World Cup R3: Kamsky eliminated by So

11/29/2009 – That was the shocker on day two of round three: 16-year-old Wesley So held Super-GM Gata Kamsky to a draw and eliminated him from the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk. Other players knocked out: Sakaev, Motylev, Tomashevsky, Wang Hao, Yu Yangyi. Ten tiebreaks on Sunday – you can watch them from 11:00 a.m. CET on Playchess. Illustrated report plus an interview with Gata Kamsky.

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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 three day two


Appropriate dress for the modern grandmaster playing chess in Siberia


Baadur Jobova and his trainer Alexander Beliavsky are perfectly capable of coping


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – Shakh Mamedyarov and his manager Rustam Najafov


Inside the warm and cosy playing hall Peter Svidler and Boris Gelfand working hard

Polgar,Ju (2680) - Gelfand,B (2758) [C24]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.2), 28.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Qe2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bb3 d6 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.c3 a5 9.a4 b5 10.Bc2 Ba6 11.axb5 cxb5 12.Nbd2 Qc7 13.d4 a4 14.Bd3 Rfb8 15.Nh4 g6

16.f4 exf4 17.Ndf3 Nh5 18.Bd2 Nb6 19.g4 fxg3 20.Ng5

20.Nc4 (20...Bxg5 was almost certainly better) 21.Nf5 (pretty, but why not simply 21.Rxf7?) 21...Bxg5 22.Bxg5 f6 23.Bh4 gxh2+ 24.Qxh2 Rf8 25.Be2 gxf5 26.Bxh5 fxe4 27.Qf4

Boris Gelfand has lost the advantage he enjoyed for much of the game. Now he throws it all away: 27...f5? 28.Kh1! Kh8 29.Rg1 Rf7 30.Bxf7 Qxf7 31.Qh6 Rf8 32.Rg6 and Black will be mated. 1-0.


Boris Gelfand with a surprising setback against...


...this lady, mother of two, who remains a class of her own in the history of women's chess

After his loss in the first game of this round Sergey Karjakin came back with a vengeance, demolishing David Navara's French Defence for a win in 40 moves. The two move into the tiebreak games.


Wesley So about to send another super-GM packing in round three

Gata Kamsky tried the Leningrad System of the Dutch Defence in his must-win black games against Wesley So, but the young Pinoy grandmaster was never in serious danger and, with the draw in 42 moves, had erased another famous name from the World Cup table.


Evgeny Tomashevsky facing Alexei Shirov in game two of round three

Shirov-Tomashevsky was 24 moves of Ruy Lopez Archangelsk theory, with Black deviating (24...Bxd4N) and just about holding on, until the last move before the time control.

Shirov,A (2719) - Tomashevsky,E (2708) [C78]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.2), 28.11.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7 7.c3 Nxe4 8.d4 Na5 9.Bc2 exd4 10.b4 Nc4 11.Bxe4 Bxe4 12.Re1 d5 13.Nxd4 c5 14.bxc5 Bxc5 15.f3 0-0 16.fxe4 dxe4 17.Rxe4 Qd5 18.Qf3 Ne5 19.Qf5 Rae8 20.Nd2 g6 21.Qf4 b4 22.Bb2 bxc3 23.Bxc3 Nc6 24.Kh1 Bxd4 25.Rxd4 Nxd4 26.Bxd4 Re2 27.Nf3 f6 28.h3 Re4 29.Qd2 Rd8 30.Rd1 Re6 31.Qc3 Qc6 32.Qb3 Rdd6 33.Rb1 Kg7 34.Qb8 Re7 35.Be3 Rdd7 36.Rb6 Qc3 37.Bf4 a5 38.Kh2 Qc4 39.Bg3 Re6 40.Rb2

This game could easily end in a draw, but not after Black's final move before the first time control: 40...Re2?? 41.Bd6 Threatening Qf8#, which Black must give up an exchange to prevent. 1-0.


It's back to Beijing for GM Wang Hao, knocked out by Shakh Mamedyarov


Everything going great, chief! Berik Balgabaev, personal assistant to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Interview with Gata Kamsky


Berik interviews Gata Kamsky in a press conference after the American was knocked out by Wesley So

How come that you became another victim of the new star of the Cup – So?

Everything is clear: my opponent was better prepared and I was always choosing the wrong openings. In the first game I played recklessly and got a problematic position. I thought I could manage to beat this fellow on class. But he turned out to be very serious chess player. In the second game I had to solve a difficult problem: it is almost impossible to beat a good player with black. I played the Dutch Defense, sacrificed a pawn and got some chances. But at one point I went too far and the advantages for my opponent were clear enough. I offered a draw so as not to suffer…

Perhaps you underestimated your opponent?

No, it is not the case. So was playing better and he deserved the victory.

Could it be the case that you did not take the Cup seriously. You have already guaranteed your participation in the Candidates Matches.

This kind of thoughts perhaps did bother me. But it is not the reason of my elimination.

Why then did not you invite a second to help you? As we remember Emil Sutovsky was helping you in the last Cup after being knocked out?

Let's say neither me nor Emil had an opportunity to cooperate here. I just prefer to play without a second lately. There is another reason. A second or a coach should be paid, and a good coach should be paid well. We were working with Emil at the match against Veselin Topalov. The American Chess Federation did not support me in this cooperation. Well, you can develop the idea yourself now…

After your victory at the World Cup 2007 you have had an ascent of your career…

And now I am experiencing a descent… Like Kramnik says, it is high time to draw conclusions. There is only one difference: Kramnik has drawn them, I have not done so yet…

Interview by FIDE, photos by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE


Results of round three

 Players  G1  G2   Tot
 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)
1
0
1.0
 Polgar, Judit (HUN)
0
1
1.0
       
 Li, Chao (CHN)
½
½
1.0
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
½
½
1.0
       
 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
½
½
1.0
 Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER)
½
½
1.0
       
 Bologan, Viktor (MDA)
½
½
1.0
 Laznicka, Viktor (CZE)
½
½
1.0
       
 Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS)
0
½
0.5
 Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS)
1
½
1.5
       
 Kamsky, Gata (USA)
0
½
0.5
 So, Wesley (PHI)
1
½
1.5
       
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
1
½
1.5
 Motylev, Alexander (RUS)
0
½
0.5
       
 Jobava, Baadur (GEO)
½
½
1.0
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
½
½
1.0
 
 Players  G1  G2   Tot
 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)
1
0
1.0
 Areshchenko, Alex. (UKR)
0
1
1.0
       
 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
½
½
1.0
 Wang, Yue (CHN)
½
½
1.0
       
 Eljanov, Pavel (UKR)
½
½
1.0
 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)
½
½
1.0
       
 Navara, David (CZE)
1
0
1.0
 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
0
1
1.0
       
 Mamedyarov, Shak. (AZE)
1
½
1.5
 Wang, Hao (CHN)
0
½
0.5
       
 Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS)
½
0
0.5
 Shirov, Alexei (ESP)
½
1
1.5
       
 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)
½
½
1.0
 Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)
½
½
1.0
       
 Vachier-Lagrave, Max. (FRA)
1
½
1.5
 Yu, Yangyi (CHN)
0
½
0.5

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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