Alexander Grischuk ended the second day of rapid on a high note by winning four games in a row but slowed down today by only scoring fifty percent. Of course it helped that one of his wins came from defeating Carlsen but there wasn’t enough consistency in his games to catch Carlsen. The three time blitz world champion is now in third place and still a contender for first place.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had an excellent day by being the only other player besides Grischuk to take a full point away from Carlsen. He is still in fourth place but proved himself to be extremely dangerous in blitz by winning four games in a row.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, on the other hand, only scored three points. After a strong showing in the rapid, it appears the faster time controls are not his friend.
The most surprising turn of events came from the other two Americans. Fabiano Caruana had the worst performance of his life in the rapid by scoring 1.5/9, but made a comeback today with 6/9 and actually tied for second in blitz with the likes of Carlsen and Vachier-Lagrave. Unfortunately, he still has too few combined points to compete for any top places. Wesley So, on the other hand, had an atrocious day by only scoring 1.5 points.
Sergey Karjakin, Veselin Topalov and Etienne Bacrot all had a tumultuous day and are out of contention for the first place.