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World Cup 2011 r5: Cuban Tiebreak Crisis

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Tension doing what it does to the human brain, the chess in these events is rarely what you come for. Yesterday's spectacular Svidler combo against Kamsky is now the only KO game I can remember, give or take. But they do delivery drama in spades. The ups and downs of the tiebreaks bring thrills and spills and it's the rare game that is won start to finish. Only three of eight fourth round matches were decided without the extra day of play.

The quarterfinals: Polgar-Svidler, Ponomariov-Gashimov, Ivanchuk-Radjabov, Navara-Grischuk. Pono knocked Gashimov out in the quarters in 2009 in tiebreaks.

Radjabov seems to have found his stroke in Khanty-Mansiysk and has yet to go to tiebreaks. He took out the solid Jakovenko to move into the quarters. Radjabov works hard and has one of the most dynamic repertoires around with the black pieces. He's turned over plenty of mossy stones in recent years, bringing the King's Indian and ..f5 Ruy Lopez to prominence. But with white he has had floundered, resulting in the highest draw rate among the elite. He wins just 28% of his white games, compared to the top-20 average of around 40%. There's no way to explain it, but he may have struck gold by employing his dynamic gifts in the amorphous English and Reti systems instead of boring himself with small theoretical advantages. His wins over Negi and Jakovenko in K-M were classic triumphs of maneuvering and confusion. It reminds me of how Nakamura went to Canada and added a dose of Duncan Suttles to his bag of tricks. Avoiding theory and relying on creativity, energy, and strength can be impressive, though it can also be construed (and misconstrued) as a cop-out for not working hard. This clearly isn't Radjabov's issue since he puts in a lot of time on his black openings.

Svidler also went through without tiebreaks in the match of the round. He beat 2007 World Cup winner Kamsky in a Ruy Lopez in their first game. In the second the newly-crowned Russian champion uncorked one of the best combinations you'll see, the gorgeous 26..Re2!! deflection rook sac. As I'm sure everyone figured out eventually, 27.Qxe2 loses to the Marshallesque 27..Qg3! The deflection was necessary because otherwise the knight could come back to c6 to block the bishop. An extraordinary and lovely combination. Very sad to see Kamsky out already. The vagaries of the KO guarantee this will happen regardless of who is on form, one of its serious drawbacks. The only other match to avoid tiebreaks was our Ukrainian Cinderella Zherebukh finally turning back into a pumpkin against Navara in two lopsided games.

Polgar might have gone through the tiebreaks faster had she not decided an in impromptu opening experiment against Dominguez. But just reaching tiebreaks at all was an achievement for Polgar, requiring as it did a win with black on demand after the Cuban won the first game nicely. B+R vs R is tough even at the GM level and even with time on the clock. It took her a while, but she eventually brought home the tying win. To further add to the melodrama, the position actually repeated three times; Dominguez could have claimed a draw before playing 107.Rh2. But of course recognizing that and having the sang froid to claim while on nothing but increment for so long is impossible to imagine. White won the first four tiebreak games, and I'm pretty sure Polgar won't be playing the Scandinavian again any time soon. Instead of her usual Sicilian, which brought her victory in the classical, she decided to surprise Dominguez with 1..d5 twice, and lost both times from unattractive positions. Then she went back to the Sicilian in the blitz and won.

Ponomariov also needed to win with black to stay alive, against Dominguez's countryman Bruzon. After drawing the two classical games, they swapped wins twice. Ponomariov's must-win with black was a tribute to his nerves and his technique. Nielsen's valiant run ended against Gashimov after four tiebreak games. European champ Potkin also fell to Elo's blade at last, losing to his countryman Grischuk's King's Indian. Those positions are often ugly for black for a while, and Grischuk doesn't have a lot of experience with the KID, but he turned the tables impressively in the second tiebreak game to take the match. Ivanchuk outplayed Bu in both tiebreak games, winning both in under 30 moves.

On now to the Matches that Matter. Three of the four semifinalists get invites to the candidates matches. No rest for the weary. Ponomariov has played 20 games in Khanty-Mansiysk. His opponent Gashimov, twelve. Radjabov has played the minimum of eight while Ivanchuk has needed tiebreaks in his last two matches. Polgar is the lowest rated player left, at 2701 on the latest list. Underrated a bit, I'd say! Navara is a few points above her. The other six are Usual Suspects, regular visitors to the top ten all. Enjoy the show.


