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Kamsky and Gelfand qualify

The end of Topalov's challenge
After the four classical games, Gata Kamsky has eliminated Veselin Topalov, and Boris Gelfand will go forward to the next round at the cost of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The remaining two matchs will go to tie-breaks tomorrow, involving rapid games and even Blitz chess if necessary.

Alexander Grischuk didn't really try to profit from having the white pieces, as he offered a draw quite early on, in a quiet Queen's Gambit Declined.

The match will be decided tomorrow on the special tie-break day.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

5 6 7 8

Score so far

Levon Aronian 3

ARM

2808

½ ½ ½ ½         2
Alexander Grischuk 12

RUS

2747

½ ½ ½ ½         2

Another Queen's Gambit, but this time with Kramnik as White.

Radjabov played an early ...c5 and accepted an isolated pawn for free piece play. Complex play led to general liquidation and equality.

This match will also be decided tomorrow.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

5 6 7 8

Score so far

Teimour Radjabov 13

AZE

2744

½ ½ ½ ½         2
Vladimir Kramnik 4

RUS

2785

½ ½ ½ ½         2

Veselin Topalov managed to keep a pull with his bishop pair. Nevertheless, Kamsky was more or less holding until he blundered just before the time control and let Topalov in.

Matters were then complicated, but heavily favourable for Topalov. He had opportunities to win and even-up the match, but he he let things slip and Kamsky was able to generate enough counterplay.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

Final Score

Gata Kamsky 18

USA

2732

½ 1 ½ ½
Veselin Topalov 7

BUL

2775

½ 0 ½ ½ 1½ 

Mamedyarov tried to get off the beaten track in an unusual Benoni. He even sacrificed a pawn, but then had second thoughts and offered a draw. A clear sign that he didn't believe that he had enough compensation.

So Mamedyarov will join Topalov on the way home.

Nom World rank

Pays

Elo

1

2

3

4

Final Score
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 9

AZE

2772

½ ½  0 ½
Boris Gelfand 16

ISR

2733

½ ½ 1 ½

Otherwise another useful source is the FIDE site:

 Fédération Internationale des Échecs

 To watch the games live :  http://kazan2011.fide.com/live-games.html

The games will start at 3 pm local time

This means 1 pm in Paris & Madrid

12 noon in London

7am New York

4am Los Angeles

 


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