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FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 (1.3)

World Cup Round 1 playoffs see major stars go through in a day of blunders

Ruben Felgaer eliminated Vladimir Malakhov in one of the surprises of the round. Official photos:

Ruben Felgaer eliminated Vladimir Malakhov in one of the surprises of the round. Official photos: |

Alexander Morozevich and Gata Kamsky went through in the rapid phase of the play-offs. Ruben Felgaer eliminated Vladimir Malakhov in one of the surprises of the round, although it has long been known that at his best he is very good, he also has his weak moments, both qualities were seen in the match. Alexander Motylev played so slowly in the Armaggedon game against Drozdovskij it was physically impossible to make time control, he also should have closed the match out earlier. Quality was a little at a premium on the day with some real horror stories taking the headlines.

Major stars Gata Kamsky and Alexander Morozevich go through

Alexander Morozevich

Alexander Morozevich. Official Photos. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Ratings apart the two biggest stars to get caught up in the playoffs were Gata Kamsky and Alexander Morozevich.

Gata Kamsky ground his way past Rafael Di Berardino eventually winning game two of the rapids with black.

Morozevich won both his rapid games against Stelios Halkias, both times outplaying his opponent in the middlegame.

Wesley So ground down Ding Liren in the first rapid game and drew the second.

Nikita Vitiugov toiled his way past Alexei Bezgodov taking some huge risks to win the first blitz game.

Lazaro Bruzon Batista won the second blitz game to eliminate Yuniesky Quesada Perez.

Ni Hua found a huge piece sacrifice against Ildar Khairullin which got him progression in the event.

Alexander Motylev will be left wondering how he got himself eliminated. He was in the lead after winning the first 10 minute + 10 seconds a move game and had a winning position in the second but he let that game drift away. In the Armaggedon game he was in black and only needed a draw. He was so slow it didn't really matter what position he had (later he actually got a winning position as his dire time trouble affected his opponent). I look at this game in another article How not to play with black in an Armaggedon Game.

Francisco Vallejo Pons

Francisco Vallejo Pons. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Francisco Vallejo Pons completely outplayed Jorge Cori on the black side of a Benoni in the first rapid game before drawing the second.

Sebastian Feller went through against Viorel Iordachescu and plays Grischuk next.

Ruben Felgaer eliminates Vladimir Malakhov

Ruben Felgaer

Ruben Felgaer. Official Photos. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Ruben Felgaer blundered a totally winning advantage in the first game of the rapid to a draw. He then won game two against Vladimir Malakhov to go through.

Vladimir Malakhov


Ruben Felgaer

Position after 55...Ke7. 56.Kg2 Rxf5 56.g7 would have solved a lot of problems. 56.g7 didn't spoil things but was just one of many failures to put this away before allowing stalemate on move 119.

FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 1.4

Vladimir Malakhov - Ruben Felgaer

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Bc4 b5 8. Bf1 e5 9. h3 Be7 10. d4 O-O 11. d5 Na5 12. Nbd2 Qc7 13. Nh2 Kh8 14. Ng4 Nxg4 15. hxg4 Qc8 16. Be2 g6 17. Nf1 f5 18. gxf5 gxf5 19. exf5 Bxf5 20. Ng3 Bh4

Ruben Felgaer


Vladimir Malakhov

Position after 20...Bh4. Already this position looks a lot more fun for black to play.

21. Nxf5 Qxf5 22. Bf3 Rf7 23. Kf1 Bxf2 24. Kxf2 e4 25. Qc2??

In an already miserable position Malakhov blunders his queen to a trivial tactic.

25... e3+ 0-1

"Very difficult to play the second game" but in fact his opponent lost very quickly in a position that Felgaer was very confident in and had prepared the day before. Felgaer said they had never played before. He also said that it took 58 hours to travel to Khanty-Mansiysk from Argentina after he missed a connection, a new record for him beating 56 hours in the past.

