Magnus Carlsen got his first win of 2017 after borrowing Sergey Karjakin’s unlikely refutation of the Najdorf to beat Radek Wojtaszek. Sergey mentioned afterwards that he’d only come up with 6.a3 in desperation after forgetting his laptop charger. Pavel Eljanov is now sole leader on 2/2 after Loek van Wely stumbled in the run-up to the time control, while Adhiban suffered an even crueller fate, blundering into mate with a wrong turn on move 39. In the Challengers Markus Ragger is alone on 100%, though he was made to work very hard to beat Lei Tingjie.
The one game everyone had picked out as likely to provide a decisive outcome didn’t disappoint, with Magnus Carlsen now having won all three games he’s played with White against Radek Wojtaszek.
This time he did it by picking up Karjakin’s 6.a3 against Giri the day before:
Round 2 – 2017 Tata Steel Masters – Live Commentary
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