Carlsen moves within 1/2 point from leaders with 5 to go, Ju Wenjun leads women
Seven players lead the Open Section of the King Salman World Rapid Championship. Ju Wenjun remains on top in the Women's Section.
The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championship continues in St. Petersburg. Ten rounds are played in the Open Section; eight rounds are in the books in the Women's Section.
The leading group in the Open Section increased to seven players. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Andreikin, Vladislav Artemiev, Daniil Dubov, Maxim Matlakov (all Russia), Wang Hao, and Yu Yangyi (both China) are ahead with 7.5 points after 10 games. Half a point behind them are 11 players, including the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
The Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun remained a sole leader of the Women's Section with 7 points out of 8. She won six games and drew with two ex-World Champions Tan Zhongyi (China) and Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine). Mariya is on clear second place with 6.5 points, seven players have 6 points.
The World Rapid Champions will be determined on Friday, December 28. On the concluding day of the Rapid Championship, five rounds will be played in the Open Section, and four rounds – in the Women's section.