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FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 (3.2)

Polgar, Gashimov, Grischuk and Radjabov qualify from World Cup Round 3

Judit Polgar got the draw she needed against Sergey Karjakin. Photo ©

Judit Polgar got the draw she needed against Sergey Karjakin. Photo © |

Judit Polgar eliminated top seed Sergey Karjakin with a reasonably comfortable draw in the second game. Vugar Gashimov, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Dmitry Jakovenko and Bu Xiangzhi join her. 10 matches go to a playoff. Vassily Ivanchuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Igor Lysyi had to win to get there. David Navara agreed a draw in a winning position after a small controversy earlier in the game. See separate press release and also an interesting discussion of it by Dennis Monokroussos on his Chess Mind Blog .

Judit Polgar against Sergey Karjakin

Judit Polgar against Sergey Karjakin. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Judit Polgar eliminated top seed Sergey Karjakin with a draw in their second game. According to Zoltan Almasi who stayed in Khanty Mansiysk to work with Polgar they correctly predicted the opening which was a line of the Open Ruy Lopez. 21.f4 was new and even though Karjakin managed to open up Polgar's king his own was too weak after a breakthrough in the centre. Polgar now awaits the winner of the Leinier Dominguez and Igor Lysyj playoff.

Karjakin,Sergey (2788) - Polgar,Judit (2699) [C83]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.2), 04.09.2011

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.c3 0-0 11.Bc2 f5 12.Nb3 Qd7 13.Nbd4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 c5 15.Nxe6 Qxe6 16.f3 Ng5 17.a4 Rad8 18.axb5 axb5 19.Ra7 Rd7 20.Rxd7 Qxd7 21.f4

Judit Polgar


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 21.f4

Zoltan Almasi who is now helping Polgar said that they had prepared this line for this encounter. This move is a try to get away from theory. Polgar doesn't find it hard to draw this.

[21.Bxg5 Bxg5 22.Qe2 g6 23.f4 Be7 24.Rd1 c4 25.h3 h5 26.Kh2 Qe6 27.Qf3 Rd8 28.b3 Kg7 29.bxc4 bxc4 30.Rd2 Bc5 31.Bd1 Ba7 32.Be2 Qb6 33.Rd1 h4 1/2-1/2 Roganovic,M (2497)-Szabo,K/Paks HUN 2011/The Week in Chess 850; 21.Kh1 f4 22.b4 c4 23.Qd2 Ne6 24.Rd1 Nc7 25.Qf2 Qe6 26.Qd4 Qc6 27.Kg1 g6 28.Kf1 Bg5 29.Bb2 Ra8 30.Qd2 Ne6 31.Bb1 Rd8 32.Qe1 Qc7 33.h4 Be7 34.Bc1 Qc6 35.Qf2 Rf8 36.Bc2 Bd8 37.Qd2 Bxh4 38.Qxd5 Qb6 39.Qd2 Bg3 40.Qe2 Qa7 41.Be4 Kh8 42.Bd5 Ng7 43.e6 Qe7 44.Qe5 Qh4 45.Ke2 h5 46.Be4 Rg8 47.Rd7 Qh1 48.Bd2 1-0 Polgar,J (2710)-Sokolov,I (2670)/ Hoogeveen NED 2006/The Week in Chess 624]

21...Ne4 22.Bxe4 fxe4 23.f5 d4

Breaking through in the centre for counter-play.

24.f6 gxf6 25.Bh6 Rf7 26.cxd4 fxe5 27.Rxf7 Kxf7 28.Qh5+ Kg8

For a player of Polgar's class the draw is reasonably easy to see.

29.dxe5 c4 30.e6 Qa7+ 31.Kf1 Qa1+ 32.Kf2 Qxb2+ 33.Kg3 Qf6 34.Qe8+ Bf8 35.Bxf8

White's king is totally unprotected so perpetual should be easy.

35...Qg5+ 36.Kh3 Qf5+ 37.Kh4 Qf4+ 38.Kh3 Qf5+ 39.g4 Qxf8

A very safe continuation.

40.Qd7 Qf3+ 41.Kh4 Qf6+ 42.g5 Qf4+ 43.Kh5 Qf3+ 44.Kh4

White can't escape the perpetual.

[44.Kh6 Qh3#]

44...Qf4+ 1/2-1/2

Vassily Ivanchuk against Emil Sutovsky

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

Emil Sutovsky is an exciting attacking player and he decided to be true to his own style and actually sacrificed a piece against Vassily Ivanchuk in the pursuit of a draw. The idea of being true to yourself rather than "dying wondering" is in principal a good one but it certainly backfired as Vassily Ivanchuk survived the attack and won easily.

Sutovsky,Emil (2700) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2768) [B09]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.2), 04.09.2011

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4

Emil Sutovsky is an attacking player and decided he didn't want to die wondering. He goes full out for the attack.

