Round 7 - Anand joins leaders in the Masters, seven decisive results across both events!


It was the bloodiest day yet as no less than seven games ended decisively across the two sections.

The main result of the day was Vishy Anand’s win against Vladimir Kramnik (this was their 100th classical encounter and Anand levelled the score to 11 wins each today), which means the Indian joins Carlsen, Giri, Ding and Nepomniachtchi in the lead on 4.5/7. Elsewhere Sam Shankland (against Van Foreest) and Teimour Radjabov (against Vidit) both scored their first win of the tournament, taking them to a 50% and +1 score respectively. If you haven’t seen the Radjabov game, make sure to check it out as it is a clear candidate for game of the tournament! (There is also a 35-minute video of the two players analysing the game afterwards on our YouTube channel.)

In the Challengers all four wins were scored with the white pieces for a change. Esipenko showed great preparation to overcome Korobov, Gledura won a second consecutive game (against Keymer), Praggnanandhaa stunned Kuipers in only 23 moves and finally Chigaev beat Paehtz to join Kovalev in the lead on 5/7.