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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 Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian.

BackgroundEdit

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-robin 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 conditionsEdit

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).

QualificationEdit

The following players qualified for the World Cup:

ParticipantsEdit

All players are Grandmasters unless indicated otherwise.

  1.   Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR), 2748
  2.   Étienne Bacrot (FRA), 2725
  3.   Levon Aronian (ARM), 2724
  4.   Alexander Grischuk (RUS), 2720
  5.   Boris Gelfand (ISR), 2717
  6.   Alexei Shirov (ESP), 2710
  7.   Vladimir Akopian (ARM), 2707
  8.   Teimour Radjabov (AZE), 2704
  9.   Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR), 2704
  10.   Sergei Tiviakov (NED), 2699
  11.   Ivan Sokolov (NED), 2696
  12.   Alexey Dreev (RUS), 2694
  13.   Gata Kamsky (USA), 2690
  14.   Viorel Bologan (MDA), 2682
  15.   Joël Lautier (FRA), 2679
  16.   Lazaro Bruzon (CUB), 2677
  17.   Evgeny Bareev (RUS), 2675
  18.   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE), 2674
  19.   Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP), 2674
  20.   Ilia Smirin (ISR), 2673
  21.   Pendyala Harikrishna (IND), 2673
  22.   Vladimir Malakhov (RUS), 2670
  23.   Konstantin Sakaev (RUS), 2668
  24.   Andrei Volokitin (UKR), 2666
  25.   Alexander Moiseenko (UKR), 2663
  26.   Krishnan Sasikiran (IND), 2663
  27.   Pavel Eljanov (UKR), 2663
  28.   Hikaru Nakamura (USA), 2662
  29.   Vadim Zvjaginsev (RUS), 2659
  30.   Sergey Karjakin (UKR), 2658
  31.   Artyom Timofeev (RUS), 2658
  32.   Zurab Azmaiparashvili (GEO), 2658
  33.   Michał Krasenkow (POL), 2655
  34.   Emil Sutovsky (ISR), 2654
  35.   Alexander Areshchenko (UKR), 2653
  36.   Alexander Khalifman (RUS), 2653
  37.   Vadim Milov (SUI), 2652
  38.   Mikhail Gurevich (TUR), 2652
  39.   Sergei Rublevsky (RUS), 2652
  40.   Loek van Wely (NED), 2648
  41.   Ye Jiangchuan (CHN), 2648
  42.   Zviad Izoria (GEO), 2646
  43.   David Navara (CZE), 2646
  44.   Giovanni Vescovi (BRA), 2646
  45.   Karen Asrian (ARM), 2645
  46.   Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS), 2644
  47.   Evgeniy Najer (RUS), 2641
  48.   Arkadij Naiditsch (GER), 2641
  49.   Alexander Onischuk (USA), 2640
  50.   Julio Granda (PER), 2637
  51.   Zahar Efimenko (UKR), 2637
  52.   Pavel Smirnov (RUS), 2637
  53.   Sergei Movsesian (SVK), 2635
  54.   Mikhail Kobalia (RUS), 2634
  55.   Evgenij Miroshnichenko (UKR), 2634
  56.   Alexander Motylev (RUS), 2632
  57.   Evgeny Alekseev (RUS), 2632
  58.   Alexander G. Beliavsky (SLO), 2631
  59.   Vasilios Kotronias (GRE), 2626
  60.   Ruben Felgaer (ARG), 2624
  61.   Andrei Istrățescu (ROU), 2622
  62.   Gilberto Milos (BRA), 2620
  63.   Robert Kempinski (POL), 2619
  64.   Ivan Cheparinov (BUL), 2618
  65.   Alexei Fedorov (BLR), 2616
  66.   Rafael A. Vaganian (ARM), 2614
  67.   Darmen Sadvakasov (KAZ), 2612
  68.   Ľubomír Ftáčnik (SVK), 2612
  69.   Gregory S. Kaidanov (USA), 2608
  70.   Ni Hua (CHN), 2603
  71.   Baadur Jobava (GEO), 2601
  72.   Murtas Kazhgaleyev (KAZ), 2601
  73.   Michael Roiz (ISR), 2600
  74.   Oleg Korneev (RUS), 2599
  75.   Zhang Zhong (CHN), 2598
  76.   Mark Paragua (PHI), 2596
  77.   Dmitry Bocharov (RUS), 2592
  78.   Bartłomiej Macieja (POL), 2591
  79.   Alexander Ivanov (USA), 2589
  80.   Valerij Popov (RUS), 2588
  81.   Pavel Kotsur (KAZ), 2587
  82.   Ehsan Ghaem Maghami (IRI), 2586
  83.   Rafael Leitão (BRA), 2586
  84.   Wang Yue (CHN), 2585
  85.   Utut Adianto (INA), 2584
  86.   Predrag Nikolić (BIH), 2584
  87.   Sergey Erenburg (ISR), 2582
  88.   Xu Jun (CHN), 2582
  89.   Artashes Minasian (ARM), 2581
  90.   Dao Thien Hai (VIE), 2581
  91.   Robert Markuš (SCG), 2579
  92.   Levan Pantsulaia (GEO), 2578
  93.   Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS), 2577
  94.   Alexander Stripunsky (USA), 2576
  95.   Hichem Hamdouchi (MAR), 2574
  96.   Farrukh Amonatov (TJK), 2572
  97.   Magnus Carlsen (NOR), 2570
  98.   Evgenij Agrest (SWE), 2570
  99.   Csaba Balogh (HUN), 2567
  100.   Yuri Shulman (USA), 2565
  101.   Surya Shekhar Ganguly (IND), 2562
  102.   Sergey Kudrin (USA), 2551
  103.   Alexei Iljushin (RUS), 2546
  104.   Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR), 2541
  105.   Sang Cao (HUN), 2538
  106.   Darcy Lima (BRA), 2529
  107.   Wang Hao (CHN), 2519, no title
  108.   Yu Shaoteng (CHN), 2516
  109.   Walter Arencibia (CUB), 2510
  110.   Li Shilong (CHN), 2510
  111.   Nurlan Ibraev (KAZ), 2508, IM
  112.   Rodrigo Vasquez (CHI), 2506
  113.   Nikolai Kabanov (RUS), 2506, IM
  114.   Aleksei Pridorozhni (RUS), 2506, IM
  115.   Carlos Matamoros (ECU), 2501
  116.   Zhao Jun (CHN), 2500
  117.   Pascal Charbonneau (CAN), 2500, IM
  118.   Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL), 2491
  119.   Slim Belkhodja (TUN), 2490
  120.   Ahmed Adly (EGY), 2480
  121.   Diego Flores (ARG), 2479, IM
  122.   Gary Lane (AUS), 2445, IM
  123.   Kirill Kuderinov (KAZ), 2432, FM
  124.   Watu Kobese (RSA), 2400, IM
  125.   Gastón Needleman (ARG), 2381, no title
  126.   Ali Frhat (EGY), 2306, FM
  127.   Stanley Chumfwa (ZAM), 2303, no title
  128.   Aleksandr Sibriaev (RUS), 2264, FM

