The second stage of the Top-8 gave us four interesting and exciting fights. They gave us food for thought and, answering old questions, asked new ones. ()
For example, after the match between Tim Bresnan and Rustam Babaev, we learned that Tim is really stronger, and with proper self-control and technical training, Rustam has no chance. But, firstly, will Rustam be able to defeat the much less titled, but bigger Alex Kurdecha? And what are the chances of an American harsh master against Dmitry Trubin?
Regarding Dmitry, he, despite everyday difficulties, came out of the steep his black linr, and proved that he should not be written off, and even if he is not a champion from the first echelon today, he is far from being a loser. But a duel against Tim Bresnan should determine his position more precisely, because the American is firmly in the leading position of the lower bracket. And if Dmitry can confidently defeat him, this will mean that he still remains a contender for getting into the first echelon, where he will be equal among the best. Well, in equal fight we will understand that Dmitry is certainly a top armwrestler (as the name of the tournament says), but to cope with the genetic "monsters", he, like Rustam Babaev, is not under the force.
Alex Kurdecha is also at a crossroads in understanding his capabilities. The fight with Rustam Babaev is obliged to show whether Alex got into the tournament by chance, and he should gain condition and competitive experience for a few more years, or he is rightfully there.
Evgeny Prudnik, despite the increase in both mass and power indicators, quite devastatingly lost to Vitaly Laletin.