"When Ruben is in good shape he really can play amazing chess." Yuri Shulman

Yaroslav Zherebukh eliminates Pavel Eljanov

Yaroslav Zherebukh eliminated fellow Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov in a strange match. The two standard timerate games were drawn but Zherebukh had a big advantage in the second of these games if the game score is to be believed. Then both players could have won games 3, but Zherebukh was fortunate enough to make the second to last fatal blunder. The final game was drawn after Eljanov had a nice position but couldn't quite win it.

Pavel Eljanov


Yaroslav Zherebukh

Position after 26...Rc1

27. Bxb4?

Losing: 27. Kh2 Rxd1 28. Qxd1 Qxa2 29. Qc1 is a bit better for white.

27...Qxd4+ 28. Kh2 Rxd1?

28... Qxb4 29. Rxc1 Qf4+ 30. Kh3 Qxc1 is winning but even if Eljanov missed this he surely must have known his move was losing and could have played 28...Qf4+

29. Qh8+ Nf8 30. Qxf8+ Kd7 31. Qd6+ Kc8 32. Qc6+ Kd8 33. Ba5+ Ke7 34. Qd6+ with mate next move 1-0

Media Coverage

Big screen TV

I watch the World Cup on my big screen. This image is the Standard not High Definition image from my laptop connected to the TV. Photo © Mark Crowther

The difference between following just the games and following commentary with pictures and seeing what is going on is like night and day. Russian and English commentaries are available with bi-lingual press conferences. These I think can only get better as the number of players reduces. Anna Sharevich and Konstantin Landa are excellent comentators in English. I think they're going to be bloody tired by the end of this though!!

Etienne Bacrot against Ray Robson

Etienne Bacrot

Etienne Bacrot. Official Photos. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Ray Robson lost twice with black in a Gruenfeld, neither went especially well (although in game three he blundered right at the end of an ending with a draw in sight where he should have played 87… Kg2! ). He did strike back in game two of the rapid with a nice King's Gambit win. However he couldn't recover a second time. His clock handling in rapid and blitz is still poor as has been pointed out numerous times on coverage of the US Championships in Saint Louis.

Etienne Bacrot


Ray Robson

Position after 23.d6. Ray Robson is way behind on the clock and worse in a game he needs to win. Even I saw Bacrot's next.

23...Bd4! 24. Nh6+ Kh8 25. Qg4??

25. Kh1 Re1 26. Bd3 Rxf1+ 27. Bxf1 Qf6 28. g4 Ne5 is much better for black also.

25... Qf6 26. g3 Rxg3+ 0-1

Vladimir Potkin beat Yuri Shulman

European Champion Vladimir Potkin

European Champion Vladimir Potkin. Official Photos. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Reigning European Champion Vladimir Potkin eventually got past Yuri Shulman by finding a fine piece sacrifice in the second blitz game. Probably one of the better matches of the day.

Yuri Shulman


Vladimir Potkin

Position after 17.Bxh6! a really nasty try in blitz chess and at least equal for white. Black did well to hang on for as long as he did but couldn't save himself.

Peter Heine Nielsen beat Evgeny Postny

Peter Heine Nielsen

Peter Heine Nielsen. Official Photos. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website

Peter Heine Nielsen won the first 5 minute blitz game from two pawns down and very low time against Evengy Postny when his opponent dropped a whole rook.

Peter Heine Nielsen


Evgeny Postny

Position after 41...Qxa4

Peter Heine Nielsen had been busted for some time but Postny started to go wrong. Here he fails to notice his rook is attacked,

42. h5?? Qxc2 43. e3 Qc1+ 44. Kf2 Qc2+ 45. Kf1 Qb3 46. Nd6 Rxe3 47. hxg6 hxg6 48. Nxe8 Rxe8 49. Rd7 Qb5+ 50. Kg2 Qe2+ 51. Kg1 Qe3+ 52. Kg2 Bg7 53. Ra7 Rb8 0-1

Not surprisingly there wasn't much of a comeback in the final game from Postny,

A run through the playoff format

The first day of playoffs saw 17 of the 64 matches yet to be decided. The format has been slightly tinkered with, this was certainly welcomed by Emil Sutovsky who said that the idea of four rapid games was too much with such a long and exhausting event.

