World Cup R2: Svidler, Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Morozevich lose

11/25/2009 – A very shocking day: Peter Svidler and Teimour Radjabov lost their games with the black pieces, Alexander Morozevich and Vassily Ivanchuk with white, making a comeback in the return round on Wednesday even harder. We have to go down to board eight to see a favourite (Grischuk) actually win. We bring you a full updated report with highlights and pictures by Galina Popova.

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 day one report

"WORLD HAS TURNED OVER", says the official bulletin in caps. "You wanted sensations? Here they are! The Finn Tomi Nyback easily won one of the leaders of the Russian team Peter Svidler. Czech Viktor Laznichka played better than another Russian Titan, Alexander Morozevich. Vasily Ivanchuk easily let the young So Wesley from the Philippine beat him. The world has turned over: as a result, first seven rating favorites scored only 1.5 points. Two of them, Morozevich and Ivanchuk, will have to solve a titanic problem tomorrow – to win with black. Teimur Rajabov has the same task for tomorrow, but with only difference, he will play white. His opponent is an experienced fighter Konstantin Sakaev."

Hear hear. Let us take a look at some of the highlights of the first part of round two in Khanty-Mansiysk, starting with a win by Ernesto Inarkiev. The Russian GM was lucky to take a full point after a moment of inattention by his opponent.

Ernesto Inarkiev at the start of his first round two game

Inarkiev,E (2645) - Eljanov,P (2729) [C67]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 Be6 11.g4 Ne7 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.f4 h5 14.f5 hxg4 15.hxg4 Rh4 16.Rf4 Nd5 17.Nxd5 cxd5 18.Be3 c5 19.Nf3 Rh6 20.c3 Bc6 21.Re1 a5 22.Bf2 b6

23.f6!? An attacking move that needs to be carefully refuted. 23...Ra7? Not this way! 23...g6 or 23...Rg6 were required. Now Inarkiev gets the chance he has been striving for. 24.g5 Rh7 25.e6 fxe6 26.g6 Rh6 27.Rxe6+ Kd7 28.fxg7 Bxg7 29.Ng5 Rh5 30.Rf7+ Kd8 31.Rxa7 Rxg5+ 32.Kf1 Bb5+ 33.Ke1 1-0.

Pavel Eljanov before the start of his game against Russian GM Ernesto Inarkiev

One of the most experienced GM in this event, and one of the highest ranked, met with a youthful GM from the Philippines – Wesley So, who turned sixteen just a few weeks ago.

Ivanchuk,V (2739) - So,W (2640) [C15]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Nge2 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.f3 Bh5 9.Nf4 Bg6 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Bg5 c6 12.f4 Qb6

13.Na4!? Qxd4+ 14.Kh1 Ne4 15.c3 Nf2+ 16.Rxf2 Qxf2 17.cxb4 f6 18.Qg4 fxg5 19.Qe6+ Kh8 20.Nc5 Qxb2 21.Qh3+ Kg8 22.Qe6+ Kh8 23.Rf1 Qf6 24.Qh3+ Kg8

Most of the continuation after the first diagram was pretty much forced. Now White, who is an exchange and pawn down for the attack, has 25.Ne4 dxe4 26.Bc4+ Rf7 27.Qc8+ Kh7 28.Qh3+ with perpetual. But Ivanchuk wants more and tries something daring: 25.g3?! Re8 26.Nxb7 gxf4 27.Rxf4 Re1+ 28.Kg2 Qe6 29.Qxe6+ Rxe6 30.Nc5 Re7 31.b5 Nd7 32.Nxd7 Rxd7 33.bxc6 Rd6 34.Bb5 Re8 35.Rd4. White remains an exchange down and young Wesley So goes on to take the full point. 35...Kf7 36.Rf4+ Ke6 37.Rg4 Ke5 38.Kf3 Rf6+ 39.Ke3 0-1. Ivanchuk has his work cut out for him on Wednesday's second encounter.

Vassily Ivanchuk (with second Manuel León Hoyos) discusses his loss in the press room

The Chinese are causing a lot of grief and pain to their western counterpart, but there is one who is paying them back: Yannick Pelletier, who knocked out Bu Xiangzhi in the first round. Today the Swiss GM won a nice game with the black pieces against his second Chinese opponent.

Li Chao (2596) - Pelletier,Y (2589) [B07]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nge2 Be7 5.g3 Nbd7 6.Bg2 c6 7.a4 b6 8.0-0 a6 9.h3 h5 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.Qd2 0-0 12.f4 Re8 13.Bf3 b5 14.Rae1 Qb6 15.Kh2 Bf8 16.b4 Qc7

Li Chao is apparently in an optimistic mood and goes for a risky continuation: 17.g4?! hxg4 18.hxg4 a5 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.g5 Nh7 21.bxa5 b4 22.Nd1 Rxa5 23.Rg1 g6 24.Rg3 exf4 25.Qxf4 Qd8 26.Reg1 Be7 27.d5 cxd5 28.exd5 Bxd5 29.Nd4 Bxf3? This move lets White off the hook.

