Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak
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Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak

Magnus Carlsen beat Jorden van Foreest with the black pieces in Round 5 of the 2019 Tata Steel Masters to finally end a sequence of 21 draws in a row. That puts him half a point behind leaders Ian Nepomniachtchi and now Ding Liren, who punished the slightest of mistakes by Sam Shankland to overtake Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as the world no. 3. Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson provide expert analysis of those encounters. The other games were drawn, though Teimour Radjabov and Vidit came close to extracting blood from Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Vladimir Fedoseev.




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