Not much to tell from the game today. My opponent Dutch S.Tiviakov plays extremely solid with white. I tried to create some complication on the queenside but never got any advantage.
After about 3 hours play I offered a draw in a slightly worse endgame and as expected he accepted my offer.
There has been significant media interest after I became number one on the January 2010 ranking list. After our arrival in Wijk aan Zee 4 days ago I have given a number of interviews to various media including local and foreign newspapers and the TV channel Al Jazeera.
In my first appearance here in Wijk I played in the Grandmaster C-group in 2004. This year Norwegian Kjetil Lie (who was my second in the candidates back in 2007) and 16-year old Swedish Nils Grandelius play in the C-group, and Finnish Tommy Nyback in the B-group. I.m glad to see some fellow Scandinavians participating here.
In round 2 Sunday I.m white against another Dutchman, Jan Smeets.
Magnus Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee, January 16th 2010