Magnus Carlsen scored a brilliant win over his 2018 World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana to win a record 8th Tata Steel Masters title. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov gratefully accepted a blunder by Vidit to join Richard Rapport in second place a point behind, but when it was announced that Daniil Dubov couldn’t play Magnus on Sunday despite a 2nd, negative, PCR test, the title was confirmed. Sam Shankland stunned Sergey Karjakin in just 26 moves, while Arjun Erigaisi will play in the 2023 Tata Steel Masters after cruising to victory with 9.5/12 in the Challengers.
Magnus Carlsen went into the penultimate round of the 2022 Tata Steel Masters in an unusual situation. It was his final game of the event, since a forfeit win over Daniil Dubov awaited in the final round. That put Magnus on the brink of overall victory, since a draw would leave only Richard Rapport within touching distance, and needing to score 2/2 against the formidable duo of Andrey Esipenko and Anish Giri just to force a playoff.
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