In round 9 today against French M. Vachier-Lagrave I did not expect an easy game. He shared 3rd to 6th place with me, Aronian and Kramnik and has played well in this tournament. I decided to play the Berlin wall against his Ruy Lopez. It was quite an interesting middle game and after his Nd4 black is probably slightly better. I tried to find ways to complicate the game but he played active good moves and in the end it petered out to a drawn ending.
Both Aronian and Kramnik won with white to join the leaders at +3. I.m still half a point behind with 4 rounds to go. Everything set for an exciting finish☺,
Magnus Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee, January 25th 2011.