Didn't I read somewhere that the position occurred 3 times but not with the same side to move?
Some interesting openings today, Polgar makes a d5 break that echoes an old Karpov-Kasparov game (although I think this time it might be punished) and Gashimov plays a line in the QID that to my knowledge has been considered dodgy for years!

[White "Ponomariov, Ruslan"]
[Black "Gashimov, Vugar"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 c5 6. d5 exd5 7. Nh4 g6 8. Nc3
Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg5 Qe8 *

[White "Svidler, Peter"]
[Black "Polgar, Judit"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 Nf6 6. Bd3 e6 7. O-O Be7 8.
c4 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nc3 *

Well, I hope Gashimov wins this match after that cop-out!!

Just what Judit needed. A "restday" with Black!

Ponomariov and Gashimov also took an extra restday - somehow understandable as BOTH had to play long tiebreaks yesterday.

To answer your question: On Chessvibes I mentioned that the position after black's 106th move was "the same but not identical". But after white's 107th move, there was a 'perfect' threefold repetition (as pointed out by Michel83 just below, but - due to some initial problems with their new site design - this comment wasn't visible to me when I posted).

Rest day-understandable, but Ponomariov may regret giving up the White pieces like that.

Fun watching Ivanchuk crush the Dragon. Everyone (including me) has expected he'll have a nervous episode and crap out... Maybe he's in a good place after jumping over the Sutovsky hurdle.

Think it would have been prudent for Peter S. to pressure Judit a lot more today. Maybe he had a few Islay malts last night :-)

Well Judit pulled a fast one with that perpetual. Perhaps Svidler was not expecting that bishop capture??

The Russian site we've been accustomed to just morphed into the general Russian-speaking gobbledygook (all due respect to Colin). Other than Chessvibes or TWIC, where are you all going for the games now?


Sutovsky is sort of astounding: he simply cannot play "solid" chess. Is he too proud to cravenly/pragmatically try to exchange off all of the pieces (when he has White!) In a must Draw game? Does he only care about playing brilliancies? Is he independently wealthy, and so plays chess as a hobby, not concerned about the result or prize $$

He'd make a welcome addition to any Elite Round Robin field. He's like what Shirov was about 10 years ago.

In fairness, this is a marathon event , and Svidler is not in the greatest of physical shape. His chess form is great, (see Russian Championship) but that means nothing if he hits the bonk. Maybe Peter is starting to "Peter Out".
Then Judit will be the final player remaining who wears earrings.

As the Time Controls get quicker, Svidler's chances diminish somewhat

Lol, good quips : )


I had been asking myself for a while when I last saw a memorable, classic chess game. While Re2 lacks the complexity of Kasparov-Topalov, its quite a classic. When I played through the game in a rush at work, I missed the Qg3 theme and was puzzled by everything. But when I noticed it, I felt for Kamsky, and was happy to see that imagination is still key in chess (anyone who has seen Svidler play blitz on ICC knows his imagination is ridiculous).

Thanks guys.

DOug, are you a road cyclist? (the bonk?!)

Today I'm rooting for Polgar! Just seems natural to root for the underdog, especially when its by far the best female in the world. I'll try to do a video by tomorrow of one of her games against Dominguez.

However, let's not forget about the other Cuban GM Bruzon. He's barely been mentioned in the article and nobody has said anything about him in the comments. He held his own against much more experienced Ponomariov for nearly 5 games of careful tactical play until finally succumbing to the beast. I suggest checking out his games from the tournament as they were quite exciting.
I did a video cover of his game 5 where he jumped a point ahead (but then ended up drawing the next game and losing the next: http://www.onlinechesslessons.net/2011/09/09/fide-world-chess-cup-2011/

I wish Polgar the best of luck, looks like the "hubsand-and-kid" effect has worn off on her and now she is back again!

Also hats off to Kamsky, you had a good run :-)

Thanks for another great article.

NM Will Stewart - http://www.onlinechesslessons.net/

Polgar again defeated by black squared bishop in the Sicilian : ( . She didn't handle the opening too well. As the opposition gets stronger and stronger, the avoidance of main lines becomes less and less viable.
Hope Svidler wins the event, he really is a monster when he is on form, isn't he? His wins look very convincing, rarely a matter of luck.

91. On chessok, Rybka says Gashimov-Ponomariov is over, but at least in the line it displays, I think white might be able to hold it! Darn rook pawns ...

