FIDE World team beats Azerbaijan 21.5-10.5

5/10/2009 – The FIDE team playing in the President's cup in Baku was nominally 50 points stronger than its Azeri opponents. But even that could not lead anyone to anticipate the tonking (as the British would call it) delivered by visitors. Vladimir Kramnik was the lead tonker, with 6.5 points from eight games and a performance of 2977. Anand followed with 5.5/8 = 2850. Final report with video.

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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 Vishwanathan 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 6: Saturday, May 9th, 2009

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

Round 7: Saturday, May 9th, 2009

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

Round 8: Saturday, May 9th, 2009

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

The score for the third day was Azerbaijan 3½ - FIDE World 8½. The final score after eight rounds of play was

Azerbaijan  
10.5- 21.5
  FIDE World

All results

Round 1
Kramnik 
½-½
 Gashimov
Karjakin 
½-½
 Guseinov
Mamedyarov 
1-0
 Shirov
Radjabov 
½-½
 Anand
Round 2
Anand 
1-0
 Gashimov
Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Karjakin
Shirov 
1-0
 Guseinov
Radjabov 
½-½
 Kramnik
Round 3
Anand 
½-½
 Mamedyarov
Shirov 
½-½
 Radjabov
Gashimov 
½-½
 Karjakin
Guseinov 
0-1
 Kramnik
Round 4
Kramnik 
1-0
 Mamedyarov
Karjakin 
1-0
 Radjabov
Gashimov 
½-½
 Shirov
Mamedov 
½-½
 Anand
 
Round 5
Kramnik 
1-0
 Guseinov
Karjakin 
1-0
 Gashimov
Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Anand
Radjabov 
½-½
 Shirov
Round 6
Kramnik 
½-½
 Radjabov
Karjakin 
½-½
 Mamedyarov
Gashimov 
0-1
 Anand
Guseinov 
½-½
 Shirov
Round 7
Anand 
½-½
 Radjabov
Shirov 
1-0
 Mamedyarov
Gashimov 
0-1
 Kramnik
Guseinov 
0-1
 Karjakin
Round 8
Anand 
1-0
 Mamedov
Shirov 
½-½
 Gashimov
Radjabov 
1-0
 Karjakin
Mamedyarov 
0-1
 Kramnik

We have not colour-coded the names above, but you can easily identify the players from Azerbaijan by their names, which all end in -ov. In the FIDE World team only Shirov has the ending. The average rating of the FIDE team was 2752, the average of their Azerbaijani opponents was 2703. Putting all results together we get the following individual performance table:

As you can see Vladimir Kramnik has the easily best result, with 6.5 points from eight games and a performance of 2977. Anand follows with a performance of 2850, with young Sergey Karjakin performing at a 2806 level. Naturally we must remember that these are rapid chess games, and the performances are calculated on the basis of ratings achieved in regular tournament time controls. But the slow and rapid strengths of players do not differ that much, and so we can take these performances as realistic. Note that all the players in the FIDE World team played better than their nominal ratings, while all the Azeri players were worse.


Vladimir Kramnik at move 20 of his seventh round game against Vugar Gashimov


World Champion Vishy Anand in devastating form on the thrid day of the event

Draw ratio: a relatively low 53% of the games were drawn, with White winning 31% and Black 16% of the games. Vladimir Kramnik won three black games, Anand and Karjakin one each.

Video reports by Europe Echecs

The video reports were filed by Vijay Kumar and appeared on the web pages of Europe Echecs.

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