Khanty Mansiysk, Russia: Grandmaster Peter Svidler of Russia on Saturday, moved closer to winning the World Chess Cup after playing out a quick draw with countrymate Alexander Grischuk in the second game of the final.
Svidler, who won the first game of the four-game final with black pieces in the USD 1.6 million event which is also a part of the next World Championship cycle, took it easy expectedly with white pieces to lead by 1.5-0.5 at the half way stage of the match.
Vassily Ivanchuk outwitted fellow Ukrainian and former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov to take lead in the third-place play-off match. Ivanchuk, like Svidler, leads 1.5-0.5 with two games to go. The third place finisher will also qualify for the next World Championship cycle.