Round 2 Tiebreaks: Ponomariov, Adams and Navara out



In the second round of the FIDE World Cup in Tromsø 15 matches were pushed to tie-breaks. One of the most successful knockout players in the world, Ruslan Ponomariov, was eliminated by 17-year-old Russian GM Daniil Dubov. Another surprise exit was Michael Adams, who lost to Yuriy Kryvoruchko.

By Anastasia Karlovich

Norwegian Jon Ludvig Hammer once again pleased his fans by defeating higher rated David Navara from the Czech Republic.

In the meantime most of the favorites managed to win their matches in the rapid games with a 25 min + 10 sec time control. Aronian, Kramnik, Karjakin, Svidler and Mamedjarov didn’t have too many problems defeating their opponents.

Video from the tiebreaks and interviews with Anish Giri and Julio Granda Zuniga


Levon Aronian with Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent after his victory over Igor Lysyj.


Vladimir Kramnik outplayed his compatriot Mikhail Kobalia. After a quick draw in the first game with Black the former World Champion used the advantage of the white pieces to win the second.


A happy Sergey Karjakin, who defeated Krishnan Sasikiran in the playoff, with his team.


Indian Krishnan Sasikiran was knocked out of the championship.


Russian Alexey Dreev (2668) won the first game and didn’t leave any chances to equalise the score for his higher rated opponent


 …Chinese grandmaster Wang Hao (2747)


Local hero Jon Ludvig Hammer had everything under control in the rapid match against David Navara.


Michael Adams was pressing in the first game but couldn't convert his advantage into a full point. Current Ukrainian Champion Yuriy Kryvoruchko won the second game and the match.

Surprisingly most of the encounters between players with almost the same rating also ended in rapid.

The World Blitz Champion Le Quang Liem (2702) defeated Spanish grandmaster Francisco Vallejo Pons (2706) 1.5-0.5. Frenchman Laurent Fressinet (2708) lost against Russian Vladimir Malakhov (2707). European Champion Alexander Moiseenko (2699) upset Etienne Bacrot (2714).


Alexander Shimanov didn’t play the King’s Gambit today against Gata Kamsky. Nevertheless, the first rapid game was full of surprises. Gata Kamsky managed to win the first game and didn’t give his opponent any chances in the second.


Ukrainian Anton Korobov won the first game against Georgian Baadur Jobava. After his loss in the first rapid game Baadur was close to equalizing the score in the match but started making mistakes in time trouble and lost the second game. 20 years ago Korobov and Jobava played their first game against each other (Anton was 8 years old and Baadur 10). At the time Baadur, like Anton, lived in Kharkov (Ukraine) and both youngsters were considered very talented players of their generation.


Thirteen matches in total were finished after the rapid and only two of them, Radjabov-Bruzon and Ponomariov-Dubov, were yet to be decided. While Teimour Radjabov managed to win 2:0 at the 10 min + 10 sec time control, the other encounter lasted much longer and claimed the title of the most exciting match of the day.


It looked as though Ruslan chose the strategy “hold with Black, push with White” but all eight games finished in draws. At some point it became clear that neither player wanted to take any risks and both were ready to go for the inescapable Armageddon. Suddenly the “strategy” failed to work and the former World Champion was unable to hold with Black in the decisive 9th game. Daniil Dubov showed great fighting spirit and good play at the moment when there was no alternative but to win.


Alexander Grischuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who won their matches on the previous day, are among the spectators.


Who will win the match? Anton Korobov watches the games and waits for his opponent in the next round…


17-year-old Daniil Dubov from Russia.

Round 3 pairings


Time controls and rules

The time control for each two-game match is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. If the score is equal there are two rapid chess tiebreak games, played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move. If the score is still equal then two accelerated games will be played, with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still equal two more games will be played at 5 min + 3 sec. If the winner is still not determined then a final Armageddon game with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, with a 3 sec increment after move 60, will be played. In this game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).