“Happy Anniversary” tweeted Anish Giri after beating Magnus Carlsen in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational preliminary stage a year after doing the same in the event that started it all in 2020. The Dutch star also ended with a win over Wesley So to finish on 4/5 in clear first place, but despite mouse-slipping 1.c3 Magnus ended the day in second place alongside Levon Aronian. Wesley is joined by Alireza Firouzja, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Sergey Karjakin in the drop zone, but two days remain to battle for a place in the quarterfinals. (MORE LATER)

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There were perhaps two standout moments on Day 1 of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. Daniil Dubov pulled off a great escape of epic proportions against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov…

…and Anish Giri out-Magnused Magnus with an impressive positional grind before setting a devilish trap that the World Champion fell into.

Afterwards Anish talked about an anniversary…

…and it was indeed just under a year ago, in the first Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the first major online event after the pandemic struck, that Anish had won his mini-match against Magnus.

The day ended with Anish topping the table, but there are still two days to go for the players to fight to finish in the Top 8 and qualify for the quarterfinals. 

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