Round 2 of Candidates 2014 - results and commentary by GM Alexander Delchev

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There is only one draw in the second round of the Chess Candidates Tournament 2014 which finished with wins for Kramnik, Svidler and Aronian, and a draw between Topalov and Anand.

Commentary of Round 2 games by GM Alexander Delchev

Svidler-Andreikin (1-0)
Andrejkin has a wide opening repertoire against 1.e4. In his last game against Svidler in the Russian Championship he played Berlin, but was outplayed in a highly instructive way... see game with commentary

Topalov-Anand (½-½)
To some degree I was right that Topalov will not start with his queen pawn. I was expecting 1.e4 more, but I like his choice. I wrote in 2012 a book about how to build an original opening repertoire with 1.Nf3 against all that Queen gambit oriented openings... see game with commentary

Aronian-Mamedyarov (1-0)
Lately Mamedyarov had good results with black against Aronian - he managed to drew both their games in 2013. In the first round Aronian lost undeservedly to Anand, so he needs a quick comeback. In the opening he came up with an interesting novelty (11.f4) which should have brought him a pull... see game with commentary

Commentary of games from round 1

Results - round 2

4GMKramnik VladimirRUS1-0GMKarjakin SergeyRUS2
3GMSvidler PeterRUS1-0GMAndreikin DmitryRUS1
8GMTopalov VeselinBUL½-½GMAnand ViswanathanIND6
7GMAronian LevonARM1-0GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE5


NameFedFIDE EloPts.S-B
1Viswanathan AnandIND27701.51.5
2Peter SvidlerRUS27581.50.75
3Vladimir KramnikRUS27871.50.75
4Veselin TopalovBUL278511
5Levon AronianARM283010.5
6Dmitry AndreikinRUS27090.50.75
7Sergey KarjakinRUS27660.50.75
8Shakhriyar MamedyarovAZE27570.50.5

Pairings for all rounds

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