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FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 (3.1)

Polgar and Sutovsky create the surprises in World Cup Round 3.1

Judit Polgar beat top seed Sergey Karjakin in the first game of round 3. Photo ©

Judit Polgar beat top seed Sergey Karjakin in the first game of round 3. Photo © |

The first game of the 3rd round of the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk took place on Saturday 3rd September. Judit Polgar beat top seed Sergey Karjakin on the white side of a Berlin Defence where she surprised him with a side-line. Emil Sutovsky beat Vassily Ivanchuk after the latter went astray in time trouble. Gata Kamsky beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in an ending from a Gruenfeld as white. Alexander Grischuk beat Alexander Morozevich in a double edged French Defence.

Top seed Sergey Karjakin lost to Judit Polgar

Top seed Sergey Karjakin lost to Judit Polgar. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Judit Polgar won a pawn on the white side of a Berlin and converted it. As she said in the press conference if you make a small mistake in this line it can be fatal.

Polgar,Judit (2699) - Karjakin,Sergey (2788) [C67]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.1), 03.09.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 h5 11.Rd1 Be7 12.Ne4

A rare sideline in the Berlin.


[12...Be6; 12...Nh4]

13.b3 h4

A very commital decision with all sorts of ramifications. Black restricts white's options to expand on the Kingside but the h-pawn is in danger of being weak and maybe ties to the rook to h8.


White doesn't fianchetto her bishop.

14...Rd8 15.c4 b6 16.Rd2 Bc8 17.Rxd8+ Kxd8 18.Rd1+ Ke8 19.Bf4 c5

Another commital move, black will have to watch out for a knight landing on d5.

20.e6 Bxe6 21.Bxc7 f6


22.Bb8 a6 23.Ba7 Bd8 24.Nc3

Sergey Karjakin


Judit Polgar

Position after 24.Nc3

Polgar thought that Karjakin missed this and perhaps collapsed psychologically. She felt that he played far too quickly following this move.

24...Kf7 25.Na4 b5 26.Nxc5 Bc8 27.cxb5 axb5 28.a4 bxa4 29.bxa4 Re8 30.Rb1

White is a pawn up with very good winning chances.

30...g5 31.Bb6 Be7 32.a5 Bxc5 33.Bxc5

Setting up the potential defence of bishops of opposite colour. The fact his pawns are on dark squares however means this defence may be harder the usual to set up.

33...Re6 34.Rb6 Ng7 35.Be3 Nf5 36.Rb8 Re8 37.Ra8 Bb7

This loses quickly but there no longer seems a defence.

[37...Nxe3 38.fxe3 Bf5 39.Rxe8 Kxe8 40.a6 Kd7 41.a7 Be4 42.Nh2 Kc7 43.Ng4 f5 44.Ne5 Kb6 45.Nf7 g4 46.Nd6 just wins.]

38.Ra7 Re7 39.Bc5 Rd7 40.a6 Bc6 41.Rxd7+ Bxd7 42.Nd2 Ke6 43.Nc4 Bc6 44.Nb6 Nd6 45.Bxd6

The simplest, Polgar has it all worked out.

45...Kxd6 46.a7 Kc7 47.a8Q Bxa8 48.Nxa8+ Kb7 49.f4

The black king cannot return in time.


My opponent played the Berlin which he played against me in the Olympiad as well. I played the rare continuation Ne4, there are very few games on this. This line [Berlin] is very solid with black, I don't have a very good score with white. It is basically very tense for both players. Ususally in this line you make small mistakes that can be the decisive ones.

I think after e6 I think Sergey miscalculated something. I think especially Nc3 was missed by my opponent. Psychologically I think my opponent collapsed, he especially played very fast after this.

If I'm very stable in every way in my life then I can be very patient and focused in my games.

Of course I make special preparation against every opponent. But generally speaking I am focusing on my own play, to be psychologically stable to play.

Judit Polgar in her post-game press conference.

Emil Sutovsky against Vassily Ivanchuk

Emil Sutovsky against Vassily Ivanchuk. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Emil Sutovsky pointed out that he had a 6-6 record with Vassily Ivanchuk, 6 draws and 6 losses before this game. But Ivanchuk frequently self-destructs in these events and today he got dragged into time trouble and then blundered. He actually had the advantage but he looked nervous. I tried to find a good picture of both of the players together and Ivanchuk spent the final period of this game fiddling with his left eye-brow. Sutovsky has been known as an up and down player himself but I sense he might be playing the best chess of his career at the moment.

