Gibraltar: Anton Guijarro Leads After 7 of 10 Rounds
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 1:18AM
Dennis Monokroussos in Gibraltar 2016

Who? Right, David Anton Guijarro. He's a strong young Spanish GM, but it's still semi-shocking that the 24th seed, rated 2639, is leading a field with 10 players rated 2700 and up, including Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Viswanathan Anand. Anton has 6 out of 7, good for a half point lead over 15 players with 5.5, including 2700+ players Vachier-Lagrave, Pentala Harikrishna, Yu Yangyi, and Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Nakamura is another half a point back, while Anand has just four points, having given up two draws and two losses - including one of each to IMs. Thus far his tournament has been a disaster; hopefully it won't bruise his confidence too much before the Candidates' tournament in March.

Round 9 pairings here.

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