Ponomariov, Bacrot, Aronian through

12/10/2005 – Three players went through to the semi-final stage of the FIDE World Cup three, while Grischuk fought back to even his loss against Gelfand in game one. Magnus Carlsen beat Joel Lautier in the second group, Kamsky was successful over Sakaev, as was Malakhov over Dreev. Full illustrated report.

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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 2

On December 10th Khanty-Mansiysk celebrated its 75-year anniversary.
The above is a real winter picture, not a fantasy painting.

Ruslan Ponomariov, who at 14 became the world's youngest ever grandmaster at the time, and who in 2002 at the age of 19 won the FIDE world championship title, won his second game against Evgeny Bareev to make it 1.5-0.5 and proceed to the semifinals. Ruslan has so far won seven of his 12 games in Khanty-Mansiysk, drawing the remaining five and losing none. His performance so far has been 2838.

Kramnik second Evgeny Bareev, who lost to Ponomariov

Armenian GM Levon Aronian continued his winning streak with another fine victory, this time in a Nimzo-Indian against Mikhail Gurevich. Aronian too has scored +7 =5 –0 with a 2825 performance.

Mikhail Gurevich, playing for Turkey but still listed as Belgian

Sergei Rublevsky was outplayed tactically by France's top GM Etienne Bacrot. Both Aronian and Bacrot proceeded to the next round.

Knocked out by Bacrot: Sergey Rublevsky

Boris Gelfand chose an unusual Queen's Indian to defend against top gun Alexander Grischuk, but soon found himself in a lot of trouble. The Israeli grandmaster was nicely outplayed by the young Russian GM and resigned after 62 moves. The score between the two is now even and the tiebreaks tomorrow will decide who proceeds to the next round.

Fighting back: GM Alexander Grischuk from Moscow

In the group playing for the places 6-19 there was only one decided game, a very strong showing by 15-year-old Magnus Carlsen against the many-time French champion Joel Lautier.

All photos by Frits Agterdenbos

Lautier,Joel (2679) - Carlsen,Magnus (2570)
WCC 2005 0:00.42-0:00.55 (52), 10.12.2005
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.Qe2 b6 10.Rd1 cxd4 11.exd4 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.Bb2 Bb7 14.Bd3 Nd5 15.Qe4 N7f6 16.Qe5 Rac8 17.c4 Nf4 18.Bf1 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Rfd8 20.Qxc7 Rxc7 21.a4 h6 22.a5 Nh7 23.axb6 axb6 24.Ra3 Nf8 25.Rda1 Rcc8 26.Rb3 N8g6 27.Rxb6 Nh4 28.Ra3 Nf5 29.c5 e5.

30.Ba6? Nxd4 31.Rd6. It is likely that at move 30 White simply overlooked the fact that he could not take the rook: 31.Bxc8?? Nde2+ 32.Kf1/h1 Rd1#. 31...Rxd6 32.cxd6 Rd8 33.Kf1 Rxd6 34.Bd3 g5 35.Be4 Kg7 36.Ra1 Rb6 37.Ba3 f5 38.Ba8.

38...Kf6. Now Carlsen misses a chance to finish things off quickly: 38...Nc2! wins because the white rook cannot leave the first rank (...Rb1# is threatened) 39.Bc5 Rb5. But the advantage is good enough for the boy to win with technique. 39.Bc5 Rb5 40.Bd6 Ke6 41.Bf8 Rb8 42.Bc5 Rb2 43.Re1 Kf6 44.Rd1 h5 45.Ke1 Re2+ 46.Kf1 Rb2 47.Ke1 Re2+ 48.Kf1 Rc2 49.Bb6 Kg6 50.Bb7 Rb2 51.Bxd4 exd4 52.Ba6 Kf6 53.Bc4 Ke5 54.Re1+ Kd6 55.Rd1 Kc5 56.Ba6 Kd5 57.Ke1 Ra2 58.Bb5 Kc5 59.Bd7 d3 60.Bxf5 Kd4 61.Rb1 Re2+ 62.Kf1 d2 63.Bc2 Re5 64.Rd1 Kc3 65.Be4 Rxe4 66.fxe4 Kc2 0-1.


Round 5, Game 2 – Saturday, December 10, 2005

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

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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