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Homeward bound!

Two players can pack their bags and arrange their flights home. Renowned attacking specialists Peter Svidler and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov were unable to win their second games and are out of the competition. The other two matches will require further games to split the players.

There were draws across the board today so the standings haven't changed a great deal. Malakhov and Karjakin both won yesterday and have confirmed their semi-final places.

NameCountryRatingAgeClassical 1Classical 2NameCountryRatingAge
Boris GelfandISR2758410.5-0.50.5-0.5Dmitry JakovenkoRUS273626
Sergey KarjakinUKR2723191-00.5-0.5Shakhriyar MamedyarovAZE271924
Ruslan PonomariovUKR2739260.5-0.50.5-0.5Vugar GashimovAZE275823
Peter SvidlerRUS2754330-10.5-0.5Vladimir MalakhovRUS270629

In the notable games section I will be demonstrating in some detail what went on in yesterday's two decisive games.

However in a nutshell, Svidler over-estimated his attacking chances and was essentially outplayed by Malakhov.

Karjakin nurtured his advantage well until the closing stages when on two occasions he offered chances for Mamedyarov to draw, these were squandered to the Azerbaijani's regret and the young Russian won with a neat trick. The rook ending was particularly difficult, especially as time was short, so these innaccuracies are perhaps understandable.

In today's games, Svidler tempted the King's Indian in order to generate winning chances, but although it became complicated at one point he never really looke like winning. At the end Malakhov would probably have played on in other circumstances.

Mamedyarov pressed long and hard, but despite having an extra pawn he couldn't quite convert his advantage.

Mamedyarov just couldn't quite do it!
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NameCountryRatingAgeClassical winsClassical drawsClassical lossesRapid winsRapid drawsRapid lossesBlitz winsBlitz drawsBlitz losses
Boris GelfandISR275841361250110
Dmitry JakovenkoRUS273626451260200
Ruslan PonomariovUKR273926280350---
Vugar GashimovAZE275823370420---

If we compare these with those of the two qualifiers we note who is the king of rapidplay - Vladimir Malakhov has 8.5/9!

NameCountryRatingAgeClassical winsClassical drawsClassical lossesRapid winsRapid drawsRapid lossesBlitz winsBlitz drawsBlitz losses
Sergey KarjakinUKR272319451430
Vladimir MalakhovRUS270629370810
The number one seed is still in there!
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