Actually in the press conference Polgar thought that her position was much better out of the opening. This may be too optimistic, but Svidler (as always bilingual Russian-English) agreed that she had full compensation for the lost or sacrificed pawn. Polgar could have more or less forced a repetition draw with 30.Qh5 when black has nothing better than 30.-Rf8 (or 30.-Qe8, same story after 31.Qe2) but played on. A bit later she offered a draw after 36.Rd5, at that stage Svidler felt that he didn't risk anything by playing on and pushing his e-pawn - but even he was apparently surprised how quickly her position collapsed.

So it seems there was nothing wrong with the opening (BTW to my knowledge 7.f4/8.Qf3 is an old Najdorf mainline even if the English attack with f3 and Qd2 was more popular in the last 10-15 years). There was something wrong with her optimism!?

Don't worry about Rybka. The official site had some real people giving some real explanations why it is won. Ponomariov didn't find the shortest way, Gashimov didn't find the most stubborn defense. With this kind of time controls Ponomariov will be glad to have won it in the end. It's a pity FIDE doesn't appreciate delicacies like this simple yet fantastically difficult knight v. bishop endgame.

Fantastic endgame technique by Ponomariov!! As it comes to light in the end, it is a matter of parity. The white king can shuffle between c1 and c2 and manage a draw if the knight cannot threaten the square that the king is going to. This meant that the black knight has to be on a dark square when the white king goes to c2. Ponomariov had to ensure that the white king does not have the option of either square when he takes the bishop, thus claiming favorable parity. And he executed this idea eventually with 2 minutes on the clock. Really nice!

Sorry for being out of subject but...What's this about Karpov trying to join Putin's party? What's Garry saying about it!?!

Wow, that's some turn. Was his campaign for real then? I prefer chess boards where I can see all squares.

Maybe he wants a K-K rematch, but this time with the odds decidedly in his favour...

1 out of 4 predictions correct--that ain't bad :-)

"I predict that Judit will win against Svidler

Ivanchuk--> Radjabov
Navara--> Grischuk

I'll double down and make the predictions for the Semi-Final matches.

Ivanchuk---> Grischuk
Svidler---> Ponomariov

If you want to repeat the experiment (with a chance to be 25% right again) you have to predict the final ranking 1, 2, 3 and 4 ,:).
In the quarterfinals, the higher-rated player always won. Only for Ponomariov-Gashimov, the Elo difference (4 points) was negligible, and Pono's knockout experience may have made the difference.

Doesn't he want to try to qualify for the next World Championship?

My first line - Does anyone know why Nakamura didn't play in World Cup? - kinda disappeared...

Not to be so off subject, but day after day after day I have checked the Live Chess Ratings site, and there is no way Ivanchuk can still be -3.3 elo, dated 18 August. The last update is indicated as 18 August, 2011. Does anyone know if this is expected to continue, or is Hans Runde OK?

@saguni: Carlsen, Aronian and Kramnik preferred the Botvinnik Memorial - well, they all have reasonable to near-perfect chances to qualify by rating for the candidates event. Nakamura prefers the "Kings vs. Queens" event in St. Louis - maybe in return he expects to "qualify" for the candidates event (also organized in St. Louis, and he'll get a wildcard). As I mentioned before: Nakamura never tried to qualify for other events (Corus/Tata A, World Blitz Championship) but always expected to be invited ... .

@David Korn: I don't know about the "original" live rating list, but http://www.2700chess.com is up-to-date. Actually, Ivanchuk lost another 1.7 points with respect to the September 2011 list: he lost (rather than gained) Elo at the World Cup due to his tied classical matches against Sutovsky, Bu Xiangzhi and Radjabov. Same rating story for Grischuk and Ponomariov, only Svidler (who didn't need tiebreaks against Kamsky and Polgar) gained some Elo.

To repeat Sagumi's question, does anyone know why Nakamura did not play in the World Cup?

Read Thomas's post again shiney...

Thank you. Very kind. Did not know the site had migrated. As a chess news cognisenti, don't know how I failed to hear about this. Blessings, dk

Because he's arrogant enough to think they'll award him the wild card spot.

That's now his ONLY chance to qualify, the rest of the spots are gone.

Its interesting that in the 9 times the knockout has been staged thus far (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 -- on some occasions the knockout was the wch iteself) only two players have made it to the finals more than once -- Anand and Ponomariov. Anand winning it both the times he was there while Ponomariov only once. Also Anand is the only one to reach the semis on all his outings (3).

