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Monday, December 7, 2009

Boris Gelfand moves on to final of FIDE World Cup

Grand Master Boris Gelfand of Israel, defeated  Grand Master Sergey  Karjakin for a second consecutive time today at the 2009 World Cup of chess. This means Gelfand moves onto the final against the winner of the other sem-final match, GM Ponomariov or GM Malakov. Congratulations GM Gelfand! Gelfand began the game by playing the Queen's Gambit, and Karjakin,down one game in the match, played a variation of the Semi-slav defense.I have analyzed this game and posted the analysis below on page one of my blog using the program Chess Viewer Deluxe. I hope you enjoy playing through the game. In the second match Ponomariov and Malakov have drawn both games,this means they enter a playoff to decide who plays Gelfand for the title of FIDE World Cup Champion. These two players will play a series of rapid chess games, and if still tied at the end of 5 games,the will then enter a best of 10 blitz match to see who moves on to face GM Gelfand. Here are the results in both matches:

Semifinal. Results


  Name G1 G2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 B10 SD Tot
      Semifinal Match 01
 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)00               0
 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)11               2
      Semifinal Match 02
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)½½               1
 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)½½               1

2 comments:

martin_xanadu said...

Hi, and congratulations for the blog.
Horrible game by Kajakin in the Slav!!
Gelfand punished the strategical mistakes.For instance: the logical move for black in the opening seems to advance c5 (Qc7 prepares c5 actually); but Karjakin changed the plan by moving e5: very rare, don´t you think so?
Do you know who is the second of Karjakin?
Best regards, martin_xanadu (chess games)

Wayne said...

Hi Martin,thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on the game.Yes you are so right about the opening play of Karjakin in the game.According to the large Chessbase online database, the moves ...Rfe8 or a6 are the main continuations on move 12 for Black in that position.The thing that I find most interesting is that Karjakin chose a line that no super GM's or even GM's have played in their chess careers.I guess Karjakin didn't want to play main line theory for some reason,perhaps to try and throw Gelfand off guard.However, from the result of the game Gelfand understood the position better than Karjakin!

At Karjakin's blog GM Shipov indicates the main line in that position is to play ...a6 not ...e5.Check it out at:

http://karjakin.blogspot.com/

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