Saturday, 24 August 2013

Quarterfinals

     The World Cup is getting more and more interesting day by day!
     The quarterfinalists are: Evgeny Tomashevsky, Gata Kamsky, Dmitry Andreikin, Peter Svidler, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik and Anton Korobov.
     There were many interesting games, fighted until the last drop of blood mini-matches (they can hardly  be called "mini" when the tie-breaks can offer a 7 games show).
     There was only one decisive game yesterday, Kramnik winning against Korobov.


Round 5
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
5.6
5.7
5.8
5.9
Total
Tomashevsky, Evgeny
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
Kamsky, Gata
Andreikin, Dmitry
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
Svidler, Peter
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
Caruana, Fabiano
Kramnik, Vladimir
1
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
1
0
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
0
Korobov, Anton
   




























       As Korobov told himself, it was a big "suffering" game- it was very unpleasant to play with black and none of the moves that were played were easy.
     The ones I rooted for are already out, so from the ones who are left, I think that the favorites are Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler-who's the reigning FIDE World Cup Champion, having beaten Alexander Grischuk in the final in 2011.
     The 2nd classic game of the quarterfinals will be disputed today. You can follow it with live commentaries here: http://www.chessworldcup2013.com/live
     I hope for some more bloody battles!

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