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Donostia Chess Festival Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sergei Movsesian4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Pablo San Segundo Carrillo2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
Anatoly Karpov1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Kasimdzhanov 1-0462009Donostia Chess FestivalB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Svidler vs Movsesian ½-½222009Donostia Chess FestivalC41 Philidor Defense
3. Nakamura vs Karpov 1-0652009Donostia Chess FestivalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. P San Segundo Carrillo vs Ponomariov ½-½462009Donostia Chess FestivalD85 Grunfeld
5. F Vallejo Pons vs Granda Zuniga 1-0432009Donostia Chess FestivalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. Kasimdzhanov vs Svidler  ½-½242009Donostia Chess FestivalD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
7. Movsesian vs F Vallejo Pons  ½-½282009Donostia Chess FestivalC02 French, Advance
8. Karpov vs Ponomariov  ½-½522009Donostia Chess FestivalD85 Grunfeld
9. Nakamura vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0442009Donostia Chess FestivalB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. Granda Zuniga vs P San Segundo Carrillo 1-0282009Donostia Chess FestivalA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
11. Ponomariov vs Granda Zuniga 1-0292009Donostia Chess FestivalD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Karpov 1-0372009Donostia Chess FestivalC42 Petrov Defense
13. P San Segundo Carrillo vs Movsesian ½-½122009Donostia Chess FestivalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. F Vallejo Pons vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½192009Donostia Chess FestivalC42 Petrov Defense
15. Svidler vs Nakamura ½-½242009Donostia Chess FestivalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Svidler 0-1292009Donostia Chess FestivalC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
17. Nakamura vs F Vallejo Pons 1-0392009Donostia Chess FestivalB01 Scandinavian
18. Movsesian vs Ponomariov 0-1512009Donostia Chess FestivalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Kasimdzhanov vs P San Segundo Carrillo  ½-½432009Donostia Chess FestivalB30 Sicilian
20. Karpov vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½582009Donostia Chess FestivalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. F Vallejo Pons vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½272009Donostia Chess FestivalB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. P San Segundo Carrillo vs Nakamura 0-1542009Donostia Chess FestivalD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Ponomariov vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½232009Donostia Chess FestivalE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Granda Zuniga vs Movsesian  ½-½742009Donostia Chess FestivalE77 King's Indian
25. Svidler vs Karpov 1-0352009Donostia Chess FestivalC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
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Jul-16-09  timhortons: <landman>

check this out...this is transmission.

[Event "European Cultural City 2016 Tournament-T"]
[Site "Donostia-San Sebastian/Spain"]
[Date "2009.07.16"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Ruslan Ponomariov"]
[Black "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D18"]
[Annotator "Robot 3"]
[PlyCount "60"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]
[TimeControl "300"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Nbd7 8. O-O Bb4 9. Qe2 Bg6 10. e4 O-O 11. Bd3 Bh5 12. Bf4 c5 13. e5 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Nd5 15. Bd2 cxd4 16. cxd4 Nb8 17. h3 Nc6 18. g4 Bg6 19. Bb5 Rc8 20. Rfc1 Nde7 21. Kg2 Nxe5 22. dxe5 Qd4 23. Qe3 Qxe3 24. Bxe3 a6 25. Bf1 Bc2 26. Kg3 Nd5 27. Bd2 Rc7 28. a5 Rd8 29. Ra2 Rdc8 30. Rb2 h6 black wins. ♘akamura wins the tiebreak 2-0. 0-1

Jul-16-09  Landman: Thanks. So the presumably corrected pgn (moves 21-22) would be 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Nbd7 8. O-O Bb4 9. Qe2 Bg6 10. e4 O-O 11. Bd3 Bh5 12. Bf4 c5 13. e5 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Nd5 15. Bd2 cxd4 16. cxd4 Nb8 17. h3 Nc6 18. g4 Bg6 19. Bb5 Rc8 20. Rfc1 Nde7 21. Kg2 Nxd4 22. Nxd4 Qxd4 23. Qe3 Qxe3 24. Bxe3 a6 25. Bf1 Bc2 26. Kg3 Nd5 27. Bd2 Rc7 28. a5 Rd8 29. Ra2 Rdc8 30. Rb2 h6...

In the earlier diagrams White's Nf3 should be removed.

As I recall, in the concluding combo Naka had Bc6, Re2, Nd2 vs. Pono's Bb6, Bg2, Rg1 and Kh2. Then Nf3+ won shortly.

Jul-16-09  timhortons: <Landman>

whats the machine evaluation in the final position of game 2?

Jul-16-09  Landman: More data: Short had defeated first Timman and then Karpov in FIDE Candidates matches. Short was the designated FIDE challenger to Kasparov in 1993. So the subsequent Karpov-Timman FIDE championship was tarnished, even though the FIDE World Champion title was fully legitimate.

As I recall, no sponsors could be found for Kasparov-Shirov, owing in part to Kasparov's dominant record against him up until that point.

