Reports | September 01, 2011 23:47

World Cup R2.2: Almasi & Shirov eliminated

On the second day of the World Cup's second round, Zoltan Almasi and Alexei Shirov were eliminated by Mircea-Emilian Parligras and Vladimir Potkin respectively. Sam Shankland, who knocked out Peter Leko, lost 0.5-1.5 to Abhijeet Gupta. Ivanchuk, Gashimov, Radjabov, Kamsky, Jakovenko, Vitiugov, Navara, Dominguez, Le Quang, Jobava, Caruana Morozevich, Tomashevsky, Efimenko, Sutovsky and Polgar qualified for the next round as well.

General info

The 2011 FIDE World Cup is a 128-player knock-out taking place August 27-September 20 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. The tournament delivers three participants for the next Candidates tournament/matches, as part of the new World Championship cycle. Except for the final, all rounds have 2-game matches at the FIDE time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first move. In case of a 1-1 tie, on the third day of the round there's a tie-break with rapid games and if necessary blitz games and an Armageddon. More info here. Tournament bracket

Round 2.2

Also on the second day of the second round, a number of games ended in a draw rather quickly. Just like at the Candidates matches in Kazan, some players seem to prefer fighting things out in the rapid and blitz tie-break. Back then, Alexander Grischuk made no secret of this strategy and in Khanty-Mansiysk it becomes clear that it doesn't really matter whether his opponent is a former World Champion or not. Against Sebastien Feller, with the white pieces, Grischuk agreed to a draw after 13 moves. Parimarjan Negi did the same thing with White against Teimour Radjabov, but the strange thing was that the young Indian had lost his first game. The reason was probably that Negi was taken by surprise as Radjabov employed a different move order in the Ruy Lopez, and in the final position the endgame is absolutely fine for Black. The shortest games this round were the draws in Leinier Dominguez-Viktor Bologan (10 moves) and Alexander Riazantsev-Ian Nepomniachtchi (11 moves). Ernesto Inarkiev and Alexander Moiseenko drew their game in 15 moves; Daniel Fridman and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov shook hands after 20 as did Peter Heine Nielsen and Michael Adams. The match between the FIDE World Cup 2007 winner and the winner of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004 only lasted two classical games. After a quick draw in the first, Kasimdzhanov went down in the second: Kamsky-Kasimdzhanov Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011 Diagram 1 White threatens 35.f5 and the knight cannot leave because of mate on h8. 34... Nxf4?! 34... Rxc3 was probably better because after 35. f5 (35. Nxb5 Rc1+ 36. Kf2 Rf5 37. Nd4 Rd5) 35... b4 36. fxg6+ Kxg6 with two passed pawns and the white king with not much protection, Black has good drawing chances. 35. gxf4 Rxf4 36. Ne6 Rg4+ 37. Kf2 Rf5+ 38. Ke3 h5 39. Ra6 Diagram 239... g6? This loses immediately. Better was 39... Re5+ 40. Kd3 Rd5+ 41. Kc2 Rd6 but this should be over as well after 42. Ra7. 40. Re7+ Kh6 41. Ra8 1-0

Two knock-out experts facing each other

Two knock-out experts facing each other

After his loss in the first game, Paco Vallejo wrote on Facebook: Un poquito de la heroica mañana? (A bit of heroism tomorrow?) and indeed the Spaniard managed to level the score with the black pieces. He kept putting pressure throughout the game, but for a long time Bruzon made sure he stayed within the drawing zone. Until... Bruzon-Vallejo Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011 Diagram 351. Ke3? White should have held onto his last pawn one move longer: 51. Nc3 Kf8 and only now 52. Ke3! Nxg5 53. Kd4 and it's a theoretical draw. 51... Nxg5 52. Nf4 Nf7 53. Nd5 g5 54. Kd4 Nd8 55. Kc4 Kg6 56. Ne3 Kh5 57. Kd5 g4 58. Nf5 Kg5 59. Ke4 a4 60. Nd4 a3 0-1

Vallejo's heroism saved the day for the Spaniard

Vallejo's heroism saved the day for the Spaniard

After getting crushed in the first game, Alexei Shirov at least had the white pieces to try and level the score against Vladimir Potkin. In a French endgame he might have had an advantage at some point, but in the following position it's just equal. Shirov-Potkin Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011 Diagram 432. Nxa6?! Better was 32. Ne6=. 32... O-O! Suddenly threatening 33... Rf5. 33. e6? The only move was 33. Nd4 but after 33... Rc4 White is in trouble. 33... Rf5 0-1

Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Potkin: 0-2 for the Russian

Alexei Shirov vs Alexander Potkin: 0-2 for the Russian

Like Vallejo, Bacrot managed to level the score in his mini-match against Anton Filippov. The Frenchman needed a big blunder from his opponent to save himself. Bacrot-Fillipov Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011 Diagram 549... h5?? Completely missing White's threat. Almost any rook move is a dead draw, and Bacrot would have gone home. 50. b4! White might be winning here already. It was quickly over after 50... g5 51. hxg5 Kg6 52. Kb5 a3 53. Ka6 Rb1 54. b5 Rb2 55. b6 Rxf2 56. b7 Rb2 57. Rxa3 Kxg5 58. Ra5 1-0

