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Caught by surprise in the opening, Wesley So managed to draw in Round 6, which was enough to hold onto the lead as his closest rivals also drew.
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Jan 21
The challenger’s group at Tata Steel features some very strong players. It also offers a chance to advance to next year’s top section.
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The leader after four rounds finally lost, while So won his third consecutive game.
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Krishnan Sasikiran won the Rilton Cup tournament and he did it by demonstrating a classic and beautiful example of the theme of domination in one round.
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Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion, and Wesley So also won to stay within a half point of first.
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He helped develop the first computer to become a senior master. He was also a World Correspondence Champion who played one of the greatest games of all time.
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For the second day in a row, there were three decisive games, but there was no change to the at the top as Pavel Eljanov continues to lead the event.
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Three of the seven games in the top section were decisive, including a win by the World Champion.
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Only one game in the top section ended decisively. Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion, managed an easy draw.
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Pawn structures often determine on which side of the board each player tries to attack, but as World Chess’s columnist explains, there are quite a few exceptions.
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The games of elite players are scrutinized the world over, but that does not mean that those games are always the most interesting. The following game, from a relatively little-known tournament, is remarkable.
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