9 Dec 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The seventh round of the London Chess Classic 2012 resulted in all drawn games with Kramnik given a rest. Rankings after round 7 show Carlsen leading with 17 points with 5+ points ahead of Kramnik at 12 points.
The Week In Chess reported that current leader Magnus Carlsen drew a Sicilian (a surprise) with black against Hikaru Nakamura (3.c3 a surprise prepared for Topalov in London earlier in the year). Carlsen sacrificed a piece for two pawns which may have given Carlsen the better chances but quite quickly he was playing just to draw. Carlsen now definitely will exceed Kasparov's 2851 rating record. Kasparov tweeted his congratulations to Carlsen on overtaking his 13 year record.
Pairings of Rounds 8-9:
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