Even if you would take into account prominent non-participants on several of these knockouts the fact that only two players made it to the finals more than once does indicate that there is more randomness in this format for the game of chess than say in another sport where such a stat is hard to find.

I'd laugh if Rex puts up a ridiculous high bid and still losses it... leaving Nakamura out of the Candidates cycle for another 3 years.

David, it's not that frogbert's site has migrated to http://www.2700chess.com -- it hasn't. Hans apparently wearied of updating his list. Artiom Tsepotan stepped in with his own list. And it looks great.

IF the next FIDE Candidates event is organized by St. Louis, Nakamura will surely be given the Wild Card.
Thomas, are you creating a rumor to entice US chess fans, or simply passing one along?

How rich is Rex, anyway?

It seems like he is making a noce downpayment towards ownership of the USCF.

Wild Card invitations are one of the few valuable FIDE commodities which Kirsan can sell.

Ivanchuk blundered a winning position. A real shame: he was playing as well as any of the others. Game 2 of the Rapids was a strategic gem.

Well, he and Pono will vie for 3rd Place--with the significant consolation prize of Qualifying for the Candidates (until the rules are changed, again)

That will be a rematch of the 2002 World Championship Match.

I predict Ivanchuk--->Ponomariov in the Battle of Ukraine
(Although if the match goes into fast rapids/blitz, Pono will be for choice.)

Svidler is playing a bit better than Grischuk, so Svidler---> Grischuk.

Let's see if my amazingly poor record of prognostication holds ;-)

He invented mutual funds. So while his vast wealth is not publicly known. I have heard estimates that place him in the top 10 richest men in the World.

I gather that he is quite wealthy. And that he didn't kill anybody to get his wealth.

Such a resource for US chess. All that is required is for Nakamura to continue to treat Rex with the respect that he deserves: i.e., to be obsequious and ingratiating

Report on Ivanchuk - Grischuk with some screenshots of the moment it all went wrong for Ivanchuk (though perhaps he was just disturbed by the coolness with which Grischuk made his previous move with 3 seconds remaining!): http://whychess.org/en/node/1848

On the Candidates - I didn't catch it myself but apparently it was mentioned during the Russian commentary that Khanty-Mansiysk is negotiating to hold the event there. Ilya Levitov said Russia would have Grischuk and Svidler but also Kramnik and Karjakin, which probably either means he doesn't realise what the situation is with regard to rating (only one of them's likely to qualify), or he thinks Russia will host the event.

I am neither creating nor passing a rumor, just analysing the situation around Nakamura and the candidates event in general:

Nakamura skipped the US Championship "because he wants to focus on becoming world champion". Sinquefield didn't get mad at him (which IMO would have been a rather logical and normal reaction) but arranged and financed his match against Ponomariov. Now Nakamura skips the World Cup (reducing or postponing his chances to become world champion) to play a relatively insignificant rapid event - compared to Amber, Mainz or Botvinnik Memorial. Isn't it "plausible speculation" if he expects something in return? On the other hand, Naka decided to skip the World Cup before Dortmund, probably also before Bazna - he may have been self-confident to arrogant enough to take it for granted that he would win (rather than lose) precious rating points at these supertournaments.

In general, which other countries might be interested to bid and nominate a wildcard?
Azerbaijan - "not again" (and Aronian would still be unwilling or unable to play in Baku)
Bulgaria - "not again" (and Kramnik, maybe also other Russians wouldn't like to play in Sofia)
Ukraine - this would be kinda funny because the Ivanchuk-Ponomariov match would become quite irrelevant, the loser re-entering via the wildcard back door. If anyone there has enough money, his motivation may have been boosted very recently: now he knows that the event would have two Ukrainian players.
Russia - some people may also say "not again", but they have proven that they can organize that type of events and provide excellent Internet coverage. A remote location as Khanty-Mansiysk isn't too much of an issue either as most people follow via the Internet.
Beyond this, there are a few more countries who could nominate a player with - currently - outsider chances: China, Hungary, France, Netherlands, Italy, who else?

England. Malcolm Pein

Oops, I misread Ilya Levitov's tweet - he said "either" Kramnik or Karjakin... though Ilyumzhinov's assistant Berik Balgabaev responded to say "and if we organise the event we'll get another place".

CAL: "He invented mutual funds. So while his vast wealth is not publicly known. I have heard estimates that place him in the top 10 richest men in the World."

He may be among the top ten richest men in Missouri, but in the World?! Nonsense. Who's making those estimates and what are they based on?

