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GM Magnus Carlsen roared back to life on Day 2 of the 2020 Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz, recovering from the first days disappointing disconnection and leaping into the tournament lead with three wins out of three games.

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Carlsen started his day with a decisive win over GM Levon Aronian on the White side of a Grunfeld, an opening that was in Aronians repertoire in years past, and one that seems to have been resurrected for this event. Here Aronian tries to bring back a move from the past (9. Ng4) but some things are perhaps left buried

Indeed, it was an all-action Round 4, with every game decisively decided. GM Hikaru Nakamuras win over the Iranian phenom GM Alireza Firouzja was one of the more interesting of the bunch.

GM Wesley So, who is tied for second place heading into Day 3 along with GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, took the full point against GM Leinier Dominguez.

Perhaps Sos feline companion is proving a good influence on his chess?

The fifth round was a bit more sedate, with only two wins. Both, however, were crackers. Carlsen took down Dominguez in what he later said was his favorite game of the day.

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GM Jeffery Xiong won a 21-move tactical feast against Nepomniachtchi.

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Carlsen, Dominguez, and Nepomniachtchi were the victors in the sixth and final round of Day 2. Carlsen downed GM Pentala Harikrishna, who slipped in the standings a bit after an excellent first day, while Nepomniachtchi defeated Nakamura. Dominguez was a bit in his win over Firouzja, as his opponent flagged in a tricky position that was better for him.

You can replay the days action at the SLCC YouTube page as seen here:

Play resumes at 1pm Central Thursday, and live coverages include expert commentary by GMs YasserSeirawanand Maurice Ashley,and WGM JenniferShahade. Viewers can watch live onuschesschamps.comor on the Saint Louis Chess ClubsYouTubeandTwitchTVchannels.

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