Ivanchuk incisive!

Vasily Ivanchuk won with the black pieces against Bruzon Batista to strengthen his position as sole leader.
He now has a one point advantage before affronting his closest rival Ian Nepomniachtchi in the final round.

The results of the ninth round were as follows:

Lazaro Bruzon Batista2668CUB0-1Vassily Ivanchuk2741UKR
Evgeny Alekseev2700RUS0.5-0.5Nigel Short2685ENG
Leinier Dominguez Perez2713CUB0.5-0.5Ian Nepomniachtchi2695RUS

This leaves the leaderboard looking like this:

PositionNameCountryOfficial RatingHighest ever RatingVirtual Rating before HavanaWorld rankingAgePoints after 9 rounds
1stVassily IvanchukUKR27412787272612416.5
2ndIan NepomniachtchiRUS2695Actual269542195.5
3rd-4thLeinier Dominguez PerezCUB27132721271328264.5
3rd-4thNigel ShortENG26852712268348454.5
5th-6thLazaro Bruzon BatistaCUB26682677266863283
5th-6thEvgeny AlekseevRUS27002725271137293

Vassily Ivanchuk has White in his final round encounter against Ian Nepomniachtchi. The Russian has already won twice with Black in this event, so the fight for first place is far from a formality.

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