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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Round 2: Anand loses to Nakamura, Carlsen-Aronian, Gelfand-Caruana Draw

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The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Round 2 was as interesting as the first though with just once decisive game. All three games were very interesting, with a plethora of nuances and subtleties. Prominently among them the most anticipated game between Magnus Carlsen with the white pieces and Levon Aronian with the black pieces. The Armenian had to solve several tricky problems in order to avoid a lost position, but at the end he obtained the even more comfortable position to play. The game was a draw.

Magnus Carlsen - Levon Aronian: Hard-fought draw. Photo Maria Emelianova

Also a draw was the result between Boris Gelfand and Fabiano Caruana. This time, luck was on Boris Gelfand's side. After an oversight, which would have cost him a pawn, Fabiano Caruana returned the favor and missed his chance.

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The second time in a row, Viswanathan Anand scored a loss, this time against Hikaru Nakamura. An optically good-looking move of the former world chess champion provoked Hikaru Nakamura to a strong piece sacrifice. At the end of the resulting complications the Indian cracked under pressure and made a decisive mistake.

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