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FIDE World Cup 2009 (Day2 Rd2)

Svidler survives Morozevich, Radjabov and Ivanchuk don't

Peter Svidler lives to fight another day but Alexander Morozevich, Teimour Radjabov and Vassily Ivanchuk are already eliminated.

Peter Svidler lives to fight another day but Alexander Morozevich, Teimour Radjabov and Vassily Ivanchuk are already eliminated.

Boris Gelfand made it through to the 3rd round with a win on day 2. He missed an early chance to gain a big advantage and may even have been in trouble just before the first time control before his opponent blundered into mate.

Farrukh Amonatov


Boris Gelfand

Position after 40.h3

Gelfand,B (2758) - Amonatov,F (2631) [E94]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 25.11.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 c6 8.d5 Na6 9.Be3 Ng4 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bh4 c5 12.Ne1 Nh6 13.Nd3 g5 14.Bg3 f5 15.exf5 Bxf5 16.f3 Bg6 17.Be1

[17.Bf2 Nf5 18.Ne1 Bh6 19.Bd3 g4 20.Bxf5 Rxf5 21.fxg4 Rf4 22.Qe2 Qd7 23.h3 Raf8 24.Nd3 Bxd3 25.Qxd3 e4 26.Qe2 Qe7 27.Be3 Rxf1+ 28.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bg7 30.Bd2 Bxc3 31.Bxc3 Nb4 32.a3 Nd3 33.Qe3 b5 34.b3 b4 35.axb4 cxb4 36.Ba1 Qf7+ 37.Ke2 Qf4 38.Qxf4 Nxf4+ 39.Ke3 Nd3 40.Bd4 a5 41.Bb6 a4 42.Kxe4 Nb2 43.c5 Kf7 44.c6 Ke8 45.bxa4 1-0 Peng Zhaoqin (2443)-Fishbein,A (2489)/Philadelphia USA 2002/The Week in Chess 422]

17...Nf5 18.Bd2 Nd4 19.Nf2 Nxe2+ 20.Qxe2 h6 21.Nfe4 Nc7 22.Rab1 b6 23.a3 Ne8 24.b4 Nf6 25.bxc5 bxc5 26.Rb7 Rf7 27.Rfb1 Rxb7 28.Rxb7 Rb8 29.Rxa7 Rb2 30.Qd1 Qb6 31.Nxf6+

[31.Ra8+ Kh7 32.Bc1 Nxe4 33.Bxb2 Qb7 34.Nxe4 Bxe4 35.Ra4 Bg6 36.Bc3]

31...Bxf6 32.Qa4 Qd8 33.Ne4


33...Bxe4 34.fxe4 Rb1+ 35.Kf2 Qf8 36.Ra8

[36.Qd7 Bg7+ 37.Kg3 Rf1 38.Qe6+ Kh8 39.Be3]

36...Bd8+ 37.Kg3 Rf1 38.Be3 Re1 39.Qb3 Re2 40.h3 Qf1?


41.Rxd8+ 1-0

Vugar Gashimov won with black in very smooth style against Zhou Jianchao. He gradually took the initiative in an English and his opponent resigned on move 40.

Peter Svidler has played the Anti-Marshall he played today for draws against Anand and Aronian. Today he made it look like a forced win in a smooth victory to level the match.

Svidler,P (2754) - Nyback,T (2628) [C88]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 25.11.2009

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 d6 10.a4 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nbd2 b4 13.c3 Rc8 14.Nf1

