Magnus Carlsen Invitational Final Four Set


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Tournament's top four seal places in knockout for $70,000 top prize

The world’s three strongest chess players and the number 1 ranked blitz chess specialist will fight it out for The Magnus Carlsen Invitational’s top prize.

Fabiano Caruana, the world number 2, booked the last place in the knockout stage left unfilled after a convincing win in his Round 6 match today.

Caruana joins speed king Hikaru Nakamura, who beat Ding Liren, and World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the top of the leaderboard fighting it out for the $70,000 winner’s prize.

Ding had already qualified, as had Carlsen. Round 7 will take place tomorrow - but is effectively a dead rubber after today’s results.

Nakamura and Ding’s match had started with three tight draws, although Nakamura missed a chance in the first, and there was little to choose between the two rivals.

With the score locked on 1.5-1.5, it was winner-takes-all going into the fourth game.

That however also ended in a draw sending the 2-2 match to an Armageddon play-off which Nakamura, who is considered stronger in fast time-controls, comfortably won.

Meanwhile, in Caruana’s match against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the Frenchman made a swift exit losing the first game. In the break, “MVL” tweeted: “Too weak too slow.”

The second was drawn and then Caruana won the third to defeat MVL in the match and book his place in the semis. MVL won dead rubber as the match finished 2.5-1.5.

It means MVL is effectively out of the tournament - although Round 7 will go ahead tomorrow with all players involved.

Coverage of Round 7 begins with pre-match analysis each day at 15.00 with the action kicking off at 16.00 CEST.

Leon Watson