World Cup: Sutovsky and Sargissian eliminated

11/24/2009 – The two big names that will leave Khanty-Mansiysk after the first round are Emil Sutovsky of Israel and Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia. The were knocked out by Chinese GMs Li Chao and Zhou Weiqi respectively (but not respectfully). Promising youngsters Parimarjan Negi and Hou Yifan are also out, while Dominguez, Navara and Bacrot made it to the next round. 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.

Round one day three report

There was a bit of a surprise in the tiebreaks on Monday. For some reason people assumed that there would be two rapid chess games and were startled when, for instance after Bacrot had won two against Friso Nijboer the players started a third game. Even though we had published the four-game rule it was unclear how it had slipped into the system. It is certainly new and extremely grueling: four rapid chess game, ten blitz and thena sudden death – all this in the first round of the knockout event. Astonishing.

The big upsets were Li Chao's elimination of Gabriel Sargissian (2:2 in their rapid games, and then 2:0 in the first pair of blitz games) and Zhou Weiqi's elimination of Emil Sutovsky (2½:½ in the rapid games).


Eliminated: Israeli GM Emil Sutovsky (by china's Zhou Weiqi 2½:½ in the rapid games)


Topalov second Cheparinov defeated his Ukrainian opponent 2½:1½ in the rapids


Czech GM David Navara (right) defeated Darwin Laylo of the Philippines 3½:1½


Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran defeated Dutch GM Erwin L'Ami 2½:½


