Svidler, Radjabov and Navara

Ruslan Ponomariov
Three players are through, Peter Svidler won with a delightful combination to beat Gata Kamsky for the second time, whilst Teimour Radjabov and David Navara have also qualified. Five matches however are still undecided: Ruslan Ponomariov and Vassily Ivanchuk drew both their games, whereas the other three ties involved dramatic come-backs, especially Judit Polgar's!

Alexander Grischuk bounced back from yesterday's reversal to equalize his match against Vladimir Potkin. Peter Heine Nielsen inflicted Vugar Gashimov's first defeat of the campaign, and finally the most amazing of was Judit Polgar's win.

Playing Black, in a long game she finally ground down Leinier Dominguez with her powerful bishop pair, for which the Cuban had rook and pawn. She held her nerves together to eventually win a tricky version of the notorious endgame of pawnless Rook and Bishop versus Rook.

Teimour Radjabov was assured of his qualification when Dmitry Jakovenko made a dubious sacrifice and offered a draw.

Dmitry Jakovenko

Svidler's combination is one of the best so far and so the US Champion Gata Kamsky will not be one of the last eight.

Gata Kamsky
Teimour Radjabov

David Navara broke up his opponent's kingside rendering Zherebukh's king very exposed, and the Czech GM ultimately won for the second day running.

Also in the French Defence, Alexander Grischuk won the return leg after Vladimir Potkin's attempt to liberate with ...f6 just created weaknesses in his own camp. Black was forced to sacrifice the exchange under inferior circumstances and didn't survive very long.

Lazaro Bruzon Batista
Vladimir Potkin

Here are the results in full:


White Country Elo Result Seed Black Country Elo
16 Leinier Dominguez Perez (1) CUB 2719 0-1 33 Judit Polgar (0) HUN 2699
08 Gata Kamsky (0) USA 2741 0-1 09 Peter Svidler (1) RUS 2739
04 Ruslan Ponomariov (0.5)  UKR 2764 ½-½ 52 Lazaro Bruzon Batista (0.5) CUB 2673
44 Peter Heine Nielsen (0) DEN 2681 1-0 05  Vugar Gashimov (1) AZE  2760
02 Vassily Ivanchuk (0.5) UKR 2766 ½-½ 50 Bu Xiangzhi (0.5) CHN 2672
10 Dmitry Jakovenko (0) RUS 2736 ½-½ 07 Teimour Radjabov  (1) AZE 2744
14 David Navara (1) CZE 2722 1-0 94 Yaroslav Zherebukh (0) UKR 2590
06 Alexander Grischuk (0)  RUS 2746 1-0 43 Vladimir Potkin (1) RUS 2682

The five play-offs are tomorrow, Thursday the 7th of September. They play two games at Rapid chess (25' plus 10" per move), then if things are all-square a pair of further games at (10' + 10" a cross between Rapidplay and Blitz), followed if necessary by two Blitz games (5' + 3"). Finally (as in Dominguez-Lysyj) an Armageddon blitz game may be necessary, where White has more time (5 mins vs. 4) but an obligation to win.

For more information go to the official site:

Live games:

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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