World Cup R1.1: Leko loses to Shankland

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In the biggest upset of the first day at the 2011 FIDE World Cup, Peter Leko of Hungary lost to American grandmaster Sam Shankland. Leko, a former World Championship contender, needs to win the second game with Black to stay in the competition.

General info

The 2011 FIDE World Cup is a 128-player knock-out taking place August 27-September 20 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. The tournament delivers three participants for the next Candidates tournament/matches, as part of the new World Championship cycle. Except for the final, all rounds have 2-game matches at the FIDE time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first move. In case of a 1-1 tie, on the third day of the round a tie-break with four rapid games and if necessary blitz games and an Armageddon. More info here.

Round 1.1

The new World Cup is a day old and already it seems that this 4th edition in Khanty-Mansiysk is the best so far in terms of organization. The venue is stunning, as we mentioned in our previous report. On Sunday, when the first games were actually played, it became clear that the online chess fans are in for a treat as well. The Russian Chess Federation's superb coverage of their recent top tournaments is adopted in Khanty too, so apart from the games, the players themselves can be seen in high-quality video. On top of that, finally they have added English language commentary during the round. We can only join other websites who have already acclaimed the organizers for all this excellent stuff. However, having a bit of experience with video, we'll take the opportunity to provide some ideas to improve it even further. For example, there is no director who can switch to relevant camera positions. When the commentators talk about a game, with the small chess board in the down right corner, the video is not showing these players, but simply keeps switching between boards. What's very nice is that at the end of a game, sometimes a player joins the commentators to show the game, and in such cases the chess board should be made bigger. You can still watch the old videos here. World Cup R1.1 The biggest upset in the first round was Leko losing to Shankland. In a Semi-Slav, Anti-Meran the Hungarian kept a small advantage for a long time, but his opponent was just hanging on. Soon after the first time control all of White's advantage was gone, and Leko started to play inaccurately. Shankland's rook and knight were more active, and he could create a dangerous passed pawn. Perhaps Leko could have saved himself close to the end: Leko-Shankland Khanty-Mansiysk 2011 Leko loses to Shankland White lost after 63. Rb7+ Ke6 64. g5 Kf5 65. Rb5+ Kg6 66. Be1 b2 0-1, but we can't find a win for Black after 63. Be1! a) 63... Nxe3+ 64. Kf2 Nxg4+ (64... Nc2 65. Bc3 e3+ 66. Kf3) 65. Kg3 Ra1 66. Bc3 Rg1+ 67. Kf4; b) 63... Kd7 64. Bc3 Nxe3+ 65. Kg3 Kc6 66. Rb8 Nd1 67. Bg7 $1 b2+ 68. Kf4 e3 69. Kf3. The official website has Shankland commenting:

Of course I never expected to defeat with Black Peter Leko! I was hoping for a draw but everything could happen. That is why initially I prepared for my game with White a very sharp variation. Obviously I will reconsider my plans for Leko playing Black will surely do his utmost to make complications. After the opening Leko had got an advantage and his position was better during the whole game. When the game started to be presice we did not manage to avoid mutual blunders but I operated with tactical variations better. We faced the endgame with the position of a good Black Knight against a weak White Bishop. But even here I was ready for a draw until Leko started making several unlucky moves in a row. When my opponent offered a draw he had already a very bad position and I continued playing for I was not risking. Obviously I am very happy that could defeat Leko with Black.

Arguably the most spectacular game was Lima-Svidler. In a Grünfeld, the fresh Russian Champion got an impressive pawn majority on the queenside and started pushing, as Lima's king's attack was just a bit too slow. However, just before the time control Svidler blew it: Lima-Svidler Khanty-Mansiysk 2011 Lima-Svidler Here 36... Qe4 is the strongest, but more moves should be winning. Instead, after 36...b2?? 37. Qxa5 b1Q 38. Rxb1 Rxb1+ 39. Kf2 Black only had a draw: 39... Rb2+ 40. Kg3 Rxh2 41. Kxh2 Qf3 ½-½ We give all the games of the first day below. Please note that there are only 62 and not 64, because Parimarjan Negi (IND) and Alexander Ivanov (USA) went through to the second round without playing. As we reported earlier, their opponents Vladimir Akopian (ARM) and Wang Hao (CHN) had to cancel their participation.

