Vassily Ivanchuk now has the scalp of Anish Giri to hang alongside that of Vladimir Kramnik after a topsy-turvy encounter suddenly crystallised into a simple endgame win for the maverick Ukrainian. Vladimir Fedoseev was the other player to get off to a winning start, executing a beautiful win after Maxim Rodshtein lost his way in time trouble. There could easily have been more bloodshed, with MVL-Grischuk and Dubov-Aronian in particular so complex that even the world’s best players were groping in the dark.
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