Tuesday 28 January 2020

A big win for Caruana

Fabiano Caruana has scored an important tournament win at Wijk Aan Zee, finishing 2 points ahead of a start studded field. After a slow start to the tournament, he finished with 6.5/7 (including 4 straight wins from round 9) to score a record equalling 10/13 (+7=6). In second place on 8/13 was World Champion Magnus Carlsen, while Wesley So finished 3rd on 7.5
This is the first win for Caruana in the top section at Wijk Aan Zee, but he has previously on the B and C sections. The margin of victory, as well as finishing ahead of Carlsen, puts Caruana back into serious contention as the next challenger for Carlsen's title.
In the Challengers section  David Anton Guijarro finished in first place on 8.5 and qualifies for the top section in 2021. Young Australian GM Anton Smirnov found the tournament tough going finishing on 4.5. FM Michael Kethro, who was playing in one of the supporting round robins, scored a credible 50% (4.5/9), although he might have hoped for more with a couple of rounds to go.

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