Carlsen defeated So 2.5-0.5 to set up meeting against Nakamura

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Magnus Carlsen into the semis as Dubov magic sinks Karjakin

Magnus Carlsen declared he's "pretty optimistic" about a Lindores Abbey semi-final clash against Hikaru Nakamura after breezing past Wesley So today.

The World Champion went ahead quickly, drew and then won a wild third game as he dominated the second day of his last-eight match with So.

Carlsen's quick 2.5-0.5 win sets up a mouth-watering Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge semi-final against blitz king Hikaru Nakamura on Thursday.  

Speaking about his next opponent, Carlsen said: "He's done tremendously well, but... I'm pretty optimistic."  

On today's win, Carlsen said: "I'm obviously happy about the result. But I have got to say the last game was just a ridiculous mess and I had very little clue about what was going on.

"I felt like I was doing pretty well early on and then at some point the wheels came off and I might as well have been lost."

In the commentary box, IM Lawrence Trent had been full of praise for the champion.

"It is what it is," he said when Carlsen's match ended. "Sometimes the WC does a number on you and today it was Wesley So. Magnus Carlsen was sublime."

In today's other quarter-final, Russia's Daniil Dubov showed a touch of magic to fight back after losing the first game against countryman Sergey Karjakin.

Dubov hit back immediately to win the second, then in the third game of the mini-match the famously solid Karjakin appeared to implode.

Dubbed the "Minister of Defence", Karjakin played too quickly and simply collapsed after Dubov played the offbeat Scandinavian opening against him.

"An absolute destruction," said Trent. "Basically he got punished, brutally."

Dubov now goes through to the semis and faces Chinese number 1 Ding Liren.

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. 

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