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FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 (2.2)

Polgar and Kamsky win to go through on Day 2 of Round 2 of the World Cup

European Champion Vladimir Potkin looks in the kind of form to go a long way in the world cup after beating Shirov 2-0.

European Champion Vladimir Potkin looks in the kind of form to go a long way in the world cup after beating Shirov 2-0. |

13 matches go to a tie-break on Friday including 4 of the 6 top seeds: Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Ponomariov and Grischuk. Vallejo, Bacrot and Felgaer all recovered from game one losses to take their matches in to play-offs. Judit Polgar beat Sergei Movsesian and Gata Kamsky beat Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Morozevich beat Fier 2-0 and Vladimir Potkin who is looking in great form eliminated Alexei Shirov by the same score.

Stars progress Ivanchuk, Gashimov, Radjabov, Kamsky, Navara and Polgar etc go through

Judit Polgar

Judit Polgar was happy at her press conference Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

When Judit Polgar was in the top 10 she had grown into an extremely tough professional GM with a lot of experience. After starting a family it took her a while to get back into form but her Bronze Medal in the European Individual Championships was an indication she was getting back to her best and today she turned down a draw in the position below sensing that her opponents will was weakening and she was proved dead right.

Movsesian,Sergei (2700) - Polgar,Judit (2699) [B30]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 01.09.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 d6 5.d3 Be7 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.Nf1 Bg4 8.f3 Be6 9.Ne3 Qd7 10.Ncd5

[10.0-0 0-0 11.a3 a6 12.Ncd5 Bxd5 13.Nxd5 Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Kh8 15.f4 exf4 16.Bxf4 Ne5 17.c3 Bf6 18.Bg3 Rab8 19.d4 cxd4 20.cxd4 Nc6 21.Rxf6 gxf6 22.Bh4 h6 23.Qh5 Kh7 24.Rf1 f5 1-0 Charbonneau,P (2490) -Hoang Lam,D/Philadephia USA 2004/The Week in Chess 526]

10...Bd8 11.0-0 Bxd5 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 Ne7 14.Bb3 0-0 15.f4 exf4 16.Bxf4 d5 17.Qe2 Bb6 18.Kh1 Rae8 19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Qh5 Nxf4 21.Rxf4 g6 22.Qh6 Bd8!

A great defensive move missed by Movsesian.

23.Raf1 Kh8 24.Re4

Judit Polgar


Sergei Movsesian

Position after 24.Re4

Accompanied by a draw offer from Movsesian. Polgar already thought she might be better and certainly thought turning it down might have a bad psychological effect on Movsesian.

24...f5 25.Re3 Bf6 26.Rfe1 Bg7 27.Qh4 Rxe3 28.Rxe3 f4 29.Re4 f3 30.gxf3 Rxf3 31.Be6 Qd6

Now it is very clear black has a nasty initative.

32.Bg4 Rf8 33.Qe7 Qb6 34.b3 Qa5 35.Re2 Qxa2 36.Qxc5 Qa1+ 37.Qg1 Qc3 38.Bh3 a5 39.Qe1 Qc5 40.c4 b5 41.cxb5 Qxb5 42.Bg2 Qxb3 43.Re8

wanting to exchange rooks but it doesn't help.

43...Qb2 44.Bd5 Qf6 45.Rxf8+ Bxf8 46.h3 Bd6 47.Bg2 Qf4

White can now resign.

48.Kg1 a4 49.Qc3+ Be5 50.Qa3 Kg7 51.Qe7+ Kh6 52.Qa3 Bd4+ 53.Kh1 Qf2 54.Qc1+ Be3 55.Qa1 a3 0-1

Gata Kamsky won a complex Ruy Lopez against Rustam Kasimdzhanov to progress to round 3. 28...Ng6 instead of 28... Nc6 was a mistake Kamsky pointed out at the press conference. The later knight sacrifice on f4 by Kasimdzhanov was quickly refuted by Kamsky.

