The favourites and Polgar

Polgar versus Dominguez
The Cuban pair Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon Batista fought down to the wire, but both lost out in the Blitz. The high seeds Vassily Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Grischuk and Vugar Gashimov, all made it through to the last eight along with Judit Polgar.

Here are the full results of the five matches decided today:

Tie-break 1:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
33 Judit Polgar HUN 2699 0w  1b 1w 0b 1w 0b ½w 1b   4.5
16 Leinier Dominguez Perez CUB 2719 1b 0w 0b 1w 0b 1w ½b 0w   3.5

Tie-break 2: 

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
50 Bu Xiangzhi  CHN 2672 ½w  ½b 0w 0b           1
02 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2766 ½b  ½w 1b 1w           3

Tie-break 3:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
52 Lazaro Bruzon Batista CUB 2673 ½w  ½b 0b 1w 1b 0w ½w 0b   3.5
04 Ruslan Ponomariov   UKR 2764 ½b ½w 1w 0b 0w 1b ½b 1w   4.5

Last year's finalist Ruslan Ponomariov is still there, but only after a tough scrap against Bruzon.

Ruslan Ponomariov

Tie-break 4:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
05 Vugar Gashimov AZE 2760 1w 0b 1w 0b 1w 1b       4
44 Peter Heine Nielsen   DEN 2681 0b 1w 0b 1w 0b 0w       2

Gashimov has been very effective with the white pieces in Khanty Mansiysk, but lost twice as Black to Nielsen.

Vugar Gashimov

Tie-break 5:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
43 Vladimir Potkin RUS 2746 1w 0b ½b 0w           1.5
06 Alexander Grischuk RUS 2682 0b 1w ½w 1b           2.5

Sixth seed Alexander Grischuk, came back from a first leg loss, a rare event, but he wasn't alone, as Judit Polgar did the same!

Alexander Grischuk

These five will join Teimour Radjabov  (AZE, 2744), Peter Svidler (RUS, 2739) and David Navara (CZE, 2722), the 7th, 9th and 14th seeds respectively, in the fifth round. 

The Tie-break play-off rules:

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 (esentially 5 mins vs. 4 mins) 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€).

All photos today from the official site.




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