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Desmond
14-03-2021, 03:30 PM
https://championschesstour.com/
https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/meltwater-champions-chess-tour-magnus-carlsen-invitational-2021-prelims/5/1/1


World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the field for the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the 4th event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and the 2nd Major.
The 3-day preliminary stage sees the 16 players play each other once before the bottom 8 are eliminated while the top 8 advance to a knockout consisting of 2-day matches.
The prize fund is $220,000, with $60,000 for top place, while the winner also qualifies to the Tour final in September.
The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment per move from move 1.
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.

Giri has the sole lead on 4/5 after day 1.
Carlsen and Aronian a half point behind.

MichaelBaron
14-03-2021, 06:33 PM
To quote Giri '' Every victory over Carlsen is a highlight''!

Desmond
14-03-2021, 08:03 PM
Very nice resource by Dubov over Mamed. Black to play and draw.

66. ... Rf1 67.Rc7+ Kd5 68.Rxc2 Rxf5+ 69.Kxf5 [and the black king is stalemated in the centre of the board!]

Desmond
15-03-2021, 09:48 AM
The candidates players seem quite keen to avoid revealing their prep. Nepo - MVL starts off 1.b3 a5 :lol:

Giri leads with 8/10, followed by Carlsen a half point behind.
Big group of players on even score or -1 vying to finish in the top 8 to progress.

Desmond
15-03-2021, 07:24 PM
Very nice combination by Carlsen, after Nepo tried to snap off a pawn with Bxc4.

46.Bxc4 Rg8 47.Qe5 Rg1+ 48.Ka2 dxc4 49.b4 cxb3+ 50.Kb2 e3 51.Qxe3 Ra1 52.Qe5 Ra2+ 53.Kb1 Rxd2 54.Rxd2 b2 0-1

Capablanca-Fan
16-03-2021, 06:29 AM
Thanks, some games of high tactical alertness.

Final scores:

1. Carlsen, Magnus 10/15 2881 (only one loss, to Giri)
2. Giri, Anish 10/15 2731
3. So, Wesley 9/15 2741
4. GM Nakamura, Hikaru 9/15 2829 (only undefeated player)

Desmond
16-03-2021, 11:35 AM
Thanks CF, yes premilinary round is over and on to finals now.

Mostly the ususal suspects got through but there were some high profile casualties in the bottom 8 - Dubov, Radja, Karjakin etc. Karjakin even had a +1 score but was edged out by Aronian.

I was interested to see Magnus was very keen to finish first due to the higher player getting to choose their colour. Will be interested to see what the players choose.

Quarter finals:
Carlsen - Aronian
Naka - Nepo
So - Firouzja
Giri - MVL

MichaelBaron
16-03-2021, 09:47 PM
The Ke2/Ke7 show by Magnus and Naka was rather amazing!

Desmond
17-03-2021, 07:49 AM
Quarter finals:
Carlsen - Aronian
Naka - Nepo
So - Firouzja
Giri - MVL
Carlsen and So both win their first set of the QF, while the others draw.

Desmond
17-03-2021, 07:54 AM
The Ke2/Ke7 show by Magnus and Naka was rather amazing!

Yes a funny kind of short draw joke in a game that didn't matter. Would be quite interesting to see them play on in a critical game.

Capablanca-Fan
17-03-2021, 11:51 PM
Thanks CF, yes premilinary round is over and on to finals now.

Where is this? It's a pain that Chess24 doesn't keep the prelims and finals together.

Desmond
18-03-2021, 11:05 AM
Where is this? It's a pain that Chess24 doesn't keep the prelims and finals together.

Yes they use a different page for the knockout stage, see here: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/meltwater-champions-chess-tour-magnus-carlsen-invitational-2021-knockout/2/1/4
I agree it is a little annoying. Not sure why they do it. The only thing I can guess is because the way they display round robin events is different from the knockout tree, so perhaps this causes an issue in events that have both stages. Shouldn't be an insurmountable issue you would think, but not sure why else it would be.

Anyway, Carlsen and So both won their seconds sets so got through 2-0. Nepo and Giri both won, so the semis will be:
Carlsen - Nepo
Giri - So

Desmond
18-03-2021, 11:09 AM
I was interested to see Magnus was very keen to finish first due to the higher player getting to choose their colour. Will be interested to see what the players choose.
Incidentally in all 4 cases, the player who got to choose colour picked to have white first. Resulting in 3 white wins, and one white loss.

Capablanca-Fan
18-03-2021, 01:29 PM
Yes they use a different page for the knockout stage, see here: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/meltwater-champions-chess-tour-magnus-carlsen-invitational-2021-knockout/2/1/4
I agree it is a little annoying. Not sure why they do it. The only thing I can guess is because the way they display round robin events is different from the knockout tree, so perhaps this causes an issue in events that have both stages. Shouldn't be an insurmountable issue you would think, but not sure why else it would be.

Anyway, Carlsen and So both won their seconds sets so got through 2-0. Nepo and Giri both won, so the semis will be:
Carlsen - Nepo
Giri - So

Thanks for the link, and for keep us up to date with the top international tournaments.

ElevatorEscapee
18-03-2021, 04:06 PM
Not only was the "double bongcloud" game between Nakamura and Carlsen notable, but another amusing moment from the prelims involved Nepo's pet cat interrupting proceedings.

(Short 30 second vid).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DiXIYByMoQ

Desmond
19-03-2021, 01:59 PM
Backtracking to the Quarters for a moment, Alireza was 2 games down and had to win on demand with black to keep the set alive. He had created some great chances and had this awesome line (that he didn't play with only a minute remaining on the clock):

25. ...Nh4 [25...Qxg2+! 26.Kxg2 gxf3+ 27.Kf2 [27.Rxf3 Nh4+ 28.Kf2 Nxf3 29.Qxf3 Rh3 black is winning] 27. ... Rh2+ 28.Ke1 [28.Kg3 Rah8 and the threats are too much for the exposed white king] 28. ...Re8! and white has no good defence] 26.Nxh4 Qxh4 27.Bf4 {and white was fine and drew the game]

Desmond
19-03-2021, 02:02 PM
Nepo beat Carlsen in semi 1 DDWD, and Giri beat So LDWW. Set 2 tonight, where Carlsen and So will each have to win their respective matches to take it to the tiebreaker.

MichaelBaron
21-03-2021, 09:55 AM
Magnus got knocked out in the semifinals.

Desmond
24-03-2021, 09:30 AM
Magnus got knocked out in the semifinals.

Yes that's right, he was not able to replicate his win of the tournament from last year. He did beat So handily in the 3rd-4th classification match, 2 sets to 0.

Giri was the ultimate winner! having defeated Nepo in the final. They drew both sets (lots of sharp games though, all games were Sicilians), and Giri too good in the blitz playoff.