World Cup Round 4. Tie-breaks. Print
Thursday, 06 December 2007 00:00
After yesterday`s tie-breaks three more participants advanced to Round 5. Again the results of rapid games brought a lot of surprises; the top seed players were knocked out. . 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. After yesterday’s tie-breaks three more participants advanced to Round 5. Again the results of rapid games brought a lot of surprises; the top seed players were knocked out.

Two participants of the recent World Chess Championship Tournament in Mexico leave Khanty-Mansiysk. The World Cup 2005 winner Levon Aronian of Armenia lost his first rapid game to Russian GM Dmitry Jakovenko and even though pressing hard in the second game he failed to level the score. In the quarterfinals Jakovenko will play against the most experienced out of 8 qualifiers 35-year old Alexey Shirov of Spain.

Another “Mexican” Peter Svidler lost his second rapid game against the runner-up of the 1996 World Championship Gata Kamsky of USA. In his next match Kamsky will meet the Ex-World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine.

An interesting fact is that the average age of the quarterfinalists is 24 years.

Two youngest World Cup participants have shown maturity and will-power in eliminating one by one of their more experienced opponents. Seventeen year old Magnus Carlsen of Norway will play his next match against twenty one year old Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria and seventeen year old Sergei Karjakin will challenge ‘much older’ twenty one year old Evgeny Alekseev of Russia.

We are going to witness extremely interesting games! Three out of four semifinalists will qualify for the Grand Prix series and the winner of the World Cup 2007 will play in the Challenger Match.
 
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