Grischuk, Rublevsky, Ponomariov advance in Khanty

by ChessBase
12/7/2005 – Five games of the FIDE World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansyisk go into the tiebreak on Thursday, with only the winners of yesterday's first game going through to the next round. Grischuk took Kamsky to the brink of a 2-0 shut-out, while Ruslan Ponomariov did exactly that to Dutch champion Loek van Wely. Report and games.

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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.


Rublevsky vs Sakaev ended in a 17-move draw after the former gained a clear advantage in a Modern Defence. Rublevsky is through to round five. Magnus Carlsen got a promising position against Evgeny Bareev's French Defence, but with the move 25.f5? he let the experienced Russian GM off the hook, in spite of being a pawn up in the endgame, which was a theoretical draw.

In the national French duel Joel Lautier won the black c-pawn on move 25 and worked hard to convert it into a full point, to no avail. The game was drawn in 47. Francisco Vallejo Pons sacrificed a pawn on the black side of a D45 Semi-Slav against Levon Aronian, getting it back with interest on move 21. But the extra pawn was not enough for victory.

Gata Kamsky, needing to win against Alexander Grischuk, found himself in deep trouble after exchanging a queen and two pawns for rook and two knights. In fact Grischuk promoted his b-pawn and Kamsky had to use all his defensive skills to at least salvage the draw. America's top GM thus drops out of the event.

Mikhail Gurevich pushed hard with black in a Slav against Vladimir Malakhov, a sometimes Kramnik second. The game ended in a 49-move draw. An Turkish reader, Kamil Guclu, was upset that we are now listing Guevich as Belgian instead of a Turkish player, which he now is. He thinks this is being done because Gurevich knocked out Shirov. No conspiracy here, Kamil. As we reported FIDE informed us that the transfer of Gurevich from Belgium to Turkey can only become official after ten months and the payment of 5000 Swiss Francs.

Dutch GM Loek van Wely needed to win his second game of round four against former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov. But the Ukraine GM never gave him the slighest chance, and indeed won the game himself with a flourish. Young Ruslan seems set to go all the way in this event.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2704) - Van Wely,Loek (2648)
WCC 2005 0:56.44-0:18.44 (42), 07.12.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 d6 7.exd6 Bxd6 8.0-0 Nc6 9.d4 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nd5 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Bxd5 Qxd5 13.Nc3 Qf5 14.Bxe7 Nxe7 15.Qa4+ Bd7 16.Qa3 Nd5 17.Ne5 Nxc3 18.bxc3 Qg5 19.Rab1 Bc8 20.Rfe1 [20.Qa4+ Kf8] 20...Qe7 21.Qa4+ Kf8 22.d5 h5 23.Rbd1 exd5

24.Ng6+ fxg6 25.Rxe7 Kxe7 26.Qd4 Kf7 27.Qxd5+ Kf6 28.Qd4+ Kf7 29.Qc4+ Be6 30.Rd7+ 1-0.

Dutch GM Loek van Wely

In an interview on the official site, conducted before this round, van Wely said that he felt great in Khanty, where the temperature is lower than in Wijk aan Zee, but there is no constant wind. He also reveals that he has ruined three cars in his career so far: a BMW 5 Series, a Jaguar X type and a Volkswagen Passat.


Round 4, Game 2 – Wednesday, December 7, 2005

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

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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