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Hi all,
This is our first update where all the games were played online. Despite reduced time controls, the quality of play was remarkably high.

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Grand Prix Attack 2.f4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.c3 [B21]

Carlsen, M - Ding, L saw this line, with Ding rejecting the 'known' equaliser 2...d5 in favour of 2...g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 Nc6 6.Be2 0-0 7.0-0:

Carlsen played a very high quality game, dealing effectively with Ding's exchange sacrifice.

c3-Sicilian 2...Nf6 ...d6 Mainline, 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Bd7 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.Nc3 e6 12.0-0 Be7 [B22]

In Nakamura, H - Ding, L, the players essayed this variation, which has an impeccable reputation for Black:

After 13.Qg4 0-0, Nakamura played 14.Bh6?, which has been tried in 30 games but leaves White begging for a draw after Ding's obvious response, 14...Qxd4.

Anti-Sveshnikov 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.Nf1 Bg4 8.f3 Be6 [B30]

Nepomniachtchi, I - Carlsen, M saw 3...e5 4.Bc4 Be7 5.d3 d6 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.Nf1 Bg4 8.f3 Be6 9.Ne3 0-0 10.0-0 Nd7:

A theoretically important and excellently played game remained balanced throughout.

Move-Order Tricks 4...Qc7 5.0-0 Nd4 [B30]

I always thought the variation with 3...Nf6 4.Bb5 Qc7 5.0-0 Nd4 is really dangerous for Black. Shevchenko, K - Reimanis, R saw the line with 6.Re1 a6 7.Bf1 d6, which is a reasonable way of handling the position:

White played excellently and launched an attack typical of the line.

Rossolimo Variation 3...e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.d3 [B30]

In Firouzja, A - Carlsen, M, the players discussed the position after 5...Qc7 6.Qe2 e5:

A very interesting and well played game ended with the World Champion falling for a swindle (slightly too late to make it into Dave Smerdon's book!)

Rossolimo Variation 3...h5!? [B30]

This bombshell was detonated in Ding, L - Carlsen, M.

None of Carlsen's opening choices, at any time control, are senseless. Here he had a fully playable position until move 15. Expect further tests!

Rossolimo Variation 3...g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c3 Nf6 6.Re1 [B31]

Muzychuk, M - Harika, D saw 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c3 Nf6 6.Re1 0-0 7.d4 d5 8.e5 Ne4 9.Nbd2:

I don't think this is a great shot at an advantage, and Black had a pretty easy time in the game.

Rossolimo Variation 3...g6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Qe2 [B31]

In Aronian, L - Wei, Y, Aronian went for the rare line 4.c3 Nf6 5.Qe2:

Black was doing well in the opening, Aronian played well in the middlegame, and it was only at move 54 that the balance was sharply disturbed.

Till next time, Sam

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