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. IM Andrew Martin does the honors.
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Photos: Frits Agterdenbos of ChessVista