Top players sign up for Magnus Carlsen Invitational

Headed by Magnus Carlsen, the top five-ranked players are part of an elite eight-man field in the $250,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational online chess.

File photo: Magnus Carlsen will head a star-studded field in the $250,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational online chess   -  Getty Images

Top five-ranked players in the world, headed by Magnus Carlsen, are part of an elite eight-man field in the $250,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational online chess that begins on April 18.

Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura and 16-year-old sensation Alireza Firouzja will battle for the $70,000 winner’s share.

The richest online event in chess will be played on a league-cum knockout format. After a double round-robin league, the top four players move to the knockout semifinals. The final is slated for May 3.

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Each encounter will include four rapid games, with 15 minutes for all the moves plus 10-second increment after every move.

On Wednesday, in the Pepe Cuena Invitational, Vidit Gujrathi plays Russia’s Peter Svidler and P. Hari Krishna clashes with Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda. In this best-of-12 game quarterfinals, the time-control is, 3 minutes plus 2-second increment from Move 1. If the players are locked at 6-6, blitz games will be played to break the tie.

The winner of Vidit-Svider match faces Spain’s David Anton Gujjarro while the winner of Hari-Duda encounter meets Russia’s Vladislav Artemiev.

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