12 Tie Breaks in World Cup Round 2 Print
Thursday, 29 November 2007 00:00
Today we are going to see 12 tie-breaks – not too many for 32 initial matches. Any strong knock-out tournament is characterized by lack of easy matches on the early stages of the event. More than half of the second round matches in Khanty-Mansiysk were completely equal, and the rating favorites started coming home. All the results of the Round One 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 first three days of the World Cup have half-emptied the CTC “Yugra-Classic”. Yesterday it was difficult for the players to walk between the tables, and today they are walking on the stage freely. There are almost no players from exotic countries left in Khanty-Mansiysk.

All the results of the Round One 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.

Any strong knock-out tournament is characterized by lack of easy matches on the early stages of the event. More than half of the second round matches in Khanty-Mansiysk were completely equal, and the rating favorites started coming home. Like Radjabov, the third-rated player of the tournament, who lost both games to Macieja. One could sense that Teimour is not playing his best chess already in the first round; however, he still had time to regain the form. After all, wasn't it for a good reason that he declined invitations to the Tal Memorial and World Blitz Championship in favor of the World Cup? Now it seems it wasn't.

And look at Ponomariov, who was the first candidate for elimination after losing to Wang Hao yesterday, but achieved the impossible today, beating the opponent with the Black pieces. The wise Ruslan did not rush things, simplified the position in his favor, and proceeded to a winning ending, where his superior technique told. This is the second time he comes from behind on this World Cup!

The rest of the favorites advanced to the next round without much trouble according to the classical formula `win with White, draw with Black`: Mamedyarov, Aronian, Shirov, Adams, Grischuk, Jakovenko, Karjakin... Kamsky, Alekseev and Akopian modified it slightly, winning with Black. An Svidler, in order to overcome his cold, won both games.

Today we are going to see 12 tie-breaks – not too many for 32 initial matches. One should pay close attention to the Ivanchuk-Galkin match. Vassily was so disappointed about the mistake that deprived him of the winning chances in today's game that nearly missed the drawing of lots. There will also be five Chinese players: Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, Wang Hao, Zhou Jianchao, and Zhao Jun.
 
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