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Carlsen on course for UK plum

Magnus Carlsen moved into position for his first open title this year, scoring six points, to take a half point lead at the Isle of Man international open in Douglas, United Kingdom.

The 26-year-old Norwegian, the reigning world champion and seeded No. 1, had five wins and two draws out of seven games, in the nine-round Swiss that brought together more than 50 strong GMs, including three former world champions.

World champion Magnus Carlsen.
Five other players led by No. 2 seed Fabiano Caruana (USA) were within half-a-pont of the lead entering the penultimate round. They were No. 4 seed Hikaru Nakamura (USA), defending champion Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine, Indian Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Israeli stalwart Emil Sutovsky.

Former world champion Vishy Anand of India and many-time women’s world champion Hou Yifan of China were one point back with five points, while Russian ex-world champion Vladimir Kramnik was 1.5 points off the pace.

Below is an interesting positional battle, with the world champion showing excellent technique.

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