On Tuesday, Magnus Carlsen beat Ding Liren with a score of 2-1. He won the semi-finals in just three games and has made his way towards the finals. In the other match, Daniil Dubov was shut down by Hikaru Nakamura with a 3-0 win. The Magnus Carlsen tour began in April. The inaugural event witnessed Carlsen winning after defeating Hikaru Nakamura. During the Abbey Rapid challenge, Carlson was knocked out by Nakamura. Things are back to the start as Carlson and Nakamura will be going against each other playing Best of 7 for the finals. Carlson also won the Legends of Chess event and still beat Ding but Nakamura did not participate in the event. It is also considered to be an important factor here as Nakamura had an extra rest day. This confrontation is much awaited and the showdown is highly anticipated.
The pandemic has put a stop to most of the sports activities and questions were asked whether chess candidates should be stopped as well. FIDE is the organization that is the governing body of international chess competition. They said that the game will continue.
Russia had not imposed lockdown and the committee made sure to maintain the safety of the players and the event started. Things were getting worse as the number of cases in Russia was increasing. The country was planning on imposing a flight ban. FIDE was then forced to cancel the event and the competition was put on hold. The tournament was halfway through. Chess24 went on to partner with Carlson to continue the tournament online and it did. Now, we all are waiting for the finals that are coming soon.
Who is Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen?
Sven Magnus Carlsen is the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion. With all these achievements, he is one of the greatest players of all time. Showing stability during the game Carlsen stays composed and shows why he is said to be the world champion. In 2013, Carlsen beat Viswanathan Anand and earned the title of World Champion. Hikaru Nakamura was the youngest American to earn the title of Grandmaster and became a child prodigy at the age of 15. He has represented the United States in Chess Olympiad winning 2 gold and 2 bronze for his country. The final is going to be a match which is super exciting and it is difficult to predict who will win. Let us know in the comments section who you think will win the finals.