Current standings going into the Linares phase of the event:

1-2. Anand, Carlsen 4.5 (+2)

3. Ivanchuk 4.0 (+1)

4-5. Svidler, Aronian 3.5 (0)

6-7. Leko, Topalov 3.0 (-1)

8. Morozevich 2.0 (-3)

Will the Linares phase favor Anand and Topalov since they both live in Spain and are very familiar with the surroundings or will that have no effect at all?

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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