The local Romanian player, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, is the only participant not rated in the World top thirteen, but he started with a solid draw against Karjakin. However he blundered a pawn in the endgame against Hikaru Nakamura in round two and lost.
The two strongest 'juniors' (players who were born in the 90's) are present, Sergey Karjakin, and of course Magnus Carlsen. The third stongest is Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (20th).
|Standing||Name (World Ranking)||Country||Rating||Age||C||C||I||I||K||K||Na||Na||R||R||Ni||Ni||Score|
|1=||Magnus Carlsen (2)||NOR||2815||20||*||*||.||½||.||.||.||.||1||.||.||.||1½|
|1=||Vassily Ivanchuk (5)||UKR||2776||42||½||.||*||*||.||.||.||.||.||.||1||.||1½|
|3=||Sergey Karjakin (6)||RUS||2776||21||.||.||.||.||*||*||.||½||.||.||.||½||1|
|3=||Hikaru Nakamura (8)||USA||2774||23||0||.||.||.||.||.||*||*||.||.||1||.||1|
|5=||Teimour Radjabov (13)||AZE||2744||24||.||.||0||.||½||.||.||.||*||*||.||.||½|
|5=||Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (81)||ROU||2659||34||.||.||.||.||½||.||.||0||.||.||*||*||½|
After the first week-end's play, Carlsen and Ivanchuk have 1½ points.
On Saturday they both had convincing victories, but their meeting on Sunday was a more balanced affair with neither player being able to obtain any advantage whatsoever.
The other games on Sunday were long-drawn out battles.
The Round 1 results were as follows.
|Magnus Carlsen||- Hikaru Nakamura||1-0||38||D31||Semi-Slav Defence|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||- Teimour Radjabov||1-0||35||E73||King's Indian Averbakh|
|Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||- Sergey Karjakin||½-½||20||E54|| |
|Hikaru Nakamura||- Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||1-0||86||C96||Spanish Keres|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||- Magnus Carlsen||½-½||33||C84||Spanish with d3|
|Teimour Radjabov||- Sergey Karjakin||½-½||90||D12||Slav Defence|
The official site gives more information, plus the possibility of following the games live
The games begin at 3.30 pm local time.
The games will be played from the 11th to 15th and from the 17th to 21st of June.