Riazantsev played in aggressive style by sacrificing first a pawn and then a piece in order to chase Black's king. Karjakin was however able to walk his monarch across, and then up the board, and his king eventually became a powerful piece. A fascinating tussle, and yet another entertaining display from Riazantsev.
Dmitry Jakovenko was involved in a double-edged struggle against Motylev who provoked some complications that proved to be unsound for him.
Sergei Rublevsky and Ivan Sokolov had a lively line in the Scotch Mieses where Sokolov was able to advance his d-pawn until it cost the Russian a piece.
Rublevsky's second loss with White.
|Baadur Jobava||Georgia||2715||0.5-0.5||Arkadij Naiditsch||Germany||2686|
|Alexander Onischuk||USA||2699||0.5-0.5||Nikita Vitiugov||Russia||2707|
|Alexander Riazantsev||Russia||2674||0-1||Sergey Karjakin||Russia||2739|
|Emil Sutovsky||Israel||2661||0.5-0.5||Victor Bologan||Moldavia||2668|
|Sergei Rublevsky||Russia||2704||0-1||Ivan Sokolov||Bosnia-Herzegovina||2654|
|Alexander Motylev||Russia||2704||0-1||Dmitry Jakovenko||Russia||2725|
Jakovenko must be happy about his situation, but Karjakin probably still has aspirations about winning the tournament.
Three players are on positive scores, Jakovenko on +3, Karjakin on +2 and Riazantsev on +1. After that five players are on 50%.
|Position||Name||Country||Rating||World ranking||Age||Points after eight rounds|
With three rounds to go the eventual winner will almost certainly come from the leading three players.
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The ninth round will start tomorrow (Friday) at 10am (London), 11am (Paris) or 3pm (local time).