Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Svidler in World Cup Final!

The FIDE World Cup is currently going on in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Peter Svidler is the first player to make it to the FIDE World Cup Final.

He has just beaten Ponomariov in the second game of their match (the first game was drawn). And he did it with style sacrificing an exchange which many of the observers just could not understand. But Svidler proved his understanding of the game was far superior. His compensation was in the bishop pair and potential passed pawn(s) on the queen-side. This proved too much for Ponomariov to handle.

Ivancuk - Grischuk was a draw though Ivancuk came close to winning. Grischuk king-side was weakened and he had to sacrifice his queen for rook and bishop. Eventually he managed to set up a fortress. With two draws, their match goes into rapid tie-breaks tomorrow.


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