In Giri's encounter with Nakamura, the popular B-f4 system led to the so-called 'Carlsbad structure' once White released the tension on d5. These 'Exchange Variations' have a reputation for closed manoeuvring, particularly when both players castle on the same wing, but this pair of creative players generated lots of interesting ideas in a lively game.
Giri's minority attack was countered quite actively and a proposed exchange sacrifice by the American gave Black promising play. Complications led to perpetual check.
The young German Meier has a cautious positional style and although he kept matters under control in a steady game, Le Quang Liem was never in danger.
The round one details:
|Kramnik, Vladimir||2781||1-0||Ponomariov, Ruslan||2764||42||King's Indian Classical (7...exd4) E94|
|Giri, Anish||2701||½-½||Nakamura, Hikaru||2770||54||Queen's Gambit Declined (5.Bf4) D37|
|Meier, Georg||2656||½-½||Le, Quang Liem||2715||38||Grünfeld (Russian system, Hungarian Variation) D97|
Here is the table after only one round.
|2-5||Le, Quang Liem||VIE||2715||.||.||.||.||.||.||*||*||.||½||.||.||½|
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