When looking at the eight players who qualified for the candidates matches, many had chosen Levon Aronian as the odds-on favorite. With Magnus Carlsen having withdrawn, Aronian was hoping to make a big splash against Alexander Grischuk.
Surprisingly, Armenia’s Levon Aronian failed to advance.
The match went into tiebreaks and Grischuk completed the upset in the first round. Vladimir Kramnik squeaked by Teimour Radjabov while his old nemesis Veselin Topalov was ousted by U.S. Champion Gata Kamsky. Boris Gelfand moves on against upstart Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Kamsky will play Gelfand while Kramnik and Grischuk will do battle. The matches will resume on tomorrow, May 12th.
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