Etienne Bacrot: a narrow escape

Etienne Bacrot: a narrow escape

Games round 2.2


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FIDE World Cup 2011 | Round 2 results
Name G1 G2 R1 R2 r3 r4 B1 B2 SD Tot
Round 2 Match 01                    
Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) ½ ½               1
So, Wesley (PHI) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 02                    
Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS) 0 ½               0.5
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) 1 ½               1.5
Round 2 Match 03                    
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE) ½ ½               1
Fridman, Daniel (GER) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 04                    
Ni, Hua (CHN) ½ ½               1
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 05                    
Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) 1 ½               1.5
Azarov, Sergei (BLR) 0 ½               0.5
Round 2 Match 06                    
Feller, Sebastien (FRA) ½ ½               1
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 07                    
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 1 ½               1.5
Negi, Parimarjan (IND) 0 ½               0.5
Round 2 Match 08                    
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB) ½ 0               0.5
Kamsky, Gata (USA) ½ 1               1.5
Round 2 Match 09                    
Svidler, Peter (RUS) ½ ½               1
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son (VIE) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 10                    
Harikrishna, P. (IND) 0 ½               0.5
Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) 1 ½               1.5
Round 2 Match 11                    
Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS) 1 ½               1.5
Korobov, Anton (UKR) 0 ½               0.5
Round 2 Match 12                    
Parligras, Mircea-Emilian (ROU) 1 ½               1.5
Almasi, Zoltan (HUN) 0 ½               0.5
Round 2 Match 13                    
Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP) 0 1               1
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB) 1 0               1
Round 2 Match 14                    
Onischuk, Alexander (USA) ½ 0               0.5
Navara, David (CZE) ½ 1               1.5
Round 2 Match 15                    
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA) ½ ½               1
Bu, Xiangzhi (RUS) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 16                    
Bologan, Viktor (MDA) 0 ½               0.5
Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB) 1 ½               1.5
Round 2 Match 17                    
Ivanov, Alexander (USA) ½ ½               1
Lysyj, Igor (RUS) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 18                    
Gupta, Abhijeet (IND) ½ 1               1.5
Shankland, Samuel L (USA) ½ 0               0.5
Round 2 Match 19                    
Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR) ½ ½               1
Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 20                    
Grachev, Boris (RUS) 0 ½               0.5
Le, Quang Liem (VIE) 1 ½               1.5
Round 2 Match 21                    
Adams, Michael (ENG) ½ ½               1
Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 22                    
Potkin, Vladimir (RUS) 1 1               2
Shirov, Alexei (ESP) 0 0               0
Round 2 Match 23                    
Jobava, Baadur (GEO) ½ 1               1.5
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw (POL) ½ 0               0.5
Round 2 Match 24                    
Drozdovskij, Yuri (UKR) ½ 0               0.5
Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) ½ 1               1.5
Round 2 Match 25                    
Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS) ½ ½               1
Riazantsev, Alexander (RUS) ½ ½               1
Round 2 Match 26                    
Filippov, Anton (UZB) 1 0               1
Bacrot, Etienne (FRA) 0 1               1
Round 2 Match 27                    
Fier, Alexandr (BRA) 0 0               0
Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) 1 1               2
Round 2 Match 28                    
Andreikin, Dmitry (RUS) 0 ½               0.5
Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS) 1 ½               1.5
Round 2 Match 29                    
Efimenko, Zahar (UKR) ½ 1               1.5
Berkes, Ferenc (HUN) ½ 0               0.5
Round 2 Match 30                    
Zherebukh, Yaroslav (UKR) 1 0               1
Felgaer, Ruben (ARG) 0 1               1
Round 2 Match 31                    
Sutovsky, Emil (ISR) 1 ½               1.5
Fressinet, Laurent (FRA) 0 ½               0.5
Round 2 Match 32                    
Polgar, Judit (HUN) ½ 1               1.5
Movsesian, Sergei (ARM) ½ 0               0.5

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Didac's picture

This guy Negi is really a shame. Draw with white in 13 moves when he needed a win at any cost.

Septimus's picture

I agree. Players making short draws should not be invited to future tournaments.

IndonesiaBase's picture

Le Quang Liem's family name is Le Quang not just Le.

Daaim Shabazz's picture

Good to point this out!

Mark De Smedt's picture

No, his family name is Le.

Liem is his first name (which in Vietnam, Korea, China and Japan comes at the end), and Quang is a middle name.

Vietnamese names are interesting, but also complicated. In Vietnamese, you can refer to him by his full name Lê Quang Liêm, or by his first name Liêm. In English and other languages, it's common to leave away the accents, but it's not practical to call him Le, because 80% of all Vietnamese use one out of just seven different family names.

First names always have a meaning in Vietnamese. Liêm means 'honest, incorruptible' :-)

The next best Vietnamese GM, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, has two middle names. His first name Son means 'mountain', and together with Truong it refers to the large mountain range that runs through Vietnam.

