FIDE World Cup Round 3.1

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12/4/2005 – Mikhail Gurevich works hard and it shows, even though he played a short draw today. Seven hard-fought wins distinguished the first day of the round of 32 in Khanty-Mansyisk. Three players won with black to really put the pressure on their opponents in the second game. Everyone is feeling the heat to make to the sweet sixteen.

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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

As the average rating of the event rises after each round, so rises the percentage of draws. The players are more evenly match and those who have had exhausting days of tiebreaks are no longer full of fight. Yuri Shulman has played a total of fifteen games so far, the maximum possible. Both of his matches went to sudden death. He'll have to draw with black tomorrow against Grischuk to reach tiebreaks again.

Regional Governor Filipenko (center) visits the World Cup.

Four games ended in short draws. It seems pretty well understood in events with this format that Black rarely refuses such offers in the first game. We had seven decisive encounters today, all hard-fought affairs. The losers in this round get around $11,000, but the winners get more than a shot at more cash and the title. As of the fourth round, the players don't go home when they lose a match, they continue to play to decide the order 1-16.

The top ten finishers will go to next year's candidates matches, the next stage of the 2007 world championship cycle. For the extra 11 days in Khanty-Mansyisk, finisher #16 gets a prize of around $17,000. The winner gets $80,000. These numbers are after deducting the 20% "FIDE tax." (The chairman of the appeals committee gets $10,000, not sure if there's a FIDE tax on that one.)

This one had a wild finish.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen was one of three players to garner the coveted win with black in the first game. He beat Cheparinov in a terribly complicated endgame. Carslen's rook somehow triumphed over White's knight and bishop. Lazaro Bruzón scored with black against Russian champion Bareev. The exploits of Cuba's chessplayers are always followed closely back home and Bruzón's successes in the Cup have been front-page news back home. Last year in the FIDE world championship in Libya, his compatriot Lenier Dominguez made it to the final eight.

Armenia's Levon Aronian has been unstoppable so far in Siberia. He has a perfect 5/5 score after beating Areshchenko with white today. Topalov started out with the same score in Tripoli last year, eventually reaching an amazing 9.5/10 before losing to Kasimdzhanov in the semifinals

Van Wely battered Radjabov's King's Indian in a topical line. (Aren't all KID lines topical?) The KID usually works for the kid, but against well-prepared top-level competition its record has been terrible in GM praxis over the past few years. Radjabov has done well with it overall, with an even score with black since 2002. When it looks bad it can look really bad, and van Wely made it look miserable today. Speaking of miserable...

Sutovsky,E (2654) - Bacrot,E (2725) (3.1)

Things looked grim for Sutovsky for a while, but he defended ingeniously and even missed a win when Bacrot blundered here.

55... Kg6?? [55...a2 56.d7 Rxd7 57.Rxa2 Kg6 58.Ra5 Rd3=-] 56.Rd2?

White wins immediately with 56.Re7! Rxe7 57.dxe7 Kf7 58.g6+! and a pawn queens. Now it's back to a draw.

56...a2= 57.d7 Ra8 58.d8Q Rxd8 59.Rxa2 Kxg5 60.Ra7 Kxh6 61.Kg3 Kg6 ½-½


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)  

Photos by Frits Agterdenbos

The organizers must not have heard that Gurevich now plays for Turkey!

Mikhail Gurevich of USSR, Belgium, and now Turkey.

Ivan Sokolov is on the ropes. Grischuk made it the semifinals in 2000.

Tiviakov must win tomorrow. Efimenko is one of three remaining Ukrainians.

van Wely took Radjabov's King's Indian apart. Vallejo Pons needs a nap.

Bacrot will have white tomorrow. Xu Jun has to win against Ponomariov.


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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