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🏆 World Cup (2009)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Yu Yangyi, Vugar Gashimov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Etienne Bacrot, Nikita Vitiugov, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Bu Xiangzhi, Evgeny Alekseev, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Alexander Areshchenko, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Ivan Cheparinov, Alexander Motylev, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Evgeny Najer, Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky, Ivan Sokolov, Vadim Markovich Milov, Boris Grachev, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Sergei Tiviakov, Sergey Volkov, Yifan Hou, Artyom Timofeev, Ray Robson, Mikhail Kobalia, Mateusz Bartel, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey Fedorchuk, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Georg Meier, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi, Zhou Jianchao, Abhijeet Gupta, Gadir Guseinov, Pavel Tregubov, Constantin Lupulescu, Vladimir Olegovich Baklan, Chanda Sandipan, Tomi Nyback, Boris Savchenko, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Jan Gustafsson, Ioannis Papaioannou, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Anton Filippov, Erwin L'Ami, Farrukh Amonatov, Yury Markovich Shulman, Zhou Weiqi, Alexander Shabalov, Gilberto Milos, Friso Nijboer, Ahmed Adly, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest plus 27 more players.

 page 2 of 7; games 26-50 of 154  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Bologan vs A Adly 1-0462009World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
27. S Fedorchuk vs I Sokolov 1-0322009World CupB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
28. Caruana vs L Bruzon Batista  1-0542009World CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
29. G Meier vs T L Petrosian 1-0442009World CupD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
30. Baklan vs Shabalov  1-0372009World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
31. V Milov vs Negi 1-0402009World CupD94 Grunfeld
32. E Inarkiev vs J Gustafsson  1-0542009World CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
33. P Tregubov vs Akobian 1-0892009World CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
34. G Guseinov vs W So 1-0442009World CupC07 French, Tarrasch
35. D Andreikin vs T Nyback  1-0372009World CupC53 Giuoco Piano
36. Zhou Jianchao vs R Mamedov  1-0702009World CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
37. Pelletier vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-0282009World CupD85 Grunfeld
38. Vitiugov vs A Gupta  1-0482009World CupA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
39. V Gashimov vs W Sarwat  1-0602009World CupC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
40. Morozevich vs K Abdel Razik 1-0572009World CupC10 French
41. Ivanchuk vs Bezgodov 1-0372009World CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
42. Grischuk vs J Sriram 1-0292009World CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
43. Wang Yue vs N Kabanov 1-0462009World CupA56 Benoni Defense
44. Shirov vs A Kunte 1-0432009World CupC49 Four Knights
45. E Alekseev vs A Pridorozhni 1-0402009World CupC10 French
46. Wang Hao vs J Friedel 1-0442009World CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
47. D Laylo vs Navara 1-0312009World CupD85 Grunfeld
48. V Malakhov vs B Amin  1-0312009World CupE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
49. Motylev vs R Hess 1-0402009World CupC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
50. M Bartel vs B Grachev  1-0412009World CupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
 page 2 of 7; games 26-50 of 154  PGN Download
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Dec-14-09  ercliderc: <Eyal: <Overall, I don't think Gelfand gained so much rating points from this tournament>>

with Gelfand being the top seed and with unrated tiebreak games as means to advance in this format mathematically it was somewhat expected for him to win the tourney according to his rating, without gaining points.

Dec-14-09
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  Eyal: Oh, I'm sure Gelfand hasn't any reason to be disappointed about it... In the 2007 World Cup, btw, both finalists (Kamsky and Shirov) reached the final with only one tiebreak on the way - and the final itself was decided without one. Here, including the final, Gelfand played tiebreaks 4 times and Pono 5.
Dec-14-09
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  Eyal: Btw, according to chessvibes this probably earned Gelfand an invitation to Linares as well.
Dec-14-09  siamesedream: Gelfand: "The World Cup is the best souvenir!":

http://www.ugra-chess.ru/eng/interv...

