International Chess Federation
Saturday, 27 Jun 2020 22:09
Carlsen, Nepomniachtchi storm into semis of Chessable Masters

Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi breezed into the last four of the $150,000 Chessable Masters with dominating displays today. Carlsen, the reigning World Champion, needed just three games to dispatch his 2018 title challenger Fabiano Caruana and reach the semis. 

The Norwegian won the second and third games after a first game draw to take the set 2.5-0.5 and the match 2-0 without needing a third day.

Carlsen said: "I've got to say it was a pretty good, clean day."

In the all-Russian match, Nepomniachtchi also faced little resistance as he blew apart Vladislav Artemiev in similar fashion 2.5-0-5. 

Tomorrow Hikaru Nakamura and Ding Liren resume their battle with the winner of the tie set to face Carlsen. The winner of the Alexander Grischuk - Anish Giri tie will go up against Nepomniachtchi.

If either of the best-of-three matches is tied after tomorrow's second set, it will go to a decider on Monday.

About the tournament 

The Chessable Masters, broadcast live on chess24, is the next stage of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour which carries a total prize pot of $1 million, a record for the online game.

The event, which runs until July 5, is being put on in association with Chessable and the tour's Education Partner, leading Swiss private banking group, Julius Baer.  

The final winner will take home top prize of $45,000 and a ticket to the $300,000 tour Grand Final.

Coverage begins with commentary in 10 languages at 16.00 CEST.

You can watch it live here:  

Highlights English:

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