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10th Tal Memorial 2016 (7)

All drawn in Tal Memorial Round 7

The first day after the final rest day saw all the games drawn. This meant Ian Nepomniachtchi leading on 5/7 half a point clear of Anish Giri.

Ian Nepomniachtchi held a draw with the Gruenfeld with black against Li Chao. 6.Na4 used to be a way to avoid theory but there seemed to be a long line of theory played here.

Anish Giri was outprepared by Vladimir Kramnik whose Queen's Gambit with black led to total equality.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn't get any advantage against Levon Aronian and they reached a drawn King and Pawn Endgame.

Boris Gelfand played very solidly with white against Evgeny Tomashevsky and the game was drawn in 26 moves. Gelfand had to bring to an end his 5 game losing streak in any way he could. The rest of the event will be about damage limitation.

Viswanathan Anand pressed a little bit with an Anti-Marshall Ruy Lopez but Peter Svidler held comfortably enough in the final game to finish.

Round 7 standings: Nepomniachtchi 5pts/7, Giri 4.5pts, Aronian, Kramnik, Anand 4pts, Svidler, Li Chao 3.5pts, Mamedyarov 3pts, Tomashevsky 2.5pts, Gelfand 1pt

Round 8 pairings Wednesday 5th Oct 2016: Kramnik-Tomashevsky, Svidler-Gelfand, Nepomniachtchi-Anand, Aronian-Li, Giri-Mamedyarov

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