SIMPLECHESS

Khanty Mansiysk underway!

Siberia it may be, but the weather can be pleasant this time of the year!
The top eight seeds won their opening game as 126 players started their 2011 World Cup campaign today. The biggest surprises of the day were Alexandr Fier beating Wang Yue, and up-and-coming American Sam Shankland overcoming Peter Leko with the black pieces. the second legs are tomorrow.

Sam Shankland (from his own website)

The two no-shows were Vladimir Akopian (who has broken his leg) and Wang Hao (who seems to have some heart problems). So Parimarjan Negi of India and Alexander Ivanov of the USA are already assured of having their names in the second round pairings.

Alexandr Fier

The results from the first legs of the first round are as follows:

Bd. Seed Title White/ Rating Country Result Seed Title Black/ Rating Country
1 1 IM Mejdi Kaabi 2344 TUN 0-1 128 GM Sergey Karjakin 2788 RUS
2 2 GM Vassily Ivanchuk 2768 UKR 1-0 127 FM Henry Robert Steel 2362 RSA
3 3   Hatim Ibrahim 2402 EGY 0-1 126 GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2765 AZE
4 4 GM Ruslan Ponomariov 2764 UKR 1-0 125 IM Robert Gwaze (Not Published) ZIM
5 5 IM Eric Hansen 2449 CAN 0-1 124 GM Vugar Gashimov 2760 AZE
6 6 GM Alexander Grischuk 2746 RUS 1-0 123 IM Vladimir Genba 2452 RUS
7 7 GM Frank De La Paz Perdomo 2477 CUB 0-1 122 GM Teimour Radjabov 2744 AZE
8 8 GM Gata Kamsky 2741 USA 1-0 121 IM Diego Rafael Di Berardino 2480 BRA
9 9 GM Darcy Lima 2493 BRA ½-½  120 GM Peter Svidler 2739 RUS
10 10 GM Dmitry Jakovenko 2736 RUS 1-0 119 GM A.R. Saleh Salem 2493 UAE
11 11 GM Alexei Bezgodov 2503 RUS ½-½  118 GM Nikita Vitiugov 2733 RUS
12 12 GM Zoltan Almasi 2726 HUN 1-0 117 GM Essam El Gindy 2510 EGY
13 13 GM Jorge Cori 2514 PER 0-1 116 GM Francisco Vallejo Pons 2724 ESP
14 14 GM David Navara 2722 CZE 1-0 115 GM Nikolai Kabanov 2520 RUS
15 15 GM Ziaur Rahman 2528 BAN ½-½  114 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2722 FRA
16 16 GM Leinier Dominguez Perez 2719 CUB 1-0 113 GM Elshan Moradiabadi 2532 IRI
17 17 GM Alexander Ivanov 2538 USA 1-0F 112 GM Wang Hao 2718 CHN
18 18 GM Peter Leko 2717 HUN 0-1 111 GM Samuel L Shankland 2539 USA
19 19 GM Baris Esen 2543 TUR ½-½  110 GM Alexander Moiseenko 2715 UKR
20 20 GM Le Quang Liem 2715 VIE 1-0 109 GM Susanto Megaranto 2544 INA
21 21 GM Mark Paragua 2545 PHI 0-1 108 GM Michael Adams 2715 ENG
22 22 GM Alexei Shirov 2714 ESP 1-0 107 GM Manuel Leon Hoyos 2548 MEX
23 23 GM Namig Guliyev 2549 AZE 0-1 106 GM Baadur Jobava 2713 GEO
24 24 GM Fabiano Caruana 2711 ITA 1-0 105 GM Aleksei Pridorozhni 2550 RUS
25 25 IM Isan Reynald Ortiz Suarez 2556 CUB 0-1 104 GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 2711 RUS
26 26 GM Etienne Bacrot 2710 FRA ½-½ 103 GM Ray Robson 2560 USA
27 27 GM Alexandr Fier 2566 BRA 1-0 102 GM Wang Yue 2709 CHN
28 28 GM Evgeny Tomashevsky 2707 RUS 1-0 101 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2570 AUS
29 29 GM Vlastimil Babula 2572 CZE ½-½  100 GM Zahar Efimenko 2706 UKR
30 30 GM Vladimir Malakhov 2706 RUS ½-½  99 GM Ruben Felgaer 2573 ARG
