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🏆 World Cup (2005)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Wang Hao, Dmitry Jakovenko, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, David Navara, Sergei Movsesian, Etienne Bacrot, Evgeny Bareev, Arkadij Naiditsch, Victor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Andrei Volokitin, Ni Hua, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Alexander Areshchenko, Krishnan Sasikiran, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Loek van Wely, Ivan Cheparinov, Aleksey Dreev, Alexander Motylev, Alexander G Beliavsky, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Ivan Sokolov, Sergei Rublevsky, Vadim Milov, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Khalifman, Ilia Smirin, Alexander Onischuk, Sergei Tiviakov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Gregory Kaidanov, Mikhail Gurevich, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Joel Lautier, Ye Jiangchuan, Artyom Timofeev, Michael Roiz, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Mikhail Kobalia, Andrei Istratescu, Michal Krasenkow, Predrag Nikolic, Robert Markus, Konstantin Sakaev, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Csaba Balogh, Oleg Korneev, Rafael Vaganian, Giovanni Vescovi, Zviad Izoria, Alexei Fedorov, Zhong Zhang, Xu Jun, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Bartlomiej Macieja, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Farrukh Amonatov, Yury Shulman, Robert Kempinski, Dmitry Bocharov, Karen Asrian, Gilberto Milos, Darmen Sadvakasov, Pavel Smirnov, Zhao Jun, Ahmed Adly, Vasilios Kotronias, Sergey Erenburg, Utut Adianto, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Levan Pantsulaia, Hichem Hamdouchi, Diego Flores, Ruben Felgaer, Artashes Minasian, Mark Paragua, Lubomir Ftacnik, Evgenij Agrest plus 27 more players. Chess Event Description
World Cup (2005)

The 2005 FIDE World Cup was a 127-player (Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian withdrew) knockout tournament held from 27 November to 17 December in the Concert Hall of the Arts Centre for Talented Children of the North in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The top 10 players would advance to the Candidates matches in 2006 (which were postponed to 2007). All rounds (including the final) had two games each, and tiebreak games if needed. The players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves then 15 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. The tiebreak games were two 25 min + 10 sec increment Rapid games, followed if needed by two 5 + 10 Rapid games, and finally an Armageddon game where White had 6 minutes to Black's 5 (with no increment), but a draw counted as a win for Black. Games started at 3 pm. The players were accomodated at the Wellness Hotel Ugorskaya Dolina. The total prize fund was $1,572,000, with the winner taking home $100,000 from the final, minus 20% tax to FIDE. Organizers: FIDE, Alexander Filipenko, Nikolay Petrovich Bondarev and others.

On his way to the final, Levon Aronian beat Ali Farahat in Round 1, World Cup (2005)/Darmen Sadvakasov in Round 2, Alexander Areshchenko in Round 3, Francisco Vallejo Pons in Round 4, Mikhail Gurevich in the quarterfinal, and Etienne Bacrot in the semifinal. Ruslan Ponomariov defeated Ahmed Adly in Round 1, Alexander Motylev in Round 2, Xu Jun in Round 3, Loek van Wely in Round 4, Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev in the quarterfinal, and Alexander Grischuk in the semifinal. In the final match on 15-17 December, Aronian defeated Ponomariov by winning the first two Rapid tiebreak games:

Aronian 2724 11 -- - 3 Ponomariov 2704 00 -- - 1

The semifinal losers played a match for 3rd place in which Bacrot beat Grischuk 2-1. The quarterfinal losers played matches for places 5-8, and the Round 4 losers played matches for places 9-16. When the smoke had cleared, the standings were as follows:

01 Aronian
02 Ponomariov
03 Bacrot
04 Grischuk
05 Bareev
06 Gelfand
07 Rublevsky
08 Gurevich
09 Kamsky
10 Carlsen
11 Malakhov
12 Vallejo Pons
13 Dreev
14 Van Wely
15 Lautier
16 Sakaev

The top 10 players qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2007). Since Bacrot was already qualified by rating, Malakhov also qualified.

Official site:
The Guardian:
Mark Weeks:
Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2005

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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 469  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fedorov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½252005World CupB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. K Asrian vs Wang Yue  ½-½432005World CupB33 Sicilian
3. Adianto vs Vescovi  0-1542005World CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Navara vs P Nikolic 1-0352005World CupC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Erenburg vs Z Izoria  ½-½142005World CupC07 French, Tarrasch
6. J Ye vs Xu Jun  0-1462005World CupB83 Sicilian
7. Minasian vs Van Wely 0-1752005World CupB33 Sicilian
8. Rublevsky vs T Dao 1-0422005World CupC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. R Markus vs M Gurevich  ½-½462005World CupD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Milov vs L Pantsulaia 0-1432005World CupE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. E Inarkiev vs Khalifman ½-½562005World CupB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. Areshchenko vs Stripunsky  1-0902005World CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. H Hamdouchi vs Sutovsky 0-1302005World CupB50 Sicilian
14. Krasenkow vs F Amonatov  ½-½622005World CupD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
15. Carlsen vs Azmaiparashvili 1-0552005World CupD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Leitao vs Jakovenko ½-½252005World CupE15 Queen's Indian
17. E Najer vs E Ghaem Maghami 1-0562005World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Kotsur vs Naiditsch  ½-½462005World CupA20 English
19. R Kempinski vs Vaganian ½-½182005World CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Sadvakasov vs G Milos  1-0762005World CupB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
21. A Istratescu vs Ftacnik ½-½342005World CupA30 English, Symmetrical
22. Kaidanov vs R Felgaer  ½-½272005World CupD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
23. Kotronias vs Ni Hua  1-0352005World CupC03 French, Tarrasch
24. Jobava vs Beliavsky  ½-½622005World CupE12 Queen's Indian
25. E Alekseev vs Kazhgaleyev  ½-½542005World CupC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
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Jan-04-06  hintza: <tamar> Haha :)

<TIMER> Sometimes great things happen accidentally!

