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Chess World Cup 2009

The Chess World Cup 2009 was a 128-player single-elimination tournament, played between 20 November and 14 December 2009, in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.[1] The Cup winner qualified for the Candidates stage of the World Chess Championship 2011. Boris Gelfand defeated Ruslan Ponomariov in the final.

Format

Matches consisted of two games (except for the final, which consisted of four). Players had 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one. If the match was tied after the regular games, tie breaks were played on the next day. The format for the tie breaks was as follows:[2]

  • Four rapid games (25 minutes plus 10 second increment) were played. According to chess journalist Mig Greengard, a "high FIDE official" admitted off the record that this unusual decision of playing four games instead of two was actually a mistake that was spotted too late to correct it.[3]
  • If the score was still tied, up to five pairs of blitz games (5 minutes plus 3 second increment) were played. If one player led after a pair of blitz games, that player was declared the winner. This was a change from previous events, for instance at the Chess World Cup 2007 the match went to an armageddon game after a single pair of blitz games.
  • If the score was still tied after five pairs of blitz games, a single armageddon game (white must win, black only needs to draw) would be played. White had 5 minutes, black had 4 minutes, and both players had three-second increments beginning with move 61. Eventually, no Armageddon games were played, as all matches were decided before that stage.

Participants

The players qualified for the event are:[4]

All players are grandmasters unless indicated otherwise. The pairings of the 1st round (players were seeded according to their ratings) were announced on 2 November 2009, immediately after the publishing of the November rating list. The list of players who declined participation: Anand, Carlsen, Topalov, Aronian, Kramnik, Leko, Adams, Nakamura, and Ni Hua. Among them, Anand, Topalov and Aronian are already qualified for the Candidates or the Championship match; Carlsen, Kramnik, Nakamura, Adams and Ni have committed to play in the London Chess Classic on 7–15 December 2009.[5]

Qualification paths:

Calendar

Round Regular games Tiebreaks
1 21–22 November 23 November
2 24–25 November 26 November
3 27–28 November 29 November
4 30 November, 1 December 2 December
5 3–4 December 5 December
6 6–7 December 8 December
7 10–13 December 14 December

Summary of results

Round one

In the first round of the tournament all of the top 30 seeded players progressed, with the sole exception of Slovakian Sergei Movsesian (16), who was eliminated by the Chinese 113th seed Yu Yangyi. Judit Polgár achieved a walkover, due to her opponent Duško Pavasovič withdrawing from the competition due to injury.[6] The round was notable for the 16-game match between Pavel Tregubov and Varuzhan Akobian: after each winning with white over the first two days, their tiebreak held a marathon of four rapid games followed by ten blitz games. The two players fought until near 1 a.m. local time for the right to face Ruslan Ponomariov in the second round (which would start the next morning), Akobian finally achieving the decisive two-point advantage in the final bout before an Armageddon game would have been required.

Round two

The first day of Round Two included a number of upsets. The highest seed to have won their match was Alexander Grischuk (8), as Peter Svidler (3), Alexander Morozevich (4), Teimour Radjabov (5) and Vassily Ivanchuk (6) all lost and the remaining highest seeds (Gelfand, Gashimov and Ponomariov) drew. On the next day of matches, Morozevich, Radjabov and Ivanchuk were all eliminated, and exactly half of the matches went to tie-breaks.[7] Ultimately, of the 32 players to reach Round Three, all but seven players had been originally seeded in the top 32.

Round three

This round is scheduled for 27–29 November 2009. Sixteen-year-old Wesley So, who had upset Ivanchuk in Round Two, achieved another major upset, defeating Gata Kamsky, the 2007 winner, 1½-½.[8] In the second rapid tiebreak, Chinese players Wang Yue and Li Chao were not at their seats for the start of the round, and lost the game, and their matches against Bacrot and Gashimov.[9]

Round four

This round is scheduled for 30 November - 2 December 2009. It marked the departure of most of the youthful players from the World Cup. Wesley So (16), Fabiano Caruana (17) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (19) were eliminated by the more experienced Malakhov, Gashimov and Gelfand respectively, leaving Sergey Karjakin the only under-20 player left in contention.

