Arriving on 3rd round is a bunch of 32 players. Now that the number are lesser, I'm happy to do a little statistics, considering most player are to have a Wikipedia article!
rest of the world: 11
(Armenia, China, Cuba, France, India, Israel, Italy, Nederland, Norway, Peru, Vietnam)
total: 32 players
Asia: 3 (Vietnam, India, China)
Europe 25 (Armenia*, France, Israel*, Italy, Nederland, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan*)
America North and Latin: 4 (Cuba, USA, Peru)
Top 5 highest rated
Aronian, Levon ARM 2813
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2796
Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2785
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2784
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2775
Top 5 lowest
Granda Zuniga, Julio PER 2664
Dubov, Daniil RUS 2624
Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR 2605
Adhiban, B. IND 2567
Wei, Yi CHN 2551
Top 10 Eldest
Granda Zuniga, Julio 1967, 46 years old
Gelfand, Boris 1968, 45
Ivanchuk, Vassily 1969, 44
Dreev, Aleksey 1969, 44
Kamsky, Gata 1974, 39
Kramnik, Vladimir 1975, 38
Svidler, Peter 1976, 37
Morozevich, Alexander 1977, 36
Moiseenko, Alexander, 1980, 33
Malakhov, Vladimir, 1980, 33
Top 10 Youngest
Wei, Yi 1999, 14
Dubov, Daniil 1996, 17
Giri, Anish 1994, 19
Caruana, Fabiano 1992, 21
Adhiban, B. 1992, 21
Le, Quang Liem 1991, 22
Karjakin, Sergey 1990, 23
Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime 1990, 23
Andreikin, Dmitry 1990, 23
Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1990, 23
Round 3 Pairing and Chart, 2013 Chess World Cup
Round 3 Pairing, 2013 Chess World Cup Tromsø
Levon Aronian vs Evgeny Tomashevsky
Aronian forced into tie break by Igor Lysyj in round two but managed to win. Aronian's opponent keep stronger by the round goes by. Evgeny Tomashevky, as mentioned before, was ex European Individual and part of Anand's team , comfortably eliminated Phillipine's favorite Wesley So on round 2. It's finally an harder ice to break for Aronian happening in this pairing.
Alexander Morozevich vs Nikita Vitiugov
Both has sleep well by finishing their opponent in classical games. Vitiugov is part of Russian Olimpiad team, so very likely both are known each other very well. Vitiugov, if any things to brag, was the recent Gibraltar winner this year.
Gata Kamsky vs Jon Ludvig Hammer
Very interesting pairing. Apparently, both are popular chess personalities in internet. Gata Kamsky for many years play the rule of good guy, the underdog of chess world champion candidate. His online handle 'Darknolan' is popular for his fans. JL Hammer on other hand, enjoying his 'correct' time to show up in Norway chess scenes as the sport is in rising up of popularity, thanks to his 'sibling' Magnus Carlsen, both born on 1990.
It's Hammer time... Although he admit he was quite scarry to David Navara's kamikaze sacrifice in rapid games of the 2nd round of 2013 Chess World Cup.
In contrast, Mamedyarov will going to be psychological disadvantage playing the no pressure Wei Yi /
韦奕. Wei Yi now come to the mainstream chess, defeating Ian Nepomniachtchi and upsetting the popular Alexei Shirov. Mamedyarov is much stronger player than both by rating, still the lucky star can be on this 14 years old Chinese. Wei Yi was rise up in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province China. Trivially, Hou Yifan and Shen Yang are both from Jiangsu Province as well, but from different city.
Alexander Grischuk vs Le Quang Liem
Le Quang Liem is the only three representative Asian country now, Vietnam, India and China only, reaching round 3. Alexander Grischuk of course one of favorite, meaning Le Quang Liem will need tremendous luck and calculation to overcome Grischuk.
Sergey Karjakin vs Pavel Eljanov
Both are regularly meet up in competition. Karjakin won the statistic so far 3-1-5 draws.
