Magnus Carlsen unleashed a true chess champion’s performance in Shamkir this week. The Norwegian, 28, surged at the finish, crushed three major rivals with impressive attacks, won with a round to spare, and set himself up for a tournament treble after winning at Wijk in January and with Germany’s Grenke Classic to come starting on 20 April. Carlsen defeated the Netherlands world No 5, Anish Giri, by a classic attack on the king, outplayed his 2016 title challenger, Sergey Karjakin, in a strategic masterpiece which undermined computer assessments, then, with first prize already secure, toiled for hours in the final round to outplay Alexander Grischuk from a level position. Carlsen totalled 7/9, followed at a distance by China’s Ding Liren and Russia’s Karjakin with 5/9. It didn’t look anything special after round six, but it became the most …

Source: GameKnot online chess news