World Cup R3 Tiebreaks: Navara wins, and Mamedyarov falls to Zherebukh

9/5/2011 – It was an incredibly bloodthirsty round of tiebreaks with nine of the first ten games ending in a decisive result. For those wondering whether Navara's sports-manship would cost him the potential $8000 he risked losing, it did not, and he beat Moiseenko to pass forward. The biggest surprise was 18-year-old Zherebukh's victory over World Championship Candidate Mamedyarov. Report, pics, and games.

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The tournament is taking place in the Ugorian Chess Academy in the very heart of Khanty-Mansiysk, which has hosted three previous World Cups: 2005, 2007, and 2009. The 128 participants hail from 46 different countries, and are playing for a total prize fund of US $1.6 million. In addition the first three finisher get tickets to the Candidates tournament in the next World Championship cycle.

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Round three – Tiebreaks

Round three of the World Cup ended on Monday, September 5th in Khanty-Mansiysk. Six participants of the Round four were determined the day before: Judit Polgar (Hungary), Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan), Bu Xiangzhi (China), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia). The remaining ten spots were filled on the tie-break.


The tiebreaks underway

The tie-break games at the World Cup go as follows: two 25-minute games with 10 bonus seconds per move, then, if the first two games end in a draw, two semi-blitz games are played with 10 minutes and a ten-second increment per move. If after this, the overall score is still tied 2-2, the match proceeds to two blitz games at the rate of five minutes plus three seconds per move. Finally, if the score is still tied at this point, the seventh and last game is the Armageddon: White gets five minutes, and Black gets four, and White must win to advance. Both sides receive a three-second increment per move after move 61.


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The first rapid games were unusually bloodthirsty: out of ten games, nine ended in a decisive result, not to mention six were won by Black. Moiseenko was the only player who managed to even the score in the second game, while the rapid tiebreak match between Lysyj-Dominguez was tied with two draws.

A further eight matches ended at the rapid chess stage.


Vassily Ivanchuk

Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) – Emil Sutovsky (Israel) 2-0
Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukraine) – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 1.5-0.5
Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) – Zakhar Efimenko (Ukraine) 1.5-0.5
Gata Kamsky (USA) – Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) 2-0
Peter Svidler (Russia) – Fabiano Caruana (Italy) 1.5-0.5
Vladimir Potkin (Russia) – Nikita Vitiugov (Russia) 1.5-0.5
Peter-Heine Nielsen (Denmark) – Marcea-Emilian Parligras (Romania) 2-0
Lazaro Bruzon (Cuba) – Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) 1.5-0.5

The success of the 18-year-old Yaroslav Zherebukh deserves special attention: he defeated one of the World Cup favorites Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who recently participated in the candidates matches.


Ukrainian Yaroslav Zherebukh having the tournament of his life

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.05"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Zherebukh, Yaroslav"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2590"] [BlackElo "2765"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. f3 Qb6 7. g4 Nc6 8. Nb3 e6 9. Qe2 Qc7 10. Be3 b5 11. O-O-O Bb7 12. Kb1 Rc8 13. Qf2 Ne5 14. Bd3 Be7 15. g5 Nfd7 16. f4 b4 17. Ne2 Nxd3 18. cxd3 a5 19. Rc1 Nc5 20. Ng3 Qb6 21. f5 Qb5 22. Nxc5 dxc5 23. Rhd1 c4 24. dxc4 Rxc4 25. Rxc4 Qxc4 26. f6 gxf6 27. gxf6 Bd8 28. Qd2 Bxe4+ 29. Nxe4 Qxe4+ 30. Ka1 Qd5 31. Qc2 Qb7 32. Qa4+ 1-0

The Czech grandmaster David Navara produced an unusual example of fair play by offering a draw to Alexander Moiseenko in a won position yesterday. Today he defeated the Ukrainian in two 10-minute games and advanced to the round four. Tomorrow both players will receive a special Fair Play prize from Natalia Komarova, the Governor of Ugra.


After playing by the rules in a gesture that could have cost him $8000, Navara's
sportsmanship was rewarded.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.05"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "Moiseenko, Alexander"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B33"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2715"] [PlyCount "141"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Bg5 12. Nc2 O-O 13. Be2 Ne7 14. Ncb4 a5 15. Nxe7+ Qxe7 16. Nd5 Qb7 17. Qd3 Rb8 18. O-O Be6 19. Rfd1 Rfc8 20. Qg3 h6 21. h4 Bd8 22. Bg4 Rc5 23. Ne3 Qxe4 24. Rxd6 Bxg4 25. Nxg4 Kf8 26. Rad1 Be7 27. R6d4 Qf5 28. Rd7 Qf4 29. Qd3 e4 30. Qd4 Qxg4 31. Rxe7 Rc4 32. Rxf7+ Kxf7 33. Qa7+ Kg6 34. Rd6+ Kh7 35. Qxb8 e3 36. fxe3 Qe2 37. Qf8 Qe1+ 38. Qf1 Qxe3+ 39. Qf2 Qxf2+ 40. Kxf2 b4 41. Rd5 bxc3 42. bxc3 Rxh4 43. Rxa5 Rc4 44. Ra3 Kg6 45. Rb3 h5 46. Ke3 Ra4 47. Rb2 Kf5 48. Kd3 g5 49. Re2 h4 50. c4 g4 51. Kd4 h3 52. gxh3 gxh3 53. Kd5 Kf6 54. Rh2 Ra3 55. c5 Ke7 56. Kc6 Rc3 57. Rd2 Rg3 58. a4 Rg2 59. Rd7+ Ke6 60. Rh7 h2 61. a5 Ra2 62. Kb6 Rb2+ 63. Kc7 Rf2 64. Rh8 Kd5 65. Rh5+ Kc4 66. c6 Ra2 67. a6 Kd4 68. Kb7 Rb2+ 69. Kc8 Ra2 70. c7 Ke4 71. a7 1-0

Lenier Dominguez (Cuba) and Igor Lysyj (Russia) became the first players to proceed all the way to the Armageddon decider. The former World Blitz Champion Lenier Dominguez received the White pieces and won the game with a crushing attack.