Dec-14-09
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  HeMateMe: <returnoftheking:> Is Gashimov your 'wild card' pick? I think the other places are all determined, based on current Grand Prix points, and other factors. The organizers allowed themselves one wild card choice, to complete the field, must be +2700. Is Radjabov already in on Grand Prix points? I thought he would be the wild card, if he does not qualify through GP.

Perhaps someone rated higher than Gashimov will be the wild card.

Dec-14-09
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  Eyal: It's going to be hosted by Azerbaijan, so the assumption is that since they have the right to pick the wild card, it would be an Azeri player. Radjabov hasn't qualified yet from the 2nd spot of the GP, but with one tournament to go he has the best chances (http://grandprix.fide.com/gp-standi... - note that the best 3 results out of 4 count).
Dec-14-09  bharatiy: and where and when is the one last tournament?
Dec-14-09
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  visayanbraindoctor: We often forgot the past, even the recent past. In 1991, Gelfand at the age of 23 reached the Candidates Matches, beating Nikolic and losing only to Short who was then at his prime.

In the FIDE Candidates Matches of 1994-1995, Gelfand mowed down Adams and Kramnik. It took a Karpov to stop him in the Candidates finals.

As for the World Cup being gruelingly exhausting, yes it is. However, have there been even more trying Qualifiers in the past? Zurich 1953 had 30 rounds of classical chess and lasted more than a month!

I wonder how the top players on the World Cup would do in a tournament like Zurich. All the faint-hearted ones would probably end at the bottom due to lack of motivation, and perhaps also the early all-out attackers who have not learned to conserve their energy for the later rounds.

Dec-14-09  ashalpha: Gelfand seems to bring his best to any chance to win the World Championship. He placed joint second in Mexico, and did very well in the past Candidates. I think it is more a matter of motivation for an extremely able and solid player. He just cannot seem to mitivate himself sometimes for ordinary tournaments but a chance at the World Championship and he is interested again.
Dec-14-09  redwhitechess: Congratulation, Boris G-Spotted it! World cup is a good exercise because only a good classical, rapid,and blitz player can win it.
Dec-14-09  PaperBridge: A splendid Chanukah for Gelfand!
Dec-15-09  pulsar: Congratulations to GM Boris Gelfand!
Dec-15-09  DUS: Yes, congratulations to GM Gelfand! This was a great victory, the final section was very interesting and against so strong opponent, Ruslan Ponomariov.

I read somewhere that Gelfand is of the same generation and not less talented than Anand and Ivanchuk, but he has been less lucky than the other two players. I am very glad now he had this great success.

Dec-15-09  Rolfo: Congrats to Gelfand. He kept himself warm from the Siberian cold by wearing a fantastic foxtail fur hat .. Could make a difference :)
Dec-15-09  virginmind: excellent gelfand...excellent job!
"i just like to play chess. therefore i work much" - isn't this the secret to any fullfillment in life? enjoying what you're doing, making a job of what you like, pushing hard to do best what you like. this is what brings us happiness. bravo gelfy.
Dec-15-09
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  dunkenchess: Congratulations to GM Gelfand! Great!
Dec-15-09  Matsumoto: Carlsen is world number 1!
Dec-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: <Zurich 1953 had 30 rounds of classical chess and lasted more than a month!>

With 30 rounds (and adjournments), I certainly hope it lasted more than a month.

Dec-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Zurich 1953> there is a wonderful page on this tournament, http://blunderprone.blogspot.com/se...
Dec-15-09  Hovik2009: Thanks a lot <whiteshark> for the link, It is really wonderful.
Dec-15-09  Rolfo: Gelfand's cooperation with new second Rodsthein seems to work out well
Dec-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: >Rolfo> It was Rodsthein who bought him the hat . I quess :)
Dec-16-09  Chessforeva: 3D games: http://chessforeva.appspot.com/C0_p...
Dec-25-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: "I have always said that the knockout system is not an ideal scheme. And I hope the system which is going to replace it will be a stepping stone to a fairer scheme of identifying the champion."

-- Alexander Khalifman

on 'his' website http://www.gmchess.com/

Apr-23-10  rapidcitychess: Wait,wait,wait. Gelfand, not Topy, should be playing in the WC!!
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