[14.cxb4 cxb4 15.Nf1 d5 16.exd5 b3 17.Bxb3 Nxb3 18.Qxb3 Qxd5 (18...Bxd5 19.Qd1 e4 20.dxe4 Nxe4 21.Qe2 Re8 22.Rd1 Qa5 23.Ne3 Ba8 24.Nd2 Nd6 25.Ndf1 Ne4 26.Nd2 Nd6 27.Ndf1 Ne4 1/2-1/2 Svidler,P (2728)-Anand,V (2779)/Monte Carlo MNC 2007/The Week in Chess 646) 19.Qxd5 Nxd5 20.Nxe5 Nb4 21.Ng6 hxg6 22.Rxe7 Bc6 23.b3 Rfd8 24.Ra7 Rd7 25.Be3 Bb7 26.Nd2 Nc6 27.Rxb7 Rxb7 28.Rc1 Rbb8 29.Ne4 Nd8 30.Rxc8 Rxc8 31.Nc5 a5 32.d4 Kf8 1/2-1/2 Svidler,P (2728)-Aronian,L (2744)/Wijk aan Zee NED 2007/The Week in Chess 637]

14...bxc3 15.bxc3 c4 16.Bg5 cxd3 17.Qxd3 Qc7 18.Ng3 g6 19.Rab1 Bc6 20.Bh6 Rfd8 21.Be3 Nd7 22.Qxa6 Nc5 23.Bxc5 dxc5 24.Bd5 Ra8 25.Qe2 Bxd5 26.exd5 Rxd5 27.Nxe5 Bf8 28.Ng4 Bg7 29.Ne4 Rdd8 30.Nef6+ Kh8 31.Ne8 Qf4 32.g3 Qf5?!

Maybe getting the queen's off into an ending a pawn down might be best.

[32...Qc4 33.Nxg7 Qxe2 34.Rxe2 Kxg7 35.Ne3 Rd3]

33.Nd6 Rxd6 34.Qe8+ Rxe8 35.Rxe8+ Bf8 36.Rxf8+ Kg7 37.Rbb8 Rd1+ 38.Kh2 Rh1+ 39.Kxh1 Qd5+ 40.Kg1 f5 41.Rfd8 1-0

Tomi Nyback


Peter Svidler

Position after 32.g3

Alexander Morozevich can be a scarey opponent for anyone with either colour, especially if he needs a win but Viktor Laznicka managed to keep him under check today and won again to win the match 2-0.

Laznicka,V (2637) - Morozevich,A (2750) [A04]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 25.11.2009

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d5 e6 6.Bd3 Ne7 7.0-0

[7.Nc3 0-0 8.0-0 Nd7 9.Rb1 a6 10.Bd2 exd5 11.exd5 b5 12.b3 Nf6 13.h3 b4 14.Ne2 Bf5 15.Qc2 Qd7 16.Ng3 Bxd3 17.Qxd3 Rfe8 18.Nh4 Nc8 19.Rbe1 Nb6 20.Bf4 Rxe1 21.Rxe1 Re8 22.Rxe8+ Nxe8 23.Nf3 Qe7 24.Ne4 Nd7 25.Qe3 Kf8 26.g4 Ndf6 27.Nfd2 Nxe4 28.Nxe4 Bd4 29.Qf3 Kg8 30.Kg2 Kg7 31.h4 h6 32.h5 Be5 33.hxg6 fxg6 34.Qg3 Bxf4 35.Qxf4 Qh4 36.Nxd6 Nxd6 37.Qxd6 Qxg4+ 38.Qg3 Qxg3+ 39.fxg3 Kf6 40.g4 g5 41.Kf3 Kf7 42.Ke4 Kf6 43.d6 Ke6 44.d7 Kxd7 45.Kd5 a5 46.Kxc5 Kc7 47.Kd5 Kd7 48.c5 Kc7 49.c6 1-0 Andersson,U (2579)-Lopez Martinez,J (2488)/Warsaw POL 2005/The Week in Chess 556]

