The two earlier leaders, Alexander Morozevich and Vladimir Kramnik, were defeated in the 7th round of the Tal Memorial by the tail-enders Evgeny Tomashevsky and Luke McShane, respectively.
Such development allowed another three players to create a real logjam on the top of the standings. With only two rounds remaining in the tournament, many options for the prizes distribution are still open.
Live games with commentary and computer analysis
Round 7 results:
1. Radjabov - Caruana draw, 2. Aronian - Grischuk draw, 3. Nakamura - Carlsen draw, 4. Tomashevsky - Morozevich 1-0, 5. McShane - Kramnik 1-0
Round 7 standings:
1-5. Morozevich, Carlsen, Radjabov, Kramnik, Caruana - 4, 6. Nakamura - 3,5, 7-9. Grischuk, Aronian, McShane - 3, 10. Tomashevsky - 2,5.
Round 8 pairings:
Caruana - Kramnik, Morozevich - McShane, Carlsen - Tomashevsky, Grischuk - Nakamura, Radjabov - Aronian