Carlsen, Shirov, Kamsky, Karjakin Advance to Semifinals Print
Saturday, 08 December 2007 00:00
Magnus Carlsen managed to hold a slightly worse ending against Ivan Cheparinov, winning 1.5 to 0.5 to advance to the World Cup Semifinal against American Gata Kamsky, who outplayed Ruslan Ponomariov. Alexei Shirov of Spain won another game against the Russian Dmitry Jakovenko and advanced to the semifinal against Ukrainian Sergey Karjakin who beat Russian champion Evgeny Alekseev in the tie-break. . All the results of the Round and tie-breaks can be found on the official website at http://cup2007.fide.com/results.asp. Visit official web site and watch Games live. Download Pairings Tree. 8 Dec. 2007

Sergey Karjakin from Ukraine became the last semifinalist of the World Chess Cup that is underway in Khanty-Mansiysk. He defeated the Russian champion Evgeny Alekseev on the tie-break with the score 1.5 to 0.5. The Ruy Lopez occurred in the first game. An original position with mutual chances arose, and the players decided against taking any risks. The struggle ended in a move repetition. In the second game Karjakin had White. He obtained a home-analyzed position and decided the fate of the match by a direct attack on the enemy king, crowning it with an elegant tactical blow.

Tomorrow, December 9, the semifinals begin. Gata Kamsky (USA) meets Magnus Carlsen (Norway), and Sergey Karjakin plays against Alexei Shirov (Spain). The players who lose on this stage receive $50,000. In addition, all the four remaining participants obtained the right to play in the Grand Prix tournaments in 2008-2009.

All the results of the Round and tie-breaks can be found on the official website at http://cup2007.fide.com/results.asp. Visit official web site and watch Games live. Download Pairings Tree.

7 Dec. 2007

Three semifinalists were determined at the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. Magnus Carlsen managed to hold a slightly worse ending without a pawn against Ivan Cheparinov, winning the match 1.5 to 0.5. The 17-year-old Norwegian is to meet the American Gata Kamsky, who outplayed Ruslan Ponomariov.



The Ukrainian, playing Black, was unprepared for principled opening discussion in the Sicilian Defense, and selected a rather passive continuation. Kamsky took the upper hand in a maneuvering struggle. Ponomariov gave up an exchange, but it didn't bring him any relief.

Alexei Shirov of Spain won another game against the Russian Dmitry Jakovenko, this time as Black. White got a promising position, but failed to develop his advantage. Shirov played better in ensuing complications, and advanced to the semifinal.

Only two players have to find the winner on the tie-break. The Ukrainian Sergey Karjakin outsmarted the Russian champion Evgeny Alekseev in a sharp position, but then made a mistake in the endgame, and the game was drawn. The winner of the tie-break meets Alexei Shirov in the semifinal.
 
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