Jakovenko upsets Aronian in World Chess

Armenia 's Levon Aronian suffered a shocking ouster from the World Chess Cup in the tie-breaker of the fourth round in Russia.

updated: December 07, 2007 13:15 IST
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Levon Aronian of Armenia suffered a shocking ouster from the World Chess Cup losing to Russian Dmitry Jakovenko in the tie-breaker of the fourth round in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.

Gata Kamsky of United States caused a flutter defeating Russian Peter Svidler in the other tie-breaker while Evgeny Alekseev was the other Russian to win impressively against compatriot Evgeny Bareev.

Earlier, Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine, Alexei Shirov of Spain, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine and Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria won in normal games to book their spot in the quarterfinals.

The line-up in the last eight has fast improving Alekseev facing Karjakin while Jakovenko has a tough task against Alexei Shirov.

Kamsky takes on Ponomariov and Carlsen meets Cheparinov.

The World Cup, that started with 128 players, has a winner's purse of USD 120,000. The last Indian to get eliminated was Krishnan Sasikiran who lost to Ponomariov in the first game of the two-game mini-match and drew the second.

Jakovenko came up with an opening novelty against Aronian in the first rapid game and kept things under control for the major part after accepting a pawn sacrifice early in the Ruy Lopez opening.

Aronian felt the heat in the middle game when he was troubled by dominating white knights in the centre and eventually lost after 66 moves.

In the return game Aronian fought in vain for 114 moves but Jakovenko never slipped and finally got the draw he was looking for.