7...h6 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Be3 exd5 10.Nxd5 Nbc6 11.Qd2 g5 12.h3 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Ne7 14.Rae1 b6 15.b4 Rb8 16.Nh2 Ng6 17.Ng4 Bxg4 18.hxg4 Qd7 19.f3 Qa4 20.Rb1 Rfc8 21.Rfc1 Bd4 22.Bxd4 cxd4 23.Bf1 Qa3? 24.Rc6 Rxc6 25.dxc6 Rc8 26.Rb3 Qa4 27.b5 Ne5 28.Rb4 Qa3 29.Rxd4 a6 30.Rxd6 axb5 31.Rd8+ Rxd8 32.Qxd8+ Kh7 33.c7 Qe3+ 34.Kh1 Qe1 35.c8Q Qxf1+ 36.Kh2 Nxf3+ 37.Kg3 Qe1+ 38.Kxf3 Qf1+ 39.Ke3 Qg1+ 1-0

Teimour Radjabov was another player who needed a win, being one down to Konstantin Sakaev. He never really got anything and Sakaev held the Rook and Pawn ending comfortably enough to go through.

After being a little too creative in the first game of Round 2 Vassily Ivanchuk needed a win with black against Wesley So. So sensibly chose the Slav Exchange and when pieces came off he only had to secure the draw he needed to eliminate Ivanchuk who has never prospered in this format.

Alexander Grischuk eliminated Tkachiev after getting the draw he needed with black.

Dmitry Jakovenko won for a second time against Sandipan Chanda who never had any chance to level the match with black.

Wang Yue headed to a Rook and Pawn ending where he knew he couldn't lose against Boris Savchenko, he took the margin to 2-0 eventually when Savchenko refused to draw.

Pavel Eljanov locked in Ernesto Inarkiev's light squared bishop on b7 in a Semi-Slav. When Inarkiev tried to free it with c5 it only led to a loss.

Ernesto Inarkiev


Pavel Eljanov

Position after 30.Qd2. 30...c5 was played here, maybe it's a long term necessity but it didn't work out.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov used the threat of simplification to the draw he needed to force Vadim Milov into a bad position and a second loss.

Sergey Fedorchuk will have been glad to see a piece sacrifice from Alexei Shirov in the Ruy Lopez variation they discussed today. Needing a win, he at least got a double edged position. I'm not too sure it was all that sensible psychologically from Shirov. When Fedorchuk untangled he was just a piece up for nothing and took the match to a playoff tomorrow.

Mateusz Bartel played the unsual 5.Bd2 in the Slav which led to both players taking a lot of time in the opening. However rising star Yu Yangyi got a winning position which he just used to get the draw he required.

Wang Hao completed a routine 2-0 win against Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

Things were not at all straightforward for Etienne Bacrot who only needed a draw with white against Krishnan Sasikiran. He escaped problems when the Indian played the wrong queen check in a winning position. After that Sasikiran decided to go down fighting rather than take a draw.

Krishnan Sasikiran


Etienne Bacrot

Position after 23.Rhb1

Bacrot,E (2700) - Sasikiran,K (2664) [D44]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 25.11.2009

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Rg8 12.h4 Rxg5 13.hxg5 Nd5 14.g6 fxg6 15.Qg4 Qe7 16.Bg2 N7b6 17.Be4 Kd8

[17...Qb4 18.Bxg6+ Kd8 19.Qg5+ Kc7 20.Qd2 Na4 21.Rh7+ Bd7 22.Bf7 Kb6 23.a3 Qa5 24.Nxd5+ cxd5 25.Qxa5+ Kxa5 26.0-0-0 Nb6 27.g4 c3 28.bxc3 Bxa3+ 29.Kd2 Nc4+ 30.Ke2 Bb2 31.g5 Bxc3 32.g6 b4 33.g7 Bb5 34.Kf3 Bxd4 35.Rh8 Nxe5+ 36.Kg2 Nxf7 37.Rxa8 Bxg7 38.Rxa7+ Kb6 39.Rxf7 Bc3 40.f4 b3 41.Re7 b2 42.Rxe6+ Kc5 43.f5 Bd7 44.Re3 d4 45.Rf3 Bc6 46.f6 Kc4 47.Kf2 Bxf3 48.Kxf3 d3 49.f7 Bg7 50.Rb1 Kc3 51.Ke4 d2 52.Ke3 Kc2 53.Rxb2+ Bxb2 54.f8Q d1Q 55.Qf5+ Kc3 56.Qc5+ Kb3 57.Qb5+ Ka2 58.Qa6+ 1/2-1/2 Zaikov,O (2376)-Robson,R (2217)/Philadelphia USA 2006/The Week in Chess 631]

18.Qxg6 Bd7 19.Rh7 Qb4 20.Rb1 Nxc3 21.bxc3 Qxc3+ 22.Ke2 Qa3 23.Rbh1 Qb2+?

