October 18, 2008
After the usual swiss first-round mixed matchups, today’s pairings brought more balance in comparative average ratings. The top teams have introduced their strongest lineups after some of the best players had a rest day – Teimour Radjabov, Magnus Carlsen and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov have stepped on the scene.
Ural Sverdlovskaya continues strong as they demolished Barbican 6-0, but Mika Chess Club faced the resisting ESTH Thessaloniki and eventually scored 4-2 thanks to the two wins on the top boards. OSG Baden-Baden e.V. employed wise strategy and secured two quick draws with black pieces, then won the rest of the games. Michael Roiz and Dmitry Andreikin won for Economist SGSEU-1 and with the remaining games drawn, team from Saratov beat Fima 4-2.
The 5th and 6th seeded PVK Kiev Chess and Ashdod Illit Chess Club met eachother as early as in second round. In the hard-fought match, Israeli team took a lead after Emil Sutovsky beat Zahar Efimenko. With other games drawn, Evgenij Miroshnichenko and Arthur Kogan have remained last in the playing hall as the Ukrainian was trying to convert the advantage. He eventually succeeded and equalized the score for PVK Kiev.