Tata Steel 2018, 4: Giri ready for Carlsen surprise
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Tata Steel 2018, 4: Giri ready for Carlsen surprise

Anish Giri continues to lead the 2018 Tata Steel Masters with Vishy Anand after claiming a late-night eureka moment meant he was ready for Magnus Carlsen playing the French Defence in a classical game for the first time in six years. The decisive action was elsewhere, as Peter Svidler blundered and lost to Vladimir Kramnik in 24 moves, while there were first wins for Wei Yi, who bamboozled Gawain Jones, and Maxim Matlakov, who got there in the end against Hou Yifan. Fabiano Caruana missed a chance to beat Wesley So in a crazy game.

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  • Reports Oct 13, 2017 | 12:11 PM 1

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  • Reports Oct 10, 2017 | 8:07 AM 5

    Euro Club Cup 2: Champions overthrown

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  • Reports Oct 9, 2017 | 6:27 AM 3

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  • Interviews Oct 5, 2017 | 2:22 PM 12

    Q&A with David Llada

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  • Interviews Oct 4, 2017 | 11:33 AM 41

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  • Reports Oct 2, 2017 | 9:58 AM 18

    Isle of Man 9: Magnus makes no mistake

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