Kamsky,Gata (2741) - Kasimdzhanov,Rustam (2669) [C78]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 01.09.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.axb5 axb5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d4 Bxd4 11.Qxd4 d6 12.f4 Nc6 13.Qc3 Ne7 14.e5 Ne4 15.Qe1 Nc5 16.Ba2 0-0 17.Be3

[17.b4 Na4 18.Nc3 Nxc3 19.Qxc3 dxe5 20.Bb2 Qd4+ 21.Qxd4 exd4 22.Bxd4 Be6 23.Bxe6 fxe6 24.Bc5 Rfe8 25.Bxe7 Rxe7 26.Ra6 c5 27.bxc5 Rc8 28.c6 Rec7 29.Rb1 Rxc6 30.Rxc6 Rxc6 31.Rxb5 1/2-1/2 Adams,M (2729)-Shirov,A (2739)/Crete GRE 2007/The Week in Chess 678]

17...Bf5 18.b4 Ne6 19.Qf2 d5 20.c3 f6 21.exf6 Rxf6 22.Nd2 Qd6 23.Rfe1 Kh8 24.Bb3 h6 25.g3 Bg4 26.Bc5 Nxc5 27.Qxc5 Qxc5+ 28.bxc5

Rustam Kasimdzhanov


Gata Kamsky

Position after 28.bxc5


An unfortunate decision according to Kamsky.

[28...Nc6 29.Bxd5 Rd8 30.Bxc6 Rxc6 31.Nb3 Rd3 32.Re8+ Kh7 33.Rb8 Rxc3 34.Rxb5 is completely equal.]

29.Bxd5 Rd8 30.Bf3 Bxf3 31.Nxf3 Rd5 32.Ra8+ Kh7 33.Ree8 Rxc5 34.Nd4 Nxf4

I'm sure there must be a reason for desparation but this proves to be a quick way to lose.

[34...Rxc3 and the game continues.]

35.gxf4 Rxf4 36.Ne6 Rg4+ 37.Kf2 Rf5+ 38.Ke3 h5 39.Ra6 g6 40.Re7+ Kh6 41.Ra8

and mate, ruinous loss of material or both follows.


David Navara won a complex Ruy Lopez against Alexander Onischuk to go through after their first game was drawn. To be honest I didn't really understand it, and apparently neither did Onischuk whose position rapidly fell apart before he had to resign on move 28. Navara talked through the game in the broadcast, there were a lot of short range variations allowing white to keep control.

Evgeny Alekseev had a pretty hopeless task in beating Vassily Ivanchuk with black to survive and sure enough after a solid Queen's Gambit the game was drawn in 26 moves.

Vugar Gashimov remained rock solid as black in a Sicilian Najdorf against Sergei Azarov in a reasonably interesting draw in 57 moves which allowed him to progress.

Parimarjan Negi hardly went down with all guns blazing as Teimour Radjabov got the draw with black he needed to progress in just 13 moves.

Dmitry Jakovenko went through after he drew with white against Pentala Harikrishna in a Queen's Gambit Accepted in 53 moves. He was made to work for it and was probably a tiny bit worse for most of the game.

Nikita Vitiugov got the draw as black he needed against Anton Korobov. The final setup with the combination of h-pawn and bishop prevents white advancing his king.

It is terribly difficult to play for a win with black. Viktor Bologan agreed a draw on move 9 with black allowing Leinier Dominguez Perez to progress. His position was already pretty much busted.

Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Viktor Bologan Round 2.2

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 a6 5. Qd2 Nd7 6. O-O-O b5 7. h4 h5 8. Nh3 Bb7 9. Ng5 Ngf6 10. e5 b4 1/2

Sam Shankland was ground down by Abhijeet Gupta in 68 moves of an English.

Lost to Gupta in game 2, overpressed and got a worse endgame that I defended for 40 moves but ultimately lost in time trouble. Going home!!

Sam Shankland on Twitter

Le Quang Liem was forced to play 70 moves by Boris Grachev to get his draw to progress, he was never worse.

Baadur Jobava beat Radoslaw Wojtaszek on the black side of a Queen's Indian in 35 moves to go through

Knight endings are hard. Fabiano Caruana ground away in a 4 vs 3 pawns on the kingside knight ending and eventually beat Yuri Drozdovskij in 90 moves in the final game to finish.

