A full report, to say nothing of the games, will have to wait until later today. (UPDATE: That time has come - see below.) In brief, though, Magnus Carlsen convincingly defeated Vassily Ivanchuk (for the second straight cycle), and catches him in first place with a round to go.
Levon Aronian has long been kryptonite for world champion Viswanathan Anand, and it happened again today. It may have been good preparation rather than over the board genius, but one way or another Aronian destroyed Anand in just 25 moves.
Remarkably, that puts Anand in clear, dead last place with a round to go, as Francisco Vallejo leapfrogged him out of the basement with a win over Hikaru Nakamura. Nakamura had been worse, but in mutual time trouble had fought his way out and could start enjoying an extra pawn. The only problem...Nakamura - of all people! - lost on time on move 40. (UPDATE: As already noted in another post, Nakamura had enough time to make a final move, but misunderstood or was misinformed by an arbiter and thought he had already made the time control. As a result he went for some orange juice, coming back to find he had lost on time.)
So the current standings (in 3-1-0 scoring) look like this:
1-2. Carlsen, Ivanchuk 14 (Carlsen leads on tiebreak with 5.5 points on "normal" scoring to Ivanchuk's 5)
3-4. Nakamura, Aronian 11 (both have 4.5 in normal scoring)
5. Vallejo 10 (3.5)
6. Anand 9 (4)
UPDATE: Here are the last-round pairings:
- Ivanchuk - Aronian
- Anand - Vallejo
- Nakamura - Carlsen