17 March 2021

Ian Nepomniachtchi Beats Hikaru Nakamura in Quarterfinals of Magnus Carlsen Invitational

His next opponent will be Magnus Carlsen.

The quarterfinals of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the 4th event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, finished on Chess24.com on March 17.

Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Hikaru Nakamura, having won the second match 2.5-0.5. It is to be reminded that the first encounter ended in a draw. 

The Russian's rival in the semi-final will be Magnus Carlsen, who beat Levon Aronian in both matches (2.5-0.5, 2-1).

Wesley So won both matches against Alireza Firouzja (2.5-0.5, 2.5-0.5) and will face Anish Giri, who eliminated Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2-2, 3-1). 

The semifinal matches will start on March 18.

The knockout match-ups consist of 4-game matches on the first two days. If the match score is 1:1, two 5+3 games are then played followed, if needed, by Armageddon, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw counts as a win for Black. 

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