Svidler Eliminates Kamsky From World Cup

Svidler Eliminates Kamsky From World Cup

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World Cup 2011 Khanty-Mansiysk.gifPeter Svidler eliminated Gata Kamsky on a thrilling day in the fourth round at the 2011 World Cup.

Svidler missed Kamsky's plan with 18. Bb1, but he came out on top in the complications that followed, finding the spectacular 26...Re2!! to win the game and the match.

18 year-old Yaroslav Zerebukh's brave run ended as he lost again to David Navara, but several other players managed to bounce back from losses yesterday to level the scores.

Peter Heine Nielsen beat #5 seed Vugar Gashimov to take their match to tie-breaks, and #6 seed Alexander Grischuk recovered to equalise the scores against Vladimir Potkin.

However, number 7 seed Teimour Radjabov held firm in his game with black against Dmitry Jakovenko, drawing comfortably to win the match and reach the quarter-finals.

The most nerve-shredding game of the day was the epic encounter between Judit Polgar and Leinier Dominguez. Polgar needed to win with black to level the scores and eventually, after mutual endgame inaccuracies (including Dominguez missing a draw by 3-fold repetition of position!), she finally achieved victory after 112 moves. Breathless stuff!

So with Navara, Svidler and Radjabov already through to the quarter-finals, the remaining 5 matches will need rapid tie-breaks tomorrow!

The scores after round 4, game 2:

 Name  G1  G2   R1   R2   r3   r4   B1   B2   SD  Tot
      Round 4 Match 01

 Polgar, Judit (HUN)  0 1                      1
 Dominguez Perez, Leinier (CUB) 1 0                1
      Round 4 Match 02

 Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN)  ½  ½                       1
 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR) ½ ½                1
      Round 4 Match 03

 Zherebukh, Yaroslav (UKR)  0 0                      0
 Navara, David (CZE) 1 1                2
      Round 4 Match 04

 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro (CUB)  ½  ½                       1
 Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR) ½ ½                1
      Round 4 Match 05

 Gashimov, Vugar (AZE)  1 0                      1
 Nielsen, Peter Heine (DEN) 0 1                1
      Round 4 Match 06

 Potkin, Vladimir (RUS)  1 0                      1
 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS) 0 1                1
      Round 4 Match 07

 Radjabov, Teimour (AZE)  1 ½                       1.5
 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS) 0 ½                0.5
      Round 4 Match 08

 Svidler, Peter (RUS)  1 1                      2
 Kamsky, Gata (USA) 0 0                0


Peter Svidler ended Gata Kamsky's dreams with a dream move of his own






Anyone for tie-breaks? Alexander Grischuk stays in contention.







Judit Polgar won a nail-biting game to stay in the competition




The winner, runner-up and third placed player in the World Cup will qualify for the Candidates tournament to determine a challenger for the winner of the Anand v Gelfand world championship match next year.

Each round starts at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC). The time control for the regular games is 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 second increment from the start. Rapid games are at 25 minutes plus 10 second increment, and if scores are still level then 10 minutes plus 10 second increment, 5 minutes plus 3 second increment, and finally sudden-death 5 min v 4 min with a 3 second increment after move 60.

The official website with live coverage and commentary in Russian and English is here.

Photos from the official website.

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