My opponent in round 2, Teimur Radjabov from Azerbaijan recently qualified for the 2011 Candidate Matches by capturing the overall 2nd place in the 2008-2010 Grand Prix. He is 23 years old and currently ranked as no 13 in the world, although just two rating points short of a place in the top 10.
As white, he started with a somewhat offbeat Sicilian variation. This was a surprise to me as it is quite comfortable for black. Maybe the reason was that he suffered (but managed a draw) on the black side of the same line against Gashimov in the Grand Prix tournament in Astrakhan last month).

I got a very comfortable position in the middle game and was quite optimistic. Somewhere along the line I must have played inaccurately because after complications he managed to escape into a slightly worse bishop against knight endgame. I continued to put pressure on him for more than two hours and although unpleasant for white he managed to find a way to trade of enough material to draw in the end.
I´m not fully satisfied with two draws so far but the fact that I was quite close to winning as black today makes me optimistic with regard to the rest of the tournament.
Wednesday I´m white facing Boris Gelfand from Israel.

Magnus Carlsen, Bazna, Rumania