Ian Nepomniachtchi uncorked powerful preparation and could’ve won under 20 moves. However, he let things slip, and after Svidler’s 18…g5! the game got complicated.
Yannick Pelletier got a decent, complicated position out of opening against Viswanathan Anand, but got a little passive and then Vishy was on to him like a Tiger catching a deer. You can see Anand showing his claws to the Swiss before the game even began. Yannick should have taken a hint...
A very lively game that kept a strong double-edged nature well into the endgame. Not for the faint of heart.
Ian Nepomniachtchi faces a very aggressive and active Boris Gelfand, and Daniel King starts the game after the swords have already been drawn and a few test swipes made upon which a wonderful strategic battle ensues.
It was vintage Nakamura, who exploited a single innacuracy by Ian Nepomniachtchi to send the Russian packing. A lesson on how to exploit an advantage with minimal effort.