Evgeny Tomashevsky built up a big advantage against Dmitry Andreikin on the white side of the Benoni before a draw allowing him to go through was agreed on move 22.

Emil Sutovsky candidly admitted that much of his work was done in the first game of the match when he played nicely to beat Laurent Fressinet's Berlin Defence. Sutovsky defended well in game two and the game ended in perpetual check allowing Sutovsky to go through.

Zahar Efimenko set up a slow and crude attack against Ferenc Berkes. The question is can white black eventually getting his rook to f6 and removing the knight that is protecting his king or not. In the game it turned out he couldn't. Thus Efimenko went through. These attacks never work for me.

Berkes,Ferenc (2696) - Efimenko,Zahar (2706) [A05]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 01.09.2011

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 g6 4.c4 dxc4 5.Qa4+ c6 6.Qxc4 Bg7 7.d3 Nbd7 8.0-0 Nb6 9.Qc2 0-0 10.e4 Bd7 11.Be3 Qc8 12.Bc5 Re8 13.Nbd2 Bh3 14.Bxh3 Qxh3 15.Qb3 Bh6 16.Bxb6 axb6 17.Nc4 Ng4 18.Qxb6 e5

Zahar Efimenko


Ferenc Berkes

Position after 18...e5

19.a4 Re6 20.a5 Rae8 21.a6 bxa6 22.Rxa6 Kg7 23.Qxc6 Rxc6 24.Rxc6 Rd8 25.Rc7 Rxd3 26.Rxf7+ Kg8 27.Re1 Bf4 0-1

Mircea-Emilian Parligras went through at the expense of Zoltan Almasi. He might have even won for a second time but was in no trouble at all on the black side of a Bogo-Indian.

Morozevich and Potkin win 2-0

Vladimir Potkin was the surprise winner of the European Championship but his performance here suggests he may go far. Alexei Shirov needed a win in the second game his best shot but Potkin was good enough in the end to win. However a lesser player may have buckled against Shirov's clever play.

Shirov,Alexei (2714) - Potkin,Vladimir (2682) [C11]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 01.09.2011

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Ne2 Qb6 9.Qc1 Be7

[9...g5 was Topalov,V - Morozevich,A Morelia/Linares 2007]

10.g3 cxd4 11.Nexd4 Nc5 12.Bh3 Qa5+ 13.Kf2 Bd7 14.Nb3 Ne4+ 15.Kg2 Qc7 16.c4 Nb4 17.cxd5 Qc2+

Black was very happy with his position here and so he should be, he is a little better. However Shirov now finds a way to complicate.


After being confident suddenly Potkin wasn't sure what the correct assessment was.

18...Nxc2 19.Bb6 Nxa1 20.dxe6 fxe6 21.Rxa1 Rc8 22.Nbd4 Bc5 23.Bxc5 Nxc5 24.b4 Nd3 25.Rd1 Nb2 26.Rb1

[26.Rd2 playing things slower may have been better.]

26...Nd3 27.Bxe6 Bxe6 28.Nxe6 Rc2+ 29.Kh3 g6 30.Nc5?

The start of a bad plan. Shirov is in such an aggressive mood he doesn't realise the hidden danger to his king.

30...Nf2+ 31.Kh4 b6 32.Nxa6?

Returning to e6 is the best option but white probably doesn't have the winning chances he wants.

32...0-0 33.e6

Vladimir Potkin


Alexei Shirov

Position after 33.e6

Played quickly.


Shirov resigns as it is either mate next move or his position is wrecked after g4.


Alexandr Fier had the thankless task of playing for a win with black against Alexander Morozevich. However he just wasn't up to it and his position fell apart and he resigned on move 26.

Bacrot, Vallejo and Felgaer win second game to survive

Francisco Vallejo Pons won a tense and nervy struggle to level the score against Lazaro Bruzon Batista.

