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Games People Play

I’m not much of a hockey fan, but last night I watched the game, which apparently caused the Leafs to win their series against the Lightning. Does this mean I have to keep watching? Go Leafs.

I’ve been more interested in following the World Chess Championship match between Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Magnus Carlsen had decided not to defend his title, guaranteeing we would see a new champion.

After the 14 game classical chess match, the players were tied. They were super-exciting games, with plenty of risks taken and some unfortunate mistakes as well. Today they played a 4-game play-off in rapid chess. Congratulations to Ding Liren, the new World Chess Champion.

If you want to see a recap of the playoffs, there are several options. I like GM Ben Finegold’s analysis, but Gotham Chess and a few others are fabulous too.

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