The first two quarter-finals were rather one-sided. The first Hammer-Nakamura game was fairly balanced when the Norwegian blundered losing the exchange. In the second game with Black he never obtained any winning chances at all.
|Jon Ludvig Hammer||2633||NOR||0-1||Hikaru Nakamura||2733||USA||Sicilian b3||Bad blunder from Hammer in the rook and knight pseudo-endgame|
|Hikaru Nakamura||2733||USA||1-0||Jon Ludvig Hammer||2633||NOR||Spanish Delayed Exchange||Hammer was forced to take risks to try and win and Nakamura refuted Hammer's activity with a strong exchange sacrifice|
In the first game Bu outplayed Pelletier from a fairly level position with the Chinese player winning a smooth positional game.
Pelletier then needed to win with Black but, despite the Swiss-player's best efforts to destablize events, Bu kept control and was able to organize a perpetual check.
|Yannick Pelletier||2592||SUI||0-1||Xiangzhi Bu||2695||CHN||Catalan||White ran out of things to do and Bu broke through on the queenside.|
|Xiangzhi Bu||2695||CHN||0.5-0.5||Yannick Pelletier||2592||SUI||English/Hedgehog||Pelletier tried (with ...f5 and ...b5) to mix things but White was never rattled by this show of force.|
A selection of videos from Cap d'Agde:
Here are the preliminary round tables:
|3||Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son||VIE||2633||4|
|1=||Le Quang Liem||VIE||2694||5.5|
|3=||Jon Ludvig Hammer||NOR||2633||4|
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