Wednesday 16 September 2015

2015 World Cup Round 2 - More thrills and spills

Today is playoff day for Round 2 of the 2015 World Cup and already another set of big names have been tipped out. After drawing both his regulation games Lev Aronian might have been hoping to win the rapid games, but Alexander Areshchenko had other ideas, winning 2-0 to advance to the third round. Nikita Vitiugov lost to Quang Liem Le, but Svidler, Nakamura and and Giri all went through after 2 playoff games.
There are a number of high profile players still to finish their playoff matches, including Michael Adams, Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Grischuk. As it stands they have another 2 games to play (minimum), and the closer they get to armageddon, the closer they get to going out.
Round three is where the heavyweights start to clash with the (if I have read the tables correctly), Svidler - Radjabov and Giri - Leko matches looking quite interesting.

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