Games round 1.1


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FIDE World Cup 2011 | Round 1.1 Results
NameG1G2Tot NameG1G2Tot
Round 1 Match 01    Round 1 Match 33   
Kaabi, Mejdi (TUN)0 0 Corrales Jimenez, Fidel (CUB)0 0
Karjakin, Sergey (RUS)1 1 Polgar, Judit (HUN)1 1
Round 1 Match 02    Round 1 Match 34   
Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)1 1 Fressinet, Laurent (FRA)1 1
Steel, Henry Robert (RSA)0 0 Jumabayev, Rinat (KAZ)0 0
Round 1 Match 03    Round 1 Match 35   
Ibrahim, Hatim (EGY)0 0 Zherebukh, Yaroslav (UKR)½ ½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (AZE)1 1 Eljanov, Pavel (UKR)½ ½
Round 1 Match 04    Round 1 Match 36   
Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR)1 1 Berkes, Ferenc (HUN)1 1
Gwaze, Robert (ZIM)0 0 Mareco, Sandro (ARG)0 0
Round 1 Match 05    Round 1 Match 37   
Hansen, Eric (CAN)0 0 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas (KAZ)½ ½
Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)1 1 Andreikin, Dmitry (RUS)½ ½
Round 1 Match 06    Round 1 Match 38   
Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)1 1 Morozevich, Alexander (RUS)½ ½
Genba, Vladimir (RUS)0 0 Halkias, Stelios (GRE)½ ½
Round 1 Match 07    Round 1 Match 39   
De La Paz Perdomo, Frank (CUB)0 0 Filippov, Anton (UZB)1 1
Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)1 1 Zhigalko, Sergei (BLR)0 0
Round 1 Match 08    Round 1 Match 40   
Kamsky, Gata (USA)1 1 Riazantsev, Alexander (RUS)1 1
Di Berardino, Diego Rafae (BRA)0 0 Bluvshtein, Mark (CAN)0 0
Round 1 Match 09    Round 1 Match 41   
Lima, Darcy (BRA)½ ½ Drozdovskij, Yuri (UKR)½ ½
Svidler, Peter (RUS)½ ½ Motylev, Alexander (RUS)½ ½
Round 1 Match 10    Round 1 Match 42   
Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)1 1 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw (POL)1 1
Salem, A.R. Saleh (UAE)0 0 Pashikian, Arman (ARM)0 0
Round 1 Match 11    Round 1 Match 43   
Bezgodov, Alexei (RUS)½ ½ Shulman, Yuri (USA)½ ½
Vitiugov, Nikita (RUS)½ ½ Potkin, Vladimir (RUS)½ ½
Round 1 Match 12    Round 1 Match 44   
Almasi, Zoltan (HUN)1 1 Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN)½ ½
El Gindy, Essam (EGY)0 0 Postny, Evgeny (ISR)½ ½
Round 1 Match 13    Round 1 Match 45   
Cori, Jorge (PER)0 0 Romanov, Evgeny (RUS)½ ½
Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP)1 1 Grachev, Boris (RUS)½ ½
Round 1 Match 14    Round 1 Match 46   
Navara, David (CZE)1 1 Inarkiev, Ernesto (RUS)1 1
Kabanov, Nikolai (RUS)0 0 Salgado Lopez, Ivan (ESP)0 0
Round 1 Match 15    Round 1 Match 47   
Rahman, Ziaur (BAN)½ ½ Gupta, Abhijeet (IND)½ ½
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA)½ ½ Mamedov, Rauf (AZE)½ ½
Round 1 Match 16    Round 1 Match 48   
Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB)1 1 Kobalia, Mikhail (RUS)½ ½
Moradiabadi, Elshan (IRI)0 0 Lysyj, Igor (RUS)½ ½
Round 1 Match 17    Round 1 Match 49   
Ivanov, Alexander (USA)1 1 Socko, Bartosz (POL)0 0
Wang, Hao (CHN)0 0 Bologan, Viktor (MDA)1 1
Round 1 Match 18    Round 1 Match 50   
Leko, Peter (HUN)0 0 Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN)1 1
Shankland, Samuel L (USA)1 1 Adly, Ahmed (EGY)0 0
Round 1 Match 19    Round 1 Match 51   
Esen, Baris (TUR)½ ½ Ivanisevic, Ivan (SRB)½ ½
Moiseenko, Alexander (UKR)½ ½ Onischuk, Alexander (USA)½ ½
Round 1 Match 20    Round 1 Match 52   
Le, Quang Liem (VIE)1 1 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB)½ ½
Megaranto, Susanto (INA)0 0 Quesada Perez, Yuniesky (CUB)½ ½
Round 1 Match 21    Round 1 Match 53   
Paragua, Mark (PHI)0 0 Parligras, Mircea-Emilian (ROU)1 1
Adams, Michael (ENG)1 1 Yu, Yangyi (CHN)0 0
Round 1 Match 22    Round 1 Match 54   
Shirov, Alexei (ESP)1 1 Korobov, Anton (UKR)1 1
Leon Hoyos, Manuel (MEX)0 0 Zhou, Jianchao (CHN)0 0
Round 1 Match 23    Round 1 Match 55   
Guliyev, Namig (AZE)0 0 Rodshtein, Maxim (ISR)0 0
Jobava, Baadur (GEO)1 1 Harikrishna, P. (IND)1 1
Round 1 Match 24    Round 1 Match 56   
Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)1 1 Li, Chao b (CHN)½ ½
Pridorozhni, Aleksei (RUS)0 0 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son (VIE)½ ½
Round 1 Match 25    Round 1 Match 57   
Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynal (CUB)0 0 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter (ROU)0 0
Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS)1 1 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (UZB)1 1
Round 1 Match 26    Round 1 Match 58   
Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)½ ½ Akopian, Vladimir (ARM)0 0
Robson, Ray (USA)½ ½ Negi, Parimarjan (IND)1 1
Round 1 Match 27    Round 1 Match 59   
Fier, Alexandr (BRA)1 1 Iordachescu, Viorel (MDA)1 1
Wang, Yue (CHN)0 0 Feller, Sebastien (FRA)0 0
Round 1 Match 28    Round 1 Match 60   
Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS)1 1 Timofeev, Artyom (RUS)½ ½
Zhao, Zong-Yuan (AUS)0 0 Azarov, Sergei (BLR)½ ½
Round 1 Match 29    Round 1 Match 61   
Babula, Vlastimil (CZE)½ ½ Khairullin, Ildar (RUS)½ ½
Efimenko, Zahar (UKR)½ ½ Ni, Hua (CHN)½ ½
Round 1 Match 30    Round 1 Match 62   
Malakhov, Vladimir (RUS)½ ½ Fridman, Daniel (GER)½ ½
Felgaer, Ruben (ARG)½ ½ Lupulescu, Constantin (ROU)½ ½
Round 1 Match 31    Round 1 Match 63   
Vorobiov, Evgeny E. (RUS)½ ½ Ragger, Markus (AUT)½ ½
Sutovsky, Emil (ISR)½ ½ Alekseev, Evgeny (RUS)½ ½
Round 1 Match 32    Round 1 Match 64   
Movsesian, Sergei (ARM)1 1 So, Wesley (PHI)½ ½
Hou, Yifan (CHN)0 0 Ding, Liren (CHN)½ ½

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