World Chess Cup R1 game 1 – report and photos

After the beautiful opening ceremony yesterday, the World Cup 2011 saw an exciting start on the boards today. The 62 games attracted the weekend attention of thousands of chess fans that truly enjoyed the five hours action from Khanty Mansiysk.

First games from the World Cup

The first two game to finish were Ragger – Alekseev and Bacrot – Robson. While the first one is a logical tournament result between two evenly seeded players, the Robson draw with black against 2700+ club member comes as a slight surprise. Bacrot did not manage to surprise the US talent with anything in the opening, and Robson will have his chance for glory with white tomorrow.

The first decisive game came from the rating favorite GM Karjakin, who took early advantage against Mejdi Kaabi and won the full point, making his task with white easier tomorrow. Much more surprising was the fast victory of GM Inarkiev against the young talent GM Salgado Lopez. After a series of blunders from the Spaniard, the Russian GM easily closed the game to take the lead.

Scroll down for full results of the day.

GM Feir and GM Shankland stun their opponents

Everyone awaited with high interest the return of GM Peter Leko. However, his return was not a sweet one – the nearly 200 ELO lower rated GM Samuel Shankland defeated him with black. In a game that could have finished with victory for Leko, the Hungarian missed a few key spots like 37. Bxd6 and 46. Nxf8 to finally enter a difficult endgame and lose the point (replay game with computer analysis)

GM Alexander Fier had no mercy against the 2700 club member GM Wang Yue. An opening that went wrong for the Chinese, was swiftly punished by the Brazilian to take a lead in round 1 (replay game with computer analysis here)

GM Alexander Fier

GM Alexander Fier (right) with GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

The GM commentary of the day

Two games were featured today on the main page of Chessdom.com. GM Sebastien Maze took on the encounters Le Quang Liem – Susanto Magaranto and Wesley So – Ding Liren. In both games we witnessed a similar case – fierce attacks from white and not very precise of black in the opening.

Le Quang Liem took early the center of the board and after recapturing the pawn consolidated a long term advantage. Megaranto was trying to find his place on the board, and just when he received a chance for a good pin on the two rooks, he returned the favor and handed the game to Le Quang Liem. With a nice calculation into the endgame, Le Quang Liem won the full point to take the advantage in the match (replay with analysis here)

Wesley So showed fantastic home preparation, taking the advantage from the very beginning. Ding Liren tried to complicate things a little, but that only got him into trouble and after a blunder 24… Rg3 his position started to look very complicated. Wesley So went into deep thought to find the correct plan, and just when everyone expected a decisive advantage to be taken, a series of inacurate moves sent the game into a draw (replay with analysis here)

Le Quang Liem victorious in round 1

All round 1 game 1 results


Almasi, Zoltan 2726 El Gindy, Essam 2510 1-0
Babula, Vlastimil 2572 Efimenko, Zahar 2706 ½-½
Bacrot, Etienne 2710 Robson, Ray 2560 ½-½
Berkes, Ferenc 2696 Mareco, Sandro 2597 1-0
Bezgodov, Alexei 2503 Vitiugov, Nikita 2733 ½-½
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro 2673 Quesada Perez, Yuniesky 2635 ½-½
Bu, Xiangzhi 2675 Adly, Ahmed 2631 1-0
Caruana, Fabiano 2711 Pridorozhni, Aleksei 2550 1-0
Cori, Jorge 2514 Vallejo Pons, Francisco 2724 0-1
Corrales Jimenez, Fidel 2585 Polgar, Judit 2699 0-1
De La Paz Perdomo, Frank 2477 Radjabov, Teimour 2744 0-1
Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2719 Moradiabadi, Elshan 2532 1-0
Drozdovskij, Yuri 2614 Motylev, Alexander 2685 ½-½
Esen, Baris 2543 Moiseenko, Alexander 2715 ½-½
Fier, Alexandr 2566 Wang, Yue 2709 1-0
Filippov, Anton 2606 Zhigalko, Sergei 2689 1-0
Fressinet, Laurent 2698 Jumabayev, Rinat 2589 1-0
Fridman, Daniel 2659 Lupulescu, Constantin 2650 ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander 2746 Genba, Vladimir 2452 1-0
Guliyev, Namig 2549 Jobava, Baadur 2713 0-1
Gupta, Abhijeet 2627 Mamedov, Rauf 2679 ½-½
Hansen, Eric 2449 Gashimov, Vugar 2760 0-1
Ibrahim, Hatim 2402 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2765 0-1
Inarkiev, Ernesto 2679 Salgado Lopez, Ivan 2626 1-0
Iordachescu, Viorel 2646 Feller, Sebastien 2666 1-0
Ivanchuk, Vassily 2768 Steel, Henry Robert 2362 1-0
Ivanisevic, Ivan 2633 Onischuk, Alexander 2675 ½-½
Ivanov, Alexander 2538 Wang, Hao 2718 1-0
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2736 Salem, A.R. Saleh 2493 1-0
Kaabi, Mejdi 2344 Karjakin, Sergey 2788 0-1
Kamsky, Gata 2741 Di Berardino, Diego Rafae 2480 1-0
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 2597 Andreikin, Dmitry 2696 ½-½
Khairullin, Ildar 2649 Ni, Hua 2662 ½-½
Kobalia, Mikhail 2679 Lysyj, Igor 2629 ½-½
Korobov, Anton 2671 Zhou, Jianchao 2636 1-0
Le, Quang Liem 2715 Megaranto, Susanto 2544 1-0
Leko, Peter 2717 Shankland, Samuel L 2539 0-1
Li, Chao b 2669 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son 2637 ½-½
Lima, Darcy 2493 Svidler, Peter 2739 ½-½
Malakhov, Vladimir 2706 Felgaer, Ruben 2573 ½-½
Morozevich, Alexander 2694 Halkias, Stelios 2600 ½-½
Movsesian, Sergei 2700 Hou, Yifan 2575 1-0
Navara, David 2722 Kabanov, Nikolai 2520 1-0
Nielsen, Peter Heine 2681 Postny, Evgeny 2618 ½-½
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2641 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2669 0-1
Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynal 2556 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2711 0-1
Paragua, Mark 2545 Adams, Michael 2715 0-1
Parligras, Mircea-Emilian 2636 Yu, Yangyi 2672 1-0
Ponomariov, Ruslan 2764 Gwaze, Robert 2434 1-0
Ragger, Markus 2651 Alekseev, Evgeny 2659 ½-½
Rahman, Ziaur 2528 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2722 ½-½
Riazantsev, Alexander 2688 Bluvshtein, Mark 2611 1-0
Rodshtein, Maxim 2637 Harikrishna, P. 2669 0-1
Romanov, Evgeny 2624 Grachev, Boris 2680 ½-½
Shirov, Alexei 2714 Leon Hoyos, Manuel 2548 1-0
Shulman, Yuri 2617 Potkin, Vladimir 2682 ½-½
So, Wesley 2658 Ding, Liren 2654 ½-½
Socko, Bartosz 2631 Bologan, Viktor 2678 0-1
Timofeev, Artyom 2665 Azarov, Sergei 2648 ½-½
Tomashevsky, Evgeny 2707 Zhao, Zong-Yuan 2570 1-0
Vorobiov, Evgeny E. 2574 Sutovsky, Emil 2700 ½-½
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2683 Pashikian, Arman 2616 1-0
Zherebukh, Yaroslav 2590 Eljanov, Pavel 2697 ½-½


World Cup 2011 resources

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