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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Candidates Chess Matches Kazan 2011: Semifinal games drawn after Gelfand, Kramnik miss wins

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Hello everyone,

Both games were extremely exciting in the second round at the Candidates Chess Matches in Kazan. However, the results could have just been different because both Alexander Grischuk and Gata Kamsky (both Black) held on tenaciously to survive the onslaught and draw with Boris Gelfand and Vladimir Kramnik!

The Candidates matches take place May 3-27 in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. Levon Aronian (Armenia), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Gata Kamsky (USA) respectively. The semi-final matches consist of four games; there are six games in the final. The winner qualifies for a World Title match against Vishy Anand next year. Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov, Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov were knocked out in the quarter finals.

Here are the games. Enjoy.

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