World Cup Round 1 Ends. Field Narrowed to 64. Print
Monday, 26 November 2007 00:00
Round One of the World Cup has officially ended today. 62 players were eliminated from contention. Not everyone is going home; some players will stay to assist their friends during the further stages. The field is now narrowed to 64. Among notable upsets, Hosain Enamul (2514) of Bangladesh eliminated Pavel Eljanov (2691) of Ukraine. In the Rapid tie break, former Challenger Nigel Short was sent packing by 19-year-old German GM David Baramidze. 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. Read more. Round One of the World Cup has officially ended today. 62 players were eliminated from the contention. Not everyone is going home; some players will stay to assist their friends during the further stages. The field is now narrowed to 64. Among notable upsets, Hosain Enamul (2514) of Bangladesh eliminated Pavel Eljanov (2691) of Ukraine.

Monday was the tiebreak day. 40 players, who tied their classical chess matches, were to prove their superiority in faster time control games. 13 matches were decided in rapid chess. The players advancing include former World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov, Russian champion Evgeny Alekseev, and former World Vice-champion Vladimir Akopian. Another former World Champion, Alexander Khalifman, was eliminated by his countryman Vladimir Belov. Former Challenger Nigel Short was sent packing by 19-year-old German GM David Baramidze.

Five matches out of the remaining seven were decided in blitz. This is where ex-World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov finally broke stubborn resistance of the young Indian Gopal. And two matches proceeded to the cruelest form of chess competition, sudden death game. Michael Roiz and Konstantin Sakaev survived, while Varuzhan Akobian and Nikita Vitiugov were sent 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.

 
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