Ivanchuk, Nepomniachtchi and now Carlsen

Vassily Ivanchuk
Ivanchuk equalized easily and pressed in the endgame, but was unable to cash-in his pawn up advantage. Magnus Carlsen managed to win a confusing game against Boris Gelfand where it was the Israeli who made most of the running. The World number one now joins the leading group.

Boris Gelfand seemed to be doing very well, with a daring attack that won the exchange for a couple of pawns. However, Carlsen held off Gelfand's active rooks and eventually the extra pawns were worth more than the exchange. In particular the pawn on b7 gave the Norwegian additional tactical possibilities.

Aronian won the exchange, but Kramnik had reasonable drawing chances. In fact the Armenian made such a meal of the position that he ended up on the worst side of the draw.

The game between the leaders seemed to be heading towards a draw when Nepomniachtchi weakened himself with an unecessary pawn break. Ivanchuk then manoeuvred round to pick off a pawn, but this proved to be insufficient in the knight endgame.

The other two draws were relatively uneventful.

Here is a summary of the second round games:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1-0 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 38 Slav Defence 4.e3
Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763


Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 43 Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be2
Peter Svidler RUS 2755


Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 23 Caro-Kann Advance
Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730


Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 76 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Levon Aronian ARM 2802


Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 49 Queen's Gambit Tarrasch

The table after the second round:

Place Name Country Rating Points
1-3 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 1.5
1-3 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 1.5
1-3 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 1.5
4-7 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 1
4-7 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 1
4-7 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 1
4-7 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 1
8-10 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 0.5
8-10 Peter Svidler RUS 2755  0.5
8-10 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 0.5

Details of the first round:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Moves Opening description
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758


Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 34 Queen's Gambit Declined 5.Bf4
Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 0.5-0.5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 42 Nimzoindian 4.Qc2
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 1-0 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 61 Grünfeld 4.e3
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 0-1 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 53 English Symmetrical
Levon Aronian ARM 2802 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 57 Queen's Indian 4.g3 Ba6

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