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Karjakin breaks through

Sergey Karjakin leads
The favourite Sergey Karjakin has taken the lead in Poikovsky after the penultimate round. His opponent Zahar Efimenko quickly got into a tangle in the quiet Bishop's game, and this led to Karjakin winning the exchange. The other four games were drawn, so Fabiano Caruana and Etienne Bacrot are in equal second.

Here is a summary of the eighth round results:

White Rating Results Black Rating
Victor Laznicka   2701  ½-½ Alexander Onischuk  2669
Fabiano Caruana  2712 ½-½  Alexander Motylev  2690
Sergey Karjakin  2772 1-0  Zahar Efimenko  2703
Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2682 ½-½ Dmitry Jakovenko 2716
Etienne Bacrot 2705 ½-½ Sergey Rublevsky 2681

The tournament situation after eight rounds from nine:

Rank Name Age Country Rating World rank Points
1 Sergey Karjakin   21 RUS 2772 5 5
2-3 Fabiano Caruana 19 ITA 2712 32 4½ 
2-3 Etienne Bacrot 28 FRA 2705 43 4½ 
4-6 Viktor Laznicka 23 CZE 2701 47 4
4-6 Alexander Motylev   32 RUS 2690 54 4
4-6 Alexander Onischuk 36 USA 2669 76 4
7-10 Dmitry Jakovenko 28 RUS 2716 27
7-10 Zahar Efimenko    26  UKR  2703 46  3½ 
7-10 Lazaro Bruzon Batista 29 CUB 2682 62
7-10 Sergei Rublevsky 36 RUS 2681 63

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