Magnus Carlsen’s World Championship challengers, Vishy Anand and Sergey Karjakin, have been knocked out of the 2017 FIDE World Cup in Round 2. Vishy was unable to beat Anton Kovalyov on demand, while Sergey forgot a move in a sharp opening line and was ruthlessly put to the sword by Daniil Dubov. Mickey Adams was another casualty. Carlsen is through with the only perfect 4/4 score, where he’s joined by Vladimir Kramnik, who was stunned when Anton Demchenko offered a draw on move 10 of a must-win game. No less than 22 matches again go to tiebreaks on Friday.
Among the top players facing tiebreaks are more Top 10 stars such as Aronian, Caruana, Grischuk, So, Nakamura and Giri, with the cautious approach encouraged by the knockout format having led to widespread rating deflation!
The tiebreaks start at the same time as always on Friday, and you can watch all the action, with the option of 5 commentary streams in 4 languages, here on chess24 from 15:00 CEST onwards!
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