Levon Aronian beat Magnus Carlsen in the first round of Day 2 of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid as he joined Ding Liren in scoring an unbeaten 3.5/5 for a second day in a row to move ahead of the pack. Of the five co-leaders at the start of the day, Artemiev scored a solid 3/5, Magnus scored 50% and Dubov crashed to three defeats and just two draws to leave him outside the qualifying spots. His place was taken by 17-year-old Indian star Arjun Erigaisi, who defeated Vidit and Hou Yifan.
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