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🏆 World Cup (2011)

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Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko, Yangyi Yu, Vugar Gashimov, Michael Adams, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Chao Li, Yue Wang, Alexey Shirov, Sergei Movsesian, Nikita Vitiugov, David Navara, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Le Quang Liem, Dmitry Andreikin, Judit Polgar, Victor Bologan, Baadur Jobava, Vladimir Malakhov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Bu Xiangzhi, Sam Shankland, Zoltan Almasi, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Hua Ni, Anton Korobov, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Riazantsev, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Sergei Zhigalko, Alexander Motylev, Maxim Rodshtein, Rauf Mamedov, Zahar Efimenko, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Boris Grachev, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Onischuk, Igor Lysyj, Markus Ragger, Peter Heine Nielsen, Yifan Hou, Vladimir Potkin, A R Saleh Salem, Artyom Timofeev, Ray Robson, Mikhail Kobalia, Evgeny Postny, Parimarjan Negi, Daniel Fridman, Jianchao Zhou, Sebastien Feller, Sergei Azarov, Abhijeet Gupta, Ivan Ivanisevic, Jorge Cori, Sandro Mareco, Arman Pashikian, Bartosz Socko, Evgeny Romanov, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Ildar Khairullin, Constantin Lupulescu, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Rinat Jumabayev, Alexandr Fier, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Anton Filippov, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Viorel Iordachescu, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Yury Shulman, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Ahmed Adly, Eric Hansen, Yuri Drozdovskij, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Ruben Felgaer plus 26 more players. Chess Event Description
World Cup (2011)

The 2011 FIDE World Cup was a 126-player (Wang Hao and Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian withdrew) knockout tournament held from 28 August - 19 September at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The two finalists and the bronze final winner would advance to the Candidates tournament in 2013. The total prize fund was $1,600,000, with $120,000 to the winner. Rounds 1-6 had two games each, plus tiebreak games if necessary. The final and bronze final were matches of four games. Games started at 3 pm. Players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 more minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move one. The tiebreaks were two 25 min + 10-sec increment Rapid games, then if necessary two 10+10 games, two 5+3 Blitz games, and finally an Armageddon game where White had 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw counted as a win for Black. Chief organizer: Vasiliy Filipenko. Chief arbiter: Ashot Vardapetyan.

On his way to the final, Svidler defeated Darcy Gustavo Machado Vieira Lima in Round 1, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen in Round 2, Fabiano Caruana in Round 3, Gata Kamsky in Round 4, Judit Polgar in the quarterfinal, and Ruslan Ponomariov in the semifinal. Grischuk beat Vladimir Genba in Round 1, Sebastien Feller in Round 2, Alexander Morozevich in Round 3, Vladimir Potkin in Round 4, David Navara in the quarterfinal, and Vassily Ivanchuk in the semifinal. The final match, and the match for 3rd place (between the losing semifinalists), took place 16-19 September. Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk and Vassily Ivanchuk qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2013).

Elo 1 2 3 4 1 Svidler 2740 1 ½ ½ ½ 2½ 2 Grischuk 2757 0 ½ ½ ½ 1½ 3 Ivanchuk 2765 ½ 1 ½ ½ 2½ 4 Ponomariov 2758 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1½

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Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2011

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 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 391  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Movsesian vs Y Hou 1-0612011World CupB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
2. M Kaabi vs Karjakin  0-1312011World CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Ivanchuk vs H R Steel 1-0502011World CupE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. H Ibrahim vs Mamedyarov 0-1382011World CupE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
5. Ponomariov vs R Gwaze  1-0412011World CupA07 King's Indian Attack
6. E Hansen vs V Gashimov 0-1422011World CupA60 Benoni Defense
7. Grischuk vs V Genba 1-0222011World CupD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
8. F de la Paz Perdomo vs Radjabov 0-1352011World CupB30 Sicilian
9. Kamsky vs D Di Berardino 1-0342011World CupB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
10. D Lima vs Svidler ½-½412011World CupD85 Grunfeld
11. Jakovenko vs A R Saleh Salem 1-0352011World CupB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
12. A Bezgodov vs Vitiugov  ½-½322011World CupC03 French, Tarrasch
13. Z Almasi vs E El Gindy  1-0502011World CupB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
14. J Cori vs F Vallejo Pons 0-1272011World CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. Z Rahman vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½462011World CupD85 Grunfeld
16. Dominguez Perez vs E Moradiabadi 1-0472011World CupA13 English
17. M Paragua vs Adams 0-1372011World CupE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. Shirov vs M Leon Hoyos 1-0312011World CupB32 Sicilian
19. Caruana vs A Pridorozhni 1-0312011World CupC41 Philidor Defense
20. I R Ortiz Suarez vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1592011World CupD85 Grunfeld
21. Bacrot vs Robson  ½-½212011World CupD85 Grunfeld
22. A Fier vs Y Wang 1-0472011World CupD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Tomashevsky vs Z Zhao 1-0432011World CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. V Babula Sr vs Efimenko  ½-½222011World CupE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
25. V Malakhov vs R Felgaer  ½-½422011World CupB30 Sicilian
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  Eggman: <<Carlsen will probably not play>>

Is there any reason to believe that Carlsen would boycott a double round robin format? I know you were posting in jest but I ask this question in all seriousness because I don't know the answer.

