Chess World Cup 2005

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The Chess World Cup 2005 served as a qualification tournament for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007. It was held as a 128-player tournament, between 27 November and 17 December 2005, in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Top ten players qualified for the candidates matches of the World Chess Championship 2007. One of them (Étienne Bacrot) has qualified for the candidates matches via rating, freeing the place for the eleventh player at the World Cup (Vladimir Malakhov).

The World Cup was won by Levon Aronian.

Background[edit]

The 2005 World Cup was part of the cycle for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007. Three of the players at the World Cup, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk and Boris Gelfand, went on to qualify for the World Championship, which was held as an eight-player double round-robun event, with Gelfand finishing third.

Four top finishers of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 (Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich) were already invited to the World Championship 2007 and thus exempt from the World Cup.

Playing conditions[edit]

The tournament was in the style of the FIDE World Chess Championships between 1998 and 2004: each round consisted of a two game match, followed by tie breaks at faster time controls if required. In rounds 1–3 losing players were eliminated. However, in rounds 4–6 defeated players progressed to the next round, to determine standings of the 16 best players.

The time control for regular games was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added after each move. Tie breaks consisted of two rapid chess games (25 minutes each + 10 seconds per move); followed by two blitz games if required (5 minutes + 10 seconds per move); followed by a single Armageddon chess game if required (white has 6 minutes and must win, black has 5 minutes and only needs to draw).

Qualification[edit]

The following players qualified for the World Cup:

Participants[edit]

All players are Grandmasters unless indicated otherwise.

Note: 7th seed Akopian did not show up for his first round match against Lane and lost on forfeit.

Final standings[edit]

The top 11 qualified for the 2007 Candidates Tournament.

Results, rounds 5-7[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals (best of 4) Final (best of 4)
                 
5 Israel Boris Gelfand 2
4 Russia Alexander Grischuk 4
4 Russia Alexander Grischuk 1
9 Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov 3
17 Russia Evgeny Bareev ½
9 Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov
9 Ukraine Ruslan Ponomariov 1
3 Armenia Levon Aronian 3
39 Russia Sergei Rublevsky ½
2 France Étienne Bacrot
2 France Étienne Bacrot ½
3 Armenia Levon Aronian
3 Armenia Levon Aronian
38 Turkey Mikhail Gurevich ½

The losers in rounds 4-6 played further mini matches to establish the places 3-16.

Placement matches[edit]

Round 5
For places 9–16
Round 6
For places 5–8
For places 9–12
For places 13–16
Round 7
3rd place match
5th place match
7th place match
9th place match
11th place match
13th place match
15th place match

Results, rounds 1-4[edit]

Section 1[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
1 Vassily Ivanchuk
128 Aleksandr Sibriaev ½
1 Vassily Ivanchuk ½
64 Ivan Cheparinov
64 Ivan Cheparinov
65 Alexei Fedorov
64 Ivan Cheparinov 1
97 Magnus Carlsen 3
32 Zurab Azmaiparashvili 1
97 Magnus Carlsen 3
97 Magnus Carlsen
96 Farrukh Ammonatov ½
33 Michał Krasenkow 1
96 Farrukh Ammonatov 3
97 Magnus Carlsen
17 Evgeny Bareev
16 Lazaro Bruzon
113 Nikolai Kabanov
16 Lazaro Bruzon
49 Alexander Onischuk
49 Alexander Onischuk
80 Valerij Popov ½
16 Lazaro Bruzon
17 Evgeny Bareev
17 Evgeny Bareev
112 Vasquez Rodrigo ½
17 Evgeny Bareev
48 Arkadij Naiditsch ½
48 Arkadij Naiditsch
81 Pavel Kotsur ½

Section 2[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
2 Étienne Bacrot 2
127 Stanley Chumfwa 0
2 Étienne Bacrot
63 Robert Kempinski ½
63 Robert Kempinski 3
66 Rafael A. Vaganian 1
2 Étienne Bacrot 3
34 Emil Sutovsky 1
31 Artyom Timofeev
98 Evgenij Agrest
31 Artyom Timofeev
34 Emil Sutovsky
34 Emil Sutovsky
95 Hichem Hamdouchi
2 Étienne Bacrot
15 Joël Lautier
15 Joël Lautier 3
114 Aleksei Pridorozhni 1
15 Joël Lautier
79 Alexander Ivanov ½
50 Julio Granda ½
79 Alexander Ivanov
15 Joël Lautier
47 Evgeniy Najer
18 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
111 Nurlan Ibraev
18 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 3
47 Evgeniy Najer 4
47 Evgeniy Najer
82 Ehsan Ghaem Maghami ½

Section 3[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
3 Levon Aronian 2
126 Ali Frhat 0
3 Levon Aronian 2
67 Darmen Sadvakasov 0
62 Gilberto Milos ½
67 Darmen Sadvakasov
3 Levon Aronian
35 Alexander Areshchenko ½
30 Sergey Karjakin
99 Csaba Balogh
99 Csaba Balogh ½
35 Alexander Areshchenko
35 Alexander Areshchenko 2
94 Alexander Stripunsky 0
3 Levon Aronian
19 Francisco Vallejo Pons
14 Viorel Bologan 2
115 Carlos Matamoros 0
14 Viorel Bologan 0
51 Zahar Efimenko 2
51 Zahar Efimenko 3
78 Bartłomiej Macieja 1
51 Zahar Efimenko 1
19 Francisco Vallejo Pons 3
19 Francisco Vallejo Pons 3
110 Li Shilong 1
19 Francisco Vallejo Pons
83 Rafael Leitao ½
46 Dmitry Jakovenko
83 Rafael Leitao

