Chessable Masters: Giri closer to semis, Nakamura leads Liren

Catch all the live updates, highlights and more from our coverage of Chessable Masters, the third event of the million-dollar Magnus Carlsen Chess tour.

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen and 11 more of the world's best chess players are competing in the Chessable Masters, the third event in the $1million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.   -  Representative Image/ Getty Images

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


Favourites Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi took identical routes to get past Fabiano Caruana and Vladislav Artemiev on their way to the semifinals of the $150,000 Chessable Masters on Saturday.

Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi recorded their second successive 2.5-0.5 victories over their rivals to clinch the best-of-three match quarterfinals 2-0. After signing peace in the opening games, they won the next two. On Thursday too, they proved their superiority with a rapid game to spare.

With Caruana and Artemiev desperate to win and force the decider, it did not come as a surprise when they soon found themselves on a path to self-destruction.

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Carlsen, as though to make amends for letting Caruana off the hook in the first game, ripped open the defences of the castled black king by launching a fierce attack with his rook pair and a bishop.

In the third game, Caruana looked better off following the opening phase. However, he faltered on the 18th move with the choice of a dubious capture of bishop with his queen, instead of rook, and let the advantage slip away. Thereafter, following a series of exchanges, Carlsen launched a kingside offensive with his queen and knight and eventually sealed the tie in 50 moves.

In contrast, Nepomniachtchi had his nervous moments before posting two victories.

After the first game was fought on an even keel, Artemiev raised visions of a win. But he misplayed a dominant position on the 25th move and got checkmated on the 50th.

In the third game, too, Artemiev lost control after a promising position. He committed a blunder on the 20th move and resigned on the 27th move, when faced with an inevitable checkmate in the next seven moves.

The results

Quarterfinals, Day 4: Magnus Carslen (NOR) beat Fabiano Caruana (USA) 2.5-0.5; Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) beat Vladislav Artemiev (RUS) 2.5-0.5

Quarterfinal line-up

Magnus Carlsen (Nor) v Fabiano Caruana (USA); Ding Liren (Chn) v Hikaru Nakamura (USA); Vladislav Artemiev (Rus) v Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus); Alexander Grischuk (Rus) v Anish Giri (Ned).


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THE QUARTERFINALISTS:

NameCountryAgeRapid ratingWorld rankingBlitz ratingWorld rankingClassical ratingWorld ranking
GROUP A        
Magnus CarlsenNorway29288112887228632
Alexander GrischukRussia3627747279914277714
Hikaru NakamuraUSA322829429001273618
Vladislav ArtemievRussia22276913278312271629
GROUP B        
Fabiano CaruanaUSA2727731127113528352
Ding LirenChina27283632788827913
Ian NepomniachtchiRussia292778927851027844
Anish GiriNetherlands25273124275222276410