Giri’s Double Sacrifice Stuns Gukesh, Carlsen Grinds Down Keymer | Round 2

GMs Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri joined GMs Ding Liren and Nodirbek Abdusattorov on 1.5/2 after scoring victories over GMs Gukesh D and Vincent Keymer in the second round of the 2023 Tata Steel Chess Tournament.

The world championship challenger Ding very nearly won his encounter with GM Parham Maghsoodloo but was held to a draw after some sublimed endgame defense, a theme which marked the remainder of the round’s draws.

In the Challengers group, 17-year-old IM Eline Roebers stunned the reigning Dutch champion GM Erwin l’Ami, while GMs Alexander Donchenko and Amin Tabatabaei picked up their first victories.

Day two in Wijk aan Zee was full of highlights and none more than Giri’s barnstorming victory over Gukesh. The Indian GM was unlucky to lose his second game in a row after confronting the Dutchman who played inspired chess to win in 27 moves on his home soil.

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