Dominguez (right) is the first player to win from an Armageddon game

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.05"] [Round "3.9"] [White "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Black "Lysyj, Igor"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A14"] [WhiteElo "2719"] [BlackElo "2629"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 b6 7. Bb2 Bb7 8. e3 Nbd7 9. Qe2 c5 10. Nc3 Ne4 11. cxd5 Nxc3 12. Bxc3 Bxd5 13. e4 Bb7 14. Rfd1 Qc7 15. Rac1 Rad8 16. d4 Qb8 17. d5 exd5 18. exd5 Bf6 19. Nh4 Bxc3 20. Rxc3 Nf6 21. Nf5 Rfe8 22. Re3 g6 23. Qb2 Rxe3 24. Qxf6 gxf5 25. fxe3 Qd6 26. Qg5+ Kf8 27. Qxf5 Kg7 28. Qg5+ Kf8 29. Rf1 Re8 30. e4 Bc8 31. Qh5 Qg6 32. Qh4 Kg7 33. Qf4 Bd7 34. Qc7 Bg4 35. h3 Be2 36. Rf4 h5 37. Kh2 Bd3 38. e5 Bf5 39. e6 Rf8 40. Qe5+ 1-0

Tuesday, round four features some fascinating matches: Polgar-Dominguez, Kamsky-Svidler, Ponomariov-Bruzon, Gashimov-Nielsen, Ivanchuk-Bu Xiangzhi, Radjabov-Jakovenko, Zherebukh-Navara and Grischuk-Potkin.

Results of round three

Name
G1
G2
 R1
 R2
 r3
 r4
 B1
 B2
 SD
Tot
 Polgar, Judit (HUN)
1
½
             
1.5
 Karjakin, Sergey (RUS)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)
0
1
1
1
         
3.0
 Sutovsky, Emil (ISR)
1
0
0
0
         
1.0
 
 Zherebukh, Yaroslav (UKR)
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
 
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
 Efimenko, Zahar (UKR)
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
 
 Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS)
½
0
             
0.5
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
½
1
             
1.5
 
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
1
½
             
1.5
 Morozevich, Alexander (RUS)
0
½
             
0.5
 
 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)
½
0
             
0.5
 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)
½
1
             
1.5
 
 Kamsky, Gata (USA)
1
0
1
1
         
3.0
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)
0
1
0
0
         
1.0
 
 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
 
 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)
1
1
             
2.0
 Jobava, Baadur (GEO)
0
0
             
0.0
 
 Potkin, Vladimir (RUS)
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
 Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS)
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
 
 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian (ROU)
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
 Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN)
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
 
 Le, Quang Liem (VIE)
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB)
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
 
 Navara, David (CZE)
½
½
1
1
         
3.0
 Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR)
½
½
0
0
         
1.0
 
 Gupta, Abhijeet (IND)
½
0
             
0.5
 Bu, Xiangzhi (RUS)
½
1
             
1.5
 
 Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB)
1
0
½
½
½
½
½
½
1
5.0
 Lysyj, Igor (RUS)
0
1
½
½
½
½
½
½
0
4.0

Results as a bracket table

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On Wednesday, August 31, 64 chess players will continue their battles in the 1/32 of the World Cup Final. We should mention such pairings as Kamsky (USA) vs Kasimdzhanov (UZB), Movsesian (ARM) vs Polgar (HUN), Grischuk (RUS) vs Feller (FRA).

The live commentary on Playchess will continue daily at 13:00h CEST (= 15:00h Moscow, 7 a.m. New York), with GM commentary in English and German. At around 19:00h there will be a wrap-up of the day's events.

Remaining schedule of the World Chess Cup 2011

Date Day Time   Rounds
Players
05.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Tiebreak
06.09.2011 Tuesday 15:00 Round 4, game 1
16
07.09.2011 Wednesday 15:00 Round 4, game 2
08.09.2011 Thursday 15:00 Tiebreak
09.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Round 5, game 1
8
10.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 5, game 2
11.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Tiebreak
12.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Round 6, game 1
4
13.09.2011 Tuesday 15:00 Round 6, game 2
14.09.2011 Wednesday 15:00 Tiebreak
15.09.2011 Thursday   Free Day
16.09.2011 Friday 15:00 Round 7, game 1
2
17.09.2011 Saturday 15:00 Round 7, game 2
18.09.2011 Sunday 15:00 Round 7, game 3
19.09.2011 Monday 15:00 Round 7, game 4
20.09.2011 Tuesday 11:00 Tiebreaks, Closing
21.09.2011 Wednesday   Departure

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