Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Gelfand wins World Cup

Looks like experience triumphed over enthusiasm, with Boris Gelfand winning the FIDE World Cup with a 3-1 win over Ruslan Ponomariov in the blitz tie-breaks. After the main match was drawn 2-2, the players first played 4 games of rapidplay (1 win each and 2 draws) before moving onto the blitz. Gelfand won the first game, Ponomariov the second. After Gelfand won the 3rd game, Ponomariov needed to win the 4th to keep the match alive but as the following game shows, Gelfand scored the third and decisive victory.

Ponomariov,Ruslan (2739) - Gelfand,Boris (2758) [D23]
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk RUS (7.12), 14.12.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.g3 e6 7.Bg2 Nbd7 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Re1 h6 11.e4 Bh7 12.a3 Rc8 13.b4 a5 14.Bf4 Nh5 15.Bd2 Nhf6 16.Qb3 axb4 17.axb4 Qb6 18.b5 c5 19.e5 c4 20.Qa4 Nd5 21.Nxd5 exd5 22.Bh3 Qc7 23.b6 Nxb6 24.Qb5 Qc6 25.Ra5 c3 26.Bf4 Nc4 27.Qxc6 Rxc6 28.Rxd5 c2 29.Rb5 Rb6 30.Rxb6 Nxb6 31.Bc1 Bb4 32.Bd2 Nd5 33.e6 Re8 34.exf7+ Kxf7 35.Rc1 Bxd2 36.Nxd2 Nb4 37.Bf1 Rc8 38.Nb3 Na2 39.Ra1 c1Q 40.Nxc1 Rxc1 41.Rxa2 Bd3 42.Rb2 Rxf1+ 43.Kg2 Ba6 44.d5 Rd1 0-1

1 comment:

Ako's note said...

nice! but i like Ponomariev so much! he could win but some times...