Sat. Aug 8th, 2020

Chessable Masters semifinal LIVE: Nepomniachtchi beats Giri in first round

Good evening! Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s live coverage of Chessable Masters, the third event of the $1million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.

Magnus Carlsen won two games with black pieces and shut out Ding Liren 2.5-0.5 for a straight-set victory on the way to the final of the $150,000 Chessable Masters on Wednesday.

Having won the first set 3.5-2.5 by virtue of claiming the second blitz game late on Tuesday, Carlsen now awaits the winner of the Anish Giri-Ian Nepomniachtchi match.

In the second set, Carlsen faced early trouble in the first game but broke free by sacrificing a queenside pawn to gain space. He gained equality on the board, ignored a draw-offer two moves before Liren blundered a rook and suffered a painful loss.

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The second game, uneventful as compared to the other two games, ended with Liren forcing a draw by perpetual checks. In the third, Carlsen stayed in control while a desperate Liren lost his way in just 29 moves.

In the other semifinal, where Giri was ahead after winning the first set, Nepomniachtchi raised visions of forcing a decider after going ahead by winning the second game on Wednesday. After three games, the Russian led 2-1 and needed only a draw in the fourth to force the deciding set on today.

Semifinal results

Second set (Rapid)

Game One: Ding Liren (CHN) lost to Magnus Carlsen (NOR); Anish Giri (NED) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS);

Game Two: Carlsen drew with Liren; Nepomniachtchi bt Giri;

Game Three: Liren lost to Carlsen; Giri drew with Nepomniachtchi.


Magnus Carlsen v Winner of Ian Nepomniachtchi v Anish Giri

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Name Country Age Rapid rating World ranking Blitz rating World ranking Classical rating World ranking
GROUP A                
Magnus Carlsen Norway 29 2881 1 2887 2 2863 2
GROUP B                
Ding Liren China 27 2836 3 2788 8 2791 3
Ian Nepomniachtchi Russia 29 2778 9 2785 10 2784 4
Anish Giri Netherlands 25 2731 24 2752 22 2764 10


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