We were almost complaining after 16 games with only one decisive result in the last two rounds and BAM!
The players today went all-out and produced FIVE decisive results out of eight games.
In Pool A, Naka's back. The American won a great game against Levon Aronian. A great feat by Hikaru, that with this win catches Levon at 2.0/4.
But they don't lead the Pool! Oparin, who so far is having a great tournament, defeated the higher-rated Esipenko, and now leads the group with 2.5/4.
In Pool B, Mamedyarov outplayed the young German GM Keymer, and Dominguez drew with Dubov. Mamedyarov and Dominguez lead the group with 2.5/4.
In Group C, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave beat Predke and So drew with Shankland. Now all the four players sit at 2.0/4!
In Pool D, another surprise: Amin Tabatabaei, the young Iranian GM upset Nikita Vitiugov. Giri and Yu drew and, like in pool C, now everyone has 2 points.
Tomorrow is a rest day. Play resumes on Sunday, March the 27th, at 9 AM EDT - 15:00 Berlin (Central Europe) - 14:00 UTC