Carlsen ahead again!

Magnus Carlsen downs Ponomariov 2-0 and overtakes Vassily Ivanchuk who drew both games against Vladimir Kramnik who is now alone in third place.
One more round to go with the champion likely to come from one of these three.

Grischuk loses but is still ahead in the Blindfold competition with 7/10.

Behind him Carlsen has 6.5 and Ivanchuk 6 before tomorrow's last round games.

Levon Aronian (3)ARM27821-0Alexander Grischuk (7)RUS2756
Jan Smeets (3)NED26510.5-0.5Leinier Dominguez Perez (2)CUB2713
Magnus Carlsen (5.5)NOR28131-0Ruslan Ponomariov (4)UKR2748
Vassily Ivanchuk (5.5)UKR27480.5-0.5Vladimir Kramnik (5)RUS2790
Peter Svidler (4.5)RUS27500.5-0.5Boris Gelfand (5)ISR2750
Sergey Karjakin (5)RUS27250.5-0.5Vugar Gashimov (4.5)AZE2740

No one could break the deadlock in the Ivanchuk-Kramnik clash, so Ivanchuk stays unbeaten and Kramnik half-a-point behind the Ukrainian.

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Carlsen wins with Black to get to seven points in the rapid tournament and now catches Ivanchuk with Kramnik just behind on 6.5.

Alexander Grischuk (4)RUS27560.5-0.5Levon Aronian (5)ARM2782
Leinier Dominguez Perez (2)CUB27130-1Jan Smeets (1)NED2651
Ruslan Ponomariov (3.5)UKR27480-1Magnus Carlsen (6)NOR2813
Vladimir Kramnik (6)RUS27900.5-0.5Vassily Ivanchuk(6.5)UKR2748
Boris Gelfand (5.5)ISR27500-1Peter Svidler (4.5)RUS2750
Vugar Gashimov (5)AZE27400.5-0.5Sergey Karjakin (5)RUS2725

Three Black wins in the rapids, including Jan Smeets who wins the battle at the bottom.

Ivanchuk has managed to play his twenty games without loss, but has only has achieved one 2-0 victory....against Carlsen!

In comparison, Carlsen has achieved five wipe-outs in his favour!

RankingSeedNameCountryRatingRapidplay TotalBlindfold TotalOverall Total
11Magnus CarlsenNOR281376.513.5
27Vassily IvanchukUKR27487613
32Vladimir KramnikRUS27906.55.512
44Alexander GrischukRUS27564.5711.5
5=6Boris GelfandISR27505.55.511
5=10Sergey KarjakinRUS27255.55.511
7=5Peter SvidlerRUS27505.5510.5
7=8Vugar GashimovAZE27405.5510.5
93Levon AronianARM27825.549.5
109Ruslan PonomariovUKR27483.547.5
1112Jan SmeetsNED265123.55.5
1211Leinier Dominguez PerezCUB271322.54.5

In tomorrow's earlier start, Grischuk plays Carlsen and can even catch the Norwegian if he wins 2-0, so nothing is decided as yet!

Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice where the tournament is being played.
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