I understood my only chance was to play for fun!
By Anastasia Karlovich
Three matches - Gelfand-Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler-Le and Andreikin-Karjakin were decided in rapid games at the 25 min + 10 sec time control. Dmitry Andreikin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the first games against Sergey Karjakin and Boris Gelfand respectively. Ratings favorites Karjakin and Gelfand didn’t manage to level the score and were knocked out. Peter Svidler defeated Le Quang Liem in the second game after he luckily drew the first. After two draws the Russian derby between Morozevich and Tomashevsky continued and was decided only in blitz.
Round 4 Results
After the classical games of the fourth round of the FIDE World Cup eight players had to play tiebreaks as only four had already qualified for the quarter-finals.
Playing with White French player Vachier-Lagrave defeated Israeli Boris Gelfand in the first rapid game. The winner of the World Cup in 2009 obtained a very promising position with Black, dominating on the dark squares near his opponent’s king. Vachier-Lagrave accurately exchanged queens and converted the game into an ending. Step by step he exchanged all the pieces and the pawn endgame turned out to be winning for White.
Boris Gelfand tried hard to level the score but it wasn't easy to break through the Slav Defence chosen by his opponent.
In the first game of the playoff Dmitry Andreikin managed to get a lethal attack on the kingside and after 32 moves his opponent had to resign. In the previous match against Pavel Eljanov Sergey Karjakin managed to come back after his loss in rapid at the 10 min + 10 sec time control and even won the match afterwards. Dmitry Andreikin didn’t give such chances today and won 2:0 in rapid.
Sergey Karjakin leaves Tromso.
The first rapid game had more or less the same scenario as the first game at the classical time control when Le Quang Liem missed good winning chances. In a position with opposite side castling the Vietnamese player had good chances of generating a strong initiative on the kingside but made a few inaccurate moves and let Peter Svidler get counterplay. After 49 moves the game finished in a draw.
Once again Peter Svidler chose the Exchange Variation of the Slav for the second game and managed to get an unbalanced position with bishop and knight against rook.
Current champion in blitz was defending very well and came close to making a draw but Peter Svidler found a way to win the pawn on d5 and converted his advantage into a full point. 135 moves were played in the game but it was not the longest of the day…
The longest game featured in the craziest and most truly dramatic match of the fourth round - Morozevich-Tomashevsky.
In the first game at the 10 min + 10 sec time control Evgeny Tomashevsky had two extra pawns and a winning position after 20 moves but started to play inaccurately and not only let his advantage slip but also blundered and lost the game.
"I had to win the game against Morozevich with the black pieces. After I lost the first game I understood that my only chance was to play for fun, especially against such a strong opponent," said Evgeny Tomashevsky after the match. "Fun" lasted for 169 moves and more than one hour. Evgeny Tomashevsky outplayed his higher rated opponent and the match continued.
The tension was very high and the position after the opening in the first blitz game was very sharp. Both the time advantage and the evaluation of the position were changing rapidly and in the end it was Alexander Morozevich who made the last mistake and let his opponent win.
Playing with the black pieces Morozevich now needed to win but Evgeny Tomashevsky played very well and didn’t allow his opponent a chance for Armaggeddon. There was a funny moment in the final position when Tomashevsky forced perpetual check and twice missed the opportunity to deliver checkmate in one. Tomashevsky is through to the 5th round.
Paul Truong and Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam take pictures in the playing hall.
Hikaru Nakamura, Vassily Ivanchuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent follow the games of the Tomashevsky-Morozevich match.
Round 5 - 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).