Despite the conspicuous absence of Magnus Carlsen, the 2011 Candidates has a number of intriguing matchups between vastly contrasting players styles, promising combative chess at the highest level. The first games showed two Najdorfs and a clear desire to win, but only Aronian ever threatened to score the full point, against Grischuk, tripping right before the winning line. Express report.
The first day of the FIDE Candidates matches to decide a challenger for World Champion Viswanathan Anand saw all games drawn. Radjabov and Kramnik drew a Queen's Gambit Lasker Defence after just two hours. Two hours later Gelfand had completely equalised against Mamedyarov just before first time control, 10 minutes later Kamsky and Topalov repeated just after first time control. Grischuk held Aronian after over 6 and a half hours play for much of which his position looked very bad indeed.