Ivanchuk beats Radjabov

Vassily Ivanchuk
Vassily Ivanchuk broke through on the kingside and his attack proved to be too hot to handle. A set back for Teimour Radjabov who seemed to be doing OK for most of the game. The other three games were drawn after each of the players with the Black pieces equalized comfortably.

Ivanchuk's win over Radjabov was by far the most interesting game of the day. Both sides had strong squares for their pieces in a position of dynamic imblance. However Radjabov played too ambitiously by pushing his g-pawn, and this provoked Ivanchuk to switch to attacking mode. The complications panned out in White's favour, as the Azerbaijani player just couldn't get his pieces organized in order to avoid Ivanchuk's tricky tactics.

Here are the results:

Match 1:

Judit Polgar rapidly organized a piece sacrifice to take a perpetual check.

Seed Name Country Rating World ranking: Present/Best ever C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score
09 Peter Svidler RUS 2739 16/4 ½w                   0.5
33 Judit Polgar HUN 2699 48/8 ½b                  0.5

Match 2: 

Seed Name Country Rating

World ranking:


C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score
02 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2766 7/2 1w                  1
07 Teimour Radjabov    AZE 2744 13/5 0b                

Tie-break 3:

Navara gradually equalized and drawish simplification ensued.

Seed Name Country Rating

World Ranking:


C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score
06 Alexander Grischuk   RUS 2746 9/6 ½w                  0.5
14 David Navara   CZE 2722 42/14 ½b                  0.5

Tie-break 4:

Ponomariov sacrificed a pawn, but couldn't find a better follow-up than to take a repetition.

Seed Name Country Rating World Ranking: Present/Best ever C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score
04 Ruslan Ponomariov    CUB 2764 8/6 ½w                  0.5
05 Vugar Gashimov   AZE 2760 11/6 ½b                 0.5

For more information go to the official site: http://chess.ugrasport.com/

Live games: http://chess.ugrasport.com/?cat=12

If you want to follow the live games then note the following:

The local starting time is 3pm and 3pm Khanty Mansiysk = 11am Paris = 10am London = 5am New York = 2am Los Angeles.

All the photos today are from the official site.

The total prize fund is of $1.600.000 (about 1.100.000€):

First round losers win $6.000 (about 4.100€);

Second round losers win $10.000 (or roughly 6.900€);

Third round losers $16.000 (or 11.000€);

Fourth round $25.000 (or 17.000€);

Fifth round (Quarter-finals) $35.000 (or 24.000€);

Sixth round (Semi-final) $50.000 (or 34.500€);

Losing finalist $80.000 (or 55.000€);

The winner receives $120.000 (or 82.500€).




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