Magnus Carlsen has a recognized talent for being one of the best tournament finishers in the game, and the World #1 reaffirmed this status at the Tal Memorial with yet another dramatic and classy final round win to claim the title on tiebreak.
In a final round of fighting chess, the highlight was easily the battle of Garry Kasparov students past and present with Carlsen taking on Hikaru Nakamura with the huge fan-base for both expecting fireworks from the off...only it soon turned into a very Black Friday for the US #1, who after a dubious pawn sacrifice followed by an error saw Carlsen turning the screw with a very workman-like and instructive opposite-colored bishop win.
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The win allowed Carlsen to share first place with overnight leader Levon Aronian, who was pushed to his limits to save the draw with Ian Nepomniachtchi, but the Norwegian took the bragging rights to the title on the first tiebreak scores of playing the most blacks in the tournament.
There was some conciliation for Aronian though with his performance in Moscow seeing him leapfrog World Champion Viswanathan Anand in the unofficial live ratings, as he's now jumped to 2815.3, only nine Elo-points behind Carlsen. The biggest Moscow loser though was cellar-dweller Nakamura, who plummeted outside of the Top Ten in the live ratings and will now be looking to bounce back next week at the London Chess Classic.
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