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Magnus Carlsen won the Steinitz Memorial with something to spare while Kateryna Lagno won the Women's version of the event.

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White plays 2. Ng5+ Kh6. Forced again [ In the game, black tried 2. — Kg8?? 3. f7+ Kh8 4. hg6# and 2.—Kh8 3. hxg6 Kg8 4. f7# is similar]. Now white has perpetual with 3.Nf7+ Kh7 and Ng5+. But he can try to win with 4. hxg6+ Kxg6 5. Nh8+ Kg5 6. Rd4!! Threatening Rh5# This enters the realms of fantasy as black hands back material with 6.—Qxa2+! 7. Kxa2 Rxc2+ 8. Kb1 Rh2! 9. Rh2 Bd3+ 10. Rxd3.

Devangshu Datta New Delhi
A huge number of online events have taken place in the past two months and there is serious money flowing into online rapids. Magnus Carlsen won the Steinitz Memorial with something to spare while Kateryna Lagno won the Women’s version of the event.

Carlsen scored 12/18 in the ten player round robin while Daniil Dubov (10) won in one of their individual encounters but he couldn’t match the world champ’s pace. Lagno and Lei Tingjie (both 12) tied in the women’s event but Lagno won an Armageddon.

Alexander Grischuk won the Play for Russia event. This is an eight-player RR followed by

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First Published: May 22 2020 | 9:14 PM IST

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