Khanty-Mansiysk: Ponomariov equalises, Radjabov knocked out

11/28/2007 – As in the first round Ruslan Ponomariov lost game one of the second round, but equalised (with the black pieces) to remain in contention. Teimour Radjabov lost for a second time to Bartlomiej Macieja to drop out of the FIDE World Cup. Peter Svidler is the only player who has won all his games so far, ten others have conceded only a single draw. Report with results, games and analysis.

A total of 126 participants turned up on November 23 for the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, located about 1400 miles (2250 km) east of Moscow. The competition is taking place from November 24 to December 18. The winner of the World Cup receives the right to challenge the former FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov in a match.

Round two Game two (Wednesday, November 28)

The tension went up in the second game of the second knockout stage that was held today, November 28th, 2007, in Khanty Mansiysk. Some players had to good-bye the event, some still hope, and some are already thinking about their next opponent. Out of the 32 matches, 12 are still undecided, so we can look forward to tomorrow's battle of 24 gladiators. Among them are great favourites as Ivanchuk and Carlsen. Ponomariov, as usual, equalised the match in the second game, and he now has his usual tie-break chance. Radjabov was not that lucky, as he also lost his second game to Macieja.

Thus far in the first two rounds only one player has won all his game: Peter Svidler. Ten other players have conceded a single draw on their way to round three.

1

Svidler,P

2732

4.0/4

2

Almasi,Z

2691

3.5/4

3

Macieja,B

2606

3.5/4

4

Aronian,L

2741

3.5/4

5

Fressinet,L

2654

3.5/4

6

Mamedyarov,S

2752

3.5/4

7

Shirov,A

2739

3.5/4

8

Jakovenko,D

2710

3.5/4

9

Karjakin,Sergey

2694

3.5/4

10

Dominguez Perez,L

2683

3.5/4

11

Bareev,E

2653

3.5/4

Individual results in Round two Game two

White 
  res.
 Black
Ivanchuk, Vassily
½-½
Galkin, Alexander
Kozul, Zdenko
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shak.
Radjabov, Teimour
0-1
Macieja, Bartlomiej
Gustafsson, Jan
½-½
Aronian, Levon
Shirov, Alexei
1-0
Shulman, Yuri
Pavasovic, Dusko
0-1
Svidler, Peter
Adams, Michael
1-0
Gurevich, Mikhail
Sakaev, Konstantin
0-1
Alekseev, Evgeny
Grischuk, Alexander
1-0
Najer, Evgeniy
Naiditsch, Arkadij
½-½
Carlsen, Magnus
Kamsky, Gata
½-½
Avrukh, Boris
Ghaem Maghami, E.
0-1
Akopian, Vladimir
Jakovenko, Dmitry
1-0
Belov, Vladimir
Wang, Hao
0-1
Ponomariov, Ruslan
Wang, Yue
½-½
Tiviakov, Sergei
Roiz, Michael
½-½
Bacrot, Etienne
 
White 
  res.  Black
Karjakin, Sergey
1-0
Zhang, Pengxiang
Motylev, Alexander
½-½
Bu, Xiangzhi
Hossain Enamul
½-½
Tomashevsky, Ev.
Socko, Bartosz
0-1
Almasi, Zoltan
Malakhov, Vladimir
½-½
Volkov, Sergey
Georgiev, Kiril
½-½
Kasimdzhanov, R.
Dominguez Perez, L.
1-0
Baramidze, David
Bareev, Evgeny
½-½
Van Wely, Loek
Nevednichy, Vladislav 
½-½
Fressinet, Laurent
Zhou, Jianchao
½-½
Volokitin, Andrei
Rublevsky, Sergei
½-½
Navara, David
Nikolic, Predrag
½-½
Onischuk, Alex.
Inarkiev, Ernesto
½-½
Vallejo, Francisco
Sasikiran, Krishnan
½-½
Zvjaginsev, Vadim
Cheparinov, Ivan
½-½
Tkachiev, Vladislav
Nisipeanu, Liviu-D.
½-½
Zhao, Jun

