In the Qatar open, round 6 7 and 8 have now been played, and, even though the top boards saw a high number of draws (which is to be expected when highly skilled players play each others), one individual is coming on top to the last round of the tournament ... Magnus Carlsen !
He's at 6.5/8 after drawing in round 6 and 7 (against Wesly So and Anish Giri, both top 10 players), and collecting a full point after Mamedyarov collapsed against him in round 8 (top20, once top 10 player who participated in at least one candidates tournament).
He's paired against Vladimir Kramnik (current n°2) with the white pieces, and can very well play only for a draw, which should be sufficient for him to nettle yet another tournament victory !
tied for 2d at the moment are Bid Vlad and Yu Yangyi (not sure of the spelling), the later being last year's Qatar open winner, with 6/8.
Then comes a pack of 17 (!!) players tied for 4th with 5.5/8. Certainly a win for any of these 7 players would ensure a good part of the prize money !
Early round today, so the results should come soon enough !