Magnus Carlsen Takes Sole Lead in Wijk aan Zee Again
Anish Giri pursues the world champion.
In the ninth round of the Tata Steel Masters, Magnus Carlsen won against the co-leader Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to take the sole lead with 6.5 points scored. The Norwegian is pursued by Anish Giri, who defeated Sam Shankland and now has got 6 points. Fabiano Caruana beat Nils Grandelius, while Sergey Karjakin outplayed Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. The games Duda - Esipenko, Van Foreest - Dubov, and Rapport - Vidit were drawn.
Standings after Round 9:
1. Magnus Carlsen - 6.5 points
2. Anish Giri - 6
3-4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Santosh Vidit - 5.5
5-7. Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, Richard Rapport - 5
8-9. Andrey Esipenko, Jorden Van Foreest - 4.5
10. Jan-Krzysztof Duda - 4
11-12. Daniil Dubov, Sam Shankland - 3.5
13. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa - 2.5
14. Nils Grandelius - 2.
Round 10 pairings:
Shankland - Mamedyarov, Karjakin - Carlsen, Vidit - Praggnanandhaa, Caruana - Rapport, Dubov - Grandelius, Esipenko - van Foreest, and Giri - Duda.
Arjun Erigaisi continues his winning streak: after defeated Zhu Jiner, he's got 8 points in the Challengers tournament. Volodar Murzin has scored 5 points, while Polina Shuvalova 3.