30.Nxf3. Wrong capture! 30.Rxf3 was required. Now Pelletier is back on the path to victory and does not stray from it again. 30...Rf5 31.Qd2 d5 32.Ne3 Bxg5 33.Nxg5 Rxg5 34.Ng4 Rh5+ 35.Kg2 Nf6 36.Nh6+ Kg7 37.Rh1 Ree5 38.Rxh5 Nxh5 39.Ng4 Re4 40.Qh6+ Kg8 0-1.

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela, just twenty years old and at 2605 Elo points 89th in the Khanty-Mansiysk seedings, had a great chance to win his game against the 25th seed from Georgia.

Iturrizaga,E (2605) - Jobava,Ba (2696) [E21]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nc3 c5 5.g3 b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Nc6 9.Nd2 0-0 10.e4 Na5 11.Re1 Ne8 12.Bf1 Nd6 13.Bd3 f5 14.e5 Nf7 15.Nb3 Nc6 16.Bf1 Qc7 17.f4 Ne7 18.Rb1 Rad8 19.Rb2 d6 20.exd6 Nxd6 21.Rxe6 Ne4 22.Qe1 Nc8 23.Bd3 Ncd6 24.Re2 b5 25.cxb5 c4 26.Bxe4 Nxe4 27.R6xe4 fxe4 28.Nc5 Bd5 29.a4 Rf6 30.Be3 Rdf8 31.g4 h5 32.g5 Rxf4 33.Bxf4 Qxf4 34.h4 e3 35.Rxe3 Bf3 36.Ne4 Kh8 37.Ng3 Kh7 38.Nf1 Ba8 39.Qe2 Qxh4 40.Ng3 Kg8 41.Qxc4+ Kh8 42.Qe2 g6 43.Rd3 Qxg5 44.Qe5+ Qxe5 45.dxe5 h4 46.Nf1 g5

47.c4. 47.Rd7 looks much more promising, in fact it probably wins. 47...Kg7 48.c5 Kf7 49.Rd6 Re8 50.c6 (and now 50.Rf6+) 50...Rxe5 51.Rd8 Bxc6 52.bxc6 Rc5 53.Rc8 Ke7 54.Nd2 Rc1+ 55.Kf2 g4 56.Ne4 h3 57.Kg3 Rg1+ 58.Kh2 Rg2+ 59.Kh1 Rc2 ½-½. Baadur Jobava can consider himself lucky.

Morozevich,A (2750) - Laznicka,V (2637) [C45]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nxc6 Qf6 6.Qf3 bxc6 7.Nc3 d6 8.Qg3 Qg6 9.Bd2 Rb8 10.Bd3 Bd4 11.Ne2 Bxb2 12.Rb1 Rb6 13.0-0 Qxg3 14.hxg3 Ne7 15.Ba5 Ba3 16.Nc3 Be6 17.Na4 Kd7 18.f4 f6

The black rook on b6 has been hanging since move 15. Morozevich now throws a second pawn into the attack: 19.e5?! fxe5 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Rbd1 Bd6 22.Be2 Bf5 23.Rd2 Rb5 24.Bxb5 cxb5.

White has a rook for the bishop and two pawns. Black has the bishop pair and a lot of space for his play. He completely outwits his opponent. 25.Nc5+ Kc6 26.Nb3 Bg6 27.Bc3 Nf5 28.Rb1 Ne3 29.a4 a6 30.axb5+ axb5 31.Re2 Nc4 32.Ra1 Rb8 33.g4 b4 34.Be1 Rb5 35.Bg3 Rd5 36.Kh2 Na3 37.Rc1 Kb5 38.c3 Ka4 39.Rb2 Nc4 40.Ra1+ Kb5 41.Rba2 bxc3 42.Ra8 c2 43.Nc1 Rd1 44.Ne2 Rxa1 45.Rxa1 Nd2 46.Re1 Nb3 47.Nc3+ Kb4 0-1. Actually you might be forgiven for thinking it was Morozevich who was playing the black side.

The next shocker was the very nice win by Finnish GM Tomi Nyback against a player 126 Elo point his senior (and number three in the seedings of this event).

Nicely played! Finnish GM Tomi Nyback

Nyback,T (2628) - Svidler,P (2754) [D85]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bg5 c5 8.Rc1 0-0 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.cxd4 Bg4 11.d5 Nd7 12.Be2 Nf6 13.h3 Bd7 14.Bd3 Qa5+ 15.Qd2 Qa4 16.Rc4 Qa3 17.0-0 Rac8 18.Rfc1 Rxc4 19.Rxc4 Bb5 20.Rc3 Qa5 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.e5 Bg7 23.Bxb5 Qxb5 24.Rc7 Rd8 25.Rxe7 Bf8 26.Rc7 Rxd5 27.Qf4 Rd1+ 28.Kh2 Rd7 29.Rc8 Re7

30.e6!? Rxe6. Black could have tried 30...Qf5. 31.Ng5 Re7 32.Nxh7 Kxh7 33.Rxf8 Kg7 34.Qh4 g5 35.Qh8+ Kg6 36.f4 Kf5 37.Rd8 f6 38.Rd6 Qb2 39.Qh5 Qe2 40.Rd5+ Kxf4 41.Qg6 1-0. A delightful attacking game.

