against Hartmann (2290) in Hannover. Karpov won the tournament anyway.

redivivo's picture

That one must be hard to beat!

Thomas's picture

Actually yesterday's round had a relatively bigger near-miss: Nisipeanu (2661) took too many risks declining a move repetition against Terzi (2115) and was objectively lost at some stage [but still won in the end].

Grobi's picture

It seems to me that Danielian missed a wonderful stalemate idea against Hou. On move 68 as well as 69 she could have played Nf4+!!

Frits Fritschy's picture

Very nice idea and I doubt Danielian saw it, but it doesn't work. After 69 Nf4+ exf4 both after 70 Re8+ as after 70 Ra6+ black's king can outrun the white rook. You either can cover a check with a rook move on the e-file or by taking with the knight on f5. Nice to try out yourself without an engine, so I won't spoil it.

Frits Fritschy's picture

For those who haven't found it yet, the main variation:
69 Nf4+ exf4 70 Ra6+ Ke5 71 Re6+ (71 Ta5+ Kf6) Kd4 72 Rd6+ Ke4 73 Rd4+ (73 Re6+ Kf3) Ke5 77 Rd5+ Kf6 and white has no useful checks left.
Not easy for the average player, certainly not when you're on increment, but I might have been too fast doubting Danielian had seen it. Maybe she was just waiting for a better chance.

NN's picture

It makes me wonder how many blunders can Gelfand make in one single game. His opponent had a won position many times, but he also gave white a lot of chances to equalize. Gelfand just kept giving the game away.

Anonymous's picture

But he didn't make these blunders when he won the world cup and candidates matches, and co-won the last GP qualifier.

Redivivo and a few other kibitzers really seem to enjoy some sort of malicious pleasure when Gelfand doesn't do well. But bitching about Gelfand and other succesful GM's won't make their own boy more respectable. And it is Gelfand who earned a chance against the champion.

redivivo's picture

"bitching about Gelfand and other succesful GM's won't make their own boy more respectable"

The official site was also "bitching about Gelfand" by mentioning that his loss was the surprise of the tournament in a special article on that game. I'm sure no one would be "bitching about Carlsen" by mentioning that he lost a game to an opponent below 2500 if that happened, no reason to mention things that happen in the chess world right? If I wanted to make "my boy" more respectable I would of course do that by calling Gelfand a coffeehouse playing Homo erectus instead.

Thomas's picture

Of course Gelfand's loss was newsworthy. But I was also puzzled (well not given your track record) about the tone of your comment - as if such a loss could only happen to Gelfand. Emphasizing that Simon Williams is below 2500 when he has Elo 2496 is part of the story!?

redivivo's picture

"I was also puzzled (well not given your track record) about the tone of your comment - as if such a loss could only happen to Gelfand"

I just wondered if a title match participant ever had lost with white to a player below 2500, I'm sure you might find comments with a more malicious tone on these pages if you try. Anyway, the answer was that Carlsen (who didn't play a title match) lost (with black) to (2620+) Sjugirov in 2010 :-) Topalov comes closer with black against Bluvshtein in 2010, otherwise I'm glad to have been pointed to the Karpov-Hartmann game that I never had heard of, one of the greatest World Champions at his peak losing with white to an opponent in the 2200s in a serious tournament game is quite something.

Septimus's picture

Peter, fantastic coverage! People don't say this more often, THANKS!

Peter Doggers's picture

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MamedyarovFan's picture

I totally agree with Septimus' comment about Peter's work!

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