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5th Kings Tournament in Medias 2011 (9)

Carlsen and Karjakin share lead going into final round clash

Ivanchuk's mental demons are well known, today he blitzed to a loss against Karjakin. Photo © Radu-Catalin Chirila.

Ivanchuk's mental demons are well known, today he blitzed to a loss against Karjakin. Photo © Radu-Catalin Chirila. | http://www.turneulregilor.com

As Sergey Karjakin said, "I did my job" after beating Vassily Ivanchuk in an embarrassing game. Ivanchuk has been playing faster and faster and worse and worse in this event and today he played bad moves without a lot of thought. We have seen these mental collapses before from him but not recently and it is always sad to see. It allowed Karjakin to join Magnus Carlsen in the lead who was held by Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. Carlsen got a complicated position on the black side of a Breyer Defence but Nisipeanu found an exchange sacrifice which led to simplification and equality. Carlsen has white against Karjakin in the final round and as they share the lead on 6/9 this will decide the tournament. Hikaru Nakamura and Teimour Radjabov drew a lengthy game which wasn't terribly exciting.

5th Kings Tournament Medias (ROU), 11-21 vi 2011 cat. XXI (2757)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2815 * * ½ . 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6 2867
2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2776 ½ . * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6 2871
3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2774 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ . 2751
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2744 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ . 0 ½ 4 2728
5. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU 2659 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ . * * 1 ½ 2700
6. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2776 ½ 0 0 0 ½ . 1 ½ 0 ½ * * 3 2626
Round 9 (June 20, 2011)
Karjakin, Sergey - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0 22 B09 Pirc Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 46 B32 Sicilian Labourdonnais
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 32 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer

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