Carlsen, Shirov Lead World Cup Quarterfinals Print
Friday, 07 December 2007 00:00
The first day of the quarterfinals at the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk produced two decisive games. The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeated Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria) and Alexei Shirov (Spain) beat Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia. The games between Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) and Evgeny Alekseev (Russia) and between Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) and Gata Kamsky (USA) were drawn. . 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. The first day of the quarterfinals at the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk produced two decisive games. The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeated Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria) in the endgame after lengthy and exhaustive struggle, and took the lead in the match. Tomorrow Cheparinov needs a win to level the score and proceed to the tie-breaks. These players already met in the first World Cup two years ago at an earlier stage, and the match ended in Carlsen's favor.

The second decisive game was played by Alexei Shirov (Spain) and Dmitry Jakovenko, representing the Khanty-Mansy autonomous region. The Russian performed clearly below his strength. His two-pawn sacrifice in the opening was unsound, and a desperate piece sacrifice failed to improve the situation. Shirov found an energetic and clear-cut way to a victory.

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.

The game between Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) and Evgeny Alekseev (Russia) ended peacefully. Having quickly solved opening problems, Alekseev decided against tempting the fate and offered a draw.

A rare event occurred in the game Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine)-Gata Kamsky (USA). A few minutes before the start of the clock it turned out that Kamsky prepared to play as White today! He spent 7 minutes on his first move. White obtained a noticeable and possibly decisive advantage, but failed to convert it. The game was drawn on the move 41.
 
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