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Races and Royal Roads

After a nervous final, Magnus Carlsen won his fifth Norway Chess title in Stavanger. For spectators, it was an entertaining event to watch, but it was also a great opportunity to learn from the best in the world.

In the eighth-round Armageddon match between Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the latter had three pawns for a rook at the end. MVL could have drawn, to win the tiebreaker, if they had found the right royal road at move 53.

Where to go with the king? The Frenchman hesitated while playing 53…Kg5, when 53…Kf5 has been forced, to invade via e4 or g4. The devil is in the details!

Still on turn 8, but in the classic game, Aryan Tari could have saved a draw with black against Anish Giri.

White’s setter on the g file is extremely dangerous, but Black could defend by preventing the opposing king from escaping in checks with the rook and knight tandem. Tari decided to play 57…Nd2+but it was 57…Re1+ what was required in this position!

Find the aforementioned positions and two more instructive analyzes in the replay below.


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