500 days ago, Magnus Carlsen taught Fabiano Caruana that even knights on outposts sometimes require defenders. Yesterday, he schooled the world.
Poor Lev Aronian - it can't have been a fun prospect after Saturday's defeat to Naka. I tuned in just as Matt Lunn, manning the Telegraph Chess Twitter feed, asked whether Magnus, playing white, had winning chances in this position:
Position after 42. Ne2
Jon Speelman thought that Magnus was probably still playing for a win but that it wasn't that clear what he'd do. Within 17 moves, Lev was offering his hand.
Position after 59. Rf8+ 1-0
Magnus Carlsen, forever crushing the souls of the great and good. Today he plays Vladimir Kramnik. Both are on two wins from two. You'll be watching, won't you?