Caruana Wins Again, Leads In Sao Paulo
After beating Magnus Carlsen in the opening round of the Chess Masters Final, Fabiano Caruana thrashed Sergey Karjakin in round 2 to claim the sole lead.
Magnus Carlsen seemed to show no ill-effects from his traumatic loss to Caruana yesterday, recovering to beat Paco Vallejo with black.
Vishy Anand was unable to breach Lev Aronian's Berlin wall and a draw was agreed.
Fabiano Caruana has leapfrogged Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin to #6 on the live rating list.
The standings after 2 rounds (3-1-0 scoring)
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'Fabulous' Fabiano Caruana defeated Sergey Karjakin
Magnus Carlsen speaking at the post match press conference
Vishy Anand and Lev Aronian signing autographs
The Chess Masters Final is a 6-player double round-robin event which is being held half in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and half in Bilbao, Spain. The Sao Paulo leg takes place from 23-29 September and the Bilbao leg is from 7-13 October.
The tournament uses the "Sofia" anti-draw rules, meaning that players can only draw by mutual agreement with the permission of the arbiter. The "Bilbao" scoring system (3-1-0) is also in operation.
The full schedule: