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Zherebukh eliminates Mamedyarov!

Lysyj versus Dominguez
Yaroslav Zherebukh, a relatively unknown outsider, has done it again. This time his victim was No.3 seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who is rated 150-odd points more than him. So in the third round, both the topmost and third highest players were eliminated whilst Vassily Ivanchuk, (No.2 seed) came back from the brink to qualify.

The only tie-breaks to go beyond the Rapids and into the Blitz phase was Igor Lysyj against Leinier Dominguez, the 2008 World Blitz Champion. Indeed it was decided in the Armageddon Blitz, where White has more time, but an obligation to win, which is exactly what the Cuban did.

Most of the favourites, but not all, managed to win today, for example Vassily Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov and Gata Kamsky all made it.

However, whereas No.9 seed Peter Svidler went through, Shakrhiyar Mamedyarov was the shock exit of the day.

Peter Svidler
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Here is a complete run-down of the tie-breaks, plus an indication of the pairings tomorrow.

Tie-break 1:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
16 Leinier Dominguez Perez CUB 2719 1w  0b ½b ½w ½w ½b ½b ½w 1w 5
81 Igor Lysyj RUS 2629 0b 1w ½w ½b ½b ½w ½w ½b 0b 4

Leinier Dominguez will meet Judit Polgar in the fourth round.

Tie-break 2: 

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
08 Gata Kamsky USA 2741 1w  0b 1b 1w           3
25 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2711 0b 1w 0w 0b           1

Gata Kamsky will meet Peter Svidler in the fourth round.

Tie-break 3:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
24 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711 ½w  ½b 0b 0w           1
09 Peter Svidler RUS 2739 ½b ½w 1w 1b           3

Tie-break 4:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
04 Ruslan Ponomariov  UKR 2764 ½w ½b 1b ½w           2.5
29 Zahar Efimenko   UKR 2706 ½b ½w 0w ½b           1.5

The losing finalist last time around, Ruslan Ponomariov, will meet Lazaro Bruzon Batista in the next round.

Tie-break 5:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
20 Le Quang Liem  VIE 2715 ½w  ½b 0w ½b           1.5
52 Lazaro Bruzon Batista CUB 2673 ½b ½w 1b ½w           2.5

Tie-break 6:

Peter Heine Nielsen
Mircea-Emilian Parligras

The match featuring two of the outsiders led to a win for the Danish No.1.

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
76 Mircea Parligras ROU 2636 ½w  ½b 0w 0b           1
44 Peter Heine Nielsen DEN 2681 ½b ½w 1b 1w           3

Peter Heine Nielsen will meet Vugar Gashimov in the fourth round.

Tie-break 7:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
02 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2766 0w  1b 1b 1w           3
31 Emil Sutovsky ISR 2700 1b 0w 0w 0b           1

Vassily Ivanchuk will meet Bu Xiangzhi in the fourth round.

Tie-break 8:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
94 Yaroslav Zherebukh UKR 2590 ½w  ½b 1w ½b           2.5
03 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2746 ½b ½w 0b ½w           1.5

The winners of tie-breaks 8 and 9 will meet in the fourth round. Few expected the name of Yaroslav Zherebukh to still be in the draw so far into the competition. He will play David Navara.

David Navara
Alexander Moiseenko

 After yesterday's dramatic events, many will be particularly interested by the outcome of the following match. Their classical games lasted a total of 200 moves(!) and David Navara, who pressed in both games, and could have won yesterday if he was more ruthless, finally managed to qualify. Today, for once, they weren't the final pair to finish, but only the next to last!

Tie-break 9:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
14 David Navara   CZE 2722 ½w  ½b 1w 0b 1b 1w       4
19 Alexander Moiseenko UKR 2715 ½b ½w 0b 1w 0w 0b       2

A slight surprise in the following match, but Potkin is still the current European Champion.

Tie-break 10:

Seed Name Country Rating C1 C2 R1 R2 R3 R4 B1 B2 AB Total
43 Vladimir Potkin RUS 2682 ½w  ½b 1b ½w           2.5
11 Nikita Vitiugov RUS 2733 ½b ½w 0w ½b           1.5

The winner of tie-break 10 will play Alexander Grischuk in round four, another all-Russian encounter!

The fourth round starts tomorrow on the 6th of September, with one game already known before today's tie-breaks:

Dmitry Jakovenko will meet Teimour Radjabov.

In total, of the top sixteen seeds, ten have survived to the fourth round.

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 of today's photos are from the official site.


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