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Sergey Karjakin defeats Pavel Eljanov in a dramatic tiebreak to make it to FIDE World Cup final (PHОТОS)

Another tiebreak has separated the ways of two competitors: Sergey Karjakin has achieved his goal, as he reached the final and qualified for the Candidates; Pavel Eljanov, on the other hand, will leave Baku with a solid money prize and a hope that participation in the semi-final of the World Cup could secure him a place in the next Grand Prix Series.
Information on the tournament

The Ukrainian GM won the first 25+10 rapid game.

"This was a complete failure! - Karjakin lamented in the interview for Chess-News. - To be fair, I should note that Eljanov played a brilliant game and he showed brilliant play at this competition in general."

Sergey confessed he had decided to begin the return game with 1.Nf3 just seconds prior to the start: "Had I played 1.e4, we would get Berlin or Anti-Berlin, and then they'd be asking why I brought myself there (in case I didn't win). So, I guess I sort of caught him in the opening because I had analysed the position up to 20.Nc5."

Every tiebreak duel was marked with the same ritual - taking off the suits. 

"...I was familiar with the position and I guess computer evaluated it in White's favour. Of course it was not a winning position straightaway, but after 20...Rc7 I thought that I had to take on b7 and proceed with this position. Although there were not many pieces left, it was still pretty playable. The endgame with that b4-pawn... of course he could hold it by accurate play, but as the game demonstrated you shouldn't underestimate the problems Black were facing. I think Pavel made a mistake with 37…Nd7?! I thought he had to play 37...Ng8 instead, bringing the knight on e7. If White plays e4, Black already has Nc6. His move, on the contrary, brought me a considerable advantage because the position is open and the bishop is strong on both flanks - those who have studied Fischer's games will understand what I mean..."

Then Karjakin, according to his own words, started to consider himself the favourite. Yet, "luck has been involved in there": the first 10+10 game saw a blunder by Eljanov on move 43 that resulted in his loss. As for the dramatic return clash, that's what the winner said:

"It was just a horror because I could not handle the opening properly as White, so he got exactly what he was seeking for - a fighting position with winning chances for Black. For me, it was a disaster! Somehow I managed to pull myself together and not to lose immediately, which wasn't easy at all. Eventually I blundered 40...Ng4+ but when I played 45.c4 and transfered my bishop to c3, then, quite surprisingly... I mean it's clear that White's position was hopeless, but I still had some shaky checkmate ideas like Qb2 or Qh2, and Rh1 on occasion. At that point I felt like I got my chances back, so I was already not as pessimistic as some ten moves before. Then we went into a opposite-colored bishop endgame. I was thinking Black had some simple way to win, but in the final position he had only a minute left... White still could set many traps in there and in general such endgames hide quite some drawish tendencies... At the end, I caught him on a threefold repetition."

The arbiters used another table to check the game. After they confirmed the threefold repetition, Eljanov conceded his defeat in the match. 

Right after the match was over, the chief arbiter Faiq Hasanov held the drawing of colors for the final match that will take place the day after tomorrow. 

The finalists are on a good mood.

Pavel Eljanov's last sip...

Watch all games of the tiebreak.

[Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.29"] [Round "6.3"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2717"] [BlackElo "2762"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [WhiteFideId "14102951"] [BlackFideId "14109603"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. e4 Be7 6. Nc3 d6 7. d3 O-O 8. a4 Nb4 9. Nd2 h6 10. Nc4 Bg4 11. Qd2 Bd7 12. Nd1 Re8 13. Nde3 Bf8 14. c3 Nc6 15. f4 exf4 16. gxf4 Be6 17. Qf2 Bxc4 18. Nxc4 d5 19. exd5 Nxd5 20. Bd2 Nf6 21. Qf3 Na5 22. Ne5 Qb6 23. Rab1 Rad8 24. Kh1 Qb3 25. Be1 Qxa4 26. Bh4 Rd6 27. Ra1 Qb5 28. c4 Qa6 29. d4 Rxd4 30. Qc3 Ne4 31. Qxa5 Qxa5 32. Rxa5 Nd2 33. Rd1 Bd6 34. Bf2 Bxe5 35. fxe5 Nxc4 36. Bxd4 Nxa5 37. Bc3 Nc4 38. e6 Rxe6 39. Rd8+ Kh7 40. Bd5 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.29"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2717"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack (Barcza system)"] [WhiteFideId "14109603"] [BlackFideId "14102951"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Bg4 3. Bg2 c6 4. c4 e6 5. cxd5 Bxf3 6. Bxf3 cxd5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d4 Nf6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. e3 O-O 11. Bd2 Rc8 12. Rc1 Nd7 13. Ne2 Nb6 14. Nf4 Nc4 15. Bc3 Bb4 16. b3 Nb6 17. Bb2 Qe7 18. Nd3 Ba3 19. Bxa3 Qxa3 20. Nc5 Rc7 21. Nxb7 Rxb7 22. Rxc6 Qxa2 23. Qd3 Nd7 24. Rb1 a5 25. Bd1 Nf6 26. Bc2 g6 27. f3 Qa3 28. Qc3 Qb4 29. Qxb4 axb4 30. Ra1 h5 31. h4 Re8 32. Kf2 Ree7 33. Ke2 Rec7 34. Rxc7 Rxc7 35. Kd2 Rb7 36. Ra8+ Kg7 37. Bd3 Nd7 38. e4 dxe4 39. Bxe4 Rb6 40. Ra4 e5 41. Ke3 Kf6 42. dxe5+ Kxe5 43. Ra5+ Kd6 44. Kd4 Rb8 45. Bd5 f6 46. Ra6+ Ke7 47. f4 Nb6 48. Ra7+ Kd6 49. Bf7 Rc8 50. Ra6 Kc6 51. Bxg6 Kb7 52. Ra5 Rc3 53. Be4+ Kb8 54. Rb5 Ka7 55. Rxh5 1-0 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.29"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2717"] [BlackElo "2762"] [ECO "A05"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [WhiteFideId "14102951"] [BlackFideId "14109603"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. e4 Be7 6. Nc3 d6 7. d3 O-O 8. a4 Nb4 9. h3 Re8 10. Re1 Bd7 11. Nd2 Bc6 12. Nc4 Bf8 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bxf6 Qxf6 15. Na5 Bd7 16. Nb5 Qd8 17. Nc4 Be6 18. c3 Nc6 19. Ne3 a6 20. Na3 Rb8 21. Nd5 Ne7 22. Nc4 b5 23. axb5 axb5 24. Nce3 Nxd5 25. Nxd5 g6 26. Ra7 Bxd5 27. exd5 Qb6 28. Qa1 c4 29. dxc4 bxc4 30. Re2 Rb7 31. Ra6 Qb3 32. g4 Rb6 33. Ra5 Rb7 34. Be4 Qb6 35. Ra6 Qd8 36. Qa4 Qb8 37. Kg2 Rd8 38. Qxc4 Rxb2 39. Rxb2 Qxb2 40. Ra7 Qb6 41. Rc7 Bg7 42. h4 Bf6 43. h5 Bh4 44. Kh3 Qxf2 45. Qd3 gxh5 46. gxh5 Bg5 47. Qg3 Qf1+ 48. Qg2 Qf4 49. Qg4 Qe3+ 50. Kg2 Rb8 51. Rc8+ Rxc8 52. Qxc8+ Kg7 53. Qc4 Qd2+ 54. Kh3 Qd1 55. Qd3 Qxh5+ 56. Kg2 Qg4+ 57. Kh1 Bh4 58. Bf5 Qg5 59. Qf3 Be1 60. Bc2 Bd2 61. c4 Qh4+ 62. Kg2 Qxc4 63. Qf5 Qxd5+ 64. Be4 Qe6 65. Qh7+ Kf8 0-1 [Event "FIDE World Cup 2015"] [Site "Baku AZE"] [Date "2015.09.29"] [Round "6.6"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2762"] [BlackElo "2717"] [ECO "A04"] [Opening "Reti opening"] [WhiteFideId "14109603"] [BlackFideId "14102951"] [EventDate "2015.09.11"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. d5 d6 5. Nc3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 f5 7. g3 Nf6 8. Bg2 Qa5 9. Qb3 Nbd7 10. Nd2 Nb6 11. O-O Bd7 12. Re1 Qa4 13. Bf1 Ne4 14. e3 O-O-O 15. Bd3 Nxd2 16. Bxd2 e5 17. f4 e4 18. Be2 h6 19. Kf2 g5 20. h4 Rdg8 21. Rh1 gxf4 22. exf4 Rg7 23. h5 Rhg8 24. Rhg1 Qa6 25. a4 Be8 26. Be1 Nd7 27. Ke3 Nf6 28. Rh1 Qa5 29. Bf2 b6 30. Rh3 Kd8 31. Be1 Ke7 32. Bf2 Kf8 33. Be1 Re7 34. Rh1 Rgg7 35. Ra3 Kg8 36. Bf2 Kh8 37. Be1 Rg8 38. Bf2 Reg7 39. Rh3 Qa6 40. Qd1 Ng4+ 41. Bxg4 fxg4 42. Rh1 Qxc4 43. Qe2 Qxd5 44. Rd1 Qe6 45. c4 Rd7 46. Rd5 Bf7 47. Be1 Qe8 48. Rf5 Kh7 49. Bc3 Be6 50. Rf6 Rf7 51. Rg6 Rxg6 52. hxg6+ Kxg6 53. Ra1 h5 54. Rd1 Rd7 55. Qh2 Qd8 56. Ba1 d5 57. cxd5 Rxd5 58. Qb2 Rd3+ 59. Ke2 Qd4 60. Qxd4 cxd4 61. Rxd3 Bc4 62. Bxd4 exd3+ 63. Ke3 Kf5 64. Bc3 a5 65. Be1 Ke6 66. Bc3 Kf5 67. Be1 Kf6 68. Bd2 Kg6 69. Bc3 Kf5 1/2-1/2 

Five participants of the Candidates 2016 have already been determined:
Vishwanathan ANAND

Two other players have almost secured their participation, but yet it shouldn't be declared officially:
Anish GIRI

In accordance with the regulations, the 8th participant will be nominated by the organizers.


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