Nakamura Leads Tata Steel
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Naka's next two games will be crucial. He is black against Magnus Carlsen in round eight on Sunday, and after a rest day on Monday he has white against Vishy Anand on Tuesday.
The other winners in Group A were Kramnik and Aronian. Kramnik won an early pawn against Giri and never looked back. Aronian beat a desperately out-of-form Grischuk on the black side of a Ruy Lopez.
The clash between Carlsen and Anand promised much but failed to deliver. Anand equalised with ease in a Najdorf and the points were split after a mere 18 moves. Nepo and Pono's draw was just four moves longer while Vachier-Lagrave and L'Ami played six more moves before arriving at the same result.
The last game to finish in the A Group was more lively, with Shirov refusing to temper his sacrificial style despite poor results so far. However, he remains firmly rooted at the bottom of the standings after drawing with Wang Hao.
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Anand easily equalises against 'The Kid' Carlsen in round seven
Wang Hao and Shirov hear no evil and speak no evil during their entertaining struggle
Luke McShane finally came unstuck in Group B, losing to the young Vietnamese star Le Quang Liem. This allowed Zahar Efimenko to catch him at the top of the standings, where they were joined by Wesley So who beat David Navara.
The Force deserts Luke against Quang Liem in round seven
Wesley So wins his third game in a row to join the Group B leaders (pics from the official Facebook site)
The leaders of Group C, Illya Nyzhnyk and Daniele Vocaturo both won again to keep up the hectic pace at the top. Kateryna Lahno also won an opposite coloured bishop ending to stay just half a point behind.
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The full results and standings after round eight:
|Nakamura, Hikaru||1-0||Smeets, Jan|
|Kramnik, Vladimir||1-0||Giri, Anish|
|Carlsen, Magnus||½-½||Anand, Viswanathan|
|Nepomniachtchi, Ian||½-½||Ponomariov, Ruslan|
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||½-½||L'Ami, Erwin|
|Wang, Hao||½-½||Shirov, Alexei|
|Grischuk, Alexander||0-1||Aronian, Levon|
|So, Wesley||1-0||Navara, David|
|Efimenko, Zahar||½-½||Li, Chao|
|Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||1-0||Fressinet, Laurent|
|Sargissian, Gabriel||1-0||Nijboer, Friso|
|Le, Quang Liem||1-0||McShane, Luke J|
|Ganguly, Surya Shekhar||1-0||Spoelman, Wouter|
|Hammer, Jon Ludvig||0-1||Tkachiev, Vladislav|
|Nyzhnyk, Illya||1-0||Siebrecht, Sebastian|
|Vocaturo, Daniele||1-0||Pruijssers, Roeland|
|Lahno, Kateryna||1-0||Bok, Benjamin|
|Kazhgaleyev, Murtas||1-0||Tania, Sachdev|
|Swiercz, Dariusz||½-½||Ivanisevic, Ivan|
|Van Kampen, Robin||1-0||Van Der Werf, Mark|
|De Jong, Jan-Willem||0-1||Bluvshtein, Mark|
|McShane, Luke J||ENG||2664||5|
|Le, Quang Liem||VIE||2664||3½|
|Ganguly, Surya Shekhar||IND||2651||2½|
|Hammer, Jon Ludvig||NOR||2647||2|
|Van Der Werf, Mark||NED||2439||3½|
|Van Kampen, Robin||NED||2443||3|
|De Jong, Jan-Willem||NED||2437||1½|