With five round left in the 2012 Tata Steel tournament, the world’s two highest-rated players hold the lead in a tight race. Both Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian hold a half-point lead over Teimour Radjabov and a mere one-point lead over Vassily Ivanchuk, Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura.
There are some marquee matchups in the sunset phase of the tournament with Carlsen-Karjakin and Aronian-Caruana in round 9; Carlsen-Nakamura in round 10; Carlsen-Topalov and Caruana-Giri in round 11; Aronian-Radjabov in round 13.
There have already been plenty of fireworks throughout the three sections. This beauty between Anish Giri and Vugar Gashimov was widely commented on.
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Photos: Frits Agterdenbos of ChessVista