Jul-16-09  RonB52734: Has anyone noticed that cg has the tournament score wrong at the top of the page? (Naka 7/9, Pono and Svidler tied at 5.5/9) Sorry if I'm the millionth person to point this out...
Jul-16-09  timhortons: im waiting for cg to post the games...

i caught the qxg5 of naka in the act!

as i posted it here...its brutal..i thought at first he blundered.

Jul-16-09  Landman: <RonB52734> I noticed also - you're the first to point it out. <timhortons> That I don't know. Pono ran low on time, his position collapsed (Nf3+ Kh1 Nxg1), then he lost (probably on time). After Bxc6 bxc6 Kxg1 White's down an exchange and a pawn. R on the open 7th, King trapped on the first rank, no counterplay, Black passer on c6 - the eval would probably be -5.00 or so.
Jul-16-09  parmetd: I don't think karpov has ever gone winless in a tournament.
Jul-16-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <dx9293>

<Problem is, Kasparov chose Short (who we can say earned a World Championship match by winning the Candidates cycle), ran a PCA cycle with Anand that had much fairness to it>

So really, Kasparov did not chose Short, or Anand. They both qualified. Short did so entirely from within the traditional FIDE system.

<Blunderdome>, the PCA/FIDE cycle split was not really analogous to conference championships, because the strongest challengers (at least, judging from the results) played in both cycles. Kramnik, Kamsky, Anand, Adams, and Gelfand all participated. Anand and Kamsky (the eventual winners) each knocked each other out in one of the cycles. They were not perfect, but were certainly much closer to the traditional candidtate's matches than anything we've seen since.

<but then chose Kramnik in 2000! He seemed determined to not play a match with Shirov, despite having a bunch of wins (can't remember how many at the time) and zero losses against him. Kasparov wasn't afraid, I don't think, I think he said "well, Kramnik is higher up on the rating list, so he should get the match." I love Kramnik, but that's not right.>

What actually transpired was somewhat different. Please read:

Check out

Quite recently, Kramnik himself has addressed the situation and its aftermath:

Jul-16-09  VaselineTopLove: Why did they go into rapid tiebreaks if Pono already had a higher tie-break score? It sucks that classical tournaments have to be decided in such a manner.

I can understand it if the same is deployed in a world championship match, as a world champion is required to prove his superiority in all areas against his opponent, but tournaments that are based on classical time controls should not be decided in such fashion.

Jul-16-09  Blunderdome: <SetNoEscapeOn>, sure it is, because I'm not concerned with <the strongest challengers>, but with the strongest player, Garry Kasparov. Surely, a Superbowl played between the AFC champion and the NFC runner-up, with the NFC champion not participating, would forever have an asterisk in the record books.

For that matter, imagine if the winners of each conference played the runners-up from the opposite conference, instead of each other -- how would you know who was the real champion?

I'm going to stand by my analogy. I think it's quite good.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <timhortons: im waiting for cg to post the games... *** >

If you're looking for the two blitz tie-break games, they are available here: Donostia Blitz Tiebreak (2009)

Jul-16-09  Shams: <Why did they go into rapid tiebreaks if Pono already had a higher tie-break score?>

He only had that according to a tie-break system that wasn't in use at the tournament, I believe.

Jul-16-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <I'm not concerned with <the strongest challengers>, but with the strongest player, Garry Kasparov.>

Well, that's very interesting interesting. Originally you said

<Garry's selection of opponents is a blemish on his championships 1993-2000, so surely you can see why the FIDE championship also diminished in value. Neither the PCA nor FIDE had all the world's best players. No one could say with certainty that he was the best or even that he had beaten the best.>

But now you say that it is not about who Kasparov played against, but only Kasparov himself. All right.

There are two major problems with your analogy:

1. The AFC and NFC fields are mutually exclusive. For the most part, the PCA and FIDE fields were comprised of the same players- especially the strongest ones (for instance, both winners participated in both cycles).

That is to say: both the PCA and FIDE challenger could have been the same player, and almost were (Anand collapsed, albeit against a very strong Gata Kamsky, in the FIDE cycle).

Given that fact, what basis do you have for comparing the PCA and FIDE candidates to the AFC and NFC in the first place? What makes them similar at all?

2. Unlike in football, the champion does not even participate in the playoffs; therefore it is a mistake to compare Kasparov with a conference champion. When you say "For that matter, imagine if the winners of each conference played the runners-up from the opposite conference, instead of each other -- how would you know who was the real champion?" not only do you make it seem as if there were two separate sets of players, you make it sound as if Kasparov managed to prove himself against only one of them.

There was only one strong player who was prevented from playing against Kasparov because he was excluded from the 1994 cycle: Anatoly Karpov. After the two Ks managed to win their matches, they were supposed to play each other yet again (Kasparov had already defended his title from Karpov's challenges three times, before the difference in their strength became even greater). Alas (or perhaps for Karpov's sake, thankfully), the dawn of FIDE's KO era interfered with these plans.

