Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge: Carlsen vs Nakamura in semis

Magnus Carlsen dismissed the challenge of Wesley So 2.5-0.5 and set up a much-anticipated semifinal clash with Hikaru Nakamura.

Magnu Carlsen won both games with black pieces and, in between, drew with white, in the second of the best-of-four mini-match against Wesley So.   -  Getty Images

For the second time in three days, Magnus Carlsen dismissed the challenge of Wesley So 2.5-0.5 and set up a much-anticipated semifinal clash with Hikaru Nakamura in the $150,000 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge.

Carlsen won both games with black pieces and, in between, drew with white, in the second of the best-of-four mini-match.

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Later, Sergey Karjakin rallied brilliantly from 1-2 to win 3-2 over Russian teammate Daniil Dubov and draw level after two mini-matches. Karjakin was extremely lucky to win the decisive Armageddon game from a precarious position.

Much like the all-China encounter involving Ling Diren and Wu Yangyi, the Karjakin-Dubov match will also be decided following a third mini-match.

Results - Quarterfinals (Second mini-match):

Magnus Carlsen (Nor) bt Wesley So (USA) 2.5-0.5; Sergey Karjakin (Rus) bt Daniil Dubov (Rus) 3-2.

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