World Cup R5 tiebreaks: It's Russia vs Ukraine in the semifinals

9/11/2011 – Alexander Grischuk won his first rapid chess game against David Navara and survived the second to proceed to the next round. Vassily Ivanchuk managed to hold a difficult ending against Teimour Radjabov and then went on to outplay him in the second game. On Monday Grischuk plays Ivanchuk, and Peter Svidler faces Ruslan Ponomariov. Full illustrated report.

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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 five tie breaks

The tie break matches turned out to be very short – both ended after the two rapid games (25 minutes plus 10 seconds for each move).

David Navara (above right), playing white, tried an unpretentious Caro-Kann, postponed castling and missed a breakthrough in the centre. After that the white king could not escape from the centre and a deadly black attack developed. Alexander Grischuk took the full point in 43 moves.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.11"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Navara, David"] [Black "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2746"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nd2 e6 5. Nb3 Nd7 6. Nf3 a6 7. Be3 Rc8 8. c3 c5 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Nxc5 Nxc5 11. Be2 Ne7 12. Nh4 h6 13. Nxf5 Nxf5 14. Bxc5 Rxc5 15. Bd3 d4 {David Navara probably missed this breakthrough.} 16. Qa4+ b5 17. Qxa6 Rxe5+ 18. Kf1 O-O 19. Bxb5 dxc3 20. bxc3 Qd2 {White is a pawn up, but with his uncastled king and Black's active pieces the position is objectively lost.} 21. Be2 Qxc3 22. Re1 Rd8 23. h4 Ng3+ {Things are going from bad to worse for White.} 24. fxg3 Rf5+ 25. Kg1 Qxe1+ 26. Kh2 Qa5 27. Qc4 Qc5 28. Qb3 Rf2 29. Bf3 Qc2 30. Qb6 Rf8 31. Be4 Qxa2 {Black is an exchange and a pawn up and has no real problems winning the game.} 32. Rd1 Rd2 33. Rf1 Qb2 34. Qc5 Rdd8 35. Qe7 Qd4 36. Bb1 Qd6 37. Qb7 Rb8 38. Qe4 f5 39. Qe3 Rb4 40. Kh3 Kh8 41. Ba2 Re4 42. Qf3 Qe5 43. Qa3 Rb8 0-1

David Navara came close to equalising in the second game, where Grischuk confessed that "White did a lot to lose. But the safety factor in my position was sufficient," and he was able to survive the unpleasant endgame a pawn down. Alöexander Grischuk was in the semifinal and will face Vassily Ivanchuk on Monday.


The press conference with Alexander Grischuk and David Navara after their match


A wistful goodbye to Khanty-Mansiysk for Czech GM David Navara


Teimour Radjabov playing Vassily Ivanchuk in the tiebreak games

Teimour Radjabov played a very creative opening with white against Vassily Ivanchuk, who in the press conference said: "The first game was very hard and I had to fight for a draw. Luckily I managed to build up a defence and avoided mixing everything up in the endgame with bishop against a rook without pawns."

