Chess Tour Finals, highlights semifinals set 2: Carlsen, Nakamura make comebacks against Liren, Dubov

Catch the highlights of the Chess Tour Finals semifinals, the $300,000 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals.

Magnus Carlsen suffered a loss to Ding Liren in set one of the semifinal.   -  FILE PHOTO/ GETTY IMAGES

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The results

  • Semifinals (Set TWO, Game ONE): Magnus Carlsen (Nor) bt Ding Liren (Chn); Daniil Dubov (Rus), Hikaru Nakamura (USA) play out a draw.
  • Semifinals (Set TWO, Game TWO): Magnus Carlsen (Nor) bt Ding Liren (Chn); Daniil Dubov (Rus), Hikaru Nakamura (USA) play out a draw.
  • Semifinals (Set TWO, Game THREE): Magnus Carlsen (Nor), Ding Liren (Chn) play out draw; Hikaru Nakamura (USA) beats Daniil Dubov (Rus).

 

What happened on Sunday?

A composed Ding Liren produced a late master-class to stun Magnus Carlsen, after an alert Daniil Dubov punished Hikaru Nakamura in just 17 moves, in the opening game of the first set of the semifinals of USD 300,000 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals on Sunday.

 

 

 

Carlsen slowly lost the plot after the Ding kept up the pressure with white pieces. The gradual squeeze by Ding saw him create an opening from the queen’s side, forcing the World champion to give up a pawn. After the exchange of queens, Ding enlarged his advantage with some accurate continuation and forced Carlsen to resign.

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Dubov, a former World rapid champion, gained almost decisively by Nakamura’s questionable choice of capturing a central-pawn with a knight, instead of queen, on the 10th move. Nakamura immediately got into serious trouble. The Russian quickly launched a decisive offensive on black’s castled king. A hapless Nakamura spotted an inevitable checkmate and resigned, in just 17 minutes.