Shamkir Chess 6: Karjakin strikes against Anand

Sergey Karjakin blitzed out 37 moves of preparation then outplayed Vishy Anand in an endgame to catch Magnus Carlsen in the Shamkir Chess lead with three rounds to go. No less than six players are a point behind the leaders on 50%, including Veselin Topalov, who pounced on a blunder by the out of form Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Magnus Carlsen admitted he was “just trying to stay afloat” against Ding Liren after an opening gone wrong, but he found a “very, very ugly” but sufficient solution to his problems.

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