Reports | November 24, 2009 5:25

World Cup tiebreaks round 1: more Chinese successes

After Yu Yangyi's surprising success of yesterday, two more famous grandmasters were eliminated by Chinese rising stars in the tiebreaks today. Gabriel Sargissian lost to Li Chao and Emil Sutovsky went down against Zhou Weiqi. Tomorrow is already the second round and we're left with 64 players.

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.

Round 1 (November 21-23): 128 players Round 5 (December 3-5): 8 players
Round 2 (November 24-26): 64 players Round 6 (December 6-8): 4 players
Round 3 (November 27-29): 32 players Round 7 (December 10-14): 2 players
Round 4 (November 30-December 2): 16 players


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).

Round 1.3

For a while it was unclear whether the tiebreaks would consist of two or four rapid games, since the results page was showing only 'R1' and 'R2' after the 'G1' and 'G2', followed by 'B1', 'B2' et cetera. But the regulations stipulate four and in the course of the day it became clear that the players indeed had to play four rapid games.

David Smerdon from Australia again showed good chess against 2700-GM Dominguez from Cuba; only after three more draws Dominguez managed to decide the match. When Smerdon had shown world-class Dragon preparation in his first game with black, the Cuban was more successful in a sideline in game 4.

Smerdon proved a tough opponent for Dominguez

GMs Navara (Czech Republic) and Laylo (Philippines) also started with two draws, but then the Czech won two games in a row. Bacrot defeated Nijboer in the first two rapid games and then decided matters by drawing a rook ending with a pawn down in the third.

Bacrot in round 2, Nijboer out

Naiditsch opened the score in his minimatch against Hou Yifan, but the Chinese countered immediately. In the third game it was the German's turn again, the third win for Black, when Hou Yifan blundered an exchange right after the opening. With a draw in the fourth game Naiditsch reached the 2nd round,

After Movsesian yesterday, Sargissian was the second player to be eliminated by one of the many strong young Chinese grandmasters. After both winning two and then drawing two, Li Chao turned out to be the strongest blitz player. It was slightly surprising that Sargissian went for the same Scotch ending (you know, the one Radjabov likes to play with White) with Black in a must-win situation. Sutovsky suffered the same fate against Zhou Weiqi: a draw in the first game was followed by two wins for the Chinese.

Emil Sutovsky is also out

Cheparinov went through thanks to just one rapid victory against Kryvoruchko, but his friend and colleague in Topalov's team of seconds, l'Ami, was eliminated by Sasikiran. Tiviakov lost 2.5-1.5 in the rapids against Iturrizaga (check the move 25...Nf3! in their last game) and so all Dutch speaking grandmasters had to say goodbye to the World Cup already after one round.

Sergei Tiviakov was eliminated by Eduardo Iturrizaga from Venezuela

Shabalov lost the first rapid game against Baklan, "falling for" a standard trick in the Sicilian and resigning on move 12 being two pawns down for nothing. But the Latvian-born American GM came back, allowed the same trick in the next White game because he has thought up an improvement and won eventually in the second blitz game.

Alex Shabalov (USA), another qualifier for round 2.

Negi lost to Milov and Timofeev sent Leitao home (another match where all wins were scored by the Black player). One rapid victory was enough for Khalifman to defeat Fier and after six draws; Bartel beat Grachev 2-0 in the blitz.

The match Fier-Khalifman

For Gustafsson the adventure is also over after the first round; he blew two promising positions against Inarkiev and then had to win with Black, but the Russian forced a perpetual at some point. Savchenko-Shulman was another match that was decided in the blitz; interestingly, here too Black won all rapid games. But then Savchenko won with White in the first blitz game (which was not preserved correctly, unfortunately) and drew the second. Tkachiev first drew with Black against Le Quang Liem and then beat the Vietnamese GM in two endings.

Vladislav Tkachiev knocks out Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem

So was too strong for Guseinov in quickplay; the Philippine rising star won three rapid games in a row. Nyback did the same as Shabalov: losing the first rapid game but eventually winning the match in the blitz. The by far longest match of the first round was Akobian-Tregubov, an absolute thriller. Eventually the American grandmaster won the marathon in the 10th (!) blitz game. Just look at it!

Akobian, Varuzhan USA 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 9
Tregubov, Pavel V. RUS 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7

Tiebreak games round 1

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Cheparinov and L'Ami before the start of the tiebreak...

...Cheparinov having reason to smile afterwards as well...