Ivanchuk,Vassily (2768) - Sutovsky,Emil (2700) [B54]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.1), 03.09.2011

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.c4 a5 8.Be3 a4 9.Nc1 Qa5+

[9...0-0 10.Nc3 Qa5 11.Qd2 Be6 12.Rb1 Rc8 13.b3 axb3 14.axb3 Nc6 15.Nb5 Nb4 16.Bd3 d5 17.exd5 Nfxd5 18.Ke2 Nf6 19.Kf2 Nxd3+ 20.Qxd3 e4 21.Qd2 Bb4 22.Qb2 Bd7 23.Ne2 Bxb5 24.cxb5 Qxb5 25.Rhc1 exf3 26.gxf3 Qh5 27.Bf4 Nd5 28.Qe5 Nxf4 29.Rxc8+ Rxc8 30.Qxf4 Qc5+ 31.Kf1 Qb6 32.Rd1 Bc5 33.Qf5 Rf8 34.Kg2 g6 35.Qd5 Be7 36.Ng3 Rd8 37.Qe4 Rxd1 38.Qxe7 Rd2+ 39.Kh3 Qe6+ 40.Qxe6 fxe6 41.Ne4 Rb2 0-1 Yandemirov,V (2481) -Damljanovic,B (2554)/Eupen BEL 1999]

10.Qd2 Bd8 11.Ne2 Be6 12.Na3 Qxd2+ 13.Kxd2 Ba5+ 14.Nc3 Nc6 15.Nab5 Ke7 16.Be2 Rhc8 17.Rhc1 Bb4 18.Rab1 Nd7 19.Ke1 Bc5 20.Bf2 Na5 21.Nd5+ Bxd5 22.cxd5 g6 23.Bh4+ f6 24.Kd2 g5 25.Bg3 f5 26.exf5 Nf6 27.Nc3 Bb4 28.Kd3 Rc4 29.Bf2 Rac8 30.Be3 a3 31.Nb5

White has the chance for a big advantage.

[31.Ne4 Nxd5 32.Bxg5+ Kf8 33.Rxc4 Nxc4 34.bxa3 Bxa3 35.Kc2]

31...axb2 32.Rxc4 Nxc4 33.Bxg5 e4+ 34.Kd4 Na3

Emil Sutovsky


Vassily Ivanchuk

Position after 34.Na3


[35.Bxf6+ Kxf6 36.Nxa3]

35...Bc5+! 36.Kc3 Bxa3+ 37.Bc4 b5 38.Kb3 bxc4+ 39.Kxa3 c3 40.fxe4

[40.Kb3 exf3 41.gxf3 Kf7 42.Kc2]

40...Rb8 0-1

Ian Nepomniachtchi against Gata Kamsky

Ian Nepomniachtchi against Gata Kamsky. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Gata Kamsky won a nice game against Ian Nepomniachtchi in a Gruenfeld. He wrecked black's pawn structure but maybe Nepomniachtchi thought he might hold the resulting position. Kamsky put him right.

Ian Nepomniachtchi


Gata Kamsky

Position after 33.Rc1

This position is very difficult for black. His weak pawns means that he can't go to h6 with his king as the e-pawn will fall. It seems that Kamsky's judgement in heading for this was better than Nepomniachtchi.

33. Rc1 Rxa2 34. Rc7+ Kf6 35. Rxh7 a5 36. Ra7 a4 37. Kh2 a3 38. Kh3 Ke6 39. Ra6+ Kf7 40. Kg3 Kg7 41. Re6 Re2 42. Rxe5 a2 43. Ra5 Kf6 44. f4 Rxe4 45. Rxa2 Kg7 46. Kg4 Rb4 47. Ra5 1-0

Morozevich and Grischuk

Morozevich and Grischuk. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Alexander Grischuk beat Alexander Morozevich in an unusual French Defence. Morozevich seemed to have plenty of counter-play for a while to make up for Grischuk's extra queenside pawns and maybe should have grabbed e5 when he could, but eventually Grischuk dealt with the threats and Morozevich was left with a lost position.

