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Bonfire of vanities

Jan 01, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

A BONTTRE of the vanities was the only way to describe the World Rapid Championships in St Petersburg, as nearly all ofthe elite players were humbled at one stage of the second day's play.

Magnus Carlsen's travails continued, as he lost a third game, to Ukrainian GM Alexander Zubov, but then his luck changed as Russian GM Nikita Petrov missed an easy draw against him in round eight and Hrant Melkumyan of Armenia ruined a completely won position and a completely drawn position to allow the ...