In Yekaterinburg with elevated precautions, started a chess candidates tournament, where the rival will emerge world champion Magnus Carlsen in a new match for the title. Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi enters after 2 rounds in group of leaders.
Kampanyasi won starting party the representative of the Netherlands Anish Giri, and then shared the points with compatriot Alexander Grischuk. Grischuk, in turn, played a draw with the third representative of Russia Kirill Alekseenko. In the second round Alekseenko lost to American Fabiano Caruana.
two of the party were effective and both the loser became a chess player from China, Ding Liren: first, he lost to fellow countryman Wang Hao, and then lost to Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who came to Ekaterinburg after refusing to participate in the tournament, Azerbaijani Teymur Radjabov.
Thus, after 2 rounds, the leaders are four grandmaster: Nepomniachtchi, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave, Hao they have 1.5 points, Grischuk only made two draws, he has 1 point, Alekseenko and Weights scored 0.5 points, Liren while there is no tournament points. Participants must play two rounds 14 rounds.