World Cup R6: Gelfand beats Karjakin with black

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12/6/2009 – The semifinals of the FIDE World Cup saw Boris Gelfand, 41, beating his 19-year-opponent Sergey Karjakin in impressive style with the black pieces. Karjakin now has the daunting task of having to win the second game on Monday or say goodbye to Khanty Mansiysk. In the other game Ponomariov and Malakhov drew a Slav game in 40 moves. 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.

Semifinals: game one

Boris Gelfand, 41 years old, very convincing in the FIDE World Cup

Former boy prodigy Sergey Karjakin, 19, struggling against his experienced opponent

Karjakin,Sergey (2723) - Gelfand,B (2758) [C55]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (6.1), 06.12.2009
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Bb3 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.h3 a5 9.a4 Nd4 10.Nxd4 exd4 11.Re1N

11...Ra6! A very interesting piece sacrifice (12.Bxd5 Qxd5 13.Rxe7 Rg6 – with the threat of 14...Qxg2#) immediately after Karjakin's novelty, which the Ukrainian did not dare to accept. 12.Qh5 Nb4 13.Na3 Rg6 14.Bf4 b6 15.Qf3 Be6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Qe4 Bd6 18.Bxd6 cxd6 19.Qxd4

White is a pawn up, but Black is calling all the shots. 19...Qg5 (once again the annoying threat of ...Qxg2#) 20.g3 Qf5 21.g4 h5 22.Re4 d5 23.Kh2 Qf3 24.Ree1 hxg4 25.Qe3 gxh3 26.Qxf3 Rxf3 27.Rg1 Rxf2+ 28.Kxh3 Rxg1 29.Rxg1 Nxc2 30.Nb5 Rf3+ 31.Kg4 Rxd3

White has ended up three pawns down and not a hope left to survive. 32.Nd6 Ne3+ 33.Kf4 Nc4 0-1.

Gelfand vs Karjakin, closely followed by arbiter Mahdi Abdulrahim and Ruslan Ponomariov

Ponomariov-Malakhov was a well-fought Slav that ended in a drawn four-bishop endgame

Ruslan Ponomariov, former FIDE World Champion, in the semifinal of the World Cup

Photos by Galina Popova courtesy of FIDE

Results of round six

 Players  G1  G2   Tot
 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)
 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)
 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)

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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