Ivanchuk - a full point ahead.

Ivanchuk draws both games but with Kramnik beating Carlsen 1.5-0.5 the Ukrainian moves further ahead.
There are now seven players within one-and-a-half points in the chasing pack, all with aspirations of finishing on the podium.

Grischuk wins again in Sunday's eighth round of the Blindfold tournament and now has 6/8.

Carlsen loses again with White, this time to Kramnik.

Peter Svidler (3)RUS27501-0Ruslan Ponomariov (3)UKR2748
Sergey Karjakin (4.5)RUS27250-1Alexander Grischuk (5)RUS2756
Vassily Ivanchuk (4.5)UKR27480.5-0.5Leinier Dominguez Perez (1)CUB2713
Jan Smeets (2.5)NED26510.5-0.5Vugar Gashimov (3.5)AZE2740
Magnus Carlsen (5)NOR28130-1Vladimir Kramnik (3.5)RUS2790
Levon Aronian (2.5)ARM27820.5-0.5Boris Gelfand (4)ISR2750
Dominguez holds on tight with two draws against Ivanchuk.
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In the rapid event there were four draws and two White wins. Ivanchuk leads at rapidplay with 6/8 going into the second rest day.

Ruslan Ponomariov (2.5)UKR27481-0Peter Svidler (4.5)RUS2750
Alexander Grischuk (2.5)RUS27560.5-0.5Sergey Karjakin (4)RUS2725
Leinier Dominguez Perez (1.5)CUB27130.5-0.5Vassily Ivanchuk (5.5)UKR2748
Vugar Gashimov (3.5)AZE27401-0Jan Smeets (1)NED2651
Vladimir Kramnik (4.5)RUS27900.5-0.5Magnus Carlsen (4.5)NOR2813
Boris Gelfand (4.5)ISR27500.5-0.5Levon Aronian (3.5)ARM2782
Ponomariov got his revenge in the rapids against Svidler.
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Ivanchuk has 11 points and has one point more than Carlsen with three more days play remaining.

It's very tight between the group occupying second to eighth places.

RankingSeedNameCountryRatingRapidplay TotalBlindfold TotalOverall Total
17Vassily IvanchukUKR27486511
21Magnus CarlsenNOR28135510
3=6Boris GelfandISR275054.59.5
3=2Vladimir KramnikRUS279054.59.5
5=10Sergey KarjakinRUS27254.54.59
5=4Alexander GrischukRUS2756369
7=5Peter SvidlerRUS27504.548.5
7=8Vugar GashimovAZE27404.548.5
93Levon AronianARM2782437
109Ruslan PonomariovUKR27483.536.5
1112Jan SmeetsNED2651134
1211Leinier Dominguez PerezCUB271321.53.5

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