Blondes and Brunettes

Время публикации: 31.12.2011 22:45 | Последнее обновление: 26.02.2012 15:49

All rating favourites proceeded in 1/8 final in San Sebastian 

In the third round of an unusual knock-out tournament in Spanish San Sebastian, all the players rated over 2700 proceeded to the next lap.

Grandmasters Vugar Gashimov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexandr Moiseenko, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, Leinier Dominguez, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viktor Laznichka and Laurent Fressine, although they faced their GM colleagues, most of them took upper hand on their opponents in two main games.   

Paraphrasing Ostap Bender from the unfading chess lecture in "The Twelve Chairs", we can summarize that if a blonde plays well, but a brunette - worse, there's not an experiment that can change this alignment of forces - will you play in Fisher's chess or even two games simultaneously. 

Only Mamedyarov needed his match against Fabien Libiszewsky to be decided on a tie-break.

A former European Champion Antoaneta Stefanova was defeated by Dominguez, a former World Blitz Champion.  

Besides a group of ten players rated over "2700", Andrei Volokitin, Sebastian Maze, Kamil Miton, Sebastien Feller, Julio Granda-Zuniga and Konstantin Landa managed to join the group of 16 strongest players.  


Top seed of B-tournament GM Loek Van Wely was defeated by Maze on a tie-break. 

An experienced player from Peru, Granda-Zuniga beat Ivan Cherepanov.

The fourth round of "A" tournament will be held on 2nd of January 2012 at 18:00 MSK Time. 

Pairings of the round: Gashimov - Landa, Mamedyarov - Granda-Zuniga, Ponomariov - Feller, Moiseenko - Miton, Bacrot - Maze, Naiditsch - Volokitin, Dominguez - fressine, Vachier-Lagrave - Laznichka. 

GM and journalist Anastasia Karlovich making a contribution to online coverage of the competition. 


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