Chessable Masters final: Carlsen leads Giri 3.5-2.5

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Magnus Carlsen

In the Chessable Masters final, Magnus Carlsen will take on the winner of the Anish Giri-Ian Nepomniachtchi match.   -  Getty Images

Good evening! Hello and welcome to the highlights of Chessable Masters, the third event of the $1million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.


Anish Giri bounced back from losing the opening rapid game and knocked out Ian Nepomniachtchi in the second blitz game to book a place in the final against Magnus Carlsen in the 150,000 Chessable
Masters on Thursday.

Giri won the three-set semifinal 2-1 by claiming the deciding set 3.5-2.5.

After the four rapid games ended at 2-2, the first blitz game, too, was drawn before Giri won with white pieces to set up a much-awaited final.

“I’m looking forward immensely. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in the last few rounds, particularly today. I’ve proven that I can also beat someone in a game of chess. I don’t need preparation, I don’t need any
extra equipment that is not necessary, so I’m looking forward to test myself against Magnus. It’s going to be challenging,” said Giri when asked how it feels to challenge Carlsen for the title.

If the first game was a reward for Nepomniachtchi’s flamboyance and planned offensive, the second game saw this young Russian blunder a rook for a knight in an equal position and lose.

The third game and fourth games were fought on an even keel and ended with honours even.

FINAL

Magnus Carlsen v Anish Giri


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THE FINALISTS:

NameCountryAgeRapid ratingWorld rankingBlitz ratingWorld rankingClassical ratingWorld ranking
GROUP A        
Magnus CarlsenNorway29288112887228632
GROUP B        
Anish GiriNetherlands25273124275222276410