Wang Yue was no doubt surprised by Carlsen's daring opening choice and reacted with a solid albeit slightly passive system. White managed to keep some advantage due to his extra central pawn that eventually became passed. Despite the reputation of the opening Carlsen won a nice controlled positional game.
|Magnus Carlsen||2813||NOR||1-0||Wang Yue||2752||CHN||54||King's Gambit (Modern defence)|
|Ruslan Ponomariov||2733||UKR||1-0||Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||2672||ROU||36||Blumenfeld Gambit|
|Teimour Radjabov||2740||AZE||1-0||Boris Gelfand||2752||ISR||38||Petroff's defence|
The Blumenfeld is another opening that rarely gets played at this level, but Nisipeanu does venture this slightly off-beat opening occasionally.
In the opening Ponomariov declined the gambit and gave up the bishop pair in order to obtain a central space advantage. The complex positions that resulted also led to White obtaining an advanced d-pawn that led, to a significant degree, to Ponomariov's success.
Gelfand played the Petroff as he does so often, but rarely does he come under such a vicious attack as today. Radjabov played a fine combination involving a (temporary) piece sacrifice that left Gelfand's king very exposed. The Israeli survived to an endgame, but a losing one.
Wang Yue has now been left behind with the other five players within half-a-point of each other.
|Position||Name||Country||Rating||Pre-tournament rating change||World Ranking||points|
Two wins in a row by Radjabov have catapulted him up the table into equal first with Magnus Carlsen.
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