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Peter Svidler and Sergey Karjakin qualify for FIDE World Cup Semifinal

The two pairs of players who tied their round five matches with the classical time control returned to the playing hall at the Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku to settle the scores in the rapid and blitz games.

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Previous reports: Round 1 pairingsRound 2 tie-breakRound 3 picturesque reportEljanov with six straight winsAndreikin defeats Kramnik in Russian derbyRound 4 started with 4 winsMamedyarov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vachier-Lagrave advanceGiri, Karjakin, Eljanov, Wei Yi qualify for 5th roundEljanov defeats Nakamura/ Eljanov, Giri qualify for World Cup Semifinal

In the first set of the rapid games Peter Svidler held serious advantage in both games against Wei Yi, but the Chinese staged two escapes and remained in the match.

Meanwhile, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin drew two games. In the next batch of rapid with faster time control Mamedyarov run into trouble early in the first game and started burning his clock. But just as he finally reached an ending with some prospects of holding, he simply run out of time and lost.

In the return game Mamedyarov tried to maneuver and prepare a break in the blocked position, however at some point he blundered a piece to a knight fork and immediately resigned.

At the same time Svidler, after failing to convert three better games, finally broke the resistance of his young opponent to qualify for the Semifinal.

Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/content/27

Photo gallery is available at http://www.bakuworldcup2015.com/product/70

Semifinal pairings:
Svidler – Giri
Karjakin – Eljanov

Anish Giri interviewed by the local TV

Anish Giri interviewed by the local TV

Two Russian players advanced into the Semifinal

Two Russian players advanced into the Semifinal

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Dozens of spectators in the playing hall - organizers had to bring in more chairs

Dozens of spectators in the playing hall – organizers had to bring in more chairs

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Press conference with the Semifinalists

Press conference with the Semifinalists

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave commenting for the English-speaking audience

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave commenting for the English-speaking audience

Peter Svidler with Hikaru Nakamura and Evgeny Miroshnichenko

Peter Svidler with Hikaru Nakamura and Evgeny Miroshnichenko

Hikaru Nakamura joining the English commentary

Hikaru Nakamura joining the English commentary

GM Evgeny Romanov joined GM Sergei Shipov in the commentary room

GM Evgeny Romanov joined GM Sergei Shipov in the commentary room

Two chess fans from Norway arrived to follow the World Cup

Two chess fans from Norway arrived to follow the World Cup

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