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With the Norwegian people paying Kasparov an undisclosed amount of (huge) sum to polish their chess prodigy, the Australian people may have been fortunate not to trouble themselves of finding a good coach for their top women player. WIM Arianne Caoili is probably enjoying a free coaching/training with no other than her lover, super GM Levon Aronian to start with. What a naughty, naughty girl this Arianne is. The title virtually in the bag with two round to spare, Caoili spare no one in the final rounds of the London Womens' Invitational and go for the sweep, posting an impressive six straight wins after a lone defeat she suffered in the third round. She tallied a total score of 8 out of possible 9. Sure there's no grandmasters participated in the event to pick up some gm norm but with that kind of winning streak and losing only to the top seed of the tourney, I say that is something really noteworthy.
On to the center stage, Magnus Carlsen, yet again, won a super tournament, adding the London Chess Classic to his resume wit a clear point ahead of Valdimir Kramnik. Carlsen is now officially the number one rank player in the world today and possibly, the best as well. Who could possibly stop this kid?
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