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Carlsen set to take Corus crown

Anand does Carlsen a favour by beating Vladimir Kramnik in the Petroff. Definitely the Indian's best game for some time!
Otherwise Smeets recued some honour by making a mess of Van Wely's Najdorf.
Read on for further details and the latest Video report.

Kramnik tried to keep things solid by playing the Petroff, but it was clear that Anand was well-prepared and was thus able to keep a pull out of the opening. The Indian then initiated a sharp sequence at the end of which he was the exchange down, but in return had two central passed pawns and the safer king and indeed a decisive advantage.

Karjakin and Shirov battled out yet another theoretical battle in the Spanish line that Shirov has popularized over the years and again frequently here in Wijk aan Zee.

The result of all the excitement: an entertaining draw that allows Shirov to catch Kramnik.

Jan Smeets has won again thus salvaging some honour although he still stays bottom. In fact he won convincingly and quickly as Van Wely's Najdorf again looked rather shaky.

Carlsen and Leko fought out their Najdorf to a drawn rook ending. Despite great intentions, neither side ever looked like getting any advantage.

Ivanchuk livened-up his struggle against Dominguez with an enterprising piece sacrifice. He obtained interesting compensation and set numerous practical problems but the Cuban held firm.

Nakamura played an early ...h5 and then ...d5. So although the game started as a Richter-Rauzer, it then resembled a Najdorf, before the closing of the centre finally made everything seem like a French!

Later on it was the American who was trying to win but although he finally won a piece he ran out of pawns.

Tiviakov kept a nominal edge against Short's Caro-Kann but it came to nothing.

Viswanathan AnandIND27901-0Vladimir KramnikRUS2788C42Petroff's Defence
Sergey KarjakinRUS27200.5-0.5Alexei ShirovESP2723C78Spanish Modern Archangel
Leinier DominguezCUB27120.5-0.5Vassily IvanchukUKR2749B01Scandinavian Defence
Peter LekoHUN27390.5-0.5Magnus CarlsenNOR2810B90Sicilian Najdorf
Fabiano CaruanaITA26750.5-0.5Hikaru NakamuraUSA2708B67Sicilian Richter-Rauzer
Sergey TiviakovNED26620.5-0.5Nigel ShortENG2696B16Caro-Kann Defence
Jan SmeetsNED26571-0Loek van WelyNED2641B96Sicilian Najdorf

Kramnik's loss enables Carlsen to become sole leader and with the White pieces tomorrow he must fancy his chances. Shirov and Kramnik are just behind and also have White in the last round.

Anand's win takes him to fourth alone and he is now the only unbeaten player.

SeedNameCountryRatingPoints
1=Magnus CarlsenNOR28108
1=Vladimir KramnikRUS27887.5
3Alexei ShirovESP27237.5
4Viswanathan AnandIND27907
5=Vassily IvanchukUKR27496.5
5=Sergey KarjakinRUS27206.5
5=Hikaru NakamuraUSA27086.5
8=Peter LekoHUN27396
8=Leinier DominguezCUB27126
10Fabiano CaruanaITA26755
11=Nigel ShortENG26964.5
11=Sergey TiviakovNED26624.5
11=Loek van WelyNED26414.5
14Jan SmeetsNED26574

See the latest video report here plus, in case you missed them before, those covering the earlier rounds.

B-Group

Anna MuzychukSLO25230-1Arkadij NaiditschGER2687C69Spanish Exchange
Erwin l'AmiNED26150.5-0.5Dimitri ReindermanNED2573A52Budapest Defence
Ni HuaCHN26570.5-0.5Liviu-Dieter NisipeanuROM2681B83 Sicilian Scheveningen
Emil SutovskyISR26660.5-0.5Penteala HarikrishnaIND2672B17Caro-Kann Defence
Tomi NybackFIN26431-0Parimarjan NegiIND2621D85Gruenfeld Exchange
Anish GiriNED25880.5-0.5Varuzhan AkobianUSA2628B07Pirc Defence
David HowellENG26060.5-0.5Wesley SoPHI2656C07French Tarrasch

Giri needs just half-a-point to win the Group and book his place in the top section in 2011.

RankTitleNameCountryRatingPoints
1GMAnish GiriNED25888.5
2=GMNi HuaCHN26577.5
2=GMErwin l'AmiNED26157.5
2=GMArkadij NaiditschGER26877.5
5GMWesley SoPHI26567
6=GMParimarjan NegiIND26216
6=GMPenteala HarikrishnaIND26726
6=GMDavid HowellENG26066
9GMEmil SutovskyISR26575.5
10=IMAnna MuzychukSLO25235
10=GMLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuROM26815
12=GMDimitri ReindermanNED25734.5
12=GMTomi NybackFIN26434.5
14GMVaruzhan AkobianUSA26283.5

Group C

Soumya SwaminathanIND23230-1Abhijeet GuptaIND2577B67Sicilian Scheveningen
Ray RobsonUSA25700.5-0.5Nils GrandeliusSWE2515C67Spanish Berlin
Robin SwinkelsNED24950.5-0.5Kjetil LieNOR2547B39Sicilian Accelerated Dragon
Marya MuzychukUKR24471-0Robin van KampenNED2456B51Sicilian Moscow/Rossolimo
Stefan KuipersNED23400.5-0.5Li Chao-bCHN2604C42Petroff's Defence
Zhaoqin PengNED24020-1Sjoerd PlukkelNED2279A40Keres
Benjamin BokNED23221-0Daniele VocaturoITA2495C99Spanish Chigorin

Li Chao has a decisive lead and thus wins the C-Group with a round to spare.

RankTitleNameCountryRatingPoints
1GMLi Chao-bCHN26049
2=GMAbhijeet GuptaIND25777.5
2=GMRay RobsonUSA25707.5
4=GMDaniele VocaturoITA24957
4=IMRobin van KempenNED24567
6=IMRobin SwinkelsNED24956.5
6=FMBenjamin BokNED23226.5
8=IMNils GrandeliusSWE25156
8=FMStefan KuipersNED23406
10GMKjetil LieNOR25475.5
11=WGMMarya MuzychukUKR24475
11=GMZhaoqin PengNED24025
13WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND23233
14-Sjoerd PlukkelNED22792.5

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