World Cup R2 tiebreaks: The 2700 clashes are coming

9/2/2011 – In the second round, nearly half the matches were pushed into the tie-break phase, and one surprise exit was Michael Adams, who has a superb record in KO events, losing to the Danish GM Heine-Nielsen. Most of the favourites avoided surprises, such as Karjakin, Grischuk, Ponomariov and Svidler. Vallejo Pons was unable to complete his comeback against Cuban Bruzón Batista. Illustrated report.

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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 tiebreaks

Round two of the World ChessCup ended on September 2 in Khanty-Mansiysk. Nineteen participants of round three were determined yesterday, with the remainder contested on tie-breaks. One of the most successful knock-out players in the world Michael Adams (England) was unable to advance to the next round.


Though the rating difference is not large, it was still a surprise to see Adams eliminated
by Heine-Nielsen considering how well he usually does in knockout events.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.02"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Nielsen, Peter Heine"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B50"] [WhiteElo "2715"] [BlackElo "2681"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Bxc6 Bxc6 8. Bg5 e6 9. Qd3 Be7 10. Nd4 O-O 11. O-O-O Rc8 12. f4 Qa5 13. Kb1 Rfd8 14. g4 Be8 15. f5 Bd7 16. Rhg1 Qa6 17. Qf3 Rc4 18. Bc1 e5 19. g5 Rxc3 20. Qxc3 Nxe4 21. Qf3 d5 22. Nb3 Qc6 23. h4 g6 24. f6 Bf8 25. Nd2 Nd6 26. Nf1 Bf5 27. Qb3 Nc4 28. Rg2 d4 29. Rf2 Be6 30. Qg3 e4 31. h5 e3 32. Rh2 Na3+ 33. bxa3 Qc4 34. Bxe3 Qxa2+ 35. Kc1 dxe3 0-1

The tie-break games at the World Cup go as follows: two 25-minute games with 10 bonus seconds per move, then, if the first two games end in a draw, two semi-blitz games are played with 10 minutes and a ten-second increment per move. If after this, the overall score is still tied 2-2, the match proceeds to two blitz games at the rate of five minutes plus three seconds per move. Finally, if the score is still tied at this point, the seventh and last game is the Armageddon: White gets five minutes, and Black gets four, and White must win to advance. Both sides receive a three-second increment per move after move 61.


Cuban GM Lázaro Bruzón Batista prevented Vallejo Pons from
completing his comeback and won the tiebreak.

Eleven matches out of thirteen were decided in rapid games already. Not one player of the six who lost their first game was able to strike back, and four of them lost the second game as well.


After drawing the classical games, Grischuk won 2-0 in the first set of rapid games

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.02"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Black "Moiseenko, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2679"] [BlackElo "2715"] [PlyCount "98"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Qc7 5. O-O Nd4 6. Re1 a6 7. Bc4 e6 8. e5 b5 9. Bf1 Nxf3+ 10. Qxf3 Bb7 11. Qg3 Nh5 12. Qh4 g6 13. d3 Be7 14. Bg5 Qd8 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Qg4 f5 17. Qd1 O-O 18. Be2 Nf4 19. Bf3 Bxf3 20. Qxf3 g5 21. Rad1 Ng6 22. d4 g4 23. Qe3 c4 24. d5 f4 25. Qd4 Rf5 26. dxe6 dxe6 27. Nd5 Qh4 28. Nc7 Rh5 29. h3 Rf8 30. Nxe6 gxh3 31. Nxf8 hxg2 32. Qd5+ Kxf8 33. Qd8+ Qxd8 34. Rxd8+ Ke7 35. Red1 f3 36. R1d7+ Ke6 37. Rd6+ Kf5 38. Rf6+ Ke4 39. Rd4+ Kxd4 40. Rxf3 Nxe5 41. Rf4+ Kd5 42. Kxg2 Rg5+ 43. Kf1 h5 44. Rf6 Rg6 45. Rf5 Ke4 46. Rxh5 Nf3 47. Rh1 b4 48. c3 bxc3 49. bxc3 Ke5 0-1


Karjakin had little trouble during the rapid games and secured his spot in round three

Results of round two

Name
G1
G2
 R1
 R2
 r3
 r4
 B1
 B2
 SD
Tot
 Karjakin, Sergey (RUS)
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
 So, Wesley (PHI)
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
 
 Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)
0
½
             
0.5
 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
 Fridman, Daniel (GER)
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
 
 Ni, Hua (CHN)
½
½
½
½
½
½
     
2.5
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
½
½
½
½
1
½
     
3.5
 
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
1
½
             
1.5
 Azarov, Sergei (BLR)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Feller, Sebastien (FRA)
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
 
 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
½
½
1
1
     
4.0
 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son (VIE)
½
½
½
½
0
0
     
2.0
 
 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
½
0
         
1.5
 Bruzón Batista, Lázaro (CUB)
1
0
½
1
         
2.5
 
 Onischuk, Alexander (USA)
½
0
             
0.5
 Navara, David (CZE)
½
1
             
1.5
 
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA)
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
 Bu, Xiangzhi (RUS)
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
 
 Bologan, Viktor (MDA)
0
½
             
0.5
 Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB) 
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Ivanov, Alexander (USA)
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
 Lysyj, Igor (RUS)
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
 
 Gupta, Abhijeet (IND)
½
1
             
1.5
 Shankland, Samuel L (USA)
½
0
             
0.5
 
 Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR)
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
 Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS)
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
 
 Grachev, Boris (RUS)
0
½
             
0.5
 Le, Quang Liem (VIE)
1
½
             
1.5
 
 Adams, Michael (ENG)
½
½
½
0
         
1.5
 Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN)
½
½
½
1
         
2.5
 
 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
             
0.5
 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)
½
1
             
1.5
 
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
 Riazantsev, Alexander (RUS)
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
 
 Filippov, Anton (UZB)
1
0
0
0
         
1.0
 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
0
1
1
1
         
3.0
 
 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
1
         
3.0
 Felgaer, Ruben (ARG)
0
1
0
0
         
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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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
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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