For the curious the regulations are here:

For the playoffs this boils down to the following mini-matches which indecisive go to the next stage:

2 rapid games at: 25 minutes for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move

2 blitz (or rapid, this time control is right on the boundary for me) at: 10 minutes plus 10 seconds increment after each move

2 blitz games at: 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment

1 final decisive blitz game: The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

Progess to the final

The Wikipedea World Cup entry gives the brackets that show progress to the final.

FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Tue 20th Sep 2011
Round 1 Results
Round 1 Match 01
Kaabi, MejdiTUN000
Karjakin, SergeyRUS112
Round 1 Match 02
Ivanchuk, VassilyUKR112
Steel, Henry RobertRSA000
Round 1 Match 03
Ibrahim, HatimEGY000
Mamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE112
Round 1 Match 04
Ponomariov, RuslanUKR1½1.5
Gwaze, RobertZIM0½0.5
Round 1 Match 05
Hansen, EricCAN000
Gashimov, VugarAZE112
Round 1 Match 06
Grischuk, AlexanderRUS1½1.5
Genba, VladimirRUS0½0.5
Round 1 Match 07
De La Paz Perdomo, FrankCUB000
Radjabov, TeimourAZE112
Round 1 Match 08
Kamsky, GataUSA10½12.5
Di Berardino, Diego RafaeBRA01½01.5
Round 1 Match 09
Lima, DarcyBRA½00.5
Svidler, PeterRUS½11.5
Round 1 Match 10
Jakovenko, DmitryRUS112
Salem, A.R. SalehUAE000
Round 1 Match 11
Bezgodov, AlexeiRUS½½½½002
Vitiugov, NikitaRUS½½½½114
Round 1 Match 12
Almasi, ZoltanHUN112
El Gindy, EssamEGY000
Round 1 Match 13
Cori, JorgePER010½1.5
Vallejo Pons, FranciscoESP101½2.5
Round 1 Match 14
Navara, DavidCZE112
Kabanov, NikolaiRUS000
Round 1 Match 15
Rahman, ZiaurBAN½00.5
Vachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA½11.5
Round 1 Match 16
Dominguez Perez, LeinierCUB1½1.5
Moradiabadi, ElshanIRI0½0.5
Round 1 Match 17
Ivanov, AlexanderUSA112
Wang, HaoCHN000
Round 1 Match 18
Leko, PeterHUN0½0.5
Shankland, Samuel LUSA1½1.5
Round 1 Match 19
Esen, BarisTUR½00.5
Moiseenko, AlexanderUKR½11.5
Round 1 Match 20
Le, Quang LiemVIE1½1.5
Megaranto, SusantoINA0½0.5
Round 1 Match 21
Paragua, MarkPHI0½0.5
Adams, MichaelENG1½1.5
Round 1 Match 22
Shirov, AlexeiESP1½1.5
Leon Hoyos, ManuelMEX0½0.5
Round 1 Match 23
Guliyev, NamigAZE000
Jobava, BaadurGEO112
Round 1 Match 24
Caruana, FabianoITA1½1.5
Pridorozhni, AlekseiRUS0½0.5
Round 1 Match 25
Ortiz Suarez, Isan ReynalCUB000
Nepomniachtchi, IanRUS112
Round 1 Match 26
Bacrot, EtienneFRA½½10114
Robson, RayUSA½½01002
Round 1 Match 27
Fier, AlexandrBRA1½1.5
Wang, YueCHN0½0.5
