Karjakin catches Carlsen

A cool display from Sergey Karjakin led to today's only victory. He now is in equal first with Magnus Carlsen on 4/6 a whole point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura in third place.

The pre-round leader, Magnus Carlsen comfortably equalized with Hikaru Nakamura in the Breyer Variation of the Spanish. The game became rather blocked and the repetition occurred in a balanced position.

Teimour Radjabov reacted rather timidly against Vassily Ivanchuk's Semi-Tarrasch and obtained no real advantage. Later both players manoeuvred for quite some time but couldn't make any headway.

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu sacrificed a couple of pawns for a dangerous initiative. However Sergey Karjakin rode the storm and walked his king to the queenside. The double-rook ending a pawn up eventually led to a win for the young Russian (who was formerly playing under the Ukrainian flag).

The sixth round summary:

As a reminder, here is what happened in the previous encounters between the same players in the first round.

The table after six rounds is as follows:

The other previous results were as follows.

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.

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The remaining games will be played from the 18th to 21st of June.

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