Aronian, Carlsen and Grischuk share lead after two rounds

In the second round of the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament, Magnus Carlsen joined Levon Aronian and Alexander Grischuk in the shared lead in the overall standings thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Vugar Gashimov. Aronian beat Hikaru Nakamura 1½-½, while Grischuk had the same result in his mini-match against former co-leader Boris Gelfand.

Carlsen’s rapid win with the black pieces won the €1,000 Game of the Day Prize. The Game of the Day Prize in Round 1 was won by Alexander Grischuk for his blindfold win against Vladimir Kramnik (which he gratefully accepted saying that he thought that Carlsen’s rapid win against Nakamura should in fact have won the prize!).

Sunday 13 March Round II
14.30 Blind Topalov-Karjakin ½-½
Kramnik-Anand ½-½
Gelfand-Grischuk 0-1
16.00 Blind Carlsen-Gashimov 1-0
Giri-Ivanchuk ½-½
Nakamura-Aronian 0-1
17.45 Rapid Karjakin-Topalov ½-½
Anand-Kramnik ½-½
Grischuk-Gelfand ½-½
19.15 Rapid Gashimov-Carlsen 0-1
Ivanchuk-Giri ½-½
Aronian-Nakamura ½-½

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