World Cup R2.2: Shirov and Movsesian sent packing

9/1/2011 – The second round had a bit of it all. There were Morozevich’s crushing 2-0 win over surprise opponent Fier, as well as Shirov’s surprise 2-0 loss to Potkin. Judit Polgar overcame Movsesian, and Kamsky erased his first-round scare with a clean win over Kasimdzhanov. Vallejo Pons rebounded with a win to push into the tiebreaks, and Karjakin was unable to bully So. Report and GM analysis.

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The tournament is taking place in the Ugorian Chess Academy in the very heart of Khanty-Mansiysk, which has hosted three previous World Cups: 2005, 2007, and 2009. The 128 participants hail from 46 different countries, and are playing for a total prize fund of US $1.6 million. In addition the first three finisher get tickets to the Candidates tournament in the next World Championship cycle.

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Round two game two – Shirov and Movsesian sent packing

Some of the players who drew their games yesterday decided not to tempt fate and made quick draws, clearly showing preference for the rapid chess tie-breaks. Among them were Alexander Riazatsev, Ian Nepomnichtchi and Alexander Grischuk (all Russian) and Sebastian Feller (France).


Alexander Morozevich vs Brazilian GM Alexander Fier

Those who lost their starting game were forced to burn the bridges. The task was especially tough for the players who had the black pieces. One of them, the Brazilian Alexander Fier, went for a very risky line in the Paulsen Sicilian, quickly lost the right to castle, and was defeated by Alexander Morozevich (Russia). Morozevich won the match with the perfect score.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.01"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Fier, Alexandr"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B48"] [WhiteElo "2694"] [BlackElo "2566"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. O-O-O Be7 9. f4 d6 10. Be2 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 e5 12. fxe5 dxe5 13. Qa4+ Kf8 14. Rhf1 Bd7 15. Qb3 Rc8 16. Kb1 Be6 17. Nd5 Nxe4 18. Bg4 Qc6 19. Bxe6 Qxe6 20. Qxb7 Nd6 21. Qxa6 f6 22. Nxe7 Kxe7 23. Bc5 Rxc5 24. Qa7+ Nb7 25. Qxb7+ Ke8 26. Rd2 1-0

The same result, 2:0, was recorded in the match between Vladimir Potkin (Russia) and Alexei Shirov (Spain). Shirov had white and created a very sharp position, where both sides risked everything. However, the Spaniard blundered first, and was unable to parry the opponent's mating threats.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.01"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Shirov, Alexei"] [Black "Potkin, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2714"] [BlackElo "2682"] [PlyCount "66"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Ne2 Qb6 9. Qc1 Be7 10. g3 cxd4 11. Nexd4 Nc5 12. Bh3 Qa5+ 13. Kf2 Bd7 14. Nb3 Ne4+ 15. Kg2 Qc7 16. c4 Nb4 17. cxd5 Qc2+ 18. Qxc2 Nxc2 19. Bb6 Nxa1 20. dxe6 fxe6 21. Rxa1 Rc8 22. Nbd4 Bc5 23. Bxc5 Nxc5 24. b4 Nd3 25. Rd1 Nb2 26. Rb1 Nd3 27. Bxe6 Bxe6 28. Nxe6 Rc2+ 29. Kh3 g6 30. Nc5 Nf2+ 31. Kh4 b6 32. Nxa6 O-O 33. e6 Rf5 0-1


Cuban GM Lenier Dominguez in his new Johnny Depp look

Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), and Lenier Dominguez (Cuba) advanced rather easily to round three. They won yesterday, and today their opponents were unable to obtain satisfactory positions after the opening and had to start peace negotiations.


Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) knocked out Boris Grachev (RUS)

Seven more players also maintained their match advantage by drawing the second game after winning the first one: Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan), Dmitry Jakovenko, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky (all Russian), Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Romania), Le Quang Liem (Vietnam), and Emil Sutovsky (Israel).


Through to round three: Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan

Only three players made a comeback after losing the starting game, and will play tie-breaks tomorrow: Etienne Bacrot (France) defeated Anton Filippov (Uzbekistan), Ruben Felgaer defeated Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukraine), and Francisco Vallejo (Spain) won with black against Lazaro Bruzon (Cuba).


Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Gata Kamsky ended in a win for the American

Finally we can congratulate the players who advanced to round three by winning today: Gata Kamsky (USA), David Navara (Czech Republic), Abhijeet Gupta (India), Baadur Jobava (Georgia), Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Zakhar Efimenko (Ukraine), and Judit Polgar (Hungary). The world's strongest woman player won a very nice game against the powerful Sergey Movsesian (Armenia).