31 31 GM Evgeny E Vorobiov 2574 RUS ½-½  98 GM Emil Sutovsky 2700 ISR
32 32 GM Sergei Movsesian 2700 ARM 1-0 97 GM Hou Yifan 2575 CHN
33 33 GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez 2585 CUB 0-1 96 GM Judit Polgar 2699 HUN
34 34 GM Laurent Fressinet 2698 FRA 1-0 95 GM Rinat Jumabayev 2589 KAZ
35 35 GM Yaroslav Zherebukh 2590 UKR ½-½  94 GM Pavel Eljanov 2697 UKR
36 36 GM Ferenc Berkes 2696 HUN 1-0 93 GM Sandro Mareco 2597 ARG
37 37 GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev 2597 KAZ ½-½  92 GM Dmitry Andreikin 2696 RUS
38 38 GM Alexander Morozevich 2694 RUS ½-½  91 GM Stelios Halkias 2600 GRE
39 39 GM Anton Filippov 2606 UZB 1-0 90 GM Sergei Zhigalko 2689 BLR
40 40 GM Alexander Riazantsev 2688 RUS 1-0 89 GM Mark Bluvshtein 2611 CAN
41 41 GM Yuri Drozdovskij 2614 UKR ½-½ 88 GM Alexander Motylev 2685 RUS
42 42 GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek 2683 POL 1-0 87 GM Arman Pashikian 2616 ARM
43 43 GM Yuri Shulman 2617 USA ½-½ 86 GM Vladimir Potkin 2682 RUS
44 44 GM Peter Heine Nielsen 2681 DEN ½-½ 85 GM Evgeny Postny 2618 ISR
45 45 GM Evgeny Romanov 2624 RUS ½-½ 84 GM Boris Grachev 2680 RUS
46 46 GM Ernesto Inarkiev 2679 RUS 1-0 83 GM Ivan Salgado Lopez 2626 ESP
47 47 GM Abhijeet Gupta 2627 IND ½-½  82 GM Rauf Mamedov 2679 AZE
48 48 GM Mikhail Kobalia 2679 RUS ½-½  81 GM Igor Lysyj 2629 RUS
49 49 GM Bartosz Socko 2631 POL 0-1 80 GM Viktor Bologan 2678 MDA
50 50 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2675 CHN 1-0 79 GM Ahmed Adly 2631 EGY
51 51 GM Ivan Ivanisevic 2633 SRB ½-½ 78 GM Alexander Onischuk 2675 USA
52 52 GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2673 CUB ½-½ 77 GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2635 CUB
53 53 GM Mircea-Emilian Parligras 2636 ROU 1-0 76 GM Yu Yangyi 2672 CHN
54 54 GM Anton Korobov 2671 UKR 1-0 75 GM Zhou Jianchao 2636 CHN
55 55 GM Maxim Rodshtein 2637 ISR 0-1 74 GM Pentala Harikrishna 2669 IND
56 56 GM Li Chao b 2669 CHN ½-½  73 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 2637 VIE
57 57 GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2641 ROU 0-1 72 GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov 2669 UZB
58 58 GM Vladimir Akopian 2667 ARM 0-1F 71 GM Parimarjan Negi 2642 IND
59 59 GM Viorel Iordachescu 2646 MDA 1-0 70 GM Sebastien Feller 2666 FRA
60 60 GM Artyom Timofeev 2665 RUS ½-½ 69 GM Sergei Azarov 2648 BLR
61 61 GM Ildar Khairullin 2649 RUS ½-½  68 GM Ni Hua 2662 CHN
62 62 GM Daniel Fridman 2659 GER ½-½ 67 GM Constantin Lupulescu 2650 ROU
63 63 GM Markus Ragger 2651 AUT ½-½ 66 GM Evgeny Alekseev 2659 RUS
64 64 GM Wesley So 2658 PHI ½-½ 65 GM Ding Liren 2654 CHN

The remaining schedule for the first round will be as follows:

29 August: Round 1 - Game 2

30 August: Tie-breaks

After the smoke has cleared after the first three days play, half of the players will have been eliminated!

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

The time control in the classical games is 90' for 40 moves (+30"), then 30' (+30") KO.

All photos are © chessanytime.com unless otherwise stated.

 


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