SIMPLECHESS

Two dull draws

The Ukrainians played solid defensive systems as Black against their Russian counterparts. Neither Peter Svider nor Alexander Grischuk found a way to stop their opponents equalizing comfortably, so both matches are in balance after this pair of early draws.

So summarizing today's first-legs:

Seed White Country Rating Result Seed Black Country Rating Opening details
9 Peter Svidler RUS 2739 0.5-0.5 4 Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2764 Spanish Berlin 4.d3
6 Alexander Grischuk RUS 2746 0.5-0.5 2 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2766 French Rubinstein

The Semi-Finals involve four of the World's best, see below for further statistics:

Here are the details of the games played here in the 2011 Khanty Mansiysk World Cup, including today's games. 

    C C C C C C R R R R R R B B B Total%
Seed Name (ranking by %) w+ w= w- b+ b= b- w+ w= w- b+ b= b- + = -  
2

Vassily Ivanchuk

2 2 1 3 2 1 3 0 0 2 1 0 - - - 73.5
4 Ruslan Ponomariov 1 4 0 1 5 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 60.9
6 Alexander Grischuk 3 3 0 0 4 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 - - - 67.6
9 Peter Svidler 1 5 0 3 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 - - - 73.5

Before today, the best percentages have been scored by two players. The unbeaten Peter Svidler, and by Vassily Ivanchuk, who has an impressive record in the Rapidplay tie-breaks.

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€).

 

 


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