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Carlsen keeps his lead

A draw against his nearest challenger Boris Gelfand has enabled Magnus Carlsen to retain his one point lead in the King's tournament in Medias, Romania.
After going through a sticky patch, the local player Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu was the only winner today.

Carlsen settled for a fairly solid line of the Queen's Gambit, as a loss would have enabled Boris Gelfand to catch him up. A tactical flurry occurred and this led to dynamic equality with queen and knight apiece.

WhiteRatingCountryResultBlackRatingCountryNo. MovesOpening
Wang Yue2752CHN0-1Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu2672ROU66King's Indian Defence
Boris Gelfand2752ISR0.5-0.5Magnus Carlsen2813NOR33Queen's Gambit Declined
Teimour Radjabov2740AZE0.5-0.5Ruslan Ponomariov2733UKR30Closed Italian

In the other draw, Ponomariov employed ...a5 followed by ...Ra6-e6 in order to nullify any White opening pull. In the final, somewhat blocked, position neither side could really undertake anything positive.

Nisipeanu's win came from a King's Indian Defence, fianchetto variation, where simplification enabled Black's king to become the most active. Indeed this was the key factor throughout the endgame and enabled the Rumanian to tip the balance in his favour.

PositionNameCountryRatingPre-tournament rating changeWorld Rankingpoints (from 8)
1stMagnus CarlsenNOR2813-16
2ndBoris GelfandISR2741-9115
3rdTeimour RadjabovAZE2740-134
4thLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuROU2672+11593.5
5thRuslan PonomariovUKR2733-4183
6thWang YueCHN2752+382.5

There was no change at the top, but Nisipeanu has moved up to fourth with his win.

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