Summary Round 7 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
Yesterday’s 7th round was the bloodiest yet in the Masters, with no less than four decisive games!
The main news of the day was of course Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s hattrick, winning a third consecutive game, this time against Wei Yi. The Azeri player not only leads the tournament with a very impressive score of 5.5/7, but is also climbing up the live rating list, where he now sits in second place at an all-time high of 2817.5. While his pursuers So and Giri drew their encounter, they were joined in shared second place by Magnus Carlsen (who overcame Hou Yifan) and Vladimir Kramnik (who beat long-time rival Viswanathan Anand) – these four players now stand on 4.5/7, a full point behind Mamedyarov. The final decisive result of the day was Karjakin getting the better of Caruana, who inexplicably blundered a pawn right out of the opening. In today’s 8th round we can look forward to Giri taking on Mamedyarov with the white pieces, as well as a Kramnik-So clash.
In the Challengers, tournament leader Korobov made a solid draw against Krasenkow, while the game between his pursuers, Vidit and Lucas van Foreest, also ended in a draw. The podium thus remains unchanged, with Korobov now on 6/7, Vidit on 5/7 and Lucas van Foreest on 4/7. Elsewhere Tari beat Girya and Bluebaum overcame Harika.