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Chess: Magnus Carlsen at peak but faces Saturday test against Wesley So

The world champion has played 76 games without defeat but has a trying encounter with second-placed So in Zagreb

Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, has been in commanding form at Zagreb, setting new achievement peaks with impressive victories against his main rivals. Yet the Norwegian still faces a serious test of his current streak of seven consecutive tournament victories and 76 games without defeat this weekend when the elite event reaches its final rounds.

At the start of round nine on Friday, the leaders were Carlsen 6/8, Wesley So (US) 5.5/8, Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), Ding Liren (China), Fabiano Caruana (US) and Levon Aronian (Armenia) all 4.5/8. Saturday’s 10th round pairs Carlsen with his closest rival So, who will have the favourable white pieces. The final three rounds are free and live to view (3.30pm BST start) with grandmaster and computer commentaries at the Grand Chess Tour website.

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