Photo report from Rd 2 Game 2. Day of a draw Print
Thursday, 07 June 2007 00:00
The Candidates Matches keep taking place in Elista (26 May - 15 June 2007). The second game of the Round 2 was today, 7 June. 8 candidates (Aronian-Shirov, Leko-Bareev, Grischuk-Rublevskyi, Kamsky-Gelfand) are competing for the right to participate in the Mexico World Chess Championship tournament in September this year. Game 2 of Round 2 finished with a draw for each pair. See photo report.

All four games in Game 2 of Round 2 finished with a draw. Evgeny Bareev offered a draw to Peter Leko already after 15 move. Obviously he was trying to recover from his upset loss in the first game. At the press-conference Bareev said that he planned to make this game very long taking an initiative, but unfortunately he failed to do so.

The other 3 games also ended up in draws, but one could watch the great struggles, especially between Alexey Shirov and Levon Aronian. It turned out that Shirov could not convert a big advantage into a victory. Also, Boris Gelfand achieved a positional advantage against Gata Kamsky, but the American Grandmaster was defending in a stubborn way. After the game it was not clear if this game was winning at some point for Gelfand who was rather dissapointed. In the Russian duel Rublevksy-Grischuk it became clear that Rublevsky could not receive any advantage even playing with the white pieces. Grischuk is obviously in great form, should be considered as a clear favourite in this pair.

Photos by Kema Goryaeva. Charts from Chessbase.

 Player
Rating
1
2
3
4
5
6
TB
 Tot. 
 Perf. 
 Levon Aronian
2759
1
½          
1.5
 
 Alexei Shirov
2699
0
½          
0.5
 
 
 Peter Leko
2738
1
½          
1.5
 
 Evgeny Bareev
2635
0
½          
0.5
 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
2717
1
½          
1.5
 
 Sergei Rublevsky
2680
0
½          
0.5
 
 
 Gata Kamsky 
2705
½
½          
1.0
 
 Boris Gelfand
2733
½
½          
1.0
 





























 
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