Carlsen back on top with one round to go

In Round 10 of the Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament, Magnus Carlsen reclaimed first place in the overall standings with a 2-0 win over Ruslan Ponomariov. With one round and two games to go, the Norwegian grandmaster is half a point ahead of Vasily Ivanchuk and one and a half points ahead of Vladimir Kramnik. Ivanchuk and Kramnik drew their mini-match today after two hard-fought games. Tomorrow in the last round Carlsen (13½) plays Grischuk (11½). Ivanchuk (13) is paired against Gelfand (11), while Kramnik (12) faces Karjakin (11). Round 11 starts two hours earlier than normal at 12.30 hrs.

Here is the full report:

Wednesday 24 March Round X
14.30 Blind Aronian-Grischuk 1-0
Smeets-Dominguez ½-½
Carlsen-Ponomariov 1-0
16.00 Blind Ivanchuk-Kramnik ½-½
Svidler-Gelfand ½-½
Karjakin-Gashimov ½-½
17.45 Rapid Grischuk-Aronian ½-½
Dominguez-Smeets 0-1
Ponomariov-Carlsen 0-1
19.15 Rapid Kramnik-Ivanchuk ½-½
Gelfand-Svidler 0-1
Gashimov-Karjakin ½-½
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