In big trouble: Peter Svidler, who needs to win on Wednesday to stay in the tournament

Alexei Shirov has his opponent under control and ended the game with a nice little flourish:

Shirov,A (2719) - Fedorchuk,S (2619) [C65]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Bc5 5.Nxe5 Nxe4 6.Qe2 Nxe5 7.d4 Be7 8.dxe5 Nc5 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Bf4 d5 11.exd6 Bxd6 12.Rad1 Qf6 13.Bxd6 cxd6 14.Rd5 a6 15.Bd3 g6 16.Rd1 Rd8 17.Be4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Bf5 19.Qf4 Qe6 20.h3 Bxc2 21.R1d2 Qe1+ 22.Kh2 Qc1 23.R5d4 Rac8

24.Nd5 Qxb2 25.Qh6 and Black gets mated. 1-0. Learn this for a future club game.

Alexei Shirov, Latvian by birth, plays in the style of the great Mikhail Tal

We finish with a nice miniature produced by a very dangerous tactical player:

Naiditsch,A (2689) - Onischuk,Al (2672) [C78]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.1), 24.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 0-0 7.d4 Ba7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 exd4 10.e5 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.cxd4 d5 13.Nc3 Bg4 14.Qd3 Bf5 15.Qe3 Ne7 16.Rad1 Bg6 17.Qc1 Nf5 18.Bb3 g4. Too ambitious, this move by the US grandmaster.

19.Nxe4! dxe4 20.Nh4 Nxg3 21.fxg3 Kh7 22.Rf6 1-0.

Photos by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE

All photos from the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk are by Galina Popova, the photo correspondent of Ugra News. Galina is a graduate of the State University of Ugra in Language, Culture and History of the Ugra nation, specialising in Journalism. She works with a Nikon D90 and uses Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to prepare her pictures for publication. Galina has won a number of awards for her photography, including in the competitions “Ugra in camera”, “Best monument of History and Culture of Ugra”, "Youth in objectives" and Youth in shoulder straps".

Results of round two games one

  Name Nat. G1 G2 Tot
 Amonatov, Farrukh TJK ½   0.5
 Gelfand, Boris ISR ½   0.5
 Gashimov, Vugar AZE ½   0.5
 Zhou, Jianchao CHN ½   0.5
 Nyback, Tomi FIN 1   1.0
 Svidler, Peter RUS 0   0.0
 Morozevich, Alex. RUS 0   0.0
 Laznicka, Viktor CZE 1   1.0
 Sakaev, Konstantin RUS 1   1.0
 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 0   0.0
 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 0   0.0
 So, Wesley PHI 1   1.0
 Akobian, Varuzhan USA ½   0.5
 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR ½   0.5
 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 1   1.0
 Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 0   0.0
 Sandipan, Chanda IND 0   0.0
 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 1   1.0
 Wang, Yue CHN 1   1.0
 Savchenko, Boris RUS 0   0.0
 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 1   1.0
 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 0   0.0
 Karjakin, Sergey UKR ½   0.5
 Timofeev, Artyom RUS ½   0.5
 Milov, Vadim SUI 0   0.0
 Mamedyarov, Shak. AZE 1   1.0
 Shirov, Alexei ESP 1   1.0
 Fedorchuk, Sergey UKR 0   0.0
 Caruana, Fabiano ITA ½   0.5
 Dominguez, Leinier CUB ½   0.5
 Yu, Yangyi CHN 1   1.0
 Bartel, Mateusz POL 0   0.0
  Name Nat. G1 G2 Tot
 Meier, Georg GER ½   0.5
 Vachier-Lagrave, Max. FRA ½   0.5
 Alekseev, Evgeny RUS ½   0.5
 Fressinet, Laurent FRA ½   0.5
 Khalifman, Alexander RUS ½   0.5
 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS ½   0.5
 Wang, Hao CHN 1   1.0
 Ganguly, Surya IND 0   0.0
 Shabalov, Alexander USA ½   0.5
 Navara, David CZE ½   0.5
 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS ½   0.5
 Smirin, Ilia ISR ½   0.5
 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 0   0.0
 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 1   1.0
 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS ½   0.5
 Areshchenko, Alex. UKR ½   0.5
 Iturrizaga, Eduardo VEN ½   0.5
 Jobava, Baadur GEO ½   0.5
 Motylev, Alexander RUS 1   1.0
 Najer, Evgeniy RUS 0   0.0
 Zhou, Weiqi CHN 0   0.0
 Kamsky, Gata USA 1   1.0
 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS ½   0.5
 Milos, Gilberto BRA ½   0.5
 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL ½   0.5
 Bologan, Viktor MDA ½   0.5
 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 1   1.0
 Onischuk, Alexander USA 0   0
 Li, Chao CHN 0   0.0
 Pelletier, Yannick SUI 1   1.0
 Polgar, Judit HUN ½   0.5
 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU ½   0.5


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