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Svidler, Ponomariov Reach The Semis

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/09/11 12:42.

World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk.gifOn the second day of the World Cup quarter-finals, two matches were decided and two will need tie-breaks tomorrow.

Judit Polgar pushed too hard for a win with white against Peter Svidler and paid dearly for her ambition. So the strongest female player in the world is out of the World Cup after a great run.

Teimour Radjabov needed to beat Vassily Ivanchuk to stay in the match, and he did it in fine style with an aggressive early piece sacrifice which paid dividends. Radjabov is better known as a counter-attacking player with black, but his comparatively poor record with white seems to be improving recently!

David Navara built up a promising position against Alexander Grischuk in the Russian's habitual time-trouble, but missed a tactical trick and had to concede a draw and tie-breaks tomorrow.

Finally, Ruslan Ponomariov showed his determination, patience, and endgame skill to grind out an amazing victory with the Berlin against Vugar Gashimov in the last game of the day to finish.

So Peter Svidler and Ruslan Ponomariov will meet in one of the semi-finals, but the other pairing is still up for grabs in the tie-breaks tomorrow.

The quarter-final scores:

 Name  G1  G2   R1   R2   r3   r4   B1   B2   SD  Tot
      Round 5 Match 01









 Svidler, Peter (RUS)  ½  1                      1.5
 Polgar, Judit (HUN) ½ 0                0.5
      Round 5 Match 02









 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)  1 0                      1
 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE) 0 1                1
      Round 5 Match 03









 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)  ½  ½                       1
 Navara, David (CZE) ½ ½                1
      Round 5 Match 04









 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)  ½  1                      1.5
 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE) ½ 0                0.5

 

Peter Svidler and Judit Polgar at the post-match press conference

Polgar QF G2.jpg

 

 

Teimour Radjabov had to be brave and creative to beat Vassily Ivanchuk

Temour Radjabov QF G2.jpg

 

 

David Navara let a golden chance slip against Alexander Grischuk

Navara_QF G2.jpg

 

 

Vugar Gashimov (left) was eliminated after a long struggle with Ruslan Ponomariov

Gashimov_Pono_QF G2.jpg

 

 

The winner, runner-up and third placed player in the World Cup will qualify for the Candidates tournament to determine a challenger for the winner of the Anand v Gelfand world championship match next year.

Each round starts at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC). The time control for the regular games is 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 second increment from the start. Rapid games are at 25 minutes plus 10 second increment, and if scores are still level then 10 minutes plus 10 second increment, 5 minutes plus 3 second increment, and finally sudden-death 5 min v 4 min with a 3 second increment after move 60.

The official website with live coverage and commentary in Russian and English is here.

Photos from the official website.

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  • hace 3 años

    Titin_Spector

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  • hace 3 años

    Titin_Spector

    To be fair Pono makes a display of incredible endgame skills

  • hace 3 años

    MindWalk

    Well, yes, I saw that, but I didn't see anything concrete; is 19...Bxc2 20 f5 Nf8 21 Nh5 Rg8 22 f6 Ne6 23 fxg7 O-O-O all there is?

  • hace 3 años

    ILoveAmer

    @MindWalk

    19. ... Bxc2 would allow White to push 20.f5 and then get a very strong pair of pawns, chasing away the knight and threatening to go further.

  • hace 3 años

    MindWalk

    What's wrong with 19...Bxc2 in that last game (Gashimov-Ponomariov)?

  • hace 3 años

    ILoveAmer

    @fish_good

     In that particular position, White is slightly better: better pawn structure, the king can easily come into play.

    I see your point, and I assess yhe position myself as better for White. I maybe wrong.

    For my part, I am not a GM but I can trust a 2700+ player in that game and others..

  • hace 3 años

    fish_food

    @ILoveAmer --

    Learn to assess a position yourself, and ignore ratings. Granted, part of that requires having experience in the ending under discussion.

     The important factor in the position was the pawn structure and the minors, and in particular, the bad white bishop. BUT, had either the white king (which you forgot to mention), or the white rook been active, then those factors could have easily overridden the bad bishop. King activity, or rook activity can trump the bad bishop. Otherwise, the important factor is the bad bishop.

    A 2700 player should have had enough experience to know that the black knight had to be excanged for the bishop, and so letting it land on d4 was fine. What he played, c3, was positionally bad, as the course of the game demonstrated.

  • hace 3 años

    diogens

    FIDE World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Sun 28th Aug 2011 - Tue 20th Sep 2011
    Round 5 Results
    NameFEDG1G2R1R2B1B2B3B4SDTot
    Round 5 Match 01
    Svidler, Peter RUS ½ 1 1.5
    Polgar, Judit HUN ½ 0 0.5
    Round 5 Match 02
    Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 1 0 ½ 1 2.5
    Radjabov, Teimour AZE 0 1 ½ 0 1.5
    Round 5 Match 03
    Grischuk, Alexander RUS ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5
    Navara, David CZE ½ ½ 0 ½ 1.5
    Round 5 Match 04
    Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR ½ 1 1.5
    Gashimov, Vugar AZE ½ 0 0.5
  • hace 3 años

    nibir

    Both Chuk have gone through..

  • hace 3 años

    antonio_gonzalo

    Congrats Judit! You almost got it. Your courage and guts touched so many hearts. I believe you will be the topnotch in the future.

  • hace 3 años

    leonquibidojr

    Go Ivanchuk and challenge the world champ, i like the way you play.

  • hace 3 años

    ILoveAmer

    @fish_food:

    The ending is  not really a bad bishop good knight here because of the rook still on the chessboard. Moreover 21.c3 is something logical to avoid the black knight from landing to d4 !!

    Don't be so direct in your commentary. 2700's know how to play...

  • hace 3 años

    dschaef2

    You are a very sad person aren't you?  Is this like your alternate troll account.

  • hace 3 años

    fish_food

    "The Pono win was pretty damn cool."

    Really? How is it that somebody mid/upper 2700's does not understand that Nxf5 going into a bad bishop vs good knight ending is weak, but then even follows it up by c3, putting yet another pawn on the same color as his bishop? Better to let the knight into d4 and then play Bxd4.

  • hace 3 años

    dschaef2

    The Pono win was pretty damn cool.  Very sad for navara though.

  • hace 3 años

    MrMan2244

    On the first game, why not 30.Bc4?

  • hace 3 años

    fish_food

    I was rooting for Judit ...sorry to see her lose...but her play as white against the Najdorf and Najdorf Scheveningen style in this tournament has not presented her opponents with difficult opening challenges. Congrats to Svidler for a well played game.

  • hace 3 años

    HappyZappy

    Hope Chucky wins the tournament!!Smile

  • hace 3 años

    HappyZappy

    Wow, Judith missed out on Kings V.S. Queens by a round!!

  • hace 3 años

    HappyZappy

    Lol, hope Grichuk beats Navara, and Ivanchuk(ChuckySmile)beats Rajabov.Laughing

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