World Cup: Svidler ends Xiangzhi’s run

After stopping Xiangzhi — the conqueror of World champion Magnus Carlsen in the previous round — PEter Svidler will face Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Representative image.   -  C. V. Subrahmanyam

Peter Svidler ended the dream run of Bu Xiangzhi by clinching both rapid tie-break games to score an emphatic 3-1 victory for a place in the quarterfinals of the World Cup chess here on Thursday.

After stopping Xiangzhi — the conqueror of World champion Magnus Carlsen in the previous round — the Russian will face Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who won 3.5-2.5 over Russia’s Alexander Grischuk in the longest encounter of the pre-quarterfinals.

The day’s other winners were, USA’s Wesley So, Russia’s Vladimir Fedoseev and Hungary’s Richard Rapport.

The results

Pre-quarterfinals: Peter Svidler (Rus) bt Bu Xianghi (Chn) 3-1; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) bt Alexander Grischuk (Rus) 3.5-2.5; Wesley So (USA) bt Baadur Jabova (Geo) 2.5-1.5; Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus) bt Maxim Rodshtein (Isr) 3-1; Richard Rapport (Hun) bt Evgeniy Najer (Rus) 2.5-1.5.


Quarterfinal line-up: Peter Svidler-Maxime Vachier-Lagrave; Levon Aronian-Vassily Ivanchuk; Wesley So-Vladimir Fedoseev; Richard Rapport-Ding Liren.