US vs Russia & France vs Netherlands in the world’s strongest online chess event



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US vs Russia and France vs Netherlands in the world’s strongest online chess tournament

Four national number one chess players go into battle today in The Magnus Carlsen Invitational super-tournament.

Round 1 will be completed with top US player Fabiano Caruana versus Russia’s Ian Neopomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) facing Anish Giri (Netherlands).

It follows fireworks and controversy on the first day when Magnus Carlsen got off to the perfect start with a ding-dong win over US blitz king Hikaru Nakamura.

Carlsen’s match finished 2-2 and went into an “Armageddon” blitz play-off which ended with Nakamura initially claiming he had been distracted when he received a message mid-game from the tournament’s official arbiters.

However, the American accepted he would have lost anyway and didn’t launch an appeal.

Meanwhile, in the other match Chinese number 1 Ding Liren comfortably beat teen sensation Alireza Firouzja. After day 1, Ding tops the leaderboard from Carlsen by one point.

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You can watch today's action here from 16.00 CEST:

Video highlights will be made available post-match.


Leon Watson