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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gelfand takes game one of 2009 FIDE World Cup Chess Semfinal:game analysis

GM Boris Gelfand of Israel, the top-seed in the tournament, today took a giant step towards entering the final of the 2009 World Cup of Chess. Gelfand, playing the black pieces in game one, defeated Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin in 34 moves. You can play through the game move by move by clicking on the following link: What is unusual about this victory, is the opening Karjakin decided to confront the top-seeded Gelfand with in game one. Karjakin decided to visit the past and play the "Bishops" opening!:
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 , however,the game soon tranposed into a "Two Knights" defense, an opening rarely seen in top-level chess. The two players were both very familar with the main lines of the Two knights defense, and it was only on Karjakin's 12th move that the Ukrainian found a new plan for white,varying  from known theory when he played  the move 11.Re1 (which is a theoretical novelty). Prior to this game only the moves 11.Qf3 and 11.Nd2 had been played. I have analyzed this game using the World's strongest chess program on my Quad core computer and posted the analysis below on the bottom of page one of my blog using the program Chess Viewer Deluxe.I hope you enjoy playing through this game. The other game of the semi-final round, between Ruslan Ponomariov and Vladimir Malakhov ended in a draw at 40 moves.Here are the moves of that game in PGN format.

[Event "World Cup"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2009.12.06"]
[Round "6.1"]
[White "Ponomariov, Ruslan"]
[Black "Malakhov, Vladimir"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D15"]
[Opening "QGD Slav"]
[Variation "4.Nc3"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. c5 Nbd7 6. Bf4 Nh5 7. Bd2 Nhf6 8.
Bf4 Nh5 9. Bg5 h6 10. Bd2 Nhf6 11. Qc2 Qc7 12. e4 dxe4 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 14.
Qxe4 Nf6 15. Qc2 Be6 16. Ne5 Nd7 17. Bf4 Nxe5 18. Bxe5 Qa5+ 19. Qc3 Qxc3+
20. bxc3 Bf5 21. O-O-O O-O-O 22. Be2 f6 23. Bg3 e5 24. Rhe1 Be7 25. Kb2 Rd7
26. dxe5 Bxc5 27. exf6 gxf6 28. Bh5 Rxd1 29. Rxd1 Rd8 30. Bf4 Rxd1 31. Bxd1
Bf8 32. g4 Be6 33. h4 b5 34. h5 Kd7 35. Be3 c5 36. Bf3 Kc7 37. Bf4+ Kb6 38.
Be3 Kc7 39. Bf4+ Kb6 40. Be3 1/2-1/2

Here are the standings after one round of play:what is sad about this standings table is the realization that the title of World Cup champion 2009 could be decided in a blitz playoff!

Semifinal. Results

      Semifinal Match 01
 Karjakin, Sergey (UKR)

 Gelfand, Boris (ISR)

      Semifinal Match 02
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)

 Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)


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