2021 Grand Swiss, Round 10

 Firouzja ended Howell's winning run with a convincing victory, despite Howell's finding some excellent defensive resources in time trouble. This brought him back into the sole lead, as Caruana had to scramble for a draw against Vachier-Lagrave.

The only player in the chasing pack to win was Oparin, who is now tied for second with Caruana; he faces Firouzja in the final round. This game is now destined to produce one of the Candidates qualifiers.

The other Candidates place will definitely go to Caruana if he beats Predke; if not, it will go to somebody on 7½/11. With ten other players on 6½/10, there's all to play for on the final day. (All these players know that no more than eight players can get to 7½, so that score will, at the very least, assure anyone who gets it a Grand Prix place.)


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