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  tamar: <Timer> Your assessments are shrewd, or at least I agree with most of them :)

Ponomariov-Rublevsky could produce high quality chess, as both are peaking right now. Edge to Pono, as he has experience getting together a team to maximize his preparation.

Jan-05-06  refutor: the top bracket is the strongest easily, who knows though...i might underestimate carlsen all the way to the finals ;)

leko should win the second

not sure about the third

and in an upset, i predict bacrot to come out of the fourth

Jan-05-06  veigaman: In the first round in tripoli Aronian and carlsen played and it was an extremely difficult match for both player and aronian was able to win just in the last game of the series!. I think Carlsen can be a painfull nail!
Jan-05-06  Udit Narayan: Those Candidate matches look very interesting. I am looking forward to some exciting chess!
Feb-04-06  jamesesq: itedig to use the aethesis!

Yes but I dont have the symbols on my keyboard.

You pack of kinky kipper robbers...

Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: Carlsen will survive Candidates and qualify for 2007 Worldchampionship.
Feb-13-06  talisman: what if baseball would drop the world series and go to a 8-team tournament? i think fide loses a lot when you eliminate the championship match. you lose a lot of history.if it's tournament excitement they want=CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT,then a CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.sounds like the old days.
Feb-13-06  Jim Bartle: I agree with talisman. Interzonal/candidates/championship match is the way to go. Best part is the tension grows over time, not just for two weeks.

In fact, baseball has really diluted its excitement by expanding the playoffs from 4 to 8 teams each year. So many teams qualify that real pennant races between good teams just don't exist any more.

Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: I think no matter what happens, the next World Championship tournament will be played.
Mar-07-06  s4life: <refutor: the top bracket is the strongest easily, who knows though...i might underestimate carlsen all the way to the finals ;)>

The strongest? only because of Aronian. He has it easy here... two has-beens and an unexperienced kid won't hold him.

<leko should win the second > Maybe Polgar pulls an upset here... hopefully.

<not sure about the third > The third one is actually the strongest and most balanced bracket. Hard to predict, but Pono has a slight advantage

<and in an upset, i predict bacrot to come out of the fourth> Rather than an upset it seems the most natural outcome.

Mar-07-06  iron maiden: Obviously a lot can change in six months, but here are my predictions for the first set of matches, with regard to the players' current form:

Aronian-Carlsen 3.5-2.5
Leko-Gurevich 3.5-1.5
Ponomariov-Rublevsky 3.5-2.5
Gelfand-Kasimjanov 3.5-2.5.
Bacrot-Kamsky 3-3 (I would give Kamsky the better chances in tie-breaks) Grischuk-Malakhov 3-3 (Grischuk wins tie-breaks)
Polgar-Bareev 3.5-2.5
Shirov-Adams 2-4

Apr-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: Aronian vs Carlsen will surely be the greatest match of the Candidates. Those two are well suited for each other, it can go all the way. Both have great growing potential. I think the match will be decided in the tiebreaks.
Apr-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: Leko should obviously beat Gurevich without too much difficulties.

Ponomariov vs Rublevsky is also hard to predict, but Ruslan has the edge of playing more this kind of games.

Gelfand vs Kasimzhanov is very interesting match. But Gelfand should be able to win this mini match.

Apr-06-06  Bobak Zahmat: Bacrot will easily beat Kamsky. Since Kamsky has returned at the top stage, he has had a hard time and Bacrot is a enormous talented player.

Polgar vs Bareev will probably the first decisive match. Polgar should prove herself as the leading femal player.

Grischuk is also a bit too strong for Malakhov probably, but he has still do it of course.

Last but not least, Shirov vs Adams, well this is gonna be one the most attacking matches hopefully. Adams in good form should come out as winner.

Apr-06-06  babakova: If Kamsky gets closer to his old form, Bacrot will not have an easy opponent.
Apr-07-06  Bobak Zahmat: <babakova> That can be true, but only time will learn. By the way they play against each other also at MTel Masters, so let's wait and see.
May-22-06  John Abraham: Kamsky is back in the driver's seat !!!

May-22-06  cotdt: ponpmariov will have a hard time against rublevsky, and kamsky will crush bacrow like he did to kramnik and short.
May-25-06  Bobak Zahmat: It is still unclear whether the Candidates will be played and if so when it will take place?
Aug-14-06  Bobak Zahmat: I was really looking forward for the Candidate Matches, but I think the suggestion of possible cancellation is correct. I guess if the Candidates won't take place in October, or for my matter in 2006, FIDE will have a huge problem. Because then we can be sure next year's Worldchampionship Tournament also be cancelled.

FIDE has focused all their attention to the Kramnik - Topalov match, but they think other players forgot the Candidates. The later FIDE gives explanation, the worse the problem gets. If FIDE fails to organize the Candidates, I think we might get a even greater chaos in the Chess World than we already have.

Sep-26-06  samsal27: <If FIDE fails to organize the Candidates, I think we might get a even greater chaos in the Chess World than we already have.> I hope not.
May-29-07  scholes: what was carlsen final place in this tournament ? he beated several of players who are playing in candidates
May-29-07  Karpova: Place 10 after losing to Kamsky:
Jul-23-09  returnoftheking: Ponomariov tied here and lost the additional rapid games - a bit like recently at Donostia. If only he'd be (even more) strong at rapid-he'd be winning titles again in no time!;)
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