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FIDE World Cup Tromso 2013 (3 Playoffs)

Grischuk and Giri exit in World Cup Round 3 play-offs

Alexander Grischuk was eliminated by Le Quang Liem. Photo ©

Alexander Grischuk was eliminated by Le Quang Liem. Photo © |

The third round rapid and blitz playoffs of the FIDE World Cup in Tromso saw only saw a couple of surprises out of the 10 matches. In general the favourite progressed to round 4.

Julio Granda Zuniga defeated Anish Giri with an impressive squeeze in the first rapid game and a comfortable hold with black. The naturally talented Granda has been in superb form in this tournament.

Alexander Grischuk got in a real mess against Le Quang Liem's Gruenfeld and was ground down in the first rapid game and although he had rook and knight vs rook he couldn't convert this drawn ending.

Favourites Vladimir Kramnik and Vassily Ivanchuk advanced smoothly after two rapid games. Fabiano Caruana was dead lost in the first rapid game against Malakhov when he lost a pawn race but still won, not surprisingly there was nothing left from his opponent after that. World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov finally saw off 14 year old Chinese player Yi Wei, he just had too much for him at rapid chess even when under pressure in the second game. Russian Junior Daniil Dubov said he was beaten by the better man as Anton Korobov progressed.

Next to be eliminated was Alexey Dreev who wasted a whole tournament's worth of chances against Dmitry Andreikin capped with 40.Qd3?? when a rook up which lost him his Queen in the fourth and final rapid game.

Both blitz games saw the first game drawn and the second decisive as Alexander Morozevich beat Nikita Vitiugov and Sergey Karjakin beat Pavel Eljanov.

The fourth round with still a huge amount of quality is on Tuesday and sees these pairings: Tomashevsky vs Morozevich, Kamsky vs Mamedyarov, Le Quang Liem vs Svidler, Karjakin vs Andreikin, Caruana vs Granda Zuniga, Gelfand vs Vachier-Lagrave, Kramnik vs Ivanchuk and Nakamura vs Korobov.

1-32Round 3, Match 1
1Aronian, LevongARM28130½½
32Tomashevsky, EvgenygRUS27061½Tomashevsky
31-2Round 3, Match 2
31Malakhov, VladimirgRUS2707½½001
2Caruana, FabianogITA2796½½113Caruana
3-30Round 3, Match 3
3Kramnik, VladimirgRUS2784½½113Kramnik
30Areshchenko, AlexandergUKR2709½½001
29-4Round 3, Match 4
29Le, Quang LiemgVIE2702101½Le
4Grischuk, AlexandergRUS2785010½
5-28Round 3, Match 5
5Karjakin, SergeygRUS2772½½½½01½1Karjakin
28Eljanov, PavelgUKR2702½½½½10½0
27-6Round 3, Match 6
27Adhiban, B.gIND2567000
6Nakamura, HikarugUSA2772112Nakamura
7-26Round 3, Match 7
7Gelfand, BorisgISR27641½Gelfand
26Moiseenko, AlexandergUKR26990½½
25-8Round 3, Match 8
25Hammer, Jon LudviggNOR26050½½
8Kamsky, GatagUSA27411½Kamsky
9-24Round 3, Match 9
9Mamedyarov, ShakhriyargAZE2775½½1½Mamedyarov
24Wei, YigCHN2551½½0½
23-10Round 3, Match 10
23Vachier-Lagrave, MaximegFRA27191½Vachier-Lagrave
10Dominguez Perez, LeiniergCUB27570½½
11-22Round 3, Match 11
11Dubov, DaniilgRUS2624½½0½
22Korobov, AntongUKR2720½½1½Korobov
21-12Round 3, Match 12
21Andreikin, DmitrygRUS2716½½01114Andreikin
12Dreev, AlekseygRUS2668½½10002
13-20Round 3, Match 13
13Svidler, PetergRUS27461½Svidler
20Radjabov, TeimourgAZE27330½½
19-14Round 3, Match 14
19Ivanchuk, VassilygUKR2731½½113Ivanchuk
14Kryvoruchko, YuriygUKR2678½½001
15-18Round 3, Match 15
15Granda Zuniga, Julio EgPER2664011½Granda
18Giri, AnishgNED2737100½
17-16Round 3, Match 16
17Vitiugov, NikitagRUS2719½½½½½½½0
16Morozevich, AlexandergRUS2739½½½½½½½1Morozevich
16-1Round 4, Match 1
16Morozevich, AlexandergRUS2739
1Tomashevsky, EvgenygRUS2706
2-15Round 4, Match 2
2Caruana, FabianogITA2796
15Granda Zuniga, Julio EgPER2664
14-3Round 4, Match 3
14Ivanchuk, VassilygUKR2731
3Kramnik, VladimirgRUS2784
4-13Round 4, Match 4
4Le, Quang LiemgVIE2702
13Svidler, PetergRUS2746
12-5Round 4, Match 5
12Andreikin, DmitrygRUS2716
5Karjakin, SergeygRUS2772
6-11Round 4, Match 6
6Nakamura, HikarugUSA2772
11Korobov, AntongUKR2720
10-7Round 4, Match 7
10Vachier-Lagrave, MaximegFRA2719
7Gelfand, BorisgISR2764
8-9Round 4, Match 8
8Kamsky, GatagUSA2741
9Mamedyarov, ShakhriyargAZE2775

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