GM Magnus Carlsen bought his first win within the Tata Metal Chess Match’s second spherical because the world champion scored a reasonably fast full-point vs. Dutch GM Anish Giri. GM Richard Rapport was the one different winner within the Masters because the Hungarian participant beat final yr’s winner GM Jorden van Foreest.
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Again in 2011, of their first-ever encounter, Giri sensationally beat Carlsen in simply 22 strikes in Wijk aan Zee. In the meantime, Carlsen had improved their mutual rating to 4-1 in classical chess (not counting attracts), but it surely took him 11 years to beat his opponent on Dutch soil in a classical sport (and make it 5-1).
Carlsen performed the opening a bit within the type of GM Daniil Dubov, who described it the opposite day as: “Put the bishop on g2, sacrifice a pawn for nothing, begin taking part in for tips.”
As his first large assume solely got here on transfer 14, it’s protected to say that Carlsen was utilizing left-over preparation for his 2021 world championship match, the place Dubov was one among his seconds.
Requested about this, Carlsen countered: “It was possibly backup world championship prep!”
On transfer 16, the world champion sacrificed an trade, which was fascinating however not essentially higher for White. Giri, nevertheless, miscalculated along with his response, and simply two strikes later he began shaking his head, revealing on digital camera that he was in deep trouble.
Carlsen: “It was very tense. I feel the opening was fairly profitable in that it was a recent place the place he needed to navigate some actually tough variations. Fortuitously for me, he sort of went fallacious sooner or later and I had a transparent initiative.”
The Norwegian GM then missed a refined intermediate transfer (19.Be4) however so did Giri (20…Qxd5 and even 20…Nc3!?), whose disappointment may need blurred his calculation much more. After he missed that final likelihood it was throughout in any case. It was and fast win for Carlsen and a sport fast to neglect for Giri.
It was a foul day for the native gamers as Van Foreest, who had began with a win within the first spherical, misplaced as nicely. Each Giri and Van Foreest did not lose a single sport final yr.
The 2021 winner misplayed a knight endgame vs. GM Richard Rapport and misplaced relatively unnecessarily. The Hungarian participant felt he had been “extraordinarily fortunate” as a result of he was the one combating to equalize within the opening.
About his opponent’s mistake, Rapport mentioned: “We had been each sort of brief on time so he simply kind of panicked I feel.”
Early within the spherical, all the eye went to the sport between GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and GM Andrey Esipenko. The rationale was easy: Mamedyarov’s daring third transfer 3.g4!?. Dubbed “the prolonged Catalan,” this coffee-house transfer was simply pretty to see at this degree.
Carlsen would later say: “I’d have snapped it off I feel, as Black! I feel he should have seen a few of my father’s blitz video games ‘trigger he all the time does this on transfer two, 1.d4 Nf6 2.g4; that is his pet opening, which might be significantly worse model than what Mamedyarov did.”
I feel he should have seen a few of my father’s blitz video games.
Whereas commentator GM Robert Hess praised Mamedyarov for it (joined by mainly the entire chess neighborhood on social media), Esipenko could not keep away from just a few smiles himself whereas pondering on the most effective response. Do you are taking the pawn, which absolutely can’t be unhealthy however enters tough residence preparation from the opponent, or do you decline with some wholesome strikes as an alternative, hoping that White’s pawn aggression may be countered within the middle?
After eight minutes of considering, Esipenko selected the latter plan with 3…d5. As the sport progressed, the place remained considerably unclear, however Mamedyarov gained the opening battle anyway due to the clock scenario: after 11 strikes he nonetheless had greater than an hour on the clock, with 24 minutes left for Esipenko.
The younger Russian participant was helped by the truth that he may quickly commerce queens and, by transfer 26, the gamers out of the blue agreed to a draw relatively early, which was one thing our commentators had been much less ecstatic about.
As Hess put it, plainly: “BAN THE DRAW OFFER!”
The conflict between GM Sergey Karjakin and Dubov was doubtlessly a spicy one as Karjakin had overtly criticized his compatriot for serving to Carlsen in a match in opposition to a co-Russian participant. The sport was, nevertheless, one of many quickest attracts of the spherical as Dubov rapidly managed to equalize with the Tarrasch Protection:
A much bigger struggle, however with the identical outcome, was GM Sam Shankland vs. GM Nils Grandelius. In the long run, it was Shankland who had a fortress with a rook and knight in opposition to a queen, however the American GM had extra cause to be sad with the outcome as he was very near profitable within the middlegame:
Spherical 2 Standings Masters
The Dutch torture prolonged partly to the Challengers group, the place the reigning Dutch champion GM Max Warmerdam—final yr in Wijk aan Zee because the second for Van Foreest—erred in a barely higher place regardless of a 38-minute assume. Generally, the extra you assume, the much less you see…
Generally the mind simply does not work. #TataSteelChess
— Max Warmerdam (@max_warmerdam) January 16, 2022
It wasn’t all distress for the Dutch as GM Erwin l’Ami, who began off with a loss the day gone by, gained his sport vs. China’s WGM Zhu Jiner.
On this group, we discover the one participant nonetheless on an ideal rating after two days, and it is not one of many grandmasters. 15-year-old IM Volodar Murzin, initially from Nizhny Tagil, a city 125 km north of Yekaterinburg, Russia, beat the Belgian GM Daniel Dardha the opposite day and IM Polina Shuvalova, additionally from Russia, at the moment:
Spherical 2 Standings Challengers
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