75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 Round 2: All Games Drawn
Of the two leaders, Pentala Harikrishna seemed on his way to a big upset, outplaying 3rd seed Fabiana Caruana with the black pieces. However, the Italian from Florida managed to put up a line of defence just in time and was eventually rewarded with a draw. Sergey Karjakin from Russia equalized with black against Dutch Erwin l'Ami, but never had chances for more.
Meanwhile the other three Dutchmen seemed well on their way to promising positions. Young Anish Giri was directing all his pieces to Viswanathan Anand's king, sacrificing a knight, but with his “super knight on e6” (Anand) Black was never in any danger. In fact, it was White who had to be careful not to lose the game on the other side of the board. Giri was not looking forward to a repeat of yesterday and got away with a draw when Anand missed the best opportunity.
Whereas Van Wely was in high spirits after his game, countryman Ivan Sokolov could only utter the words “I was completely winning. If I don't kill myself tonight, I will live for a thousand years” before walking away in disgust from his drawn game with Hikaru Nakamura. The Bosnian Dutchman could have produced an absolute gem had he continued in style with a beautiful combination. However, Sokolov's more prosaic approach spoiled nothing, the ending was still completely winning. But somehow the Bosnian managed to gradually drift into a drawn position.
Finally, Peter Leko neutralized Wang Hao's edge with some precise moves. Just as the players were readying themselves to shake hands, the Chinese grandmaster blundered a pawn. To the surprise of both players, it was precisely this 'blunder' that led to a forced repetition of moves and the already expected result.
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