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Shankland and Zatonskih qualify (8)

Zatonskih: A rocky ride, but she got there! © official site
In Friday's play-offs, Sam Shankland surprised the strong-favourite Alexander Onischuk by beating him in the second game of their match. Shankland joins Hess, Kamsky and Shulman in the Semi-Finals. Anna Zatonskih continues her revival with a convincing 2-0 victory over Sabina Foisor. Zatonskih has thus won four games in three days and earned her place alongside Irina Krush, Camilla Baginskaite and Tatev Abrahamyan in the last four.

Group A

Two leader emerged in the pool phase, so play-offs weren't required here.

Final scores in Group A:

Seed Name Rating points
1 Gata Kamsky 2733 5
2 Yury Shulman 2622 4.5
7 Ray Robson 2522 4
6 Alexander Ivanov 2540 3.5
3 Varuzhan Akobian 2611 3
4 Jaan Ehlvest 2586 3
8 Daniel Naroditsky  2438 2.5
5 Alexander Stripunsky 2578 2.5

Group B

Robert Hess cruised through, but rapidplay games were required to split the second and third placed players.

Final scores in Group B:

Seed Name Rating Points
6 Robert Hess 2565 5.5
1 Alexander Onischuk 2678 4
7 Sam Shankland 2512 4
2 Yasser Seirawan 2636 3.5
3 Alexander Shabalov 2590 2.5
5 Gregory Kaidanov 2569 2.5
4 Larry Christiansen   2586 3
8 Ben Finegold 2500 3
White Elo Result Black Elo
Alexander Onischuk 2678 0.5-0.5 Sam Shankland 2512
Sam Shankland 2512 1-0 Alexander Onischuk 2678
No Title Name Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1 IM Irina Krush 2472 x 1 1 1 1 1 0.5 0 5.5
2 WFM Tatev Abrahamyan 2326 0 x 1 1 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 4.5
3 IM Rusudan Goletiani 2367 0 0 x 0 0.5 0.5 0 1 2
4 IM Anna Zatonskih 2499 0 0 1 x 0.5 1 0.5 1 4
5 FM Alisa Melekhina 2304 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 x 0 0 0 1.5
6 WIM Iryna Zenyuk 2245 0 0.5 0.5 0 1 x 0 0 2
7 WGM Camilla Baginskaite 2342 0.5 0 1 0.5 1 1 x 0.5 4.5
8 WGM Sabina Foisor 2350 1 0.5 0 0 1 1 0.5 x 4

Anna Zatonskih gave her opponent no quarter with two straight wins.

White Elo Result Black Elo
Sabina Foisor 2350 0-1 Anna Zatonskih 2499
Anna Zatonskih  2499 1-0 Sabina Foisor 2350

 So finally it will be Anna Zatonskih in play in Saturday's first set of Semi-final games. 

  • Live play in the Semi-Finals from 2pm local time (St. Louis) =

8pm London

9pm Paris, Madrid

11pm Moscow


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