Ivanchuk retakes the lead!

Ivanchuk's 1.5-0.5 over Smeets was enough to edge ahead of Carlsen who only managed 1-1 with Karjakin.
Gelfand wins both games again and moves up to equal second with Carlsen.

Thursday's Blindfold results:

A win with Black by Carlsen, while Ivanchuk drew at the same time, meant that temporarily the Norwegian was ahead (after 7 consecutive wins!). Note also Black wins for Gelfand and Svidler.

Leinier Dominguez Perez (0.5)CUB27130-1Boris Gelfand (2.5)ISR2750
Vugar Gashimov (2)AZE27400.5-0.5Alexander Grischuk (3)RUS2756
Vladimir Kramnik (1.5)RUS27901-0Ruslan Ponomariov (2.5)UKR2748
Sergey Karjakin (2.5)RUS27250-1Magnus Carlsen (3)NOR2813
Levon Aronian (1.5)ARM27820-1Peter Svidler (1.5)RUS2750
Jan Smeets (0.5)NED26510.5-0.5Vassily Ivanchuk (3)UKR2748

Thursday's rapid games:

Kramnik wins again, as does Svidler, and their 2-0 victories move them up the table. However Gelfand's rise and rise is particularly noticeable in that Carlsen lost and both players now have seven points from ten.

Boris Gelfand (2.5)ISR27501-0Leinier Dominguez Perez (1.5)CUB2713
Alexander Grischuk (2)RUS27560-1Vugar Gashimov (1.5)AZE2740
Ruslan Ponomariov (2)UKR27480-1Vladimir Kramnik (2.5)RUS2790
Magnus Carlsen (3)NOR28130-1Sergey Karjakin (1)RUS2725
Peter Svidler (2)RUS27501-0Levon Aronian (2)ARM2782
Vassily Ivanchuk (3)UKR27481-0Jan Smeets (1)NED2651

So the standings after five rounds are as follows:

Ivanchuk's win takes him ahead of Carlsen again.

RankingSeedNameCountryRatingRapidplay TotalBlindfold TotalOverall Total
1=7Vassily IvanchukUKR274843.57.5
2=1Magnus CarlsenNOR2813347
2=6Boris GelfandISR27503.53.57
42Vladimir KramnikRUS27903.52.56
5=4Alexander GrischukRUS275623.55.5
5=5Peter SvidlerRUS275032.55.5
78Vugar GashimovAZE27402.52.55
8=9Ruslan PonomariovUKR274822.54.5
8=10Sergey KarjakinRUS272522.54.5
103Levon AronianARM278221.53.5
1111Leinier Dominguez PerezCUB27131.50.52
1212Jan SmeetsNED2651112

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