The strong open at Reykjavik is already heating up. The match-ups are becoming more balanced and the games more fighting. However, there were some battles that finished rather quickly.
GM David Navara bounced back from his two draws against lower rated players with a 28-move win against IM Robert Ris. The Czech super-GM went for a direct kingside attack against the Grunfeld. First, he sacrificed his bishop for two pawns on the 15th move, then Ris made a big blunder and Navara was able to show a nice tactical sequence to win the game.
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave just needed 24 moves to get his fourth straight victory. Dutch GM Erwin L’Ami chose the Caro-Kann Defense and took way too long to develop his kingside. Maxime exchanged the queens in a very favorable moment and went for a central attack. In the final position, the French GM has the initiative and has recovered all the sacrificed material. He will have a good rest before tomorrow’s round.