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Saturday, September 3, 2011

World Chess Cup R3.1: Polgar strikes again, beats top seed Karjakin

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Hi everyone,

The sensation at Round 3.1 of the World Chess Cup was World's top-rated woman player beating top seed Sergey Karjakin. Also, Vassily Ivanchuk lost his first game to Emil Sutovsky. The other decisive games of the day were Grischuk beating Morozevich, Kamsky beating Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko beating Jobava 1-0 and Dominguez beating Lysyj.

The 2011 FIDE World Cup is a 128-player knock-out taking place August 27-September 20 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. Three winners will get a ticket to the next Candidates tournament/matches, as part of the new World Championship cycle. Except for the final, all rounds have 2-game matches at the FIDE time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first move. In case of a 1-1 tie, on the third day of the round there’s a tie-break with rapid games and if necessary blitz games and an Armageddon. (Find more great photos of Judit Polgar at

Here are the Round 3.1 results and game links from the official website.

Round 3.1 
1 1-0 Polgar, Judit (HUN)1−0 Karjakin, Sergey (RUS) View 
2 0−1 Ivanchuk, Vassily (UKR)0−1 Sutovsky, Emil (ISR) View
3 0.5−0.5 Zherebukh, Y (UKR)½-½ Mamedyarov, S (AZE) View 
4 0.5−0.5 Ponomariov, R (UKR)½-½ Efimenko, Z (UKR) View 
5 0.5−0.5 Tomashevsky, E (RUS)½-½ Gashimov, V (AZE) View 
6 1−0 Grischuk, Alexander (RUS)1−0 Morozevich, A (RUS) View 
7 0.5−0.5 Bacrot, Etienne (FRA)½-½ Radjabov, T (AZE) View 
8 1−0 Kamsky, Gata (USA)1−0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian (RUS) View 
9 0.5−0.5 Caruana, Fabiano (ITA)½-½ Svidler, Peter (RUS) View 
10 1−0 Jakovenko, Dmitry (RUS)1−0 Jobava, Baadur (GEO) View 11 0.5−0.5 Potkin, Vladimir (RUS)½-½ Vitiugov, N (RUS) View 
12 0.5−0.5 Parligras, E (ROU)½-½ Nielsen, P Heine (DEN) View 
13 0.5−0.5 Le, Quang Liem (VIE)½-½ Bruzon Lazaro (CUB) View 
14 0.5−0.5 Navara, David (CZE)½-½ Moiseenko, A (UKR) View 
15 0.5−0.5 Gupta, Abhijeet (IND)½-½ Bu, Xiangzhi (CHN) View 16 1−0 Dominguez , Leinier (CUB)1−0 Lysyj, Igor (RUS) View
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