Chessfan's picture

Le is the dark horse.

Pomonado's picture

Yep. Very nice game. When she played f5, white's pressure was out of steam. Then a precise technical play on dark squares. And let's not forget another attacking player Morozevich. Glad, he's SO back too.

Pomonado's picture

Yep. Very nice game. When she played f5, white's pressure was out of steam. Then a precise technical play on dark squares. And let's not forget another attacking player Morozevich. Glad, he's SO back too.

luar1609's picture

Nice result by Judit Polgar!

AsianDawn's picture

Le means dawn so he is the"Asian Dawn". He's one of the terrorist masterminds from the movie Die Hard.

Mark De Smedt's picture

10% of all Vietnamese have Le as their family name. It comes from the dynasty of the Le kings.

What matters, is the meaning of the first name. Liêm means ‘honest, incorruptible’ so that's not really compatible with terrorism, is it ? ;-)

atheistbishop's picture

Movseisian keeps playing against women. :)

Marcos's picture

Somebody asked yesterday that if Mosesian defeated both Hou Yifan and Judith Polgar then Movsesian would be the world strongest female player. Well, that question has an answer now: Movsesian is not the world strongest female player.

bhabatosh's picture

Shirov lost 2-0 ????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad to see Moro , Judith both win ..... let's see how far they go.

GuidedByVoices's picture

Very nice comeback by Ruben Felgaer, who literally demolished Zherebukh on demand... Felgaer is playing really well, as he did at the Zonal. Let's see whether he gets into the next pack of 32 players!

Pablo's picture

"Don't sing victory". Wait a minute; he need to play tomorrow, yet. Remember that he lost the first match. So they need to play another day.

GuidedByVoices's picture

Pablo, por eso digo "Let’s see whether..." = "Vamos a ver si..."

Despues de conocer a Ruben en el Zonal 2.5 este año y conversar con el, ademas de verlo jugar muy bien todo el tiempo, me he convertido en su fan principal en Chile... Lo vamos a invitar a un asado cuando vuelva!

Me acuerdo cuando Facundo Pierrot tenia que jugar con Ruben y me dijo antes de la ronda "me encanta como juega Felgaer"... Adivina quien gano ese encuentro ;-)

En fin, ojala Ruben avance mucho mas en este fuerte torneo, lo merece por lo bien que viene jugando! Saludos desde Valdivia, Chile.

Pablo's picture

Ojalá que le vaya bien a Rubén. Tiene un gran potencial. Y yo, con mi conocimiento, estoy lejos de saber cuál es su techo. Ojalá que sea alto. En este torneo está jugando muy bien y el partido de hoy fue rotundo.

Saludos desde Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Y perdoná si leí mal tu comentario!

Chess Fan's picture

I thought that You Hifan has already overtaken the great Judit in ability and talent. Here is Judit proving that she is still the greatest woman player in history and that may not necessarily the case.
Congrats Judit.

TMM's picture

Hou Yifan has proven no such thing yet. She has a hard time reaching/maintaining 2600 or even overtaking Kumpy on the rating lists, while Polgar, after several periods of inactivity, showed she's still worth the 2700-rating. (Note that in the last three years Hou's rating has gone up by 0 points, so also don't start the "It will come in time"-nonsense.)

Right now Judit is out of her league. If Hou wants to achieve that same status, she has to work really hard, and we will then have to see whether she is talented enough to be compared to Polgar.

RG's picture

Hou Yifan's rating is not as good as Koneru Humpy's is because Hou is a rather uneven player EXCEPT when it comes to women's world championship games - she finds tactical resources at those times.

Septimus's picture

Shirov's game was quite o.k until he blundered into a mate that even a noob would see. Looks like he is just out of form.

RealityCheck's picture

You make a good point. Do you think he'll make the cut; work for Anand as a second at the next world championship against Gelfand?

Septimus's picture

I don't think that will happen, but it would certainly be interesting. I'm sure Anand will not refuse any offer for help, but I don't think he will be the one asking. He already has an established team. Both Anand and Gelfand are good all round players, so it should prove to be an interesting battle.

Dikke Deur's picture

Quite happy Kamsky beat Kasimdzhanov.

First Kasimdzhanov starts a big discussion on Chessbase saying chess suffers from a lack of decisive results. Next thing he does is to offer a draw with white after just 16 moves of theory.

And some people wonder why they hardly get invitations for closed tournaments.......

Septimus's picture

Excellent point! I was rooting for Kamsky as well. Of all the players, I think Kamsky would have given Anand a very hard time (had he qualified).

Septimus's picture

No chance!

Thomas's picture

You actually missed the very shortest draw: Dominguez-Bologan, 10 moves. In a must-win situation, Bologan took risks playing the Pirc ... maybe he was worse in the final position but what (but a little Elo) did he gain by offering a draw?

RealityCheck's picture

@ Dikke Deur

You make a good point. Do you think he'll make the cut; work for GM Anand as a second at the next world championship against GM Gelfand?

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