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

Final standingsEdit

  1.   Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  2.   Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine)
  3.   Étienne Bacrot (France)
  4.   Alexander Grischuk (Russia)
  5.   Evgeny Bareev (Russia)
  6.   Boris Gelfand (Israel)
  7.   Sergei Rublevsky (Russia)
  8.   Mikhail Gurevich (Turkey)
  9.   Gata Kamsky (USA)
  10.   Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
  11.   Vladimir Malakhov (Russia)
  12.   Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spain)
  13.   Alexey Dreev (Russia)
  14.   Loek van Wely (Netherlands)
  15.   Joël Lautier (France)
  16.   Konstantin Sakaev (Russia)

The top 11 qualified for the 2007 Candidates Tournament.

Results, rounds 5–7Edit

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

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

Placement matchesEdit

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 1-4Edit

Section 1Edit

First round Second round 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 Amonatov ½
33 Michał Krasenkow 1
96 Farrukh Amonatov 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 Rodrigo Vasquez ½
17 Evgeny Bareev
48 Arkadij Naiditsch ½
48 Arkadij Naiditsch
81 Pavel Kotsur ½

Section 2Edit

First round Second round 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 3Edit

First round Second round 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 Leitão ½
46 Dmitry Jakovenko
83 Rafael Leitão

Section 4Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
4 Alexander Grischuk 2
125 Gastón Needleman 0
4 Alexander Grischuk 2
61 Andrei Istrățescu 0
61 Andrei Istrățescu
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 5Edit

First round Second round 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 6Edit

First round Second round Third round Fourth round
            
6 Alexei Shirov
123 Kirill 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 7Edit

First round Second round 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 Lima 0
23 Konstantin Sakaev
87 Sergey Erenburg
42 Zviad Izoria 3
87 Sergey Erenburg 4

Section 8Edit

First round Second round 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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