Round 2, Game 1: 12 decisive games

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In the first game of the second round there were a few blunders and unexpected results. The biggest upset of the round was Peruvian veteran Julio Granda Zuniga who defeated Peter Leko as White.

By Anastasia Karlovich

14-year-old Chinese star Wei Yi (2551) upset Alexei Shirov (2696) with a comfortable draw as Black, while Isan Ortiz Suarez from Cuba suddenly lost to French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a position with a huge advantage.

Alexander Morozevich blundered in a winning position but his opponent Rafael Leitao didn't see the winning shot and instead lost. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn’t convert a huge advantage against Maxim Matlakov, while Wang Hao got a three-time repetition in a lost position.

RANK

PLAYER

FED

RTG

RESULT

RANK

PLAYER

FED

RTG

64

Lysyj, Igor

RUS

2648

1/2 - 1/2

1

Aronian, Levon

ARM

2813

2

Caruana, Fabiano

ITA

2796

1 - 0

63

Yu, Yangyi

CHN

2662

67

Kobalia, Mikhail

RUS

2651

1/2 - 1/2

3

Kramnik, Vladimir

RUS

2784

4

Grischuk, Alexander

RUS

2785

1 - 0

68

Swiercz, Dariusz

POL

2654

60

Sasikiran, Krishnan

IND

2660

1/2 - 1/2

5

Karjakin, Sergey

RUS

2772

6

Nakamura, Hikaru

USA

2772

1 - 0

59

Safarli, Eltaj

AZE

2660

71

Filippov, Anton

UZB

2630

1/2 - 1/2

7

Gelfand, Boris

ISR

2764

8

Kamsky, Gata

USA

2741

1 - 0

57

Shimanov, Aleksandr

RUS

2655

56

Matlakov, Maxim

RUS

2676

1/2 - 1/2

9

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

AZE

2775

10

Dominguez Perez, Leinier

CUB

2757

1 - 0

55

Onischuk, Alexander

USA

2667

75

Dubov, Daniil

RUS

2624

1/2 - 1/2

11

Ponomariov, Ruslan

UKR

2756

12

Wang, Hao

CHN

2747

1/2 - 1/2

53

Dreev, Aleksey

RUS

2668

52

Bologan, Viktor

MDA

2672

1/2 - 1/2

13

Svidler, Peter

RUS

2746

14

Adams, Michael

ENG

2740

1/2 - 1/2

51

Kryvoruchko, Yuriy

UKR

2678

50

Granda Zuniga, Julio E

PER

2664

1 - 0

15

Leko, Peter

HUN

2744

16

Morozevich, Alexander

RUS

2739

1 - 0

80

Leitao, Rafael

BRA

2632

48

Ragger, Markus

AUT

2680

1/2 - 1/2

17

Vitiugov, Nikita

RUS

2719

18

Giri, Anish

NED

2737

1 - 0

47

Li, Chao b

CHN

2693

83

Robson, Ray

USA

2623

0 - 1

19

Ivanchuk, Vassily

UKR

2731

20

Radjabov, Teimour

AZE

2733

1/2 - 1/2

45

Bruzon Batista, Lazaro

CUB

2698

85

Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son

VIE

2625

1/2 - 1/2

21

Andreikin, Dmitry

RUS

2716

22

Korobov, Anton

UKR

2720

1 - 0

43

Jobava, Baadur

GEO

2696

87

Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynaldo

CUB

2609

0 - 1

23

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

FRA

2719

41

Shirov, Alexei

LAT

2696

1/2 - 1/2

105

Wei, Yi

CHN

2551

89

Hammer, Jon Ludvig

NOR

2605

1/2 - 1/2

25

Navara, David

CZE

2715

26

Bacrot, Etienne

FRA

2714

1/2 - 1/2

39

Moiseenko, Alexander

UKR

2699

102

Adhiban, B.

IND

2567

1/2 - 1/2

91

Fier, Alexandr

BRA

2595

28

Jakovenko, Dmitry

RUS

2724

1/2 - 1/2

37

Eljanov, Pavel

UKR

2702

36

Vallejo Pons, Francisco

ESP

2706

1/2 - 1/2

29

Le, Quang Liem

VIE

2702

30

Areshchenko, Alexander

UKR

2709

1/2 - 1/2

94

Felgaer, Ruben

ARG

2586

34

Fressinet, Laurent

FRA

2708

1/2 - 1/2

31

Malakhov, Vladimir

RUS

2707

32

Tomashevsky, Evgeny

RUS

2706

1 - 0

33

So, Wesley

PHI

2710

 01

Local hero Jon Ludvig Hammer, who defeated Sergey Movsesian in the previous round, drew with David Navara in a game where he had a better position, although it wasn't winning as he'd thought after the game.