Bruzon Batista,Lazaro (2673) - Vallejo Pons,Francisco (2724) [B51]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 01.09.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.0-0 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.h3 Ne5 7.a4 a6 8.Bxd7+ Nfxd7 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d3 g6 11.Nd2 Nc6 12.c3 Bg7 13.f4 b5 14.Nf3 0-0 15.d4 b4 16.Be3 bxc3 17.bxc3 Na5 18.e5 cxd4 19.cxd4 Qd7 20.Bf2 Qf5 21.Bg3 Rfc8 22.Kh2 Nc4 23.Rb1 Rab8 24.Rxb8 Rxb8 25.exd6 exd6 26.Qe2 d5 27.Nh4 Qe4 28.f5 Re8 29.Qxe4 dxe4 30.d5 Be5 31.Bxe5 Rxe5 32.g4 Kg7

[32...g5 33.Rc1 Nd6 34.Ng2 Rxd5 35.Rc6 a5 36.Ne3 Rd4 37.Kg3 h6 38.Kf2 Kh8 39.Ke1]

33.Kg3 e3 34.fxg6 hxg6 35.Ng2 Rxd5 36.Nxe3 Rd3 37.Kf2 Nd6 38.h4 Ra3 39.Rd1 Ne4+ 40.Kf3 Rxa4 41.Rd5 Nf6 42.Rd6 Ra3 43.Kf4 Ra2

Francisco Vallejo Pons


Lazaro Bruzon Batista

Position after 43...Ra2


Allowing black to neatly trade into a knight and pawn ending which doesn't seem holdable.



very alert from black.

45.Kxf2 Ne4+ 46.Kf3 Nxd6 47.Kf4 f6 48.g5 fxg5+ 49.hxg5 Nf7 50.Nd5 a5 51.Ke3 Nxg5 52.Nf4 Nf7 53.Nd5 g5 54.Kd4 Nd8 55.Kc4 Kg6 56.Ne3 Kh5 57.Kd5 g4 58.Nf5 Kg5 59.Ke4 a4 60.Nd4 a3 0-1

Anton Filippov was one move away from qualifying for the 3rd round and eliminating Etienne Bacrot. He had survived an awkward position (Bacrot blew most of his advantage on the run up to the first time control) to reach this position where he only has to eliminate b2 to win, instead he got bypassed by b4 and lost quickly. Bacrot will be strong favourite in the playoffs.

Anton Korobov


Etienne Bacrot

Position after 49.Ra5

49.... h5?

49... Rb1 50. Kc3 Rc1+

50. b4 g5 51. hxg5 Kg6 52. Kb5 a3 53. Ka6 Rb1 54. b5 Rb2 55. b6 Rxf2 56. b7 Rb2 57. Rxa3 Kxg5 58. Ra5 1-0

Ruben Felgaer has been super value so far mixing the good and the bad. Today he got back in his match against Yaroslav Zherebukh winning with white in just 24 moves.

Felgaer,Ruben (2573) - Zherebukh,Yaroslav (2590) [B23]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 01.09.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 e6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 Ne7 8.Be3 Nc6 9.Qd2 Be7 10.0-0-0 a6 11.g4 b5 12.Kb1 0-0 13.g5 Bd7 14.Qf2 f5 15.exf5 Rxf5 16.Bh3 Rf7 17.Qg2

Yaroslav Zherebukh


Ruben Felgaer

Position after 17.Qg2

17...Bf8 18.Ne4 d5 19.g6 Re7 20.gxh7+ Kh8 21.Ng5 g6 22.f5 exf5 23.Qxd5 Bg7 24.Bc5 1-0

Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, Grischuk, Svidler, Nepomniachtchi and Adams in playoffs

Wesley So and Sergey Karjakin played an interesting Nimzo Indian which traded to a draw in 26 moves.

Daniel Fridman and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played a very solid draw in the King's Indian which was drawn in 20.

Ruslan Ponomariov perhaps had the tiniest of edges against Ni Hua but it never amounted to anything and the game was drawn in 58 moves of a French Classical.

Alexander Grischuk is known to be very confident in his rapid and blitz play and he hardly tried with white against Sebastian Feller as they drew in 13 moves to take the match to a playoff.

Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Peter Svidler drew a very solid Fianchetto Gruenfeld in 30 moves to take their match to a playoff.

