FIDE World Cup Round 2.3 - Tiebreaks

by ChessBase
12/2/2005 – The playing hall just got a whole lot emptier in Khanty-Mansyisk. The field is down to just 32. It was a wild day of tiebreaks with four of the seventeen matches going to sudden-death blitz. The remaining players are looking more like the usual suspects. The lowest-rated survivor is 2565. Report, game highlights, and photo report right here.

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The FIDE World Chess Cup is being stage from November 26th to December 18th, 2005, in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia. This the 128-player event replaces what was known as the "FIDE Knockout World Championship" and serves as a qualifier for the Candidates stage of the world championship. The prize fund is US $1.5 million, with President Ilyumzhinov providing $300,000 for organisational costs.


Report by Mig Greengard – Pictures by Frits Agterdenbos

Three days ago, three matches went to the final sudden-death blitz game. Black, with draw odds, moved on in every case. In a fine case of chess karma, white won three out of four of today's armageddon battles. Tiviakov beat Korneev, Najer took out Mamedyarov, and van Wely beat Moiseenko. Najer's match was a wild one, with all five games won by white. He and Mamedyarov played some rather eclectic openings throughout. Van Wely achieved the improbable by coming back after losing the first tiebreak game with white. (Replay some selected games; photo report below.)

The four sudden death games on display.

America's Yuri Shulman held the sudden-death draw with black to eliminate Khalifman. Rook endgame play took a bit of a beating in their match, although we may compliment the winners of such games instead of criticizing the losers. Of course it's always something of a shame to see a top-level match reduced to crazy blitz in a world championship qualification event. Most of the tiebreaks, however, were settled in the first pair of rapid games.

Cuba's Bruzon moved into the third round with a very pretty sacrificial win in the first tiebreak game against Onischuk. Rublevsky-Sasikiran was a slugfest as well, with much to offer tactics lovers. Dreev ruined the dreams of the Philippines by knocking out Paragua. It looked like there was an upset in the making after Paragua won the first game, but the Russian veteran came back to win the next two and then hold the clinching draw.

Russia is looking good, still with seven players in the mix with Ukraine is keeping pace with four. The Netherlands has a perfect 3/3 in the final 32, matched in numbers by the Israeli trio. The USA is down to two of its original eight while Spain still has the two it started with. Carlsen is of course the youngest, having just turned 15 a few days ago. We are guaranteed a teen in the sweet sixteen since his opponent, Cheparinov, just turned 19.

Shulman,Y (2565) - Khalifman,A (2653) (2.5)

Instead of 25.Qh4?, White should have forced a draw immediately with a double piece sacrifice.

25.Bxe7! Kxe7 26.Rxd7+ Kxd7 27.Qxf7+ Kc8 28.Qe8+ Kb7 29.Qc6+=

25...h5 26.Be3 [26.Bxe7? Qe5+] Qe5+ 27.g3 Ra4 28.Rc7 Kd8 29.Rc6 Rxe4 30.Bd2 f6 31.Bf4 Qxd5 32.Ra6 Re1 0-1

Kazhgaleyev,M (2602) - Radjabov,T (2704) (2.3)

Radjabov unleashed one of the prettiest moves of the event. Simple enough, but nice interference shots always catch the eye.

24...Re3! 25.Rc1 [25.fxe3 Bxe3+ 26.Rf2 Bxf2+ (26...Bxd2 27.Rxd2 a6) ] 25...Qf4 26.Rd1 Rxf3 27.gxf3 Qg3+ 28.Kf1 Nh2+ 0-1

[28...Nh2+ 29.Ke1 (29.Ke2 Qxf3+ 30.Ke1 Qh1+ 31.Ke2 Qe4+ 32.Qe3 Bxe3) 29...Nxf3+]

Tiviakov,S (2700) - Korneev,O (2601) (2.7)

The final game, a must-win for White. Admittedly there are several ways to win this thanks to Black's naked king, but "Tivi" finds a pretty one, guaranteeing one of his rooks will be on the h-file

25.Rg3! Kg7 26.Nxe6+ fxe6 27.Qg5+ Kf7 28.Bg6+ Kg7 29.Be8+ 1-0 [29.Be8+ Kh7 30.Rh3+ Bh4 31.Rxh4#]

Round 3, Game 1 – Saturday, December 3, 2005

     White Result    Black
1  Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL)    Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)  
2  Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)    Sutovsky, Emil (ISR)  
3  Aronian, Levon (ARM)    Areshchenko, Alexander (UKR)  
4  Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)    Shulman, Yuri (USA)  
5  Gelfand, Boris (ISR)    Pantsulaia, Levan (GEO)  
6  Shirov, Alexei (ESP)    Gurevich, Mikhail (TUR)  
7  Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS)    Jobava, Baadur (GEO)  
8  Radjabov, Teimur (AZE)    Van Wely, Loek (NED)  
9  Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)    Xu, Jun (CHN)  
10  Tiviakov, Sergei (NED)    Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS)  
11  Sokolov, Ivan (NED)    Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)  
12  Dreev, Alexey (RUS)    Harikrishna, Pentala (IND)  
13  Kamsky, Gata (USA)    Smirin, Ilia (ISR)  
14  Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP)    Efimenko, Zahar (UKR)  
15  Lautier, Joel (FRA)    Najer, Evgeniy (RUS)  
16  Bruzon, Lazaro (CUB)    Bareev, Evgeny (RUS)  


