The round of the last 16 of the Chess World Cup in Tromsø is already finished. Boris Gelfand and Sergej Karjakin – two top-favorite players – had to strike their flags.
Gelfand defeated by Vachier–Lagrave, Karjakin by Andreikin
The Israeli with Byelorussian origin with an Elo of 2764 had to surprisingly admit defeat to Maxime Vachier–Lagrave. The Frenchman is seeded 23rd at the tournament and in the previous round prevailed over Leinier Dominguez from Cuba against all expectations. In the round of the last 16 he also beat Boris Gelfand. The two regular duels both ended in a tie, but in the tie-break Vachier–Lagrave (Elo 2719) achieved a victory against Boris Gelfand. Thus, the Israeli has no chances left of winning the Chess World Cup 2013. This also applies for Sergej Karjakin (Elo 2772) in 5th seed who lost 1:3 to his fellow countryman Dmitry Andreikin in seed number 21 after the tie-break.
Morozevich in quarterfinals after long tie-break
The Azerbaijani Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Elo 2775) shares the same fate: The number 9 in seeding list had to surrender to number 8, Gata Kamsky (Elo 2741). The US-American was able to decide the first duel to his favor, claimed a draw in the second and at 1.5:0.5 earned a spot in quarterfinals. Kamsky will now face the Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky (Elo 2706) who is in 32nd seed. Tomashevsky unexpectedly beat the top-favorite Levon Aronian in the third round and as one of the last 16 prevailed over Alexander Morozevich (Elo 2739) in 16th seed after a tough battle. The long tie-break ended 4.5;3.5 to Tomashevsky’s favor.
Caruana and Kramnik in quarterfinals
The Russian player Peter Svidler (Elo 2746) also qualified for the next round of the Chess World Cup 2013. Svidler was able to take down the Vietnamese Quang Liem Le (Elo 2702) at 2.5:1.5 points. Furthermore, the number 22 in the seeding list, Anton Korobov from the Ukraine, beat the American Hikaru Nakamura at 1.5:0.5. Lastly, the last two top-favorites Fabiano Caruana and Vladimir Kramnik made it to quarterfinals. These two can possibly meet in semi-finals.
Picture: wikipedia / Simoneromanelli76
written by Michael, translated by Birthe