Carlsen brutally wiped the floor with Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi

Susan Polgar

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A living legend! World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins chess24 Legends of Chess

Magnus Carlsen is the chess24 Legends of Chess champion after he brutally wiped the floor with Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi today.

The World Champion made it a third win in four Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour events as he outplayed Nepomniachtchi 2.5-0.5 in a decisive second set.

It ended the final a game and a day early and Carlsen picks up a $45,000 first prize.

The 29-year-old is on an incredible 18 straight match wins and goes into the tour final, which starts on August 9, as the red-hot favourite.

Speaking of his opponent, Carlsen said afterward: "It was clear he didn't really have it today."

Carlsen's win means China's Ding Liren joins the Norwegian, US blitz king Hikaru Nakamura and Russia's Daniil Dubov in the line-up.

Among them, only Nakamura has managed to beat Carlsen in a tour event - the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge quarter-final on May 30.

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