Several of his personal friends. He's worth several billion... Warren Buffet is worth $50 Billion. No one knows what Rex is worth. But I know he garners $100,000 just to speak to my finance class for 2 hours once a year. #10 on the list of "known" public amounts is Christy Walton at $26.5 Billion. Anyways, its rumor. If he is #11 or #12 does it really make that much freaking difference? He's worth more than most of us can fathom.

As for being the richest person in the Missouri (your joke), this part I wouldn't doubt. I don't think Missouri has any other Billionaires despite being home to the Kempers, Halls, Blochs and other rich families.

He's not on the Forbes billionare list. You can hide money, but not that much money.

Unless you are an Irish property developer-world experts.

CAL, richest in Missouri? Highly doubtful. It's not incoceivable that he's among the top 10 richest in Missouri. My joke? No. Your exaggeration.

And, yes, Christy Walton #10 on the Forbes list. #11 is Li Ka-Shing (great name for a rich guy), #12 is Karl Albrecht. Rex is not in the top 1200, although several Missourians are: Jack Taylor, Pauline MacMillan Keinath, Ann Walton Kroenke, and Stanley Kroenke.

$100,000 speaking fee? If true, big deal. Bill Clinton sometimes gets $300,000. Sarah Palin, $100,000. Even Bristol Palin has gotten $14,000. Clintons are certainly rich, but they're not among the richest people on the planet. And Sarah Palin is no where near where the Clintons are.

Your argument is essentially: "The true magnitude of his wealth is unknown, therefore the bizarre rumor that he is in the top 10 in the world must be true." Cut the crap!

Frankly at this point, I can see you are an idiot with no comprehension skills whatsoever. It is not *my* argument -- I repeating others. Nor have I declared it as fact, I repeated multiple times I am "repeating" rumors.

The bottomline is 1) His wealth IS unknown (see point 4) 2) He is rich 3) It does not matter how rich he is. If he is #10 #11 or #1201. Its irrelevant. He is worth several billion. As to Forbes list, this is created off of figures whose finances are public known. Once again 4) Rex's fortune is NOT publicly known (see point 1) Therefore, he would not appear in Forbes list. Durr. Derp. Meh!

"Oh, gee, reason is not working...let's try name-calling instead!" Cute.

When you claim someone's in the top 10, it is certainly relevant that there's evidence that he's not even in the top 1200.

"Unknown" ?! All of them are unknown, but I'd trust Forbes' estimates much more than what you may or may not have heard from a classmate who's gets overly wowed at a purported $100k speaking fee.

My point is that you have zero evidence supporting your rumors, so don't repeat them.

Yet again, there is no evidence to what you say either. You are a moron.
Rumors are there because people repeat them - it does not mean they are false. Someone directly asked for information/rumors regarding this person. So I chimed in and repeated something that is often spoken of at the USCF delegates convention -- not my classmates.

In your case, I suggest therapy. Lots of therapy.

I'm a "moron" and an "idiot"?! Well, you're a poopy butt! So THERE! Take THAT!

Uff Da definitely wins this round... CAL give it a rest.

Actually pretty sure CAL wins this round, someone asked for information even if it was a rumor. He provided it and stated clearly it was a rumor. What more do you want?

I think you and Uff Da should give it a rest. CAL no where insists he is correct and admits openly it is a rumor.

Thomas, et al, thanks for the update on Nakamura. It's hard to imagine Naka giving up the world Cup opportunity hoping to get a wild card at St. Louis. Like others, I tend to think Russia will host the candidates to nominate Karyakin. With Carlsen boycott, Aronian & Kramnik are most likely to be included based on ratings. Rajda is likely be the 3rd rating favorite unless Topa gets going again. If Chucky loses to Pono, he could also be a ratings favorite since he plays a lot and could overtake both Topa & Rajda on a good day. If Karyakin can't make it on ratings, Russia will host and invite Karyakin. I think Naks's chances are slim...

Carlsen never said he will boycott the next cycle. In fact he wanted the cycle to have a tournament which is what they are planning for the candidates.

I guess chances for Magnus playing next cycle are below 50%. He doesn't like matches, specially a long WC-match. Too hard work and too much strain.

