Khanty Mansiysk, Russia: Six-time Russian champion Peter Svidler added another feather to his cap by winning his maiden World Cup title after eaking out a draw in the fourth and final game against friend and compatriot Alexander Grischuk.
Svidler won the final with a 2.5-1.5 margin and the sole decisive game in the mini-match was the first one of the encounter that Svidler won with black pieces. The remaining three ended in a draw giving the Russian a pay-check of USD 96,000.
Ukraine's Vassily Ivanchuk, meanwhile, upstaged country-mate and former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov to win the right to be a part of next world championship cycle. After Grischuk won the silver following the draw, Ivanchuk got the bronze medal after signing peace with Ponomariov and winning the match 2.5-1.5.