Ivanchuk and Grischuk in the semis

Grischuk against Navara
The higher-rated players made it through the rapids today. Both of Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Grischuk have been close to elimination at some stage in the World Cup, but one of them will definitely make the final to meet the winner of the other match between Peter Svidler and Ruslan Ponomariov. So two Russians and two Ukrainians will battle it out for the title.

Here are the results of the two matches decided today:

Seed Name Country Rating

World ranking:


C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score

Vassily Ivanchuk

UKR 2766 7/2 1w  0b ½b 1w           2.5
07 Teimour Radjabov    AZE 2744 13/5 0b 1w ½w 0b           1.5

So Vassily Ivanchuk again won with White and will meet Alexander Grischuk who won with Black.

Seed Name Country Rating

World Ranking:


C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score
06 Alexander Grischuk   RUS 2746 9/6 ½w  ½b 1b ½w           2.5
14 David Navara   CZE 2722 42/14 ½b  ½w 0w ½b           1.5 

The other two matches were decided yesterday:

Seed Name Country Rating World ranking: Present/Best ever C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score
09 Peter Svidler RUS 2739 16/4 ½w   1b               1.5
33 Judit Polgar HUN 2699 48/8 ½b  0w               0.5 

Ruslan Ponomariov is quite a successful mini-mtach player, only losing out at the final hurdle to Boris Gelfand last time around.

Seed Name Country Rating World Ranking: Present/Best ever C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Score

Ruslan Ponomariov 

CUB 2764 8/6 ½w  1b               1.5
05 Vugar Gashimov   AZE 2760 11/6 ½b 0w               0.5

All these players have already won $50,000, but will be aware that three places are up for grabs in the next Candidates series.

For more information go to the official site: http://chess.ugrasport.com/

Live games: http://chess.ugrasport.com/?cat=12

If you want to follow the live games then note the following:

The local starting time is 3pm and 3pm Khanty Mansiysk = 11am Paris = 10am London = 5am New York = 2am Los Angeles.

All the photos today are from the official site.

The total prize fund is of $1.600.000 (about 1.100.000€):

First round losers win $6.000 (about 4.100€);

Second round losers win $10.000 (or roughly 6.900€);

Third round losers $16.000 (or 11.000€);

Fourth round $25.000 (or 17.000€);

Fifth round (Quarter-finals) $35.000 (or 24.000€);

Sixth round (Semi-final) $50.000 (or 34.500€);

Losing finalist $80.000 (or 55.000€);

The winner receives $120.000 (or 82.500€).



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