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🏆 World Cup (2009)

Player: Sergey Karjakin

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Rodriguez Vila vs Karjakin 0-1732009World CupA02 Bird's Opening
2. Karjakin vs A Rodriguez Vila  ½-½432009World CupC11 French
3. Karjakin vs A Timofeev  ½-½282009World CupB33 Sicilian
4. A Timofeev vs Karjakin  ½-½262009World CupC78 Ruy Lopez
5. A Timofeev vs Karjakin  ½-½442009World CupC78 Ruy Lopez
6. Karjakin vs A Timofeev  ½-½392009World CupB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. A Timofeev vs Karjakin  ½-½272009World CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Karjakin vs A Timofeev 1-0452009World CupB30 Sicilian
9. Navara vs Karjakin 1-0702009World CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Karjakin vs Navara 1-0402009World CupC10 French
11. Navara vs Karjakin  0-1412009World CupA15 English
12. Navara vs Karjakin 0-1372009World CupC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Karjakin vs Navara 1-0562009World CupC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
14. Karjakin vs Vitiugov  ½-½182009World CupC11 French
15. Vitiugov vs Karjakin 0-1472009World CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Karjakin vs Mamedyarov 1-0522009World CupC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Mamedyarov vs Karjakin ½-½652009World CupE12 Queen's Indian
18. Karjakin vs Gelfand 0-1332009World CupC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Gelfand vs Karjakin 1-0342009World CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Dec-14-09  bharatiy: I think Gashimov has quite good chances of getting into candidates as either he can also win 2nd spot in GP or if Radjabov takes it he can be nominated.
Dec-14-09  Mr. Bojangles: I wonder what Gelfy's live rating would be now?
Dec-14-09  Scarecrow: Congratulations to Gelfand, I'm very happy for him! :)
Dec-14-09  ercliderc: <<Mr. Bojangles>: I wonder what Gelfy's live rating would be now?> you can check it at

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  Eyal: <I wonder what Gelfy's live rating would be now?>

2761,3 (, just like yesterday - rapid & blitz don't count... Overall, I don't think Gelfand gained so many rating points from this tournament - after all, he lost some points in the first two rounds when he drew a game each with two much lower-rated opponents, and then won on tiebreaks 4 of the 5 remaining matches. His only significant rating gains came from the match vs. Karjakin, with two wins in classical games.

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.

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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.
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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!":

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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.

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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 ( - note that the best 3 results out of 4 count).
Dec-14-09  bharatiy: and where and when is the one last tournament?
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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.
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  dunkenchess: Congratulations to GM Gelfand! Great!
Dec-15-09  Matsumoto: Carlsen is world number 1!
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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.

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  whiteshark: <Zurich 1953> there is a wonderful page on this tournament,
Dec-15-09  Hovik2009: Thanks a lot <whiteshark> for the link, It is really wonderful.
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