Sep-22-11  bigatin: <visayanbraindoctor: <bigatin> Nais kong manatiling anonymous. Medyo madali ring mapadpad sa mainit na debate kung ang pinag-uusapan si GM So; iniiwasan ko yon. Ipagpaumanhin nyo na lang ako kung hindi ako sumasagot sa mga ibang katanungan, lalo na sa <<maka ID>> sa akin.>

You are <freak>ing out...You need to go to a <club> to drink.

Sep-22-11  bigatin: <Ladolcevita: I completely agree with your post!

But I just can't compose myself sometimes.

Seems like I'm fearless:

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  alexmagnus: <vsb> I don't follow you, I answer to everybody... Look, I posted more than 2000 posts since our last talk :D. And I' not portarying you as anti-European, I just don't get where you see the discrimination of non-.Europeans in chess. There is no more discrimination than anywhere else. Even less, as the statistics show. And one more thing: just because you don't have reasonable counter-arguments to my arguments it doesn't give you right to ban me from countering your arguments, which are just plain wrong in all dimensions. And leave HMK alone.
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  alexmagnus: In other words, as long as you continue agitating your flat earth view, I impossibly can withhold pointing out it is not flat.
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  alexmagnus: Is there discrimination against non-Brits in snooker? Non-Africans in marathon running? What about non-European non-South-American teams in soccer?

It's not about discrimination or money. It's all about popularity of the respective sport in the region.

Sep-22-11  Boratco: Alexmagnus, I have no clue on what you and vbd are talking about so I will not stick my nose in it. I just want to ask you one question. Why didn't you post your proposal about qualifiers here so people can see it is much better than frogberts 2 proposals? Your proposal was simple and includes everybody in the world. It will also negates any claim about descrimination from wherever a chessplayer is from. A chance for everybody means it is fair and square. I was going to drag it here but I thought it would be a crime.:o)
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  alexmagnus: You mean the one with multiple qualifying levels, starting at sub-state level and ending up in the Candidates?
Sep-22-11  Boratco: Yes, that was it. It is super easy to understand and made a lot of sense without green cards.
Sep-23-11  Ladolcevita: <bigatin>
Yes,I know,perhaps that's due to one's temperament I guess.
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  HeMateMe: Kramnik will be the selection committee wild card. Rank has its priveleges.
Sep-23-11  twinlark: Reckon it should be someone who's not been eliminated from the World Cup, or decided not to compete in the Cup. The highest ranked player in that category is Giri, with three others making up the full list, including Dreev, Naiditsch or maybe even Wang Hao who had to withdraw because of health reasons.
Sep-23-11  Boratco: Giri, Dreev and Naiditsch never got qualified to play in the World cup. No to green cards.
Sep-23-11  Kinghunt: <HeMateMe: Kramnik will be the selection committee wild card. Rank has its priveleges.>

Kramnik is looking likely to qualify by rating. Karjakin may have had a 7 point edge in July, but Kramnik currently leads Karjakin by about 30 points. If Kramnik holds his rating, Karjakin is going to have to climb to 2785 by January to get the spot.

Sep-23-11  visayanbraindoctor: The wildcard will depend on the host country as usual. If Russia hosts, and Kramnik manages to plunge his #4 Elo rating down, Russia will probably nominate him as the organizer's wildcard. If as expected Kramnik gets in by rating, the wildcard will probably be Moro. If Azerbaijan is the host, we can expect Raja or Mame to get in. If it's the Dutch, expect Giri. British - expect Short or Adams.

If one just wants the biggest publicity, it should be the comeback Queen - Judit.

Sep-23-11  visayanbraindoctor: On second thoughts, if Russia hosts, perhaps they should make Karjak and Moro play a match, and seed in the winner. That would be most interesting.
Sep-23-11  Kinghunt: If Russia hosts, then four of the Candidates will be Russian.
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  HeMateMe: < the wildcard will probably be Moro. > Is that what we want? After he essentially walked out on his elimination World Cup two game match? If he couldn't handle that amount of stress, wouldn't he also fall apart in a 16 round Candidates tournament?

I think Moro has to have a very strong showing in an elite tournament to convince people he has the stomach for serious competition.

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  alexmagnus: In case of a Russian host the wildcard will be Karjakin.
Sep-23-11  bronkenstein: <On second thoughts, if Russia hosts, perhaps they should make Karjak and Moro play a match, and seed in the winner. That would be most interesting.> +1 , and I additionally prefer Russia hosting for their excellent live coverages . The only comparable coverage that comes to mind is London Classic one.
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  alexmagnus: Generally a wildcard in a world championship related event makes no sense at all.
Sep-23-11  twinlark: Mig thinks it's asinine too. Bad enough for the World Cup, beyond ridiculous for the Candidates.
Sep-23-11  bronkenstein: FIDE having trouble with finding sponsors + being greedy = wildcard.
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  HeMateMe: It's not so bad, if you consider that someone like Kramnik or Carlsen would otherwise be excluded, if they had a couple of bad tournaments in a row.
Sep-26-11  bronkenstein: To put it shortly (credit to Chessvibes) :
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