Three games were virtually decided in the opening in the first game of the second round of the FIDE World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk. Vugar Gashimov’s preparation against Sergei Azarov’s Jaenisch variation of the Ruy Lopez was spot on. Gashimov played the whole game very nicely. Nikita Vitiugov thumped Anton Korobov in a Moscow Variation when he played a known bad move. Alexei Shirov was in difficulties early in a sideline of the Botvinnik Variation and his position went under quickly through nice play from European Champion Vladimir Potkin.

Source: The Week in Chess