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Carlsen dominates World Rapid Chess Championship after day 2

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen dominates the World Rapid Chess Championship after day 2. He is with 8,5/10, which is 1,5 points ahead of competition.

Carlsen had a fantastic second day in Kazakhstan. He started with two draws against Gelfand and Dreev, but won two tactical games against Mamedyarov and Tkachiev. With a victory in round 10 against his direct opponent Karjakin, Magnus got in sole first position. With 5 rounds remaining Carlsen is now the clear favorite for the World Rapid Chess title in Astana.

Karjakin and Topalov are sharing the second place with 7,0/8. Karjakin started with a draw and two wins, but lost his final two games against Mamedyarov and Carlsen. Topalov played some of the most exciting chess of the day winning in 101 moves against Svidler, and effectively sacrificing two pieces for a win against Radjabov, but surprisingly blundered against Kazhgaleyev.

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Standings

1. Carlsen, Magnus 8.5
2-3. Topalov, Veselin 7
2-3. Karjakin, Sergey 7
4. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 6
5-7. Grischuk, Alexander 5.5
5-7. Dreev, Aleksey 5.5
5-7. Radjabov, Teimour 5.5
8-9. Svidler, Peter 5
8-9. Kurnosov, Igor 5
10-11. Gelfand, Boris 4.5
10-11. Ivanchuk, Vassily 4.5
12-13. Morozevich, Alexander 4
12-13. Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 4
14-15. Bologan, Viktor 3
14-15. Tkachiev, Vladislav 3
16. Ismagambetov, Anuar 2

 

World Rapid 2012 results day 2

6
Carlsen, Magnus  - Dreev, Aleksey ½-½
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Topalov, Veselin ½-½
Karjakin, Sergey  - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 1_0
Kurnosov, Igor  - Gelfand, Boris 1_0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Bologan, Viktor 1_0
Radjabov, Teimour  - Grischuk, Alexander 1_0
Svidler, Peter  - Tkachiev, Vladislav ½-½
7
Bologan, Viktor  - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1
Dreev, Aleksey  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½
Gelfand, Boris  - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½
Grischuk, Alexander  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 1_0
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Svidler, Peter 0-1
Morozevich, Alexander  - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½
Topalov, Veselin  - Radjabov, Teimour 1_0
8
Carlsen, Magnus  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1_0
Gelfand, Boris  - Tkachiev, Vladislav 1_0
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Bologan, Viktor 1_0
Karjakin, Sergey  - Dreev, Aleksey 1_0
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Topalov, Veselin 1_0
Kurnosov, Igor  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 1_0
Radjabov, Teimour  - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½
Svidler, Peter  - Grischuk, Alexander 1_0
9
Bologan, Viktor  - Radjabov, Teimour 1_0
Dreev, Aleksey  - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1_0
Grischuk, Alexander  - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½
Ismagambetov, Anuar  - Gelfand, Boris 1_0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  - Karjakin, Sergey 1_0
Morozevich, Alexander  - Kazhgaleyev, Murtas ½-½
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1
Topalov, Veselin  - Svidler, Peter 1_0
10
Carlsen, Magnus  - Karjakin, Sergey 1_0
Gelfand, Boris  - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½
Ivanchuk, Vassily  - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  - Bologan, Viktor 0-1
Kurnosov, Igor  - Topalov, Veselin 0-1
Radjabov, Teimour  - Dreev, Aleksey ½-½
Svidler, Peter  - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1
Tkachiev, Vladislav  - Ismagambetov, Anuar 0-1

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