Reports | November 22, 2009 19:09

Yu Yangyi beats Movsesian on first day World Cup

The day of the FIDE World Cup saw few surprises. The biggest upset was Yu Yangyi beating Sergei Movsesian, while e.g. Ponomariov, Shirov, Grischuk and Dominguez were held to a draw by their lower-rated opponents.

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 1.1

We cannot understand that a tournament as important as the World Cup, organized for the third time already in Khanty-Mansiysk, still has trouble presenting 64 games of chess on the internet. On the first day the "live broadcast is stopped due to techncial reasons", the tournament website said. And at the moment of writing, an hour after the games of the second day started, a complete PGN file still isn't available (how difficult is it to enter some missing moves from a few scoresheets?). No doubt the technical problems are the result of a lower budget than in previous years, but with so many chess fans around the world rooting for their local hero, this is a major failure which cannot stay unmentioned.

The first round was played, don't worry about that. Except for one minimatch, though. Judit Polgar has already qualified for the 2nd round because her opponent GM Dusko Pavasovic was not able to make it to Khanty-Mansiysk in time. According to a comment on Susan Polgar's blog, Pavasovic had an accident while playing football a few days ago.

Most top players won without difficulty, although many of them had to claim the point after a long ending against their stubbornly defending underdogs. Some of them couldn't convert their advantage; Ponomariov for example (btw playing with a mouth mask!) drew in a rook ending with El Gindy, and Grischuk did the same against Sriram. Australian GM David Smerdon, whom we mentioned in our previous report, managed to draw his first game with Black against Dominguez in a Sicilian Dragon.

Alexander Morozevich scored a nice, quick win in a Grünfeld against Abdel Razik. The surprise of the round was 15-year-old Yu Yangyi from China beating Sergei Movsesian in a Sicilian Taimanov. Yu Shoateng drew comfortably with Black against Vachier-Lagrave. Against Adly, Bologan gave a fine example of an attack in a middlegame with opposite-coloured bishops. Romanians Nisipeanu and Lupulescu were paired against each other in the first round and yet again it became clear how much stronger Nisi is that the other GMs in his country.

Games round 1.1 (a number of them incomplete)

Game viewer by ChessTempo

Former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov with mouth protection...

...like one of the arbiters

Leinier Dominguez from Cuba drew his first game...

against David Smerdon (Australia)

