World Cup R5: Gelfand and Ponomariov join Malakhov and Karjakin

12/5/2009 – It was not a protracted tiebreak, which can theoretically go over 15 games. It took just three for Boris Gelfand and Ruslan Ponomariov to get into the semifinals. The Israeli GM beat Dmitry Jakovenko in two rapid games, and drew one; the Ukrainian took out Vugar Gashimov with the same result (that makes it 2:0 for Ukraine over Azerbaijan in the quarterfinals). Full illustrated 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 five tiebreaks


So you will hide this carefully, yes? They made fun of it in their previous report...


Boris Gelfand drew his first game against Dmitry Jakovenko, and in the second...

Gelfand,Boris - Jakovenko,Dmitry [D38]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (5.4), 05.12.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Rc1 c6 8.e3 Qa5 9.Bd3 Ne4 10.0-0 Nxg5 11.Nxg5 Nf6 12.Qc2 h6 13.Nf3 Bd6 14.h3 0-0 15.Ne5 c5 16.Nb5 Bxe5 17.dxe5 Nd7 18.f4 c4 19.Bh7+ Kh8 20.Nd6 Nc5 21.Rcd1 b6 22.Rxd5 Ba6 23.Be4 Rab8 24.a3 c3

White is already winning, but we can enjoy the final flurry: 25.b4 Qxa3 26.bxc5 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 bxc5 28.Rd1 Qb2 29.Rc1 a5 30.Bd5 1-0.


Well, it was good while it lasted – ousted GM Dmitry Jakovenko


Ruslan Ponomariov was quite ruthless, winning his first two games against Vugar Gashimov

Ponomariov,Ruslan - Gashimov,Vugar [A35]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (5.3), 05.12.2009
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 d6 6.a3 Bg7 7.Rb1 a5 8.0-0 0-0 9.d3 h6 10.Bd2 Be6 11.Qa4 Bd7 12.Rfc1 Nd4 13.Qd1 Nxf3+ 14.Bxf3 Bc6 15.b4 Bxf3 16.exf3 axb4 17.axb4 b6 18.f4 Ra3 19.Nb5 Ra2 20.Be3 Qd7 21.Rc2 Ra4 22.bxc5 dxc5 23.Rcb2 Ra6 24.Rb3 Ng4 25.Bd2 h5 26.h3 Nh6 27.Kg2 Nf5 28.g4 hxg4 29.hxg4 Nh6 30.Kg3 Ra2 31.Be3 f5 32.g5 Ng4 33.Qf3 e6 34.Rh1 Rfa8 35.Nc3 Bxc3 36.Rxc3 R8a3 37.Rxa3 Rxa3 38.Rb1 Nxe3

39.Rxb6?! White sacrifices the piece. 39...Nf1+ 40.Kg2 Nd2 41.Qe2 Rxd3 42.Qe5. White is threatening 43.Rb8+ followed by mate, but Black can easily defend and must surely be winning. 42...Kh7 43.Qxc5 Ne4 44.Qb4 Qf7 45.c5

45...Rd7? 45...Qe7 was required. Now White is winning. 46.c6. Rc7 47.Rb7 e5 48.Rxc7 1-0.


Maybe a bit lucky in the first game, but still a convincing victory for Ponomariov


Arbiters Anatoliy Bykhovskiy, Faik Gasanov


So is it possible that the Ukrainians might be getting strength from Earth Rays seeping
upwards into the tournament hall? Faik Gasanov, who hails from Azerbaijan

Click to replay the tiebreak games.

Photos by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE

Results of round five

 Players  G1  G2  R1  R1  R3   Tot
 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)
½
½
½
1
1
3.5
 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)
½
½
½
0
0
1.5
             
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
½
½
1
1
½
3.5
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
½
½
0
0
½
1.5
             
 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
0
½
     
0.5
 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)
1
½
     
1.5
             
 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
1
½
     
1.5
 Mamedyarov, Shakh. (AZE)
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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