Carlsen squeezes Ivanchuk

Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen pressed long and hard and finally managed to break down Vassily Ivanchuk's resistance. He has now retaken the lead with 5/7. The other games were drawn.

Vassily Ivanchuk had an isolated d-pawn and thus was on the defensive in the simplified pseudo-endgame. By pressing on one wing, and then the other, Carlsen chipped away until he eventually won a pawn, and ultimately the game.

Teimour Radjabov managed to get in some home preparation, against which Sergey Karjakin was unable to make any headway, despite winning a (useless) pawn. The Azeri again demonstrated that, in the right hands, the Schliemann is tough to break down.

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu seemed to have a pleasant opening, with his domination of the d5-outpost. However, Nakamura managed to complicate matters and the Romanian settled for a repetition.

The seventh round summary:

The table after seven rounds is as follows:

The earlier rounds were as follows.

Nakamura hit back in the second round.

In the third round, only the bottom seed Nisipeanu won.

Only draws in the fourth round.

Before the rest day the two youngest players were victorious.

Karjakin won again in round six.

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