Results, rounds 1–4

Section 1

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
1  Boris Gelfand  
128  Andrei Obodchuk ½  
  1  Boris Gelfand  
   
  64  Farrukh Amonatov ½  
64  Farrukh Amonatov
 
65  Sergey Volkov ½  
  1  Boris Gelfand  
  32  Judit Polgár  
32  Judit Polgár w/o  
 
97  Duško Pavasovič  
  32  Judit Polgár
   
  33  Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu  
33  Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
 
96  Constantin Lupulescu ½  
  1  Boris Gelfand
  17  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
16  Sergei Movsesian ½  
113  Yu Yangyi  
  113  Yu Yangyi
   
  80  Mateusz Bartel ½  
49  Boris Grachev 3
 
80  Mateusz Bartel 5  
  113  Yu Yangyi ½
  17  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  
17  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  
112  Yu Shaoteng ½  
  17  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
   
  48  Georg Meier  
48  Georg Meier
81  Tigran L. Petrosian ½  

Section 2

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
8  Alexander Grischuk  
121  Sriram Jha ½  
  8  Alexander Grischuk  
   
  57  Vladislav Tkachiev ½  
57  Vladislav Tkachiev
 
72  Le Quang Liem  
  8  Alexander Grischuk 5  
  25  Baadur Jobava 3  
25  Baadur Jobava  
 
104  Ray Robson ½  
  25  Baadur Jobava
   
  89  Eduardo Iturrizaga ½  
40  Sergei Tiviakov
 
89  Eduardo Iturrizaga  
  8  Alexander Grischuk 3
  9  Dmitry Jakovenko 5
9  Dmitry Jakovenko  
120  Aimen Rizouk ½  
  9  Dmitry Jakovenko 2
   
  73  Chanda Sandipan 0  
56  Mikhail Kobalia ½
 
73  Chanda Sandipan  
  9  Dmitry Jakovenko 4
  41  Alexander Areshchenko 2  
24  Sergei Rublevsky  
105  Iván Morovic ½  
  24  Sergei Rublevsky
   
  41  Alexander Areshchenko  
41  Alexander Areshchenko
88  Fidel Corrales Jimenez ½  

Section 3

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
4  Alexander Morozevich 2  
125  Khaled Abdel Razik 0  
  4  Alexander Morozevich 0  
   
  61  Viktor Láznička 2  
61  Viktor Láznička
 
68  Ioannis Papaioannou ½  
  61  Viktor Láznička  
  29  Viktor Bologan  
29  Viktor Bologan  
 
100  Ahmed Adly ½  
  29  Viktor Bologan 4
   
  36  Ivan Cheparinov 2  
36  Ivan Cheparinov
 
93  Yuriy Kryvoruchko  
  61  Viktor Láznička ½
  13  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
13  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2  
116  Alexandra Kosteniuk 0  
  13  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2
   
  52  Vadim Milov 0  
52  Vadim Milov
 
77  Parimarjan Negi  
  13  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
  20  Wang Hao ½  
20  Wang Hao 2  
109  Joshua Friedel 0  
  20  Wang Hao 2
   
  45  Surya Shekhar Ganguly 0  
45  Surya Shekhar Ganguly 2
84  Anton Filippov 0  

Section 4

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
5  Teimour Radjabov 2  
124  Mohamed Ezat 0  
  5  Teimour Radjabov ½  
   
  69  Konstantin Sakaev  
60  Julio Granda ½
 
69  Konstantin Sakaev  
  69  Konstantin Sakaev ½  
  28  Nikita Vitiugov  
28  Nikita Vitiugov  
 
101  Abhijeet Gupta ½  
  28  Nikita Vitiugov
   
  92  Gilberto Milos  
37  Zahar Efimenko ½
 
92  Gilberto Milos  
  28  Nikita Vitiugov ½
  12  Sergey Karjakin
12  Sergey Karjakin  
117  Andrés Rodríguez ½  
  12  Sergey Karjakin
   
  53  Artyom Timofeev  
53  Artyom Timofeev
 
76  Rafael Leitão  
  12  Sergey Karjakin 4
  21  David Navara 1  
21  David Navara 4  
108  Darwin Laylo 2  
  21  David Navara
   
  85  Alexander Shabalov  
44  Vladimir Baklan
85  Alexander Shabalov  

Section 5

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
2  Vugar Gashimov 2  
127  Walaa Sarwat 0  
  2  Vugar Gashimov  
   
  66  Zhou Jianchao ½  
63  Rauf Mamedov ½
 
66  Zhou Jianchao  
  2  Vugar Gashimov  
  95  Li Chao  
31  Bu Xiangzhi ½  
 
98  Yannick Pelletier  
  98  Yannick Pelletier
   
  95  Li Chao  
34  Gabriel Sargissian 3
 
95  Li Chao 5  
  2  Vugar Gashimov
  50  Fabiano Caruana
15  Leinier Domínguez  
114  David Smerdon  
  15  Leinier Domínguez 2
   
