Gashimov Memorial: Carlsen, Ding, Karjakin Open Score

Magnus Carlsen, Sergey Karjakin and Ding Liren won their games in round two of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Those three now lead after two rounds.

Today was the round when the two world champions in the field played. Anand and Carlsen once again faced each other; they had filled each square of the chessboard with an earlier classical game.

Including their two matches, the two played their 65th battle on Monday and it was the current world champion who improved his score against the previous world champion to 12-8, with 45 draws.

It would be easy to state that Carlsen won in "vintage Carlsen style," squeezing something out of (almost) nothing. And it must be said that 27.a5! was one of those annoying little Carlsen moves that might not give an advantage objectively, but does invite the opponent to go wrong. Read more...