My opponent today was elite veteran Alexei Shirov. He went for the Scotch with 10.Ba3 and after my long castle on move 12 we were out of theory. I felt sharp today and I think I played a good game. Shirov had to find several precise moves to maintain the balance. He did, and in the end I had nothing better than a perpetual check and a draw.
Most other games in the A-group ended draw as well except for Hao - Nepomniachtchi 0-1, and four players are at +1 after 2 rounds.
Real sunny day in Wijk, but after the game I watched football in the hotel and went for a late night stroll instead.
Monday I.m white against home-favorite Anish Giri who qualified for the A-group by winning the B-group last year.
Magnus Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee, January 16th 2011.