Essent Day Four

Shakhryar Mamedyarov on maximum score after two rounds

Essent Crown group continued with the 2nd round matchups Mamedyarov-Andriasian and Van Wely-Ponomariov. Van Wely tried his pet Bf4 against Queens Gambit Declined, but Pono was up to task and accurately exchanged pieces to earn a draw on 25th move. You were able to follow this game with the live comments here on Chessdom.

Shakhryar Mamedyarov beat 200-points lower rated Zaven Andriasian in a game that was closely watched in their native countries. Andriasian quickly gave up pair of bishops for slightly passive but solid position. He wanted to follow Mamedyarov’s pattern of long castling, but 12…Qa5 might have been bad solution. Mamedyarov forced queen’s exchange and pressed with pawn majority and bishops pair on the kingside. Andriasian was forced to resign after he faced with white’s g-pawn promotion.

Mamedyarov Essent Zaven Andriasian

Shakhryar Mamedyarov and Zaven Andriasian

Crown Group standings:

1. Shakhryar Mamedyarov (AZE 2752) 2.0

2. Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR 2705) 1.5

3. Loek Van Wely (NED 2680) 0.5

4. Zaven Andriasian (ARM 2546) 0.0

Join us tomorrow for the live coverage of Essent Crown group with the comments by Goran Urosevic.