Chessable Masters: Twists and turns

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Anish Giri, Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Fabiano Caruana reached the quarterfinals of the Chessable Masters. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov were eliminated from the competition — 'MVL' lost four in a row on Tuesday while Radjabov played well but could not recover from his subpar performance in the first half. Caruana is set to face Magnus Carlsen in the most anticipated matchup of the quarterfinals. | Photo: Austin Fuller
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6/24/2020 –

Giri wins Group B

World Champion Magnus Carlsen and eleven more of the world's best chess players are competing in the Chessable Masters by chess24, the third event in the $1 million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, taking place from June 20 to July 5.

World champion Magnus Carlsen joined the commentary team during the second half of the Group B preliminary round-robin played on Tuesday. Talking about the day's action, he noted: "We've seen so many twists and turns already, and I'm sure we haven't seen the last". Carlsen was on point, as starting from round 7 it was not at all clear who would be eliminated at the end of the day in a closely contested group.

Except for Anish Giri, who finished undefeated with two wins, all remaining players were in danger of being knocked out at some point between rounds 6 and 10. Ding Liren disconnected and lost to Giri in round 7; Fabiano Caruana was defeated by Ian Nepomnachtchi in the same round; and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave — who finished day one as co-leader — suffered four consecutive losses after drawing Giri in round 6.

Teimour Radjabov, who was in the cellar of the standings after round 5, could have qualified to the knockout phase had he beaten Ding in the last round — however, he drew that game to finish in fifth place. The other player to be knocked out was Vachier-Lagrave, who finished last in what was yet another poor performance during the online-tournament era.

The quarterfinals will kick off Thursday, with Caruana v Carlsen the stellar matchup. The highest-rated players in the world come from playing an exciting match to decide the winner of the Clutch Chess International. Carlsen won that face-off — Caruana tweeted:

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Rounds 6-7: Chaos

While gaining excitement for the fans following live, rapid chess also results in a loss of precision during endgames, even for top players. In round 6, for example, both Caruana and Radjabov failed to convert positions that they would have very likely converted in games with a classical time control. Meanwhile, co-leaders Giri and Vachier-Lagrave drew their direct encounter.

Then came round 7, the only one during the preliminary phase (in both groups) that saw all games finishing decisively. Radjabov beat Vachier-Lagrave with the black pieces after gaining a pawn in a queenless middlegame and duly converting his material advantage. Nepomniachtchi sacrificed a piece for two pawns on g5, and went on to win an attacking game against Caruana:

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