View Poll Results: Who will win?

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  • Magnus Carlsen

    4 80.00%
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

    0 0%
  • Alireza Firouzja

    1 20.00%
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi

    0 0%
  • Anish Giri

    0 0%
  • Ding Liren

    0 0%
  • Fabiano Caruana

    0 0%
  • Hikaru Nakamura

    0 0%
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    All 4 matches in the final group round were played overnight. Not a whole lot at stake since the top 4 was already determined.

    Ding-Carlsen the World Champ was upset 3-1 with all decisive matches. They will play again tonight in the semi stage, so will be interesting to see how that goes.
    Nepo-Alireza, again all decisive games, 2-2 and then Nepo won with White to clinch the armageddon.
    MVL-Naka, a win each and 2 draws saw it go to armageddon where Naka won with black. MVL finishing the tournament in last place is pretty surprising to me, due to his recent form in the candidates and high Rapid rating.
    Giri-Caruana Giri won to climb out of last place with 2.5-1.5 with 3 decisive games.

    1-2 Naka (16.5 BP), Ding (16) 15
    3-4 Carlsen (13), Caruana (13) 13
    5 Nepo 8
    6-7 Alireza, Giri 7
    8 MVL 6

    So the semi finals will be Naka-Caruana and Ding-Carlsen. Quite a distinction between the top 4 and the bottom 4 in the end.

    Also there is a slight change to the format for the finals, with the addition up to 2 pairs of blitz games in the event of a tie after the rapid phase:

    Each match consists of four 15+10 rapid games. If it ends 2:2 then a pair of 5+3 minute games are played. If still tied another pair of 5+3 games is played. If still tied the match is decided by an Armageddon game where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw sees Black win the match.

    Judging from the schedule both semis are tonight, then a rest day, then the final on Sunday night.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Busy R13

    Ding Liren 3–1 Magnus Carlsen: WLWW. Carlsen played silly openings in three games and got a lost position early on. He played a King's Gambit in the last game.
    Ian Nepomniachtchi 3–2 Alireza Firouzja: LWWLW
    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2–3 Hikaru Nakamura: WDLDL. MVL was better at the start of the last game, but the tables were turned, and was already lost when he hung a rook. Nak didn't even notice until another move.
    Anish Giri 2½–1½ Fabiano Caruana: DWWL. The last game was only 24 moves, but I suppose Giri wasn't motivated since he had already won the match.

    So after the preliminary round robin is over:

    BP: 1 Nak 16.5 2 Ding 16, 3–4 Mag and Fab 14.5, 5 MVL 13.5, 6 Nepo 13, 7 Giri 12.5, 6 Ali 11.5
    MP: 1–2 Nak and Ding 15, 3–4 Mag and Fab 13, 5. Nepo 8, 6–7 Ali and Giri 7, 8 MVL 6
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    From Nepo - Ding R10 G3 was interesting. Commentating live, Grischuck spotted a few moves ahead of time this pretty line that would never occur over the board as the players would never miss it. But it did.

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    Alireza - Giri R11 G3, Alireza had been suffering for much of the game, before equalising. But he created a beautiful mating net in the endgame to clinch the full point.
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    From Naka - MVL R13 G2 Some beautiful tactics, even in drawn games

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    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Semifinal matches

    Different page for the final 4 on Chess24.

    "Each match consists of four 15+10 rapid games. If it ends 2:2 then a pair of 5+3 minute games are played. If still tied another pair of 5+3 games is played. If still tied the match is decided by an Armageddon game where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw sees Black win the match."

    GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2829 4–2 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2773: DDWLWW. They drew their rapid game match, where Fab did well to win the last of the four rapid games as Black. But Nak won both the lightning games in the playoff. . Here is a report on Chessbase.com. Fab commented:

    Tough final (for me) match. Almost mounted a comeback but couldn't recover from that awful blunder in game 5. Still, it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Congrats to Hikaru and good luck in the final.

    Fab kept playing the Giuoco Pianissimo, but Nak kept on gaining the advantage. This includes even that 5th game, where Nak gained a clear advantage but allowed counterplay, until that R blunder. Nak likes to play ...a5 against it, while Carlsen sticks with the traditional ...a6, including his loss to Ding in the other final (although that loss wasn't because of the opening):

    GM Carlsen, Magnus 2881 2.5–1.5 GM Ding, Liren 2836: DLWW. Carlsen didn't try such offbeat openings this time, but he was worse in the opening in the games he won, but was clearly stronger in the middlegame.
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    Mag beats Nak in final. Probably the best fast players in the world.

    GM Carlsen, Magnus 2881 2.5–1.5 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2829: WLWD
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