Viswanathan Anand remains on top of the leaderboard after a peaceful second day in Saint Louis. Although all the games ended in a draw, the results weren’t indicative of the fights that ensued across the board. Ian Nepomniachtchi missed a golden opportunity to recover from his first round loss, after Fabiana Caruana blundered, whereas Anish Giri did not manage to convert his extra pawn against Levon Aronian.
The 2019 Sinquefield Cup was off to a slow start with only one decisive result, a definite change of pace after the action packed Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz. Seven of the twelve players were returning to action after a short break from the rapid and blitz event and were pleased with the peaceful result to start off the tournament. The only victor of the round was former World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who was on the receiving end of some luck