Kamsky, Leko win Game 2 with Black. Bareev Beats Polgar. Print
Monday, 28 May 2007 00:00
Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko and Evgeny Bareev entered the win column in Game 2 of the Candidates Matches. Kamsky and Leko beat Etienne Bacrot and Mikhail Gurevich, respectively, with the black pieces. Bareev was among the last to finish, exacting the point from Judith Polgar in 64 moves. The Game 1 winners, Lev Aronian and Alexander Grischuk, drew to hold on to their one point lead while the other matches, Kasimjanov-Gelfand, Rublevsky-Ponomariov and Shirov-Adams remained tied. Watch games live at the official site. Download games. Read photo report. Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko and Evgeny Bareev entered the win column in Game 2 of the Candidates Matches. Kamsky and Leko beat Etienne Bacrot and Mikhail Gurevich, respectively, with the black pieces. Bareev was among the last to finish, exacting the point from Judith Polgar in 64 moves. The Game 1 winners, Lev Aronian and Alexander Grischuk, drew to hold on to their one point lead while the other matches, Kasimjanov-Gelfand, Rublevsky-Ponomariov and Shirov-Adams remained tied. Candidates Matches Rounds 1 and 2 shall select four qualifiers to the World Championship Tournament in Mexico City. Watch games live at the official site.

Photos by Casto Abundo

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Round 2: Monday, May 28th

Levon Aronian 
1/2:1/2
 Magnus Carlsen
Mikhail Gurevich 
0-1
 Peter Leko
Rustam Kasimdzhanov 
1/2:1/2
 Boris Gelfand
Sergei Rublevsky 
1/2:1/2
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Etienne Bacrot 
0-1
 Gata Kamsky
Vladimir Malakhov 
1/2:1/2
 Alexander Grischuk
Evgeny Bareev 
1-0
 Judith Polgar
Alexei Shirov 
1/2:1/2
 Michael Adams


 Player
Rating
1
2
3
4
5
6
 Tot. 
 Perf. 
 Magnus Carlsen
2676
0
½
0.5
 
 Levon Aronian
2759
1
½
1.5
 
 
 Peter Leko
2749
½
1
1.5
 
 Mikhail Gurevich
2635
½
0
0.5
 
 
 Ruslan Ponomariov
2717
½
½
1.0
 
 Sergei Rublevsky
2680
½
½
1.0
 
 
 Boris Gelfand
2733
½
½
1.0
 
 Rustam Kasimdzhanov
2677
½
½
1.0
 
 
 Gata Kamsky
2705
½
1
1.5
 
 Etienne Bacrot
2709
½
0
0.5
 
 
 Alexander Grischuk
2717
1
½
1.5
 
 Vladimir Malakhov
2679
0
½
0.5
 
 
 Judit Polgar
2727
½
0
0.5
 
 Evgeny Bareev
2743
½
1
1.5
 
 
 Michael Adams
2734
½
½
1.0
 
 Alexei Shirov
2699
½
½
1.0
 




Wunderkind Magnus Carlsen watching other games, seemingly untroubled by his first round loss.



`I have a bad back,` explained Gurevich, who is the only player with a special chair.



Journalists asked at the post-game press conference if they will draw all six games and go into tie break. Rublevsky replied `When two strong players face each other, it is not simple to win and the result is most likely a draw.`





`We now have an equal lifetime score against each other,` Kamsky said at the press conference at which Bacrot was absent.



A pensive Malakhov waited in the sidelines for Grischuk to arrive before sitting down.



Journalists were waiting for their press conference after the game but at that late hour players must have been eager to go back for dinner.



Similar to their first game the previous day, Game 2 also ended in a draw by repetition.
 
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