Linares Rd2: Topalov And Grischuk Win

Linares Rd2: Topalov And Grischuk Win

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Veselin Topalov and Alexander Grischuk (pictured) both won with the white pieces in their second round games at Linares to emerge as the early leaders.

Topalov defeated Gashimov's Slav defence with an impressive display where black's more exposed king proved vulnerable in a major piece ending.

Grischuk also shone brightly with a crushing win against Gelfand.  By the end, Gelfand was virtually helpless and the end was mercifully quick.

Aronian held Vallejo to a draw thanks to an ending of opposite coloured-bishops.

The results in round two:

Grischuk, Alexander  1-0  Gelfand, Boris
Topalov, Veselin  1-0  Gashimov, Vugar
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ½-½  Aronian, Levon

The standings after round two:

Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2736  
Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2805  
Aronian, Levon  ARM  2781 1
Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP  2705 1
Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2759 ½ 
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2761 ½ 
 will have live coverage of round 3 tomorrow, with GM Friedel and NM Sharma, starting at 8:30 AM Pacific.
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