Candidates: Caruana dumps Aronian, back in sole lead

Caruana opened a half-point lead over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who is a point ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, Ding Liren and Alexander Grischuk.

At the half-way stage of this eight-player double-round robin event, Caruana leads with five points.   -  Getty Images

Continuing with his good form, Fabiano Caruana got the better of Levon Aronian in 37 moves to open a half-point lead over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov after the seventh round of the FIDE Candidates chess tournament here on Sunday.

At the half-way stage of this eight-player double-round robin event, Caruana leads with five points. Mamedyarov (4.5) is a point ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, Ding Liren and Alexander Grischuk.

In the other decisive battle, Sergey Karjakin scored over Wesley So.

The results:
Seventh round: Levon Aronian (Arm, 2.5) lost to Fabiano Caruana (USA, 5); Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 3) bt Wesley So (USA, 2.5); Alexander
Grischuk (Rus, 3.5 drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 4.5); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 3.5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 3.5).

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