In the last round the second youngest player in Group A (Magnus Carlsen) was paired against the youngest (Fabiano Caruana) who gave him a good run for his money! The third youngest, Sergey Karjakin, was last year's winner.
In the B-Group the youngest participant (Anish Giri) won the tournament. However in the third pool there were several promising schoolboys, but the winner was Li Chao who is already pushing on middle-age at 21!
Here are the youngest players in each pool:
|/C||Robin Van Kampen||NED||2456||2539||1994||15?|
In a quiet line of the Spanish, after some typical manoeuvring Carlsen found an interesting piece sacrifice, but Caruana found a way to give back the material under promising circumstances.
Rather than suffer a chronically-bad bishop the Norwegian sought to open play with the downside of losing a pawn.
The knight ending favoured Black but Carlsen held.
Short sacrificed a couple of pieces to expose Black's king, however it only led to a perpetual check.
Kramnik didn't feel like taking any risks against Karjakin's solid set-up and acquiesced to a draw.
Ivanchuk and Leko indulged in mass simplification which led to a drawn endgame.
Anand played a nice combination that liberated his position. In the process he was able to net two pawns and a rook for a couple of minor pieces and ultimately dynamic equality.
Nakamura and Tiviakov manoeuvred with the American having the bishop pair and the naturalized Dutchman some compensating space.
Eventually the bishops became too strong and the presence of passed pawns on both wings ensured that Nakamura won. The only winner in Group-A today.
Tiviakov has had several long-winded cat-and-mouse struggles in this event, so perhaps he was the most tired of the pair.
Shirov was again happy to indulge in complications with Dominguez. A classic Sicilian scenario with opposite sides castling, White pushing his kingside pawns and Black expanding on the other flank.
Shirov seemed to have tipped the balance in his favour with the cheeky capture of Black's a-pawn and created dangerous threats. However Dominguez gave as good as he got before offering a draw with a piece for two pawns, although his king was the weaker.
|Loek van Wely||NED||2641||0.5-0.5||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2790||D45||Semi-Slav|
|Nigel Short||ENG||2696||0.5-0.5||Jan Smeets||NED||2657||C43||Petroff's Defence|
|Hikaru Nakamura||USA||2708||1-0||Sergey Tiviakov||NED||2662||B01||Scandinavian Defence|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2810||0.5-0.5||Fabiano Caruana||ITA||2675||C77||Spanish 5 d3|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||UKR||2749||0.5-0.5||Peter Leko||HUN||2739||D46||Semi-Slav|
|Alexei Shirov||ESP||2723||0.5-0.5||Leinier Dominguez||CUB||2712||B94||Sicilian Najdorf|
|Vladimir Kramnik||RUS||2788||0.5-0.5||Sergey Karjakin||RUS||2720||E15||Queen's Indian Defence|
Just another couple of weeks at the office for Carlsen who gained only a couple of ELO points in becoming the 2010 champion.
Even so, this will make it even harder for his rivals to catch him in the world rankings.
|11=||Loek van Wely||NED||2641||5|
See the latest video report here plus, in case you missed them before, those covering the earlier rounds.
A draw was enough to be first alone and a draw it was for the revelation of this year's congress: Anish Giri.
|Wesley So||PHI||2656||0.5-0.5||Anna Muzychuk||SLO||2523||E32||Nimzoindian Classical|
|Varuzhan Akobian||USA||2628||1-0||David Howell||ENG||2606||D85||Gruenfeld Exchange|
|Parimarjan Negi||IND||2621||0.5-0.5||Anish Giri||NED||2588||C43||Petroff's Defence|
|Penteala Harikrishna||IND||2672||0.5-0.5||Tomi Nyback||FIN||2643||D31||Slav Noteboom|
|Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||ROM||2681||0.5-0.5||Emil Sutovsky||ISR||2666||B86||Sicilian Sozin|
|Dimitri Reinderman||NED||2573||0.5-0.5||Ni Hua||CHN||2657||A16||English Opening|
|Arkadij Naiditsch||GER||2687||1-0||Erwin l'Ami||NED||2615||C12||French McCutcheon|
Nine points in such a strong tournament is a remarkable score by anyone let alone a 15-year-old! It will be interesting to see how well Anish Giri does in next year's elite section.
Naiditsch continued his storming finish and manages to steal second place.
The fight for second place between Gupta and Robson was won by the Indian who then ensured himself of second alone.
Vocaturo wins to make a maximum 7/7 with White and van Kempen beat Kuipers to share third with the Italian.
|Daniele Vocaturo||ITA||2495||1-0||Soumya Swaminathan||IND||2323||B19||Caro-Kann Defence|
|Sjoerd Plukkel||NED||2279||0.5-0.5||Benjamin Bok||NED||2322||C45||Scotch Game|
|Li Chao||CHN||2604||1-0||Zhaoqin Peng||NED||2402||C18||French Winawer|
|Robin van Kampen||NED||2456||1-0||Stefan Kuipers||NED||2340||B51||Sicilian Moscow/Rossolimo|
|Kjetil Lie||NOR||2547||0-1||Marya Muzychuk||UKR||2447||A26||English Opening|
|Nils Grandelius||SWE||2515||0-1||Robin Swinkels||NED||2495||B48||Sicilian Taimanov|
|Abhijeet Gupta||IND||2577||1-0||Ray Robson||USA||2570||E01||Catalan Opening|
Li Chao won again to get to ten points. He was in deadly form throughout except for his loss with White to Grandelius in the seventh round.
Early leader Robson ran out of steam in the second half of the marathon event and slipped to equal fifth.
|3=||IM||Robin van Kempen||NED||2456||8|
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