SIMPLECHESS

Robert Hess already qualified (6)

Jaan Ehlvest and Ray Robson looking at the game Seirawan-Onischuk © official site
Another win by Group B leader has ensured his qualification while Gata Kamsky is also virtually there. Several other players need a last round win to go further in the competition. Irina Krush has now won five out of five in the Women's Championship.

Here is a summary of the sixth day's happenings:

Group A

Kamsky beat the lowest seed and now heads the group alone.

Round Six :

Jaan Ehlvest 2586  1-0  Alexander Stripunsky 2578
Daniel Naroditsky 2438  0-1 Gata Kamsky 2733
Yuri Shulman 2622  ½-½ Ray Robson 2522
Alexander Ivanov 2540  1-0 Varuzhan Akobian 2611

Total points in Group A after six rounds :

Seed Name Rating points
1 Gata Kamsky 2733 4.5
2 Yury Shulman 2622 4
6 Alexander Ivanov 2540 3.5
7 Ray Robson 2522 3
3 Varuzhan Akobian 2611 2.5
8 Daniel Naroditsky  2438 2.5
4 Jaan Ehlvest 2586 2.5
5 Alexander Stripunsky 2578 1.5

Barring a major turn of events, Gata Kamsky will be featuring in the semi-finals. Yuri Shulman is best placed to join him.

Group B

Robert Hess seems to be unstoppable. He has won the group with a round to go.

Gregory Kaidanov finally wins a game in the battle at the bottom.

Round Six :

Alexander Shabalov 2590  0-1   Gregory Kaidanov 2569
Larry Christiansen 2586  0-1  Robert Hess 2565
Yasser Seirawan 2636  ½-½  Alexander Onischuk 2678

Samuel Shankland

2512  ½-½  Benjamin Finegold 2500

Total points in group B after six rounds :

Seed Name Rating Points
6 Robert Hess 2565 5
1 Alexander Onischuk 2678 3.5
7 Sam Shankland 2512 3.5
2 Yasser Seirawan 2636 3
4 Larry Christiansen 2586 2.5
8 Ben Finegold 2500 2.5
3 Alexander Shabalov  2590 2
5 Gregory Kaidanov 2569 2

The other qualification spot will almost certainly go to one of Alexander Onischuk or Sam Shankland, although Yasser Seirawan still has an outside chance of featuring.

The Women's Championship

Anna Zatonskih won so keeps her qualification hopes alive.

Round Six :

Sabina Foisor 2350  ½-½  Camilla Baginskaite 2342
Irina Krush 2472  1-0  Iryna Zenyuk 2245
Tatev Abrahamyan 2326 ½ -½  Alisa Melekhina 2304
Rusudan Goletiani 2367  0-1  Anna Zatonskih 2499
  • Irina Krush will be going further, but the three on 4/6 will each need to avoid losing to ensure their ticket for the semis.
No Title Name Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 IM Irina Krush 2472 x 1 1 1 1 1   0 5
2 WFM Tatev Abrahamyan 2326 0 x 1 1 0.5   1 0.5 4
3 IM Rusudan Goletiani 2367 0 0 x 0   0.5 0 1 1.5
4 IM Anna Zatonskih 2499 0 0 1 x 0.5 1 0.5   3
5 FM Alisa Melekhina 2304 0 0.5   0.5 x 0 0 0 1
6 WIM Iryna Zenyuk 2245 0   0.5 0 1 x 0 0 1.5
7 WGM Camilla Baginskaite 2342   0 1 0.5 1 1 x 0.5 4
8 WGM Sabina Foisor 2350 1 0.5 0   1 1 0.5 x 4

The leading four will go further in the competition unless Anna Zatonskih wins against Sabina Foisor.

  • The games in rounds 7 will start at 2pm to 8pm (local time).
  • There is a seven hour difference between St. Louis and Paris. So 2pm (St. Louis) =

8pm London

9pm Paris, Madrid

11pm Moscow


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