Grischuk,Alexander (2746) - Morozevich,Alexander (2694) [C02]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.1), 03.09.2011

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Bd7 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 8.0-0

[8.Qg4 Ne7 9.0-0 Ng6 10.Nf3 Bb5 11.Bxb5+ Qxb5 12.Nbd2 Nd7 13.c4 Qc6 14.b3 Ndxe5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Qxg7 Ng6 17.Nf3 Bf8 18.Qd4 dxc4 19.Bg5 c3 20.Rad1 Be7 21.Qg7 Bf8 22.Qd4 Be7 23.Qg7 Bf8 1/2-1/2 Khairullin,I (2544)-Volkov,S (2623)/Moscow RUS 2008/The Week in Chess 693]

8...Bxd4 9.cxd4 Qxd4 10.Nc3 a6

As one of the greediest French players in the world I might go for something like: 10...Nc6 11.Nb5 Qxe5 12.Re1 Qb8 13.Qg4 Kf8 a bit like my favourite line against the Milner-Barry. I certainly think Morozevich should have grabbed e5 in a few moves.

11.Re1 Bc6 12.Ne2 Qg4 13.h3 Qh5 14.Bf4 Bb5 15.Qb3 Ne7 16.Bxb5+ axb5 17.Qxb5+ Nbc6 18.Qxb7 0-0

[18...Rb8 19.Qa6 0-0 is another option.]

19.Qb3 Rab8 20.Qc3 Rfc8 21.Qd2

Alexander Morozevich


Alexander Grischuk

Position after 21.Qd2


21...Ng6 22.b3 Ra8 23.Rac1 Qf5 24.Bg3 Ncxe5 grabbing e5.

22.Rac1 Qh4 23.b3 Nf5

It may be that this turns out to be worse than a waste of time.


24.g4 Nfe7 25.Kg2 Ra8 26.Rc5 f5 27.gxf5 Nxf5 28.Rec1 Nce7 29.Rxc8+ Nxc8 30.Rc6 Qe7 31.Qc2 Qe8 32.a4 Qg6+ 33.Bg3 Nce7 34.Nf4 Qf7 35.Rc7 g5 36.Ne2 Rf8 37.a5

Black really does try to have to make something work on the kingside.

37...h5 38.Qd2 Qg6 39.a6 h4 40.Bh2 g4 41.Nf4!

White is winning and this is the most accurate way of doing it.


41...Qg5 42.Qe2 Nh6 43.Rxe7 gxh3+ 44.Kxh3 Qxe7 45.Ng6 Qb4 46.Nxf8 Kxf8 47.a7 Qa5 48.Bf4 Nf5 49.Qh5 Kg7 50.Qg5+ Kh7 51.Qh5+ Kg7 52.Bg5 Qc3+ 53.Kg2 h3+ 54.Qxh3 Qc6 55.Bf6+ Kg6 56.Qg4+ 1-0

Dmitry Jakovenko beat Baadur Jobava in 65 moves of a Philidor Defence. Jobava was fine out of the opening but gradually was ground down.

Igor Lysyj was another player who lost in a Berlin Defence. His mistake was 22...Bc8? which falls to a really quite nice tactic.

Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2719) - Lysyj,Igor (2629) [C67]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.1), 03.09.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Rd1+ Ke8 10.Nc3 Ne7 11.h3 Ng6 12.Re1 Bb4 13.Bd2 Be6

[13...Bxc3 14.Bxc3 Be6 15.Rad1 c5 16.a3 a5 17.Ng5 b6 18.Kh2 h6 19.Ne4 h5 20.Bd2 Bf5 21.Bg5 Nf8 22.c3 Ne6 23.h4 c4 24.f3 Kf8 25.Rd5 Re8 26.Ng3 Bd3 27.b3 Kg8 28.bxc4 Bxc4 29.Rd7 Bb5 30.Rd5 Bc6 31.Rd2 Kh7 32.f4 Nxg5 33.hxg5 Kg6 34.Kh3 h4 35.Ne2 Bb7 36.Nd4 Bc8+ 37.Kh2 Rd8 38.Ree2 Bg4 39.Rf2 Rhe8 40.Nb5 Rxd2 41.Rxd2 Re7 42.Rd8 Kf5 43.g3 h3 44.Nd4+ Ke4 45.Nc6 Rd7 46.Rxd7 Bxd7 47.Nd8 Kd5 48.Nxf7 b5 49.Nd8 c5 50.Nb7 b4 51.cxb4 cxb4 52.axb4 axb4 53.Na5 Bg4 0-1 Vogt,L (2484)-McShane,L (2605)/Hamburg GER 2005/The Week in Chess 579]

