World Cup final: Ponomariov-Gelfand go to tiebreaks

by ChessBase
12/13/2009 – The fourth and final long game of the FIDE World Cup final ended, like the first three, in a (35-move) draw. That left the players, Boris Gelfand of Israel and Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine, tied 2:2 and going into the tiebreaks. The winner earns a place in the FIDE world championship match and pockets $96,000. The runner up gets $64,000. Musically 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 four

The start of the fourth game of the FIDE World Cup Final in Khanty-Mansiysk

Boris Gelfand of Israel vs...

Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine

Gelfand,B (2758) - Ponomariov,R (2739) [E06]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (7.4), 12.12.2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bf4 a5 11.Nc3 Na6 12.Ne5 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Nd5 14.Rad1 Nab4 15.Bc1 Nb6 16.Qb3 N4d5 17.Nb5 c6 18.Na3 Nb4 19.e4 Nd7 20.Nf3 Qb6 21.h4 Nf6 22.Bg5 h6 23.Nc4 Qd8 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Nce5 Qc7 26.Ng4 Be7 27.Qe3 h5 28.Nge5 Bf6 29.Qe2 g6 30.g4 hxg4 31.Nxg4 Qf4 32.Nxf6+ Qxf6 33.Qe3 Kg7 34.Rh1 Rh8 35.Rh3 ½-½.

The press conference after game four, sparely attended

Tiebreaks: Four tie-break games are played, with a time control of 25 minutes for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move. If the score is still tied a match of two games is played, with a time control of five minutes plus three seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, the same match is repeated. If still there is no winner after five such matches (total ten games), a single decisive sudden death game is played, according to the following rules: the player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces receives five minutes, the opponent with the black pieces receives four minutes, with both players receiving an increment of three seconds from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

The Arts Centre of Khanty-Mansiysk

The World Chess Cup is taking place in the Arts Centre of Khanty-Mansiysk, a multifunctional building which includes an art school, the Art and Culture College and a concert complex. The concert hall holds 600 people, with a small hall for 200 persons. There is a gym, library (33 thousands volumes), art workshops, and a Winter Garden where solemn receptions take place. The Arts Centre for Talented Children is an educational institution of the 21st century that presently has no analogue in Russia. Here are pictures of students of the Arts Center.

All photos from Khanty-Mansiysk are by Galina Popova for FIDE

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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