It is a 2nd rest day today in Kazan’. Danielian won against Lahno yesterday and kept sole lead.
Standings after the 8th round:
1. Danielian 6 points
2. A.Muzychuk 5.5
3-4. Koneru, Cmilyte 5
5-6. Lahno, Hou Yifan 4.5
7. N.Kosintseva 4
8-9. Stefanova, T.Kosintseva 3.5
10. Kosteniuk 3
11. Galliamova 2
12. Yildiz 1.5
In the last round Carlsen won against McShane and managed to overtake Caruana who was leading the tournament before the last round.
1.Carlsen 5.5 points
2-3. Caruana, Radjabov 5
4-7. Aronian, Grischuk, Morozevich, Kramnik 4.5
8-9. McShane, Nakamura 4
10. Tomashevsky 3.5
One of the readers who found tactical solutions suggested to call it “The Vladimir Dembo school of tactics” :). I think it is a good title. Here are some new examples:
In the second round Kramnik won nicely against the KID:
And Radjabov launched a terrifying attack in his game versus McShane:
The other games were drawn.
In the 3rd round McShane defeated Aronian. The game was very interesting – McShane sacrificed an exchange early on, Aronian didn’t castle and got punished.
In Grischuk vs Morozevich game, White found very nice attacking ideas but in the end his Rook got trapped.
Other games were drawn.
Standings after 3 rounds:
1-2. Radjabov, Morozevich 2.5 points.
3. Kramnik 2.
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This highly prestigious event started yesterday in Moscow. The first round was an incredible blow to Black pieces as White won 4 games and drew once.
First, Carlsen drew rather quickly against Kramnik (Annotations are taken from the official website of the tournament):
Then the rest of the games was very dramatic:
It is good to see that all players are in a fighting mood in this event 🙂