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🏆 World Cup (2009)

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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, Vugar Gashimov, Yu Yangyi, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Wang Hao, Sergei Mushegovic Movsesian, David Navara, Etienne Bacrot, Nikita Vitiugov, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, 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, Boris Grachev, Vadim Markovich Milov, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Khalifman, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Sergei Tiviakov, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Sergey Volkov, Yifan Hou, Artyom Timofeev, Ray Robson, Mikhail Kobalia, Mateusz Bartel, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey Fedorchuk, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi, Georg Meier, Zhou Jianchao, Gadir Guseinov, Abhijeet Gupta, Pavel Tregubov, Constantin Lupulescu, Tomi Nyback, Vladimir Olegovich Baklan, Chanda Sandipan, Boris Savchenko, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Anton Filippov, Jan Gustafsson, Ioannis Papaioannou, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Erwin L'Ami, Farrukh Amonatov, Yury Markovich Shulman, Zhou Weiqi, Alexander Shabalov, Gilberto Milos, Friso Nijboer, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest, Ahmed Adly, Robert Lee Hess, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Yannick Pelletier, Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Ivan Eduardo Morovic-Fernandez, Diego Flores, Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov, Rogelio Antonio Jr, Aleksei Pridorozhni, Andres Rodriguez Vila, Abhijit Kunte, Joshua E Friedel, Alexei Mikhailovich Bezgodov, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Darwin Laylo, Aimen Rizouk, Nikolai Kabanov, David Smerdon, Essam El Gindy, Yu Shaoteng, Mohamad Naser Al Sayed, Jha Sriram, Mohamed Ezat, Khaled Abdel Razik, Andrei Anatolyevich Obodchuk, Jean Hebert, Walaa Sarwat

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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
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  Jim Bartle: Oh, I remember that game too well. Rumors have always been that Argentinian President General Galtieri (?) called up Peruvian President General Morales Bermudez and told him if Argentina didn't win the whole thing, he would be thrown out of office in a coup. And Morales went along with it.

Peru (which had a very good team) hit the post once and blew a couple easy chances in the first half, adding to the suspicions.

The system was at fault. Playing a round-robin among four teams, rather than a knockout, to determine one team to advance to the final, was just asking for trouble.

Dec-11-09  siamesedream: Ponomariov: "So far the final match is boring":

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  ajile: <siamesedream: Ponomariov: "So far the final match is boring":;


And I wonder who's fault that is.

Dec-11-09  zatara: what's up with the spectators there?
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  beenthere240: Thanks for the interview link. So Boris offered the draw. Kevin Spraggett said that he preferred black but for no particular reason. I wonder if the draw offer was a ploy intended to suggest that he was afraid of black's chances and goading him to make an attack that might be refutable. Because white sure didn't have much.
Dec-11-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <The system was at fault. Playing a round-robin among four teams, rather than a knockout, to determine one team to advance to the final, was just asking for trouble.>

Exactly. I can understand why they wanted to try it, but the cure was much worse than the disease.

In the press conference, Gelfand said

<The London tournament is not bad. But only two chess players from top thirty take part in it. If you ask me what tournament is more interesting: World Cup or London tournament, the question is obvious: with all due respect for London.>

Well, I suppose it depends on what one is looking for. For instance, one might observe that of the top five players in the world, two are playing in London; how many took part in the world cup? In any case, at this point both tournaments have the exact same number of top 30 participants.

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  Jim Bartle: "In any case, at this point both tournaments have the exact same number of top 30 participants."

A valid point!

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  Fusilli: <Jim Bartle> and <SetNoEscapeOn>, I posted something for you guys on my chessforum, re: 1978 Soccer World Cup in Argentina.
Dec-11-09  frogbert: <But only two chess players from top thirty take part in it. >

is this some cunning slight towards nakamura? ;o)

Dec-11-09  frogbert: btw, if ponomariov would win the final 2,5-1,5 he will finish the wcc in 10th place on the live ratinglist. that's a first in a while. :o)
Dec-11-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <frogbert: <But only two chess players from top thirty take part in it. > is this some cunning slight towards nakamura? ;o)>

Yeah, that's right. So 3 in London, 2 in the world cup.

Not that counting how many players there are in the top 30 (or 5) tells me how "interesting" an event is. For myself, the mere fact that I will finally get to see Nakamura play guys at the <very highest> level in classical makes London extremely interesting. I also take the interest level of the individual games into account. At the moment, one event is far out pacing the other in that respect.

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  Fincher: <Rolfo: They are very open to how they feel, daily matters, perspective of life.. I remember Pono's loss to Aronian 4 y ago. Gelfand appears to me to be a Kramnik solidly type of player. Difficult to beat. Anything can happen, I still feel a quiet wish that Pono could make it.>

me to rolfo!.. Ponomario was one of my favourite players befor Magnus

Dec-11-09  returnoftheking: But only two chess players from top thirty take part in it <is this some cunning slight towards nakamura?> paranoid accountant.
Dec-11-09  returnoftheking: Fincher, why <was> ? Didn't he perform well enough to deserve your favoritism any longer ?
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  HeMateMe: Does FIDE really take 20% of the prize money here, so only 80% goes to the players? I thought their cut was only 10%, but I'm hearing its 20%. 20 percent seems too high. Maybe Kasparov was correct in taking the title outside of the grasp of FIDE.
Dec-11-09  returnoftheking: Maybe not.
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  talisman: <soccer> some quote i never forgot. you take a 5th grader, who has never done anything. put him on the basketball court...he looks stupid. Put him on the tennis court...he looks stupid. Put him on the baseball field...he looks stupid. Put him on the soccer field...He blends right in...ball comes to him?...he kicks it.
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  kurtrichards: I know of a 5th grader who was given a chessboard as a christmas gift by his father...he became a grandmaster at the age of 14!
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  Mateo: Ponomariov-Gelfand is on the way. They are following Euwe-Botvinnik, AVRO 1938.
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  Mateo: 9.Bg3 seems to be a novelty. Euwe played 9.Bd2 and eventually won.
Dec-12-09  nescio: Ponomariov - Gelfand after 8...Nd5

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<Mateo: 9.Bg3 seems to be a novelty. Euwe played 9.Bd2 and eventually won.>

He won because Botvinnik blundered an exchange on the 16th in an equal position: Euwe vs Botvinnik, 1938

Euwe recommended 9.Nxd5 afterwards, but Ponomariov doesn't agree.

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  Mateo: Neither GM Aveslukov: <Trading on d5 probably gives nothing more than equal play. Now black can think about Nb4 and c5, or play 0-0 first and then after 10. e4 consider Nb4 again or Nxc3 11. bxc3 with a slightly unusual (Bg3, Be6) but very interesting Gruenfeld position.>
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  Mateo: The point of 10...Qa5 is that after the direct 10...c5!? 11.Qb5+ is possible. So 10...Qa5 first was a more solid choice.
Dec-12-09  nescio: Of course. After 70 years the judgment of the grandmasters about a position may have changed considerably.
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  Mateo: 16.Ke2!? allows 16...cxd4 17.cxd4 Rc2+ 18.Kd3 Rxa2.
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