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The Magnus Carlsen Tour Finals hosted by Chess24 featured a finale that hardcore chess fans could only dream of: an Armageddon playoff between reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen and reigning US Champion Hikaru Nakamura. Leading up to this point, these two chess rivals clashed over the course of 6 days and 6 mini-matches only to wind up tied 3-3. In the 7th mini-match to determine the tour champion, they split 2-2 in the rapid portion and 1-1 in the blitz tiebreaker. In this video I commentate live on the final Armageddon game… a rare and exciting spectacle in which a winner would emerge. Magnus chose to play with the black pieces, receiving 4 minutes and draw odds (meaning a draw would win him the match). Hikaru with the white pieces, started with 5 minutes. The winner of this game earned a sweet $140,000 as the tour grand prize. 2nd place earned a respectable $80,000.
The game featured an Anti-Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez and came down to the wire! I will refrain from giving further spoilers here as you should just watch the video. Analyze the full game here (along with the other games from the match): https://lichess.org/broadcast/the-carlsen-chess-tour-finals-finals-day-7/CyBYCxm7
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