Peter Svidler Wins 2011 World Cup
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Peter Svidler drew the final game of his match with Alexander Grischuk to win the 2011 World Cup and pocket a cheque for 100,000 USD.
Svidler had an excellent tournament, beating Caruana, Kamsky, Polgar and Ponomariov on the way to the final, and winning many games with black pieces.
In the 3/4th place play-off match Vassily Ivanchuk held off Ruslan Ponomariov to earn the final place in the 2012 Candidates Tournament.
The final results:
|Final. Match for the 1st place|
|Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)||0||½||½||½||1.5|
|Svidler, Peter (RUS)||1||½||½||½||2.5|
|Final. Match for the 3rd place|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)||½||1||½||½||2.5|
|Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)||½||0||½||½||1.5|
2011 World Cup Champion, Peter Svidler
He made it! Ivanchuk gets the third place spot, and a ticket to the Candidates Tournament
FIDE has confirmed that the Candidates Tournament will be an 8-player double-round robin event for the right to challenge the world champion for the title in 2013.
The eight players in the 2012 Candidates Tournament will be:
- The loser of the Vishy Anand v Boris Gelfand world title match in 2012
- The top 3 in the 2011 World Cup (Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk)
- The top 3 rated players not otherwise qualified (average of July 2011 and Jan 2012 lists)
- A nominee from the hosts (minimum 2700 Elo on the Jan 2012 list)
The top three rated players that look set to qualify are Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian, and either Vladimir Kramnik or Sergey Karjakin. Bidding to host the event is now open.
The time control used will be 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.
The full regulations can be found here.
Photos from the official website.