Svidler Beats Kramnik In Russian Champs

Svidler Beats Kramnik In Russian Champs

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Five-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler (pictured) got off to the perfect start in the 2011 championship by beating in-form Vladimir Kramnik in the only decisive game of the opening round.

Undaunted, Kramnik hit back in the second round, beating Artyom Timofeev to return to a level score.

Also on target in round two was Morozevich who beat Grischuk to share first place with Svidler.  Defending champion Ian Nepomniachtchi pressed hard for a win in a tricky ending against Galkin, but had to settle for a draw.

The standings after two rounds in Moscow:

 Svidler, Peter  2739
 Morozevich, Alexander  2694
 Karjakin, Sergey  2788 1
 Kramnik, Vladimir  2781 1
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian  2711 1
 Galkin, Alexander  2598 1
 Grischuk, Alexander  2746 ½
 Timofeev, Artyom  2665 ½


Grischuk kibitzes on Svidler's game with Kramnik







Games begin at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC). The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 second increment from the start.

The official website (in Russian) is here. Live coverage at this link.

If you are following the games live, you might like to check out ChessMarkstheSpot's live blogs of the event right here at Cool

Picture from the official website.

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