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Magnus Carlsen convincingly wins Shamkir chess tournament
World champion Magnus Carlsen won the Shamkir Chess tournament after beating Rauf Mamedov in the ninth and final round on Sunday.
Playing white, the World No 1 beat his Azerbaijani opponent in 35 moves to score seven points.
Carlsen went into Sunday’s last round knowing that a draw would be enough to win the title.
And it did look that the position was equal till the 34th move. However, Mamedov committed a blunder on his 35th move thereby gifting Carlsen an easy win.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who was trailing Carlsen by half a point before the final round, could only manage a draw against Fabiano Caruana.
Anand finished second on six points ahead of Wesley So who drew against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.
The game between Michael Adams and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ended in a draw.
Anand’s impressive performance has meant that he is now placed second in live world rankings.