SIMPLECHESS

Two tough tie-breaks!

The eight candidates
The four players were evenly-matched at classical chess, and then there was little to separate them at rapidplay either! Alexander Grischuk eventually came out ahead against the World No.3 Levon Aronian and will go on to meet Vladimir Kramnik. The former World Champion's victory over Teimour Radjabov involved four Blitz games, where his renowned endgame expertise came in handy.

Alexander Grischuk proved to be a strong rapidplay player as he outgunned Levon Aronian in today's tie-breaks.

Yet again the underdog advances at the expence of the higher-rated player!

Levon Aronian must surely regret his missed opportunities. In the first game of the match, with more time available, he would undoubtedly have converted his advantage, and the match could then have had a different outcome.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

C1

C2

C3

C4

R5 R6 R7 R8

Final Score

Levon Aronian 3

ARM

2808

½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 3½ 
Alexander Grischuk 12

RUS

2747

½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1

 

Four draws in classical chess, earlier this week, was followed by a series of drawn rapidplay games, and the chess equivalent of penalties was used to find a qualifier.

Blitz isn't an ideal way to settle a match situation, but if players keep insisting on drawing, something has to give! After losing the first Blitz game, Vladimir Kramnik was able to win a couple of long endgames to turn the match in his favour. In the final Blitz game, Radjabov's advantage had disappeared and facing a perpetual check his flag fell.

In one of these there was a problem with the clock and the game had to be suspended for several minutes while this issue was sorted out. Did this unsettle Radjabov?

So Vladimir Kramnik qualifies to play Alexander Grischuk.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

C1

C2

C3

C4

R5 R6 R7 R8 B9 B10 B11 B12

Final Score

Teimour Radjabov 13

AZE

2744

½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½  1 0 0 0 5
Vladimir Kramnik 4

RUS

2785

½ ½ ½ ½ ½  ½  ½ ½ 0 1 1 7

The other quarter-finals were resolved yesterday. Veselin Topalov surprisingly lost out to Gata Kamsky after losing as White in their second game and drawing the other three.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

C1

C2

C3

C4

Final Score

Gata Kamsky 18

USA

2732

½ 1 ½ ½
Veselin Topalov 7

BUL

2775

½ 0 ½ ½ 1½ 

The 'veteran' (42 years old) Boris Gelfand beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a similar fashion (to Kamsky's victory over Topalov): one win with Black and three draws. 

The Israeli GM will meet Gata Kamsky in the Semi-Finals.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

C1

C2

C3

C4

Final Score
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 9

AZE

2772

½ ½  0 ½
Boris Gelfand 16

ISR

2733

½ ½ 1 ½

The rates of play used in the matches:

C= classical chess

R= Rapidplay

B= Blitz

A= Armaggedon Blitz

One notable aspect of these matches so far was how successful the players were as Black. In the classical games there were no White wins, fourteen draws and two victories with Black.

There will be a couple of free days before the next stage, the 'Semi-Finals', which will start on Thursday. This will enable to players to recharge their batteries and tune-up their prepared lines ready for a new opponent.

Otherwise another useful source is the FIDE site:

 Fédération Internationale des Échecs

 To watch the games live :  http://kazan2011.fide.com/live-games.html

The games will start at 3 pm local time

This means 1 pm in Paris & Madrid

12 noon in London

7am New York

4am Los Angeles

 


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