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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nisipeanu Falls To Khalifman

LAS VEGAS -- Midnight finally arrived for Romania's Liviu Nisipeanu on Thursday as the Cinderella of the World Chess Championship was eliminated by Alexander Khalifman.

Khalifman of Russia advanced to the finals after winning both games of the semifinal round playoffs in the monthlong tournament being held at Caesars Palace.

In the first game, the 33-year-old Khalifman dominated his opponent, who is 10 years his junior. The Russian forced a position where the Romanian could hardly move any of his pieces.

Nisipeanu decided to sacrifice a knight to gain some activity, but his position steadily deteriorated. In the second game, Nisipeanu's nerves failed him. He made an inexact move and then a serious mistake, allowing the Russian to force a draw and move into the finals.

Khalifman will now play Vladimir Akopian of Armenia in the six-game match, beginning Sunday.