As is almost always the case, the Russian Championship is an extremely strong event. This year's edition is missing Sergey Karjakin for obvious reasons, and Vladimir Kramnik and some other elite GMs aren't playing either. Still, 2700s are well-represented with Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Ernesto Inarkiev, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, and Dmitry Jakovenko all participating.
In round 1 two of the 2700s lost, though in the case of Svidler-Inarkiev is one (Inarkiev) losing to the other. The second falling 2700 was Vitiugov, with Black against rising star Vladimir Fedoseev. The third victory of the round was an attractive attacking effort by Alexander Riazantsev over Dmitry Bocharov.
In round 2 only one game was decisive, but once again it was a 2700 who fell as Jakovenko lost with White to Aleksey Goganov. Jakovenko was better almost from start to finish, but his careless 58.Kd4?? lost quickly.