In the meantime, the duels among the last sixteen of the Chess World Cup 2013 in Norway are definite. In the 3rd round of the major contest, Alexander Grischuk had to resign.
Grischuk defeated by Quang Liem Le
In the tie-break of the 3rd round, Grischuk (Elo 2785) who is the current number 4 of both the FIDE world rankings and the seeding list of the World Cup lost the duel to Quang Liem Le. The Vietnamese is the number 42 of the world at an Elo-rating of 2702 points. After Le had won the first match and Grischuk the second, Quang Liem Le triumphed with one victory and a draw in tie-break at a score of 2.5:1.5. In the last round before the quarter-finals, The Vietnamese chess player will face another Russian – Peter Svidler (Elo 2746) who is number 15 in worldwide rankings and number 13 of the seeding list.
Caruana, Kramnik, and Karjakin among last sixteen at Chess World Cup
Seeds among the last sixteen of the Chess World Cup 2013 are now taken by the highest rated players, after Levon Aronian dropped out in the preliminary round. The number 3 of the world, Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2796) and the Russian Vladimir Malakhov (Elo 2707) also fought for a final decision in a tie-break, which the Italian decided to his favor at 3:1 points. The number 2 in seeding list will face Julio Granda (Elo 2664) in the round of the last sixteen at the Chess World Cup in Tromsø. The Peruvian is currently in 79th place of the FIDE world rankings and was able to beat out Peter Leko (Elo 2744) and Anish Giri (Elo 2737). Vladimir Kramnik, number 5 in worldwide rankings and in 3rd seed at the Chess World Cup, prevailed over the Ukrainian Alexander Arshchenko (Elo 2709) in a tie-break with a final score of 3:1 and now awaits the next Ukrainian – Vassily Ivanchuk (Elo2731) – in the round of the last sixteen. It took Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2772) a total of six duels in tie-break to beat Pavel Eljanov (Elo 2702).
14 year-old Yi Wei fails in round 3
The triumph of the Chinese Yi Wei (Elo 2551) in Norway has come to an end. The 14 year-old chess talent had to admit defeat to Shakriayar Mamedyov (Elo 2775) in round 3 of the World Cup 2013. At least the young boy made it to the last 32, after he won over Ian Nepomniachtchi (Elo 2723) and Alexei Shirov (Elo 2696). Against the Azerbaijani, Yi Wei lost out with 1.5:2.5 points in the tie-break.
Picture: flickr.com / Andreas Kontokanis
written by Michael, translated by Birthe