16 March 2021

Quarterfinals Begin at Magnus Carlsen Invitational

Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So started with victories.

Photo by organisers
Photo by organisers

The quarterfinals of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the 4th event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, started on Chess24.com on March 16.

Magnus Carlsen has taken an early lead in his match with Levon Aronian, having won two games and made one draw. Wesley So defeated Alireza Firouzja 2.5-0.5. The matches Nepomniachtchi - Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave - Giri were drawn. 

The return matches will be played on March 17.

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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