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World Cup (2009)

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Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, 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, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Viktor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Le Quang Liem, Evgeny Alekseev, Bu Xiangzhi, Laurent Fressinet, Krishnan Sasikiran, Alexander Areshchenko, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Ivan Cheparinov, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Alexander Motylev, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Sergei Rublevsky, Ivan Sokolov, Boris Grachev, Vadim Milov, Viktor Laznicka, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Ilya Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Onischuk, Sergei Tiviakov, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Sergey Volkov, Rauf Mamedov, Yifan Hou, Evgeny Najer, Artyom Timofeev, Ray Robson, Mikhail Kobalia, Mateusz Bartel, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey Fedorchuk, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Vladislav Tkachiev, Konstantin Sakaev, Georg Meier, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi, Zhou Jianchao, Gadir Guseinov, Abhijeet Gupta, Bassem Amin, Pavel Tregubov, Constantin Lupulescu, Vladimir Baklan, Chanda Sandipan, Tomi Nyback, Boris Savchenko, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Varuzhan Akobian, Jan Gustafsson, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Anton Filippov, Erwin L'Ami, Farrukh Amonatov, Yury Shulman, Zhou Weiqi, Alexander Shabalov, Gilberto Milos, Ioannis Papaioannou, Friso Nijboer, Ahmed Adly, Jaan Ehlvest, Robert Lee Hess, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Yannick Pelletier, Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Ivan Morovic-Fernandez, Diego Flores, Alexander Ivanov, Rogelio Antonio Jr, Aleksei Pridorozhni, Andres Rodriguez Vila, Abhijit Kunte, Alexei Bezgodov, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Darwin Laylo, Joshua E Friedel, 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

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Gustafsson vs E Inarkiev 1-060 2009 World CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. C Sandipan vs M Kobalia 1-032 2009 World CupD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Negi vs V Milov 1-055 2009 World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
4. I Sokolov vs S Fedorchuk 0-140 2009 World CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. L Bruzon Batista vs Caruana ½-½77 2009 World CupA15 English
6. B Grachev vs M Bartel  ½-½21 2009 World CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Khalifman vs A H T dos Santos Fier ½-½26 2009 World CupA13 English
8. Ganguly vs A Filippov 1-039 2009 World CupE20 Nimzo-Indian
9. Shabalov vs Baklan 1-053 2009 World CupB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. Smirin vs Ehlvest 1-035 2009 World CupB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. L'Ami vs Sasikiran ½-½64 2009 World CupD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
12. Areshchenko vs F Corrales Jimenez 1-038 2009 World CupB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. E Iturrizaga vs Tiviakov ½-½72 2009 World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. E Najer vs E Ghaem Maghami 1-034 2009 World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Zhou Weiqi vs Sutovsky  ½-½22 2009 World CupD85 Grunfeld
16. Tkachiev vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½19 2009 World CupB10 Caro-Kann
17. Akobian vs P Tregubov 1-027 2009 World CupA80 Dutch
18. R Mamedov vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½24 2009 World CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. Kamsky vs W So 0-153 2009 World CupC11 French
20. V Laznicka vs I Papaioannou  1-039 2009 World CupB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. W So vs G Guseinov 1-051 2009 World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
22. B Savchenko vs Y Shulman  ½-½29 2009 World CupC18 French, Winawer
23. A Timofeev vs Leitao ½-½40 2009 World CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. T L Petrosian vs G Meier ½-½119 2009 World CupC10 French
25. Fressinet vs S Sjugirov 1-031 2009 World CupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Dec-05-09  zarg: <ashalpha>

Malakhov was quite a sensation in 1993, at age 12 he became U14 World Youth Chess Champion and made it to Super GM level back in 2004.

He is rather well known to the Nordic audience, in particular to the Carlsen fans after their match in the World Cup 2005 and being co-winners in Bosna Sarajevo Tournament (2006). He has also played Politiken Cup multiple times in recent years, and been a real killer in team events, on the 3rd board of the mighty Ural team IIRC.

