Few upsets in World Cup on day one

by ChessBase
11/22/2009 – Ruslan Ponomariov, who picked up from his compatriot Ivanchuk and played in an anti-viral mask, was only able to draw against Essam El Gindy of Egypt, while Alexander Grischuk did the same against Indian IM Jha Sriram. Those were two of the handful of surprises on day one of the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Illustrated report with games and results.

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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.

Results of round one game one

In the following list "upsets" are given in italics.

No.  Player  Player R1 R2
1  Gelfand, Boris (ISR)  Obodchuk, Andrei (RUS) 1-0  
2  Sarwat, Walaa (EGY)  Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) 0-1  
3  Svidler, Peter (RUS)  Hebert, Jean (CAN) 1-0  
4  Abdel Razik, Khaled (EGY)  Morozevich, Alexander (RUS) 0-1  
5  Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)  Ezat, Mohamed (EGY) 1-0  
6  Bezgodov, Alexei (RUS)  Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) 0-1  
7  Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)  El Gindy, Essam (EGY) ½-½  
8  Sriram, Jha (IND)  Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) ½-½  
9  Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)  Rizouk, Aimen (ALG) 1-0  
10  Kabanov, Nikolai (RUS)  Wang, Yue (CHN) 0-1  
11  Eljanov, Pavel (UKR)  Al Sayed, Mohamad N. (QAT) 1-0  
12  Rodriguez Vila, Andres (URU)  Karjakin, Sergey (UKR) 0-1  
13  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)  Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS) 1-0  
14  Kunte, Abhijit (IND)  Shirov, Alexei (ESP) ½-½  
15  Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB)  Smerdon, David (AUS) ½-½  
16  Yu, Yangyi (CHN)  Movsesian, Sergei (SVK) 1-0  
17  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA)  Yu, Shaoteng (CHN) ½-½  
18  Pridorozhni, Aleksei (RUS)  Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS) ½-½  
19  Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS)  Ivanov, Alexander (USA) 1-0  
20  Friedel, Joshua E (USA)  Wang, Hao (CHN) 0-1  
21  Navara, David (CZE)  Laylo, Darwin (PHI) 1-0  
22  Amin, Bassem (EGY)  Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) 0-1  
23  Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)  Nijboer, Friso (NED) ½-½  
24  Morovic Fernandez, Ivan (CHI)  Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) 0-1  
25  Jobava, Baadur (GEO)  Robson, Ray (USA) 1-0  
26  Hess, Robert L (USA)  Motylev, Alexander (RUS) ½-½  
27  Kamsky, Gata (USA)  Antonio, Rogelio Jr (PHI) 1-0  
28  Gupta, Abhijeet (IND)  Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS) ½-½  
29  Bologan, Viktor (MDA)  Adly, Ahmed (EGY) 1-0  
30  Hou, Yifan (CHN)  Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER) ½-½  
31  Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN)  Pelletier, Yannick (SUI) ½-½  
33  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROU)  Lupulescu, Constantin (ROU) 1-0  
34  Li, Chao b (CHN)  Sargissian, Gabriel (ARM) ½-½  
35  Onischuk, Alexander (USA)  Flores, Diego (ARG) ½-½  
36  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy (UKR)  Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) ½-½  
37  Efimenko, Zahar (UKR)  Milos, Gilberto (BRA) 0-1  
38  Zhou, Weiqi (CHN)  Sutovsky, Emil (ISR) ½-½  
39  Najer, Evgeniy (RUS)  Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan (IRI) 1-0  
40  Iturrizaga, Eduardo (VEN)  Tiviakov, Sergei (NED) ½-½  
41  Areshchenko, Alexander (UKR)  Corrales Jimenez, Fidel (CUB) 1-0  
42  L'Ami, Erwin (NED)  Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND) ½-½  
43  Smirin, Ilia (ISR)  Ehlvest, Jaan (USA) 1-0  
44  Shabalov, Alexander (USA)  Baklan, Vladimir (UKR) 1-0  
45  Ganguly, Surya Shekhar (IND)  Filippov, Anton (UZB) 1-0  
46  Khalifman, Alexander (RUS)  Fier, Alexandr (BRA) ½-½  
47  Fressinet, Laurent (FRA)  Sjugirov, Sanan (RUS) 1-0  
48  Petrosian, Tigran L. (ARM)  Meier, Georg (GER) ½-½  
49  Grachev, Boris (RUS)  Bartel, Mateusz (POL) ½-½  
50  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB)  Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) ½-½  
51  Sokolov, Ivan (NED)  Fedorchuk, Sergey A. (UKR) 0-1  
52  Negi, Parimarjan (IND)  Milov, Vadim (SUI) 1-0  
53  Timofeev, Artyom (RUS)  Leitao, Rafael (BRA) ½-½  
54  Gustafsson, Jan (GER)  Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) 1-0  
55  Savchenko, Boris (RUS)  Shulman, Yuri (USA) ½-½  
56  Sandipan, Chanda (IND)  Kobalia, Mikhail (RUS) 1-0  
57  Tkachiev, Vladislav (FRA)  Le, Quang Liem (VIE) ½-½  
58  Akobian, Varuzhan (USA)  Tregubov, Pavel V. (RUS) 1-0  
59  So, Wesley (PHI)  Guseinov, Gadir (AZE) 1-0  
60  Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS)  Granda Zuniga, Julio E (PER) ½-½  
61  Laznicka, Viktor (CZE)  Papaioannou, Ioannis (GRE) 1-0  
62  Nyback, Tomi (FIN)  Andreikin, Dmitry (RUS) 1-0  
63  Mamedov, Rauf (AZE)  Zhou, Jianchao (CHN) ½-½  
64  Volkov, Sergey (RUS)  Amonatov, Farrukh (TJK) 0-1  

