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In the second round, nearly half of the matches were pushed into the tie-break phase, and one surprise exit was Michael Adams, who has a superb record in KO events, losing to Danish GM Heine-Nielsen. Most of the favorites avoided any surprises such as Karjakin, Grischuk, Ponomariov, and Svidler. Vallejo Pons was unable to complete his comeback against Cuban Bruzon Batista. Illustrated report.