Sergei Movsesian: in danger of an early knock-out

The favourite in the ChessVibes Poll: Vassily Ivanchuk

Shakhryiar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan

Rising star from the US Ray Robson lost his first game to Jobava

Russian GM Sergei Rublevsky

GM Ilyia Smirin from Israel

All photos courtesy of FIDE

FIDE World Cup - Results round 1

Name Rtng G1 G2 Rp1 Rp2 Bz1 Bz2 SD Total
Round 1 Match 01
Gelfand, Boris ISR 2758 1 1.0
Obodchuk, Andrei RUS 2404 0 0
Round 1 Match 02
Sarwat, Walaa EGY 2405 0 0.0
Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2758 1 1
Round 1 Match 03
Svidler, Peter RUS 2754 1 1.0
Hebert, Jean CAN 2420 0 0
Round 1 Match 04
Abdel Razik, Khaled EGY 2469 0 0.0
Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2750 1 1
Round 1 Match 05
Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2748 1 1.0
Ezat, Mohamed EGY 2472 0 0
Round 1 Match 06
Bezgodov, Alexei RUS 2484 0 0.0
Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2739 1 1
Round 1 Match 07
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2739 ½ 0.5
El Gindy, Essam EGY 2493 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 08
Sriram, Jha IND 2497 ½ 0.5
Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2736 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 09
Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2736 1 1.0
Rizouk, Aimen ALG 2500 0 0
Round 1 Match 10
Kabanov, Nikolai RUS 2501 0 0.0
Wang, Yue CHN 2734 1 1
Round 1 Match 11
Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2729 1 1.0
Al Sayed, Mohamad N. QAT 2504 0 0
Round 1 Match 12
Rodriguez Vila, Andres URU 2508 0 0.0
Karjakin, Sergey UKR 2723 1 1
Round 1 Match 13
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2719 1 1.0
Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2517 0 0
Round 1 Match 14
Kunte, Abhijit IND 2522 ½ 0.5
Shirov, Alexei ESP 2719 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 15
Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2719 ½ 0.5
Smerdon, David AUS 2525 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 16
Yu, Yangyi CHN 2527 1 1.0
Movsesian, Sergei SVK 2718 0 0
Round 1 Match 17
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2718 ½ 0.5
Yu, Shaoteng CHN 2529 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 18
Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2533 ½ 0.5
Alekseev, Evgeny RUS 2715 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 19
Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2708 1 1.0
Ivanov, Alexander USA 2539 0 0
Round 1 Match 20
Friedel, Joshua E USA 2551 0 0.0
Wang, Hao CHN 2708 1 1
Round 1 Match 21
Navara, David CZE 2707 1 1.0
Laylo, Darwin PHI 2552 0 0
Round 1 Match 22
Amin, Bassem EGY 2553 0 0.0
Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2706 1 1
Round 1 Match 23
Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2700 ½ 0.5
Nijboer, Friso NED 2561 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 24
Morovic Fernandez, Ivan CHI 2562 0 0.0
Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2697 1 1
Round 1 Match 25
Jobava, Baadur GEO 2696 1 1.0
Robson, Ray USA 2567 0 0
Round 1 Match 26
Hess, Robert L USA 2572 ½ 0.5
Motylev, Alexander RUS 2695 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 27
Kamsky, Gata USA 2695 1 1.0
Antonio, Rogelio Jr PHI 2574 0 0
Round 1 Match 28
Gupta, Abhijeet IND 2578 ½ 0.5
Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2694 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 29
Bologan, Viktor MDA 2692 1 1.0
Adly, Ahmed EGY 2583 0 0
Round 1 Match 30
Hou, Yifan CHN 2588 ½ 0.5
Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2689 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 31
Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2682 ½ 0.5
Pelletier, Yannick SUI 2589 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 33
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU 2677 1 1.0
Lupulescu, Constantin ROU 2591 0 0
Round 1 Match 34
Li, Chao b CHN 2596 ½ 0.5
Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2676 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 35
Onischuk, Alexander USA 2672 ½ 0.5
Flores, Diego ARG 2602 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 36
Kryvoruchko, Yuriy UKR 2602 ½ 0.5
Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2671 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 37
Efimenko, Zahar UKR 2668 0 0.0
Milos, Gilberto BRA 2603 1 1
Round 1 Match 38
Zhou, Weiqi CHN 2603 ½ 0.5
Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2666 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 39
Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2666 1 1.0
Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2603 0 0
Round 1 Match 40
Iturrizaga, Eduardo VEN 2605 ½ 0.5
Tiviakov, Sergei NED 2664 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 41
Areshchenko, Alexander UKR 2664 1 1.0
Corrales Jimenez, Fidel CUB 2605 0 0
Round 1 Match 42
L'Ami, Erwin NED 2606 1 0.5
Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2664 0 0.5
Round 1 Match 43
Smirin, Ilia ISR 2662 1 1.0
Ehlvest, Jaan USA 2606 0 0
Round 1 Match 44
Shabalov, Alexander USA 2606 1 1.0
Baklan, Vladimir UKR 2655 0 0
Round 1 Match 45
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2654 1 1.0
Filippov, Anton UZB 2607 0 0
Round 1 Match 46
Khalifman, Alexander RUS 2612 ½ 0.5
Fier, Alexandr BRA 2653 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 47
Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2653 1 1.0
Sjugirov, Sanan RUS 2612 0 0
Round 1 Match 48
Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM 2615 ½ 0.5
Meier, Georg GER 2653 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 49
Grachev, Boris RUS 2652 ½ 0.5
Bartel, Mateusz POL 2618 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 50
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2619 ½ 0.5
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2652 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 51
Sokolov, Ivan NED 2652 0 0.0
Fedorchuk, Sergey A. UKR 2619 1 1
Round 1 Match 52
Negi, Parimarjan IND 2620 1 1.0
Milov, Vadim SUI 2652 0 0
Round 1 Match 53
Timofeev, Artyom RUS 2651 ½ 0.5
Leitao, Rafael BRA 2621 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 54
Gustafsson, Jan GER 2622 1 1.0
Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2645 0 0
Round 1 Match 55
Savchenko, Boris RUS 2644 ½ 0.5
Shulman, Yuri USA 2623 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 56
Sandipan, Chanda IND 2623 1 1.0
Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2643 0 0
Round 1 Match 57
Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2642 ½ 0.5
Le, Quang Liem VIE 2624 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 58
Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2624 1 1.0
Tregubov, Pavel V. RUS 2642 0 0
Round 1 Match 59
So, Wesley PHI 2640 1 1.0
Guseinov, Gadir AZE 2625 0 0
Round 1 Match 60
Sakaev, Konstantin RUS 2626 ½ 0.5
Granda Zuniga, Julio E PER 2640 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 61
Laznicka, Viktor CZE 2637 1 1.0
Papaioannou, Ioannis GRE 2628 0 0
Round 1 Match 62
Nyback, Tomi FIN 2628 1 1.0
Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2636 0 0
Round 1 Match 63
Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2634 ½ 0.5
Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2629 ½ 0.5
Round 1 Match 64
Volkov, Sergey RUS 2629 0 0.0
Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2631 1 1

