Qatar 2015 Rd7: Mamedyarov and Sjugirov join Magnus

12/27/2015 – After seven rounds at the Qatar Masters three players share the lead with 5.5/7 each: Magnus Carlsen, who drew against Anish Giri after a tough fight, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who won a messy game against Surya Ganguly, and Sanan Sjugirov, who defeated Dmitry Jakovenko. Half a point behind the three leaders are sixteen players with 5.0/7. Express Report.

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Qatar Masters 2015

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Round seven

By Nisha Mohota

The eagerly awaited clash between Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri ended in a fighting draw from the Sicilian Najdorf. Thus, Giri can still boast of a plus score in Classical Chess against Carlsen, who tried hard but in vain to win.

After yesterday’s escape against Anish Giri, Surya Sekhar Ganguly entered a wild position against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The game was full of fireworks with the evaluation of the position changing with every move, making the game a complete treat for the fans! After a topsy-turvy battle, Mamedyarov finally won the game after 85 moves.

We are here to entertain the spectators! Our kings are brave!

With victories in rounds six and seven, Russian GM Sanan Sjugirov joins Carlsen and Mamedyarov at the top. In round seven he won against Dmitry Jakovenko.

Photos by Amruta Mokal of ChessBase India

Replay games of round seven (with times per move)

Top results of round seven

No
Ti.
Name
Rtg
Pts
Res
Pts
Ti.
Name
Rtg
No
1
1
GM
Carlsen Magnus
2834
5
½-½
GM
Giri Anish
2784
3
2
11
GM
Yu Yangyi
2736
½-½
GM
Kramnik Vladimir
2796
2
3
17
GM
Ponomariov Ruslan
2710
½-½
GM
So Wesley
2775
4
4
5
GM
Karjakin Sergey
2766
½-½
GM
Ni Hua
2693
18
5
7
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
2748
1-0
GM
Ganguly Surya Shekhar
2648
30
6
9
GM
Harikrishna P.
2743
½-½
GM
Swiercz Dariusz
2646
34
7
33
GM
Sjugirov Sanan
2646
1-0
GM
Jakovenko Dmitry
2737
10
8
41
GM
Naroditsky Daniel
2628
4
½-½
4
GM
Li Chao B
2750
6
9
13
GM
Vitiugov Nikita
2724
4
1-0
4
GM
Sasikiran Krishnan
2638
38
10
15
GM
Korobov Anton
2713
4
0-1
4
GM
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
2642
36

Standings after round seven

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
 TB 
rtg+/-
1
7
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
AZE
2748
5,5
2871
10,1
2
1
GM
Carlsen Magnus
NOR
2834
5,5
2867
3,5
3
33
GM
Sjugirov Sanan
RUS
2646
5,5
2813
14,9
4
3
GM
Giri Anish
NED
2784
5,0
2852
7,1
5
4
GM
So Wesley
USA
2775
5,0
2842
6,7
6
79
 
Xu Yinglun
CHN
2470
5,0
2826
32,6
7
2
GM
Kramnik Vladimir
RUS
2796
5,0
2805
1,6
8
34
GM
Swiercz Dariusz
POL
2646
5,0
2793
14,5
9
11
GM
Yu Yangyi
CHN
2736
5,0
2784
5,3
10
5
GM
Karjakin Sergey
RUS
2766
5,0
2784
2,3
11
9
GM
Harikrishna P.
IND
2743
5,0
2753
1,6
12
17
GM
Ponomariov Ruslan
UKR
2710
5,0
2744
3,8
13
18
GM
Ni Hua
CHN
2693
5,0
2742
5,1
14
40
GM
Grandelius Nils
SWE
2632
5,0
2701
7,7
15
29
GM
Akopian Vladimir
ARM
2648
5,0
2701
5,5
16
13
GM
Vitiugov Nikita
RUS
2724
5,0
2696
-1,3
17
36
GM
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
VIE
2642
5,0
2670
3,6
18
16
GM
Ivanchuk Vassily
UKR
2710
5,0
2660
-3,4
19
57
IM
Lin Chen
CHN
2532
5,0
2658
12,2
20
6
GM
Li Chao B
CHN
2750
4,5
2778
3,3
21
46
GM
Zhang Zhong
SIN
2619
4,5
2734
11,5
22
43
GM
Salem A.R. Saleh
UAE
2622
4,5
2726
10,9
23
20
GM
Howell David W L
ENG
2688
4,5
2710
2,7
24
30
GM
Ganguly Surya Shekhar
IND
2648
4,5
2705
6,4
25
10
GM
Jakovenko Dmitry
RUS
2737
4,5
2670
-5,1
26
8
GM
Tomashevsky Evgeny
RUS
2744
4,5
2670
-6,0
27
27
GM
Bologan Viktor
MDA
2654
4,5
2668
2,1
28
41
GM
Naroditsky Daniel
USA
2628
4,5
2661
4,4
29
42
GM
Lenderman Aleksandr
USA
2626
4,5
2579
-3,1
30
35
GM
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi
IND
2644
4,5
2578
-4,8
31
102
IM
Vignesh N R
IND
2422
4,0
2721
26,4
32
66
IM
Yuffa Daniil
RUS
2504
4,0
2682
16,4

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Schedule for Playchess Commentary

Day Round Time English German
Sun 27 December  Round 7 3 PM Simon Williams Sebastian Siebrecht
Mon 28 December  Round 8 3 PM Daniel King Sebastian Siebrecht
Tue 29 December  Round 9 12 PM Yasser Seirawan Sebastian Siebrecht

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Pentium Infinite Pentium Infinite 12/28/2015 05:39
We already have a world champion. It is futile to keep guessing who will beat Magns. Nobody will.
mozartiano123 mozartiano123 12/28/2015 01:27
Ubernomics, I agree with your comments on the open format. That is way more fair than grand prix. This could be, at least, considered to select the players who are playing in the grand prix.

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ubernomics ubernomics 12/28/2015 12:56
P.S. - This (selectively strong) open tournament format is probably more exciting than white-bread Grand Prix tournament with the same ten guys playing each other for the nth time...

The characteristics:

1 Top GMs
2 Strong youngsters
3 Females
4 Open entry for interesting locals and unknowns, with rating floor of 2300 (keeps out guys who are too weak, while allowing for intrigue.)

For some reason, this combination is probably the most exciting.
ubernomics ubernomics 12/28/2015 12:48
Giri is looking more and more like the next serious challenger to Magnus (i.e., a person with greater than - let's say 1 or 2% - hope of beating him in a match. Or, if the two players do not have weird exogenous non-chess effect like car accident, has the weaker player any realistic chance of winning? - At the moment, Giri has the highest probability, IMO.)
qiqiangzhu qiqiangzhu 12/27/2015 05:19
http://www.qatarmastersopen.com/
bondsergey bondsergey 12/27/2015 02:28
webmasters, there is a mistake in the link of "official tournament site" on this page
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