Reports | December 13, 2009 0:51

World Cup final: 3rd game drawn too

The third game of the World Cup final between Ruslan Ponomariov and Boris Gelfand also ended in a draw and so we're just one game away from a tiebreak. Ponomariov avoided the Petroff with 1.d4 and in a Slav that looked like a Slechter and soon like a Grünfeld, he won a pawn but then repeated moves in timetrouble.

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 3

Although he didn't want to admit on Thursday that there's not much to do against the Petroff these days, Ponomariov avoided that opening anyway in his second White game. He tried the 4.Qc2 Slav, but also against this system Gelfand knew exactly what he was doing and he played the opening fast. It was Ponomariov who had a big think first, after the move 7...Be6, with which Gelfand deviated from one of his own games.

Everything was going fine for Black, until an inaccuracy on move 19 which suddenly allowed the white rook to the seventh. Not long after that Ponomariov won a pawn on the queenside, but by then he had gotten into timetrouble, and he decided to play it safe. Still it was quite a surprise to see White going for the draw with such a healthy extra pawn. Tomorrow Ponomariov has to show what he's worth with the black pieces one more time; another draw will force a tiebreak on Monday but any other result will bring a winner of this 2009 World Cup.

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Games 1-3

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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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unknown's picture

They are tired. Hope Gelfand will end it tomorrow.

Muadhib's picture

The stakes are high, thats why nobody takes risks. Today they DID PLAY, but in the end it was just much better to take a draw by perpetual, otherwise black would have an advantage.

ChessGirl's picture

Another draw, and in a very interesting position... this has to be the most boring final EVER! Thank God tomorrow is bound to be full of action :)

Muadhib's picture

In final of Groningen 1997 Anand and Adams drew all 4 regular games, drew both rapid games, drew both blitz games, and then Anand won in the first sudden death game (there was no armageddon at that time).

Muadhib's picture

Pardon me: In 1997 there were no blitz games, but another set of rapid games.

There were 4 regular games in the final played with 100 minutes for first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for next 20 moves, then 10 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds per move increment from move 1.

When tied 2 rapid games at 25min+10sec games were played.

If still tied, 2 rapid (15min+10sec) games were played.

If still tied sudden death games (white had 4min+10sec, black had 5min+10sec) were played until the decision. (Note that this sudden death game is not the same as armageddon game. Black had no draw odds. In case of a draw, the colours were simply reversed and a new game was played)

ChessGirl's picture

God! Yeah that´s even worse... :S

Muadhib's picture

I looked at the games from 1997 final - and none of them were short draws. They lasted well beyond move 40.

So yes, this probably is the most boring final to date :) At least for now, but I expect hard battles in tie-breaks tomorrow ;)

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