Karjakin Soars, Ivanchuk Sinks In Medias
In the penultimate round of the Bazna Kings tournament in Medias, Romania, Sergey Karjakin thrashed a badly out-of-sorts Vassily Ivanchuk in just 22 moves.
Ivanchuk is well known as a streaky and emotional player and it seems that he is currently suffering a crisis of confidence, playing his moves quickly and without care.
With Magnus Carlsen only drawing with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, that means that the lead is once again shared by Carlsen and Karjakin on 6 points.
By happy coincidence, Carlsen and Karjakin will meet in a final round showdown tomorrow, with Carlsen having the white pieces. Ivanchuk will have white against Nakamura, and Radjabov white against Nisipeanu.
Nakamura had to settle for a draw against Teimour Radjabov in a blocked endgame where his extra pawn was of no consequence.
The standings after nine rounds:
Sergey Karjakin and his wife Kateryna Dolzhikova at Amber in March (Pic: Association Max Euwe)