Azerbaijan takes a pounding from Kramnik and Karjakin

5/8/2009 – After scoring a narrow 4.5-3.5 win in the first two rounds, the FIDE World team turned on the heat on the second day, defeating the Azerbaijan selection by a resounding 8.5-3-5 points – with Vladimir Kramnik winning all three games, and Sergey Karjakin two. FIDE World now leads 13-7. Report with results and games (many still missing or incomplete) and some pictures from Baku.

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The President's Cup – Azerbaijan vs FIDE World – is an eight-round rapid chess tournament pitting the best players in the Republic of Azeirbaijan against a FIDE selection of top players from the rest of the world. The latter includes current World Champion Viswanathan Anand and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. The games are played in the capital Baku, in the "UNS" Creative Stage theatre, starting in the late afternoon local time – 15:00h CEST.

Second day

Round 3: Friday, May 8th, 2009

Anand, Viswanathan 
½-½
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Shirov, Alexei 
½-½
 Radjabov, Teimour
Gashimov, Vugar 
½-½
 Karjakin, Sergey
Guseinov, Gadir 
0-1
 Kramnik, Vladimir

Round 4: Friday, May 8th, 2009

Karjakin, Sergey 
1-0
 Radjabov, Teimour
Gashimov, Vugar 
½-½
 Shirov, Alexei
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 
0-1
 Kramnik, Vladimir
Mamedov, Rauf 
½-½
 Anand, Viswanathan

Round 5: Friday, May 8th, 2009

Karjakin, Sergey 
1-0
 Gashimov, Vugar
Kramnik, Vladimir 
1-0
 Guseinov, Gadir
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 
½-½
 Anand, Viswanathan
Radjabov, Teimour 
½-½
 Shirov, Alexei

The total score after five rounds of play is

Azerbaijan  
7 - 13
  FIDE World

Picture Gallery by Leontxo Garcia


An historic picture – in 1998 the president of the Azerbaijan, Aliyev Heyidar, poses with Rauf Mamedov (10 years old), Vugar Gashimov (12), Teimour Radjabov (11) and Gadir Guseinov (11) – the four best players in their age group.


Today you see these young boys as world-class players on posters


The FIDE World team, with players from Hindustan, Rusiya, Ispaniya and Ukraina


Aned both teams in the glass front of the theatre


Bustle at the start of a round in the carpeted Theatre venue


Spotted in the audience: Alexander Karjakin, Sergey's father; Marie-Laure, wife of Vladimir Kramnik; Aruna, wife of Vishy Anand, and Marina Makarycheva, Russian TV journalist


Taking a break: today's big winners Sergey Karjakin and Vladimir Kramnik (with Marie-Laure)

Schedule

Saturday, May 8, 2009 16:00h Round six
  17:30h Round seven
  19:00h Round eight
  20:30h Closing ceremony

Links

The game scores coming out of Baku are not in great condition – many are incomplete or missing. We will be updating the PGN file with the help of our colleague at TWIC. In the meantime you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light to read, replay and analyse the PGN games. It also gives you immediate access to the Playchess.com server.



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