|Fabiano Caruana vs Pentala Harikrishna 7-1|
America’s number one is off to a good start in his first event of the year, winning three games and drawing the remaining one. Caruana once again relied on his trusted Petroff, which continues to serve him well; two of his wins were with the black pieces in this opening. The most interesting game of the match was the Najdorf in round four, where Harikrishna had good chances to score a point. As the clocks started running low, Fabiano changed the dynamic of the position with a piece sacrifice, managing to restrict his opponent’s extra piece with his pawns and went on to win in the endgame due to his active king and passed pawns.