Norway Chess: Caruana Sole Leader After Round 2

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With a second win in the standard game, GM Fabiano Caruana grabbed the sole lead at the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. GM Magnus Carlsen won his second armageddon game as GM Alireza Firouzja flagged in what should have been a drawn rook endgame. How to watchYou can follow the games here as part of...
With his second win in a standard game, GM Fabiano Caruana grabbed the sole lead at the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. GM Magnus Carlsen won his second armageddon game as GM Alireza Firouzja flagged in what should have been a drawn rook endgame.

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Caruana defeated GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda after 94 moves, the longest game of the day. GM Levon Aronian beat GM Aryan Tari from the white side of a Marshall Ruy Lopez, an opening he has played numerous times with the black pieces.

2020 Norway Chess | Round 2 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 Caruana, Fabiano 2828 . . . 3 3 6 2-3 Firouzja, Alireza 2728 . . 1 3 . 4 2-3 Aronian, Levon 2767 . . 1 . 3 4 4 Carlsen, Magnus 2863 . 1.5 1.5 . . 3 5-6 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 2757 0 0 . . . 0 5-6 Tari, Aryan 2633 0 . 0 . . 0

On what was his 38th birthday, Aronian decided to test Tari in his 1.e4 repertoire. This was also a sign that basically the whole field is coming for the 21-year-old Norwegian. Everyone wants to beat the lowest rated player in what is Tari's first major tournament.

It's hard to say whether the Marshall was a good choice against the world's biggest expert. On the one hand, the opening line has been analyzed to death and is basically a draw everywhere, but on the other hand, you need experience and a fantastic memory for it.

"I was thinking my opponent plays the Marshall for the first time in his life, so I should play something structural, that he would have to think how to attack," said Aronian, for whom it was only the fourth time to face the gambit as White and the first time with a long time control.

Aronian-Tari. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess.

That "something structural" involved the sideline 12.Re1 and 13. g3 after which Tari started thinking…
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