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Alexei Shirov was in his element as he sacrificed heavily to create attacking chances against Morozevich's king. The game could have gone either way, but eventually burnt out to a draw. An incredible fight! Magnus Carlsen completed the double over Yannick Pelletier and now has a clear lead.

The round 6 summary:

White Rating Results Black Rating Moves Opening
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2722 ½-½ Fabiano Caruana 2711 34 English Opening
Magnus Carlsen 2821 1-0 Yannick Pelletier 2590 42 French Rubinstein
Alexander Morozevich 2694 ½-½ Alexei Shirov 2714 40 Nimzoindian with Qc2

In a tense struggle Carlsen had the bishop pair which enabled him to create some pressure and eventually he found a way to pick off a pawn.

After a quiet opening, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave launched his pieces at Caruana's king. At the end, with two pawns and pressure for a piece, Vachier-Lagrave had interesting compensation but, seeing nothing clear, opted to take a repetition.

The standings after round 6:

Rank Name Country Rating 1w 1b 2w 2b 3w 3b 4w 4b 5w 5b 6w 6b Points
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2821 * * . ½  1 . . 0 1 1 1 . 4.5
2 Alexander Morozevich RUS 2694 ½ . * * ½  ½  . 1 ½  . . 1 4
3-4 Alexei Shirov ESP 2714 . 0 ½ ½ * * ½ . . ½ 1 . 3
3-4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 1 . 0 . . ½ *   . ½  ½  ½ 3
5 Yannick Pelletier SUI 2590 0 0 . ½ ½ . ½  . *   *    ½ 2
6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711 . 0 0 . . 0 ½  ½ . ½  * * 1.5

The classification according to the Biel points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw) is as follows:

Position Name Country Rating Biel Points
 1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2815    13
 2 Alexander Morozevich RUS 2694    10
 3-4 Alexei Shirov ESP 2714     7
 3-4 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722     7
 5 Yannick Pelletier SUI 2590     4
 6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2711     3

 The rate of play:


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