Smoking heads at the World Cup

The lion queen

Game annotated by GM Efstratios Grivas

Judith Polgar is a living legend for women chess and one of just two women participants in the FIDE World Cup. The other one, 17-year-old Chinese GM Hou Yifan, was eliminated in the first round by the same Sergei Movsesian. Sergei, who is now once again representing Armenia, continued his 'affair' in the women's world by trying to eliminate the second woman participant as well, in just the second round! But what a cruel world we live in nowadays; no longer do women behave like 'lovely cats' but more like cruel lions, ready to prove that this is certainly no longer a men's world! Judith won the match 1½-½, and went through to the third round!

Results of round two

Name
G1
G2
 R1
 R2
 r3
 r4
 B1
 B2
 SD
Tot
 Karjakin, Sergey (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 So, Wesley (PHI)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)
0
½
             
0.5
 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)
½
½
             
1.0
 Fridman, Daniel (GER)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Ni, Hua (CHN)
½
½
             
1.0
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
1
½
             
1.5
 Azarov, Sergei (BLR)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Feller, Sebastien (FRA)
½
½
             
1.0
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)
1
½
             
1.5
 Negi, Parimarjan (IND)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB)
½
0
             
0.5
 Kamsky, Gata (USA)
½
1
             
1.5
 
 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son (VIE)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Harikrishna, P. (IND)
0
½
             
0.5
 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS)
1
½
             
1.5
 Korobov, Anton (UKR)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian (ROU)
1
½
             
1.5
 Almasi, Zoltan (HUN)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP)
0
1
             
1.0
 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB)
1
0
             
1.0
 
 Onischuk, Alexander (USA)
½
0
             
0.5
 Navara, David (CZE)
½
1
             
1.5
 
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA)
½
½
             
1.0
 Bu, Xiangzhi (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Bologan, Viktor (MDA)
0
½
             
0.5
 Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB) 
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Ivanov, Alexander (USA)
½
½
             
1.0
 Lysyj, Igor (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Gupta, Abhijeet (IND)
½
1
             
1.5
 Shankland, Samuel L (USA)
½
0
             
0.5
 
 Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR)
½
½
             
1.0
 Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Grachev, Boris (RUS)
0
½
             
0.5
 Le, Quang Liem (VIE)
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Adams, Michael (ENG)
½
½
             
1.0
 Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Potkin, Vladimir (RUS)
1
1
             
2.0
 Shirov, Alexei (ESP)
0
0
             
0.0
 
 Jobava, Baadur (GEO)
½
1
             
1.5
 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw (POL)
½
0
             
0.5
 
 Drozdovskij, Yuri (UKR)
½
               
0.5
 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)
½
               
1.5
 
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 Riazantsev, Alexander (RUS)
½
½
             
1.0
 
 Filippov, Anton (UZB)
1
0
             
1.0
 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
0
1
             
1.0
 
 Fier, Alexandr (BRA)
0
0
             
0.0
 Morozevich, Alexander (RUS)
1
1
             
2.0
 
 Andreikin, Dmitry (RUS)
0
½
             
0.5
 Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS)
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Efimenko, Zahar (UKR)
½
1
             
1.5
 Berkes, Ferenc (HUN)
½
0
             
0.5
 
 Zherebukh, Yaroslav (UKR)
1
0
             
1.0
 Felgaer, Ruben (ARG)
0
1
             
1.0
 
 Sutovsky, Emil (ISR)
1
½
             
1.5
 Fressinet, Laurent (FRA)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Polgar, Judit (HUN)
½
1
             
1.5
 Movsesian, Sergei (ARM)
½
0
             
0.5

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On Friday, September 2nd, 26 chess players will continue their battles in the 1/32 round of the World Cup Final. You will want to watch Grischuk (RUS) vs Feller (FRA), Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) vs Ni Hua (China), Lazaro Bruzon (Cuba) vs Francisco Vallejo (Spain) and Bu Xiangzhi (China) vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France).

The live commentary on Playchess will continue daily at 13:00h CEST (= 15:00h Moscow, 7 a.m. New York), with GM commentary in English and German. At around 19:00h there will be a wrap-up of the day's events.

Remaining schedule of the World Chess Cup 2011

Date Day Time   Rounds
Players
02.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Tiebreak
03.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 3, game 1
32
04.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Round 3, game 2
05.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Tiebreak
06.09.2011 Tuesday 15:00 Round 4, game 1
16
07.09.2011 Wednesday 15:00 Round 4, game 2
08.09.2011 Thursday 15:00 Tiebreak
09.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Round 5, game 1
8
10.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 5, game 2
11.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Tiebreak
12.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Round 6, game 1
4
13.09.2011 Tuesday 15:00 Round 6, game 2
14.09.2011 Wednesday 15:00 Tiebreak
15.09.2011 Thursday   Free Day
16.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Round 7, game 1
2
17.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 7, game 2
18.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Round 7, game 3
19.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Round 7, game 4
20.09.2011 Tuesday 11:00 Tiebreaks, Closing
21.09.2011 Wednesday   Departure

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