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World Cup 2005 r2.1

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Finally got the ChessBase report up. Going through 32 games for such briefly noted highlights doesn't seem like a very productive use of time. Like everyone else out there doing daily updates I'll be quite happy to see the field pared down to 16 so we can pay more attention to the chess. These first few rounds always remind me of election coverage, where they spend all their time talking about the polls and not the issues. Winning is what matters so that's all that is discussed. Certainly the KO format reduces everything to binary. There were many fun games today.


This is an attempt at reconstructing the PGN file for the game Shirov-Kotronias (1-0, r2.1). The moves 7-10 are missing and the move numbered needed to be fixed.

[Event "WCC 2005"]
[Site "Russia"]
[Date "2005.11.30"]
[Round "21"]
[White "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Black "Kotronias, Vasilios"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2710"]
[WhiteCountry "ESP"]
[BlackElo "2626"]
[BlackCountry "GRE"]
[Remark "WCC 2005 Match 006"]
[PresId "1000210006"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6
7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.h3 Ne7
11. Ne4 Ng6 12. Nfg5 Ke8 13. f4 h6 14. Nf3 h5 15. Re1 Bf5 16. Nd4 Bxe4 17.
Rxe4 Bc5 18. Be3 Ne7 19. Nf3 Bxe3+ 20. Rxe3 Nf5 21. Rb3 b6 22. Rc3 Rh6
23. Rd1 Rd8 24. Rxd8+ Kxd8 25. b4 a6 26. Kf2 h4 27. Ng5 Ke7 28. Ra3
Nd4 29. Rxa6 f6 30. Nf3 Nxf3 31. gxf3 fxe5 32. fxe5 Rg6 33. Ra7 Kd7
34. Ra3 Ke6 35. Re3 b5 36. Re4 Rh6 37. Rg4 Kxe5 38. Rxg7 Rd6 39. Ke3
Re6 40. Rg4 Kf5+ 41. Re4 Rh6 42. Kd4 Rd6+ 43. Kc5 Kg5 44. a3 Rd2 45.
Kxc6 Rh2 46. f4+ Kf5 47. Re3 Rxc2+ 48. Kxb5 Kxf4 49. Rb3 c6+ 49. Kb6
Rg2 50. a4 Rg3 51. Rb1 Rxh3 52. Kxc6 Ra3 53. a5 h3 54. Kb6 h2 55. a6
Rb3 56. Rf1+ Kg3 57. b5 Kg2 58. Rc1 Rc3 59. a7 Rxc1 60. a8Q+ Kf2 61.
Qa2+ Kg1 62. Qg8+ Kf2 63. Qf7+ Kg3 64. Qg6+ Kf2 65. Qf5+ 1-0

Yes, thanks! Looks good to me. I started to do the same thing myself before figuring it could wait until after I got the report up and had dinner... Frigging FIDE releasing such things.

"Winning is what matters so that's all that's discussed"

I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.


Somehow I feel like the field for this event should be smaller. 128 players is just too many for the fans to follow and the setup where all games occur at the same time is not best also I think. I think something like 64 players but with staggering start times would be better for the chess community (not counting those 64 players who dont get to play). The first round would be 8 games early in the day, 8 late in the day....(the other half of the bracket gets an off day), same the next day....so the first round takes 4 days instead of 2, but in any case the number of games will be more digestible for those who are following.

All the climaxes occur at the same time, and it ruins a lot of good chess that it's hard to enjoy it at the time because there are 8 billion games happening concurrently.

I smell another upset.

Go Paragua!!!

poor chuky, shouldn't have tried the Benko in the first round. oh well..

Carlsen - Cheparinov will be an interesting third round match.

After game 2 of the second round, the Kasimjanov Number* of the tournament is a formidable 2562.

* The Kasimjanov number of a KO tournament is defined as the rating of the lowest-rated-non-eliminated player.

I just want to say that I am enjoying the games as they go. I am content to have all the games at the same time. I dont see a problem with that.

it might make more sense to space out the later games. for example when there are 8 players and 4 games. one might want only one game at a time. but even there we did 4 games at the same time at san luis with no trouble. that way when one game was boring we found another exciting game to watch.

I am happy to have all the games at the same time.

but 128 players and 64 games is impossible to watch. but I try to watch those games that have a participant from my country. that is where my main interest is anyway. so it works out fine for me.

What a sporting tragedy for Ivanchuk! In game 1, he lunged out with 29...Bd4 is a position which he could easily draw - and as a result lost ungloriously. In game 2, he had the advantage throughout, yet could not bring home the point.

If you take a snapshot of both his games around move 28, 1.5 points seem likely, but he only scored 0.5.

As for Cheparinov, is he the second coming of Topalov or a fluke? Time (and the next round) will tell.


Had he not played something desperate like 29..Bd4 it seems he would have been slowly crushed (maybe starting with Rh5, h4 etc), in any case there was certainly no "easy draw" but a great game from Cheparinov.

try to be rude dude!

I like carlsen, he's gonna be a chimp, oh, a champ someday doomsday!

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