Correct Rimfaxe using a four player example since Lie (with 6½ points) and Moiseenko (with 6 points) have already played one another. They would now play the top players in the 5½ points score group (1 plays against 3 and 2 plays against 4). Since this is an even numbered round the colors also come into consideration here and every effort is made to equalize them (4 whites and 4 blacks)....
Surely, 'luck' favors the brave and GM Kjetil A. Lie was fortunate to escape a sure loss against GM Victor Mikhalevski yesterday...
_____________________________________________ GM Victor Mikhalevski vs. GM Kjetil A. Lie
White to play...
In this position GM Mikhalevski played 32. c7??
Instead 32. Qxf6+
would have won immediately! (32... Rxf6 33. Bxf6+ Kh7 34. Rg7+ Kh8 35. Rxg4+ followed by Rxc4). The actual game continued 32... hxg 33. Qe7 Qxe2+ 34. Qxe2 Bxe2 35. Bxf6+ 0-1
and Mikhalevski resigned without waiting for a reply (35... Kh7 or Kg8 [not 35... Rxf6 35. c8=Q+] 36. Bd8 Bg4 and wins).
Magnus too had a bit of luck against GM Vladimir Burmakin but in his situation it went from a win for Magnus to a draw then after Burmakin blundered back to a win again! GM Vladimir Burmakin vs. GM Magnus Carlsen
Black to play...
Here Magnus played 27... Re3?!
(27... Nf4 would have won Rybka now jumps from -2.50 back to 0:00) and after 28. Nxd4! cxd 29. Bxd4 Rg3 30. Bf2 Rxh3! 31.Bxh3 Qxh3 32.Bxb6
[not of course 32.Qxd3?? Bh2+ 33.Kh1 Bg3+ 34.Kg1 Qh2+ 35.Kf1 Qxf2#] 32... Bh2+ 33.Qxh2 Qg4+ 34.Kh1?
(simply 34. Qg2 here holds) 34... Qxd1+ 35.Bg1 h6
(35... g5 was also possible) 36. Qg2 Qe1
(guarding 'e4') 37. Qa8+ Kh7 38. Qf3 Ne5 39. Qf4 Ng6 40. Qe3 Qf1
('No thanks!') 41. Kh2 f5
(the final pawn storm begins) 42. Bf2 a4! 43. bxa Qxc4 44. a5 Qc7+ 45. Kg1 Qxa5 46. Qa7 Qd2
('No thanks' again Magnus says) 47. a4 Nf4 48. Qc5 Qd1+ 49. Kh2 Qg4 0-1
(they show 50. Bd4 played and then resigns 0-1)
Magnus had about 50 minutes on his clock when he played 27... Rg3. Perhaps if he had spent a little more time he would have worked out that 27... Nf4 wins by force. To his credit though (Burmakin was in severe time pressure at that point) he gets a position which he can't lose and one blunder by his opponent (as occurred in the game) he is going to win it. Not to mention the favorable 'Q + B' vs. 'Q + N' ending with continued threats against an exposed King with Q + N and pawns all working together...
Well, Magnus has played his two school chums (Brede Hagen and Ørnulf Stubberud), his former trainer GM Simen Agdestein, and his father Henrik - what's left? His new chess coach Kjetil of course! :laff:
Top pairings today for Round #8 are...GM Kjetil A. Lie (6½) - GM Magnus Carlsen (5½)
GM Vugar Gashimov (5½) - GM Alexander Moiseenko (6)
GM Mikhail Gurevich (5½) - IM Jon Ludvig Hammer (5½)
GM Vladimir Epishin (5½) - GM Michail Brodsky (5½)
IM Venkatachalam Saravanan (5) - GM Victor Mikhalevski (5)
GM Bartlomiej Macieja (5) - GM Antoaneta Stefanova (5)
Gunnar Berg Hanssen (5) - GM Simen Agdestein (5)
FM Karsten Larsen (5) - GM Vladimir Burmakin (4½)
GM Bartosz Socko (4½) - IM David S. Markosian (4½)
IM Eduard Porper (4½) - WIM Katarzyna Toma (4½)
Update sorting the Carlsen family scoreboard.
After Round #7:1) Magnus Carlsen (2710 NOR) 5½ points
2) Henrik Carlsen (2089 NOR) 3½ points
3) Ingrid Øen Carlsen (1059 NOR) 2 points
Go Ingrid! Go Henrik! Go Magnus!
It all hinges on the last two rounds now... I suspect that the game between Kjetil and Magnus will be an early draw. However, anything can happen so we shall just have to wait and see how the mood between the two of them is.
PS: Yes shame about Nick's performance. It's just no fun falling into the bottom of the Swiss system dumpster...
PPS: As always - Online Chess Diagram credit: "Interactive Chessboard with Diagram Generator."