Peaceful start at Tbilisi World Cup semifinal

With white in the first game of a two-game match, Aronian and So failed to score. The edge now goes to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ding Liren in game 2. Registration / login required to read full article to weed out the spammers and trolls.

Wesley So - Ding Liren (World Cup Semifinal game 1)

  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d66. O-O O-O 7. Re1 a5 8. Nbd2 Be6 9. Bb5 Qb810. Nf1 Qa7 11. Be3 Bxe3 12. Nxe3 Ne7 13. a4 Ng614. Bc4 Bxc4 15. Nxc4 Qa6 16. g3 Rfe8 17. Qb3 Nf818. Qb5 Qxb5 19. axb5 b6 20. Ra3 Ne6 21. Ne3 Nc522. c4 a4 23. Rea1 Nb3 24. Rd1 Rec8 25. Nd2 Nxd226. Rxd2 Nd7 27. Rd1 Nc5 28. Nd5 Kf8 29. f4 Ra530. Nb4 Raa8 31. Kf2 Ke8 32. Ke3 f6 33. f5 Kd734. g4 Rh8 35. h4 h6 36. Nd5 Ra5 37. Rg1 Kc838. g5 hxg5 39. hxg5 Rh3+ 40. Kd2 Nb3+ 41. Kc3 Nd442. gxf6 Rh2 43. Nxb6+ cxb6 44. fxg7 Rc2+ 45. Kb4 Rxb2+ 46. Kc3 Rc2+ 47. Kb4 Rb2+ 1/2

Levon Aronian - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (World Cup Semifinal game 1)

  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc36. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 cxd410. cxd4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qxa2 12. O-O Bg4 13. Be3 Nc614. d5 Na5 15. Bg5 b6 16. Bxe7 Rfe8 17. d6 Nc618. Bb5 Nxe7 19. h3 Bxf3 20. Qxf3 Qe6 21. Bxe8 Rxe822. dxe7 Qxe7 23. Rfd1 Bf8 24. Rbc1 Qxe4 25. Qc3 Qb426. Qa1 Bc5 27. Qxa7 Qb2 28. Kh1 Bxf2 29. Qb7 Qe230. Rf1 Rf8 31. Qc6 Bc5 32. Rce1 1/2

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