World Cup round three report
Wesley So continues to hound top rated players at the 2009 World Chess Cup! After beating Vassily Ivanchuk in round two, today he sent the 2007 World Cup winner Gata Kamsky packing. With a draw agreed shortly after the time control, So wins the match 1.5-0.5 and qualifies for the 4th round where he will meet the winner of Eljanov-Malakhov tiebreaks. Gata Kamsky still has a place in the candidate matches as a semifinalist of the previous World Championship cycle.
Wesley So and Gata Kamsky
One of the most talented Russian players, Nikita Vitiugov, also progressed to the next round by eliminating his compatriot Konstantin Sakaev. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave allowed no surprises and won 1.5-0.5 against Yu Yangyi, who was also his opponent at the recent World Junior Championship.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was storming through the competition as he achieved five wins in that many games since the opening day. Today he “only drew” against Wang Hao, but this was good enough to progress to the next level. Alexei Shirov beat Evgeny Tomashevsky and Ruslan Ponomariov knocked Alexander Motylev, while the remaining matches will be settled in tiebreaks on Sunday.
Baadur Jobava and Boris Gelfand
Round three results:
1-1 Polgar Judit (HUN) 1-0 Gelfand Boris (ISR)
1-1 Gashimov Vugar (AZE) ½-½ Li Chao b (CHN)
1-1 Naiditsch Arkadij (GER) ½-½ Svidler Peter (RUS)
1-1 Laznicka Viktor (CZE) ½-½ Bologan Viktor (MDA)
1.5-0.5 Vitiugov Nikita (RUS) ½-½ Sakaev Konstantin (RUS)
1.5-0.5 So Wesley (PHI) ½-½ Kamsky Gata (USA)
0.5-1.5 Motylev Alexander (RUS) ½-½ Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR)
1-1 Grischuk Alexander (RUS) ½-½ Jobava Baadur (GEO)
1-1 Areshchenko Alexander (UKR) 1-0 Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS)
1-1 Wang Yue (CHN) ½-½ Bacrot Etienne (FRA)
1-1 Malakhov Vladimir (RUS) ½-½ Eljanov Pavel (UKR)
1-1 Karjakin Sergey (UKR) 1-0 Navara David (CZE)
0.5-1.5 Wang Hao (CHN) ½-½ Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE)
1.5-0.5 Shirov Alexei (ESP) 1-0 Tomashevsky Evgeny (RUS)
1-1 Alekseev Evgeny (RUS) ½-½ Caruana Fabiano (ITA)
0.5-1.5 Yu Yangyi (CHN) ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA)
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