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FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 (1.1)

Shankland shocks Leko on first day of FIDE World Cup

Peter Leko went on to lose to Sam Shankland on day one of the World Cup. Photo ©

Peter Leko went on to lose to Sam Shankland on day one of the World Cup. Photo © |

Peter Leko's loss with white in the final game to finish against Sam Shankland was the big shock of the day, especially as it was he that was pressing most of the time. Wang Yue will need to beat Alexandr Fier with white after being well beaten. There were wins for amongst others Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Ponomariov, Gashimov, Grischuk, Radjabov, Kamsky, Jakovenko, Almasi, Vallejo, Navara, Dominquez, Le, Adams, Shirov, Jovava, Caruana, Nepomniachtchi etc. The official video coverage with pictures and English commentary was excellent.

The first day of the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk offered few real surprises. The seeding system meant that the top seed Sergey Karjakin played bottom seed Mejdi Kaabi, 2nd seed Ivanchuk played Henry Steel etc. So most surprises occurred on the lower boards where the most closely ranked players met. Indeed 13 of the top 14 seeds all won.

There were some minor surprises in Darcy Lima's draw against Peter Svidler and in form Alexander Morozevich's failure to win as white against Stelios Halkios.

Alexandr Fier (2566) scored the first real shock against Wang Yue. Fier simply outplayed Wang on the white side of a Slav.

The major shock, and one that will be difficult to recover from, was Peter Leko's loss with white to Sam Shankland. Leko pressed for a very long time but at some point after the first time control he started to get frustrated. Then very quickly Shankland took advantage and by the time Leko thought to offer a draw his position was probably beyond fixing. Shankland is probably a little under-rated playing most of his chess in the US and Leko a little out of practice having only returned for the Olympiad.

The tightness of the schedule for the French players may cost them, their national championships only finishing a couple of days ago. Vachier and Bacrot drew, Feller lost and only Fressinet won.

The early rounds of the World Cup are very difficult to cover properly. Henry Steel played with good energy against Vassily Ivanchuk but was probably a lot worse throughout and eventually allowed a nice mate. Judit Polgar grabbed material at the expense of an open king but she held on to everything on the way to a nice win. Those were just a couple of games that caught my eye.

The official site started reasonably well with the promise of much better to come. The downside was that it went down a couple of times during the day. But the videos and live games are on separate servers and they remained very much stable.

The continuation of the video coverage that was seen in the Candidates was hugely encouraging. With so many players it was difficult to get close to the games but the filming gave a good impression of the crowded conditions that will thin considerably in the next few days. Anna Sharevich and Konstantin Landa did an excellent job in commentating in English (there was a separate Russian feed) and there was some coverage of press conferences and Anna Sharevich provided a more than acceptable translation. One could hardly ask for more.

TWIC will have live coverage of the games with hopefully the best ordered PGN of the event being dynamically updated.

FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Tue 20th Sep 2011
Round 1 Results
Round 1 Match 01
Kaabi, MejdiTUN00.0
Karjakin, SergeyRUS11
Round 1 Match 02
Ivanchuk, VassilyUKR11.0
Steel, Henry RobertRSA00
Round 1 Match 03
Ibrahim, HatimEGY00.0
Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE11
Round 1 Match 04
Ponomariov, RuslanUKR11.0
Gwaze, RobertZIM00
Round 1 Match 05
Hansen, EricCAN00.0
Gashimov, VugarAZE11
Round 1 Match 06
Grischuk, AlexanderRUS11.0
Genba, VladimirRUS00
Round 1 Match 07
De La Paz Perdomo, FrankCUB00.0
Radjabov, TeimourAZE11
Round 1 Match 08
Kamsky, GataUSA11.0
Di Berardino, Diego RafaeBRA00
Round 1 Match 09
Lima, DarcyBRA½0.5
Svidler, PeterRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 10
Jakovenko, DmitryRUS11.0
Salem, A.R. SalehUAE00
Round 1 Match 11
Bezgodov, AlexeiRUS½0.5
Vitiugov, NikitaRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 12
Almasi, ZoltanHUN11.0
El Gindy, EssamEGY00
Round 1 Match 13
Cori, JorgePER00.0
Vallejo Pons, FranciscoESP11
Round 1 Match 14
Navara, DavidCZE11.0
Kabanov, NikolaiRUS00
Round 1 Match 15
Rahman, ZiaurBAN½0.5
Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA½0.5
Round 1 Match 16
Dominguez Perez, LeinierCUB11.0
Moradiabadi, ElshanIRI00
Round 1 Match 17
Ivanov, AlexanderUSA11.0
Wang, HaoCHN00
Round 1 Match 18
Leko, PeterHUN00.0
Shankland, Samuel LUSA11
Round 1 Match 19
Esen, BarisTUR½0.5
Moiseenko, AlexanderUKR½0.5
Round 1 Match 20
Le, Quang LiemVIE11.0
Megaranto, SusantoINA00
Round 1 Match 21
Paragua, MarkPHI00.0
Adams, MichaelENG11
Round 1 Match 22
Shirov, AlexeiESP11.0
Leon Hoyos, ManuelMEX00
Round 1 Match 23
Guliyev, NamigAZE00.0
Jobava, BaadurGEO11
Round 1 Match 24
Caruana, FabianoITA11.0
Pridorozhni, AlekseiRUS00
Round 1 Match 25
Ortiz Suarez, Isan ReynalCUB00.0
Nepomniachtchi, IanRUS11
Round 1 Match 26
Bacrot, EtienneFRA½0.5
Robson, RayUSA½0.5
Round 1 Match 27
Fier, AlexandrBRA11.0
Wang, YueCHN00
Round 1 Match 28
Tomashevsky, EvgenyRUS11.0
Zhao, Zong-YuanAUS00
Round 1 Match 29
Babula, VlastimilCZE½0.5
Efimenko, ZaharUKR½0.5
Round 1 Match 30
Malakhov, VladimirRUS½0.5
Felgaer, RubenARG½0.5
Round 1 Match 31
Vorobiov, Evgeny E.RUS½0.5
Sutovsky, EmilISR½0.5
Round 1 Match 32
Movsesian, SergeiARM11.0
Hou, YifanCHN00
Round 1 Match 33
Corrales Jimenez, FidelCUB00.0
Polgar, JuditHUN11
Round 1 Match 34
Fressinet, LaurentFRA11.0
Jumabayev, RinatKAZ00
Round 1 Match 35
Zherebukh, YaroslavUKR½0.5
Eljanov, PavelUKR½0.5
Round 1 Match 36
Berkes, FerencHUN11.0
Mareco, SandroARG00
Round 1 Match 37
Kazhgaleyev, MurtasKAZ½0.5
Andreikin, DmitryRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 38
Morozevich, AlexanderRUS½0.5
Halkias, SteliosGRE½0.5
Round 1 Match 39
Filippov, AntonUZB11.0
Zhigalko, SergeiBLR00
Round 1 Match 40
Riazantsev, AlexanderRUS11.0
Bluvshtein, MarkCAN00
Round 1 Match 41
Drozdovskij, YuriUKR½0.5
Motylev, AlexanderRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 42
Wojtaszek, RadoslawPOL11.0
Pashikian, ArmanARM00
Round 1 Match 43
Shulman, YuriUSA½0.5
Potkin, VladimirRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 44
Nielsen, Peter HeineDEN½0.5
Postny, EvgenyISR½0.5
Round 1 Match 45
Romanov, EvgenyRUS½0.5
Grachev, BorisRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 46
Inarkiev, ErnestoRUS11.0
Salgado Lopez, IvanESP00
Round 1 Match 47
Gupta, AbhijeetIND½0.5
Mamedov, RaufAZE½0.5
Round 1 Match 48
Kobalia, MikhailRUS½0.5
Lysyj, IgorRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 49
Socko, BartoszPOL00.0
Bologan, ViktorMDA11
Round 1 Match 50
Bu, XiangzhiCHN11.0
Adly, AhmedEGY00
Round 1 Match 51
Ivanisevic, IvanSRB½0.5
Onischuk, AlexanderUSA½0.5
Round 1 Match 52
Bruzon Batista, LazaroCUB½0.5
Quesada Perez, YunieskyCUB½0.5
Round 1 Match 53
Parligras, Mircea-EmilianROU11.0
Yu, YangyiCHN00
Round 1 Match 54
Korobov, AntonUKR11.0
Zhou, JianchaoCHN00
Round 1 Match 55
Rodshtein, MaximISR00.0
Harikrishna, P.IND11
Round 1 Match 56
Li, Chao bCHN½0.5
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong SonVIE½0.5
Round 1 Match 57
Nisipeanu, Liviu-DieterROU00.0
Kasimdzhanov, RustamUZB11
Round 1 Match 58
Akopian, VladimirARM00.0
Negi, ParimarjanIND11
Round 1 Match 59
Iordachescu, ViorelMDA11.0
Feller, SebastienFRA00
Round 1 Match 60
Timofeev, ArtyomRUS½0.5
Azarov, SergeiBLR½0.5
Round 1 Match 61
Khairullin, IldarRUS½0.5
Ni, HuaCHN½0.5
Round 1 Match 62
Fridman, DanielGER½0.5
Lupulescu, ConstantinROU½0.5
Round 1 Match 63
Ragger, MarkusAUT½0.5
Alekseev, EvgenyRUS½0.5
Round 1 Match 64
So, WesleyPHI½0.5
Ding, LirenCHN½0.5

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