Fabiano Caruana took down leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as the FIDE Candidates Tournament got off to a spectacular resumption in Yekaterinburg. Maxime had 389 days to prepare to hold with Black in Round 8, but Fabi nevertheless unleashed a brilliant novelty, sacrificing 3 pawns and a piece. MVL defended “like a beast” according to Magnus Carlsen, but was finally ground down in a 6-hour epic. Ian Nepomniachtchi now leads the race to play Magnus alone after a draw against Anish Giri, while Kirill Alekseenko’s first win dealt a massive blow to Alexander Grischuk’s hopes. (MORE LATER)
There were relatively quick draws in Wang Hao-Ding Liren and Nepomniachtchi-Giri, but the remaining two games were epics that stretched into the 7th hour. Replay all the games with computer analysis using the selector below.
We were privileged to have none other than World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen commentating live on the action alongside Tania Sachdev and David Howell. You can rewatch all the commentary below.
Jan Gustafsson, Laurent Fressinet and Peter Heine Nielsen, in their Candidates preview, were among those who had highlighted the huge importance of Caruana-MVL to the fight to be Magnus Carlsen’s challenger, and the win for Fabi has indeed transformed the standings with six rounds to go.
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