Ural Continues Strong, Derby Match Ashdod Illit-PVK Kiev Ended 3-3

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.

Ural Sverdlovskaya – Barbican

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.

Round 2 results: open, women
Round 3 pairings
Photos and videos

Magnus Carlsen and Boris Gelfand brought a 4-2 victory to Mika Chess Club

Paco Vallejo, Arkadij Naiditsch and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu playing for OSG Baden-Baden e.V.

Zaven Andriasian and Evgeny Alekseev on the first board of Fima-Economist

Sergey Karjakin and Vugar Gashimov scored a draw

TPS Saransk – Haladas-Szova Szombathely

Alkaloid – Ennis Chess Club
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