Alexey Dreev vs Dmitry Andreikin
Alexey Dreev goes through, even as an underdog again Wang Hao. The match itself was something of incident, it was about three move repetition draw procedure, which likely the Chinese player careless to do it rightly. The match went to tie break and Dreev ultimately outplayed his higher rated opponent. Very experience player, Dreev will need to play Dmitry Andreikin, who happen to be 2012 Russian Champion, as his best current achievements.
Fabiano Caruana vs Vladimir Malakhov
Caruana keep in happy mode so far, by defeating his opponent both in two days only. He is now need to play Malakhov, famously the nuclear scientist in disguise as chess player.
Julio Granda vs Anish Giri
Another interesting pairing. Julio Granda Zuniga popularity is rising up recently, famously as the GM who read one chess book (bundle) only. Both are natural instinct player, Giri maybe not so 'wild' as few years ago, but still the junior vs senior is awesome to watch.
Boris Gelfand vs Alexander Moiseenko
Hm... what's so interesting about this pairing? Well, although Gelfand rest well with two extra days, Moiseenko is just warming up on round 2, remember his 1st round W/O win over not shown up Ahmed Adly.
Leinier Domínguez Pérez vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Strongest contestant from America, slightly above Gata Kamsky. LDP is to play MVL, sorry both player got too lengthy names, especially when paired each other. May the best win. Amen.
Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Areshchenko
Kramnik is to play Areschenko, who only advantage is being sleep well for one extra day. In the interview, Kramnik said he come to play in Tromso for fun, similarly to Aronian, whom both already qualified for a chess candidate which this World Cup intended to served as qualification on that!
In the interview also, he said he able to wake up when his baby waking up midnight, which Susan Polgar admired because, as she said, "there is a guy who can sleep all night you know..."
Vladimir Kramnik to advance to round 3, 2013 Fide Chess World Cup. Brief Kramnik interview with Susan Polgar
Peter Svidler vs Teimour Radjabov
On the tie break, strangely Radjabov allow himself to drag into blitz by Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon. But he outplayed Lazaro 2-0. Meeting Svidler is no unusual, both meet multiple times and the statistic is draw. This is maybe the only pairing with highest elo rating combined together.
Teimour is also just become a daddy, in the late interview Susan again asked is it the newborn disturb his sleeping, Teimour gallantly answered he oftenly wake up to assist the baby. (See Kramnik - Areschenko comment to get the whole story...)
Both Azeri top players are advance to round 3, 2013 Chess World Cup. Teimour Radjabov and Shak Mamedyarov.
Yuriy Kryvoruchko vs Vassily Ivanchuk
An Ukrainian derby. When interviewed by Susan Polgar, Gata Kamsky expressed he known this 'unknown' player (refering to Kryvoruchko) who just eliminated Michael Adams, who in good form recently. Kamsky said, in Greece when playing a team match, Kamsky was in a good position after the opening, but then decide to play 'beautiful' and sacrifice a piece, he then find out he need to play for draw later on, this was against Kryovoruchko. A warning for Vassily Ivanchuk, who sometimes too creative to bear even by his own.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Baskaran Adhiban
The only Indian player around, he is the runner up bottom in rating ranking as for round 3. Eliminated two strong players, he need to meet American favorite Hikaru Nakamura.
Anton Korobov vs Daniil Dubov
Now that's the late night sensation. Daniil Dubov step by step bringing the experience Ruslan Ponomariov into Armageddon session, only to shock him with secret weapon, 1.b3. Daniil Dubov just successfully make himself as European version of Wei Yi, the chess fans can come out with more talks about favorite junior with his present. His opponent Anton Korobov is somehow the last surviving Ukrainian in the bracket of Section 8. Should Dubov able to eliminated Korobov, he will later known as the Ukrainian slayer.
thanks to Ponomariov vs Dubov highway to Armageddon, more than five hours to watch the tie break of round 2
the playing hall.. all images captured from live transmission from official website