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Shirov with Black and Van Wely with White.

Last year's champion Karjakin started the defence of his title with an interesting draw against Anand.
Shirov however began strongly by winning with one of his pet systems against Peter Leko. Loek van Wely was the other winner beating Nigel Short whose bad form of December could be set to continue. [Videos]

The first round finished earlier this evening.

Peter Leko tried something rather unusual against Shirov's trademark Archangel with an early ...Bc5.

The complications led to White obtaining two bishops against rook and knight in a very open position where it was unclear who was better. The extra exchange eventually became important and Shirov squeezed a win out of the ending despite the paucity of pawns remaining.

Van Wely played in classical style by playing a minority attack in the Exchange Variation against Short's Queen's Gambit Declined. Short's wriggling didn't loosen the bind and the Dutchman eventually invaded via the queenside and seventh rank.

The other games were drawn in the top group.

Here are the full results:

Sergey Karjakin RUS (2723) 0.5-0.5 Viswanathan Anand IND (2788) Spanish (Modern Archangel) C78

Leinier Dominguez CUB (2719) 0.5-0.5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS (2772) Petroff Defence C42

Peter Leko HUN (2752) 0-1 Alexei Shirov ESP (2719) Spanish (Modern Archangel) C78

Fabiano Caruana ITA (2662) 0.5-0.5 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR (2739) Sicilian Najdorf B90

Sergey Tiviakov NED (2664) 0.5-0.5 Magnus Carlsen NOR (2801) Spanish Closed C77

Jan Smeets NED (2650) 0.5-0.5 Hikaru Nakamura USA (2715) Sicilian Najdorf B98

Loek van Wely NED (2652) 1-0 Nigel Short ENG (2707) Queen's Gambit Declined D37

The b-tournament had three winners, Sutovsky and Nisipeanu, who are amongst the favourites, and Giri who surprisingly downed the highest rated participant Harikrishna.

Ni Hua CHN (2665) 0.5-0.5 Erwin l'Ami NED (2606)

Emil Sutovsky ISR (2666) 1-0 Dimitri Reinderman NED (2575)

Tomi Nyback FIN (2628) 0-1 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu ROM (2677)

Anish Giri NED (2585) 1-0 P Harikrishna IND (2672)

David Howell ENG (2597) 0.5-0.5 Parimarjan Negi IND (2620)

Anna Muzychuk SLO (2532) 0.5-0.5 Varuzhan Akobian USA (2624)

Arkadij Naiditsch GER (2689) 0.5-0.5 Wesley So PHI (2640)

Amonst the winners we notice the youthful Robson and Grandelius along with top seed Li Chao.

Ray Robson USA (2564) 1-0 S Swaminathan IND (2303)

Robin Swinkels NED (2500) 0.5-0.5 Abhijeet Gupta IND (2578)

Marya Muzychuk UKR (2447) 0-1 Nils Grandelius SWE (2540)

Stefan Kuipers NED (2316) 0.5-0.5 Kjetil Lie NOR (2547)

Zhaoqin Peng NED (2408) 0.5-0.5 Robin v Kampen NED (2470)

Benjamin Bok NED (2337) 0-1 Li Chao CHN (2596)

Daniele Vocaturo ITA (2500) 1-0 Sjoerd Plukkel NED (2259)

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Here is a video from our team in the Netherlands.


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