Reports | December 13, 2009 22:20

World Cup: 4th game drawn - who will win tomorrow's tiebreak?

The fourth game of the World Cup final between Boris Gelfand and Ruslan Ponomariov also ended in a draw and so tomorrow a tiebreak of rapid and possible blitz games will decide on the winner of the 2009 FIDE World Cup. Let us know who you think will win!

The FIDE World Chess Cup takes place November 20th-December 15th inn Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. It's a seven-round knockout with six rounds of matches comprising two games per round. The final seventh round consists of four games and will be played December 10th-14th. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one. Games start at 15:00h local time (11:00 CET).


Results of the final

World Cup 2009 | Results round 7



Game 4

Today, in another Catalan, the players followed the game Gelfand-Anand from last month for nineteen moves. After that the position remained more or less balanced. In all four games the players decided for safety first, and so tomorrow the decision will come in a tiebreak match of four rapid games, and if needed, ten blitz games before a possible sudden death game will finally decide matters. The winner gets USD 120,000 (net 96,000) while the runner-up tales home USD 80,000 (net 64,000). Who do you think is the favourite?


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Games 1-4

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FIDE World Cup - Pairings & results rounds 2-7

Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
Round 7
 
Shabalov (2606)
  Navara (2707)
Navara (2707)  
Karjakin (2723)
Karjakin (2723)    
  Karjakin (2723)    
Timofeev (2651)  
Karjakin (2723)
Sakaev (2626)    
  Sakaev (2626)    
Radjabov (2748)      
Vitiugov (2694)    
Vitiugov (2694)    
  Vitiugov (2694)    
Milos (2603)  
Karjakin (2723)
Cheparinov (2671)    
  Bologan (2692)    
Bologan (2692)      
Laznicka (2637)    
Morozevich (2750)        
  Laznicka (2637)        
Laznicka (2637)      
Mamedyarov (2719)    
Milov (2652)    
  Mamedyarov (2719)    
Mamedyarov (2719)      
Mamedyarov (2719)    
Wang Hao (2708)    
  Wang Hao (2708)    
Ganguly (2654)  
Gelfand (2758)
Meier (2653)  
  Vachier-Lagrave (2718)  
Vachier-Lagrave (2718)    
Vachier-Lagrave (2718)  
Yu Yangyi (2527)      
  Yu Yangyi (2527)      
Bartel (2618)    
Gelfand (2758)  
Amonatov (2631)      
  Gelfand (2758)      
Gelfand (2758)        
Gelfand (2758)      
Polgar (2680)      
  Polgar (2680)      
Nisipeanu (2677)    
Gelfand (2758)  
Iturrizaga (2605)  
  Jobava (2696)  
Jobava (2696)    
Grischuk (2736)  
Grischuk (2736)      
  Grischuk (2736)      
Tkachiev (2642)    
Jakovenko (2736)  
Sandipan (2623)  
  Jakovenko (2736)  
Jakovenko (2736)    
Jakovenko (2736)  
Rublevsky (2697)  
  Areshchenko (2664)  
Areshchenko (2664)
 
Sasikiran (2664)
  Bacrot (2700)
Bacrot (2700)  
Bacrot (2700)
Wang Yue (2734)    
  Wang Yue (2734)    
Savchenko (2644)  
Ponomariov (2739)
Akobian (2624)    
  Ponomariov (2739)    
Ponomariov (2739)      
Ponomariov (2739)    
Motylev (2695)    
  Motylev (2695)    
Najer (2695  
Ponomariov (2739)
Li Chao (2596)    
  Li Chao (2596)    
Pelletier (2589)      
Gashimov (2758)    
Gashimov (2758)        
  Gashimov (2758)        
Zhou Jianchao (2629      
Gashimov (2758)    
Caruana (2652)    
  Caruana (2652)    
Dominguez (2719)      
Caruana (2652)    
Alekseev (2715)    
  Alekseev (2715)    
Fressinet (2653)  
Ponomariov (2739)
Khalifman (2612)  
  Tomashevsky (2708)  
Tomashevsky (2708)    
Shirov (2719)  
Shirov (2719)      
  Shirov (2719)      
Fedorchuk (2619)    
Svidler (2754)  
Nyback (2628)      
  Svidler (2754)      
Svidler (2754)        
Svidler (2754)      
Naiditsch (2689)      
  Naiditsch (2689)      
Onischuk (2672)    
Malakhov (2706)  
Zhou Weiqi (2603)  
  Kamsky (2695)  
Kamsky (2695)    
So (2640)  
Ivanchuk (2739)      
  So (2640)      
So (2640)    
Malakhov (2706)  
Inarkiev (2645)  
  Eljanov (2729)  
Eljanov (2729)    
Malakhov (2706)  
Malakhov (2706)  
  Malakhov (2706)  
Smirin (2662)



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buri's picture

I hope Gelfand wins :D

Muadhib's picture

If I was forced to chose one, I would say Ponomariov. But it may as well be Gelfand. They are both equal. Whoever will win the first game, will be victorious at the end.

Oak's picture

@Muadhib, I don't think Malakhov would agree but I feel you're right. Both players are solid enough to play for a draw.

pat j's picture

unfortunately, i do not think anyone cares who wins : (
boring final match

Radical Caveman's picture

Oh dear, four draws in a row. This is one of many sad aspects of the knockout format.

Muadhib's picture

You don't care so much, that you take your time to open an article about World Cup, take time to read that the game was drawn (how else would you know - or did you follow it live?), and take even more of your time to comment about the thing you don't care about.

You really must not care to take so much of your precious time for something you don't care about ;)

jmd85146's picture

lol @ Muadhib
OT: my bet is on Pono

PolGer's picture

Well come on boys ... lets be fair! This was and still is a long and hard tournament. And maybe it is not much fun to play important games without any audience out there in far away Sibiria. :)
There had been many draws in a raw in
Kortschnoi-Petrosjan
Karpov-Kortschnoi
Karpov-Kasparov
Kasparov-Kramnik
and even in Fischer-Spasski
ok I have to admit that in the latter one most of them after a hard fight.

Chess prodigy 2020's picture

Not only draws, but also draws where there is still much possible. New rule: Allow no draws until move 41. No guts no glory.

PolGer's picture

Not to mention
Alekine-Capablanca ...

noyb's picture

Rapid/Blitz favors Pono perhaps, but it's essentially a coin toss. In the end, neither of these players is going to be a factor in the World Championship, so who really cares that much?

Thomas's picture

@noyb: "neither of these players is going to be a factor in the World Championship"
Hmmm, at the Mexico WCh Gelfand shared second place with Kramnik ... .

PAIS PINTO's picture

Dear friends from all over the world!

It is a nice pleasure to write on this site. I´m from Angola and we are following this match with a lot happiness.

My bet is on Ponomariov. He´s younger and for a long time we want to see him back in the action.

James

Carl Enz's picture

I'm surprised Gelfand got as far as he did,I think he will win due to tjhe fact the many years of experience in Competitive Chess,Gelfand is always well known But Pono seems new to me as I don't recall his Name in all these Tournaments the past 10 yrs.Gelfand has far more Experience.

Muadhib's picture

Strange to post a comment how Gelfand will win at the time when he has already done it! :)

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