Nakamura and Bu through to the Semis.

Both Hikaru Nakamura and Xianghzi Bu continued their impressive form with convincing quarter-final victories. The other quarter-finals are tomorrow with many looking forward to the Polgar-Ivanchuk clash.
See our Cap d'Agde video reports below.

The first two quarter-finals were rather one-sided. The first Hammer-Nakamura game was fairly balanced when the Norwegian blundered losing the exchange. In the second game with Black he never obtained any winning chances at all.

Quarter Finals:

Jon Ludvig Hammer2633NOR0-1Hikaru Nakamura2733USASicilian b3Bad blunder from Hammer in the rook and knight pseudo-endgame
Hikaru Nakamura2733USA1-0Jon Ludvig Hammer2633NORSpanish Delayed ExchangeHammer was forced to take risks to try and win and Nakamura refuted Hammer's activity with a strong exchange sacrifice

In the first game Bu outplayed Pelletier from a fairly level position with the Chinese player winning a smooth positional game.

Pelletier then needed to win with Black but, despite the Swiss-player's best efforts to destablize events, Bu kept control and was able to organize a perpetual check.

Hikaru Nakamura: still looking strong (chessanytime)
The blunder in the first game was a Hammer-blow to Jon Ludvig (chessanytime)
Yannick Pelletier2592SUI0-1Xiangzhi Bu2695CHNCatalanWhite ran out of things to do and Bu broke through on the queenside.
Xiangzhi Bu2695CHN0.5-0.5Yannick Pelletier2592SUIEnglish/HedgehogPelletier tried (with ...f5 and ...b5) to mix things but White was never rattled by this show of force.

A selection of videos from Cap d'Agde:

Here are the preliminary round tables:

1Hikaru NakamuraUSA27336.5
2Bu XiangzhiCHN26955.5
3Nguyen Ngoc Truong SonVIE26334
4Judit PolgarHUN26823.5
5Romain EdouardFRA26363
6=Anatoly KarpovRUS26192.5
6=Nadezhda KosintsevaRUS25652.5
8Sophie MillietFRA23880.5

Pool B:

1=Vassily IvanchukUKR27545.5
1=Le Quang LiemVIE26945.5
3=Jon Ludvig HammerNOR26334
3=Yannick PelletierSUI25924
5=Tigran GharamianFRA26583
5=Kateryna LahnoUKR25393
7Zhu ChenQAT24802
8Tatiana KosintsevaRUS25731

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