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🏆 World Cup (2009)

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Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Morozevich, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov, Wang Hao, Gata Kamsky, Yu Yangyi, Vugar Gashimov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Li Chao, Wang Yue, Alexey Shirov, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Nikita Vitiugov, Etienne Bacrot, Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, 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, Alexander Khalifman, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Gabriel Sargissian, Alexander Onischuk, Bassem Amin, Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Sergei Tiviakov, Sergey Volkov, Yifan Hou, Artyom Timofeev, Ray Robson, Mikhail Kobalia, Mateusz Bartel, Sanan Sjugirov, Sergey A Fedorchuk, Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian, Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev, Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, Parimarjan Negi, Georg Meier, Zhou Jianchao, Abhijeet Gupta, Gadir Guseinov, Pavel Tregubov, Constantin Lupulescu, Vladimir Olegovich Baklan, Sandipan Chanda, Tomi Nyback, Boris Savchenko, Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, Jan Gustafsson, Ioannis Papaioannou, Rafael Duailibe Leitao, Anton Filippov, Erwin L'Ami, Farrukh Amonatov, Yury Markovich Shulman, Zhou Weiqi, Alexander Shabalov, Gilberto Milos, Friso Nijboer, Ahmed Adly, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest plus 27 more players. Chess Event Description
World Cup (2009)

The 2009 FIDE World Cup was a 127-player (Dusko Pavasovic withdrew) knockout tournament, held from 21 November to 14 December in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The winner would qualify for the Candidates tournament in 2011. The early rounds had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. The final match was of four games, plus tiebreak games. Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. The tiebreaks were four 25 min + 10-sec increment Rapid games, then if necessary up to five pairs of 5+3 Blitz games, and an Armageddon game where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4 (with 3 seconds increment from move 61), but a draw counted as a win for Black. The total prize fund was $1,600,000, with the winner taking home $120,000 from the final, minus 20% tax to FIDE. Games started at 3 pm. Chief arbiter: Ashot Vardapetyan.

On his way to the final, Gelfand eliminated Andrei Anatolyevich Obodchuk in Round 1, Farrukh Amonatov in Round 2, Judit Polgar in Round 3, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in Round 4, Dmitry Jakovenko in the quarterfinal and Sergey Karjakin in the semifinal. Ruslan Ponomariov eliminated Essam El Gindy in Round 1, Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian in Round 2, Alexander Motylev in Round 3, Etienne Bacrot in Round 4, Vugar Gashimov in the quarterfinal, and Vladimir Malakhov in the semifinal. The final match took place 10-14 December. After 1-1 in the Classical games, and 1-1 in the Rapid games, Boris Gelfand won the second pair of Blitz games and qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2011).

Elo Classic Rapid Blitz Gelfand 2758 1 0 10 11 7 Ponomariov 2739 0 1 01 00 5

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 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 489  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Gustafsson vs E Inarkiev 1-0602009World CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Negi vs V Milov 1-0552009World CupC67 Ruy Lopez
3. I Sokolov vs S Fedorchuk 0-1402009World CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. L Bruzon Batista vs Caruana ½-½772009World CupA15 English
5. B Grachev vs M Bartel  ½-½212009World CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Khalifman vs A H T dos Santos Fier ½-½262009World CupA13 English
7. Ganguly vs A Filippov 1-0392009World CupE20 Nimzo-Indian
8. Shabalov vs Baklan 1-0532009World CupB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. Smirin vs Ehlvest 1-0352009World CupB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. L'Ami vs Sasikiran ½-½642009World CupD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
11. Areshchenko vs F Corrales Jimenez 1-0382009World CupB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. E Iturrizaga vs Tiviakov ½-½722009World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. E Najer vs E Ghaem Maghami 1-0342009World CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Zhou Weiqi vs Sutovsky  ½-½222009World CupD85 Grunfeld
15. S Chanda vs M Kobalia 1-0322009World CupD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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. V Laznicka vs I Papaioannou  1-0392009World CupB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. W So vs G Guseinov 1-0512009World CupE60 King's Indian Defense
21. B Savchenko vs Y Shulman  ½-½292009World CupC18 French, Winawer
22. A Timofeev vs Leitao ½-½402009World CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. T L Petrosian vs G Meier ½-½1192009World CupC10 French
24. Fressinet vs S Sjugirov 1-0312009World CupD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Efimenko vs G Milos 0-1502009World CupC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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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?
Dec-14-09  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.
Dec-15-09  dunkenchess: Congratulations to GM Gelfand! Great!
Dec-15-09  Matsumoto: Carlsen is world number 1!
Dec-15-09  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.
Dec-15-09  Rolfo: Gelfand's cooperation with new second Rodsthein seems to work out well
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  moronovich: >Rolfo> It was Rodsthein who bought him the hat . I quess :)
Dec-16-09  Chessforeva: 3D games:
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  whiteshark: "I have always said that the knockout system is not an ideal scheme. And I hope the system which is going to replace it will be a stepping stone to a fairer scheme of identifying the champion."

-- Alexander Khalifman

on 'his' website

Apr-23-10  rapidcitychess: Wait,wait,wait. Gelfand, not Topy, should be playing in the WC!!
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