The 4th Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup is taking place from May 30th to June 2nd, 2008 in Odessa . The participants are GMs Boris Gelfand (2723, ISR), Ruslan Ponomariov (2719, UKR), Anatoly Karpov (2655, RUS), Pavel Tregubov (2629, RUS), Viktor Korchnoi (2598, SUI), Yuri Drozdovskij (2581, UKR), Valery Beim (2523, AUT), and Mikhail Golubev (2474, UKR). This is one of those rare occasions where Karpov and Korchnoi face each other again on the chess board.

After 5 rounds, things are not looking good for the legends as they are both at -2. Here are the standings:

1-2. Drozdovskij, Yuri g UKR 2581 4
1-2. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2719 4

3. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2723 3½

4. Tregubov, Pavel V g RUS 2629 3

5-7. Karpov, Anatoly g RUS 2655 1½
5-7. Beim, Valery g AUT 2523 1½
5-7. Korchnoi, Viktor g SUI 2598 1½

8. Golubev, Mikhail g UKR 2474 1

Here is the official website: http://www.worldcup.pivdenny.com/

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