Gelfand defeats Grischuk, Kamsky and Malakhov win

12/10/2005 – In round five of the FIDE World Cup three games were drawn. Only Boris Gelfand of Israel outplayed the young Russian hopeful Alexander Grischuk, 15 years his junior, to take a full point. In the battle for places 9-16 Gata Kamsky and Vladimir Malakhov scored. Results and games.

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The FIDE World Chess Cup is being stage from November 26th to December 18th, 2005, in Khanty-Mansiysk, 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.

FIDE WORLD CUP, 2005 ROUND 5 – Game 1


Round five winner: Boris Gelfand [Photo: Frits Agterdenbos]

Gelfand,B (2717) - Grischuk,A (2720) [E15]
WCC Khanty Mansyisk RUS (5.1), 09.12.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 c6 8.e4 d5 9.Qc2 dxe4 10.Nxe4 c5 11.dxc5 Bb7 12.Bd3 bxc5 13.Bc3 Qb6 14.0-0-0 Nc6 15.Rhe1 Rd8 16.Ne5 Nb4 17.Bxb4 Nxe4 18.Ba3 Ng5 19.Bb2 Bf6 20.Re3 Bxe5 21.Bxe5 f6 22.Bc3

Black is in dire straits, but now his game really falls apart: 22...Nf3 23.Qe2 Ne5 24.Bxe5 fxe5 25.Qh5+ Kf8. This uncastelled king puts Black into mortal danger, from which he never recovers. 26.Qxe5 Kf7 27.Rde1 Rd6 28.Qh5+ Kf6 29.Bxh7 Rf8 30.f4 Ke7 31.Qg5+ Rf6 32.Qxg7+ Rf7 33.Qg5+ Kd7 34.Bc2 Kc7 35.Qe5 Kd8 36.f5 Bc8 37.Rd3 1-0.

Kamsky,G (2690) - Sakaev,K (2668) [B97]
WCC Places 9-16 Khanty Mansyisk RUS (5.1), 09.12.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Nb3 Be7 9.Qf3 Nbd7 10.0-0-0 Qc7 11.Bd3 b5 12.Rhe1 b4 13.Ne2 Bb7 14.Kb1 h6 15.Bh4 a5 16.Ned4 a4 17.Nb5 Qb8 18.N3d4 Nc5 19.g4 b3 20.c4 bxa2+ 21.Kxa2 0-0 22.g5 hxg5 23.Bxg5 Rc8 24.Qh3 Nxd3 25.Qxd3 Rc5 26.Ka1 Bd8 27.e5 dxe5 28.fxe5

28...Ne4? Why not simply 28...Rxe5? Now Black loses material and the game. 29.Bxd8 Qxd8 30.Rxe4 Bxe4 31.Qxe4 Rxc4 32.Nd6 Rb4 33.Qf3 a3 34.b3 Ra7 35.Nc6 Qg5 36.Ne4 Rxe4 37.Qxe4 Rd7 1-0.

Malakhov,V (2670) - Dreev,A (2694) [D12]
WCC Places 9-16 Khanty Mansyisk RUS (5.1), 09.12.2005
1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.d4 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.Bd2 Nbd7 9.Be2 Bd6 10.Qc2 Qe7 11.0-0-0 dxc4 12.Bxc4 Nb6 13.Be2 e5 14.dxe5 Bxe5 15.Kb1 0-0-0 16.h3 Rhe8 17.Bf3 Nc4 18.Bc1 Qb4 19.Ka1 Nd7 20.Ne4 Ndb6 21.Qb3 Qe7 22.Kb1 f5 23.Nd2 Nd6 24.Qc2 Bf6 25.Nb3 Nbc4 26.Be2 Nb6 27.Nc5 Nd7 28.Nxd7 Rxd7 29.g4 Red8 30.f3 Qe5 31.g5 Be7 32.h4 Re8 33.Qa4 Kb8 34.Qd4 Bd8 35.Qxe5 Rxe5 36.Rd3 Bc7 37.Rhd1 Re6 38.Bf1 Rd8 39.Rd4 Rh8 40.Be2 c5 41.Rd5 Rxh4 42.Rxc5 Rh2 43.Rc2 Re7 44.b3 a6 45.Ba3 Re6 46.Bc5 Nc8 47.Bd4 Re7 48.Rdc1 Nd6 49.a4 Ne8 50.f4 Rh3 51.Bc4.

Now comes the blunder: 51...Bd6?? 52.Bf1. White threatens Rc8#, so the black rook on h3 is lost. 1-0.

Results

Round 5, Game 1 – Friday, December 9, 2005

For places 1-8
1  Bareev, Evgeny (RUS)
½-½
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
0.5-0.5
2  Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS)
½-½
 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
0.5-0.5
3  Aronian, Levon (ARM)
½-½
 Gurevich, Mikhail (BEL)
0.5-0.5
4  Gelfand, Boris (ISR)
1-0
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
1-0
For places 9-16
5  Carlsen, Magnus (NOR)
½-½
 Lautier, Joel (FRA)
0.5-0.5
6  Kamsky, Gata (USA)
1-0
 Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS)
1-0
7  Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)
1-0
 Dreev, Alexey (RUS)
1-0
8  Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP)
 ½-½
 Van Wely, Loek (NED)
0.5-0.5

Schedule
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

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