Four White wins but only after some complicated struggles.
Shirov found himself in another Sveshnikov, but this time with White. Play became very complex indeed as Carlsen sacrificed three(!) pawns in order to seek the initiative. He spurned the exchange in order to keep his bind but found nothing better than allowing a repetition.
It will be interesting to see the player's notes as it was far from clear who was better!
Kramnik met Nakamura's Leningrad Dutch with a line that is frowned upon by theory. Play then became complex quite quickly and must surely have been reasonable for Black at one point. Later, Kramnik gradually took a grip on the position after winning a pawn.
In the other games, Peter Leko obtained nothing against Smeets's Petroff but then the Dutchman played an overly-ambitious move and allowed Leko's queen to penetrate. Leko then won a pawn and was well on the way to victory.
Last year's champion Karjakin finally won a game! Against Nigel Short, his threat of creating a central pawn front induced the Englishman to seek two rooks for a queen, but it soon became apparent that Karjakin's queen was superior to the rook pair.
Caruana played a nice technical game against Tiviakov. He maintained a pull in the middlegame due to his bishop pair and eventually obtained a superior pseudo-endgame with queen and bishop against queen and knight.
His winning idea was remarkable and involved giving up his f-pawn and walking his king to safety on the queenside.
Dominguez-Van Wely was a tense game but despite plenty of muscle flexing from both sides neither player managed to break through.
Anand drew his eighth straight game. He had a Marcozy-bind set-up and thus a nominal edge, but found Ivanchuk's shell too hard to crack.
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2790||0.5-0.5||Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2749||B36||Sicilian Accelerated Dragon|
|Alexei Shirov||ESP||2723||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2810||B33||Sicilian Sveshnikov|
|Vladimir Kramnik||RUS||2788||1-0||Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2708||A88||Leningrad Dutch|
|Sergey Karjakin||RUS||2720||1-0||Nigel Short||ENG||2696||C96||Spanish Chigorin (Keres)|
|Leinier Dominguez||CUB||2712||0.5-0.5||Loek van Wely||NED||2641||B90||Sicilian Najdorf|
|Peter Leko||HUN||2739||1-0||Jan Smeets||NED||2657||C42||Petroff's Defence|
|Fabiano Caruana||ITA||2675||1-0||Sergey Tiviakov||NED||2662||B01||Scandinavian|
Here are the standings before the second rest day.
|13||Loek van Wely||NED||2641||2|
Anish Giri comfortably beat David Howell to confirm his lead. Dmitri Reinderman was the only other winner beating fellow struggler Varuzhan Akobian.
|Erwin l'Ami||NED||2615||0.5-0.5||Penteala Harikrishna||IND||2672||E05||Catalan Opening|
|Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||ROM||2681||0.5-0.5||Parimarjan Negi||IND||2621||B90||Sicilian Najdorf|
|Dimitri Reinderman||NED||2573||1-0||Varuzhan Akobian||USA||2628||D33||Queen's Gambit Tarrasch|
|Ni Hua||CHN||2657||0.5-0.5||Wesley So||PHI||2656||B52||Sicilian Moscow|
|Emil Sutovsky||ISR||2666||0.5-0.5||Arkadij Naiditsch||GER||2687||C48||Four Knights Defence|
|Tomi Nyback||FIN||2643||0.5-0.5||Anna Muzychuk||SLO||2523||E10||Blumenfeld Counter Gambit|
|Anish Giri||NED||2588||1-0||David Howell||ENG||2606||D85||Gruenfeld Defence|
Anish Giri has opened up a one-and-a-half point gap.
Peng was the only player in all three groups to win with Black.
Otherwise Grandelius continues his purple patch with a third win in a row.
|Soumya Swaminathan||IND||2323||0.5-0.5||Kjetil Lie||NOR||2547||B35||Sicilian Acclerated Dragon|
|Nils Grandelius||SWE||2515||1-0||Robin van Kampen||NED||2456||B86||Sicilian Sozin|
|Abhijeet Gupta||IND||2577||0.5-0.5||Li Chao-b||CHN||2604||D85||Gruenfeld Defence|
|Ray Robson||USA||25700||0.5-0.5||Sjoerd Plukkel||NED||2279||B64||Sicilian Richter-Rauzer|
|Robin Swinkels||NED||2495||0.5-0.5||Daniele Vocaturo||ITA||2495||A49||King's Indian Defence (without c4)|
|Marya Muzychuk||UKR||2447||0.5-0.5||Benjamin Bok||NED||2322||D85||Gruenfeld Defence|
|Stefan Kuipers||NED||2340||0-1||Zhaoqin Peng||NED||2402||C15||French Defence|
The battle between Gupta and Li Chao-b led to a hard-fought draw and, as Ray Robson failed to win with White, the top three remain in the same positions.
|8=||IM||Robin van Kempen||NED||2456||4|
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