It was amazing how Carlsen was able to generate tension and winning chances from the symmetrical pawn structure which was so reminiscent of an Exchange French. The Norwegian pressed and in the middlegame obtained a superior pawn structure with bishop against knight. However his attempt to penetrate was met by perpetual check.
Etienne Bacrot waved a red rag at the bull by inviting Topalov to sacrifice a pawn in the Queen's indian Defence. The Bulgarian was very active at first, but Bacrot gradually diffused the White initiative and stood quite well until he blundered two pieces for a rook and with it all hopes.
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||0.5-0.5||Wang Yue||CHN||2732||Petroff Defence||67|
|Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||1-0||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||Queen's Indian Defence||37|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||0.5-0.5||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||Spanish Berlin||68|
In a standard-looking Petroff Wang Yue played ambitiously by advancing with both ...g5 and ...b5. Later, in the pseudo-endgame, he was willing to sacrifice a pawn for strong pressure, but Gashimov was able to return the pawn for a rook ending where White had the upper hand. Wang Yue was however able to defend.
Here are the standings after the seventh round. Today's results led to Anand catching Bacrot, whereas Topalov is now equal with Gashimov:
Carlsen is now a full point ahead.
Here is a summary of the previous rounds:
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||0.5-0.5||Wang Yue||CHN||2732||Slav/Grünfeld|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||1-0||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||Scotch Opening|
|Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||0.5-0.5||Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||Slav Defence|
|Wang Yue||CHN||2732||0.5-0.5||Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||Nimzoindian Defence|
|Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||0.5-0.5||Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||Nimzoindian Defence|
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||Spanish Breyer|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||1-0||Wang Yue||CHN||2732||Petroff Defence|
|Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||0-1||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||Queen's Gambit Declined Lasker|
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||0-1||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||English Opening|
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||Spanish Breyer|
|Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||1-0||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||Slav Defence|
|Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||0.5-0.5||Wang Yue||CHN||2732||Slav Defence|
|Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||0.5-0.5||Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||Slav/Grünfeld Defence||25|
|Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||1-0||Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||Spanish d3||32|
|Wang Yue||CHN||2732||0-1||Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||Queen's Indian Defence||42|
|Wang Yue||CHN||2732||0-1||Viswanathan Anand||IND||2800||Catalan/Bogoljubov||51|
|Etienne Bacrot||FRA||2716||0.5-0.5||Magnus Carlsen||NOR||2826||Queen's Indian Defence||48|
|Vugar Gashimov||AZE||2719||0.5-0.5||Veselin Topalov||BUL||2803||Caro-Kann Panov||43|
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