Made it! One of India's top GMs (after you-know-who) Krishnan Sasikiran


India's Parimarjan Negi eliminated by Swiss GM Vadim Milov 2½:½


On to round two: Vadim Milov from Switzerland


The French GM won the rapid chess tiebreak games 2½:½

All photos courtesy of FIDE

Results of round one games one, two and tiebreaks

No.  Player  Player R1 R2 TB1 Bl
1  Gelfand, Boris (ISR)  Obodchuk, Andrei (RUS) 1-0 ½-½    
2  Sarwat, Walaa (EGY)  Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) 0-1 0-1    
3  Svidler, Peter (RUS)  Hebert, Jean (CAN) 1-0 1-0    
4  Abdel Razik, Khaled (EGY)  Morozevich, Alex. (RUS) 0-1 0-1    
5  Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)  Ezat, Mohamed (EGY) 1-0 1-0    
6  Bezgodov, Alexei (RUS)  Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) 0-1 0-1    
7  Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)  El Gindy, Essam (EGY) ½-½ 1-0    
8  Sriram, Jha (IND)  Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) ½-½ 0-1    
9  Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)  Rizouk, Aimen (ALG) 1-0 ½-½    
10  Kabanov, Nikolai (RUS)  Wang, Yue (CHN) 0-1 0-1    
11  Eljanov, Pavel (UKR)  Al Sayed, Mohamad (QAT) 1-0 ½-½    
12  Rodriguez Vila, Andres (URU)  Karjakin, Sergey (UKR) 0-1 ½-½    
13  Mamedyarov, Shakh. (AZE)  Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS) 1-0 1-0    
14  Kunte, Abhijit (IND)  Shirov, Alexei (ESP) ½-½ 0-1    
15  Dominguez, Leinier (CUB)  Smerdon, David (AUS) ½-½ ½-½ 2½:1½  
16  Yu, Yangyi (CHN)  Movsesian, Sergei (SVK) 1-0 ½-½    
17  Vachier-Lagrave, M. (FRA)  Yu, Shaoteng (CHN) ½-½ 1-0    
18  Pridorozhni, Aleksei (RUS)  Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS) ½-½ 0-1    
19  Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS)  Ivanov, Alexander (USA) 1-0 ½-½    
20  Friedel, Joshua E (USA)  Wang, Hao (CHN) 0-1 0-1    
21  Navara, David (CZE)  Laylo, Darwin (PHI) 1-0 0-1 3½:1½  
22  Amin, Bassem (EGY)  Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS) 0-1 0-1    
23  Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)  Nijboer, Friso (NED) ½-½ ½-½ 2½:½  
24  Morovic Fernandez, Ivan (CHI)  Rublevsky, Sergei (RUS) 0-1 ½-½    
25  Jobava, Baadur (GEO)  Robson, Ray (USA) 1-0 ½-½    
26  Hess, Robert L (USA)  Motylev, Alexander (RUS) ½-½ 0-1    
27  Kamsky, Gata (USA)  Antonio, Rogelio Jr (PHI) 1-0 ½-½    
28  Gupta, Abhijeet (IND)  Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS) ½-½ 0-1    
29  Bologan, Viktor (MDA)  Adly, Ahmed (EGY) 1-0 ½-½    
30  Hou, Yifan (CHN)  Naiditsch, Arkadij (GER) ½-½ ½-½ 1½:2½  
31  Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN)  Pelletier, Yannick (SUI) ½-½ 0-1    
33  Nisipeanu, Liviu-D. (ROU)  Lupulescu, Constantin (ROU) 1-0 ½-½    
34  Li, Chao b (CHN)  Sargissian, Gabriel (ARM) ½-½ ½-½ 2:2 2:0
35  Onischuk, Alexander (USA)  Flores, Diego (ARG) ½-½ 1-0    
36  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy (UKR)  Cheparinov, Ivan (BUL) ½-½ ½-½ 1½:2½  
37  Efimenko, Zahar (UKR)  Milos, Gilberto (BRA) 0-1 ½-½    
38  Zhou, Weiqi (CHN)  Sutovsky, Emil (ISR) ½-½ ½-½ 2½:½  
39  Najer, Evgeniy (RUS)  Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan (IRI) 1-0 ½-½    
40  Iturrizaga, Eduardo (VEN)  Tiviakov, Sergei (NED) ½-½ ½-½ 2½:1½  
41  Areshchenko, Alex. (UKR)  Corrales, Fidel (CUB) 1-0 ½-½    
42  L'Ami, Erwin (NED)  Sasikiran, Krishnan (IND) ½-½ ½-½ ½:2½  
43  Smirin, Ilia (ISR)  Ehlvest, Jaan (USA) 1-0 ½-½    
44  Shabalov, Alexander (USA)  Baklan, Vladimir (UKR) 1-0 0-1 2:2 1½:½
45  Ganguly, Surya (IND)  Filippov, Anton (UZB) 1-0 1-0    
46  Khalifman, Alexander (RUS)  Fier, Alexandr (BRA) ½-½ ½-½ 2½:1½  
47  Fressinet, Laurent (FRA)  Sjugirov, Sanan (RUS) 1-0 1-0    
48  Petrosian, Tigran L. (ARM)  Meier, Georg (GER) ½-½ 0-1    
49  Grachev, Boris (RUS)  Bartel, Mateusz (POL) ½-½ ½-½ 2:2 0:2
50  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB)  Caruana, Fabiano (ITA) ½-½ 0-1    
51  Sokolov, Ivan (NED)  Fedorchuk, Sergey (UKR) 0-1 0-1    
52  Negi, Parimarjan (IND)  Milov, Vadim (SUI) 1-0 0-1 ½:2½  
53  Timofeev, Artyom (RUS)  Leitao, Rafael (BRA) ½-½ ½-½ 2½:1½  
54  Gustafsson, Jan (GER)  Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS) 1-0 0-1 ½:2½  
55  Savchenko, Boris (RUS)  Shulman, Yuri (USA) ½-½ ½-½ 2:2 1½:½
56  Sandipan, Chanda (IND)  Kobalia, Mikhail (RUS) 1-0 ½-½    
57  Tkachiev, Vladislav (FRA)  Le, Quang Liem (VIE) ½-½ ½-½ 2½:½  
58  Akobian, Varuzhan (USA)  Tregubov, Pavel V. (RUS) 1-0 0-1 2:2 7:5
59  So, Wesley (PHI)  Guseinov, Gadir (AZE) 1-0 0-1 3:0  
60  Sakaev, Konstantin (RUS)  Granda Zuniga, Julio E (PER) ½-½ 1-0    
61  Laznicka, Viktor (CZE)  Papaioannou, Ioannis (GRE) 1-0 ½-½    
62  Nyback, Tomi (FIN)  Andreikin, Dmitry (RUS) 1-0 0-1 2:2 1½:½
63  Mamedov, Rauf (AZE)  Zhou, Jianchao (CHN) ½-½ 0-1    
64  Volkov, Sergey (RUS)  Amonatov, Farrukh (TJK) 0-1 ½-½    

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