'Absolutely monstrous' Nakamura into the semis



'Absolutely monstrous' Nakamura into the semis

Speed chess king Hikaru Nakamura bulldozed his way into the semi-finals today to open up the chance of a mouth-watering clash with Magnus Carlsen.

The American, the world's top blitz player, made short work of Levon Aronian as he crushed the Armenian 3-1 in their Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge mini-match and 2-0 overall.

Nakamura, already ahead in the tie after winning on Saturday, raced into the lead with a first game win in today's second best-of-three rubber.

"Absolutely monstrous play by Hikaru!" said IM Tania Sachdev in the commentary box.

Two draws followed before the American overpowered a desperate Aronian in the fourth to take the mini-match and go through.

Nakamura may now face Carlsen - if the World Champion can get past Wesley So.

On potentially meeting Carlsen in the semis, he said: "I'm very lucky. I get 3 days off, so I have time to prepare!"

The other quarter-final being played out was a much trickier affair.

China's Yu Yangyi, who went into today with the advantage, quickly fell behind against countryman Ding Liren.

Two draws followed before a vital game 4 which Ding steered towards a safe draw.

With a 2.5-1.5 win the match was levelled. Ding-Yu now goes to a decider on Wednesday.

The event, which runs until June 3, is being put on in association with the Lindores Abbey Heritage Society, which maintains the historic site.

Under the tournament’s social media hashtag #HeritageChess fans can learn more about a participating player and his country’s chess history every day in an effort to show the rich heritage of chess on which the players’ careers have been built.

Coverage begins with commentary in 10 languages at 16.00 CEST.

You can watch it live here: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/lindores-abbey-rapid-challenge-2020/1/1/live

Highlights English: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1acrFz0C1XpLhsZdFNQ6OiVxq8Cxzf8Jn?usp=sharing

New files at around 23.00 CEST.

Highlights Audio Multitrack: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VZnobDFyfn_3zSQ9hN_73DfXiUYToAte

New files ready around 1 or 2 AM CEST.

Highlights Norwegian: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OTOQnhPC51-do-yMJPldIAM4Y4__TydK

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Leon Watson