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World Cup Tournament

Boris Gelfand23.5/36(+14 -3 =19)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov23/39(+12 -5 =22)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov17/25(+12 -3 =10)[games]
Dmitry Jakovenko14/23(+8 -3 =12)[games]
Peter Svidler12.5/19(+9 -3 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin12/19(+8 -3 =8)[games]
Vugar Gashimov11/18(+6 -2 =10)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian11/22(+8 -8 =6)[games]
Alexander Grischuk11/20(+5 -3 =12)[games]
Li Chao11/20(+6 -4 =10)[games]
Fabiano Caruana10.5/19(+4 -2 =13)[games]
Etienne Bacrot10.5/17(+5 -1 =11)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave10/18(+3 -1 =14)[games]
David Navara8.5/17(+6 -6 =5)[games]
Wesley So8/14(+6 -4 =4)[games]
Nikita Vitiugov8/14(+5 -3 =6)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch8/16(+4 -4 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Viktor Laznicka7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Alexey Shirov7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Pavel Tregubov7/16(+6 -8 =2)[games]
Alexander Areshchenko7/14(+4 -4 =6)[games]
Alexander Shabalov7/14(+4 -4 =6)[games]
Viktor Bologan6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Alexander Khalifman6/12(+1 -1 =10)[games]
Pavel Eljanov6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Artyom Timofeev6/12(+2 -2 =8)[games]
(127 players total; 98 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 489  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Gustafsson vs E Inarkiev 1-0602009World CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. C Sandipan vs M Kobalia 1-0322009World CupD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Negi vs V Milov 1-0552009World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
4. I Sokolov vs S Fedorchuk 0-1402009World CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. L Bruzon Batista vs Caruana ½-½772009World CupA15 English
6. B Grachev vs M Bartel  ½-½212009World CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Khalifman vs A H T dos Santos Fier ½-½262009World CupA13 English
8. Ganguly vs A Filippov 1-0392009World CupE20 Nimzo-Indian
9. Shabalov vs Baklan 1-0532009World CupB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. Smirin vs Ehlvest 1-0352009World CupB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. L'Ami vs Sasikiran ½-½642009World CupD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
12. Areshchenko vs F Corrales Jimenez 1-0382009World CupB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. E Iturrizaga vs Tiviakov ½-½722009World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. E Najer vs E Ghaem Maghami 1-0342009World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Zhou Weiqi vs Sutovsky  ½-½222009World CupD85 Grunfeld
16. Tkachiev vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½192009World CupB10 Caro-Kann
17. Akobian vs P Tregubov 1-0272009World CupA80 Dutch
18. R Mamedov vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½242009World CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. Kamsky vs W So 0-1532009World CupC11 French
20. V Laznicka vs I Papaioannou  1-0392009World CupB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. W So vs G Guseinov 1-0512009World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
22. B Savchenko vs Y Shulman  ½-½292009World CupC18 French, Winawer
23. A Timofeev vs Leitao ½-½402009World CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. T L Petrosian vs G Meier ½-½1192009World CupC10 French
25. Fressinet vs S Sjugirov 1-0312009World CupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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