Aronian takes the first scalp

The players (official site)
In the first round, Levon Aronian's victory over Francisco Vallejo Pons was the only 'three-pointer'. He played aggressively and broke up Black's kingside with a sacrificial attack, eventually winning an endgame with five pawns for a piece. The other two games were both dry draws.

The first round summary:

The table after one round takes into account the Sofia rules: 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, but the traditional scoring system can be found in brackets.

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