The participants must be reading this blog, because after I lamented the boring d-pawn draw debacle in the first round, they have really turned on the action. Today 3 out of 4 games opened with 1. e4:
Grischuk – Gelfand is a strange Rossolimo (Bb5+) Sicilian, where White looks space deprived but the computer still gives him a slight advantage (+.2)
Position above is after Black’s 10th move.
Svidler – Carlsen is a Ruy Lopez
Position above is after White’s 11th move
Radjabov – Aronian is another Ruy Lopez
Position above after Black’s 12th move
As for the last game, Kramnik – Ivanchuk, it’s a Catalan, so I won’t bore you with the details. 🙂
See live games with computer analysis here.