Close Contests In Kazan Semis

Close Contests In Kazan Semis

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The second day of the Candidates semi-finals in Kazan produced two extremely tense contests as the players battled for supremacy.

Kramnik obtained a nice position against Grischuk from an English opening, achieving a dangerous passed d-pawn.  However, Grischuk kept the criminal under lock and key, establishing a monstrously powerful knight at d6 as a highly effective guard.

Despite an extra pawn, Kramnik had no way to break through and a draw was eventually agreed.

Kramnik tried hard to make his extra pawn count...



...but Grischuk defended superbly to earn a draw





Gelfand had even better chances to win against Kamsky in a sharp Grunfeld, where the American was soon in big trouble on the board, and on the clock.

Gelfand had a crushing positional advantage, and even had time for a delightful little dance with his knight f3-d2-e4-c3-d5 as he turned the thumbscrews on Kamsky's poor pieces.

But soon after that, the pressure drifted away like mist on the breeze and Kamsky escaped with a crucial draw.

Gelfand missed an opportunity to take the lead...



...and Kamsky survived after a long hard fight

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The third games of the semi-final matches start tomorrow at the usual time of 3pm in Kazan (11:00 UTC, 07:00 Eastern).

Live coverage and more is available at the official website, and fantastic live video of the playing hall is available here.

If one or both of the semi-final matches goes to tie-breaks will be covering it live on TV with GM Melik Khachiyan and Jason "The Poet" Stoneking.  More information will be announced in the Official Group


Pictures taken from the live coverage at the official website.

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