4...Nf6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.e5 Nfd7 7.h4 c5 8.h5 cxd4 9.hxg6 dxc3 10.gxf7+ Rxf7 11.Bc4 e6 12.Ng5 cxb2

[12...Nf8 13.Nxf7 Kxf7 14.f5 cxb2 15.fxe6+ Bxe6 16.Qh5+ Ke7 17.Bg5+ Kd7 18.Bxe6+ Nxe6 19.Qf7+ Kc8 20.Qxe6+ Nd7 21.Qc4+ Nc5 22.Qg4+ Qd7 23.Qxd7+ Kxd7 24.Rb1 Bxe5 25.Rxh7+ Ke6 26.Bd2 Ne4 27.c3 Rg8 28.Rxb2 Rxg2 29.Rbxb7 Bg3+ 30.Kf1 Rf2+ 31.Kg1 Rxd2 32.Rhe7+ Kd5 33.c4+ Kd4 34.Rxa7 Ng5 35.Ra3 Nh3+ 0-1 Berndt,S (2360)-Polzin,R (2445)/Wichern GER 1997]

13.Bxb2 Qa5+ 14.Ke2 Nf8 15.Nxf7 Kxf7 16.f5

Vassily Ivanchuk


Emil Sutovsky

Position after 16.f5

A frightening looking move but Ivanchuk makes the defence look easy.

[16.Qxd6 Nc6 17.Rad1 Kg8 and the game goes on with the result up in the air.]

16...Bxe5 17.Rh5 Ke8 18.fxe6 Bxe6

[18...Qb4 apparently ends the game straight away.]

19.Bxe6 Qb5+ 20.Qd3 Qxb2 21.Qf5 Qb5+ 22.c4 Qb2+ 23.Kf3 Nc6 24.Qf7+ Kd8 25.Qxf8+ Kc7 26.Rxh7+ Kb6 27.Qxa8 Nd4+ 28.Kg4 Qxg2+ 29.Kh5 Qh2+ 30.Kg6 Qc2+ 31.Kh6 Bf4+ 32.Kg7 Nxe6+ 33.Kf6 Qxh7 34.Kxe6 Qg6+ 35.Ke7 Bg5+ 36.Kf8 Qf6+ 0-1

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov agreed a draw with Yaroslav Zherebukh

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov agreed a draw with Yaroslav Zherebukh. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov agreed a draw with Yaroslav Zherebukh in a still complex position out of the Cambridge Springs. Probably Mamedyarov feared he might event end up worse.

Zahar Efimenko was not better against Ruslan Ponomariov's Berlin Defence when the draw was agreed on move 24 to take things to a playoff.

Vugar Gashimov against Evgeny Tomashevsky

Vugar Gashimov against Evgeny Tomashevsky Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Vugar Gashimov retained the better chances in a Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall after his new idea of 15.a4 against Evgeny Tomashevsky. At one point the game was probably closer to a draw than a win for Gashimov according to his account.

I'm very happy with my performance, Vugar played aboslutely stronger than me. I should have played more precisely. But around move 40 I was already in trouble.

Evgeny Tomashevsky post game comment.

Gashimov,Vugar (2760) - Tomashevsky,Evgeny (2707) [C88]
FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (3.2), 04.09.2011
Based on comments by Vugar Gashimov.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d5

Gashimov expected this from his opponent.

10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxe5 Nd4 12.Nd2 c5 13.c3 Nxb3 14.Nxb3 Qc7 15.a4

[15.Bd2 0-1 Mazur,S (2386) -Timoscenko,G (2502)/Banska Stiavnica SVK 2011/The Week in Chess 871 (63)]

15...Bd6 16.d4 Rae8 17.axb5 axb5 18.Ra7

The point of a4 so Gashimov can use his rook.


[18...Qb8 19.Rxb7 Qxb7 20.Nxc5 Better for white who already has two pawns it is not easy to find a good square for the queen. 20...Bxc5 21.dxc5 with the idea of c6. Safe for white.]

19.cxd4 Ra8 20.Rxa8 Bxa8

Only black can lose this game.

21.Bd2 Re8 22.Qa1 f6 23.Rc1

Evgeny Tomshevsky


Vugar Gashimov

Position after 23.Rc1

Gashimov thinks it essential to keep the rooks on for any winning chances at all.

23...Qe7 24.Nf3 Nf4

[24...Qf7 25.Qa6]

25.Bxf4 Bxf4 26.Re1 Qf7 27.Nc5 Bd5 28.Nd3 Bb8 29.Nb4

To exchange the bishop or push d5.


Only move.

[29...Bb7 30.d5 Bd6 31.Nc6 Rxe1+ 32.Qxe1 Qxd5 33.Qe8+ Bf8 34.Ne7+]

30.gxf3 Bd6 31.Nc2 Rd8!

[31...Qg6+ 32.Kh1 Rxe1+ 33.Qxe1 Qxc2 (33...Qf5 34.Kg2 Qg6+ 35.Kf1 Qf5 36.Qe8+ Bf8 37.Ne3 Qxh3+ 38.Ke2) 34.Qe6+]

32.Ne3 Qg6+ 33.Ng2 Qf5 34.Qa5 Rc8 35.Qa6 Bb4 36.Rd1 h5?

Evgeny Tomshevsky


Vugar Gashimov

Position after 36...h5?

[36...Qxh3 37.d5 Bf8 where Gashimov wasn't sure.]

37.d5 Rc2

To try to play for a win when you are not better at least it was probably too much for this position.

38.Qe6+ Qxe6 39.dxe6 Rxb2

[39...Rc6 40.Nf4]

40.Rd8+ Kh7 41.Ne3

Now a forced win for white.

41...Ba3 42.Rd3 Bc5 43.Rc3 Bb4

[43...Bf8 44.Rc7; 43...Bd6 44.Nf5]

44.Nd5 Bd6

[44...Bxc3 45.e7 Re2 (45...Rb1+ 46.Kg2 Rd1 47.e8Q) 46.Ne3 Be1 47.e8Q Bxf2+ 48.Kf1]

45.Re3 Rd2 46.e7 Bxe7 47.Nxe7 Rd7 48.Kg2 g5 49.Nc6 Rd6 50.Nb4 g4 51.hxg4 hxg4 52.Re7+ Kg6 53.Rb7 1-0

Alexander Grischuk against Alexander Morozevich

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

As I reported in another post Alexander Morozevich offered an early draw against Alexander Grischuk to allow his opponent into the second round.

Teimour Radjabov was surprised with the quick draw offer by Etienne Bacrot in game one of their match wasting white. In game two Radjabov played a Giuoco Piano and gradually outplayed Bacrot who didn't seem in very good shape in the event and can't have been helped by the stressful passage to this stage through two playoffs. 24...Qxd5 seems to have been the decisive error. Radjabov now plays Jakovenko.

Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Gata Kamsky on the white side of an English. White quickly got the two bishops, central pawn majority and a space advantage which proved impossible for Kamsky to defend against.

Peter Svidler's novelty of 13.Bc2 in a Ruy Lopez wasn't very taxing for Fabiano Caruana to meet and a draw was agreed in 24 moves.

Baadur Jobava needed a win as white against Dmitry Jakovenko and got the sharp position he required from a Semi-Slav and even sacrificed a piece for tricky play but he didn't get the advantage he had to try and keep things going somehow and went on to lose.

Having quickly drawn with white the previous day Vladimir Potkin was in danger of losing the initiative in the match against Nikita Vitiugov but he held very comfortably with black to take the game into a playoff.

Peter Heine Nielsen and Mircea-Emilian Parligras decided to take the game through to a playoff after 18 moves where all the pieces were left on.

Lazaro Bruzon Batista came quite close to eliminating Le Quang Liem he an extra pawn and a better position at move 30 but probably time trouble allowed Le to equalise and the draw was agreed on move 39.

Navara signs for the draw with Moiseenko

Navara signs for the draw with Moiseenko. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Having failed to convert a decisive technical advantage in game 1 David Navara again got a winning advantage in game 2. He struggled to convert the ending Q vs R but eventually reached the following position which is now completely winning. He then offered a draw. It isn't completely clear why. But Navara is a nice guy and he felt something wasn't right about an earlier incident where he touched a couple of pieces at the same time in the time scramble and Moiseenko said he could move either. It may be possible to find this on the video.

David Navara


Alexander Moiseenko

Position after 114...Kc6

Bu Xiangzhi went through against Abhijeet Gupta after a very tough and difficult struggle. Gupta was pressing for most of the game (a brief tactical chance 32...Ra4 was available) and both players must have been tired after such a struggle when after losing his advantage Gupta blundered into mate on move 60.

Abhijit Gupta


Bu Xiangzhi

Position after 60.Qd8+

60...Kh5?? 61.f4 1-0

Igor Lysyj won a difficult game in 59 moves against Leinier Dominguez Perez to take their match to a playoff.

FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Tue 20th Sep 2011
Round 3
10.5-1.5Karjakin, SergeyRUS1/2Polgar, JuditHUN
21-1Sutovsky, EmilISR0-1Ivanchuk, VassilyUKR
31-1Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE1/2Zherebukh, YaroslavUKR
41-1Efimenko, ZaharUKR1/2Ponomariov, RuslanUKR
51.5-0.5Gashimov, VugarAZE1-0Tomashevsky, EvgenyRUS
60.5-1.5Morozevich, AlexanderRUS1/2Grischuk, AlexanderRUS
71.5-0.5Radjabov, TeimourAZE1-0Bacrot, EtienneFRA
81-1Nepomniachtchi, IanRUS1-0Kamsky, GataUSA
91-1Svidler, PeterRUS1/2Caruana, FabianoITA
100-2Jobava, BaadurGEO0-1Jakovenko, DmitryRUS
111-1Vitiugov, NikitaRUS1/2Potkin, VladimirRUS
121-1Nielsen, Peter HeineDEN1/2Parligras, Mircea-EmilianROU
131-1Bruzon Batista, LazaroCUB1/2Le, Quang LiemVIE
141-1Moiseenko, AlexanderUKR1/2Navara, DavidCZE
151.5-0.5Bu, XiangzhiCHN1-0Gupta, AbhijeetIND
161-1Lysyj, IgorRUS1-0Dominguez Perez, LeinierCUB

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