World Cup Kicks Off
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 24, 2007
WCClead.jpgIn the first round of the World Cup (November 22-December 18, Siberia) , the American team scored only 3 out of 9. However, Americans were paired up by more than 75 points  in three games (Ivanov, Kudrin and Becerra) and paired down significantly only in two (Onischuk and Kamsky.)  The tournament is structured as a knockout with two game mini-matches, so tomorrow's play (and tiebreaks on 11/26 in the event of a 1-1 tie) will determine who breaks through to the next match.

World Cup 2007

Khanty Mansyisk, Russia, November 22-December 18
American results in round one
Kamsky, Gata (USA)     ½-½      Adly, Ahmed (EGY)
Andriasian, Zaven (ARM)     ½-½      Onischuk, Alexander (USA)
Kaidanov, Gregory S (USA)     ½-½      Gurevich, Mikhail (TUR)    
Shabalov, Alexander (USA)     0-1      Pavasovic, Dusko (SLO)    
Leitao, Rafael (BRA)     ½-½      Shulman, Yuri (USA)   
Bareev, Evgeny (RUS)     1-0      Becerra Rivero, Julio (USA)
Kudrin, Sergey (USA)     0-1      Vallejo Pons, Francisco (ESP)
Ivanov, Alexander (USA) ½-½ Navara, David (CZE)
Roiz, Michael (ISR) ½-½ Akobian, Varuzhan (USA)

See complete round one results.

Round 1 games

Our top seed, Gata Kamsky (2714 ) was obviously hoping to win against the World Junior Champion Ahmed Adly (2494, but soon due to gain rating points from his recent victory in Armenia.) Gata was unable to push through in the endgame which was drawn due to an upcoming perpetual. (Qd7+, Kb6 Qd8, etc.)