Bu Xiangzhi drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in 23 moves to take the match to a playoff.

Igor Lysyj drew in 24 moves of a Queen's Indian against Alexander Ivanov to take things to a playoff.

Ernesto Inarkiev - Alexander Moiseenko drew fast to take them to the playoffs.

Peter Heine Nielsen got nothing in the opening against Michael Adams and they drew in 20 moves to go to the playoffs.

Alexander Riazantsev and Ian Neponiachtchi drew in just 11 moves to go to playoffs.

FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Tue 20th Sep 2011
Round 2 Results
Round 2 Match 01
Karjakin, SergeyRUS½½1
So, WesleyPHI½½1
Round 2 Match 02
Alekseev, EvgenyRUS0½0.5
Ivanchuk, VassilyUKR1½1.5
Round 2 Match 03
Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE½½1
Fridman, DanielGER½½1
Round 2 Match 04
Ni, HuaCHN½½1
Ponomariov, RuslanUKR½½1
Round 2 Match 05
Gashimov, VugarAZE1½1.5
Azarov, SergeiBLR0½0.5
Round 2 Match 06
Feller, SebastienFRA½½1
Grischuk, AlexanderRUS½½1
Round 2 Match 07
Radjabov, TeimourAZE1½1.5
Negi, ParimarjanIND0½0.5
Round 2 Match 08
Kasimdzhanov, RustamUZB½00.5
Kamsky, GataUSA½11.5
Round 2 Match 09
Svidler, PeterRUS½½1
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong SonVIE½½1
Round 2 Match 10
Harikrishna, P.IND0½0.5
Jakovenko, DmitryRUS1½1.5
Round 2 Match 11
Vitiugov, NikitaRUS1½1.5
Korobov, AntonUKR0½0.5
Round 2 Match 12
Parligras, Mircea-EmilianROU1½1.5
Almasi, ZoltanHUN0½0.5
Round 2 Match 13
Vallejo Pons, FranciscoESP011
Bruzon Batista, LazaroCUB101
Round 2 Match 14
Onischuk, AlexanderUSA½00.5
Navara, DavidCZE½11.5
Round 2 Match 15
Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA½½1
Bu, XiangzhiRUS½½1
Round 2 Match 16
Bologan, ViktorMDA0½0.5
Dominguez Perez, LeinierCUB1½1.5
Round 2 Match 17
Ivanov, AlexanderUSA½½1
Lysyj, IgorRUS½½1
Round 2 Match 18
Gupta, AbhijeetIND½11.5
Shankland, Samuel LUSA½00.5
Round 2 Match 19
Moiseenko, AlexanderUKR½½1
Inarkiev, ErnestoRUS½½1
Round 2 Match 20
Grachev, BorisRUS0½0.5
Le, Quang LiemVIE1½1.5
Round 2 Match 21
Adams, MichaelENG½½1
Nielsen, Peter HeineDEN½½1
Round 2 Match 22
Potkin, VladimirRUS112
Shirov, AlexeiESP000
Round 2 Match 23
Jobava, BaadurGEO½11.5
Wojtaszek, RadoslawPOL½00.5
Round 2 Match 24
Drozdovskij, YuriUKR½00.5
Caruana, FabianoITA½11.5
Round 2 Match 25
Nepomniachtchi, IanRUS½½1
Riazantsev, AlexanderRUS½½1
Round 2 Match 26
Filippov, AntonUZB101
Bacrot, EtienneFRA011
Round 2 Match 27
Fier, AlexandrBRA000
Morozevich, AlexanderRUS112
Round 2 Match 28
Andreikin, DmitryRUS0½0.5
Tomashevsky, EvgenyRUS1½1.5
Round 2 Match 29
Efimenko, ZaharUKR½11.5
Berkes, FerencHUN½00.5
Round 2 Match 30
Zherebukh, YaroslavUKR101
Felgaer, RubenARG011
Round 2 Match 31
Sutovsky, EmilISR1½1.5
Fressinet, LaurentFRA0½0.5
Round 2 Match 32
Polgar, JuditHUN½11.5
Movsesian, SergeiARM½00.5

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