After nine rounds, Karjakin, who had just caught up with Svidler at the top of the leaderboard, in the previous round, was joined by none other than Nepomniachtchi who beat Peter in an incredibly important crunch game. With this, both 20 year-olds now shared first place followed by Svidler and Grischuk. In round ten, Sergey took the sole lead by beating Tomashevsky, and was now a favorite to win the title as a draw in the next round would mean Ian would need a win.
The last round started badly for the Russian-born talent, as Nepomniachtchi was unable to overcome Vitiugov and had to settle for a draw. In the meantime, Karjakin faced Malakhov, who was a bit below 50% and having a fairly indifferent tournament.