It was a very exciting first day of the World Blitz Championship, and through ten rounds it was a two-horse race between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Magnus Carlsen. Both players won their first four games, and then Carlsen was held to a draw by Tigran Petrosian in round 5. MVL won his fifth in a row, but then Carlsen defeated him in their head-to-head match-up in round 6. Carlsen drew in round 7 with Aronian while Vachier-Lagrave won again, so they were tied at 6/7 and kept winning through round 10. Finally, both players experienced a bit of kryptonite in the last round of the day. Carlsen was beaten in good style by Sergey Karjakin, while Vachier-Lagrave was held to a draw by Teimour Radjabov - and he was fortunate not to lose.
There are ten more rounds to be played today (Wednesday), and here are the current standings at the top:
- 1. Vachier-Lagrave 9.5
- 2. Carlsen 9
- 3-4. Karjakin, Dominguez 8.5
- 5-7. Aronian, Radjabov, Kramnik 8
- 9-25. Too many to list, all with 7.5