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Ivanchuk strikes back!

The all-Russian clash
In an incredible game Vassily Ivanchuk managed to run his king to the other wing while launching a powerful counter-attack in a wild game against Emil Sutovsky. The Ukrainian's victory keeps him in the competition. Judit Polgar didn't have too many problems holding against Sergey Karjakin and so she eliminated the top seed. Nine matches from sixteen will go to the tie-breaks tomorrow.

Alexander Grischuk is through, although it's hard to understand why opponent Alexander Morozevich didn't try for longer. Two of the Azeris, Vugar Gashimov and Teimour Radjabov, cashed in the advantage of the white pieces, and are in the fourth round.

On the other hand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was held by the lowest-rated player remaining, Yaroslav Zherebukh.

Dmitry Jakovenko won both games against Baadur Jobava.

The match involving Alexander Moiseenko and David Navara had the particularity of having the longest game of both yesterday and today!

The only non-European qualifier so far is Bu Xianghi, after he beat Abhijeet Gupta.

One of the games of the tournament so far featured the wily Emil Sutovsky against the experienced Vassily Ivanchuk.

Vassily Ivanchuk

It looked good for Emil, but Ivanchuk saw further!

Emil Sutovsky

Third and fourth seeds Ruslan Ponomariov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are into the play-offs.

Ruslan Ponomariov

Evgeny Tomashevsky went down to Vugar Gashimov with the black pieces.

Evgeny Tomashevsky

Here are the full results of the third round, second legs. The names in bold are the qualifiers:

Seed

White Country Elo Result Seed Black Country Elo
01 Sergey Karjakin (0) RUS  2788 ½-½  33 Judit Polgar (1) HUN  2699
81 Igor Lysyj (0) RUS 2629 1-0 16 Leinier Dominguez Perez (1) CUB 2719
25 Ian Nepomniachtchi (0) RUS 2711 1-0 08 Gata Kamsky (1) USA 2741
09 Peter Svidler (0.5) RUS 2739 ½-½ 24 Fabiano Caruana (0.5) ITA  2711
29 Zahar Efimenko  (0.5) UKR 2706 ½-½ 04 Ruslan Ponomariov (0.5)  UKR 2764
52 Lazaro Bruzon Batista (0.5) CUB 2673 ½-½ 20 Le Quang Liem (0.5) VIE 2715
05 Vugar Gashimov (0.5) AZE 2760 1-0 28 Evgeny Tomashevsky (0.5)  RUS 2707
44 Peter Heine Nielsen (0.5) DEN 2681 ½-½ 76 Mircea Parligras (0.5) ROU 2636
31 Emil Sutovsky (1) ISR 2700 0-1 02 Vassily Ivanchuk (0) UKR 2766
50 Bu Xiangzhi (0.5) CHN 2672 1-0 82 Abhijeet Gupta (0.5) IND 2627
07 Teimour Radjabov (0.5) AZE 2744 1-0 26 Etienne Bacrot (0.5)  FRA 2710
23 Baadur Jobava (0) GEO 2713 0-1 10 Dmitry Jakovenko (1) GEO 2736
03 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (0.5) AZE 2746 ½-½ 94 Yaroslav Zherebukh (0.5) UKR 2590
19 Alexander Moiseenko (0.5) UKR 2715 ½-½! 14 David Navara (0.5) CZE 2722
38 Alexander Morozevich (0) RUS  2694 ½-½ 06 Alexander Grischuk (1) RUS 2746
11 Nikita Vitiugov (0.5) RUS 2733 ½-½ 43 Vladimir Potkin (0.5) RUS 2682

Of the six qualifiers so far, four of them (all except Grischuk and Bu) have avoided the tie-breaks in each of the three rounds.

The third round tie-breaks will be tomorrow, the 5th of September.

For more information go to the official site: http://chess.ugrasport.com/

Live games: http://chess.ugrasport.com/?cat=12

If you want to follow the live games then note the following:

The local starting time is 3pm and 3pm Khanty Mansiysk = 11am Paris = 10am London = 5am New York = 2am Los Angeles

All of today's photos are from the official site.


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