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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Medias Kings Chess Tournament 2011 Rd9: Karjakin wins, draws level with Carlsen for lead, grand finale today in final round!

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Hello everyone,

What could be more exciting than a tournament last round to decide a winner between Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen? The Kings Tournament has come up with such a grand finale. In the ninth round, Karjakin won his game to draw level with Carlsen to share the lead and fight for the tournament title in the tenth round to be held today.

Organiser Elisabeta Polihroniade making the first move at the board of Karjakin-Ivanchuk

The Kings Tournament takes place June 11-21 at the Natural Gas Documentation and Information Centre in Medias, Romania. Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu play a double round-robin with one rest day after five rounds. The rate of play is 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment after move 60. No draws are allowed before move 30. On Tuesday the final round, with Carlsen vs Karjakin, starts at 12.30 CET. You can watch it live at the official website.

Meanwhile, here are the lovely Round 9 videos and games. You cannot miss.

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