[23...Qxa2+ 24.Kf3 c3 25.Qf6+ Kc7 26.Rh8 c2 27.Qf4 Ba3 28.Rxa8 Nxa8 29.Qd2]

24.Kf3 Qc3+ 25.Ke2 Qb2+ 26.Kf3 Qxd4 27.Qf6+ Kc7 28.Qxe6 Kb8 29.Qf6 Bc5 30.R1h2 c3 31.Rxd7 Nxd7 32.Rh8+ Bf8 33.Rxf8+ Nxf8 34.Qxc6 Nd7 35.Qb7# 1-0

Baadur Jobava's early piece sacrifice in a Queen's Indian gave him the initiative against Eduardo Iturrizaga but it is not at all clear this should have won. As it was 22...Rd8 allowed a very crude and straightforward attack on black's king finished with a very crisp mini-combination.

Eduardo Iturrizaga


Baadur Jobava

Position after 28.Kb8. White now finishes crisply.

Jobava,Ba (2696) - Iturrizaga,E (2605) [E12]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (2.2), 25.11.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Nxc6 Bxc6 10.Bf4 Nh5 11.Bd2 Qc7

[11...Qb8 12.g3 Bc5 13.f4 Nf6 14.Bg2 0-0 15.Qd3 d5 16.cxd5 exd5 17.e5 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Bxe4 Rd8 20.Qf3 Bxe4 21.Qxe4 Qc8 22.Bc3 a5 23.Rd1 Qg4 24.Rd3 Rac8 25.Kd2 h5 26.Kc2 Qh3 27.Rhd1 Rxd3 28.Rxd3 Qxh2+ 29.Kb3 Qh3 30.f5 g6 31.Rf3 Qg4 32.Qd5 a4+ 33.Ka2 gxf5 34.e6 Qg6 35.exf7+ Qxf7 36.Rxf5 Qxd5+ 37.Rxd5 Kf7 38.Rxh5 Rg8 39.Be5 Ke6 40.Bf4 Bf2 41.Rh2 Bc5 42.Rd2 b5 43.Rd3 Rh8 44.Bd2 Rh2 45.Bb4 Bxb4 46.axb4 Rg2 47.Rc3 Kd5 48.Rc5+ 1/2-1/2 Gabriel,C (2475)-Dautov,R (2620)/Altensteig GER 1995]

12.Nd5 Qb7 13.Bd3 Bd6 14.0-0 Qb8 15.g3 exd5 16.exd5 Bb7 17.Rfe1+ Kd8


18.Bc3 Nf6 19.b4 Qc7 20.Qb2 Kc8 21.Bxf6


21...gxf6 22.Qxf6 Rd8?

[22...Rf8 23.Rac1 Kb8]

23.Rac1 Bf8 24.c5 bxc5 25.bxc5 a5 26.c6 dxc6 27.dxc6 Ba6 28.Bf5+ Kb8 29.Qxd8+ Qxd8 30.c7+ 1-0

Gata Kamsky went through with a calm series of trades into a drawn ending against Zhou Weiqi.

Ivan Cheparinov looked like he had the better of it against Viktor Bologan but it came to nothing as they went through to the playoffs.

Arkadij Naiditsch went through after reaching a drawn queen and pawn ending against Alexander Onischuk.

Yannick Pelletier only needed to draw with white against Li Chao but in an oddly difficult middle-game come ending he gradually went astray so the match went to a playoff.

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