Shamkir Chess 6-7: Carlsen hits the front

"I like number 1!" was Magnus Carlsen’s short answer to a long question about numbers from Ljubomir Ljubojević, and Magnus is no. 1 again in Shamkir after beating Veselin Topalov in Round 7. He leads going into the final two rounds, but his upcoming opponents, Anish Giri and Ding Liren, are just half a point behind. They both took advantage of meltdowns from David Navara, who blundered tactically in Round 6 and then gave one of the most extraordinary explanations you’ll ever hear for mixing up his preparation in Round 7.

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