World Cup R6 TB: Grischuk makes it to the final

9/14/2011 – The first rapid tiebreak ended in a nice win by Alexander Grischuk, in the second Vassily Ivanchuk bounced back with a convincing win of his own. Then came the accelerated rapids – ten-minute time controls. In the first tragedy struck when Ivanchuk, in a potentially winning position, blundered horribly and lost. The finals start on Friday, with Peter Svidler playing Alexander Grischuk. llustrated 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 six tie-break

Alexander Grischuk (Russia) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) exchanged victories in their rapid games (25 minutes plus ten second per move), then Grischuk took the upper hand in the two ten-minute games, spurred by a capital blunder in a possibly winning position by Ivanchuk.

In the first game Grischuk (above right), in his own words, played well: "I got an opening advantage and then transposed to a very unpleasant ending for Black, which Vassily was unable to hold."

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.14"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C02"] [WhiteElo "2746"] [BlackElo "2768"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. Be2 Nge7 7. O-O Nf5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Bd3 Nfe7 10. Nbd2 Ng6 11. Nb3 Bb6 12. Re1 Qb8 13. Qe2 Bc7 14. Bxg6 hxg6 15. h4 Rh5 16. Bg5 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18. Qxe5 Qxe5 19. Rxe5 f6 20. Re3 fxg5 21. hxg5 Rxg5 22. Nc5 O-O-O 23. Nxe6 Bxe6 24. Rxe6 d4 25. cxd4 Rxd4 26. Rae1 Rd7 27. g3 a6 28. R1e2 Rf7 29. Rc2+ Kd7 30. Rb6 Kd8 31. Kg2 Ra5 32. a3 g5 33. Rd6+ Ke7 34. Rc7+ Kxd6 35. Rxf7 Rb5 36. b4 a5 37. bxa5 Ke6 38. Rxg7 Rxa5 39. Kh3 Kf6 40. Rxb7 Rxa3 41. Kg4 Ra4+ 42. Kh5 {This position should still be defensible.} g4 $2 {A miscalculation. Now White can force a win.} (42... Ra2 43. f3 Ra5 {was the way to proceed.}) 43. Rb6+ Kf5 44. Rb8 ({and it's over, e. g.} 44. Rb8 Rd4 45. Rf8+ Ke6 46. Kg5 Rc4 47. Rf6+ Ke7 48. Rf4) 1-0

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.14"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A30"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2746"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6 5. g3 Qb6 6. Nc2 Ne5 7. b3 Qc6 8. f3 Nf6 9. Bb2 Qc7 10. Nc3 a6 11. f4 Ng6 12. e4 d6 13. Qf3 b6 14. O-O-O Bb7 15. Kb1 Be7 16. g4 e5 $2 {Grischuk: "I have a horrible position, and after this move it was completely lost. Vassily didn't give me a chance."} 17. g5 Nd7 18. f5 Nf4 19. Rg1 g6 20. Ne3 Nc5 21. h4 Bc6 22. Rg4 Qb7 23. Rxf4 exf4 24. Ned5 O-O-O 25. b4 Na4 26. Nxa4 Bxa4 27. Rc1 Kb8 28. b5 gxf5 29. Qa3 fxe4 30. bxa6 Qxa6 31. Nxe7 Qa7 32. Bxh8 Rxh8 33. Qxd6+ Qc7 34. Qf6 Rd8 35. Nd5 Qd6 36. Qxf4 Qxf4 37. Nxf4 Rd2 38. Be2 Rd4 39. Nd5 Kb7 40. Rf1 Rd2 41. Rxf7+ Ka6 42. a3 1-0

Grischuk: "In the third game I played in Polgar style: my combination was absolutely unsound, but all the pieces on the board started to hang, and my opponent resigned in three moves. This is so typical for Judit!"

Playing like Judit: Russian GM Alexander Grischuk

Ivanchuk executing his 21st move in the first accelerated rapid chess tiebreak game

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.14"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C02"] [WhiteElo "2746"] [BlackElo "2768"] [PlyCount "69"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. Be2 Nge7 7. O-O Ng6 8. g3 Be7 9. h4 O-O 10. h5 Nh8 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. b4 Be7 13. b5 Na5 14. h6 f5 15. hxg7 Kxg7 16. Kg2 Ng6 17. Rh1 Rf7 18. Bh6+ Kh8 19. Nbd2 Qc7 20. Rc1 Rg8 21. c4 d4 22. Bd3 b6 23. Nxd4 Qxe5 24. N2f3 Qc7 25. Ng5 Bxg5 26. Bxg5 e5 27. Qh5 Bc8 28. c5 exd4 29. cxb6 Bb7+ ({Black could have tried} 29... Qxb6) 30. Kg1 (30. f3 { was better.}) 30... Qe5 31. Rc7 Rxc7 32. bxc7 Rg7 33. Rh2 {[#]} Rxc7 $4 (33... f4 {is winning for Black.}) 34. Qxg6 Rc1+ 35. Bxc1 1-0

The blunder on move 33 that sent the Ukrainian veteran packing

Lost this match by a single move: Vassily Ivanchuk

Thursday, September 15 is a free day at the World Cup. The matches Grischuk-Svidler and Ivanchuk-Ponomariov begin on Friday, September 16. Grischuk and Ivanchuk will play White.

Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk are very good friends. In Spring 2011 Svidler was Grischuk's second during the Candidates Matches, where Grischuk also reached the final. Ruslan Ponomariov and Vassily Ivanchuk played a World Championship match in January 2002, almost ten years ago. Will Ivanchuk manage to avenge his loss? The winner of this match earns the last spot in the 2012 World Championship Candidates (the first two spots are already secured by Grischuk and Svidler).

Results of round six

 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)  
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)

Remaining schedule of the World Chess Cup 2011

Date Day Time   Rounds
15.09.2011 Thursday   Free Day
16.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Round 7, game 1
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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