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The World Championship Polls

We have four World Championship/Carlsen poll results to catch up on.

You were exactly right that 1.e4 e5 would be the most frequently played opening. It wasn’t even close, with 9 of the 12 classical games starting 1.e4 e5 (and 3 of the 4 tie-break games).

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But the poll-clickers should have had more faith in Magnus after his Round 8 loss. He did rebound, though to be fair it was a close-run thing in Game 9.

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The vote was (quite rightly) strongly in Carlsen’s favour when predicting the tie-break result. In the end it was 3–1, with one of Karjakin’s draws a miraculous save from a lost position (or a miss by Magnus, if you prefer).

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For the last poll, we will have to wait to see if you are correct, but an overwhelming majority believe Carlsen will be the World Number 1 for all of 2017. On live ratings, his lead over Caruana is just 17 points.

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