A real Black-fest in the final round with a clean sheet for the Black pieces.
Carlsen achieved a comfortable position after early simplification in the Grünfeld. He then battered away at White's centre and took the initiative, before engineering a rook ending with an extra pawn. At the end a second pawn was about to fall when Wang Yue resigned.
|Wang Yue||2752||CHN||0-1||Magnus Carlsen||2813||NOR||47||Grünfeld Defence|
|Boris Gelfand||2741||ISR||0-1||Teimour Radjabov||2740||AZE||30||King's Indian Defence|
|Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||2672||ROU||0-1||Ruslan Ponomariov||2733||UKR||23||Four Knight's Defence|
Nisipeanu tried the Four Knights against Ponomariov, but the Ukrainian soon obtained a good position. When the position opened up on the right-hand side of the board, the Rumanian found himself with his bishop locked out of play on a2, passive rooks and no real defence to Black's kingside threats.
Boris Gelfand lost against an inspired Radjabov who jostled and activated before the Israeli was fully organized. The Black knight-leap ...Nd4 led to great difficulties for White, especially combined with ...a5 as then White's queenside crumbled.
|Position||Name||Country||Rating||Pre-tournament rating change||World Ranking||Expected score||Points||Rating change|
Teimour Radjabov's win brings him up to equal second with today's opponent Boris Gelfand.
Ponomariov's win sees him leap-frog Nisipeanu and take fourth spot.
Wang Yue had a shocker of a tournament and loses a packet of rating points.
Of course the main consequence of this event, in the greater picture, is Carlsen's gain of 13 rating points takes him to a virtual rating of 2826. However the tournament has finished too late to count on the next rating list that is officially released on the 1st of July.
He will therefore have to be patient and wait for the 1st of Septemeber before he will have all his points ratified, and of course he would then be attributed a mega-rating, taking him to second in the all-time Elo ratings after a certain Garry Kasparov.
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