Reports | September 09, 2011 19:33

World Cup R5.1: Ivanchuk beats Radjabov

(FULL REPORT) Vassily Ivanchuk beat Teimour Radjabov on the first day of the World Cup's fifth round. The other three games of the quareter-finals (Svidler-Polgar, Grischuk-Navara and Ponomariov-Gashimov) ended in draws.

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 5.1

And then there were only eight players left, and only four games to watch live. The playing hall must be looking kind of empty by now! Vassily Ivanchuk, who is now 5th in the live ratings list, is the rating favourite. Yesterday the Ukrainian said at the press conference that he wasn't tired:

I am in a good shape.

On Friday he was the only player to score a win:

Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011


The other three games ended in draws, and all of them quite quickly. Especially for Judit Polgar and David Navara this result with the black pieces was excellent taking into account the many tie-break matches they had to play.

Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011

Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011



Khanty-Mansiysk, 2011



Games round 5.1



FIDE World Cup 2011 | Round 4 results
Name G1 G2 R1 R2 r3 r4 B1 B2 SD Tot
Round 5 Match 01
Svidler, Peter (RUS) ½                 0.5
Polgar, Judit (HUN) ½                 0.5
Round 5 Match 02
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) 1                 1.0
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 0                 0
Round 5 Match 03
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) ½                 0.5
Navara, David (CZE) ½                 0.5
Round 5 Match 04
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) ½                 0.5
Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) ½                 0.5

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Stanley Peters's picture

Well done Vasya!

john's picture

excellent game by Ivanchuck, Radjabov was totally outplayed and then 28.Nf6+! was the killing shot.

Arjo's picture

Until 27... g5? black was only slightly worse. After 28... Nxf6?? he was lost. After 28... Bxf6 white has an edge but is not yet winning. (According to Houdini)

Bartleby's picture

Black had a cramped position, weaknesses, potential weaknesses, and difficulties to prevent direct break-throughs. If you have to defend such a position for some time, mistakes will happen. (According to human brain)

Chess Fan's picture

Absolutely brilliant coup de grace against the very brilliant Radjabov. Only Chucky can make it look so simple!
I am waiting and hoping to see how Radjabov comes back in the critical second game.

anonymous's picture

Looks like Svidler just wasted his chance with White. Maybe he will show something stronger with Black?

DirkBredemeier's picture

Did Svidler perhaps miss the drawing stroke 14. ...Bg2: ?
Still it looks like Polgar equalized rather easily.

Septimus's picture

That is quite possible. It is unlikely that he would have allowed the Sicilian unless he wanted to take advantage of Judit's lack or rest.

bhabatosh's picture

Ponomariov is just looking for draws and then try his luck in rapid in every round.
Hope someone beats him soon ....

Chess Fan's picture

I don't know whether it is his definite strategy. He could be very good in classical play. Remember that he was a FIDE world champion from 2001 who crushed Chucky in classical chess who had beaten Anand definitively.
By going into rapids, he would be taking finite risks against Grischuk, Chucky(!) or the great Judit. Anyway, as a Chess Fan, I am excited with all these greats playing to their potential.

Thomas's picture

Before yesterday, Ponomariov had one quick draw in the classical games - which Ni Hua playing white had offered after 12 moves (in the first game of the match, strange strategy, maybe he expected Pono to return the favor). The fact that Ponomariov didn't _manage_ to win a classical game doesn't mean that he didn't even try.

galdur's picture

Polgar is strong, doing way better than I expected.

I think Svidler will eliminate her though.

Chess Fan.'s picture

You can never be sure with this "Iron Lady". She is the greatest female chess player for all time for not nothing.
Svidler is looking strong though. He was always expected to perform this well potentially. and I am glad that he is finally playing to his world-class, truly one of the world's best potential.

Chess Fan.'s picture

Chucky does not not seem to stop to amaze me with his brilliance. Shows that age has little or no effect with such genuine genius talent.
As a chess fan, I am delighted and wish the best for Chucky though I also like Rajdabov, even since his "How cool is this kid days" (I am alluding to his win with black against both Kasparov and Anand in Linares as a 14 and then 15-year old).
All these players, as we know are potential world champion caliber players.

Sarunas's picture

Svidler doesn't miss such blows as 14...B:g2 -many children would spot it eagerly, so that is out of question.
It's obvious he allowed it deliberately. Now if 1)he did it out of laziness, he may pay high price for folded initiative in ensuing games; 2) if he did it out of compassion to his worn-out female opponent, then fair-play pays off as have already been witnessed.
So his true intention remains unseen to me. Nevertheless I have little doubt it gonna influence the outcome dramatically.

DirkBredemeier's picture

Even Top-Grandmaster sometimes miss "easy" strokes. So I would like to hear Svidler hiimself about it before i call my theory "out of question" and the opposite "obvious".

Brecht 's picture

Polgar vs Ivanchuck...that would be a clash of Titans!

Thomas's picture

Summery of today's round - or round 5 so far in general: Radjabov equalized against Ivanchuk. The tactics were at least as crazy or complicated as in their first game, but - different from yesterday - apparently unclear for quite a while. Yesterday Svidler took (or had to take) a quick draw with white, today Polgar didn't want a draw with white and lost. Yesterday Ponomariov took a quick draw with white, today he played the (supposedly) drawish Berlin to win in 103 moves. I have to say that I am relatively pleased with these three outcomes: I tend to root for those who receive somewhat harsh or unfair criticism (Svidler, Ponomariov), and a bit against those who get IMO excessive support from others - not because I don't like them, but everyone and his brother (or sister) seemed to support Polgar, and Anna Sharevich was strongly rooting for Gashimov in today's live commentary. Not so sure about the fourth match and Grischuk's lucky escape against Navara ... . Though Navara in the press conference - as always a perfect sportsman - said something like "No Grischuk wasn't lucky, I blew it and that's my own responsibility".

Hanseman's picture

Ponomariov-Gashimov 10. Bg5 has actually been played >80x before.

Hanseman's picture

Ponomariov-Gashimov 10. Bg5 has actually been played >80x before.

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