Levon Aronian secured his seat in the semifinals, defeating Keymer today. The now-American ace climbs to a stunning 4.0/5, and nobody in his group will be able to catch him.
Nakamura defeated Grishuck to reach the fantastic score of 3.5/5. Only Esipenko can still catch the American, Esipenko today won with Bacrot, going 3.0/5.
A curious note: Today Grischuk and Nakamura played a King's Indian semi-Averbakh.
Yesterday, Yuri Averbakh celebrated his centennial! Was it a coincidence? Probably yes, yet it is quite nice that the two top players used a variation that was named after the oldest living GM.
GM Yuri Averbakh - Photo from FIDE Facebook page
As previously said, Pool A seems to be Nakamura's realm, but with today's win, Esipenko follows the American player by only half a point. Tomorrow, in the last round of the pools, the semifinalist will be probably decided.
In Pool B, we had two draws. the situation remains uncertain, with only Oparin out of the game. Wojtaszek and Fedoseev are favorites, but with a win over Fedoseev tomorrow, Richard Rapport could get back in contention.
In Pool C "le jeux sont fait". Levon Aronian is the first of the four semifinalists. Congratulations!
In Pool D, Dominguez won an important game today, defeating Harikrishna. Wesley So was held to a draw by the old lion Alexei Shirov. Now So leads by half a point over Dominguez, the only one who could catch him.
Tomorrow the last and decisive round (for three pools out of four), starts at 9 AM EST - 15:00 Berlin (CET) - 14:00 UTC