Yesterday, Karjakin barely got by Zhao Xue to advance to the semi-final. In the other matchup, Radjabov defeated Bacrot in the first game. Bacrot went all out in the second game and eventually sacrificed materials for some play. However, Radjabov defended very well and eventually scored a full point to win 2-0.

Sergey Karjakin (2672) – Zhao Xue (2467) 1-1 (1.5-.5)
Teïmour Radjabov (2729) – Etienne Bacrot (2705) 2-0

Radjabov, T (2729) – Bacrot, E (2705) [D15]
KO Cap d’Agde, 10-30-2006

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.e3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.h3 0-0 9.0-0 Bf5 10.Bxf5 gxf5 11.Ne5 Nfd7 12.Nd3 e5 13.a4 exd4 14.exd4 Bxd4 15.axb5 Nxc5 16.Ne2 Ne6 17.Nxd4 Nxd4 18.Bh6 Re8 19.Nf4 Nxb5 20.Qh5 Qf6 21.Rac1 Kh8 22.Bg5 Qg7 23.Qh4 Nd7 24.Rxc6 Nd4 25.Nh5 Re4 26.f4 Nxc6 27.Nxg7 Kxg7 28.Qh6+ 1-0

Bacrot, E (2705) – Radjabov, T (2729) [E93]
KO Cap d’Agde, 10-30-2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh6 11.d5 Nd7 12.Nd2 f5 13.f3 Nf6 14.h3 c5 15.Bf2 f4 16.a3 b6 17.b4 Nf7 18.Qb3 h5 19.Kd1 Bd7 20.Kc2 Qc7 21.Rhb1 Rfb8 22.a4 a5 23.bxa5 bxa5 24.Nb5 Qd8 25.Qc3 Bf8 26.Be1 Ra6 27.Nb3 Rba8 28.Qd2 h4 29.Nc1 Be7 30.Nc3 Bc8 31.Rb5 Qc7 32.Rab1 Bd8 33.Kd1 Nd7 34.Nb3 Qa7 35.Qa2 Qc7 36.Nc1 Nf6 37.Nd3 Kg7 38.Bf2 Nd7 39.Ke1 Kh7 40.Kf1 Be7 41.R1b2 Kg8 42.Nb1 R6a7 43.Nd2 Ba6 44.R5b3 Bd8 45.Ne1 Bc8 46.Qb1 Ra6 47.Nd3 R6a7 48.Nc1 Ra6 49.Be1 R6a7 50.Na2 Ra6 51.Nc3 Be7 52.Nb5 Qd8 53.Na3 Kg7 54.Rb5 Qf8 55.Nb3 Qd8 56.Bc3 Qc7 57.Na1 Qd8 58.Qe1 Qc7 59.R5b3 Qd8 60.Qd2 Kg8 61.N3c2 Qc7 62.Rb5 Bd8 63.Ne1 Qa7 64.Qd1 Qc7 65.Qb1 Be7 66.Nd3 Bd8 67.Nf2 Kf8 68.Nb3 Kg7 69.Nd3 Kg8 70.Kg1 Kg7 71.Kh2 Kg8 72.Be1 Kg7 73.Bf2 Be7 74.Qg1 Bf8 75.Nbxc5 dxc5 76.Nxc5 Nxc5 77.Bxc5 Bxc5 78.Rxc5 Qe7 79.Rcb5 g4 80.fxg4 Qa3 81.c5 Rf6 82.Qf2 Ba6 83.R5b3 Qxa4 84.Bxa6 Raxa6 85.c6 Ra8 86.Rb8 Rxb8 87.Rxb8 Qc4 88.Qxh4 f3 89.g5 Rf4 90.Qf2 fxg2 91.Qxg2 Rxe4 92.Rb2 Re3 93.Rf2 Qh4 94.Rf5 Rc3 95.g6 Nd6 96.Rf3 Rxf3 97.Qxf3 Qf4+ 0-1

Today, there are 2 more premier matchups:

Magnus Carlsen (2698) – Laurent Fressinet (2640)
Andreï Volokitin (2645) – Harikrishna Pentala (2674)
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