The elo differences between the players were not as big as in previous rounds, and consequently many games were drawn.
Sergey Karjakin opened the score against the former World Junior Champion Yu Yangyi. In an interesting Sicilian game with both kings left in the center, the Chinese player blundered a tactical shot and resigned soon after.
Fabiano Caruana defeated the Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov, who earlier knocked out American’s trainer Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Following the slow-paced middlegame with lots of maneuvers, Caruana finally broke through after the first time control.
In one of the most exciting games of the day Pavel Eljanov stunned the 7th-seed Alexander Grischuk with black pieces. However, Grischuk had a tremendous chance but he failed to spot a victorious move shortly before the time control. In the resulting endgame white tried to set a fortress, but nevertheless the position should be winning for black with precise play.
The remaining 12 games were drawn.
Full set of results and pgn files can be found on http://www.bakuworldcup2015.
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The total prize fund of the 2015 FIDE World Chess Cup is 1,6 million USD. In addition, the tournament also awards two places in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, part of the FIDE World Championship cycle.
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