Monday, 19 January 2015

Carlsen goes ham

After a shaky start Magnus Carlsen has exploded at the 2015 Tata Steel tournament, winning 5 games in a row to lead the field with 6/8. Probably his most significant win was against Fabiano Caruana, in round 6. After Caruana's stellar performance in the 2014 Sinquefeld Cup, the Carlsen - Caruana rivalry became well established, but with this latest victory, Carlsen can claim to hold the edge.
In the Challengers event, young Australian IM Ari Dale is having the opposite experience to Carlsen, with a run of 5 losses. Nonetheless, the strength of this event is so great (compared to Dale's rating), that 1.5/8 still has him gaining rating points.

Caruana,Fabiano (2820) - Carlsen,Magnus (2862) [B31]
TataSteelChess2015 Wijk aan Zee (6.4), 16.01.2015

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