Monday, September 12, 2011

FIDE World Cup Semi-Finals

Ivanchuk eliminated Radjabov by winning one and drawing one of the two rapid tie-breakers.

Grischuk did the same to David Navarra.

So the semi-finalists are Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk, Ruslan Ponomariov and Peter Svidler. The pairings are Svidler - Ponomariov and Ivanchuk - Grischuk. The winners will be decided over two games with tie-breaks in case of tie.

The winners of the semi-finals will be guaranteed a place in next year's Candidates. One more place will go one of the losers with the two losers playing a four game match to decide the last qualifier.

Ivancuk and Svidler are my favourites to win. Svidler especially has been playing some great chess so far.

Both semi-final matches will be interesting and nerve wracking for the players as well with so much at stake. Not only will the top three advance to the Candidates, but the eventual winner will pocket USD 120,000.  That is some serious money.


The Chess Ninja said...

My money will be on Grischuk if he can survive the classical time control and proceed to the rapid tie-breaks.

Jimmy Liew said...

Grischuk survived the second game and now goes to tie-breaks. lets see if your prediction comes through. in any case it is going to be interesting chess.

Jimmy Liew said...

It looks like you guessed right. What a pity. It will be great to see Ivancuk in a final.

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