In the clash between the leaders, mass exchanges in the early phase led to a triple minor piece endgame where Bacrot had the advantage of the bishop pair. Carlsen then traded his remaining bishop for knight, but Bacrot was unable to make any significant progress with his two bishops against Carlsen's two knights.
Anand obtained an edge with Black direct from the opening due to the potential advantage of the bishop pair. In order to limit the Indian's bishops Wang Yue accepted crippled pawns but this ultimately led to him losing a pawn. Anand converted his advantage after simplifying into a rook endgame.
|Wang Yue||CHN||2732||0-1||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||Catalan/Bogoljubov||51|
|Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||Queen's Indian Defence||48|
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||0.5-0.5||Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||Caro-Kann Panov||43|
In Gashimov against Topalov White opted for the Panov Attack against the Caro-Kann. The Azerbaijani was happy to accept an isolated queen's pawn, which is typical of this variation, but in return obtained attacking chances. Advancing his h-pawn and even sacrificing it for play led to a tense game, but he found nothing better than a mass culling and an equal endgame.
Here are the standings after the sixth round:
Here is a summary of the previous rounds:
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||0.5-0.5||Wang Yue||CHN||2732||Slav/Grünfeld|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||1-0||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||Scotch Opening|
|Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||0.5-0.5||Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||Slav Defence|
|Wang Yue||CHN||2732||0.5-0.5||Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||Nimzoindian Defence|
|Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||0.5-0.5||Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||Nimzoindian Defence|
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||Spanish Breyer|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||1-0||Wang Yue||CHN||2732||Petroff Defence|
|Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||0-1||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||Queen's Gambit Declined Lasker|
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||0-1||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||English Opening|
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||Spanish Breyer|
|Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||1-0||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||Slav Defence|
|Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||0.5-0.5||Wang Yue||CHN||2732||Slav Defence|
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||0.5-0.5||Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||Slav/Grünfeld Defence||25|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||1-0||Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||Spanish d3||32|
|Wang Yue||CHN||2732||0-1||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||Queen's Indian Defence||42|
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