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.11"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A35"] [WhiteElo "2744"] [BlackElo "2768"] [PlyCount "239"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 d6 5. Bg2 g6 6. a3 Bg7 7. Rb1 a5 8. O-O O-O 9. d3 Rb8 10. Bd2 Bf5 11. h3 b6 12. Ne1 Qc8 13. Kh2 Nd4 14. e3 Nc6 15. f4 Bd7 16. Nf3 Ne8 17. g4 Nc7 18. a4 Nb4 19. Qe2 d5 20. e4 dxc4 21. dxc4 Ne6 22. Nd5 Nxd5 23. exd5 Nd4 24. Nxd4 Bxd4 25. f5 Bxa4 26. Bh6 Qc7+ 27. Bf4 Qa7 28. b3 Bd7 29. Bxb8 Qxb8+ 30. Kh1 Qd6 31. Rbe1 Re8 32. Qd2 gxf5 33. gxf5 Kh8 34. Re4 Rg8 35. Qe2 Bf6 36. Rg4 Rxg4 37. Qxg4 Bd4 38. Be4 Qh6 39. Qg3 f6 40. d6 Be5 41. Qg2 Bxd6 42. Rg1 Qg5 43. Qxg5 fxg5 44. Rxg5 Be5 45. Bd5 Bg7 46. Kg2 a4 47. bxa4 Bxa4 48. Kf3 b5 49. cxb5 Bxb5 50. Rg1 Bd7 51. Ke4 Ba4 52. Kd3 Bd7 53. Ke4 Ba4 54. Kf3 Bc2 55. Kf4 Bd3 56. Be4 Bc4 57. Rb1 Bd4 58. Rb7 Bf6 59. Rc7 Bf1 60. Rxc5 Bxh3 61. Rc1 h5 62. Bf3 Bg4 63. Bxg4 hxg4 64. Kxg4 Kg7 65. Kf4 Kf7 66. Rc6 Bd4 67. Ke4 Bb2 68. Rc2 Ba1 69. Rc6 Bb2 70. Kf4 Bd4 71. Kg5 Be3+ 72. Kg4 Bd2 73. Re6 Bc1 74. Kf3 Bd2 75. Ke4 Bc1 76. Kd5 Ba3 77. Kc6 Bb4 78. Kd7 Ba3 79. Kc6 Bb4 80. Kd5 Bc3 81. Ra6 Be1 82. Ke4 Bc3 83. Ra3 Bb2 84. Rh3 Bc1 85. Rb3 Bg5 86. Rg3 Bc1 87. Rg2 e6 88. Rc2 exf5+ 89. Kxf5 Ba3 90. Rc7+ Ke8 91. Ke6 Kd8 92. Rc4 Bb2 93. Rc2 Ba3 94. Ra2 Bb4 95. Ra4 Be1 96. Rc4 Bg3 97. Rg4 Bh2 98. Rg7 Kc8 99. Rd7 Bc7 100. Rd3 Bb8 101. Rc3+ Bc7 102. Ke7 Kb7 103. Kd7 Bb8 104. Rb3+ Ka8 105. Kc6 Ba7 106. Kc7 Bg1 107. Rb8+ Ka7 108. Rb1 Bh2+ 109. Kc6 Be5 110. Re1 Bg3 111. Ra1+ Kb8 112. Ra2 Bf4 113. Ra3 Bh2 114. Rb3+ Ka7 115. Rb7+ Ka8 116. Kb6 Bg1+ 117. Ka6 Bh2 118. Rh7 Bg3 119. Rh8+ Bb8 120. Rc8 1/2-1/2

In the second game Ivanchuk managed to outplay his opponent in a slightly better endgame.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2011"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2011.09.11"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Black "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D78"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2744"] [PlyCount "107"] [EventDate "2011.08.28"] 1. g3 g6 2. Bg2 Bg7 3. d4 d5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. c4 c6 7. Qb3 Qb6 8. Nc3 Rd8 9. Rd1 Bf5 10. Ne1 Na6 11. Qxb6 axb6 12. cxd5 Nxd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. a3 Rac8 15. Bg5 Kf8 16. Rac1 Rxc1 17. Bxc1 Nc7 18. e3 Bd7 19. Bd2 e6 20. Nd3 Bb5 21. Rc1 Na6 22. Bf1 Ke8 23. b3 Bd7 24. Ne5 Bxe5 25. dxe5 Nc5 26. Rb1 Rc8 27. f3 Na6 28. Rb2 Nc5 29. a4 Na6 30. Kf2 Ke7 31. e4 dxe4 32. Bg5+ Ke8 33. fxe4 Nc5 34. Ke3 Bc6 35. Bg2 Rc7 36. b4 Nxa4 37. Rc2 b5 38. Bf1 Nb6 39. Bxb5 Rc8 40. Bd3 Bd7 41. Ra2 Na4 42. Kd4 b5 43. g4 Rc7 44. h4 Kf8 45. h5 Be8 46. Rh2 Rd7+ 47. Ke3 Rc7 48. Bd8 Rd7 49. Ba5 Rb7 50. Kf4 Kg7 51. Rc2 Bd7 52. Bd8 Nb6 53. hxg6 fxg6 {Under tremendous pressure for many moves now, Black makes the wrong capture and the game is immediately over:} 54. Bxb6 (54. Bxb6 Rxb6 55. Rc7) 1-0

The semifinals start on Monday, September 12, with two Ukrainians playing two Russians: Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Grischuk and Ruslan Ponomariov vs Peter Svidler. The winner gets US $120,000. We remind you that three of these players will be qualifying for the World Championship Candidates matches next year.

Full results of round five

Name
G1
G2
 R1
 R2
 r3
 r4
 B1
 B2
 SD
Tot
 Svidler, Peter (RUS)
½
1
             
1.5
 Polgar, Judit (HUN)
½
0
             
0.5
 
 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)
1
0
½
1
         
2.5
 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)
0
1
½
0
         
1.5
 
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)
½
½
1
½
         
2.5
 Navara, David (CZE)
½
½
0
½
         
1.5
 
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)  
½
1
             
1.5
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)
½
0
             
0.5

Remaining schedule of the World Chess Cup 2011

Date Day Time   Rounds
Players
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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