...but L'Ami went down against Sasikiran

All photos by G.Popova | courtesy of FIDE

FIDE World Cup - Tiebreak results round 1

Name NAT G1 G2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 B10 SD Tot
Round 1 Match 01
Gelfand ISR 1 ½ 1.5
Obodchuk RUS 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 02
Sarwat EGY 0 0 0
Gashimov AZE 1 1 2
Round 1 Match 03
Svidler RUS 1 1 2
Hebert CAN 0 0 0
Round 1 Match 04
Abdel Razik EGY 0 0 0
Morozevich RUS 1 1 2
Round 1 Match 05
Radjabov AZE 1 1 2
Ezat EGY 0 0 0
Round 1 Match 06
Bezgodov RUS 0 0 0
Ivanchuk UKR 1 1 2
Round 1 Match 07
Ponomariov UKR ½ 1 1.5
El Gindy EGY ½ 0 0.5
Round 1 Match 08
Sriram IND ½ 0 0.5
Grischuk RUS ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 09
Jakovenko RUS 1 ½ 1.5
Rizouk ALG 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 10
Kabanov RUS 0 0 0
Wang Yue CHN 1 1 2
Round 1 Match 11
Eljanov UKR 1 ½ 1.5
Al Sayed QAT 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 12
Rodriguez Vila URU 0 ½ 0.5
Karjakin UKR 1 ½ 1.5
Round 1 Match 13
Mamedyarov AZE 1 1 2
Kosteniuk RUS 0 0 0
Round 1 Match 14
Kunte IND ½ 0 0.5
Shirov ESP ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 15
Dominguez CUB ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5
Smerdon AUS ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 2.5
Round 1 Match 16
Yu Yangyi CHN 1 ½ 1.5
Movsesian SVK 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 17
Vachier-Lagrave FRA ½ 1 1.5
Yu Shaoteng CHN ½ 0 0.5
Round 1 Match 18
Pridorozhni RUS ½ 0 0.5
Alekseev RUS ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 19
Tomashevsky RUS 1 ½ 1.5
Ivanov USA 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 20
Friedel USA 0 0 0
Wang Hao CHN 1 1 2
Round 1 Match 21
Navara CZE 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 4
Laylo PHI 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 2
Round 1 Match 22
Amin EGY 0 0 0
Malakhov RUS 1 1 2
Round 1 Match 23
Bacrot FRA ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 3.5
Nijboer NED ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1.5
Round 1 Match 24
Morovic CHI 0 ½ 0.5
Rublevsky RUS 1 ½ 1.5
Round 1 Match 25
Jobava GEO 1 ½ 1.5
Robson USA 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 26
Hess USA ½ 0 0.5
Motylev RUS ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 27
Kamsky USA 1 ½ 1.5
Antonio PHI 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 28
Gupta IND ½ 0 0.5
Vitiugov RUS ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 29
Bologan MDA 1 ½ 1.5
Adly EGY 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 30
Hou Yifan CHN ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ 2.5
Naiditsch GER ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 3.5
Round 1 Match 31
Bu Xiangzhi CHN ½ 0 0.5
Pelletier SUI ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 33
Nisipeanu ROU 1 ½ 1.5
Lupulescu ROU 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 34
Li Chao CHN ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 5
Sargissian ARM ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 3
Round 1 Match 35
Onischuk USA ½ 1 1.5
Flores, Diego ARG ½ 0 0.5
Round 1 Match 36
Kryvoruchko UKR ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 2.5
Cheparinov BUL ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3.5
Round 1 Match 37
Efimenko UKR 0 ½ 0.5
Milos BRA 1 ½ 1.5
Round 1 Match 38
Zhou Weiqi CHN ½ ½ ½ 1 1 3.5
Sutovsky ISR ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1.5
Round 1 Match 39
Najer RUS 1 ½ 1.5
Ghaem Maghami IRI 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 40
Iturrizaga VEN ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 3.5
Tiviakov NED ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 2.5
Round 1 Match 41
Areshchenko UKR 1 ½ 1.5
Corrales Jimenez CUB 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 42
L'Ami NED ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1.5
Sasikiran IND ½ ½ ½ 1 1 3.5
Round 1 Match 43
Smirin ISR 1 ½ 1.5
Ehlvest USA 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 44
Shabalov USA 1 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
Baklan UKR 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 3.5
Round 1 Match 45
Ganguly IND 1 1 2
Filippov UZB 0 0 0
Round 1 Match 46
Khalifman RUS ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3.5
Fier BRA ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 2.5
Round 1 Match 47
Fressinet FRA 1 1 2
Sjugirov RUS 0 0 0
Round 1 Match 48
Petrosian ARM ½ 0 0.5
Meier GER ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 49
Grachev RUS ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 3
Bartel POL ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5
Round 1 Match 50
Bruzon CUB ½ 0 0.5
Caruana ITA ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 51
Sokolov NED 0 0 0
Fedorchuk UKR 1 1 2
Round 1 Match 52
Negi IND 1 0 ½ 0 0 1.5
Milov SUI 0 1 ½ 1 1 3.5
Round 1 Match 53
Timofeev RUS ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 3.5
Leitao BRA ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 2.5
Round 1 Match 54
Gustafsson GER 1 0 0 0 ½ 1.5
Inarkiev RUS 0 1 1 1 ½ 3.5
Round 1 Match 55
Savchenko RUS ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 4.5
Shulman USA ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 0 ½ 3.5
Round 1 Match 56
Sandipan IND 1 ½ 1.5
Kobalia RUS 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 57
Tkachiev FRA ½ ½ ½ 1 1 3.5
Le Quang Liem VIE ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1.5
Round 1 Match 58
Akobian USA 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 9
Tregubov RUS 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7
Round 1 Match 59
So PHI 1 0 1 1 1 4
Guseinov AZE 0 1 0 0 0 1
Round 1 Match 60
Sakaev RUS ½ 1 1.5
Granda Zuniga PER ½ 0 0.5
Round 1 Match 61
Laznicka CZE 1 ½ 1.5
Papaioannou GRE 0 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 62
Nyback FIN 1 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
Andreikin RUS 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 3.5
Round 1 Match 63
Mamedov AZE ½ 0 0.5
Zhou Jianchao CHN ½ 1 1.5
Round 1 Match 64
Volkov RUS 0 ½ 0.5
Amonatov TJK 1 ½ 1.5