  50  Fabiano Caruana 4  
50  Fabiano Caruana
 
79  Lázaro Bruzón ½  
  50  Fabiano Caruana
  18  Evgeny Alekseev  
18  Evgeny Alekseev  
111  Aleksei Pridorozhni ½  
  18  Evgeny Alekseev
   
  47  Laurent Fressinet  
47  Laurent Fressinet 2
82  Sanan Sjugirov 0  

Section 6

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
7  Ruslan Ponomariov  
122  Essam El Gindy ½  
  7  Ruslan Ponomariov 4  
   
  71  Varuzhan Akobian 2  
58  Pavel Tregubov 7
 
71  Varuzhan Akobian 9  
  7  Ruslan Ponomariov  
  26  Alexander Motylev ½  
26  Alexander Motylev  
 
103  Robert Hess ½  
  26  Alexander Motylev
   
  39  Evgeniy Najer ½  
39  Evgeniy Najer
 
90  Ehsan Ghaem Maghami ½  
  7  Ruslan Ponomariov
  23  Étienne Bacrot
10  Wang Yue 2  
119  Nikolai Kabanov 0  
  10  Wang Yue 2
   
  55  Boris Savchenko 0  
55  Boris Savchenko
 
74  Yury Shulman  
  10  Wang Yue
  23  Étienne Bacrot  
23  Étienne Bacrot  
106  Friso Nijboer  
  23  Étienne Bacrot 2
   
  42  Krishnan Sasikiran 0  
42  Krishnan Sasikiran
87  Erwin l'Ami  

Section 7

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
3  Peter Svidler 2  
126  Jean Hébert 0  
  3  Peter Svidler  
   
  67  Tomi Nyback  
62  Dmitry Andreikin
 
67  Tomi Nyback  
  3  Peter Svidler 5  
  30  Arkadij Naiditsch 3  
30  Arkadij Naiditsch  
 
99  Hou Yifan  
  30  Arkadij Naiditsch
   
  35  Alexander Onischuk ½  
35  Alexander Onischuk
 
94  Diego Flores ½  
  3  Peter Svidler
  14  Alexei Shirov ½
14  Alexei Shirov  
115  Abhijit Kunte ½  
  14  Alexei Shirov 4
   
  78  Sergey Fedorchuk 1  
51  Ivan Sokolov 0
 
78  Sergey Fedorchuk 2  
  14  Alexei Shirov
  19  Evgeny Tomashevsky ½  
19  Evgeny Tomashevsky  
110  Alexander Ivanov ½  
  19  Evgeny Tomashevsky
   
  83  Alexander Khalifman  
46  Alexandr Fier
83  Alexander Khalifman  

Section 8

  First round Second round Third round Fourth round
                                     
6  Vassily Ivanchuk 2  
123  Alexei Bezgodov 0  
  6  Vassily Ivanchuk ½  
   
  59  Wesley So  
59  Wesley So 4
 
70  Gadir Guseinov 1  
  59  Wesley So  
  27  Gata Kamsky ½  
27  Gata Kamsky  
 
102  Rogelio Antonio, Jr. ½  
  27  Gata Kamsky
   
  91  Zhou Weiqi ½  
38  Emil Sutovsky
 
91  Zhou Weiqi  
  59  Wesley So 1
  22  Vladimir Malakhov 4
11  Pavel Eljanov  
118  Mohamad Al Sayed ½  
  11  Pavel Eljanov
   
  54  Ernesto Inarkiev  
54  Ernesto Inarkiev
 
75  Jan Gustafsson  
  11  Pavel Eljanov 1
  22  Vladimir Malakhov 4  
22  Vladimir Malakhov 2  
107  Bassem Amin 0  
  22  Vladimir Malakhov
   
  43  Ilia Smirin  
43  Ilia Smirin
86  Jaan Ehlvest ½  

Results, rounds 5–7

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final (best of 4)
                         
1  Israel Boris Gelfand  
9  Russia Dmitry Jakovenko  
  1  Israel Boris Gelfand 2  
  12  Ukraine Sergey Karjakin 0  
13  Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ½
12  Ukraine Sergey Karjakin  
    1  Israel Boris Gelfand 7
  7  Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov 5
2  Azerbaijan Vugar Gashimov  
7  Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov  
  7  Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov 4
  22  Russia Vladimir Malakhov 2  
3  Russia Peter Svidler ½
22  Russia Vladimir Malakhov  

Final, 10–14 December

Seed Name Rating 1 2 3 4 R1 R2 R3 R4 TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 Total
1  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2758 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 1 7
7  Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) 2739 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 0 5

References

External links

  • World Cup 2009 - Official site
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