02

Some players preferred not to take any risks in the first game and didn’t mind a short draw. Peace agreements were signed relatively quickly in the games Dubov-Ponomariov, Bacrot-Moiseenko, Jakovenko-Eljanov, and Lysyj-Aronian (pictured above). The others fought for many hours but the positions remained balanced in the Kobalia-Kramnik and Svidler-Bologan games.

In the 12 decisive games the victories for White outnumbered Black by 10 to 2. Only Vassily Ivanchuk and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won with the black pieces today.

03

Isan Ortiz Suarez had a winning position but didn’t make the proper defensive moves and let the pawns of his opponent Maxime Vachier-Lagrave advance too far. The Cuban may have missed 43...g4!

04

Indian GM B. Adhiban (2567), who won the first match against Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev (2710), drew Alexander Fier (2595) from Brazil, who had defeated another 2700+ player, Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

05

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov had a winning position but lost his advantage in one move.

"Seems I’m getting old if I cannot win such positions," Mamedyarov wrote on his Facebook page.

06

Argentinian Ruben Felgaer (2586), who beat Alexander Riazantsev (2700) in the first match, drew with Black against Ukrainian Alexander Areshchenko.

07

Julio Granda Zuniga has shown great play and results so far. He knocked out Hrant Melkumyan in the first match, and defeated Peter Leko today.

08

Alexander Morozevich won his game but could simply have lost by force on move 35. His opponent, Rafael Leitao from Brazil, who outplayed Ernesto Inarkiev the previous day, missed a winning variation starting with 35…Ng3. He played Ng3 five moves later but it turned out to be an unfortunate decision as his position became lost.

09

Boris Gelfand and his seconds during the World Championship match in 2012 - Evgeny Tomashevsky and Pavel Eljanov.

10

Dutch player Jan Smeets chatting to grandmaster Vladimir Chuchelov, who is Fabiano Caruana's coach.

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Wang Hao claimed the threefold repetition, but did so without having written down the move that would lead to it. That is an incorrect procedure. The arbiter awarded Dreev three extra minutes as a penalty for Wang and explained to Chinese player that the procedure was wrong. After his clock started to run again Wang wrote down his move and made the claim again, with only seven seconds to spare. At this time, after Dreev agreed with this result, it then became an official draw.

What Dreev now claimed, very emphatically, was that his opponent had to make a move first. This is incorrect: if Wang had done that he would have lost his right to make his claim FIDE Laws of Chess

11

Anton Korobov won against Baadur Jobava while Alexei Shirov drew with 14-years–old GM Wei Yi.

12

Alexander Onischuk and Leinier Dominguez seemed less interested in their game than in Morozevich-Leitao. However, after a few hours of play the game finished in favor of the Cuban player.

13

The half-empty playing hall where 64 players continue to play in a knockout.

14

Life went on as usual in the Press Center. Susan Polgar and Lawrence Trent commentated on the games and did interviews. FIDE Vice President Ali Nihat Yazici spoke about FIDE's new playing platform developed in cooperation with CNC.

15

Russian Alexander Grischuk showed how he'd tricked his opponent Dariusz Swiercz in time trouble. The Russian GM was attracted to the 29.Rd5 idea before he played 27.Bh3.

16

Anish Giri and Susan Polgar checking Anish’s game against Li Chao. “I played like a computer today!” said Anish after he'd checked the Houdini analysis.

17

Ellen Carlsen, sister of Magnus, and national team player Ellisiv Reppen also visited the Press Center.

18

Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer chatting with his friend Tarjei J. Svensen.

The second game of the second round will start at 3pm local time.

See the full schedule here

Videos

Round 2, game 1, part 4

Round 2, game 1, part 3

Round 2, Game 1 - Part 2

Round 2, Game 1, Part 2-4

Round 2, Game 1, Part 1

Time controls and rules

The time control for each two-game match is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. If the score is equal there are two rapid chess tiebreak games, played at a rate of 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds per move. If the score is still equal then two accelerated games will be played, with a time control of 10 min + 10 sec. If the score is still equal two more games will be played at 5 min + 3 sec. If the winner is still not determined then a final Armageddon game with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, with a 3 sec increment after move 60, will be played. In this game Black has draw odds (i.e. he wins if the game is drawn).