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Pam's picture

Thanks again! Chessvibes! Good Report.
I'm a bit disappointed too about the internet broadcast for such chess tournament ... once again ...

BTW Where is Nakamura!?

Iraqi Master's picture

Morozevich's game is so beutiful.

Thomas's picture

"Ponomariov, Shirov, Svidler and Dominguez were held to a draw ..."

I guess Svidler (who won his game) should be 'replaced' by Grischuk!?

Muadhib's picture

Nakamura is at home, sleeping.

bas1191's picture

Peter, the result of board 42 is missing - which, by the way, is also on the case on the tournament website

Muadhib's picture

Board 42:

L'Ami 1/2-1/2 Sasikiran

Muadhib's picture

P.S.: Today also drawn

Jetze's picture

Indeed, the tournament directors should not forget that, through sponsoring, public attention is what gets the tournament going in the first place. Failing their sponsors by the debacle of yesterday will certainly not do!

Peter Doggers's picture

Board 42 now added.

Erik Fokke's picture

Erwin l'Ami, 2e ronde 1/2 na 18 zetten
Naar tie breaks

Crouchyboy's picture

Yu Yangyi managed to hold Movsesian to a draw today, so he's through to the second round and therefore provides the biggest upset of round 1! Assuming Smerdon will be defeated by Dominguez in the tiebreaks of course (considering the Cuban's significantly higher rating and proven ability at blitz, I think it is unlikely Smerdon will be able to hold Dominguez at bay for much longer). Congratulations to him, though I doubt he can go much further.

Curious question: who was the best-performing player of less than 2600 strength last year? Anyone know? Be interesting to find out if the young Chinese player can do better.

Muadhib's picture

There was no World Cup last year.

Michel83's picture

Second (a bit smaller) upset:

Pelletier eliminates Bu Xiangzhi, who hasn't been doing well since he once managed to break through the 2700.
Also Hou Yifan reached the tiebreaks.

Michel83's picture

P.S.: Wang Hao might be interesting to watch- he's been doing well and the KO-format might fit his playing style.

dfg's picture

why poland has only one player and some other countries so many?

Muadhib's picture

Somebody should really tell the organizers to stop ignoring results from board 42, and that the tie-breaking system is very different than in previous World Cup's.

There will be 4 rapid games (25m+10s), up to 5 blitz mini matches (5m+3s), and only if after all those 14 games there is still no decision, only then the armageddon game will be played, which is also different since it has increment from move 61 onwards.

Thats why it would also be best if Chessvibes doesn't copy the results tables. Because their design is simply wrong.

CAL|Daniel's picture

It would be nice if someone would fill out the pairing tree :)

http://www.fide.com/images/stories/news2009/world/world_cup_2009/pairing...

Onischuk fan's picture

Sergei Movsesian is out!

Muadhib's picture
Thomas's picture

@Crouchyboy: Yu Yangyi (2527) was born in 1994.

Two years ago at the World Cup, another young Chinese sub-2600 player reached round 3: Zhou Jianchao (2565, *1988) - we haven't heard too much of him in the meantime.

Four years ago, a young Norwegian made it even to round 4, and we have heard a bit more from him in the years that followed .... : Magnus Carlsen (*1990, then ELO 2570).

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