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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, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Vugar Gashimov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Yu Yangyi, Etienne Bacrot, Nikita Vitiugov, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Baadur Jobava, Viktor Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, 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 Rublevsky, Ivan Sokolov, Boris Grachev, Vadim Milov, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Ilya 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 Akobian, Konstantin Sakaev, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Vladislav Tkachiev, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi, Georg Meier, Zhou Jianchao, Abhijeet Gupta, Gadir Guseinov, Pavel Tregubov, Constantin Lupulescu, Vladimir 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 Shulman, Zhou Weiqi, Alexander Shabalov, Gilberto Milos, Friso Nijboer, Jaan Ehlvest, Ahmed Adly, Robert Lee Hess, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Yannick Pelletier, Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez, Diego Flores, Alexander Ivanov, Rogelio Antonio Jr, Aleksei Pridorozhni, Andres Rodriguez Vila, Abhijit Kunte, Alexei Bezgodov, Joshua E Friedel, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Darwin Laylo, Aimen Rizouk, Nikolai Kabanov, Essam El Gindy, David Smerdon, Yu Shaoteng, Mohamad Naser Al Sayed, Jha Sriram, Mohamed Ezat, Khaled Abdel Razik, Andrei Obodchuk, Jean Hebert, Walaa Sarwat

 page 2 of 20; games 26-50 of 489  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Efimenko vs G Milos 0-1502009World CupC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
27. A Pridorozhni vs E Alekseev  ½-½112009World CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
28. A Rodriguez Vila vs Karjakin 0-1732009World CupA02 Bird's Opening
29. Bacrot vs Nijboer  ½-½682009World CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
30. S Volkov vs F Amonatov 0-1912009World CupE92 King's Indian
31. Sakaev vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½202009World CupE17 Queen's Indian
32. Y Kryvoruchko vs I Cheparinov  ½-½432009World CupC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
33. T Nyback vs D Andreikin 1-0412009World CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
34. L Dominguez vs D Smerdon ½-½342009World CupB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
35. A Kunte vs Shirov ½-½152009World CupD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
36. Mamedyarov vs Kosteniuk 1-0642009World CupA06 Reti Opening
37. Eljanov vs M Al Sayed 1-0322009World CupE97 King's Indian
38. N Kabanov vs Wang Yue 0-1662009World CupC42 Petrov Defense
39. Jakovenko vs A Rizouk  1-0532009World CupD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
40. J Sriram vs Grischuk ½-½862009World CupD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
41. Ponomariov vs E El Gindy  ½-½472009World CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
42. A Bezgodov vs Ivanchuk 0-1402009World CupC11 French
43. Radjabov vs M Ezat 1-0302009World CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
44. K Abdel Razik vs Morozevich 0-1222009World CupD90 Grunfeld
45. Svidler vs Hebert 1-0662009World CupC05 French, Tarrasch
46. W Sarwat vs V Gashimov 0-1402009World CupB50 Sicilian
47. Gelfand vs A Obodchuk  1-0402009World CupA16 English
48. Yu Yangyi vs Movsesian 1-0492009World CupB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
49. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Yu Shaoteng ½-½452009World CupC07 French, Tarrasch
50. Onischuk vs D Flores  ½-½412009World CupE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
 page 2 of 20; games 26-50 of 489  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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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