Skilling Open 2: Giri still leads after Karjakin beats Carlsen


Anish Giri drew all 5 games on Day 2 of the Skilling Open,
but that was enough to retain the sole lead after Sergey Karjakin took down Magnus
Carlsen in the final round of the day. Of the 8 highest classically rated
players only Levon Aronian would currently miss out on the knockout stage, with
his replacement a certain Hikaru Nakamura. Hikaru fell to a tactical blow from
Liem Quang Le in the first game of the day but beat Ian Nepomniachtchi in the last,
after karma came back to bite Nepo for three 14-move draws in a row with the
white pieces. (MORE LATER)

You can replay all the games from Day 2 of the Skilling
Open, the first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, using the
selector below.

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Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare from our studio in Oslo.

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Another frenetic day of five rounds of 15+10 rapid chess left the standings as follows before the final five rounds of the preliminary stage on Tuesday.

The Top 8 players after the preliminary stage go forward to a knockout stage, where each match is held over two days.

Come back later for quotes and analysis from the players!

The action starts each day at 17:45 CET (11:45 ET) and you
can follow it all live here on chess24 with multiple commentary streams in
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