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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

World Chess Cup records and interesting statistics

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Hi everyone,

We have a very nice compilation of the records and statistics from the World Chess Cup that just concluded in Khanty-Mansiysk. Interesting compilation by news website

- As in the previous three World Cups, the winner was the one who won a main match against Ruslan Ponomariov! 

- Eventual title-winner, Peter Svidler was the only one of the participants who remained undefeated. 

- The overall result Svidler in the major and rapid games - 16 points out of 22. In particular, 8.5 out of 11 black and 7.5 of 11 white. He scored 11 out of 16 with a performance of 2823 and returns to the world's top-10 in the non-live rating.

- The longest match of the event was Svidler against Vietnamese Nguyen Ngoc Son Truon in the second round where the main match being drawn, they played on for six total tiebreakers. After four draws Russian won the fifth and sixth meetings.

- Most games were played by Ruslan Ponomarev: 28! 

- Ponomariov leads in the number of games played in the FIDE knockout tournaments 1997-2011 period (the knockout world championships and Khanty-Mansiysk World Cups). Top ten: Ponomariov - 137 lots, Grischuk - 124, Gelfand - 122 Adams - 117, Shirov - 106, Svidler - 103, Ivanchuk - 97, Khalifman - 95, Dreev - 91, Bacrot - 81.

- The most popular opening move was 1.d4 (in 164 games) 1.e4 (155 games), 1.Nf3 (37) 1.c4 (35 times). One game with 1.g3 (Ivanchuk - Radjabov) and 1.b3 (Filippov - Bacrot). .

- Nine games lasted more than 100 moves, the longest of them, the 1st game between Radjabov - Ivanchuk. They agreed to a draw after 120 moves while Nielsen beat Gashimove with 113 moves. 

Let us know if you have any other interesting statistics.

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