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FIDE Candidates 2016 (10)

Caruana defeats Anand to join Karjakin in the lead after Candidates Round 10

Fabiano Caruana introduced a strong novelty against Viswanathan Anand and scored a powerful victory in round 10 of the Candidates in Moscow. Levon Aronian also had a large advantage against Veselin Topalov which would have allowed him to join the leaders too but several oversights even left him on the defencive towards the end. After 10 rounds Sergey Karjakin and Caruana lead on 6/10 half a point clear of Aronian and Anand.

Caruana'a 12.Qc2 was an improvement over the game Aronian-Anand St Louis 2015. The move set extremely difficult problems for Anand which proved impossible to solve over the board. After 17.Qe2 Caruana obtained extremely dangerous attacking chances. Anand fought off the attack but the endgame was very difficult and 22...Ne4 was a bad move the Anand was unable to recover from.

Aronian got a nasty advantage in an English vs Topalov but a hasty 28.c5 lost much of the advantage and a few moves later his chances had gone. Peter Svidler prepared and played exactly the same variation against Hikaru Nakamura but the US player knew the opening much better than Topalov and equality and a draw followed.

Anish Giri's excellent opening preparation allowed him equalisation against Sergey Karjakin and the game was drawn in 34 moves.

Notes in the PGN section.

Round 10 Standings: Caruana, Karjakin 6pts, Anand, Aronian 5.5pts, Giri 5pts, Svidler 4.5pts, Nakamura 4pts, Topalov 3.5pts.

Round 11 Pairings: Aronian-Svidler, Topalov-Caruana, Anand-Karjakin, Giri-Nakamura

FIDE Candidates 2016 Moscow (RUS), 10-30 iii 2016 cat. XXII (2778)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2794 * * ½ . ½ 1 ½ . ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 ½ . 6 2849
2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 ½ . * * 1 . ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ . 6 2852
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2762 ½ 0 0 . * * ½ 1 ½ . 1 . ½ . 1 ½ 2818
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2786 ½ . ½ . ½ 0 * * ½ ½ ½ . 1 . 1 ½ 2813
5. Giri, Anish g NED 2793 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ * * ½ . ½ . ½ . 5 2776
6. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2757 ½ . ½ ½ 0 . ½ . ½ . * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 2743
7. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2790 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ . 0 . ½ . ½ ½ * * 1 . 4 2702
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2780 ½ . ½ . 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ 0 . * * 2664
Round 10 (March 23, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 33 A29 English Four Knights
Karjakin, Sergey - Giri, Anish ½-½ 32 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Aronian, Levon - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 58 A29 English Four Knights
Svidler, Peter - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 A29 English Four Knights

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