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Kramnik starts strongly

Kramnik facing Giri in round 1 © official site.
Not for the first time, Anish Giri had problems to handle Vladimir Kramnik with the black pieces. The top seed won comfortably in the King's Indian Defence against the young Dutch star. In the other game, a long battle between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Judit Polgar ended in a draw.

Summary of round one:

White Country Rating Result Black Country Rating Opening
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2791 1-0 Anish Giri NED 2722 King's Indian Defence
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2712 ½-½ Judit Polgar HUN 2701 Queen's Indian Defence

The table after one round:

Rank Player Country Rating w1 b1 w2 b2 w3 b3 w4 b4 Total
1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2791 * * . . . . 1 . 1
2 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2712 . . * * ½ . . . ½
3 Judit Polgar HUN 2701 . . . ½ * * . . ½
4 Anish Giri NED 2722 . 0 . . . . * 0

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