Round two Game two table

World Chess Cup Round 2 – 27th-29th November 2007
1 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2787 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Galkin, Alexander RUS 2608 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar   AZE 2752 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Kozul, Zdenko CRO 2609 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
3 Macieja, Bartlomiej POL 2606 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2742 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
4 Aronian, Levon ARM 2741 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Gustafsson, Jan GER 2606 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
5 Shulman, Yuri USA 2616 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Shirov, Alexei ESP 2739 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
6 Svidler, Peter RUS 2732 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Pavasovic, Dusko SLO 2597 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
7 Gurevich, Mikhail TUR 2627 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Adams, Michael ENG 2729 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
8 Alekseev, Evgeny RUS 2716 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Sakaev, Konstantin RUS 2634 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
9 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2635 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2715 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
10 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2714 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2639 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
11 Avrukh, Boris ISR 2641 1 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Kamsky, Gata USA 2714 0 ½ - - - - - 1.5
12 Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2713 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan   IRI 2591 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
13 Belov, Vladimir RUS 2587 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2710 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
14 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2705 0 1 - - - - - 1.0
Wang, Hao CHN 2643 1 0 - - - - - 1.0
15 Tiviakov, Sergei NED 2643 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Wang, Yue CHN 2703 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
16 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2695 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Roiz, Michael ISR 2644 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
17 Zhang, Pengxiang CHN 2644 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Karjakin, Sergey UKR 2694 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
18 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2692 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Motylev, Alexander RUS 2645 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
19 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2646 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Hossain Enamul BAN 2514 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
20 Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2691 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Socko, Bartosz POL 2646 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
21 Volkov, Sergey RUS 2648 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2690 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
22 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2690 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2649 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
23 Baramidze, David GER 2569 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Dominguez Perez, Lenier CUB 2683 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
24 Van Wely, Loek NED 2679 1 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2653 0 ½ - - - - - 1.5
25 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2654 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Nevednichy, Vladislav ROU 2531 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
26 Volokitin, Andrei UKR 2678 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2566 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
27 Navara, David CZE 2656 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2676 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
28 Onischuk, Alexander USA 2674 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Nikolic, Predrag BIH 2657 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
29 Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2660 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2674 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
30 Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2674 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2661 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
31 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2661 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2670 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
32 Zhao, Jun CHN 2552 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU 2668 ½ ½ - - - - - 1.0

Analysis by GM Efstratios Grivas

(1) Adams,Michael (2729) - Gurevich,Mikhail (2627) [C07]
FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk (2.2), 28.11.2007 [Efstratios Grivas]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.Bc4 Qd8. 6...Qd6 is more common, but Mikhail Gurevich likes to explore rare lines. 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nb3 a6

9...b5?! This early expansion cannot be good as it weaknesses Black's queenside. Modest but sensible seems to be 9...Bd6 10.Rd1 Nge7 11.Nbxd4 Nxd4 12.Rxd4!+/= (12.Nxd4 Qc7 13.Bg5 Acs,P-Tolnai,T/Budapest 1996.) 10.Bd3 Nf6 11.Rd1 Be7 12.Nbxd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qc7 14.c3 Bc5?! Black was not keen on 14...0-0 15.a4! b4 16.cxb4 Bxb4 17.Bg5+/- but probably he could not afford anything different. Moving the same piece twice before you complete your development is not advisable. 15.Bg5! Now 15.a4?! is not working: 15...Bxd4 16.cxd4 bxa4 17.Rxa4 Bb7. 15...Bb7?! Maybe Black had to try 15...Bxd4 16.cxd4 Nd5 (16...Bb7 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Be4 Rc8 19.Bxb7 Qxb7 20.d5+/-) 17.Rac1 Qd6 18.Bh4! 0-0 19.Bg3+/- and hope. 16.Bxf6 gxf6

17.Be4! Exchanging Black's most dangerous piece is a welcome strategy. In the same time white's rook route to the kingside (Rd3-g3/h3) is prepared. 17...Bxe4. If Black tries to castle queenside with 17...0-0-0 then 18.b4 Bd6 (18...Bxd4 19.cxd4 Kb8 20.a4) 19.a4! will ruin his defence. 18.Qxe4 0-0 19.Qh4! Rfd8. Black is forced to give-up his valuable f-pawn: 19...f5 20.Qg5+ Kh8 21.Qf6+ Kg8 22.Rd3 f4 23.Rh3+-; 19...Be7 20.Rd3 f5 21.Qh6 Bd6 22.Rh3+- .] 20.Qxf6?! [More precise was 20.Rd3! Rd5 21.Rh3 h5 22.Qxf6+-. 20...Bf8 21.Rd3 Bg7 22.Qg5. 22.Rg3? Qxg3 23.Qxd8+ Rxd8 24.hxg3 Bxd4 25.cxd4 Rxd4= was too naive for a player of Adams calibre. 22...Qe5 23.Qg4 Rd6 24.Rg3 Rc8 25.Qh4 Kh8. Although Black faces too many problems (pawn down, weak king) he should put-up a more stubborn defence with 25...Rd7!? 26.a3 Kh8+/-. 26.Qe7! White's queen penetration will prove decisive. 26...Qc5. I think that Black's last chance was 26...Qd5 27.Qxf7 Bxd4 28.cxd4 Qxd4 29.h3 Qxb2 30.Re1+/-. 27.Re1. Also good is 27.Rd3 Bxd4 28.cxd4 Qc1+ 29.Rd1 Qc7 30.Qf6+ Kg8 31.Qg5+ Kh8 32.Rd3+/-.

27...Rf8?! 27...Bxd4 was forced: 28.cxd4 Qxd4 29.Qxf7 Qe5 30.Rge3 Qxb2 31.Rxe6 Rxe6 32.Qxe6+/-. 28.Nxe6. Although the text-move wins, 28.Rxg7! Kxg7 29.Re3 finishes the game in style. 28...Qe5. 28...Rxe6 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Qxg7# . 29.Rge3! A painful defeat for Gurevich as he had to pack back home. His opening handling is in a need to be re-examined. 1-0.

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