1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 For the second time in this tournament, Svidler decides to allow the Marshall Attack.
8...d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Re4 g5 16.Qf1 Qh5 17.Nd2 f5 [Leko does not seem to be curious to find out What Svidler had in mind after 17...Bf5 as played in the first round game Svidler-Aronian.]
18.Bd1 Qh6 19.Re1 f4 20.Ne4 Bc7 21.Bf3 Bh3 22.Qd3 Rf7 23.Bd2 Raf8 Black is perfectly mobilized and has obvious compensation for the pawn. However, White's position is quite stable, which keeps him out of immediate danger. Without a deeper analysis, the final sequence of moves remains clouded by mystery.
24.Bh1 Rg7 25.Bf3 Rgf7 26.Bh1 Rg7 27.Bf3 Rgf7 1/2-1/2