Khanty-Mansiysk: Favourites make it through, Nigel Short falters

11/26/2007 – The players with the bigger Elos generally went through in the tiebreak day of the FIDE World Cup, most notably Alekseev, Ponomariov, Akopian and Kasimdzhanov. Loek van Wely struggled longest against his Vietnamese opponent Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son. The shock was that Nigel Short's elimination by 19-year-old German GM David Baramidze. Illustrated report.

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A total of 126 participants turned up on November 23 for the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, located about 1400 miles (2250 km) east of Moscow. The competition is taking place from November 24 to December 18. The winner of the World Cup receives the right to challenge the former world champion Veselin Topalov in a match.

Round one Tiebreaks (Monday, November 26)

Once again: most of the favourites, i.e. the ones with the bigger Elo ratings, mowed down the upstarts in the tiebreak games. After his sensational first-round victory Anuar Ismagambetov was beaten in the rapid games by Evgeny Alekseev; as was Anton Filippov, who had held Vladimir Akopian, 217 points his senior, to a draw in the regular games. Ruslan Ponomariov made short work of his Egyptian opponent Essam El Gindy, while Rustam Kasimdzhanov had to go all the way to the blitz games to overcome G.N. Gopal of India. The same applied to Loek van Wely, who struggled to knock out his Vietnamese opponent Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

The shock was that Nigel Short, a former world championship challenger, was eliminated by 19-year-old German GM David Baramidze – although if you look closer you will see that there are just eighty points between the two. Still a bitter disappointment for Short, who has not had a good year.


