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|Tue Apr 10 2018 8:22PM | MsgID: 19783611|
A couple of weeks after winning the Candidates tournament (and winning the right to play in the World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen in November), Fabiano Caruana wins the Grenke Chess Classic tournament with the score of 6.5/9, a full point ahead of Carlsen.
It's my feeling that Carlsen is such a chess talent that he should be dominating most tournaments, but he doesn't seem willing to put in the effort in his preparations these days. Should make for an interesting World Championship match.
Caruana and Carlsen played in the first round. From The Week in Chess:
The first round of the GRENKE Chess Classic saw a fierce battle between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his next challenger Fabiano Caruana. Carlsen as black seemed on course for victory as his unusual treatment of the opening gained him a large, advantage. However the win was not all that easy to achieve in reality, perhaps Carlsen relaxed and chose the wrong technical method, or just underestimated the problems because Caruana found a really strong defence that left a tricky Rook and Pawn endgame that Carlsen didn't even believe he could win. In fact he got a long way down the correct winning line suggested by computers but failed at the last difficult hurdle and had to settle for a draw.