World Cup final: first game Ponomariov-Gelfand drawn

by ChessBase
12/11/2009 – The four-game final of the 2009 World Cup has started, with Israeli GM Boris Gelfand playing a Petroff against Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine. The game ended after 37 moves in a draw. We use the opportunity to show you some of the art on display at the playing venue in Khanty-Mansiysk, and the fascination some people feel for the world cup trophies. Illustrated report.

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The FIDE World Chess Cup is taking place in Khanty-Mansiysk from November 20th to December 15th 2009. It is a seven-round knockout event with six rounds of matches comprising two games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round. The final seventh round consists of four games. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one. Games start at 15:00h local time, which is GMT +5 hours = 11:00 a.m. European time = 5 a.m. New York. The World Chess Cup is an integral part of the World Championship Cycle 2009-2011.

Final, game one

Ponomariov,R (2739) - Gelfand,B (2758) [C42]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (7.1), 10.12.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.Re1 Re8 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bf4 Rac8 16.h3 h6 17.Qc1 Bf6 18.Qb2 Na5 19.Be5 Bxe5 20.Nxe5 c5 21.Bf3 Qd6 22.Rad1 b6 23.Qa2 Be6 24.d5 Bxh3 25.Nxf7 Rxe1+ 26.Rxe1 Kxf7 27.gxh3 Re8 28.Rxe8 Kxe8 29.Qe2+ Kd8 30.Qa6 Qg6+ 31.Bg2 Qb1+ 32.Kh2 Qf5 33.Qxa7 Qf4+ 34.Kg1 Qc1+ 35.Kh2 Qf4+ 36.Kg1 Qc1+ 37.Kh2 ½-½

Picture gallery

Boris Gelfand of Israel prepares for his first black-pieces game in the World Cup

The final Gelfand vs Ponomariov gets under way

Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine during the game

Boris Gelfand with a typical gesture

Art in Khanty-Mansiysk

An art exposition at the playing venue – we leave the following pictures uncaptioned

Our friend Kermen (Kema) Goryaeva of UEP

The lady we encountered in round five is still fascinated by the World Cup trophies

FIDE should really consider getting one of them for her

Results of the final

 Players  G1  G2
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)

Schedule of the World Cup 2009

Friday 20 November Opening Ceremony
Saturday 21 November Round 1- Game 1
Sunday 22 November Round 1 - Game 2
Monday 23 November Tiebreaks
Tuesday 24 November Round 2 - Game 1
Wednesday 25 November Round 2 - Game 2
Thursday 26 November Tiebreaks
Friday 27 November Round 3 - Game 1
Saturday 28 November Round 3 - Game 2
Sunday 29 November Tiebreaks
Monday 30 November Round 4 - Game 1
Tuesday 01 December Round 4 - Game 2
Wednesday 02 December Tiebreaks
Thursday 03 December Round 5 - Game 1
Friday 04 December Round 5 - Game 2
Saturday 05 December Tiebreaks
Sunday 06 December Round 6 - Game 1
Monday 07 December Round 6 - Game 2
Tuesday 08 December Tiebreaks
Wednesday 09 December Free Day
Thursday 10 December Round 7 - Game 1
Friday 11 December Round 7 - Game 2
Saturday 12 December Round 7 - Game 3
Sunday 13 December Round 7 - Game 4
Monday 14 December Tiebreaks / Closing
Tuesday 15 December Departures


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