Chess WC: Opening semifinal games end in draw

Levon Aronian could not gain much out of white pieces against Maxime Vachier Lagrave. Ding Liren forced a draw following perpetual checks in 47 moves against Wesley So.

Levon Aronian was held to a draw on Tuesday.

The opening games of the World Cup chess semifinals ended in draws here on Tuesday.

Ding Liren forced a draw following perpetual checks in 47 moves against Wesley So who missed a stronger continuation in the middle
game.

Earlier, Levon Aronian could not gain much out of white pieces against Maxime Vachier Lagrave. Though Aronian accepted the black rook for a
bishop, Lagrave had ample compensation to easily come out undefeated in 32 moves.

The results:

Semifinals: Game One: Levon Aronian (Arm) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra); Wesley So (USA) drew with Ding Liren (Chn).