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Carlsen first alone in Medias

Magnus Carlsen won with the black pieces in today's fifth round. The World number one rather outclassing his opponent in a one-sided game and now has 3.5/5 at the half-way stage of the King's tournament.
Behind him in equal second are Teimour Radjabov and Boris Gelfand.

Magnus Carlsen employed the double-edged Dragon, against which Nisipeanu played the popular Yugoslav Attack with a quick 0-0-0. Clearly White went astray as he placed his knight on the unfortunate a7-square where it had no future, and the Romanian was effectively playing a piece down. Resignation came early as Carlsen was about to launch a decisive attack along the first rank.

Carlsen about to play ...c5 against Nisipeanu.
WhiteRatingCountryResultBlackRatingCountryNo. MovesOpening
Wang Yue2752CHN0.5-0.5Teimour Radjabov2740AZE41Neo-Grünfeld
Boris Gelfand2752ISR1-0Ruslan Ponomariov2733UKR38Queen's Gambit Ragozin
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu2672ROU0-1Magnus Carlsen2813NOR31Sicilian Dragon

Wang Yue maintained a slight space advantage in the symmetrical system where White fianchettoes against the Grünfeld. Radjabov however was able to keep his pieces sufficiently active and even won a pawn at the end, although Wang Yue could still bail out with a repetition.

Gelfand and Ponomariov have faced each other frequently in recent months, including their marathon match in the World Cup final. This time Ponomariov played the Ragozin system and after an early exchange of queens, both sides had isolated pawns in the centre. Ponomariov then developed in a way which provoked Gelfand to win a pawn, which he did, but in return the Ukrainian obtained some activity. However it wasn't really enough and Gelfand gradually took control.

Gelfand and Ponomariov in their World Cup epic last December.

The tournament has split into two halves with three players on plus scores and three trailing on less than 50%.

PositionNameCountryRatingPre-tournament rating changeWorld Rankingpoints
1stMagnus CarlsenNOR2813-13.5
2nd-3rdTeimour RadjabovAZE2740-133
2nd-3rdBoris GelfandISR2741-9113
4rd-5thRuslan PonomariovUKR2733-4182
4rd-5thLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuROU2672+11592
6thWang YueCHN2752+381.5

The subsequent rounds can be followed live at 1.30 pm (London), 2.30 pm (Paris) or 3.30 pm local time. The exception being the last round that will start two hours earlier.

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