Carlsen Whitewashes Kramnik, Closes On Aronian

Carlsen Whitewashes Kramnik, Closes On Aronian

| 38 | Chess Event Coverage

Magnus Carlsen struck twice against Vladimir Kramnik in round seven at Amber to heap further misery on the Russian, and to close within half a point of the leader Lev Aronian.

Aronian had an easy win against Boris Gelfand when the latter lost track of the position in their blindfold game and put his queen en prise.

Vassily Ivanchuk continued his recovery with a classy rapid win over Alexander Grischuk, earning the game of the day prize for the third day in a row.

The only other decisive result of the day saw poor Anish Giri lose his blindfold game with Veselin Topalov.  Even as talented a young player as Giri is finding this incredibly high-quality Amber field hard to cope with.

Kramnik was Carlsen's 'client' today, first losing in the blindfold...




...and again in the rapid game




Another blindfold blunder...Gelfand gifts a win to Aronian




Giri's struggles continue against Topalov




When he's good, he's very, very good...Chucky strikes again




The results on day 7:

Blind  Giri-Topalov  0-1

Carlsen-Kramnik  1-0

Gashimov-Karjakin  ½-½
Blind  Aronian-Gelfand  1-0

Ivanchuk-Grischuk  ½-½

Nakamura-Anand  ½-½
Rapid  Topalov-Giri  ½-½

Kramnik-Carlsen  0-1

Karjakin-Gashimov  ½-½
Rapid  Gelfand-Aronian  ½-½

Grischuk-Ivanchuk  0-1

Anand-Nakamura  ½-½


The standings after day 7:

1 Aronian, Levon  ARM  2808 10
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2815
3 Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2817 8
4 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  2747
5 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2779 7
6 Topalov, Veselin  BUL  2775 7
7 Gashimov, Vugar  AZE  2746
8 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2733
9 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2776
10 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA  2774 6
11 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2785 5
12 Giri, Anish  NED  2690


Photos: Association Max Euwe.

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