Magnus Carlsen finally won a game in 2020, beating Nikita Vitiugov to move within a point of Alireza Firouzja before they meet in Round 9 of the Tata Steel Masters on Tuesday. Alireza drew against Jorden van Foreest and was caught in the lead by Fabiano Caruana, who managed to win a totally lost position against Vishy Anand. Vladislav Kovalev pulled off a similar trick against Jeffery Xiong, while Jan-Krzysztof Duda completed the day’s action by fashioning a win out of nowhere against Yu Yangyi. MORE LATER!
That means Fabiano Caruana is now the co-leader and favorite to win the 2020 Tata Steel Masters, while all eyes will be on Firouzja-Carlsen on Tuesday. Magnus is now within striking distance, but on the other hand Alireza has won all four games he’s played with White so far and was winning before losing on time in the World Blitz Championship in Moscow last month.
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