Shanghai Masters Update

Shanghai Masters Update

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Sep 5, 2010, 10:48 AM |
19 | Chess Event Coverage

Two more rounds of the double-round robin Shanghai Masters have seen Alexei Shirov join Lev Aronian as joint leader.

Shirov and Aronian had a thrilling encounter in round two, with plenty of "Fire on Board" to entertain the crowds in a 54-move draw.  Kramnik pressed hard looking for a full point against Wang Hao, but the Chinese player held firm to score his first points.

In round three, Shirov succeeded where Kramnik had failed by defeating Wang Hao in a wild game, while Aronian managed to shut out Kramnik for a draw.

So at the halfway point the scores (using the football system) look like this:

1  Aronian, Levon ARM 2783 * * 1 . 1 . 3 . 5
2  Shirov, Alexei ESP 2749 1 . * * 1 . 3 . 5
3  Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2780 1 . 1 . * * 1 . 3
4  Wang Hao CHN 2724 0 . 0 . 1 . * * 1


The top two finishers will go forward to join Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen in Bilbao in October for the Grand Slam Final.

 

 

 

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