Round 1 Match 28
Tomashevsky, EvgenyRUS112
Zhao, Zong-YuanAUS000
Round 1 Match 29
Babula, VlastimilCZE½00.5
Efimenko, ZaharUKR½11.5
Round 1 Match 30
Malakhov, VladimirRUS½½½01.5
Felgaer, RubenARG½½½12.5
Round 1 Match 31
Vorobiov, Evgeny E.RUS½½½01.5
Sutovsky, EmilISR½½½12.5
Round 1 Match 32
Movsesian, SergeiARM112
Hou, YifanCHN000
Round 1 Match 33
Corrales Jimenez, FidelCUB000
Polgar, JuditHUN112
Round 1 Match 34
Fressinet, LaurentFRA112
Jumabayev, RinatKAZ000
Round 1 Match 35
Zherebukh, YaroslavUKR½½1½2.5
Eljanov, PavelUKR½½0½1.5
Round 1 Match 36
Berkes, FerencHUN1½1.5
Mareco, SandroARG0½0.5
Round 1 Match 37
Kazhgaleyev, MurtasKAZ½00.5
Andreikin, DmitryRUS½11.5
Round 1 Match 38
Morozevich, AlexanderRUS½½113
Halkias, SteliosGRE½½001
Round 1 Match 39
Filippov, AntonUZB112
Zhigalko, SergeiBLR000
Round 1 Match 40
Riazantsev, AlexanderRUS1½1.5
Bluvshtein, MarkCAN0½0.5
Round 1 Match 41
Drozdovskij, YuriUKR½½½½01½½15
Motylev, AlexanderRUS½½½½10½½04
Round 1 Match 42
Wojtaszek, RadoslawPOL112
Pashikian, ArmanARM000
Round 1 Match 43
Shulman, YuriUSA½½½½½02.5
Potkin, VladimirRUS½½½½½13.5
Round 1 Match 44
Nielsen, Peter HeineDEN½½½½½½115
Postny, EvgenyISR½½½½½½003
Round 1 Match 45
Romanov, EvgenyRUS½00.5
Grachev, BorisRUS½11.5
Round 1 Match 46
Inarkiev, ErnestoRUS1½1.5
Salgado Lopez, IvanESP0½0.5
Round 1 Match 47
Gupta, AbhijeetIND½11.5
Mamedov, RaufAZE½00.5
Round 1 Match 48
Kobalia, MikhailRUS½½001
Lysyj, IgorRUS½½113
Round 1 Match 49
Socko, BartoszPOL0½0.5
Bologan, ViktorMDA1½1.5
Round 1 Match 50
Bu, XiangzhiCHN112
Adly, AhmedEGY000
Round 1 Match 51
Ivanisevic, IvanSRB½00.5
Onischuk, AlexanderUSA½11.5
Round 1 Match 52
Bruzon Batista, LazaroCUB½½½½½13.5
Quesada Perez, YunieskyCUB½½½½½02.5
Round 1 Match 53
Parligras, Mircea-EmilianROU112
Yu, YangyiCHN000
Round 1 Match 54
Korobov, AntonUKR112
Zhou, JianchaoCHN000
Round 1 Match 55
Rodshtein, MaximISR0½0.5
Harikrishna, P.IND1½1.5
Round 1 Match 56
Li, Chao bCHN½00.5
Nguyen, Ngoc Truong SonVIE½11.5
Round 1 Match 57
Nisipeanu, Liviu-DieterROU0½0.5
Kasimdzhanov, RustamUZB1½1.5
Round 1 Match 58
Akopian, VladimirARM000
Negi, ParimarjanIND112
Round 1 Match 59
Iordachescu, ViorelMDA10½01.5
Feller, SebastienFRA01½12.5
Round 1 Match 60
Timofeev, ArtyomRUS½00.5
Azarov, SergeiBLR½11.5
Round 1 Match 61
Khairullin, IldarRUS½½½½0½2.5
Ni, HuaCHN½½½½1½3.5
Round 1 Match 62
Fridman, DanielGER½11.5
Lupulescu, ConstantinROU½00.5
Round 1 Match 63
Ragger, MarkusAUT½½½01.5
Alekseev, EvgenyRUS½½½12.5
Round 1 Match 64
So, WesleyPHI½½1½2.5
Ding, LirenCHN½½0½1.5

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