In the first three rounds of competition, Ding Liren had a low performance, losing to the 52 year old Israeli players galfand, nebomniac and Ukraine veteran Ivan Chuk. In the fourth round, his opponent was svedler. The Russian veteran was in amazing condition. He won the first three rounds and kept abreast of Carlson, the worlds number one player. In the first game, sviedler preempted and forced Ding Liren to admit defeat in 50 rounds. However, Ding Liren finally found the feeling of the game. In the second set, he used the opponents mistakes to lock in the victory only in 29 rounds. After the third game, swindler made a fatal mistake in the fourth set, allowing Ding Liren to win the first victory of the game by 2.5:1.5.
Carlson won the other four games. Nebomniac beat Ivanchuk, followed. Giri narrowly defeated Indias old chess king Anand, Russian veteran kramnik defeated Hungarian veteran leko.
The competition will end on August 5, the previous three races, Carlson won two, Russian chess player dubov won the second.