The second games of the second round of the World Cup were played on September 14 in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Three players won their matches with two wins: Sergey Karjakin (Russia), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France).
Many more matches ended with a 1½-½ score. In arguably the most sensational one, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Germany) made a draw from the position of strength with Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and proceeded to the next round.
Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) won the match against his compatriot Alexandr Predke, Dmitry Andreikin (Russia) defeated Rinat Jumabayev (Kazakhstan), Levon Aronian (Armenia) won against Parham Maghsoodloo (Iran), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) won Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Xu Xiangyu (China) defeated Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia), Wesley So (USA) bested Anton Demchenko (Russia), Pentala Harikrishna (India) beat Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia), Wang Hao (China) defeated Maxim Rodshtein (Israel), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) won against Ivan Cheparinov (Georgia), Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia) knocked out Chitambaram Aravindth (India), Anton Korobov (Ukraine) lost to Le Quang Liem (Vietnam), Aleksandr Rakhmanov (Russia) lost to Santosh Vidit (India), and Daniil Dubov (Russia) lost to Alireza Firouzja (Iran).
Once again a big number of matches will be decided on tie-breaks.
Only two players managed to come back after losing the first game: Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan), who defeated Nihal Sarin (India), and Wei Yi (China), who managed to win as Black against David Anton Guijarro (Spain).
The following matches proceed to tie-breaks after two draws: Ding Liren-Movsesian, Christiansen-Alekseenko, Svidler-Esipenko, Jakovenko-Jones, Giri-Najer, Tabatabaei-Xiong, McShane-Yuffa, Dominguez-Abasov, Grischuk-Bok, Sjugirov-Radjabov, Gelfand-Matlakov, Adhiban-Yu Yangyi, and Vitiugov-Huschenbeth.
The tie-breaks will be played on September 15.
Text: Eteri Kublashvili
Photos: Kirill Merkuryev