Magnus Carlsen to the final: – Played off the board

Magnus Carlsen to the final: – Played off the board

Magnus Carlsen (33 years old) defeated world runner-up Fabiano Caruana (31 years old) and is ready for the final of the Chess Champions Tour qualifiers. The rivals will be either Noderbek Abdustarov (19) or Wesley Sow (30).


– TV 2 expert John Ludwig Hammer says Caruana is being played off the board.

– I have no dream opponents. Both are strong – but neither is stronger than Caruana, Carlsen tells TV2 about the two potential final opponents. He will celebrate the victory by going to the Toronto Maple Leafs game on Thursday night, Canadian time.

  • If the final contender is Abdul Starov, there will be a real clash between generations.
  • Carlsen lost to Wesley So in the regular season of the tournament.
  • Abdelsarov and Su are currently playing a “rematch” (two rapid chess matches) for the final ticket.

Carlsen made the first move against Fabiano Caruana in Wednesday’s semi-final. The first two matches between them on Thursday ended in a draw, but in the third match – in white – the world number one crushed the world number two.

– I am playing sharper than yesterday, the Norwegian told Channel 2 after that match.

This means that Magnus Carlsen may settle for a draw in the fourth match, and decide the semi-final match.

Here you can play through games (external link)

With white, Caruana eventually gained a strong advantage and after 36 years he pulled the rope and surrendered.

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This means that Thursday’s match ended 2-2 and had to be decided The disasterThe disasterIn Armageddon, White will be given more time than Black, but if Black can break even (draw), Black will win.. There, Carlsen was given white pieces and had to win. He managed it. Thus, Carlsen is ready for the final.

– Magnus is better than me under time pressure, says Caruana to TV 2 after the defeat.

– I felt that Caruana was nervous and played below par in the last match, Carlsen tells Channel 2.

The Champions Chess Tour qualifiers are being held virtually in Toronto. Of the six digital tournaments held earlier this year, Carlsen won three of them. He won the Chess Champions Tour qualifiers last year.

The winner receives approximately NOK 2.2 million. The final opponent will receive approximately NOK 1.1 million. The semi-final losers will receive just over half a million each. You can watch the tournament on TV 2.

It was announced on Wednesday that Magnus Carlsen will receive a NOK 118,000 fine following drama with Hans Nyman at the Sinquefield Cup in 2022.


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