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TATA STEEL CHESS 2019- R8 REPORT

Eight rounds have already been played at the one of the most prestigious international chess festivals, often called Wimbledon of chess. After 8 played rounds, reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2835) and former World Chess Champion Anand Viswanathan (IND, 2773) tie for the first place with score of 5.5 points, each.

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After safe start, Carlsen and Anand emerged on the top as leaders by winning in the 8th round. Magnus Carlsen overplayed Richard Rapport (HUN, 2731) with white pieces in Sicilian defence, after making a beautiful mate network around his opponent king. On the other side, Anand Viswanathan defeated Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE, 2817) after beautiful rook sacrifice which made Mamedyarov to shake the hands, and resign.

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After the free day, the 9th round of the event will be played today, at 13:30 (local time). All the games of the Master event will be broadcasted live and can be followed through the official website of the event together with a live commentary of the games.

The pairings of the 9th round:

Round 9 – Tuesday the 22nd
Shankland, Samuel – Carlsen, Magnus
Radjabov, Teimour – Fedoseev, Vladimir
Giri, Anish – Van Foreest, Jorden
Nepomniachtchi, Ian – Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi
Kramnik, Vladimir – Ding, Liren
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
Rapport, Richard – Anand, Viswanathan

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Standings after 8 played rounds:

Score Rating TPR SB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1 Carlsen, Magnus 5.5 / 8 2835 2883 18.25 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½
2 Anand, Viswanathan 5.5 / 8 2773 2886 18.25 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1
3 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 5.0 / 8 2763 2878 20 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
4 Ding, Liren 5.0 / 8 2813 2832 19.75 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1
5 Giri, Anish 5.0 / 8 2783 2858 17.75 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
6 Radjabov, Teimour 4.5 / 8 2757 2788 16.5 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
7 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi 4.0 / 8 2695 2748 15.75 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1
8 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 4.0 / 8 2738 2730 14 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1
9 Fedoseev, Vladimir 3.5 / 8 2724 2697 15 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0
10 Shankland, Samuel 3.5 / 8 2725 2695 12.25 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1
11 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 3.0 / 8 2817 2681 11.5 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
12 Rapport, Richard 3.0 / 8 2731 2686 10.75 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
13 Van Foreest, Jorden 2.5 / 8 2612 2617 9.75 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0
14 Kramnik, Vladimir 2.0 / 8 2777 2582 8 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½

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