Dec-05-09  Jonzi9771: A beautiful wife in tow really does wonders for you<Karjakin>.
Dec-05-09  Jonzi9771: The other Vladimir, of the Malakhov type - is a dangerous Darkhorse among the Final Four. His Large Hadron Collider technique is a potent weapon, and he is the only one well verse on this among the four, but to these bunch of nuclear scientists at CERN, piece of cake.
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  eternaloptimist: <ashalpha: That's very interesting eternaloptimist...I knew that he was an endgame specialist but I did not know he had problems in the opening and middlegame. Considering that he was very prepared in this World Cup I think he is finally working on his openings and if there is any holes in his middle game he has not shown it here in this World Cup yet. He has played relatively a small amount of "real" classical games though.> No, I never said that Malakhov had problems in the opening & middlegame. I just commented that he hasn't been strong enough in them to realize his potential. However, NOW he is showing signs of that. He is ranked #31 in the world now & will be ranked higher than that in the next FIDE ranking list so he has to be strong in the opening, middlegame & endgame.
Dec-05-09  znsprdx: Well what a final Karjakin-Ponomariov would make..The latter playing his former'second" But even better would be the match of the former 12 year old prodgidies Karjakin-Malakhov>
Dec-05-09  znsprdx: re our discussion page 94 [which I will copy to actual CG game for the record] <Eyal:All over for Black... White can play, for example, 32.Qb2 > Really? ..34 b5 if 35.Rb6 b4 (36.axb4 a4! 37.Ra6 Bb3) 36.Ra6 Bb3 37.Rb6 Bb3 there is still lots of play albeit difficult, but it is far from "hopeless" - Cute is the pseudo threat 38.e6+ Qg7 39. e7 Re8 and after the queen exchange - not much happening. Thanx for your feedback: It is your move:)
Dec-05-09  randzo: i want to see Gelfys Petrov crushed.I hope Sergey cooked something with his Trainer Motylev(Petrov expert)
Dec-05-09  Hovik2009: I just went over Pano-Hashimov game and I would say Pano was really lucky and fortunant to get away with a win from a inferior losing position!, Hashimov made four blunders in a row starting from 43...Qf7?? to end the errors festival with 46...e5?? totally forgeting about existance of his extra centralized knight to give up his good chance to go to next round by winning with black pieces in the first rapid game, anyhow it is amazing to see how in the world a grandmaster misses the pretty obvious right moves(no matter how short he is in time) that I as a unrated player spotted most of them in a quick glance of the game!
Dec-05-09  ConLaMismaMano: Some stats about Malakhov:

- Has trained with Kramnik in the past.

- Some people consider him the strongest "amateur" of today but Morozevich self proclaims that spot.

- Has played the candidates (for Mexico 2007 WCC) once and lost in first round against Grischuk.

- Stated that he aims to become top 5 in the near future, but when i read this interview it was in 2004 o 2005 when he just reached 2700.

- He was second to Azmaiparashvili in the 2003 European Chess Championship. But there was an incident; it seems Zurab retracted a move but Vladimir kept his mouth shut. It reminds me of Kasparov vs Polgar where something similar happened.

- Participated in 2005 World Cup.

- John Donaldson wrote of him and Salov: "nothing special for their level in the opening to put it mildly, but 2800 when a lot of pieces get traded off."

Dec-05-09  returnoftheking: In the last couple of rounds Malakhov appeared quite strong/well prepared in the opening though. That a6 slav is not something you play to avoid complications (or go for simplifications)
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  Eyal: <znsprdx> I see you copied your post to the game page, so I've answered you there.
Dec-05-09  ragdecsap: <ConLaMismaMano: - He (Malakhov)was second to Azmaiparashvili in the 2003 European Chess Championship. But there was an incident; it seems Zurab retracted a move but Vladimir kept his mouth shut. It reminds me of Kasparov vs Polgar where something similar happened and the former just kept quiet too?> That's why Malakhov is my man to be the Champion in this World Cup 2009. A true gentleman indeed.
Dec-05-09  redwhitechess: a quick one, semi final comments.
Dec-05-09  Red October: <Malakhov - Ponomariov.> pity, this would have made a good final.. I like Gelfand too..
Dec-05-09  Mameluk: I predicted Karjakin-Ponomariov final already after 3rd round when Karjakin impressed me so much with his play against Navara, but I will root for their opponents nevertheless.
Dec-05-09  muradov: Congrats to Pono and Gelfand. Pity that Gashimov missed his chances in the 1st rapid. However, I think taking a short draw (contrary to his style!) with white in his 2nd classical was an indication of things to come..
Dec-05-09  Plato: Gelfand played remarkably strong chess in the tiebreakers. It's interesting that hardly anyone (myself included) had picked him to win this tournament despite the fact that he's the #1 rated player in the competition. Well, he's convinced me! For the semi-finals I predict Gelfand and Ponomariov advancing, and then Gelfand winning in the final.
Dec-05-09  nhat8121: definitely gelfand vs ponomariov in the final and ponomariov comes out victorious.
Dec-05-09  wolfmaster: Just 1 of 4. Let's see if I do better (winner in CAPS):

KARJAKIN - Gelfand

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  HeMateMe: At this event, it seems that there is a referee/arbiter pulling up a chair at every board, and sitting very close to the game, observing closely. Nothing terrible about this, it just seems unusual. They don't really do this at other events, do they--having someone sit at each board? Are they looking for signs of communication with someone outside the hall?
Dec-05-09  arkansaw: He is probably there in case the transmission acts up again
Dec-05-09  mysql: <wolfmaster: Just 1 of 4. Let's see if I do better (winner in CAPS):

KARJAKIN - Gelfand
Malakhov - PONOMARIOV>

Same as mine.

Dec-06-09  virginmind: boy, that's a tough one. obviously karjakin and malakhov are going to play the final, but who's gonna win that? i really don't have a clue. only a hunch: malakhov.
Dec-06-09  tsj2000: karjakin will win and with carlsen and Aronian gonna be a topstar in near future
Dec-06-09  randzo: Karjakin tried bishops opening to avoid Petrov
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