Sergey Rublevsky is having a tough time of late. Today for instance, he became confused against Nikita Vitiugov whilst still in the opening, and got into a fatal tangle and had to resign on move 23.
Confidence is so important and Rublevsky's has clearly been shaken by a couple of White losses.
|Arkadij Naiditsch||Germany||2686||0.5-0.5||Alexander Motylev||Russia||2704|
|Nikita Vitiugov||Russia||2707||1-0||Sergei Rublevsky||Russia||2704|
|Dmitry Jakovenko||Russia||2725||0.5-0.5||Alexander Riazantsev||Russia||2674|
|Victor Bologan||Moldavia||2668||1-0||Baadur Jobava||Georgia||2715|
|Ivan Sokolov||Bosnia-Herzegovina||2654||0-1||Emil Sutovsky||Israel||2661|
|Sergey Karjakin||Russia||2739||0.5-0.5||Alexander Onischuk||USA||2699|
Jakovenko didn't want to take any risks and offered a draw quite early.
Naiditsch-Motylev wasn't much longer but there the prospects of opposite bishops in a simplified position didn't seem to offer good winning chances.
The other draw was a completely different story, Sergey Karjakin pressed long and hard in a rook ending and although he made progress, Onischuk defended dourly, timed his counter-attack well and held his nerve.
|Position||Name||Country||Rating||World ranking||Age||Points after nine rounds|
So Karjakin is still behind Jakovenko, but three players have caught Riazantsev and are now in equal third one point behind the leader.
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