World`s youngest GM Karjakin in quarters of World Cup

Updated: Dec 02, 2009, 10:11 AM IST

Khanty Mansiysk: World`s youngest
ever grandmaster Ukraine`s Sergey Karjakin advanced to the
quarterfinals after an impressive victory over Russian Nikita
Vitiugov in the second pre-quarterfinal game of the World
Chess Cup here.

The lone winner on a day when caution was the name of the
game, the 19-year-old Ukrainian prodigy, who became a
Grandmaster at the age of 12, played a fine positional game
with black pieces to outclass Vitiugov.

Peter Svidler of Russia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of
Azerbaijan made merry with their white pieces, signing off
easy draws against Alexei Shirov of Spain and Viktor Laznicka
of Czech Republic respectively.

Svidler and Mamedyarov made it to the quarterfinals as
well after won the first game under normal time control with
black pieces. It turned out to be a rather safe passage for
all three qualifiers thus far who all won with black and drew
with white.

The round of 16 has so far produced just three decisive
games. Five out of eight matches got in to the tie-break games
that will first feature a set of four rapid games and then, if
necessary, five sets of two games of blitz tiebreak.

If the deadlock is not resolved, the players will play in
a single Armageddon game wherein white will get five minutes
against black`s four and white must win in order to proceed to
the next round.

Laznicka gave up very early against Mamedyarov. The Czech
Grandmaster was probably disheartened with his effort with the
white pieces in the first game and opted for the Queen`s
gambit with black.

Mamedyarov went for a simple set up and just when the
game was on the brink of entering the middle game, the players
decided to sign peace. It turned out to be an easy outing for
Svidler too who faced the Arkhengelsk variation against Slav.

Top seed Israeli Boris Gelfand and Russian Dmitry
Jakovenko did not fancy their white pieces too much and agreed
to quick draws in level positions against Maxime Vachier
Lagrave of France and Alexader Grischuk respectively.

Former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine fought
on against Etienne Bacrot of France while Philippine`s Wesley
So warded off initial difficulties before holding Russian
Vladimir Malakhov.

Crauana Fabiano of Italy held second seed Vugar Gashimov
to a creditable draw and will now play in the tiebreak games.

Results round 4 game 2 (Overall scores in the end): Boris
Gelfnad (Isr) drew with Maxime Vachier- Lagrave (Fra) 1-1,
goes to tiebreak; Peter Svidler (Rus) drew with Alexei Shirov
(Esp) 1.5-0.5; Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) drew with Viktor
Laznicka (Cze) 1.5-0.5; Nikita Vituigov (Rus) lost to Sergey
Karjakin (Ukr) 0.5-1.5; Vladimir Malakhov (Rus) drew with
Wesley So (Phi) 1-1, goes to tiebreak; Caruana Fabiano (Ita)
drew with Vugar Gashimov (Aze) 1-1, goes to tiebreak; Ruslan
Ponomariov (Ukr) drew with Etienne Bacrot (Fra) 1-1, goes to
tiebreak; Dmitry Jakovenko (Rus) drew with Alexander Grischuk
(Rus) 1-1, goes to tiebreak.