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Comments

Muadhib's picture

I think it's an excellent strategy by Gelfand - as black he just sucks out the will power to play chess out of his opponent with his Petrov defence :)

Thomas's picture

Gelfand (or rather his opponent Amonatov) did it again: a 12-move draw in the Petroff. Does Amonatov plan to win with black tomorrow, to draw and enter tiebreaks, or does he just want to conserve rating points?

Luis's picture

As usual with these rapid and blitz games great entertainment and fighting chess, but also a few blunders!
Check Tregubov's mate-allowing 43. Qd1 in his 8th blitz game with Akobian, but after so many pressure-packed hours at the board who can blame these guys for showing they're only human ...?

Michel83's picture

I agree.
Laylo had an ABSOLUTELY won position against Navara in the second game, at some point I think even I would have won it. He then started doing all wrong moves possible and just got a draw. I suppose that was also tough psychologically.

And Hou Yifan...splendid third game after Naiditsch's blunder, she was very precise during that timetrouble.
She was better in the 4th game too but went wrong with 41...h5, she probably just missed 42. Be8 while she was in timetrouble again. She might have won it otherwise, forcing the Blitz match. Pity.
I don't know how you guys see it but her timetrouble and the blunder in the third game aside Hou Yifan seems to have a serious problem evaluating positions correctly. Her first game is not only a trainwreck, in this game like in many other games I've seen of her I have the feeling she doesn't know when it's better to attack and when it's better to wait and/or to defend and does it respectively at the wrong time.
I love her attacking style, but she often seems chaotic- maybe she needs to change her type (not amount) of training.

Onischuk fan's picture

Kamsky, Onischuk, Shabalov, and Akobian all won.

Bootvis's picture

Upset all around in 2.1

Muadhib's picture

You can say that again. From top 10 seeds only Grischuk (8th seed), Jakovenko (9) and Wang Yue (10) managed to win. Four of them: Svidler (3), Morozevich (4), Radjabov (5) and Ivanchuk (6) lost, while others drew.

So maybe Gelfands strategy wasn't so bad today huh? :)

Thomas's picture

One thing's for sure, at least in hindsight: Ivanchuk's "strategy" to avoid a perpetual check when he was down to 2 minutes (plus increment) for 17 moves didn't work .... .
As far as Gelfand is concerned (repeating myself): I do not blame _him_ ... . Of coures he still needs to get part II done, winning with white tomorrow. And he will probably play something else if he ever needs to win the second game with black - isn't he also an expert on the Najdorf?

Coco Loco's picture

Amonatov is no weakie. He just figured his chances of winning after 12 Petroff moves were no higher than the chances of losing... And if Gelfand feels pressured to win tomorrow, so much the better.

Bootvis's picture

I think Gelfand strategy is very useful strategy if you want to win such a long tournament. You give yourself some restdays and are better rested when it gets harder ratingwise. This extra rest and hiding of openingprep can never hurt.

The strategy can of course fail if you 1) have to play blitz 4 games 2) lose against a stronger opponent who is in the zone after winning a lot and 3) lose with white after quickly drawing with black.

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