The remaining sixteen players are from the following countries:
Russian 4, Ukraine 3, Azerbaijan 2, Cuba 2, Hungary 1, USA 1, China 1, Denmark 1 and the Czech Republic 1.
Highest-rated of the Russian contingent is Alexander Grischuk, who recently had some success at match play getting to the final of the Candidates series. After a loss to his compatriot today, he'll have to pull out all the stops tomorrow.
Fifteen of these have ratings above 2670, the exception being the youngest player Yaroslav Zherebukh, who has 2590. A loss with White suggests that he might not be going any further.
One player who has managed to advance this far without relying on the lottery of the rapids is Vugar Gashimov. Today with the white pieces against Peter Heine Nielsen he won again.
Another is Judit Polgar, who may only be 32nd seed, but was once (not so long ago, in 2005)eighth in the World. Her opponent is Leinier Dominguez, one of the remaining Cuban pair. A loss with White doesn't necessarily mean elimination, but she certainly has a mountain to climb if she wants to go any further.
The only two draws involved the highly fancied Ukrainians, Ruslan Ponomariov and Vassily Ivanchuk, playing black. They will both get a chance with the White pieces tomorrow.
Ivanchuk's opponent, the only player remaining from the Asian continent Bu Xiangzhi, is however known as a strong technical player and particularly difficult to beat.
|33||Judit Polgar||HUN||2699||0-1||16||Leinier Dominguez Perez||CUB||2719|
|09||Peter Svidler||RUS||2739||1-0||08||Gata Kamsky||USA||2741|
|52||Lazaro Bruzon Batista||CUB||2673||½-½||04||Ruslan Ponomariov||UKR||2764|
|05||Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2760||1-0||44||Peter Heine Nielsen||DEN||2681|
|50||Bu Xiangzhi||CHN||2672||½-½||02||Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2766|
|07||Teimour Radjabov||AZE||2744||1-0||10||Dmitry Jakovenko||RUS||2736|
|94||Yaroslav Zherebukh||UKR||2590||0-1||14||David Navara||CZE||2722|
|43||Vladimir Potkin||RUS||2682||1-0||06||Alexander Grischuk||RUS||2746|
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€).