Red hot Carlsen makes it four in a row!

Magnus Carlsen is demonstrating why he is the highest-rated player in the world with his fourth win in succession.
Boris Gelfand won with Black and now occupies second place alone.

Carlsen's win eventually occurred deep in the endgame but the seeds were sown early in the middlegame. A tactical flurry led to a series of exchanges, leading to a double-rook ending, during which Carlsen won a pawn. Radjabov regained the pawn but Carlsen had meantime placed both rooks on the seventh rank creating persistant threats. Eventually the Norwegian was able to further simplify into a winning rook ending with two extra pawns.

WhiteRatingCountryResultBlackRatingCountryNo. MovesOpening
Ruslan Ponomariov2733UKR0.5-0.5Wang Yue2752CHN63Slav/Grünfeld
Magnus Carlsen2813NOR1-0Teimour Radjabov2740AZE64Sicilian Accelerated Dragon
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu2672ROU0-1Boris Gelfand2752ISR40Petroff's defence

Gelfand's win came at the expense of Nisipeanu. The Romanian provoked some tactical play, but Gelfand was able to find a defence and simplified into a clearly superior rook ending which he converted at ease.

Ponomariov kept a small pull from the opening and then found a way to steal a pawn, but Wang Yue's strong knight enabled him to hold the balance.

PositionNameCountryRatingPre-tournament rating changeWorld Rankingpoints
1stMagnus CarlsenNOR2813-15.5
2ndBoris GelfandISR2741-9114.5
3rdTeimour RadjabovAZE2740-133.5
4th-6thWang YueCHN2752+382.5
4th-6thRuslan PonomariovUKR2733-4182.5
4th-6thLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuROU2672+11592.5

Carlsen will be gaining further rating points on this performance. His expected score is 6.2/10 and if, for example, he finishes with three draws he will gain eight Elo points and therefore pass the 2820 barrier for the first time.

Veteran campaigner Boris Gelfand is sitting pretty in second after Radjabov's defeat.

Gelfand won with the Petroff.

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