In cycle eight of the 2016 big showdown, GM Sergey Karjakin had different opportunities to touch off the match against GM Magnus Carlsen. It was a story of three one-square moves: Karjakin's win, the primary definitive session of the match, slung him into the lead, 4.5-3.5, with just four rounds to go.
GM Sergey Karjakin beat GM Magnus Carlsen in classical for only the second time in his career and the first time since 2012. His other win also came as Black. "It's much better to play well than to play White," Karjakin repeated today. Watch the full game below: