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World Cup R3: Two Chinese players default – for smoking

11/29/2009 – After the first rapid chess tiebreak game Wang Yue and Lie Chao went to the smoking area. An arbiter warned them that their games were starting in three minutes, and then again a minute before the starting gong. But the two arrived two minutes late at the board and lost their games by forfeit. Both were subsequently eliminated. Results, pictures, games and interview.
 

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 final

The official World Cup bulletin states: "Two Chinese players, Wang Yue and Li Chao, were late for the second game of the tiebreaks against Vugar Gashimov (AZE) and Etienne Bacrot (FRA) respectively. According to the FIDE regulations the games were forfeited." More about this in the interview below.


The arbiter discusses the situation with the players (Wang Yue and Li Chao left) and their captain

Apparently both players were in the smoking area after the first rapid chess tiebreak game. The arbiter went to the area and announced that the games would start in three minutes, and then again in one minute. Unfortunately Wang and Li arrived at their boards two minutes after the starting time and lost their games by forfeit. Both went on to lose their third rapid chess game and were thus eliminated from the World Cup 2009.


The Chinese team discuss the decision of the arbiter amongst themselves

Wang Yue and Li Chao: "We are not going to quit smoking!"

The official bulletin states the reason given by the Chinese grandmasters for being late "is ridiculous: they were smoking and did not know that the game had already started." The following interview was conducted with the two:

How happened that you missed the start of the game?

Wang Yue: I don't know what happened. I was smoking with Li Chao and some fellow told us: “Guys, I think you are late for your game”. Of course we rushed into the playing hall. But it was already too late.

What did you feel at that moment?

I did not understand what happened. Okay, these are the rules, I cannot break them. But I was shocked. It seemed that the world has stopped.

Did you try to speak with the Arbiter?

Sure, we spoke with the Chief Arbiter. He said: “These are the regulations, we should follow them. The decision is final and nothing can be changed. You should take it, go and prepare for the next game." I think it was a wise advice.

Was the decision fair to your mind?

Yes, this was correct and fair decision. The only decision that could be taken. We cannot do anything. We just need to accept it. In China at all chess tournaments a big screen with the information about the tournament is used. A player can go to the toilet, to smoke or to do something else. But thanks to this screen he always knows how much time he has before the start of the game. Here there is no screen. But we hope that they will use it in future. Most of all I feel pity for Li Chao: he started smoking here, in Khanty, to join my smoking company.

Perhaps now it is a good reason to quit smoking? Less chances to get into a trouble and more chances to be healthy.

I don't think so… After such a shock you only think to take a long smoke!

How are you going to recover?

Nothing special… We will have rest. Tomorrow a long trip back home

Li Chao (sarcastically): Most probably I will carefully study the regulations of the World Cup!

Interview by FIDE

Round three tiebreaks


Ready for anything: GM Etienne Bacrot arrives at the playing venue


Boris Gelfand beat Judit Polgar in their first rapid chess tiebreak game (with the black pieces) and drew the next two to advance to the next stage. In the picture above the two are watched by Li Chao and Fabiano Caruana. It is the third
tiebreak game, at move 55. Gelfand won it in 62 moves.


Viktor Bologan (left) drew one and lost two against Czech GM Viktor Laznicka, who advanced


Sergey Karjakin (left) won three rapid chess games against Czech GM David Navara


Fabiano Caruana won the third game against Evgeny Alekseev to advance to the next round


Alexander Grischuk vs Baadur Jobava was a tough fight: the rapid games ended in a tie,
with a win and a draw for each player. Then Grischuk won the first two blitz games to andvance.


The most exciting tiebreak encounter in round three: Arkadij Naiditsch vs Peter Svidler. After two draws Naiditsch took the lead, Svidler equalised and then went on to take the first two blitz games and victory.


That was a tough one! Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler both had six games to play


Still in Khanty-Mansiysk: Chinese GM Hou Yifan surfs the Internet in the press room

Photos by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE


Results of round three final

 Players  G1  G2  R1  R2  R3  R4  B1  B2   Tot
 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)
1
0
1
½
1
     
3.5
 Polgar, Judit (HUN)
0
1
0
½
0
     
1.5
                   
 Li, Chao (CHN)
½
½
½
0
0
     
1.5
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
½
½
½
1
1
     
3.5
                   
 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
½
½
½
½
0
1
1
1
5.0
 Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER)
½
½
½
½
1
0
0
0
3.0
                   
 Bologan, Viktor (MDA)
½
½
½
0
0
     
1.5
 Laznicka, Viktor (CZE)
½
½
½
1
1
     
3.5
                   
 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
½
0
1
½
0
0
3.0
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
½
½
½
1
0
½
1
1
5.0
                   
 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)
1
0
1
½
½
1
   
4.0
 Areshchenko, Alex. (UKR)
0
1
0
½
½
0
   
2.0
                   
 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
½
½
½
1
1
     
3.5
 Wang, Yue (CHN)
½
½
½
0
0
     
1.5
                   
 Eljanov, Pavel (UKR)
½
½
0
0
0
     
1.0
 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)
½
½
1
1
1
     
4.0
                   
 Navara, David (CZE)
1
0
0
0
0
     
1.0
 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
0
1
1
1
1
     
4.0
                   
 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
½
½
1
½
   
3.5
 Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)
½
½
½
½
0
½
   
2.5
                   
 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

Pairings for the next round

 Players  G1  G2  R1  R2  R3  R4   Tot
 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)              
 Vachier-Lagrave, Max. (FRA)              
               
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)              
 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)              
               
 Svidler, Peter (RUS)              
 Shirov, Alexei (ESP)              
               
 Mamedyarov, Shak. (AZE)              
 Laznicka, Viktor (CZE)              
               
 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)              
 Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS)              
               
 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)              
 So, Wesley (PHI)              
               
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)              
 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)              
               
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)              
 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)              

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