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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro View Post
    Which Firoujza, Alireza or his father? The tournament director was quoted "asked for much more money..." That is not a demand and the money may have been negotiable.I have not seen anything that said the event or organiser could not afford the money requested.
    BTW I don't want to derail this thread.
    Nakamura has said that money is quite tight for the organisers and players do not get paid a huge amount of money to play anyway. They play because of the reputation of the tournament not because of the money they receive.

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    Code:
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    1	Carlsen, Magnus    5½/8	 2865
    2	Mamedyarov, Shak   5½/8	 2767
    3	Giri, Anish        5/8	 2772
    4	Vidit, Santosh G   5/8	 2727
    5	Rapport, Richard   4½/8	 2763
    6	Esipenko, Andrey   4/8	 2714
    7	Caruana, Fabiano   4/8	 2792
    8	Karjakin, Sergey   4/8	 2743
    9	Van Foreest, J     4/8	 2702
    10	Duda, Jan-K        3½/8	 2760
    11	Shankland, Sam     3½/8	 2708
    12	Dubov, Daniil      3/8	 2720
    13	Praggnanandhaa R   2½/8	 2612
    14	Grandelius, Nils   2/8	 2672
    Rest day follows and in round 9 Magnus plays Shak.This is the one you want.They are the only 2 to have not lost a game.

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    Erigaisi Arjun continues to tear apart the Challengers on 7/8. According to the tournament website this equates to TPR of 2898!
    So what's your excuse? For running like the devil's chasing you?

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Erigaisi Arjun continues to tear apart the Challengers on 7/8. According to the tournament website this equates to TPR of 2898!
    He is already too strong for the B Group. Also the B tournament this year is considerably weaker than the last one.
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    A remarkable position from Round 7, Grandelius - Karjakin. The tripled c-pawns are quite striking, but also the trapped knight on h7, in turn keeping the black king in a tight box. After a bit of shuffling, a draw followed.

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    Magnus defeated his co-leader and is now in sole lead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Magnus defeated his co-leader and is now in sole lead!
    Anish Giri is half a point back and arguably has an easier finish to the tournament so maybe it is not all over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    Anish Giri is half a point back and arguably has an easier finish to the tournament so maybe it is not all over.
    Indeed and he got lucky against Dubov. Pity that Carlsen allowed a couple of wins slip away.
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    Karjakin played for a draw as white against Magnus....as expected from him .
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    Cute little "help mate" in the challengers, Dardha-Shuvalova:


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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Magnus defeated his co-leader and is now in sole lead!
    And found a whole lot of far-from-obvious "only moves" to win, according to supercomputer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    And found a whole lot of far-from-obvious "only moves" to win, according to supercomputer.

    Real Pity that Magus sometimes relaxes his grip. I guess lack of close competition makes him lose focus at times. E.G. against Van Forrest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Erigaisi Arjun continues to tear apart the Challengers on 7/8. According to the tournament website this equates to TPR of 2898!
    ChessBase India 6:37 AM · Jan 27, 2022
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    Magnus Carlsen on Arjun Erigaisi:
    "He is going to be 2700 soon. He is by far the best player in the Challengers section. He plays chess in a way that I enjoy! You can just sense it that he knows how to play! He has a good tactical eye and he can switch styles easily."
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    High praise from Carlsen. I wonder whether he can make the big step to being one of the elite players.

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    Dubov has tested positive for covid-19 and will forfeit his last three games. Most notably that means Carlsen gets a forfeit victory in the last round.

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