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Carlsen in control

M.Vachier-Lagrave against A.Morozevich © official site
Alexei Shirov was today's victim at the hands of Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian has won both games and has already stamped his mark on the tournament. Alexander Morozevich beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with the black pieces and is in clear second.

Carlsen won comfortably as his novelty created great practical difficulties for his opponent.

The other win was due to a slip of the hand! Vachier-Lagrave had a draw for the taking, but inversed two moves and found himself in a lost position!

The second round summary:

White Rating Result Black Rating Moves Opening
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2722 0-1  Alexander Morozevich 2694   41 Grünfeld Defence
Magnus Carlsen 2821 1-0 Alexei Shirov 2714   33        Semi-Slav Meran
Yannick Pelletier 2590 ½-½  Fabiano Caruana 2711   59 French Defence
 

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