Regular readers of this blog might have noticed that I try to report good news quickly, but I'm not exactly punctual with bad news.
Yury Shulman has had excellent World Cup performances in recent years, but this year, he was eliminated in the first round by reigining European Individual Champion Vladimir Potkin:
Check out the insanely good tournament site: there's a live video feed with master commentary in Russian and English! This morning, I enjoyed watching Ivanchuk grind out a win from a dead drawn position and Bruzon win a hopelessly lost position against Vallejo.
Chess Life Online has regular coverage of the remaining USA players. Yes, Sam Shankland eliminated Peter Leko!