SIMPLECHESS

Three-in-a-row for Carlsen!

A hat-trick of wins takes Magnus Carlsen into a commanding lead on 4.5/6.
His victim today was Ruslan Ponomariov in a sharp King's Indian.
The other two games were drawn.

Carlsen was in a combative mood right from the start and met Ponomariov's Sämisch variation with both ...h5 and ...b5 in an attempt to seize the initiative. Later Carlsen even sacrificed the exchange for dangerous attacking chances, but the Ukrainian returned the material accepting a disadvantage. Carlsen converted his advantage in a minor piece endgame.

WhiteRatingCountryResultBlackRatingCountryNo. MovesOpening
Ruslan Ponomariov2733UKR0-1Magnus Carlsen2813NOR50King's Indian Sämisch
Wang Yue2752CHN0.5-0.5Boris Gelfand2752ISR31Queen's Gambit Vienna
Teimour Radjabov2740AZE0.5-0.5Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu2672ROU30Queen's Gambit Accepted

Wang Yue avoided going into the main theoretical lines and sought to maintain a pull by occupying the d5-square. Gelfand however successfully traded pieces until opposite bishops persuaded the players that there were no winning chances.

Teimour Radjabov brought his queen's rook to the kingside at an early stage, so Nisipeanu wisely refrained from castling. Later it was touch-and-go whether the rook was 'active' or simply 'misplaced', so Radjabov (who probably had his doubts!) sought to trade off this rook and offered a draw in a fairly unclear position.

Nisipeanu accepted and finds himself in fourth place a point adrift of Radjabov and Gelfand who are now a whole point behind the leader.

PositionNameCountryRatingPre-tournament rating changeWorld Rankingpoints
1stMagnus CarlsenNOR2813-14.5
2nd-3rdTeimour RadjabovAZE2740-133.5
2nd-3rdBoris GelfandISR2741-9113.5
4rdLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuROU2672+11592.5
5th-6thWang YueCHN2752+382
5th-6thRuslan PonomariovUKR2733-4182

Wang Yue and Ponomariov share last place with 2/6.

No wins yet for Wang Yue.

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