The playing hall in Khanty-Mansiysk during the tiebreak rounds


Akopian vs Filippov – the Armenian GM (behind the hands) made it through


Broadcast on a projection screen of some of the games


The many-time Dutch champion managed to win it in the blitz games


Shocking: Nigel Short was knocked out by 19-year-old German GM David Baramidze

All photos by GM Sergey Tiviakov

All results of Round one games one and two

World Chess Cup Round 1 24th-26th November 2007
1 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2787 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Aderito, Pedro ANG 2352 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
2 Abdel Razik, Khaled EGY 2389 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2752 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
3 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2742 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Genba, Vladimir RUS 2413 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
4 Hobaica, Juan Pablo ARG 2427 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
Aronian, Levon ARM 2741 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
5 Shirov, Alexei ESP 2739 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Gwaze, Robert ZIM 2429 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
6 Iturrizaga, Eduardo VEN 2435 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
Svidler, Peter RUS 2732 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
7 Adams, Michael ENG 2729 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Zugic, Igor CAN 2477 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
8 Ismagambetov, Anuar KAZ 2480 1 0 ½ 0 - - - 1.5
Alekseev, Evgeny RUS 2716 0 1 ½ 1 - - - 2.5
9 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2715 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Lima, Darcy BRA 2487 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
10 Zhao, Zong-Yuan AUS 2491 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2714 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
11 Kamsky, Gata USA 2714 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Adly, Ahmed EGY 2494 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
12 Filippov, Anton UZB 2496 ½ ½ ½ 0 - - - 1.5
Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2713 ½ ½ ½ 1 - - - 2.5
13 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2710 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Rahman, Ziaur BAN 2497 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
14 El Gindy, Essam EGY 2503 1 0 0 ½ - - - 1.5
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2705 0 1 1 ½ - - - 2.5
15 Wang, Yue CHN 2703 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2506 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
16 Laylo, Darwin PHI 2508 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2695 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
17 Karjakin, Sergey UKR 2694 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Matsuura, Everaldo BRA 2511 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
18 Kabanov, Nikolai RUS 2512 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2692 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
19 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2691 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Hossain Enamul BAN 2514 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
20 Wen Yang CHN 2515 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2691 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
21 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS 2690 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Xu, Yuhua CHN 2517 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
22 Gopal, G.N. IND 2520 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 - 2.0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2690 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 - 4.0
23 Dominguez Perez, Lenier CUB 2683 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Iljushin, Alexei RUS 2528 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
24 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2530 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 - 2.5
Van Wely, Loek NED 2679 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 - 3.5
25 Landa, Konstantin RUS 2678 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Nevednichy, Vladislav ROU 2531 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
26 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2534 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Volokitin, Andrei UKR 2678 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
27 Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2676 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Hera, Imre Jr. HUN 2544 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
28 Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2546 ½ ½ 0 ½ - - - 1.5
Onischuk, Alexander USA 2674 ½ ½ 1 ½ - - - 2.5
29 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2674 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Peralta, Fernando ARG 2546 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
30 Kunte, Abhijit IND 2547 ½ ½ ½ 0 - - - 1.5
Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2674 ½ ½ ½ 1 - - - 2.5
31 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2670 + + - - - - - 2.0
Gonzalez Zamora, Juan* MEX 2552 - - - - - 0.0
32 Zhao, Jun CHN 2552 ½ ½ ½ 1 - - - 2.5
Harikrishna, P. IND 2668 ½ ½ ½ 0 - - - 1.5
33 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU 2668 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Amin, Bassem EGY 2561 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
34 Balogh, Csaba HUN 2561 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2661 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
35 Sasikiran, Krishnan IND 2661 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ - 3.5
Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2562 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ - 2.5
36 Kudrin, Sergey USA 2563 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2660 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
37 Nikolic, Predrag BIH 2657 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Iljin, Artem RUS 2565 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
38 Ivanov, Alexander USA 2565 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Navara, David CZE 2656 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
39 Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2655 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2566 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
40 Flores, Diego ARG 2566 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2654 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
41 Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2653 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Becerra Rivero, Julio USA 2568 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
42 Baramidze, David GER 2569 ½ ½ 1 ½ - - - 2.5
Short, Nigel D ENG 2649 ½ ½ 0 ½ - - - 1.5
43 Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2649 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Megaranto, Susanto INA 2569 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
44 Gajewski, Grzegorz POL 2573 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Volkov, Sergey RUS 2648 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
45 Socko, Bartosz POL 2646 1 1 - - - - - 2.0
Georgiev, Vladimir MKD 2576 0 0 - - - - - 0.0
46 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2582 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ - 2.5
Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2646 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ - 3.5
47 Motylev, Alexander RUS 2645 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Savchenko, Boris RUS 2583 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
48 Gagunashvili, Merab GEO 2584 ½ ½ ½ 0 - - - 1.5
Zhang, Pengxiang CHN 2644 ½ ½ ½ 1 - - - 2.5
49 Roiz, Michael ISR 2644 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 4.0
Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2585 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 3.0
50 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2585 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Tiviakov, Sergei NED 2643 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
51 Wang, Hao CHN 2643 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Markus, Robert SRB 2586 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
52 Belov, Vladimir RUS 2587 ½ ½ ½ 1 - - - 2.5
Khalifman, Alexander RUS 2643 ½ ½ ½ 0 - - - 1.5
53 Izoria, Zviad* GEO 2643 - - - - - 0.0
Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2591 + + - - - - - 2.0
54 Milos, Gilberto BRA 2592 ½ ½ 0 0 - - - 1.0
Avrukh, Boris ISR 2641 ½ ½ 1 1 - - - 3.0
55 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2639 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
Granda Zuniga, Julio E PER 2592 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
56 Berg, Emanuel SWE 2593 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2635 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
57 Sakaev, Konstantin RUS 2634 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 4.0
Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2594 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 3.0
58 Kaidanov, Gregory S USA 2597 ½ ½ 0 ½ - - - 1.5
Gurevich, Mikhail TUR 2627 ½ ½ 1 ½ - - - 2.5
59 Shabalov, Alexander USA 2626 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
Pavasovic, Dusko SLO 2597 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
60 Leitao, Rafael BRA 2601 ½ ½ 0 0 - - - 1.0
Shulman, Yuri USA 2616 ½ ½ 1 1 - - - 3.0
61 Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2615 ½ 0 - - - - - 0.5
Gustafsson, Jan GER 2606 ½ 1 - - - - - 1.5
62 Macieja, Bartlomiej POL 2606 1 ½ - - - - - 1.5
Laznicka, Viktor CZE 2610 0 ½ - - - - - 0.5
63 Kozul, Zdenko CRO 2609 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 - 3.5
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2607 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 - 2.5
64 Galkin, Alexander RUS 2608 1 0 1 1 - - - 3.0
Bartel, Mateusz POL 2608 0 1 0 0 - - - 1.0

* Two matches were decided without play because two players failed to appear in Khanty-Mansiysk: Mexican GM Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora withdrew due to illness, and Georgian GM Zvaid Izoria could not travel due to problems with his visa.

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