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Playing a hundred blitz games a day is no big deal for the super-fit and hyper-enthusiastic players at the top.

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The Diagram, BLACK TO PLAY (White: Carlsen Vs Black: Nakamura, Lindores Semi final 2020) is an interesting endgame. Black played 29. - b6?. This traps the white bishop but there’s a problem. White’s pawn roller will be unstoppable. White played 30. ab6 cb6 31. Bxa6!! B5 32. Kf2 Kc7 33. Kg2 Kb8 34. Kh3 Ka7 35. Kxh4 Kxa6 36. Kg5 Kb7 37. Kf6 Bd5 38. c3 Kc7 39. Kxf5 Kd7 40. Kf6 Bxf3 41. e6+ Ke8 42. Ke5 Bg4 43. f5 Bh3 44. f6 Bg4 45. Kd6 Bh3 46. e7 Kf7 47. Kxc6 (1-0).

Devangshu Datta New Delhi
One of the advantages of online formats is that players can participate in multiple tournaments at the same time, assuming they have the energy, enthusiasm and financial incentives. Playing a hundred blitz games a day is no big deal for the super-fit and hyper-enthusiastic players at the top.
 
Hence, luminaries like Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Magnus Carlsen, et al, are playing several events at the same time. The top Americans are involved in the Clutch Challenge, which has So, Fabiano, Caruana, Leinier Dominguez Perez and Nakamura in a knockout. Caruana and So are playing the final which is tied

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First Published: May 29 2020 | 8:43 PM IST

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