Is Karpov your reason for claiming that "No one could say with certainty that (Kasparov) was the best or even that he had beaten the best"? If not, what was?

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  Peligroso Patzer: <VaselineTopLove: Why did they go into rapid tiebreaks if Pono already had a higher tie-break score? ***>

The tie-break playoff, a pair of <blitz> games <not rapid> was in accordance with this clause in Article 10 of the tournament regulations: "If there are only two players tied for the first place, they will play two 5 minute games. If they are still tied, they will play an Armaggedon game (5 minutes for white and 4 for black; if they draw, then black wins)."

I share your dislike of such a system for breaking ties in the final standings, but this practice is, of course, very common nowadays and was clearly specified in the applicable regulations.

Jul-16-09  Shams: From Kramnik's article that <SetNoEscapeOn> linked to:

<"I thought that with time Garry could ‘digest’ his London defeat and would become more objective with the passing years, but I see that this isn’t happening. That’s why after Vishy Anand recently provided me with a certain amount of free time, I decided to use it to explain my position on various issues to the readers concerning the ‘newest’ chess history...">

Kramnik has a great dry wit.

Jul-17-09  Blunderdome: <SetNoEscapeOn>, the two fragments you clipped will not look so contradictory if I confess that I am young guy who knows very little about the history of the PCA and was conceding a point I didn't necessarily agree with but didn't know enough about to argue (namely, that there was something wrong with Garry's process of determining his opponents).

My point was only that GK didn't play in the FIDE tournaments, so FIDE did not have <<all> the world's best players>.

Obviously, my AFC/NFC analogy falls apart under a literal interpretation (many do). It was only meant to illustrate a scenario in which a team attained a championship despite not competing against <one> very important competitor. Chess handles its championships unlike most other sports -- perhaps I'd have done better with tennis?

The last point you quote (not about Karpov) was meant to argue that a title is less valuable if all the players are not in direct competition. I might as well have said, "No one could claim to be the best because no one beat Kasparov," but out of courtesy to a kibitzer who seemed to have a low opinion of GK, I extended it to acknowledge that both titles were disputed. Again, I was relying on some earlier comments which disparaged GK's selection of opponents. Perhaps I was misled and he did in fact beat the best players in the world -- but the FIDE champions did not.

Jul-17-09  timhortons: <Peligroso Patzer>


Jul-17-09  znsprdx: Regarding any tiebreak playoff system: be it rapid/blitz/ Armaggedon,(the most ridiculous concept ever) unless increments are used - then any victory on the clock fails the most elementary mathematical notion of time in Chess, which is a contemporary illustration of Zeno's Paradox.

Until the digital era we were technologically handicapped to address this problem (cost)effectively, but now that it has become available - why do we still use such anachronistic methods?

The easiest illustration of the problem is the following position, where Black already handicapped by being a move behind is to play the Queen check in the maximum 5 move(9 half moves)forced checkmate mate sequence of the Philidor (or ---)smothered mate.

As the queen is being sacrificed the flag falls( be it prior to classical time controls or one of the accelerated forms) it is categorically absurd to give the player being check-mated the full point... at the very most perhaps as a compromise, a draw would still be more reasonable than a loss for the clearly winning player.

The problem is how do you explain something so obvious to those either incapable or more often than not stubbornly unwilling to comprehend? This problem continues to contaminate legitimate results; the argument that this inequality is the same for everyone begs the question. First and foremost being that chess is not defined under its rules to be decided by time.

Of course time is a necessary convention, but it must not contradict the finite notions of the rules of Chess. Equally absurd would be losing while effecting a fixed consecutive 3 move repetition cycle, or a 'wild rook' perpetual check situation.

The use of increments which allow enough time to at least physically make the move is essential.

Jul-20-09  DCP23: Chesspro got a new photo report on this event:

Jul-20-09  whiskeyrebel: Thanks, those are better pics than I've seen anywhere else of the event.
Jul-20-09  siamesedream: Video - blitz tie-breaks Nakamura - Ponomariov; Ponomariov - Nakamura:

Jul-20-09  boz: The body language tells you everything.
Oct-10-15  The Kings Domain: What happened to Karpov there? Why did he perform so abysmally?
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  diagonal: Donostia - San Sebastián in 2009 turned out to be the last international invitation (round robin) tournament in classical chess Anatoly Karpov played in, finishing as sole last at 1.5/9, losing a bunch of ELO points and dropping out of Top Hundred.

Karpov was aged 58 (cp. Korchnoi that age, was no. five of the world, finally dropping out of Top Hundred at 76 in 2007).

Since Donostia 2009, Karpov is semi-retired and has 'frozen' his ELO rating, playing one or two games a year in team events, in total less than a dozen rated games in classical chess since 2010, and sometimes rapid exhibitions.

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