GM Dusko Pavasovic, the opponent of Judith Polgar, was not able to make it to Khanty-Mansiysk in time. Their game (number 32 in the pairings) was not played.

The playing hall in Khanty-Mansiysk – not exactly packed with spectators

The head arbiter has an overview of all the tables and all the games

It's catching on: Ruslan Ponomariov with a anti swine flu mask. It may have thwarted
the flu viruses, but it didn't help in the game – Ponomariov drew against...

... GM Essam El Gindy of Egypt, rated 246 Elo points below him.

Playing without a mask Vassily Ivanchuk easily won his black game against
GM Alexei Bezgodov of Russia, 255 points below him on the rating scale

Even the arbiters wear masks in these days of pandemic alarms

Abdel Razik,K (2469) - Morozevich,A (2750) [D90]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (1.1), 21.11.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.g3 dxc4 6.Qa4+ Nfd7 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.Bf4 Nb6 9.Qb5 0-0 10.0-0-0 a5 11.d5 Nb4 12.Qc5?

12...Bxc3 13.bxc3 Nxa2+ 14.Kb1 Nxc3+ 15.Ka1 Qe8 16.Qa3 Nbxd5 17.Rxd5 Nxd5 18.Bh6 Ra6 19.Rc1 b5 20.Qb2 c3 21.Qb3 b4 22.Bxf8 Kxf8 0-1.

Alexander Grischuk worked hard on a rook ending with an extra pawn but was unable
to overcome the defence of Indian IM Jha Sriram rated 233 Elo points below him.

Pavel Eljanov was lucky to get the full point when his 225-point weaker opponent blundered

Eljanov,P (2729) - Al Sayed,Mohamad (2504) [E97]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (1.1), 21.11.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Qc2 Nh5 10.g3 f5 11.Ng5 f4 12.Qd1 Nf6 13.c5 h6 14.Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 Nc6 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.Nd5 Kh7 18.gxf4 Nxe4 19.Kh1 Qh4 20.Qc2 Nxf2+ 21.Rxf2 Nd4 22.Qe4 Qxf2 23.Bd3 Qf3+ 24.Qxf3 Nxf3 25.e7 Rfe8 26.f5 gxf5 27.Bxf5+ Kh8 28.Be3 Nd4 29.Bxd4 exd4 30.Rg1

30...Rac8?? Simply putting the rook en prise and worse in an essentially drawn position. 31.Bxc8 Rxc8 32.Nc7 1-0.

Parimarjan Negi, India, won a nice game against GM Vadim Milov of Switzerland

Ray Robson, the hottest US talent, did not survive against Georgian GM Baadur Jobava

All photos courtesy of FIDE

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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