Carlsen's win eventually occurred deep in the endgame but the seeds were sown early in the middlegame. A tactical flurry led to a series of exchanges, leading to a double-rook ending, during which Carlsen won a pawn. Radjabov regained the pawn but Carlsen had meantime placed both rooks on the seventh rank creating persistant threats. Eventually the Norwegian was able to further simplify into a winning rook ending with two extra pawns.
|Ruslan Ponomariov||2733||UKR||0.5-0.5||Wang Yue||2752||CHN||63||Slav/Grünfeld|
|Magnus Carlsen||2813||NOR||1-0||Teimour Radjabov||2740||AZE||64||Sicilian Accelerated Dragon|
|Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu||2672||ROU||0-1||Boris Gelfand||2752||ISR||40||Petroff's defence|
Gelfand's win came at the expense of Nisipeanu. The Romanian provoked some tactical play, but Gelfand was able to find a defence and simplified into a clearly superior rook ending which he converted at ease.
Ponomariov kept a small pull from the opening and then found a way to steal a pawn, but Wang Yue's strong knight enabled him to hold the balance.
|Position||Name||Country||Rating||Pre-tournament rating change||World Ranking||points|
Carlsen will be gaining further rating points on this performance. His expected score is 6.2/10 and if, for example, he finishes with three draws he will gain eight Elo points and therefore pass the 2820 barrier for the first time.
Veteran campaigner Boris Gelfand is sitting pretty in second after Radjabov's defeat.
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