Summary Round 2 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

16-01-2018

Dutch player Anish Giri is the sole tournament leader on a perfect 2/2 score after yesterday’s round, which once again saw three decisive results in both the Masters and the Challengers.

 

The first player to draw blood during the second round was none other than World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who produced another piece of magic to beat Adhiban. In the post-game interview Magnus explained: ‘He played an opening line that’s known for being very drawish, and it probably was, but then it got unexpectedly complicated and fortunately for me he collapsed pretty quickly.’ Shakhriyar Mamedyarov meanwhile surprised Hou Yifan as early as move one, as he played the French Defence for the first time in seven years. The Azeri went on to display flawless technique to convincingly outplay his opponent and move to 1.5/2. However, that was not enough for the lead since Anish Giri scored his first ever win in a classical game against Vladimir Kramnik to maintain his perfect score. It was an interesting game with chances for both sides, but Anish eventually got the better of his illustrious opponent after Kramnik blundered with little time left on the clock. In the longest game of the day, Wei Yi came very close to beating Peter Svidler but a draw was eventually agreed after 124 moves and around seven hours of play. The Chinese might have his lack of time on the clock to blame for missing a clear win shortly before the first time control. A short while earlier Gawain Jones had also put up a valiant effort to hold Fabiano Caruana to a draw with the black pieces after a very intense struggle. Earlier in the afternoon the games between Matlakov and So, as well as between Karjakin and Anand had also ended in draws. In today’s third round we can look forward to World Champion Magnus Carlsen taking on Chinese prodigy Wei Yi, while tournament leader Anish Giri faces Peter Svidler with the black pieces.

In the Challengers, after only two rounds there is nobody left on a perfect score as the game between leaders Dmitry Gordievsky and Jorden van Foreest ended peacefully, while the third co-leader Anton Korobov was held to a draw by Jeffery Xiong. By beating Krasenkow in crushing style Vidit joined the leading pack on 1.5/2. Elsewhere Lucas van Foreest and Olga Girya were able to bounce right back after losing the opening round, as they got the better of Aryan Tari and Matthias Bluebaum respectively.