World Cup R2: no more upsets

11/27/2009 – None of the top players left in the tiebreak matches faltered: Peter Svidler disposed efficiently of upstart Tomi Nyback; Ponomariov ground down Akobian; Eljanov and Karjakin were successful; and Alexei Shirov won all three games. Maybe one small surprise: Fabiano Caruana eliminated Leinier Dominguez, the highest rated player to drop out today. Pictorial report.

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The FIDE World Chess Cup is taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk from November 20th to December 15th 2009. It is a seven-round knockout event with six rounds of matches comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The final seventh round consists of four games. 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, which is GMT +5 hours = 11:00 a.m. European time = 5 a.m. New York. The World Chess Cup is an integral part of the World Championship Cycle 2009-2011.

Round two tiebreaks


Former FIDE world champion Alexander Khalifman lost to Evgeny Tomashevsky 2.5-3.5


French GM Laurent Fressinet was eliminated by Evgeny Alekseev 1-5-3.5


Ivan Cheparinov lost to Viktor Bologan 2.0-4.0


In and out: Peter Svidler beat Tomi Nyback and Alexander Shabalov lost to David Navara


Showed him who is boss: Alexei Shirov won all his tiebreak games against Sergey Fedorchuk


Ruslan Ponomariov eliminated Varuzhan Akobian with a 4.0-2.0 result


Pavel Eljanov, Ukraine, beat Ernesto Inarkiev, Russia, 3.5-1.5


In round three: Judit Polgar beat Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 4.5-3.5


Fabiano Caruana, who knocked out Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez


Sergey Karjakin defeated Artyom Timofeev 3.5-2.5


Just watching: IM Ray Robson, who was eliminated in the first round

Photos by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE


Results of round two

No.
  Name Nat. G1 G2  R1  R2  R3  R4  B1  B2 Tot
1
 Amonatov, Farrukh TJK ½
0
            0.5
 Gelfand, Boris ISR ½
1
            1.5
2
 Gashimov, Vugar AZE ½
1
            1.5
 Zhou, Jianchao CHN ½
0
            0.5
3
 Nyback, Tomi FIN 1
0
0
½
0
      1.5
 Svidler, Peter RUS 0
1
1
½
1
      3.5
4
 Morozevich, Alexender RUS 0
0
            0.0
 Laznicka, Viktor CZE 1
1
            2.0
5
 Sakaev, Konstantin RUS 1
½
            1.5
 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 0
½
            0.5
6
 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 0
½
            0.5
 So, Wesley PHI 1
½
            1.5
7
 Akobian, Varuzhan USA ½
½
0
½
½
0     2.0
 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR ½
½
1
½
½
1     4.0
8
 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 1
½
            1.5
 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 0
½
            0.5
9
 Sandipan, Chanda IND 0
0
            0.0
 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 1
1
            2.0
10
 Wang, Yue CHN 1
1
            2.0
 Savchenko, Boris RUS 0
0
            0.0
11
 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 1
0
½
0
½
½     1.5
 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 0
1
½
1
½
½     3.5
12
 Karjakin, Sergey UKR ½
½
½
0
½
½     3.5
 Timofeev, Artyom RUS ½
½
½
1
½
½     2.5
13
 Milov, Vadim SUI 0
0
            0.0
 Mamedyarov, Shak. AZE 1
1
            2.0
14
 Shirov, Alexei ESP 1
0
1
1
1       4.0
 Fedorchuk, Sergey UKR 0
1
0
0
0       1.0
15
 Caruana, Fabiano ITA ½
½
½
1
½
1
    3.5
 Dominguez, Leinier CUB ½
½
½
0
½
0
    2.5
16
 Yu, Yangyi CHN 1
½
            1.5
 Bartel, Mateusz POL 0
½
            0.5
17
 Meier, Georg GER ½
½
½
½
½
0     2.5
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA ½
½
½
½
½
1     3.5
18
 Alekseev, Evgeny RUS ½
½
1
1
½
      3.5
 Fressinet, Laurent FRA ½
½
0
0
½
      1.5
19
 Khalifman, Alexander RUS ½
½
½
0
½
½
    2.5
 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS ½
½
½
1
½
½
    3.5
20
 Wang, Hao CHN 1
½
            1.5
 Ganguly, Surya IND 0
½
            0.5
21
 Shabalov, Alexander USA ½
½
0
0
1
      2.5
 Navara, David CZE ½
½
1
1
0
      3.5
22
 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS ½
½
½
1
1       3.5
 Smirin, Ilia ISR ½
½
½
0
0       1.5
23
 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 0
0
            0.0
 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 1
1
            2.0
24
 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS ½
½
0
1
½
0     2.5
 Areshchenko, Alexander UKR ½
½
1
0
½
1     3.5
25
 Iturrizaga, Eduardo VEN ½
0
            0.5
 Jobava, Baadur GEO ½
1
            1.5
26
 Motylev, Alexander RUS 1
½
            1.5
 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 0
½
            0.5
27
 Zhou, Weiqi CHN 0
½
            0.5
 Kamsky, Gata USA 1
½
            1.5
28
 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS ½
½
1
1
0
0
½
1 4.5
 Milos, Gilberto BRA ½
½
0
0
1
1
½
0 3.5
29
 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL ½
½
½
½
0
0     2.0
 Bologan, Viktor MDA ½
½
½
½
1
1     4.0
30
 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 1
½
            1.5
 Onischuk, Alexander USA 0
½
            0.5
31
 Li, Chao CHN 0
1
½
½
1
0
½
1
4.5
 Pelletier, Yannick SUI 1
0
½
½
0
1
½
0
3.5
32
 Polgar, Judit HUN ½
½
½
1
0
½ 1
½
4.5
 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU ½
½
½
0
1
½ 0
½
3.5

Schedule of the World Cup 2009

Friday 20 November Opening Ceremony
Saturday 21 November Round 1- Game 1
Sunday 22 November Round 1 - Game 2
Monday 23 November Tiebreaks
Tuesday 24 November Round 2 - Game 1
Wednesday 25 November Round 2 - Game 2
Thursday 26 November Tiebreaks
Friday 27 November Round 3 - Game 1
Saturday 28 November Round 3 - Game 2
Sunday 29 November Tiebreaks
Monday 30 November Round 4 - Game 1
Tuesday 01 December Round 4 - Game 2
Wednesday 02 December Tiebreaks
 
Thursday 03 December Round 5 - Game 1
Friday 04 December Round 5 - Game 2
Saturday 05 December Tiebreaks
Sunday 06 December Round 6 - Game 1
Monday 07 December Round 6 - Game 2
Tuesday 08 December Tiebreaks
Wednesday 09 December Free Day
Thursday 10 December Round 7 - Game 1
Friday 11 December Round 7 - Game 2
Saturday 12 December Round 7 - Game 3
Sunday 13 December Round 7 - Game 4
Monday 14 December Tiebreaks / Closing
Tuesday 15 December Departures

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