Adams busted out of the gate with the dreaded English Attack against the Najdorf and tried to run over Svidler. In a complicated middlegame, Adams pressed a bit with heavy artillery tripled on the g-file. After a bit more maneuvering and massive exchanges, the game ended in a perpetual check. After another draw, they went to the 2nd tiebreak where the first game was drawn. In the second, Svidler won an exciting tactical battle and with it, an "upset" victory. Lautier sent Nikolic packing with a grinding R+P win in the 1st game and a snappy 19-move smash in the 2nd.
Pononmariov advanced after he broke down Morozevich in convincing fashion in game 2. Azmaiparashvili and Gelfand went blow-for-blow in some truly classic battles! The two traded wins in the 1st tiebreak
truly wonderful lessons on minor piece endings. In the 2nd tiebreak, another endgame lab was given, but this one on queen endings. In the first game, Gelfand uncorked a scintillating queen sacrifice for a rook, knight and a dangerous passed pawn. Gelfand eventually sacked a rook to promote the pawn and won a technical queen ending.
In the second game, Azmaiparashvili was fed a piece sack and Gelfand's central pawns threatened to choke white's position. A very interesting and difficult queen ending ensued, ending in an exciting draw. This allowed Gelfand to advance to the round of 8. Shirov-Topalov drew both games in the 1st tiebreak. The theoretical battle of the Petroff and Dragon Sicilian defenses continued as Shirov and Topalov traded wins in the 2nd tiebreak. Shirov had the final say on the Petroff after winning a decisive game and joining the field of the final eight players in the FIDE KO World Championships!
Adams-Svidler (2nd tiebreak), 0-1
Nikolic-Lautier (1st tiebreak), 0-1
Ponomariov-Morozevich (1st tiebreak), 1-0
Gelfand-Azmaiparashvili, (2nd tiebreak), 1-0
Azmaiparashvili-Gelfand, (2nd tiebreak), ½-½
Topalov-Shirov (3rd tiebreak), 0-1
Results (all rounds)
PGN Games - Day 1 Day 2 Tiebreaks