Round 2 Tiebreaks – Friday, December 2, 2005

     White Result    Black
1  Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)
 Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL)
2  Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
 Kempinski, Robert (POL)
3  Aronian, Levon (ARM)
 Sadvakasov, Darmen (KAZ)
4  Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
 Istratescu, Andrei (ROM)
5  Gelfand, Boris (ISR)
 Felgaer, Ruben (ARG)
6  Shirov, Alexei (ESP)
 Kotronias, Vasilios (GRE)
7  Lane, Gary (AUS)
 Jobava, Baadur (GEO)
8  Radjabov, Teimur (AZE)
 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas (KAZ)
9  Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
 Motylev, Alexander (RUS)
10  Tiviakov, Sergei (NED)
 Korneev, Oleg (RUS)
11  Sokolov, Ivan (NED)
 Zhang, Zhong (CHN)
12  Dreev, Alexey (RUS)
 Paragua, Mark (PHI)
13  Kamsky, Gata (USA)
 Bocharov, Dmitry (RUS)
14  Bologan, Viorel (MDA)
 Efimenko, Zahar (UKR)
15  Lautier, Joel (FRA)
 Ivanov, Alexander (USA)
16  Bruzon, Lazaro (CUB)
 Onischuk, Alexander (USA)
17  Bareev, Evgeny (RUS)
 Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER)
18  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)
 Najer, Evgeniy (RUS)
19  Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP)
 Leitao, Rafael (BRA)
20  Smirin, Ilia (ISR)
 Wang, Yue (CHN)
21  Harikrishna, Pentala (IND)
 Vescovi, Giovanni (BRA)
22  Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)
 Nikolic, Predrag (BIH)
23  Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS)
 Erenburg, Sergey (ISR)
24  Cao, Sang (HUN)
 Xu, Jun (CHN)
25  Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR)
 Van Wely, Loek (NED)
26  Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND)
 Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS)
27  Eljanov, Pavel (UKR)
 Gurevich, Mikhail (TUR)
28  Ganguly, Surya Sekar (IND)
 Pantsulaia, Levan (GEO)
29  Shulman, Yuri (USA)
 Khalifman, Alexander (RUS)
30  Balogh, Csaba (HUN)
 Areshchenko, Alexander (UKR)
31  Timofeev, Artyom (RUS)
 Sutovsky, Emil (ISR)
32  Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)
 Ammonatov, Farrukh (TJK)

Photos by Frits Agterdenbos

Will Teimur Radjabov make it to the final four again?

Khalifman and Shulman behind the arbiter who takes down the tiebreak moves.

Another sudden death affair, won by the six-time and current Dutch champion.

The playing hall, at the "Center of Arts for Gifted Children of the North."

A long way home to Australia for Lee Jones and Gary Lane.

Ruslan Ponomariov won the FIDE KO in 2001. Sergey Rublevsky eliminated Sasikiran.

Profiles in fate. Russia's Oleg Korneev is out, Georgia's Levan Pantsulaia is in.


26 november Opening Ceremony   19:00
26 november Players' Meeting   21:00
27 november Round 1 Game 1 15:00
28 november Round 1 Game 2 15:00
29 november Tie-breaks   15:00
30 november Round 2 Game 1 15:00
1 december Round 2 Game 2 15:00
2 december Tie-breaks   15:00
3 december Round 3 Game 1 15:00
4 december Round 3 Game 2 15:00
5 december Tie-breaks   15:00
6 december Round 4 Game 1 15:00
7 december Round 4 Game 2 15:00
8 december Tie-breaks   15:00
9 december Round 5 Game 1 15:00
10 december Round 5 Game 2 15:00
11 december Tie-breaks   15:00
12 december Round 6 Game 1 15:00
13 december Round 6 Game 2 15:00
14 december Tie-breaks   15:00
15 december Round 7 Game 1 15:00
16 december Round 7 Game 2 15:00
17 december Tie-breaks   15:00
17 december Closing Ceremony   20:00

About the photographer

Frits Agterdenbos, 45, lives in Heemstede, not far from Amsterdam, and was one of the leading chess photographers in the eighties. From 1979–1991 his pictures appeared in several magazins, including New in Chess, Schakend Nederland, Inside Chess, BCM, Chess, Europe Echecs and Schach. In 1984 his Dutch book “64 Schaakportretten” (in English “64 Chess Portraits”) was published. In 1991 he “retired” as a chess photographer to finish his studies and in 1997 he received a diploma as an insurance mathematician (actuary). Since 1998 he has been a self-employed, working under the company name “Acturix”, which is his actuarial consultancy firm.

Now Frits is back as a chess photographer! In January 2005 he picked up his old passion, and publications show he still knows how to handle his camera. He combines his insurance job and chess photography with being a husband and a father of the beautiful Elena (three years old). You will find his photos on,, and, and many more websites and magazines. You can contact him under f.agterdenbos (at)

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