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Ben's Blog: Round two analysis with GM Ben Finegold

[imagefield_assist|fid=1758|preset=frontpage_200x200|lightbox=true|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]Round two of the WTC was quite nice for the U.S. Team, as we managed to win on boards one and two, and draw easily on boards three and four, a surprisingly easy win over a tough Indian team.  Although Hikaru Nakamura's game was up and down, with both sides having the advantage throughout, our board two, Alexander Onischuk won quite easily with black against the usually very tough Pentala Harikrishna. Onischuk was better out of the opening and built up pressure relentlessly on the queenside, until his two extra passed pawns were simply too much for white to handle.  A dream start for the U.S. Team, two wins of 3-1.  Can we make it three in a row tomorrow?

Harikrishna (2672) vs. Onischuk (2670)