I agree with Harish that Carlsen has no reason to 'boycot' the next cycle. Indeed when he dropped out of the last/current one, he said "I would want a candidates tournament rather than matches". FIDE's response was something like "sorry Magnus, you're too late this time, but in the future we will consider your wishes and needs!". And now there will (apparently) be a candidates tournament ... . Is this to please Carlsen, or due to the perceived failure of and negative publicity around the Kazan event? Could of course be both.

But IF Carlsen drops out, the _three_ rating spots would most likely go to Aronian, Kramnik and Karjakin. If Russia then organizes the event, they can nominate a fifth Russian player!!? Might be Morozevich, Jakovenko, Nepomniachtchi or even Giri - should he decide to switch federations and play under the Russian flag (from rumors I heard, there is a 30+-20% chance that this could happen?).

Magnus will probably not play because the winner has to play a WC-match. He is just not willing/able to put in the effort necessary for a grueling match against Anand. This was also the main reason for not playing in the last candidates, the others where more or less spin.
Of course he can play and aim for second place!

Giri would really give up the number one Dutch spot to become the number 15 Russian?!

Of course at the moment, only eight Russians are rated higher than Giri.

Ask Giri, but he may be unsure himself ,:) . I referred to a somewhat bittersweet Dutch newspaper report during Tata this year, with the overall tone "We have a new chess hero, but for how long?". Giri was quoted that "St. Petersburg still feels most like home", and that he doesn't rule out a federation change - while acknowledging that he owes a lot to the Netherlands chesswise.

I would say that Giri has the potential for at least Elo 2750, which would put him in the Russian top 5. Then the chessic tradeoffs would be
- less chances for a Tata invitation (but it might still come)
- less chances to play the Olympiad and other team events, and for the moment no chance to play first board, vs.
- better chances for a Tal Memorial invitation, and
- more opportunities to work with top Russian coaches (not that he's unhappy with his current coach Chuchelov).

There are also many football/soccer players trading a good club for an even better one (in that case money presumably plays an even bigger role).

Unlikely he'd get a Tal Memorial invite. Unlikely he'd get any invites actually if he switched to Russia.

I think if you're strong enough by rating, or you win a major, you get invitations. Russian or not. Thomas laid out the shades of opportunity, and Giri presently appears to be capable of moving up in ELO. Is he even 18 yet?

Note to upwardly mobile-aspiring GMs:
Second a strong player. It will improve your game!

The most recent example: Pete Svidler picking up nearly 20 ELO points after seconding Alex Grischuk in the current World Championship cycle.

If you're strong enough by rating, you may well get invitations. But if you are really young (Giri's only 17 freakin' years old!) or play fiery, interesting chess, your chances of good invitations goes up.

Moiseenko, Nepomniachtchi, Vitiugov, and Navara all have about the same rating. Let's see who gets the interesting gigs in the coming year...

Organizers' preferences include many things: A high rating is essential, but it also helps to have (perceived) potential for more, play (what organizers and fans consider) interesting chess, have an interesting personality off the board because press conferences are now part and parcel of supertournaments, and geographic diversity matters.

I would say Giri has it all. As a Nepalese-Russian Dutch, he's the most geographically diverse world top player - with a Japanese American in second place ,:) .

By comparison, Vitiugov and Tomashevsky are already 24 years "old", are two of several Russians to choose from, and play more positional chess which some may consider boring. Can't say anything about their personalities - no invitations = no interviews.

Tal Memorial is a somewhat different story: they do not hesitate or mind to invite more than one or two Russians and more than 50% "Soviets" overall. Actually, a subtop Russian player (Nepomniachtchi this year) seems to have better chances to be invited than the top Dutch or French player with a comparable rating.

Karyakin may not be the top 3 ratings favorites. Only Aronian and Karmnik are guaranteed based on ratings. The 3rd spot is up for grabs. If Russia hosts the event, Karyakin might get chosen as the wildcard.

Kramnik is NOT a guarantee based on ratings...the only lists that matter are July 2011 and Jan 2012 -- on July 2011, Karjakin is + 7 over Kramnik, so if he can get within 6 pts of Kramnik by the Jan 2012 list, he'll get the 3rd spot. Carlsen and Aronian are virtual guarantees given their respective rating leads on the July 2011 list.

Good point -- also a good example is Karjakin seconding Kramnik at the Candidates.


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Man what a weird world cup that was. I was glad Kamsky made it so far - I mean what can you do when Svidler is playing out of his mind like that. Polgar had a great showing as well - always good to see her playing at the top like that.

Anyway, tempest, teapot, and Navara went through after four tiebreaks to meet Zherebukh.

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