The strongest chess player in Israel’s Boris Gelfand (2737) failed to reach the third round of the world chess Cup, held in Tbilisi, losing on a tie-break, the Chinese Wang Hao (2701) 1.5:2.5.
In the 1/16 final of the Chinese GM will meet with Ukrainian Yuri Kuzubov (2688) who beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 2797) 3:1.
Peter Svidler (Russia, 2756) defeated the Hungarian Viktor Erdos (2619) 2.5:1.5. Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk (2727) coped with the pole Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2698) 3.5:2.5.
The Dutchman Anish Giri (2777) beat Russian Alexander Motylev (2668) 4:2. Levon Aronian (Armenia) with the same score defeated HOU Yifan (China, 2670). Matias Blobaum (Germany, 2633) lost to Wesley So (2792) 2:4.
In the confrontation between the Russian Evgeny Najer (2694) defeated Nikita Vitiugov (2728) 3:1.