I.d like to forget my game against co-leader S.Karjakin as quickly as possible. On another off-day (the first was round 6 against Nakamura), I really missed a lot and quickly squandered my slight opening advantage.
Knowing that a draw would provide the 1st prize on better tie-break and 1st place on the July 1, 2011 FIDE rating list, the result itself was fully acceptable today. Karjakin, also on 6.5 points, played very well and moves up the rating list to 4th.
4th and 5th seeds Nakamura and Radjabov ended 3rd and 4th both at 4.5 points.

Overall I.m quite satisfied with my level of play in this tournament. Opposition clearly was better than last year, but I was not in real trouble in any of my games. Generally taking the chances I got, I think my opponents simply made less mistakes this time around.

I.d like thank the main sponsor Romgaz, the organizer headed by Elisabeta Polihroniade and all the helpful and pleasant people involved in the organization of the event and at the Expro spa hotel for a memorable and great event!

My next tournament is in Biel in Switzerland July 18-29.
Magnus Carlsen, Bazna, June 22nd 2011