FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 (1.3)
World Cup Round 1 playoffs see major stars go through in a day of blunders
Mark Crowther - Tuesday 30th August 2011
Ruben Felgaer eliminated Vladimir Malakhov in one of the surprises of the round. Official photos: | http://chess.ugrasport.com
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. 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. Photo © FIDE World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2011 Website
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. 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. 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.
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
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.
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
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. 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.
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. 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.
Peter Heine Nielsen beat Evgeny Postny
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
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: http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/WorldCup2011Regulations.pdf
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
| FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Tue 20th Sep 2011
Round 1 Results
|Round 1 Match 01|
|Round 1 Match 02|
|Steel, Henry Robert||RSA||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 03|
|Round 1 Match 04|
|Round 1 Match 05|
|Round 1 Match 06|
|Round 1 Match 07|
|De La Paz Perdomo, Frank||CUB||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 08|
|Di Berardino, Diego Rafae||BRA||0||1||½||0||1.5|
|Round 1 Match 09|
|Round 1 Match 10|
|Salem, A.R. Saleh||UAE||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 11|
|Round 1 Match 12|
|El Gindy, Essam||EGY||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 13|
|Vallejo Pons, Francisco||ESP||1||0||1||½||2.5|
|Round 1 Match 14|
|Round 1 Match 15|
|Round 1 Match 16|
|Dominguez Perez, Leinier||CUB||1||½||1.5|
|Round 1 Match 17|
|Round 1 Match 18|
|Shankland, Samuel L||USA||1||½||1.5|
|Round 1 Match 19|
|Round 1 Match 20|
|Le, Quang Liem||VIE||1||½||1.5|
|Round 1 Match 21|
|Round 1 Match 22|
|Leon Hoyos, Manuel||MEX||0||½||0.5|
|Round 1 Match 23|
|Round 1 Match 24|
|Round 1 Match 25|
|Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynal||CUB||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 26|
|Round 1 Match 27|
|Round 1 Match 28|
|Round 1 Match 29|
|Round 1 Match 30|
|Round 1 Match 31|
|Vorobiov, Evgeny E.||RUS||½||½||½||0||1.5|
|Round 1 Match 32|
|Round 1 Match 33|
|Corrales Jimenez, Fidel||CUB||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 34|
|Round 1 Match 35|
|Round 1 Match 36|
|Round 1 Match 37|
|Round 1 Match 38|
|Round 1 Match 39|
|Round 1 Match 40|
|Round 1 Match 41|
|Round 1 Match 42|
|Round 1 Match 43|
|Round 1 Match 44|
|Nielsen, Peter Heine||DEN||½||½||½||½||½||½||1||1||5|
|Round 1 Match 45|
|Round 1 Match 46|
|Salgado Lopez, Ivan||ESP||0||½||0.5|
|Round 1 Match 47|
|Round 1 Match 48|
|Round 1 Match 49|
|Round 1 Match 50|
|Round 1 Match 51|
|Round 1 Match 52|
|Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||CUB||½||½||½||½||½||1||3.5|
|Quesada Perez, Yuniesky||CUB||½||½||½||½||½||0||2.5|
|Round 1 Match 53|
|Round 1 Match 54|
|Round 1 Match 55|
|Round 1 Match 56|
|Li, Chao b||CHN||½||0||0.5|
|Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son||VIE||½||1||1.5|
|Round 1 Match 57|
|Round 1 Match 58|
|Round 1 Match 59|
|Round 1 Match 60|
|Round 1 Match 61|
|Round 1 Match 62|
|Round 1 Match 63|
|Round 1 Match 64|
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