14.a3 Bxc3 15.Bxc3 Rd8 16.Kh2 Rd5 17.g4 h5 18.Kg3 h4+ 19.Kh2 c5 20.Ng5 Rd7 21.Rad1 Rxd1 22.Rxd1

Igor Lysyj


Leinier Dominguez Perez

Position after 22.Rxd1


[22...Ke7; 22...b6]

23.Ne4 Ke7

Black has to part with a pawn as the natural b6 loses to:

[23...b6 24.e6 f6 25.Nxf6+ gxf6]

24.Nxc5 b6 25.Ne4 Bb7 26.Ng5 Bc8 27.Bb4+ c5 28.Bc3 Nf4 29.Ne4 Ba6 30.Nd6 g6 31.Nxf7 Rf8 32.Ng5 Ne6 33.Nxe6 Kxe6 34.Rd6+ Ke7 35.Kg1 1-0

Round 3 Day 1 Draws

Alexander Moiseenko just managed to hold on against David Navara by giving him two knights which on their own can't win. Almost certainly Navara missed something but it certainly wasn't easy at all at the end.

Yaroslav Zherebukh had to show some care to hold Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who got an initiative as black which could have got out of hand. 18 year old Zherebukh who is the youngest player left in the event talked a bit about his career. After making the GM title at 15 and a half he went backwards for about a year as he didn't have a coach. But now he hires his own coaches to work with and he feels his career is going in the right direction.

Ruslan Ponomariov got nothing out of the opening against Zahar Efimenko and after trying for a bit agreed a draw on move 46.

After a short and lively game Vugar Gashimov equalised against Evgeny Tomashevsky in a Gruenfeld and a draw was agreed on move 21.

After the traumas of a playoff Etienne Bacrot clearly decided he needed a day off with white against Teimour Radjabov. After 19 moves of theory in a King's Indian the draw was agreed.

Peter Svidler's Gruenfeld as black is hard to break. Fabiano Caruana didn't come close and they repeated and drew on move 23.

Rather surprisingly Vladimir Potkin took a quick draw with white against Nikita Vitiugov's French Defence.

According to Peter Heine Nielsen his opponent Mircea-Emilian Parligras played rather ambitiously against him. At various points he was optimistic and pessimistic but in the end a draw in only 25 moves was agreed.

Le Quang Liem was in danger of being worse against Lazaro Bruzon Batista but in the end a draw was agreed in 34 moves.

Abihijeet Gupata and Bu Xiangzhi drew an interesting Slav in 48 moves. Bu was in danger of being better but never came close to making it count.

FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Tue 20th Sep 2011
Round 3
11-0Polgar, JuditHUN1-0Karjakin, SergeyRUS
20-1Ivanchuk, VassilyUKR0-1Sutovsky, EmilISR
30.5-0.5Zherebukh, YaroslavUKR1/2Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE
40.5-0.5Ponomariov, RuslanUKR1/2Efimenko, ZaharUKR
50.5-0.5Tomashevsky, EvgenyRUS1/2Gashimov, VugarAZE
61-0Grischuk, AlexanderRUS1-0Morozevich, AlexanderRUS
70.5-0.5Bacrot, EtienneFRA1/2Radjabov, TeimourAZE
81-0Kamsky, GataUSA1-0Nepomniachtchi, IanRUS
90.5-0.5Caruana, FabianoITA1/2Svidler, PeterRUS
101-0Jakovenko, DmitryRUS1-0Jobava, BaadurGEO
110.5-0.5Potkin, VladimirRUS1/2Vitiugov, NikitaRUS
120.5-0.5Parligras, Mircea-EmilianROU1/2Nielsen, Peter HeineDEN
130.5-0.5Le, Quang LiemVIE1/2Bruzon Batista, LazaroCUB
140.5-0.5Navara, DavidCZE1/2Moiseenko, AlexanderUKR
150.5-0.5Gupta, AbhijeetIND1/2Bu, XiangzhiCHN
161-0Dominguez Perez, LeinierCUB1-0Lysyj, IgorRUS

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