Grischuk, Rublevsky, Ponomariov win

12/7/2005 – With the FIDE World Chess Cup down to 16 players things are becoming tense. In the first half of round four Rublevsky and Ponomariov defeated Sakaev and van Wely with the black pieces, while Alexander Grischuk (picture) did the same, brutally, to Gata Kamsky with white. 15-year-old Magnus Carlsen is still going strong. Full report.

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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.

FIDE WORLD CUP, 2005 ROUND 4 – GAME 1


Top gun Alexander Grischuk, 22

America's top GM Gata Kamsky, who says he hasn't opened opened a chess book in the last years, has been hanging on bravely so far, but today he met top gun Alexander Grischuk who blew him off the board with a lovely finishing combination.


Former World Champion challenger Gata Kamsky, 31

There is an interview with Gata on the official web site, in which he tells of his academic career and his return to the game after a nine-year absence.


Russian GM Sergei Rublevsky, 31

Sergei Rublevsky was in an aggressiv mood with the black pieces and took the point nicely from Konstantin Sakaev.


Will he do it again? Former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov

And former FIDE knockout world champion Ruslan Ponomariov appears to be feeling great in the central Russian venue, chalking up yet another convincing win against top Dutch GM Loek van Wely.


Fifteen years and still going strong: Magnus Carlsen

Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen, who turned 15 a week ago, is standing up well to his experienced colleagues. Today, with the black pieces, he easily held Russian GM Evgeny Bareev, who is more than twice his age, to a draw. There is an interesting interview, in print and as a video stream, on the official web site.

All photos by Frits Agterdenbos

Results

Round 4, Game 1 – Tuesday, December 6, 2005

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

Grischuk,A (2720) - Kamsky,G (2690) [C88]
WCC Khanty Mansyisk RUS (4.1), 06.12.2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 h6 11.Nc3 Re8 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Qc8 14.c3 Nd8 15.d4 Bf6 16.Nh2 exd4 17.Ng4 Bg5 18.cxd4 Bxd5 19.exd5 Rxe1+ 20.Qxe1 Kf8 21.Bxg5 hxg5 22.Qe3 f6 23.Re1 Qd7 24.h4 Nf7 25.Qe6 Rd8 26.h5 f5

White has a very powerful attack and finish his opponent off with a piece sacrifice: 27.Nf6 gxf6 28.Qxf6 Re8 29.Re6 Qd8 30.Qxf5 g4 31.Rf6 Re7 32.h6 Qd7 33.Qg6 1-0.

Sakaev,K (2668) - Rublevsky,S (2652) [B46]
WCC Khanty Mansyisk RUS (4.1), 06.12.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.g4 h5 8.gxh5 Qa5 9.h6 g6 10.Qf3 Nh5 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.Qe2 b5 13.Kb1 Bb7 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bc1 b4 16.Nd5 exd5 17.f4 dxe4 18.fxe5 Qxe5 19.Qg4 0-0-0 20.Qxg6 Nf4 21.Bxf4 Qxf4 22.Nf5 Kc7 23.Bc4 e3 24.Rd4 Rxh6 25.Rxf4 Rxg6 26.Re1 Bc5

Black has an extra pawn and is on the attack. But the solution for White was definitely not 7.Nxe3? Re8 28.Nd5+ Bxd5! 0-1.


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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