World Cup Round 3 Print
Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00
The World Cup has advanced to the stage in which picking the favorite in each pair becomes very difficult. It is not a coincidence that 11 games out of 16 ended in draws, and the rest ended in White's favor. All the results of the Round Three matches 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 World Cup has advanced to the stage in which picking the favorite in each pair becomes very difficult. It is not a coincidence that 11 games out of 16 ended in draws, and the rest ended in White's favor.

All the results of the Round Three matches 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.

Perhaps only in two pairs, Adams-Zhou Jinchao and Kamsky-Georgiev, one can talk about clear favorite after the first game. White's advantage in both games was too obvious. The things became clearer in the ‘Chinese championship' as well – the new leader of the national team, Wang Yue, convincingly defeated the previous leader, Bu Xiangzhi.

The representative of Khanty-Mansy autonomous region Dmitry Jakovenko is probably close to the Round Four as well. He outplayed Almasi twice – once in the minor-piece ending, and then, after he missed the first win, in the queen ending. Dmitry ended the game with a spectacular finishing shot.

Malakhov, Dominguez, and Tomashevsky have all the reasons to be unhappy. Neither of them managed to win their game with White, despite having a big advantage. Ponomariov continues doing wonders: today he was again on a brink of a defeat, but managed to stay on his feet.

The major upset of the day came in Cheparinov-Mamedyrov. Sharkriyar, who was considered one of the main favorites of the World Cup, lost to the 21-year-old Bulgarian almost without chances. This game is far from perfect, but Cheparinov possessed the initiative from the very first moves. We shall see tomorrow whether the strongest player of Azerbaijan can fight back.

Before the start of today's the round, Magnus Carlsen received congratulations from the organizers with his 17 th birthday. This is the second time for Magnus to celebrate his birthday in Khanty-Mansiysk.
 
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