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Hello chess fans and enthusiasts. With the spot light currently on at the chess world cup, it gets even better and more exciting following the semi final exit of GM Pavel Eljanov which Chess Height predicted would win the tournament based on his superb performance from the start of the tournament. We have seen through the opening rounds and followed the thrill even to the present stage of the Chess World Cup and it is our hope you all have enjoyed every bit of it.
In the semi finals it was a faceoff between Gm Giri Anish and GM Svidler Peter. In the first game, GM Giri lost a piece in an attempt to get a draw in a slightly inferior position which made him resign giving GM Svidler the win and with both settling for a draw in the second game the path was just made clear for GM Svidler to go through to the finals.
In the second game of the semi finals between GM ELjanov Pavel and GM Serjey Karjakin it was the Russian who took the win after two drawn classical games taking both players to a tie break which ended in favor of GM Karjakin.
In the first game of the rapid time tie break, GM Eljanov brilliantly got the win being a piece up however couldn’t keep it in the second game as GM Karjakin’s good end game tactics with his rook and bishop forced the win.With both parties still on equal point, the resultant was a 10+10 minute blitz in which GM Eljanov lost the first game due to a blunder in a phase where he played fast despite having more time on the clock. Maybe his intention was to play for the win and maybe to keep Karjakin under pressure both on the board and clock? Who knows? Fact is Eljanov played too fast and blundered. At move 43.h5? giving black the winning edge with Bh4. The second rapid game began with Eljanov putting up a good fight and putting his opponent under great pressure however in the end game he failed to convert his advantage instead made a kind of king triangulation making his opponent to stop the clock claiming a draw by threefold repetition which was proven correct. What a bad day it was for Eljanov and a lucky day for Karjakin who escaped to the finals
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