Section 4[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
4 Alexander Grischuk 2
125 Gaston Needleman 0
4 Alexander Grischuk 2
61 Andrei Istrăţescu 0
61 Andrei Istrăţescu
68 Ľubomír Ftáčnik
4 Alexander Grischuk
100 Yuri Shulman
29 Vadim Zvjaginsev
100 Yuri Shulman
100 Yuri Shulman
36 Alexander Khalifman
36 Alexander Khalifman
93 Ernesto Inarkiev
4 Alexander Grischuk
13 Gata Kamsky ½
13 Gata Kamsky
116 Zhao Jun ½
13 Gata Kamsky 3
77 Dmitry Bocharov 1
52 Pavel Smirnov ½
77 Dmitry Bocharov
13 Gata Kamsky
20 Ilia Smirin
20 Ilia Smirin
109 Walter Arencibia
20 Ilia Smirin
84 Wang Yue
45 Karen Asrian ½
84 Wang Yue

Section 5[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
5 Boris Gelfand 2
124 Watu Kobese 0
5 Boris Gelfand
60 Ruben Felgaer
60 Ruben Felgaer
69 Gregory S. Kaidanov ½
5 Boris Gelfand 4
92 Levan Pantsulaia 2
28 Hikaru Nakamura 0
101 Surya Shekhar Ganguly 2
101 Surya Shekhar Ganguly
92 Levan Pantsulaia
37 Vadim Milov ½
92 Levan Pantsulaia
5 Boris Gelfand
12 Alexey Dreev
12 Alexey Dreev 2
117 Pascal Charbonneau 0
12 Alexey Dreev
76 Mark Paragua
53 Sergei Movsesian ½
76 Mark Paragua
12 Alexey Dreev
21 Pendyala Harikrishna
21 Pendyala Harikrishna 3
108 Yu Shaoteng 1
21 Pendyala Harikrishna 4
44 Giovanni Vescovi 2
44 Giovanni Vescovi
85 Utut Adianto ½

Section 6[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
6 Alexei Shirov
123 Kiril Kuderinov ½
6 Alexei Shirov 2
59 Vasilios Kotronias 0
59 Vasilios Kotronias
70 Ni Hua ½
6 Alexei Shirov ½
38 Mikhail Gurevich
27 Pavel Eljanov
102 Sergey Kudrin
27 Pavel Eljanov
38 Mikhail Gurevich
38 Mikhail Gurevich
91 Robert Markuš
38 Mikhail Gurevich
22 Vladimir Malakhov
11 Ivan Sokolov
118 Antoaneta Stefanova ½
11 Ivan Sokolov 2
75 Zhang Zhong 0
54 Mikhail Kobalia
75 Zhang Zhong
11 Ivan Sokolov ½
22 Vladimir Malakhov
22 Vladimir Malakhov
107 Wang Hao ½
22 Vladimir Malakhov 2
86 Predrag Nikolić 0
43 David Navara
86 Predrag Nikolić

Section 7[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
7 Vladimir Akopian
122 Gary Lane w/o
122 Gary Lane ½
71 Baadur Jobava
58 Alexander G. Beliavsky 1
71 Baadur Jobava 3
71 Baadur Jobava
39 Sergei Rublevsky
26 Krishnan Sasikiran
103 Alexei Iljushin ½
26 Krishnan Sasikiran
39 Sergei Rublevsky
39 Sergei Rublevsky
90 Dao Thien Hai ½
39 Sergei Rublevsky
23 Konstantin Sakaev ½
10 Sergei Tiviakov 2
119 Slim Belkhodja 0
10 Sergei Tiviakov 4
74 Oleg Korneev 3
55 Evgenij Miroshnichenko
74 Oleg Korneev
10 Sergei Tiviakov 0
23 Konstantin Sakaev 2
23 Konstantin Sakaev 2
106 Darcy Gustavo Lima 0
23 Konstantin Sakaev
87 Sergey Erenburg
42 Zviad Izoria 3
87 Sergey Erenburg 4

Section 8[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Third round Fourth round
                       
8 Teimur Radjabov 2
121 Diego Flores 0
8 Teimur Radjabov
72 Murtas Kazhgaleyev
57 Evgeny Alekseev ½
72 Murtas Kazhgaleyev
8 Teimur Radjabov
40 Loek van Wely
25 Alexander Moiseenko 2
104 Yuriy Kuzubov 0
25 Alexander Moiseenko 3
40 Loek van Wely 4
40 Loek van Wely 2
89 Artashes Minasian 0
40 Loek van Wely 0
9 Ruslan Ponomariov 2
9 Ruslan Ponomariov
120 Ahmed Adly ½
9 Ruslan Ponomariov
56 Alexander Motylev
56 Alexander Motylev
73 Michael Roiz ½
9 Ruslan Ponomariov 2
88 Xu Jun 0
24 Andrei Volokitin ½
105 Sang Cao
105 Sang Cao ½
88 Xu Jun
41 Ye Jiangchuan ½
88 Xu Jun

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